September 23rd, 2021 – City Council Meeting

Empire Creek water diversion, Drought management, Rail Trail improvement study, adopting October 2021 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, COVID-19 update from the County, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) driven code updates.

  • Empire Creek provides a significant amount of the water flow between Main Street and Swede Alley, then down City Park next to the bike path, and out along the Rail Trail through Prospector.  The water is planned to be diverted to the new 3 Kings Water Treatment Plant by 2024 (partially starting in 2022).  This solution was agreed to by the City in 2014 (process began years prior); environmental stipulations require the water coming out the Judge tunnel to be treated.  Because of the reduction in water flow in Empire Creek due to this and impact to the wetlands east of Prospector and Silver Creek, it was also agreed to augment water in the area east of Prospector Park in a manner that would not require pumping.  All of this is to be in compliance with State and Federal mandates regarding water quality.  The report highlights that this is returning Empire Creek to the natural water flows pre-2013, when the City stopped using the Judge tunnel to supply our drinking water.  Option 1 is to continue with this plan ($120k).  Option 2 variations are to build infrastructure ($25M) and plan to maintain it ($440k to $850k), pumping 1,000,000 gallons of water per day up to the Empire Tank (which also will use quite a bit of electricity and remove 1,000 acre-feet from the drinking water supply). 
  • Park City (and the greater area) is experiencing an “Exceptional Drought” during 2021.  The City reduced water usage 32% within the Parks department and 23% within Golf operations.  Our community appears to have reduced outdoor water usage across the board.  Multi-family residential and commercial water use have both increased relative to 2020.  The City’s “Drought Declaration” was not hit and forecasts do not appear to indicate much risk in the future with the 3 Kings Water Treatment Plant coming online in 2023 and ability to stop selling our surplus water.  A few additional conservation options are proposed: raise incremental rates to penalize high users; adopt community standards for turf grass; and create incentives for updating landscaping to meet the new community standards.
  • A Professional Services Agreement is being presented to hire a consulting firm for $151,538.  The Executive Summary of their scope describes the firm will “create a vision for the Rail Trail, identifying improvements for the trail itself as well as ways to better connect the trail to the community around it.”  Note this does include implementing any actual improvements, it is just the study to identify them.
  • A resolution adopting October 2021 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in partnership with Peace House.
  • There will also be a COVID-19 update from Dr. Bondurant, Summit County Health Director; Community Development Improvement Updates; Approval of an agreement to implement Phase 1 of the Park City Cemetery Cremation Garden; some plat modifications including a pedestrian/cyclist access easement in Prospector; and an Ordinance amending the Land Management Code to prepare for State pre-emption of previous City work happening regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), so that we can attempt to maintain ADUs comply with community priorities in light of State legislation.