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August eNews: Mayoral ballots due soon; plastic bag ban greatly reduces overall bag use

Post Date:08/11/2017 4:51 PM


SUMMER IS TOO SHORT!

Enjoy the last few weeks....

Friends,

I can hardly believe that September is right around the corner. In just a few short weeks, our kids will be heading back to school, and we'll be unpacking our sweatshirts and jackets. So I urge everyone to make the most of the waning days of summer. Get out on your bike—or try our new ebikes—go to the pool, or take a scenic hike. Remember why we live in this magical place, and just how lucky we are to call Park City home.

Of course, the City's work doesn't stop just because summer is winding down: Council and staff continue to work hard to advance our priorities. For example, we've started the process to develop the conservation easement for Bonanza Flat, and our environmental staff is working with our grocers to help smooth the transition to our newly adopted plastic bag ban. We are also working hard to finish our summer streets and sidewalk paving plans, as well as several new affordable housing units on Park Avenue in Old Town and near the Rail Trail in Prospector.

You can learn more about these and other programs below. But remember, before you head out on your final summer vacation, make sure to vote in the mayoral primary! And we'll see you in the fall.
 

MAKE SURE TO MAIL OR DROP OFF YOUR PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOTS

Park City residents: ballots for the Park City mayoral primary were mailed a few weeks ago, so check that you received yours. To verify that you are registered to vote, visit vote.utah.org. If you have other questions about your ballot, you may contact Kent Jones, the Summit County clerk.
This year's election is entirely vote-by-mail, so be sure that your ballot is postmarked by August 14 or earlier. You can also drop off your ballot in one of five dropboxes, including at City Hall (445 Marsac Avenue).

The general election for Park City Council will be Tuesday, November 7.Learn more at the city's elections page.

PUTTING THE WHEELS IN MOTION

Transportation projects funded by Propositions 9 & 10 moving forward


China Bridge wayfinding & color-coding improvements
The following are updates from three projects funded by the sales tax initiatives to improve transit and transportation around the county:
China Bridge Parking Garage is Receiving a Facelift
In advance of the parking management program (which goes into effect in mid-December), the China Bridge Parking Garage is getting a makeover. Starting this month, the garage is being deep-cleaned and color-coded for wayfinding.
The garage will remain open while improvements are being made. Residents should expect a rolling closure by section, but the project team will endeavor to keep as much of the garage open as possible. Expected completion December 15.
Electric XPress buses now using shoulders on SR224
The Electric Xpress, which connects Kimball Junction and Old Town Transit Centers with 10-minute frequency, is a key step toward implementing the City's larger transportation goals and providing more travel choices. With fewer stops, travel times are expedited. Buses are now also allowed to travel on the shoulders, bypassing traffic and ensuring that riders get to their destinations in a timely fashion.
SR248 Corridor & Safety Improvement Project Approved for Crucial First Phase
Parkites will be thrilled to hear that the stretch of SR248 from Park Avenue to I-40 will be improved. Last week Council approved the important first step in the project: a contract for the engineering and environmental documents. The project (a partnership with UDOT) will evaluate alternatives for the corridor according to federal NEPA standards. Key elements include the following:
  • Enhanced bicycle corridor
  • Improved transit
  • Improved pedestrian safety
  • Improved school access
  • Improved stormwater capture, conveyance, and treatment
  • Improved wayfinding and aesthetics
Without the passage of Propositions 9 and 10, this project, especially, would not be moving forward: thanks, again, to everyone who voted for them!


TAKE THE BONANZA FLAT RESOURCE SURVEY

Feedback will help craft conservation easement for newly acquired open space parcel



Calling all open space lovers! Park City and Utah Open Lands are starting to develop the management plan and conservation easement for Bonanza Flat, and we want to hear from you: what uses and activities do you think are appropriate or inappropriate on the land? Please take our short (10-question, 5-minute) survey. The results will be incorporated into the development process for both documents.
The survey is open through August 30. The aggregate data will be available after the survey closes on both the Utah Open Lands and Park City websites, as well as their respective Facebook pages.
To provide further comment or ask questions, please email marie@utahopenlands.org.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the following meetings over the next month. Follow this link for additional meeting information and agendas.
Wed., August 16 Special Events Advisory Cttee | noon | Library
Wed., August 16 Library Board | noon | Library
Thurs., August 17 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Thurs., August 22 COSAC | 8:30 am | Council Chambers
Wed., August 23 Planning Commission | 5:30 pm | Council Chambers
Tues., August 29 City Council Special Meeting | 9:30 am | Council Chambers
Thurs., August 31 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Tues., September 5 Recreation Advisory Board | 6:00 pm | PCMARC
Thurs., September 14 City Council | Time TBD | Council Chambers
Can't make it to City Council or Planning Commission in person? Attend virtually or download the recording via the Listen Live link.




UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

The following special events may create impacts or require advance planning to attend. Please exercise caution when in the area and plan ahead for road closures, detours, slowdowns, and parking restrictions and costs. Want the most up-to-date event traffic and emergency notification? Text PCEVENTS to 888777 to subscribe to text alerts.
  • Park Silly Sunday Market: Runs through September 17 (no market August 13). Lower Main Street. Parking is limited: take the bus, walk, or bike to the event. Free bike valet available. Remember to bring your reusable bags.
  • Summit County Fair: August 5-12, Coalville. Free shuttle service August 11 & 12 from North Summit High School, Coalville City Hall, and Summit County Courthouse parking lots.
  • Park City Trail Series: August 12, 6:00 am-12:30 pm. Round Valley Quinn’s Junction Trailhead. Park at dirt lot at trailhead. Overflow lot at ice arena.
  • Back Alley Bash: August 18, 5-9:00 pm, Town Lift Plaza, Lower Main Street. Walk, bike, bus.
  • Mid-mountain Marathon: Saturday, August 19. Deer Valley to Utah Olympic Park. Watch for runners throughout Park City and Snyderville Basin.
  • NAC Summit Challenge: Saturday, August 26. Watch for riders throughout Park City and Summit County.
  • Classic Car Show: Saturday, August 26, 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Main Street (Main Street closed). Walk, bike, bus, or carpool.
  • Park City Point to Point: Saturday, September 2. Quinn’s Junction to Skullcandy headquarters. Watch for riders throughout Park City and Snyderville Basin.
  • Miner’s Day Celebration: September 4. Various events throughout the day. Stay tuned for information about road closures and transportation options.
  • Autumn Aloft: September 16 & 17. North 40 playing fields (behind Treasure Mountain Junior High School). Park at Eccles and Park City High School or at China Bridge and bus to site. Saturday's evening event will be on Main Street. Walk, bike, bur, or carpool to this event.
For a complete listing of Park City & Summit County events and activities, please visit the Park City Chamber's events page.

LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE ON THE 4TH OF JULY

Park City would like your feedback on your travel experience to and from Park City's 2017 4th of July Celebration. Your responses to this short online survey will help us improve transportation services to meet community needs. Please respond with your feedback by end of day, August 14. Thank you!

WE WANT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE COUNTY'S MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE STRATEGIC PLAN

The Summit County Health Department has been developing a strategic plan to address mental health and substance abuse issues. Please join us for a roundtable discussion to learn about the development process and the plan's key goals. Facilitators will guide discussion on one of five strategic directives identified from recent data collected from around Summit County.
  • Location: Richins Building Auditorium
  • Date: Wednesday, August 16th
  • Time: 5:30-7:00pm
For more information, contact the Summit County Health Department at435.333.1500 or anewman@summitcounty.org.

LEADERSHIP 24 APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 26

Leadership Park City—a national, award-winning “Best of State” community leadership program—is now accepting applications for next year's class. If you're a “doer”who wants tocollaborate withlike-minded and interesting people, learn new ideas, and improve your leadership skills—all while helpingshape your community's future—please consider applying. Adults living or working in the greater Park City area (Summit and Wasatch counties) are eligible to apply for the year-long program. Those with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to express interest.

 

Applications due Saturday, August 26. Application, schedule, and additional information online at the city's website.For more information, contact Minda Stockdale at 435.615.5186 or minda.stockdale@parkcity.org.

REUSABLE BAGS: THE HOT NEW FASHION ACCESSORY

Distribution of single-use bags at point of sale has plummeted since bag ban took effect
Park City has joined the ranks of Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin and Cambridge by implementing a plastic bag ban. The ban has been in effect for slightly more than a month. One store has already reduced their bag use from 2400 plastic bags per day to 700 paper and 20 reusable bags.
As with any new progam, continuous education will be key to ensuring its success and acceptance. This week the city is issuing ten signs to each affected store to remind customers to remember their bags.
Do you have ideas or concerns regarding the plastic bag ban? Don’t hesitate to email and Celia will get back to you: bagban@parkcity.org.



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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.