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C-1 B-1 MARKET RELOCATION PRODUCES RESULTS MOUNTAIN TOWN NEWS, A-19 INSIDE THIS EDITION! Find our Fall Home publication in this edition and discover many ways to personalize your home. A PATIENT HITS BACK AT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS COLUMNS, A-22 Park Record. VAIL PEDALS SAME PATH AS PARK CITY TOM CLYDE WONDERS WHETHER FEE IS JUST GARBAGE The PA R K C I T Y, U TA H Park City leaders ask voters to approve a $48 million measure JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record The Park City Council on Thursday, as expected, agreed to ask voters on Election Day to approve a ballot measure that would fund most of the cost of the acquisition of the Treasure land in a conservation deal, a landmark moment in the discussions about a development that has bedeviled leaders for more than 30 years. The elected officials opted to ask voters to approve a $48 million ballot measure in November. The $48 million represents the bulk of the $64 million price of the Treasure acquisition and allows for a contribution of up to $3 million toward an unrelated conservation deal in Thaynes Canyon. The vote followed months of financial maneuvering as the elected officials attempted to reduce the final dollar figure. There was an earlier focus on a $50.7 million figure before another round of discussions brought the number down to the $48 million approved for the ballot on Thursday. Some of the notable moves involved delaying plans to build a plaza in the Old Town core, pushing back some roadwork in Old Town and rescheduling certain Main Street sidewalk improvements to a later date. The elected officials did not hold an extensive discussion on Thursday after a series of detailed meetings earlier as they delved into the budgeting possibilities. City Councilor Tim Henney said it is “really significant” that the final figure fell below $50 million. But there were also comments from elected officials about the tying together of Treasure and the Thaynes Canyon acreage, known as Snow Ranch Pastures. The mayor and City Council until recent weeks were focused exclusively on a deal to acquire Treasure, located on a hillside overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift. The talks about involving Snow Ranch Pastures were a late addition to the overall discussions. The notfor-profit Utah Open Lands negotiated a $6 million agreement to set aside the parcel from development through an instrument known as a conservation easement. The organization wants City Hall to contribute $3 million toward the deal. City Councilor Nann Worel said she has heard reservations from Parkites regarding linking Treasure and Snow Ranch Pastures, explaining there is concern doing so increases the complexity. “They just want it simple,” Worel said. Steve Joyce, another City Councilor, said there remains confusion about the Snow Ranch Pastures Please see Treasure, A-2 3 sections • 44 pages Classifieds .............................. C-8 Columns ............................... A-22 Crossword .............................. C-4 Editorial................................ A-23 Events Calendar ..................... C-6 Legals ................................... C-11 Letters to the Editor ............. A-23 Restaurant Guide.................. A-21 Scene ...................................... C-1 Scoreboard ............................. B-5 Sports ..................................... B-1 Weather .................................. B-2 W W W. PA R K R E C O R D . C O M Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues, August 18-21, 2018 Serving Summit County since 1880 Buyout of Treasure on the ballot | Vol. 138 | No. 56 50¢ Deer Valley chief, pivotal, ready for new run Bob Wheaton guided resort to elite status over a lengthy career JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record Bob Wheaton, the president and chief operating officer of Deer Valley Resort and a crucial figure in the rise of the state’s ski industry to international status, will leave the resort in early January for a role with Deer Valley’s parent company. The departure will end an extraordinary run helming one of North America’s elite mountain resorts during an era of growth in skier numbers and an expansion of the resort itself to one that stretches from just off the banks of the Jordanelle Reservoir to the heights of the top of Empire Canyon. Wheaton arrived at Deer Valley in the 1980s, rising to the top staff position in 1988 and leading the resort PARK RECORD FILE PHOTO Bob Wheaton, the president and chief operating officer of Deer Valley Resort, plans to leave the resort in early January after 30 years as the top staffer. He led Deer Valley through major expansions and the 2002 Winter Olympic era as the resort rose to the top of influential industry rankings. through the boom years of the 1990s, the 2002 Winter Olympic era, the recession and then a post-downturn reviving of the industry. Deer Valley during Wheaton’s tenure became a renowned destina- A growing library tion for skiers, offering a mountain of well-groomed slopes, fine dining and service that is widely seen as tops in the industry. The resort under Wheaton’s leadership has ranked No. 1 eight times in Ski Magazine’s influential listing of mountain resorts, the only resort to do so. “The growth is pretty incredible. I would like to think we never lost that small company feel, if you will,” Wheaton said in an interview. Wheaton, a soft-spoken leader, oversaw dramatic expansion at Deer Valley as third-party developers pursued major projects on the resort’s slopes that required cooperation from the resort. The move into the Empire Canyon area of Deer Valley was especially notable, opening long-desirable terrain as the privately held Empire Pass was developed around the lift. The Deer Crest development, which brought Deer Valley’s slopes toward the Jordanelle Reservoir, was also a consequential move for the resort. Please see Wheaton, A-2 Riders rev up as they prepare to press cause Group plans to roll through Summit County to raise money for suicide awareness programs JAMES HOYT The Park Record TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Giulia Hester, an outdoor bloom specialist with the Park City parks department, admires a crocosmia plant as she and her team beautify the edge of the Park City Library’s patio Thursday morning. The flowering plant is part of the iris family and capable of withstanding the winter. The hills will come alive with the sound of pistons as more than 100 cars and motorcycles are set to roll through Kamas, Oakley and Park City on their way to the Park City Fire District station on Bitner Road the morning of Saturday, Aug. 25. The reason for the noise? The riders will be raising money for youth suicide awareness. Hundreds of participants, escorted by 15 Utah Highway Patrol officers on motorcycles, will drive the 78 miles from Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in Orem to the fire station for the latest edition of the Utah Vision Rally, a collaboration between local mental health advocacy group Connect Summit County and the Taylor Hagen Memorial Foundation, a Holladay-based suicide awareness organization and the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Shauna Wiest, executive director of Connect, said the ride was borne out of the American Foundation Please see Riders, A-10 Roadwork commences as school bell rings Kilby Road upgrades expected to start just as students return ANGELIQUE MCNAUGHTON The Park Record The construction maze on Kilby Road is about to get worse before it gets better, with a portion of the road scheduled to close beginning on Wednesday, just a day before school is set to start. Crews have started rebuilding the roundabout that serves as the entrance to the Tanger Outlets to help traffic flow more efficiently, a project that is expected to last through the beginning of October, according to Derrick Radke, Summit County’s public works director. He said the roundabout will not get any bigger in size, but will be modified to function as a two-lane roundabout to prevent traffic from backing up in the westbound lanes. The center of the roundabout will also be reconstructed to allow for truck trailer tires to ride up on the inner circle without damaging the interior landscaping, something the existing roundabout suffers from, he said. Kilby Road will be closed to traffic between the roundabout and Powderwood Drive beginning on Wednesday. The closure will be in place Mondays from 6 a.m. until noon on Fridays. A detour will reroute traffic from Landmark Drive to Tech Center Drive and behind the Tanger Outlets back to Kilby Road. Construction and detour signs were already in place as of Thursday. “It will be inconvenient for about a month,” Radke said. “But, we’re Please see Roadwork, A-2 ANGELIQUE MCNAUGHTON/PARK RECORD Construction crews are scheduled to begin improving the roundabout in front of the Tanger Outlets on Wednesday. The work will close Kilby Road between the roundabout and Powderwood Drive on Mondays from 6 a.m. until Fridays at noon through October. VISITOR GUIDE Shrink into a seat during screening at Park City Library Throwback Tuesday Films will screen at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium. The film on Aug. 21 will be “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” rated PG. For information, visit parkcityfilmseries. com and www.parkcitylibrary.org.