Park Record Voters Guide
Editor s note: The following statements were submitted by the candidates in response to the following. Please differentiate yourself from your opponents. Park City Council Roger Harlan Candidate It is the voter who makes the ultimate differentiation between candidates. Having said that, there are some areas worthy of note. I have served on the council for over nine years. Prior to that, I chose to get involved in civic activities. I was appointed to the library board in 1988. Later, I volunteered for the Lower Park Avenue Task Force and was appointed chairman. While these responsibilities do not rise to the level of elected office, they serve to remind me that the easy answer never works in the real world. All issues have some level of complexity and the purpose of local government is to find the best solution possible. I believe particular initiatives need a champion. I ve worked with kids all my life. I knew the skateboard park was a winner when Mayor Dana Williams pushed this idea. We worked together and the results are obvious. Affordable housing can languish if elected officials talk but fail to act. In the 90s, I acted because I believed in the merits of affordable housing. Many issues will face the council in the next four years. I will bring experience and energy and the patience to review all issues carefully. Park City Council Jim Hier Incumbent The things that differentiate me from the other candidates have not changed significantly since the beginning of my initial campaign four years ago. My qualifications include almost four years as a member of City Council, five years on the Park City Planning Commission, two years on the Park City/Snyderville Basin Joint Planning Commission Sub-Committee, and six years on the Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee. My career experience spans 30 years of business management, including ownership of a successful restaurant in Telluride for 10 years, five years as controller for a local property management company, and the last few years in real estate sales. I don t consider the years spent directly involved with issues facing our community as just paying my dues. This direct involvement provides a clearer understanding of the issues, and the ability to continue as a productive member of the council, immediately. My background in financial planning, resort business management and community planning provides the most experienced base for making sound decisions for our community. I am committed to controlled and planned growth, open-space preservation, and maintaining the character, diversity and sense of community that makes Park City a successful resort destination and a great place to live. Park City Council Mark Blue Candidate How am I different from Jim Hier and Roger Harlan? To start off, I m not a realtor and I wasn t a city councilman under a previous mayor. What I am is the result of working in all aspects of how this city brings in revenue: "Owner of three different businesses in Park City "Twelve years construction (heating, landscaping, stone masonry) "Eleven years property management (Identity Properties) "Ten years restaurant and private club industry "Five years resort work (four years Deer Valley, one year PCMR) "Five years festival organizing (Park City Arts Festival, Salt Lake First Night, Sundance Film Festival) You might ask yourself, why is he posting a resume? I m asking the voters for a job, to be your representative on City Council. When an issue comes up about Sundance, you can feel comfortable knowing that I ve had experience working with the event. When you come to a council meeting about a building issue, you ll know that Mark Blue understands building code variances. As a 16-year resident, I understand YOU, the people who make Park City what it is. In this new millennium, doing things the old way, just because that s the way we ve always done it, is over.
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Buses, trains and gondolas doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but they make up the transit alternatives for the mountain transportation system the Central Wasatch Commission is trying to create, mostly in the Cottonwood canyons.