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Pro-bond ad lists non-Parkites

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

If she were allowed, Senta Beyer would enthusiastically vote in favor of City Hall’s pedestrian and bicyclist bond.

Beyer, though, lives in Timberline, a Snyderville Basin neighborhood, and her ballot on Tuesday will not include the $15 million ballot measure.

But that did not keep a group of bond backers from including her name in a full-page newspaper advertisement listing dozens of supporters. ‘We are voting YES on Walkability," the people pledge in the ad.

Numerous other people who do not live inside Park City are listed alongside Parkites who support the bond. Only Parkites will vote on the ballot measure, leaving the group that designed and purchased the ad pledging to change the words before it is published again.

"If I lived in the city, I would — a strong proponent for walkable communities," says Beyer, who manages trails for the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.

Beyer says her name is listed because she works with a committee exploring alternative ways for people to travel.

The Park Record published the full-page ad in its Oct. 31 edition, and it lists the supporters in four columns, next to five blurbs quoting people about why they want the bond to pass.

Others listed as saying they will vote for the bond but who do not live in the city limits include Park Record Publisher Andy Bernhard, who lives in Jeremy Ranch, Patrick Cone, a former Summit County Commissioner who lives in Oakley, and Shelley Weiss, a Latino advocate who lives in Oakley.

A group known as Yes on Walkability, or Y.O.W., purchased the ad, and Jan Wilking, a member of the group, says he suggested the text ‘We are voting YES on Walkability.’

Wilking, who lives in Park Meadows and says he voted ‘Yea’ when he cast his ballot early, says the ad will be changed for Saturday’s edition of the newspaper to say ‘We support walkability.’

"It’s a mistake. I just didn’t think it through," says Wilking, who is featured in the ad with a photograph and a quote from him talking about his prediction that the bond monies would make routes to schools safer, cut traffic and connect trails.

Wilking says he did not collect the names, and he did not realize some of the people are not Park City residents.

Carol Potter, who leads the Mountain Trails Foundation and is assisting the bond backers, says she gathered signatures over the past month and culled names from an e-mail list of people who had previously pledged their support for making walking and bicycling in Park City safer.

"I carried around a clipboard almost wherever I went," Potter says.

Potter says the newspaper ad lists about 360 names, and she estimates 80 percent of the people live in the city limits.

Potter says the group spent about $7,500 on promoting the bond, with money spent on newspaper advertising, yard signs, stickers and banners. Donors were primarily from Park City, and nobody gave more than $1,000, according to Potter.


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