Accountable Community Engagement
The original reason I entered the campaign for City Council was because I am concerned about the proposed Gordo mine waste repository site. The “Gordo site” refers to a fully operational, Class I solid waste facility currently under consideration to be built on Highway 248. The City calls it a soils repository. I found out about this City plan in May, 2021, thanks to the Armstrong open letter. My neighborhood of Park City Heights contributed to the immediate, sustained opposition that many other neighborhoods across Park City also participated in.
Nevertheless, it was very unclear what was going to happen in early June, 2021. I did not plan ahead to run for City Council. Finding out about Gordo and the filing deadline was only a few weeks time between. I waited to see if any other candidates were openly speaking out in opposition to the proposed Gordo site. What I understood at that time was 1) the incumbent appeared to be fiercely supporting the original proposal, and 2) the already-filed candidates’ issues and concerns were not being reported or self-identified as focusing on the Gordo site. No voice was speaking for my community or family. I entered with a couple hours to spare on the last day because I wanted to make sure the conversation was always on the table.
I still believe continued opposition to the Gordo site is necessary to sway City officials from ultimately moving forward on the original proposal. While always retaining a focus on Gordo, I see an obligation to develop a more diversified platform, including:
Park City’s magic, the ability to awe and astonish old residents and new, is not gone yet. My positions will always be focused on providing the best experience possible for our family and friends. I can see the Gordo site through that lens. I can see affordable rental and owned housing through that lens. I can see end-of-life care through that lens. I think the better way forward moves through that lens. If you feel the same, please consider voting Greenfield.
John Greenfield for City Council
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