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Police probe argument outside City Hall meeting

The Park City Police Department has been asked to investigate the circumstances of an argument that one of the people involved told the authorities occurred outside a meeting of a City Hall panel last week, a rare report of a confrontation stemming from a public meeting.

Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the investigation followed a complaint lodged at approximately 9 p.m. on May 17, after the meeting. Ryan said an argument unfolded between someone with an application in front of the Board of Adjustment and an opponent. The only business in front of the panel on May 17 was an appeal involving a property on Norfolk Avenue.

Ryan said the argument occurred outside the chambers of the Park City Council, where the meeting was held. Ryan said there were a "couple of utterances," but no physical contact between the parties.

One of the people involved called the police, the captain said. The Police Department questioned the person who contacted the police and the suspect, Ryan said. He did not identify the people involved.

Ryan said charges, if they are filed, could include threatening a person and disorderly conduct. City Hall’s prosecutor had not received the paperwork on the case by Monday afternoon. The prosecutor will decide whether charges are filed.

Ruth Gezelius, the chairwoman of the Board of Adjustment, said she is not aware of the case. She said there were no disruptions during the meeting.

Many of Park City’s public bodies, including the City Council and Planning Commission, meet in the City Council chambers. People involved in the meetings developers, project critics and observers, as examples frequently gather just outside the chambers afterward to discuss the proceedings. The parties are typically in earshot of each other at that point.

The case is at least the second time since January there has been police involvement in some capacity in a dispute that unfolded at City Hall.

In the earlier case, during a tense City Council meeting about plans for soccer tournaments, a police officer sternly ordered someone to step back after the man moved a few feet toward Mayor Dana Williams and the City Council. The man was unhappy with one of the decisions made about the tournaments.

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