Letters to the editor:
December 5, 2017
Neighbors need support in sound wall debate
I live in the Hidden Cove neighborhood. I have never supported the proposed wall by UDOT and have written about it in this paper. But my opinion has changed. I know three families who live within 200 feet of the interstate. They live with that noise all the time. So whatever we can do to support them and their neighbors, may we do it. Still the process has not been transparent nor democratic. UDOT has not been a good neighbor. Perhaps the question we should ask is why is the interstate so loud? Is there anyway to reduce the traffic and are there other methods to reduce the noise (trees, landscaping, reducing the speed limit, the surface of the road.) And of course we have to realize that we are no longer a small town, but in essence a suburb of Salt Lake City. Not easy news, but also not fake news.
Nonprofit clinic needs community's help
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Executive director, People's Health Clinic
Effort to save farm is critical
I am truly concerned that too little may be being done too late to save the Osguthorpe 158-acre farm adjacent to Willow Creek Park. I do not believe that enough people understand that the money must be raised by a DEADLINE of March 2018. The Osguthorpe family, who have done much to help preserve Park City's treasures such as the Mcpolin/Osguthorpe farm on 224, want to preserve their land on Old Ranch Road, but because of a financial obligation which they inherited, money must be raised by March. If not, the land will have to be sold for development. The Summit Land Conservancy has amazingly secured $8.7 million dollars from the federal government. This MUST BE MATCHED by local funding. The Osguthorpe family has made a substantial contribution towards this match. The conservancy is working to find the $5.6 million needed to complete the transaction. From what I understand, Summit County might be able to help, but they have stipulations which would decrease the amount of the land truly preserved and would, I believe decrease the federal funding. I believe they need to see how important the residents of this area believe it is to preserve this land as it is. As Steve Osguthorpe has said, "houses are the last crop." Houses might bring in tax money, but there would be no going back. Saving this farm would offer multiple open space benefits including expanded cross country skiing and save the views and beauty of the area. Most importantly for me is the wildlife especially the sand hill cranes who are there every summer in amazing numbers and are all ready subject to habitat loss. Please let us all get involved now before it is too late. Go to the Summit Land Conservancy web site and look under the Osguthorpe farm to see how you can get involved.
Pub Crawl was again a success
It was wonderful to see hundreds of participants from near and far gather for the annual Park City Santa Pub Crawl on December 2. Once again, fun-loving adults in extraordinary costumes filled the bars on Main Street, spreading community spirit, holiday cheer, and revelry throughout!
This event has become much more than an epic night on the town that supports local businesses during what would otherwise be a relatively quiet weekend. It serves to collect unwrapped toy donations for local kids that crawlers generously contribute, a project originally conceived by Downstairs that we are pleased to have augmented through this event. This year's numbers are truly remarkable and say it all. Downstairs alone collected 16 55-gallon garbage bags and four boxes of toys, plus $4,700 in cash donations for the cause. This will all be contributed to the Christian Center for their Operation Hope initiative to ensure all local kids receive holiday presents this year. We had additional collections taken at The Cabin and Flanagan's.
Thank you to all the crawlers and venues and their amazing staff for making this another sensational Park City Santa Pub Crawl! We are proud to live in a truly remarkable, giving community.
Photos from the night can be viewed on the Park City Santa Pub Crawl Facebook page.
Hilary Reiter and Rachel Sharwell
Co-organizers of Park City Santa Pub Crawl
Park City Council not representing residents
A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest editorial suggesting that the City Council's decision to make the China Bridge garage a pay parking facility did not well serve the local Park City residents or the employees of businesses on Main St. The unsigned response was a "we have great plans in the works, trust me" response that I and likely most of the affected citizens, felt was useless, and telegraphs the apparent "we know so much better than you" attitude at the Council. Imagine my dismay, when parking at China Bridge Friday afternoon, to see the pay to park machines installed, with large signs indicating that pay parking starts December 15th. So much for the "great plans", and no, we do not trust you, based on your current track record, to properly represent the interests of small business owners, their employees, and Park City residents. I will say again – making China Bridge a pay parking facility at $3.00 per hour will have little to no impact on reducing the number of tourist cars driving into town. It will have an impact on local residents (we will not be driving downtown, and some of our friends and neighbors are already making the decision to drive to Salt Lake City to shop rather than pay for China Bridge), and will have a huge negative impact on employees of small businesses that line Main St. As the owner of a Human Factors Engineering company, I am a big advocate of collecting quantitative data to support decisions. I would like to see the quantitative data the City Council collected prior to making such a foolhardy decision. There is still time to do the right thing.
Vice-Chair, Summit County