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March eNews: City's Strategic Plan; Snow Removal Crew Keeps Town Running

Post Date:03/06/2017 4:33 PM




In this month’s newsletter we’ve included an overview of the city’s strategic plan. This comprehensive document summarizes where the city is going and how we intend to get there. It’s an embodiment of everything the City Council and I have heard from you, and we feel it reflects your hopes and dreams for our town.

The plan is a living document: although we feel confident in its fundamentals, we know it will continue to evolve over time. So please don’t remain silent: let us know what you think about the plan and its goals, and how you think it will contribute to making Park City a complete community. Feel free to email the city’s Strategic Planning & Budget Operations manager, Jed Briggs (, who manages the strategic planning process, or me at We look forward to hearing from you.
— Jack Thomas, Mayor


PCMC's long-term strategic plan unifies the city's vision, values, and goals and lays the groundwork for evolving and sustaining a complete community

During last month’s City Council retreat, Park City’s elected officials affirmed their three critical priorities—energy, housing, and transportation—and refined their top priorities. This was part of the larger strategic planning process that governs the decisions and funding for all city services and initiatives. In this article, Strategic Planning & Budget Operations Manager Jed Briggs provides an overview of the plan and how it was created.

The plan is represented by the metaphor of a tree. The tree trunk is formed by Park City’s mission statement: “complete community.” The city’s four core values make up the roots of the tree. Council’s strategic goals create the four main branches. And the critical and top priorities, as well as desired outcomes, are each their own leaf.

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

Wed., March 8 Planning Commission | 5:30 pm| Council Chambers
Mon., March 13 Public Art Advisory Board | 5:00 pm| Executive Conf. Room
Thurs., March 16 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Tues., March 21 Board of Adjustment | 5:00 pm| Council Chambers
Tues., March 28 COSAC | 8:30 am| Council Chambers
Tues., March 28 Apres with Council | 4:00 pm | Spur Bar & Grill
Thurs., March 30 City Council | Time TBD| Council Chambers

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


How Park City Municipal's snow removal staff keep the town moving, even in a blizzard

It’s been a banner snow year: by February 27, the city had received 157 percent of average snowfall. We love it on the slopes, but it can be challenging on the streets and sidewalks. This is where the city’s intrepid snow removal crew comes in. PCMC’s Streets & Parks Departments have been working—at times around the clock—to maintain safety and access for residents and visitors. Streets Manager Troy Dayley, Streets Supervisor Casey Coleman, and Streets & Parks Supervisor Ever Armendariz sat down to talk about just what happens to all that snow.

Park City Municipal: Your department needs to be ready at a moment’s notice to respond to a snowstorm. How do you ensure immediate turnaround times?

Troy Dayley: We’ve developed a rigorous protocol that we adhere to throughout the winter. We check the weather every day—often several times a day—and make sure to let the crew know they might be on the streets for the upcoming shift. As soon as the crew clocks in, each plow driver immediately does a pre-trip inspection.

Watch a ride-along with a snow plow as the city gets ready for the Sundance Film Festival.



But we haven't crossed the finish line yet
Bonanza Flat—a 1336-acre parcel of pristine land that borders Summit, Wasatch, and Salt Lake Counties—is very close to being preserved forever. A consortium of nonprofit agencies, counties, and private donors has committed to find a way to fill a $13 million gap between a $25 million bond approved by Park City voters and the $38 million price tag. “I’ve been blown away and humbled by the amount of participation and the number of partners—large and small—across the Wasatch that have helped make this happen,” said City Councilman Andy Beerman.

The next milestone in the process is the March 9 Park City Council meeting, at which Council will decide whether to commit the second option of $1.5-million, (due March 15). “With all this momentum and participation, I’m fairly confident that we’ll wish to exercise the second option,” said Mayor Jack Thomas. “We’ll use it to buy more time to secure the remaining funds.”

Fund-raising efforts have been coordinated by Utah Open Lands. UOL Executive Director Wendy Fisher said the shortfall is getting smaller by the day, “but we need to keep awareness up. Folks need to understand that it’s not over yet. I’m encouraging everyone who lives in Salt Lake City and County to call their councils and encourage them to contribute and remind them that Bonanza Flat is the headwaters for their water supply.” Bonanza Flat is the headwaters for the Provo River and the Deer Creek Reservoir which is part of the Salt Lake Valley watershed. Study after study has shown that preserving watersheds is far cheaper than remediating water sources that have been polluted by development. Fisher added, “If you live in Summit County, please call or email your council members to thank them for their generosity.” Summit County has committed $5.75 million.

Park City residents continue to show their strong support. In addition to passing the $25 million bond last November, businesses and individuals have raised a lot on their own. A fund-raiser on February 27 at The Montage hotel raised $1.1 million, a record for a single event. Additional events, including at Gallery Mar and McMillen Gallery, are moving the needle in significant ways. “The coalition of people and organizations dedicated to saving this parcel is both broad and deep, and that’s very important,” Fisher said. “The sheer number of donations demonstrates the critical importance of this landscape support across the region.”

Fund-raising events and opportunities can be found at the Save Bonanza Flats website. Watch this story about Bonanza Flat on Channel 4. You can also watch this flyover video, which gives you a sense of the land's rugged, unspoiled beauty and vastness.


The Council Community Outreach Series, which was launched last fall, provides Park City residents, constituents, and stakeholders the opportunity to speak directly with City Council members in an unscripted forum. The Council members appreciate being able to hear residents' opinions and direct experiences, especially about what they feel is working in town and what could use more attention. Because the meetings have no set agenda, the residents can bring up whatever topics they would like.

On Tuesday, February 28, Councilors Cindy Matsumoto and Andy Beerman met with a group of people at the Park City Library's coffee shop. Topics ranged from Sundance 2017 to transportation, affordable housing, and the city's strategic plan.

The next event will be held in the early evening of Tuesday, March 28, at the Spur Bar & Grill on Main Street. Please check the city's website and look for an email closer to the date. And let us know what you think! How else would you like to engage with your elected officials? We rely on your participation to help us maintain transparency, accountability, and responsivenss.



Leadership Park City is pleased to present their annual Community Lecture. The lecture will be held Monday, March 20th, at the Santy Auditorium, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. It will feature a conversation with David Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab and author of Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds. Mr. Pottruck is an engaging, insightful and dynamic motivational speaker. The event is free to the public.

The Citizens Police Academy, offered every summer by the Park City Police Department, lets members of the community step into an officer’s shoes. Througha series of simulations, guest speakers, and real-life experiences, students get a sense of what the men and women in blue do and deal with every day."My number-one goal for the academy is to increase transparency," said Park City Police Officer Terry Knechtel, the program's manager. "We're not hiding anything, so we want to invite ordinary citizens in to see just how we do our jobs." Class topics include domestic violence, gangs, crime scene investigation, and K9 police dogs, among others.

Read a full profile of the program on the city's website, and download the application on the Police Department webpage. Applications are due April 24, and the first class will be held May 4.


Small business owners: learn about all the fabulous resources the Park City Library and Park City Business Resource Center can provide. Jon Beutler, director of the Park City Business Resource Center, will provide personalized assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners. He will help you understand the types of financing available and develop a complete business plan. The program is part of Salt Lake Community College's Miller Business Resource Center." Park City has a very entrepreneurial streak, and we would like to nurture and support this," said Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp. "We are conducting this initially as a pilot program, but we would like to expand it into a full-fledged series if there is enough interest," said Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp. The sessions will be held concurrently with the Tuesday Night Bar (which provides legal advice), in case small business owners want to take advantage of that resource at the same time.

The Park City Business Resource Center will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on March 7, April 4, and May 2 at the Park City Library.