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‘Ye Official Old Guy’ honored

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council have honored Gary Kimball, a recently retired member of City Hall’s Historic Preservation Board, nicknaming the lifelong Parkite the ‘Ye Official Old Guy.’

In a resolution that marked his departure from the panel, the elected officials honored his preservation work and his institutional knowledge of Old Town. It also named Kimball Park City’s official historian.

According to the resolution, Kimball served on the Historic Preservation Board and its predecessor, the Historic District Commission, for six years.

It also says Kimball has vast knowledge of the significant historic buildings in the city, including some that have been destroyed over the years, and he "successfully protected" more shacks from Park City’s silver-mining heyday decades ago than any other person.

"We never really paid him before so we don’t see any issue with taking advantage of his continued expertise as a volunteer," the resolution says.

The resolution is written in a light-hearted fashion, and it acknowledges that the humor should not "undermine the sincere thanks" that Kimball deserves.

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In another section, the resolution indicates that Kimball may continue to attend government meetings even though he does not hold a vote.

" . . . But it would be great if he occasionally calls ‘BS’ on the Mayor’s or any other City official’s historic embellishments," it says.

Kimball is a lifelong Parkite and witnessed the end of the silver-mining heyday and the subsequent rise of the ski industry.

The Historic Preservation Board holds some influence in the design of buildings in Old Town and it awards City Hall’s Old Town grants to people fixing up historic houses and buildings. Critics, though, have claimed that the Historic Preservation Board and its predecessor have been too heavily involved in the designs.

The resolution acknowledges some of the criticism, calling the Old Town panels "the City’s taste police."