Letters to the Editor
June 16, 2007
Last week the Silver Creek mail house was vandalized (the keys were broken off of the package boxes). The local post office’s response was to discontinue delivering packages to the mail house. I just spent 45 minutes (including waiting in line) driving eight miles to the post office and back to get my first package. That may seem insignificant but there are probably 10 of these packages a day to Silver Creek. If you do the math that amounts to about 24,000 miles a year and 2,000 hours that the post office expects us to ante-up because some kid did something wrong.
Put a dollar value on it and it comes to well over $30,000 a year. The post office is a business and I already pay for their service with ever-increasing postal rates. Like every other business in America, part of the cost of being in business is dealing with occasional vandalism and crime. It’s a sad fact of living in an open society. So the post office ought to fix the locks and get back to doing their job.
I also think the sheriff’s department ought to nip this in the bud. There aren’t that many candidates in Silver Creek for this crime (say a demographic of boys 10 to 14 for a start). Good boys in this age range are prone to do stupid things once in awhile. When I moved here I had a minor act of vandalism done to my property. The sheriff promptly responded and told me that they would get the guilty parties, that "there just aren’t that many boys that age in Silver Creek." The guilty parties were on my porch the next day backed up by parents who wanted to do the right thing. The post office ought to take a page from those parents and work to solve a problem instead of punishing a neighborhood.
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Cooperation on trails
On behalf of the Snyderville Basin Recreation District, I would like to thank all of those involved with the volunteer work day in celebration of the National Trails Day on June 2, highlighting Basin Recreation’s new Flying Dog Trail.
Thanks to the 75-plus volunteers (some of whom show up year after year) and a handful of sponsors who helped out to officially open this classic new single-track north of Glenwild. Volunteers were treated to breakfast, T-shirts and lunch after a morning filled with digging, cutting and grooming the trail.
I would like to specifically thank Kirk MacDonald of the Preserve and Cedar Jordan of Heil Construction for working so efficiently with Basin Recreation to help make this trail come about in a short amount of time. Design kudos to Troy Duffin and Bob Radke for creating the fast flowing single-track, adding to the district’s 100-plus miles of trail.
The Flying Dog Trail is a perfect example of how great partnerships can be formed between local government and private development.
Snyderville Basin Recreation District
Snow in June: a reminder
Ahhhh, a snowstorm in early June. A late spring reminder of why many of us live here. It is also an off-season reminder of what can evolve into a public safety issue when the real snow season is upon us.
I have been engaging the City Council and Public Works Department in a dialog to better understand the continuing rationale of a three-priority snow-removal system in our growing town. The best reason seems to be "we have done it this way for 20 years and we don’t get too many complaints." That may have been acceptable in a small town with limited funds, but it hardly seems realistic in a town with the revenue we enjoy.
Apart from main road priorities, what makes one street more important than another with regard to snow removal? Is it safe for a street to remain completely unplowed for 24 to 36 hours? Will it be acceptable for a resident to be impeded from seeking medical attention for a stroke or child birth because they were unable to quickly get to the hospital?
The Public Works staff prepared an estimate to improve snow removal from a three-priority to a two-priority system. The cost was less than one percent of the projected operating budget. Another alternative is a clear measurable standard, stating that a snowplow will pass down every street every 12 hours during a storm. The existing standard of within eight hours of the end of a storm is vague, open to interpretation and difficult to measure.
P.S. Thanks to the residents who addressed Thursday evening’s council session and the detail provided by Public Works staff, Council agreed to provide additional resources to ensure that the efforts of staff wills meet the obligations under the snow removal ordinance. It was further agreed that the standards and metrics will be reviewed and clarified to avoid ambiguity. Thank you, Mayor and Council, for listening and acting.
Strachan’s noise problem
Mr. Strachan, I read your letter with some amusement. It’s only weekend warriors on Harleys and souped-up crotch rockets that bother you? Not the construction trucks, construction noise, parades, concerts, bars, parties or any other events? Did you move near Main Street in a resort town thinking that it would be all peace and quiet? If you moved next to the fire department would you complain about the sirens? For your information, two people having a normal conversation at three- to five-feet apart is 60 to 70 decibels. the way, I do ride a Harley. I’m not a weekend warrior, and I don’t have loud pipes. But that’s a personal choice.
Summer Reading Challenge
This summer marks Park City Television’s 9th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" for all the kids in grades K-12 who live in Summit County. Once again we are challenging the kids to read 10 books or 1,000 pages during their summer vacation. The end of August will be here quickly so make sure you start your reading now.
We sent over 8,000 forms home with the kids before school was out but if you didn’t get a form, you can download it off of our Web site at http://www.parkcity.tv or pick one up at Park City Television’s studio or the front desk at either location of the Silver Mountain Sports Club. We anticipate having great prizes again from many supportive local businesses as a reward to the readers who successfully complete our challenge.
Summit County is full of terrific young people and all of us at Park City Television are proud to once again host this reading program for them. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, libraries and parents, we know that this year’s challenge will have more readers than ever.
Stanton D. Jones
Park City Television
Successful Children’s Fair
Thank you for your help in making our 14th Annual Park City Children’s Fair a success. It was a fun-filled day in the park and we raised enough money to make sure that our friends grandmother Marie of southern Utah, Aminata of Senegal, Danusha of Sri Lanka, Yang Guo of China, Josue of Honduras and Reinaldo of Paraguay have enough clean water, food and medicine for another year. We can add a few more acres to our Soaring Wings rainforest Preserve through the Nature Conservancy and we are making donations to each of the following organizations that we have chosen for helping to make the Earth a better place for children.
Summit County Friends of Animals
Lightning the whale, International Wildlife Coalition
Koko the gorilla, through the Gorilla Foundation
Soaring Wings Scholarship Fund
Park City Library
We sure feel good about helping to make a difference in our world. We hope you do, too!
Savana Hudson and the rest of the children and teachers at Soaring Wings Montessori School.
The recent Park City Children’s Fair couldn’t have achieved such success, fun and enjoyment without the support of Max, Jennifer, Kurt and ReNae from the Park City Special Events team. The parents and teachers did their part, too, which resulted in a marvelous 13th year for this event! Sincere thanks to all.
Melissa Flores Parada
Assistant event manager
The Parley’s Park PTA would like to give a big thanks to the Tanger Outlet Center. Through their wonderful Tangerbucks coupon book program, over $1,600 was donated to our PTA for the 2006-2007 school year!
The entire community can easily take part in this program. For every coupon book sold, $1 gets donated to schools like Parley’s. The coupon books are full of savings at most of the Tanger Outlet stores, and are available at the mall office.
In addition, Tanger donated 60 "American Idol" T-shirts that went to our year-end talent show participants. The kids loved them. Thank you, Tanger, for supporting our local schools and letting us participate in this terrific program.
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