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Park City Council Meeting Summary September 26, 2019

Post Date:10/02/2019 2:55 PM

SUMMARY of the SEPTEMBER 26 PARK CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

IN THE REGULAR MEETING

APPOINTMENTS

Appointment of City Treasurer
City Council appointed Sara Nagel as the Park City Municipal’s Treasurer.
City Treasurer Staff Report

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND DISCLOSURES

Park City Municipal Awarded Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement
In August, Park City Municipal was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2018 fiscal year comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). This is the 14th consecutive year that PCMC has received the award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
GFOA Award Staff Report
GFOA AFRA
GFOA Certificate of Achievement for FY2018

 

Permitting Process Task Force Update
The City has formed a task force to identify and prioritize areas for improvement in the application of recently adopted design guidelines and permitting process for Park City’s Historic District and Historic Sites. The group is comprised of architects, contractors, developers, and residents who are tasked with balancing regulation and preservation goals with efficiency, livability and design.
Permitting Process Taskforce Staff Report

 

City Council Meeting Closed Captioning Service
Council discussed closed captioning services for City Council meetings, which was implemented in January 2019 for a one year pilot. Council is requesting public feedback on the service to gauge its effectiveness and use. Feedback can be sent to michelle.kellogg@parkcity.org.
Closed Captioning Service Staff Report

 

Transportation Demand Management Plan Update
In an effort to support the Critical Community Priority of Transportation and reduce single-occupant vehicle travel, staff has implemented recommended strategies to change travel behavior of residents, commuters, and visitors. Staff provided an update on the implementation process, highlighting progress, upcoming projects, use of innovative tools, and success metrics.
TDM Staff Report

 

PUBLIC INPUT

City Tour 2019 Debrief
Myles Rademen provided an overview of Leadership’s 2019 City Tour to Crested Butte, Montrose, and Grand Junction, Colorado.
CityTour 2019 Debrief Report
Attachment A: PC 2019 City Tour Report

 

Leadership Park City Class 25 Project Presentation
Representatives from Leadership Park City Class 25 presented their Class project: Community Wildfire Preparedness. The project goal was to increase community awareness about wildfire risk, and encourage homeowners to protect their homes against wildfire. The project included public outreach and education, a community resource guide, and a landscape analysis of soil carbon content.
Class 25 Project Debrief Staff Report
Wildfire Preparedness Resource Guide Presentation

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Council approved the following items on the consent agenda:

 

OLD BUSINESS

Council discussed the following old business item:

 

NEW BUSINESS

Council approved the following new business items:

 

UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS

  • Historic Preservation Board Meeting: 10/2, 5:00 p.m. at City Hall
  • Planning Commission Meeting: 10/9, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall
  • City Council Meeting: 10/10, 6:00 p.m. at City Hall

 

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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.