December 16th, 2021 – City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for January 6th (after being sworn-in on January 4th), 12/16 is the last meeting of the current Council. An official approach for upcoming City Council meeting topic communication is in the works!

Iron Mountain open space; Monetary awards for organizations that support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Mental Wellness Fund; Drop, Load, and Staging zones on Main Street; Royal Street bus service; Sundance 2022; Bridge or tunnel near 248/224 intersection; Mid-Year FY22 Budget amendment; 5G wireless ordinance; Accessory apartments; Prohibiting nightly rentals in Hidden Oaks (Phases 2 and 3).

  • Consider a donation of open space on Iron Mountain as the developer is exiting the project.  It would include consolidating parcels on Iron Mountain to Park City ownership, and a land conservation easement.  Staff is recommending the due diligence costs be paid by Iron Mountain Associates and the Residents who initiated the request.  Once due diligence is completed the City would determine if it makes sense to move forward, no cost would be incurred prior to that time outside of limited Staff time.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion special service contracts funding is proposed, including a detailed analysis of requestors and recommendations.  Formerly these were referred to as “social equity service contracts.”  $500k has been budgeted for the awards over the course of 2 Fiscal Years; almost $1.1MM was requested in total.  Out of 19 applicants, 6 were recommended not funded, 7 were recommended fully funded, and 6 were recommended partially funded.

  • Communities That Care (CTC) is presenting a report on the past year and how City contributions made through the Community Foundation were used.  The donation amount was $60k made to the Mental Wellness Fund, separate from other special service contracts.  CTC is requesting another $60k contribution to maximize a multi-year Federal grant that requires matching funds, the City has budgeted $60k in FY22 from the General Fund for Mental Health.

  • An update on the pilot Drop, Load, and Staging (DLS) zone updates made a few weeks back is presented, saying the updates are positive and are recommended to remain for the Winter.  Assuming no issues they will be considered for permanent changes in March 2022.  This includes the new DLS zone in front of where Park City Live was, the first on the uphill side of Main Street traffic.

  • Bus service to Royal Street is presented as a new line, called the “40 Bronze” route, which will provide service every 45 minutes along the route of the old Orange route.  The new Orange route will remain as proposed for Winter 2021-22, a more direct route from the Old Town Transit Center to Silver Lake (using Marsac) with a 30 minute interval.  The cost of adding the Bronze route is estimated at $112,000, which is presented as the same cost as if the Orange route were routed, with other negative impacts of rerouting the modified Orange bus also discussed.

  • Park City has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2020 fiscal year end annual comprehensive financial report (AFCR).  This is the 16th year Park City has received this award.

  • Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License and Conventional Sales License (CSL) applications for Sundance 2022 are detailed.  The conditionals of approval recommended include a ratio of 1 security guard for every 50 occupants.  The venues presented meet the criteria for vibrancy, basically meaning they’ve been actively operated as something and not just dark all other times outside of Sundance.  Peet’s Coffee has applied for a CSL to operate where Lund’s Fine Art is located, and since deemed a chain it would fill the final spot (of 17) allowed on Main Street.  Therefore it is recommended for approval.

  • An engineering firm is presented for award of the 248/224 intersection tunnel or bridge design.  Funds from the 2007 Walkability Bond will be used to pay the fees of $268,107.  It is also noted that based on preliminary review it will be significantly more feasible to locate the bridge or tunnel at Snow Creek Drive and 248 rather than the intersection of 248/224.  This was a competitive bid, where 12 firms were actively solicited and 2 responded.

  • The Board budgeting software (Neubrain) is up for support renewal and upgrade, at a cost of $114,745.60.  Around half is for the upgrade, the rest is support over the course of 5 years.  It is an essential tool used within the budgeting process.

  • FY22 Mid-Year Budget Adjustment is presented for Council approval based on the discussion last week.  In addition to the previously presented updates, the Environmental Regulatory Project Manager position, and increase in Police pay to move to the 90th percentile, and an adjustment to the Library IT Coordinator position are included.  Total adjustments are around $1.4MM, which should be covered by increased tax revenues not accounted for in the initial budget, as those came in at around $900k for 1st quarter FY2022.  Additionally, and updated fee schedule is proposed that includes minor adjustments, plus the change of eliminating the 1st hour free parking around Main Street (including China Bridge) with starting paid parking at 6pm instead of 5pm.  The City has also discussed the possibility of adding “1 hour parking” zones that would not carry a fee within certain parking areas, although that solution is not presented in detail.

  • An ordinance related to 5G small wireless facilities (SWF) is proposed, which excludes design standards for the Historic District as they are still being worked through.  Utah State Senate Bill 189 passed in 2018 allows providers to install SWFs in the City’s right of way, but also allows for the City to establish a permitting process under certain conditions.  It also allows the City to build monitoring guidelines into the standards to ensure the SWFs are operating within allowed FCC guidelines for general public exposure.  The proposed City ordinance sets out to address what we can, so to speak, including the City’s goals, policies, health standards, consistency of zoning/property uses, and aesthetics.  It requires a provider to obtain a Master License Agreement, sets out an application and permitting scheme, and enforcement mechanisms for violations.

  • Accessory apartments are back on the agenda, with consideration to amend the Land Management Code.  Changes from last week include removing the requirement that the main dwelling on the property be a long-term resident and allowing staff-level approval in all Zoning Districts while requiring a permit, public notice, and a hearing before approval.

  • Another Land Management Code amendment is proposed, which would prohibit nightly rentals in Hidden Oaks Phases 2 and 3, which are in the Solamere area.  88% of the property owners in the subdivision support the amendment.  The nightly rentals previously licensed will be grandfathered in as long as the owners maintain an active nightly rental license and follow all other stipulations of the Municipal Code. 

  • The Sundance 2022 operational plan is presented with many changes from previous years.  Some highlights include scaled back venues for in person screenings, no community bonfire at the Flagpole Lot, more outdoor viewing locations for Festival content/interactive displays, no in person music café (will be online only), transit operations, parking rates, and COVID-19 protocols/testing locations.