School district may partner with city to revamp student drop-off
In a special meeting the Park City school board heard a proposal from Park City Manager Tom Bakaly regarding the student drop-off near McPolin Elementary, on Lucky John Drive.
As part of the city’s efforts to make the area more pedestrian friendly, Bakaly suggested a partnership with the district to revamp the portion of Lucky John Drive where parents drop students off at the Lucky John Path.
The partnership would include the city splitting project costs, which are estimated at $80,000.
At the current drop-off area motorists pull in and park perpendicular to the curb, then back out. Bakaly reported this hinders the flow of traffic and endangers children. He presented a new plan that would involve installing an island that separates the drop off spot from cars traveling in either direction.
The new drop-off would allow parents to pull into the area and parallel park. To leave, motorists would merge with traffic and have the option of continuing northeast up Lucky John Drive or do a u-turn to travel southwest along the drive.
School Board President David Chaplin agreed that the current turnaround is a problem.
"It’s a seriously unsafe situation," he said, noting that much of it was caused by the impatience of motorists who back out too quickly.
Board member Lisa Kirchenheiter was enthusiastic about the proposed plan.
"I think it looks like a great solution," she said.
Because the new turn-around could potentially eliminate up to 6 of the estimated 12 available spaces, board member Vern Christensen was a little more cautious.
"I would like not to see a loss of parking spaces," he said, noting that the turn-around is often used for parking during baseball games.
Another potential problem is funding. Director of Support Services Steve Oliver said that while it would be possible to use the contingency fund from the high school remodel he is opposed to the idea.
"I can’t recommend that at this point, we’re still too early in this project," he said in an interview following the meeting.
Oliver said it might also be possible for the district to pay for the turn-around with capital outlay funds, which primarily come from property taxes in the area.
The board reached a consensus that Oliver should collect more information, including a cost estimate of the project and detailed drawings of the proposed turn-around.
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