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Dec. eNews: Mayor Thomas bids farewell; Year in Review; Prop 9 & 10 progress report

Post Date:12/23/2017 9:25 AM
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"IT JUST MIGHT WORK"
Jack Thomas looks back on his four years as Park City's mayor

Park City Municipal Corporation: As mayor, you advanced several high-profile projects and initiatives. What’s your secret?
Jack Thomas: I think I was the right person at the right time. This job is all about possibilities. I take a big-picture approach to problem solving, and my motto has always been, “It just might work.” Don’t worry about whether something might fail: worry about how to make it work.

PCMC: In the past year, you helped craft deals to save Bonanza Flat, create the Arts & Culture District, and develop a tentative alternative to Treasure Hill. How did they come about?

JT: An unusually high number of opportunities arose in the past year; in each case, it was my responsibility to present the possibilities to the community and the voters. But it really took a City Council and community that were willing to objectively evaluate each of them on their merits.



2017: THE YEAR OF THINKING BIG

Accomplishments will preserve Park City's core values and position the city for future challenges and opportunities

The voters and residents of Park City asked us to think big, and this past year, we delivered! 2017 was a year of big projects and bold initiatives that will put the city on stronger footing and move us closer to being a complete community. We—all of us—saved Bonanza Flat, ensuring that 1350 acres of wildnerness and watershed are preserved in perpetuity. We also established the Arts & Culture District, which will keep Sundance and the Kimball Art Center in Park City while revitalizing the Bonanza Park neighborhood. And we set the stage to develop an alternative to the Treasure Hill project. On top of all this, we moved aggressively forward with our transportation, energy, and housing goals, as well as a whole host of other initiatives.
Each of these projects, as different as they may seem, remain true to our core values:small town, historic character, sense of community, and natural setting. They will all preserve what makes our town special.
Watch a video postcard of 2017 accomplishments here:



OLD TOWN PARKING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM ROLLS OUT
Managing parking supply to help keep Main Street vibrant

The long-awaited Old Town Parking Management program rolled out Friday, December 15, just in time for the holiday rush. Patrons, employees, and residents seem to be getting into the swing of things.
The primary goal is to manage the downtown parking supply so visitors and residents can feel confident they'll find a parking space. Further, bringing fewer cars into Old Town has the added benefits of reducing congestion, improving air quality, promoting alternative transportation, and preserving our small-town character.
"People come to Park City because we are a historic small town," said Mayor Jack Thomas. "The last thing they want to do is drive around for 45 minutes looking for a space. That's not who we are, and that's not what we want to become."
In addition to facilitating the parking process, the new meters and garage technology will also help city staff make data-driven decisions moving forward. "The garage is equipped with signage to tell you just how many spaces are where," said Coulson. "We also can analyze that data to make future program modifications."



PROPOSITION 9 & 10 PROGRESS REPORT
Park City & Summit County have achieved 42 milestones in the year since county voters approved the transit and transportation taxes


In November 2016, Summit County voters passed Propositions 9 and 10 to fund transportation operations and infrastructure, and we haven't looked back since.
"We're so grateful to our residents for having the vision to support transit and transportation at the strategic level," said Park City Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts. "We can confidently plan projects knowing that there is dedicated funding source and that we have the backing of our constituents."
The Transit and Transportation teams compiled a list of 42 accomplishments from the past year, some of which—namely, the launch of the Electric Xpress—were completed a year ahead of schedule. Other highlights include the following:
  • Launched Kamas Commuter
  • Launched Summit eBike Share
  • Purchased six electric buses and awarded grant for seven more
  • Doubled PC/SLC Connect service
  • Launched new Main Street Trolley
  • Launched Kimball Junction Circulator
  • Constructed and opened Kimball Junction Transit Center and Park & Ride Lot
  • Awarded Kae Draper Outstanding Transit System from Utah Urban Rural Specialized Transportation Association
You can view the entire list of accomplishments here. Stay tuned for more transportation milestones in 2018!


The public is invited and encouraged to attend the following meetings over the next month. Follow this link for additional meeting information and agendas.

Please note: we have an abbreviated meeting schedule in January because of Sundance. Also, there may be an additional Planning Commission meeting for Treasure Hill this month. Check the MinuteTraq page for updates.
Tues., Jan. 2 Recreation Advisory Board | 6:00 pm | PC MARC
Wed., Jan. 3 City Council Swearing In | Time TBD | Location TBD
Thurs., Jan. 4 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Wed., Jan. 10 Planning Commission | 5:30 pm |Council Chambers
Thurs., Jan. 11 City Council | Time TBD |Council Chambers
TUES., January 16 Board of Adjustment | Time TBD |Council Chambers
Wed., Jan. 17 Library Board | noon | Library
Wed., Jan. 17 Planning Commission Special Meeting | 5:30 pm | Council Chambers
TUES., Jan. 23 City Council | Time TBD |Council Chambers

Can't make it to City Council or Planning Comission in person? Attend virtually or download the recording via the Listen Live link.

SEEKING FEEDBACK ON SR248


The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), in cooperation with Park City, is initiating an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the long-term transportation needs on State Route (SR)-248. The project is bounded by SR-224 on the west and US Route-40 on the east, and is approximately three miles long (refer to study area map above). The existing road varies from three lanes to five lanes. Potential improvements could include roadway capacity improvements, multi-modal improvements, and/or transportation demand management to address the existing and future transportation needs.
We invite residents to log onto www.udot.utah.gov/SR248improved to provide feedback that will assist the project team in identifying key areas of focus for the rest of the study. Deadline to submit comments is December 29.

WE INVITE YOU TO ENGAGE WITH PARK CITY
Online community forum provides lets you provide feedback on various city initiatives

We know not everybody can make it to council, commission, or committee meetings. But a lot of issues still matter to you. To help keep our community members informed and engaged, Park City has launched Engage Park City, an online forum that lets you speak your mind on important issues. Each posted topic will include background information, a project timeline, city contacts, and a forum for providing feedback.
Our first posted topic is the Arts & Culture District, whose page includes a survey about preferred programming for the area. It's open now through December 27. Here's how you can take part:
Go to our online open house, EngageParkCity.org. Participation is easy, secure and convenient:

Want to learn more about Engage Park City? Click on our launch video below.



PCMC OFFICES CLOSED 12/25, 12/26, 01/01

Park City Municipal wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. We will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1. If you have any immediate issues on the days we are closed, please contact Dispatch at 435.615.5500. Here's to safe, joyous, and peaceful 2018!