Letters to the Editor, Oct. 14-16, 2015
P.C. School Board has yet to offer a feasible plan
Quoting a recent KPCW interview of Mr. Tim Henney, Park City Council Member, "the school board has gone from proposal to plan. They have made a decision. This is not a proposal, this bond. The bond is: how do we pay for the plan."
His accurate characterization of the situation explains that the Board of Education is offering a 20-year financing instrument (the $56 million bond) to taxpayers that will fund a amorphous plan that has not been subjected to a proper feasibility analysis which investigates possible outcomes of the taxpayers’ investment. The school district would supplement proceeds from the bond with something more than $10 million from its capital reserves.
Taxpayers realize that, "the ship has sailed," regarding the school board’s plan, although various media reports suggest that details are ill-defined.
A cadre of taxpayers disagrees that the planning process has been transparent and are forming to challenge the value of several expensive, widely publicized elements of the school board’s plan.
The Board of Education has advised taxpayers that it is empowered to impose a Capital Tax Levy if the bond fails.
Voting "NO" on Proposition #1 on Nov. 3 should encourage the school board to draft a feasible plan.
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Colleague commends council candidate Beerman
I write in support of Andy Beerman for the Park City Council. It’s been a joy for me to collaborate on many projects with Andy to benefit the environment in Park City and Utah more generally. The list is long, and the highlights include promoting clean renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and protecting Utah’s spectacular wilderness lands in the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains.
Andy’s leadership has really shone in the long process to give permanent protection to the Central Wasatch through the Mountain Accord process. Consensus has been reached locally. The next steps — which are truly critical — involve shepherding this consensus through the U.S. Congress. Andy’s role can make a difference in assuring we have increased wilderness and watershed protections, permanent boundaries for the ski resorts operating on public land and improved access.
I’ve known Andy for over a decade, and there’s a beautiful consistency between his business and public lives. He implemented a truly environmental ethic in the running of his business that parallels the important projects he promotes on the city council. With that ethic Andy sets a higher bar in public service too.
Salt Lake City
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Vote for Hope Melville for City Council
I’m supporting Hope Melville for city council because she understands the meaning of "Keeping Park City, Park City." She will use the core values contained in our General Plan when evaluating and deciding issues facing the city council. She will protect our small-town character, strengthen our sense of community, preserve historic structures and maintain the natural setting we cherish.
Why is she qualified? First, she is diligent and intelligent with formal education and years of experience in engineering and law … both require rigor and problem-solving skills. Second, she has been a regular at city council and planning commission meetings for several years so she knows the issues confronting our town. Third, she is currently a member of the Historic Preservation Board and has participated in numerous other city planning and leadership activities.
I feel grateful to live in a town where such a qualified individual is willing to serve on our city council. Please consider voting for Hope Melville on Nov. 3. Early voting at City Hall begins at noon on Oct. 20.
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Andy Beerman is up to the task
I support Andy Beerman for City Council because he’s willing to do the hard work to ensure Park City proactively addresses the inevitable growth of communities surrounding us. He knows that cooperation and partnership, although a slow moving and messy process, is the only way to address regional challenges.
There isn’t one candidate who doesn’t love and care for Park City; however, as someone who both works here and is raising a family here, Andy uniquely speaks to my concerns, and the concerns of my family.
Through hard work, thoughtfulness, diligence, and listening, Andy has earned my vote.
Bryan V Markkanen
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Another citizen voices skepticism about school bond
The more dialogue I listen to about the proposed school bond for $56 million the more convinced I become that it deserves a "no" vote. The case made by school board members that the bond is to fund "needs" not "wants" is unconvincing, given that the bond includes many millions for athletic facilities.
When I voted for the bond just a few years ago to remodel the high school and improve Dozier Field, I thought the school district was investing in a facility to last many years. Now I hear that this recent renovation was only to make the school better not bigger. Talk about needs, what was the "need" that made the school district spend tens of thousands of dollars to paint an almost new red brick building (Eccles Center Auditorium) tan instead of leaving it maintenance-free red brick?
I urge the school board to re-open the planning process, better involve the residents and return to the voters with plan which better addresses community "needs." For example, in a town which values of a sense of place, busing middle school students out of their neighborhoods on roads already straining with commuters and visitors to a mega school by I-80 makes no sense. Athletic facilities need to be coordinated and shared with the town and recreation district. If the school board were to ignore a "no" on the bond as they have threatened to do and proceed with the expenditures proposed by the bond, they would be unconscionably ignoring the will of the community and missing an opportunity to create better plan which will not involve demolishing and rebuilding construction proposed by this bond I a few years.
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Park City trails should be open to motorized uses too
I think trails in Park City should be open for the use of dirt bikes. For a lot of people who use dirt bikes for transportation and entertainment a trailer is too expensive and or they don’t own cars. I feel that park city residents all love to get outside, but for those of us with motorized vehicles there aren’t any options. Park City should either have motorized vehicle specific trails or we should learn to share the ones we already have.
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Don’t leave town without contributing to Live PC Give PC
November 6 is Live PC Give PC and I will be out of town, going to a warm climate. I have already signed on to http://www.livepcgivepc.org and given my support to my favorite organizations.
Park City is a wonderful place to live. It is beautiful, active, friendly, and people care. I wake up to Leslie Thatcher on KPCW every day, I love the history, the mining artifacts around town and the Park City Museum on Main St. I love the art, I go to the concerts, plays, movies and fabulous performances offered all year. I bike, and hike on the trails. I love the panoramas and the open space around town. This community cares for families in crisis and helps children reach their potentials. We have over 80 non-profits in town that have enriched my life and the lives of everyone in Park City.
Please join me before, or on, Nov. 6, and sign on to http://www.livepcgivepc.org and donate to your favorite organizations that enrich your life and watch the day unfold!
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Nann Worel would add reasoned voice to City Council
I would urge voters in the Park City limits to vote for Nann Worel for City Council. She is smart and thoughtful and kind. She has proven herself a skilled executive director in the uncertain world of non-profits with the People’s Health Center. She has been a reasoned voice as a member first, of the planning commission and now as Chair, of that sometimes messy, certainly complicated, city entity. She has managed to guide that group with grace and with tough (and fair) decision-making.
Nann works hard to make Park City a better, smarter, kinder community. Let’s vote her into a position to do that in, a more direct, daily way.
I encourage you to join me in voting for Nann for City Council.
A reader involved in addressing mental health in Summit County applauds Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elena Amsterdam for their efforts to help mountain towns wrap their arms around the issue.