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But if he did decide to step down from the council seat, leaders of Summit County’s Democratic Party would appoint someone to fill his seat until the next county-wide election in 2018. In a press release announcing his intention to become a candidate, Armstrong reiterated his commitment to the community. Continued from A-1 Henney According to Henney, some of that pressure is coming from national brands seeking a presence in Park City’s commercial district. “If they’re going to become a part of the community, they’re going to have to do it on the community’s terms,” he said. “And they can decide whether they want to be here or not.” Henney was born in New York City and lived in the New Jersey/New York region growing up. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 and worked on Wall Street for 12 years. Since arriving in 1992, Henney has served on numerous non-profit boards and as a volunteer for groups advocating for trails, open space, education, and a more walkable community. He is also a co-host of the weekly KPCW program, The Mountain Life. Henney says his history with the town and his commitment to prioritizing citizens over free-market forces will define Continued from A-1 Hobson has not owned a car since 2003, he said he probably has a “more intimate knowledge of the buses than council members do,” and would rather see city plans on a more accelerated timeline. “All of the people in the service industry who work early morning or late nights miss that last bus, or are on the city-wide bus that takes 45 minutes to get them across town,” he said. Hobson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduating from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He is a six-year resident of the area, living the last two years within Park City’s boundaries. His professional life has been largely in the service industry, working as a chef at local resorts and restaurants, and currently as a chef and consultant on a freelance basis. He is a volunteer music host for KPCW Radio and organized the Park City March for Science this spring. Continued from A-1 What is prodrome locally. Owens’ lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Park City Hospital’s Blair Conference Center. Given the relationship between prodrome and mental illness, it is a good idea for parents to be aware of the common signs of prodrome, Owens said. They should take note if their children talk about things that don’t make sense or seem far-fetched, hear or see things no one else can hear or see, or become invested in topics they didn’t previously care about. Despite that, however, it’s often difficult for parents to single out the Direct Importer of the World’s Finest Rugs A t t h e H i s t o r i c Vi l l a T h e a t r e 3092 So. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City (801)484-6364 888.445.RUGS (7847) Mon.-Sat. 10 am to 6 pm “I want to offer my services and expertise to help retain the remarkable qualities that attracted us to this amazing place.” The release also underscores his county council experience working on regional issues with Wasatch County, the Mountain Accord initiative, the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance and Council of Governments. Armstrong’s professional background includes 22 years as a lawyer in the motion picture industry. He also previously served on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute. his campaign. His understanding of what incoming developers and large businesses prioritize is an asset he brings to the board. As an example, he said that several years ago, City Manager Diane Foster asked the council to refine the city’s list of priorities, and the council listed transportation and affordable housing as being the most critical. Energy conservation was later added as a third. “What I brought to [the council] was a reframe of how we use those priorities and how we think about them,” Henney said. “I broadened the conversation to think about them as organizing principles.” Henney is looking forward to the city moving more and more from studying issues and policies to implementing programs. Affordable housing construction on Park Avenue, electric buses, and parking programs are among the projects he wants to see come to fruition. “It’s been an amazing experience for me over the last four years,” he said. “Things are really starting to happen… The next four years are going to be very exciting for the community, and I hope to be a part of it as part of the city council.” He is also the secretary for the Summit County Democratic Party. Hobson wants to be an ally to underrepresented populations, specifically the 30-and-under and immigrant residents. “I saw a lot (of people under 30 years old) show up for the caucus last year, and the voting rate in this county showed that a lot of them voted, but I don’t see them engaged. I want to bring the process to them,” he said. Again, Hobson cites his service industry experience as the source for his interest in the immigrant population’s role in the community. “I really want to make sure the immigrant population, regardless of where they come from, are comfortable here. And that they don’t feel they’re targeted or that they exist outside of the community, but really are a part of what makes this town work,” he said. Hobson will cut short a cycling trip to make it back in time to file. Participating now is a high priority. “This is the time to take our citizenship seriously,” he said. “You don’t have to be a superhero in order to run for city council; it just takes being a citizen.” behaviors as prodrome. “A lot of parents have trouble differentiating between what’s ‘normal’ teenage behavior and what’s something they need to be worried about,” she said. Owens added that she’s impressed by the effort in Summit County to bring attention things like prodrome and to mental health in general. She said it’s common for people with mental illnesses to not have access to treatment, and there’s still a large stigma attached to mental illness — so it’s critical for communities across the nation to raise awareness for mental health issues. “It’s hugely important for people to have an understanding of what’s going on and what they can do,” she said. “Just getting that empowerment, and reducing a little bit of uncertainty, can have a big effect. We’ve seen that a lot in the families we work with.” More information is available at connectsummitcounty.org. Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues, May 20-23, 2017 Construction of Peace House campus hits snag County Council grants 90-day extension for groundbreaking By Angelique McNaughton The Park Record A complete redesign and other unexpected changes in the overall costs of building the new Peace House facility have again delayed its completion. The new multi-million dollar Peace House facility, which will be situated between the Summit County Health Department and Park City Medical Center on Round Valley Drive in Quinn’s Junction, is not expected to open until late 2018. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in August 2015. Doug Clyde, project manager, blamed the postponement on a “long and complicated design process” that took longer than anticipated. He said the necessary permits have been obtained through Park City Municipal. Wednesday, the Summit County Council granted the project a 90-day extension on groundbreaking. Clyde, who also sits on the Council, recused himself from the discussion. In an interview with The Park Record, Clyde declined to comment on the total cost or the funding sources for the project. “The extension was required because in the original funding agreement with the county they wanted to make sure that the Peace House was proceeding in a timely fashion,” Clyde said. “They gave us three targets that we had to hit: acquire a site, acquire a permit for the site, which was our conditional-use permit we received a little over a year ago, and break ground.” More than five years ago, the Peace Continued from A-1 Tragedy spurs action with the activities associated with Mental Health Awareness Month. Since the survey results were released in January, Summit County’s Mental Wellness Alliance has made significant strides in engaging the public on the topic. According to Aaron Newman, Summit County’s mental health and substance abuse coordinator, people like Freer have “really humanized” the conversations. “Here is someone who has truly experienced and suffered a loss, but was able to take that loss and challenge it to improve a community,” Newman said. “For me, he (Freer) embodies hope. He didn’t let what happened stop him, it became his motivation to really engage the community.” Newman said Freer has personified the issue for the community, adding “his story is so impactful.” “It is sad what happened, but he was able to move beyond that experience and turn it into something positive,” Newman said. Rich Bullough, Summit County Health Department director, said he first met Freer nearly two years ago. He described him as a quiet, humble guy who “does not seek the limelight.” “I was in that meeting and began to learn the reality that people brought to this issue. Ray came not because of his personal experiences, but because of the way he has channeled energy and sincerity on the topic to benefit the community. He impressed me from the get-go because he brings a reality, a reasonableness to this.” House executive board began contemplating an overhaul of the system and the services it provides to victims, including transitional and emergency housing, in a more public setting. The shelter currently provides short-term housing to victims at an undisclosed location in Park City. The organization has been dedicated to providing shelter, programs and case management to Wasatch and Summit county victims while they recover from abusive relationships since the early 1990s after a woman was shot in the parking lot of a local grocery store. “The building is so complex because we are integrating different levels of security so that it is a secure campus,” Clyde said. “One of the major changes for the Peace House is that this will be their public presence in the city and, that is part of their overall goal, which is to make the public more aware of domestic violence. “By making the public more aware and by involving members of the community and volunteers, part of the effort is prevent domestic violence from beginning,” he said. The two-story, 42,000-square-foot facility will include an indoor recreation and child-care center, office space, a courtyard, community and counseling rooms and secure, enclosed parking. It will have 22 housing units, with eight units for emergency shelter, 12 units for traditional housing and two units for employees, which are considered affordable units. Clyde said he still anticipates construction to begin in June. He said it will be a 16-month build. Roger Armstrong, County Council member, said the county established the deadlines for the project to make sure the funds were used diligently. “I think they have been moving this project forward diligently,” Armstrong said before the council unanimously agreed to grant the extension. Bullough said Freer asks the tough questions and lends a sense of urgency to the issue. He attributed it, in part, to his “calm demeanor.” “The rest comes from the fact that he has lived this. For lack of a better analogy, he is the canary in the coalmine,” Bullough said. “I have heard individuals say he needs to get more credit for what he is doing. He has been in my ear and telling me why this important, not just to him but, to our community, more so than any other individual. He has been very persistent and strategic in ensuring that the county understands the importance of these issues.” When told he was considered an “unsung hero” of the community’s mental health effort, Freer simply said, “If that is true, I am thrilled.” “People are speaking out and are emotionally very supportive of all that we are doing,” Freer said. “It’s special and when I say it’s emotional, it’s because of this outpouring of support that has suddenly made this acceptable to talk about. In my opinion, it is destigmatizing it.” Freer said it was devastating watching the spark in his son’s eyes diminish as his illness took over. However, he said, “That’s the nature of beast. It is a terrible affliction.” “When my son’s death occurred, it was at a time when people thought it was a lack of parenting skills. But we had two children who were both offered the same opportunities and love. People just didn’t understand the illness at the time,” Freer said. “It is just so rewarding to see now that we can have these open conversations without the same judgement as in the past.” There are about 20 free talks, films and panel discussions planned throughout May as part of CONNECT’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit http:// www.connectsummitcounty.org to learn about the events.