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Summary of May 11 City Council Meeting

Post Date:05/16/2017 1:40 PM


Presentation of City Manager’s Recommended Budget:
City Councilwas presented with the revised FY2017 and proposed FY2018 operating and capital budget. The budget presentation will continue over the next four Council meetings. In the operating budget, significant year-over-year increases are due to Pay Plan increases, health care increases, and operating expenses primarily related to transit, to keep up with demand for services.

Discussion of Proposed Amendments to the Convention Sales License (CSL) Process:
The majority of Council favored a new Type 3 CSL, which would allow an event organizer to pull an “umbrella” license and provide a list of vendors participating in a small event, rather than have each vendor pull a sales license on their own. Council also favored a five-day activation CSL and/or load in/out time slots for Old Town vendors during Sundance to avoid a growing trend of loading-in for only the first few days of the festival then load-out during the day in the middle of the festival. Council requested staff gather input from Main Street landlords and merchants and return with recommendations.

Discussion of Regulation of Chain Businesses on Main Street and Receive Public Input:
The majority of Council favored a cap on chain businesses rather than a ban. Council requested staff work with the Planning Commission and return to Council with recommendations.

Special Acknowledgement
Councilwoman Becca Gerber paid respects to Park City native and Olympic champion Steve Holcomb, who passed away last week. She told the story of growing up together as friends and classmates and called Holcomb, “a one-of-a-kind, special person,” and asked to take a moment to remember Holcomb.

1. Coffee with Council Summary from April 25, 2017
2. Rename Top Priority to Diverse Community Participation
3. Summer 2017 Construction Project Update

Public Input
Carol Sletta thanked Council for the benches outside of the post office; staff introduced Chief Building Official David Thacker; and Pam Woll and Tom Jacobson with Sunrise Rotary requested Council waive fees for event-related support infrastructure that the Rotary providesthat helps offset the City’s costs of putting on the 4th of July event.

Council Approved:
A consideration to ban single use plastic grocery bags for stores over 12,000 square feet that distribute groceries. The stores impacted would be Fresh Market, the Market at Park City, and Rite-Aid.
Council discussed the proposed ordinance at length and considered several alternatives, from banning all single-use bags to only plastic bags. Sustainability Manager Luke Cartin clarified that outreach was limited to the three largest stores due to volume of plastic bags they used. Council also discussed how the latest ordinance was the culmination of a decades-long process – first via voluntary outreach programs, educational efforts,then a special bag program funded by PCMC, and now, regulation.

Public Comment:
Amanda Baltzley, Sharelle Rodman, Mary Christa Smith, Jan Barz and Jennifer Gardner gave public comment supporting the ordinance.

Craig Rodman and Tiffany Root commented in favor of the ban and in favor of county-wide ban.
Dave Davis with the Trade Association was opposed to a bag ban and argued that single-use bags, not plastic, is the real challenge.

Ed Parigian gave public comment suggesting that stores charge a fee for a reusable bag with a Park City logo. He suggested the logo could incentivize reusable bag purchase.

Doug Dastroup, Fresh Market, expressed concern with competitors who do not charge for bags. He differentiated between costs for different paper bags that the store would have to use and stated that Fresh Market already sells affordable reusable bags. Dastroup expressed concern that tourists will travel to Kimball Junction for their groceries if a single use plastic bag ban were enacted in Park City.

John Hale gave public comment representing Rite-Aid and is opposed to the ban.

Council also Approved:
  • Discussion of a Temporary Parking Program on the Recently Acquired South Lot of the Yard Subdivision: Staff recommends using portions of the Yard lot for Main Street employee parking and other parking inventory needs. Staff stated that Main Street park-and-ride employee parking should be the first priority, and to explore other opportunities with demand-based paid parking secondarily. Staff stated that this is a good opportunity for an interim system given its proximity, while other alternatives in and around town are brought into the systems of satellite parking locations. Staff also said this will get us to a solution in alignment with Council's goals. Councilwoman Gerber expressed concern about road safety in the area and suggested adding road safety measures. Councilman Beerman suggested making Homestake Road a one-way road. Staff offered the possibility of taking traffic out toward Munchkin Road or Bonanza.There was no public comment.
  • A purchase agreement to acquire 11 newly constructed housing units, the Central Park Condos Located at 1893 Prospector Avenue, for $4,328,000, for the Purpose of Affordable Housing.The proposed purchase would further Council's critical priority of Affordable/Attainable Housing. Council unanimously approved.
    Public Input: Ed Parigian expressed support for the acquisition and development of property in Old Town.
  • Donation application for placing a bench and tree on the City-owned Library Field parcel.
  • A resolution that restates and confirms the City’s intent to place a conservation easement on Bonanza Flat.
  • JTS, Inc. as the new event organizer for the 4th of July Celebration, not to exceed $20,000.
  • Contracts for rotomilling, pavement overlays, utility adjustments, slurry seals, crack seal, and trail seal coat with three companies totaling $815,079.31.
  • An agreement with Parametrix to consult and analyze the Main Street/Swede Alley intersection for $24,004.
  • A resolution recognizing May 2017 as Historic Preservation Month in Park City.
  • A short-term lease with the Mountain Trails Foundation, for approximately 4,000 square feet at Quinn's Junction.
  • An agreement with SKM, Inc., for the Quinn’s Junction Water Treatment Plant Upgrades – for an amount not to exceed $30,300.
  • The adoption of the tentative revised budget for fiscal year 2017 and a tentative budget for fiscal year 2018. Council also approved the property tax rate for next year, which would result in no rate increase.
  • The proposed permitting process for the use of outdoor recreation facilities for commercial use of park and fields.
Council Discussed
  • Master Plan for Public Utilitites and Streets facility:

Council reviewed goals and project alternatives as they relate to net-zero energy goals, the incorporation of transit housing, and the project location (Quinn’s Junction) and phasing plan. The majority of Council was not in favor of keeping the public utilities space in town, and instead was in favor of using land in town for housing and community-centered needs and providing housing and Public Utilities and Streets near Quinn's Junction.While the majority of Council prefers housing in town, they also recognize the need for housing where it can be built, which may include the City-owned property at Quinn’s Junction. Planning Director Bruce Erickson said that the land use (zoning) for the Quinn’s property needs to be readied to accommodate the proposed Public Utility facility. Planning staff proposes to work with Public Utilities towards the approval of the project master plan, which could include phasing of construction. Mayor Thomas supported the master plan with potential future modifications.
  • Code Enforcement Level of Service:

Staff asked for Council feedback on strategic code enforcement. The majority of Council was in favor of more stringent and proactive enforcement. City Attorney Harrington cautioned against over simplification of the enforcement process. Harrington recommended that Council request interim reports from staff on their progress at regular intervals. Councilman Beerman suggested staff return with a summary of the direction staff would take would be helpful. Staff willreturn to Council with updates regarding how strategic code enforcement will respond to the concerns raised.
Public comment:
  • All comment was in regard to code violations by construction projects.
  • Carole Sletta stated that in her neighborhood she has experienced lack of regard for residents and neighborhoods by contractors and developers. Sletta expressed support for proactive monitoring and enforcement.
  • Mike Sweeney expressed concern for staff that already has a very difficult and stressful job in terms of enforcing code violations in neighborhoods. He suggested that they would need strong support from the City and its elected officials.
  • John Phillips gave public comment as a member of the Planning Commission and as a private citizen in support of proactive code enforcement, particularly when it comes to construction mitigation and impacts in neighborhood settings.
Council Continued until later date:
  • Consideration of an ordinance approving Village at Empire Pass North Subdivision Plat. Continued to June 15, 2017.

  • Consideration to continue Park City Land Management Code (LMC) Amendments. Continued to June 15.
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Sustainability For Homes

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Sometimes reducing your environmental impact can be a little overwhelming. There is a lot of new information and sometimes it changes very quickly from new research or developments. Start off small and take it a day at a time and soon you'll be able to incorporate a lot of these ideas into your daily life.  Here are 10 ways to get started reducing your impact at home.

1. Sign up for the SCPW ChallengePark City worked with Summit Community Power Works to bring this online resource to life. Here you will find 70 actions you can do at home to conserve, with all available rebates and incentives, and step-by-step instructions on how to complete each action. It's even more fun when you get your neighbors to participate and form a team to win prizes and recognition!

2. Conserve Energy - Start off by being conscious of the energy you use at home, noticing what lights are on, when the TV is on, etc. Then make a concerted effort to turn off lights and electronics when they are not needed. Conservation is not about doing without, but about using energy wisely.

Snow Melt Systems
Many Park City residents use snow melt products, such as heat tape, to prevent ice dams on their roofs.  These snow melt systems are needed for certain roofs, but they also use a huge amount of electricity and often times we forget to turn them off when it gets warmer.  In fact, some systems use as much electricity as the entire home.  Make sure your snow melt system is turned off during warmer months - some systems have been found to be operating during spring/summer, costing lots of money and inflating the community's carbon footprint. If you find yourself forgetting to turn off your heat tape, you can purchase a timer that will do it for you.
3. Perform a Home Energy Audit - While energy conservation is important, energy efficiency is even more important and for your home to be energy efficient, you should perform a home energy audit. This audit will tell you where you need upgrades to equipment, lights insulation, windows and appliances. Many of these changes are easy and inexpensive and will yield huge energy savings. A home energy audit can be done by yourself, or you can hire an experienced professional to help guide you and offer the most cost effective recommendations. Here is a list of certified Home Energy Raters. In addition, for $25 you can work with one of Dominion Energy's Energy Experts to develop a plan to start saving energy (and money) immediately.   

4. Replace Inefficient Bulbs - Your energy audit will likely reveal that you have some inefficient bulbs in your home. Make sure to replace those with more efficient lighting options like LED bulbs which use a fraction of the energy and last much longer than older lighting technologies. You'll begin saving money immediately with this low cost and easy upgrade.

5. Unplug - Avoid phantom loads that come from gadgets and electronics that draw power even when they're off. Unplug chargers, printers, gadgets, coffee makers, toasters and other similar electronics to avoid wasting unnecessary energy. You can also plug these devices into a power strip and shut off the power strip when not being used.

6. Improve Indoor Air Quality - Sometimes your home's indoor air quality is worse than the air outdoors due to inadequate ventilation and the release of toxins indoors from furniture, chemicals, equipment and more. Learn more about the sources of indoor toxins and how to reduce them to make your home safer.

7. Upgrade Inefficient Appliances - Reduce both water and energy use by upgrading to more efficient appliances. Look for ENERGY STAR labeled appliances that are guaranteed to be more efficient. While the initial cost of the appliance may be slightly more than a regular one, the money you save on energy will more than cover the cost of the upgrade.

8. Clean Greener - Cleaning solutions in your home may actually be toxic and causing you harm. Start cleaning your home with more natural cleaning supplies that are safer for your family, pets and the environment. Look for all natural, biodegradable and non-petroleum based products.

9. Buy Green Power - One of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your carbon emissions is to support renewable energy from your electric utility. Our very own Rocky Mountain Power has a program for exactly that called Blue Sky. Sign up today!

10. Install a Programmable Thermostat - Making sure you don't heat or cool your home when you're not there (or when you're asleep and cozy under covers) is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Programmable thermosats allow you to control temperature settings for when you are at home, away, and asleep.