Letters: How long will it take for Park City to say enough when it comes to traffic?
Enough is enough
How big will Park City roads need to be to meet the financial targets of our current developers (sometimes referenced less politely)? The Aug. 18 Park Record reported that UDOT has plans for a seven lane catastrophe on S.R. 224 to accommodate traffic increases through 2030. We already have 42,000 vehicles per day on that highway serving a town of 8,743 people (2017 data). The same article tells us that there is consensus among elected officials to “get people out of cars.” What? How in the world are bigger roads going to “get people out of cars”? The silver mines took all they could and left. Think of Vail Resorts and TCFC the next time you’re sitting in traffic on your way to the store. How long will it take us to finally say enough?
As a lifelong Park City resident, I am proud to endorse Nann Worel for City Council. Though I may not have as many years in Park City as other locals (because of my age), I can say Park City has not only seen me grow up but has helped raise me into the person I am.
I moved to Park City when I was 2 years old in late 2000. I am a son of immigrants and an immigrant myself. Nann has been a huge part behind the scenes in services that helped me and my family establish a real life here in Park City, most notably through the People’s Health Clinic. I remember back when the People’s Health Clinic was simply the People’s Health “Trailer.” Twenty years later the clinic continues to serve our community’s uninsured. Nann served as the executive director for the People’s Health Clinic where she made a huge impact in our community. Nann continues to fight for locals through the work she has done in her first term in office. Her experience working with nonprofits has helped bridge the relationship between our private and public sector. Nann has continuously reached out to our diverse population to truly hear their concerns. The experience she has gained in her first term along with her professional experience working with health care centers has made Nann a very humble, caring and compassionate person who will continue to fight for all Parkites. Re-elect Councilwoman Nann Worel, her passion, experience and dedication are what we need on our council.
Junior Enrique Sanchez
The voice for Park City
Park City needs a person on the City Council that understands growth, development, streets and services to those in our community that need them. I believe that Nann Worel is the most qualified candidate on these critical issues. With six years on the Planning Commission, four years on Council and extensive nonprofit experience ,including as former executive director of People’s Health Clinic, Nann has done the hard work to become a great leader. I know that she will be able to find practical and achievable solutions to those issues that matter most to our neighbors. She believes, as I do, in the benefits of tempering spending and better utilization of our tax dollars on the things that we all believe in. Nann IS the voice for reasonable solutions for Park City!
Vision for the future
I moved to Park City in 2010 and met Becca Gerber in 2011. I have always found her to be an extremely friendly, fair, hardworking, honest and upbeat woman. When I first heard that she wanted to run for public office my initial response was, “young people don’t do that.” In my opinion, it is Becca’s youth, yet history that makes her such an appealing candidate.
Having grown up in Park City, Becca has seen it undergo massive changes. From the days of a two-lane S.R. 224, an undeveloped Empire Canyon, and a single gas station in Kimball Junction, to the current times of a movie studio at Quinn’s Junction, gridlocked roadways many times of day throughout the year, and a Colorado-based ski resort company settling into town, Park City has undergone massive changes. Change is inevitable and with it comes pluses and minuses. This community needs representatives with an appreciation of the past, and a vision for the future to be able to implement that change as gracefully as possible.
I believe Becca is very in tune with the desires of this community, has a progressive but realistic vision for the future of Park City, properly represents what is best for us, and knows how to effectively and fairly do so.
Bright futures await
During the week of Aug. 5, incoming Park City High School sophomores attended Summer Academy, a week-long orientation into the Bright Futures program dedicated to helping first generation students get to and through college. The academy began with a parent presentation from Rebeca Gonzalez, program manager, in addition to encouragement from school district leaders, members of the Bright Futures Advisory Board, Park City Councilor Becca Gerber, and founder of the program Eric Garen. Throughout the week students developed relationships through team building activities with their peers and coaches, who will be there to support them throughout the next seven years. Additionally, students learned about the college process, including high school preparation, applications, financial aid and college tours. The upcoming school year will present students with more opportunities at monthly leadership academies to build connections with their crews and volunteers, as well as learn the importance of establishing healthy relationships, identifying appropriate conflict resolution, and other soft skills that will aid them in fostering a successful college experience.
We are very excited to present the class of 2022!
A special thanks to the Park City Education Foundation, Bright Futures Advisory Board, and Park City School District for all your support, as well as the Park City Hospital for hosting the event!
Bright Futures program assistant
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This edition’s letters to the editor touch on the elections, the upcoming Live PC Give PC, paid parking on Main Street and the Hideout annexation.