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Here comes Autumn! We all have looked forward to cooler days and nights. I am so glad to have four seasons! I was so happy for the harvest days when those came, weren’t you? Other than squash bugs in the crookneck squash (which delayed the fruiting and ripening), our produce was bountiful. I know those 30+ quarts of peach halves my wife bottled will taste so good on a winter’s day -- with a light coat of heavy cream (Oh, now my mouth is watering!) I share now with my fellow Midvale residents a bit of a melancholy forecast: You have no doubt noticed the hundreds of “Help Wanted” signs around town; some even advertise the available hourly wages. One even shouts, “Competitive Wages.” The apparent shortage of employees is economy-wide! Here is my observation and prediction: There are too few laborers working in our society to maintain the level of commerce we had grown accustomed to. Even Midvale City has had a much higher level of turnover among employees as higher paying jobs become available elsewhere. Our Unified Police Department is bracing for what has been coined “Wage Wars” among municipalities in an attempt to attract applicants from an ever-shrinking labor pool. My prediction is that our economy will tighten while attempting to attract more employees than are typically available. Then what? It may once again become necessary, if not fashionable, for many in the labor force to work two or more jobs. Perhaps in this cycle not necessarily to make the mortgage or rent payment (though those have also increased at an alarming rate!) but because more flexible people are needed to keep essential businesses open!
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What will this mean for fathers, mothers, and employees of all stripes? I hope business owners and management will be able to effectively evaluate the thrust of their particular industry and provide meaningful employment, wages and working conditions for those willing to work that extra job just to assure business doors remain open. I think we will all individually and unitedly help define which commercial ventures are truly meaningful to our society based on which businesses are able to attract sufficient staff to perform/ produce. I believe a focus on self-sufficiency will become primal in all decisions individuals and families make through the rest of this decade. I’m not talking about the “bunker mentality” of the 1950-1960’s, where people built underground hideaways capable of withstanding a nuclear attack. No, I mean getting out of debt. Developing small home industry capable of producing and preserving home-grown vegetables. Community gardens have become the topic du jour lately. What level of interest in these is there in Midvale households? Many apartment dwellers have limited space to grow vegetables. Perhaps linking resources with others who have a small plot of ground, water, and sunshine would be advantageous in the long run. This could include Cityowned properties. The long run is the best outlook to have. A short sprint to the grocery store is vital in so many cases. Yet we are all aware that when distribution systems become disrupted for even a short time, chaos results. Yes, we need to be more like the proverbial ant which stores foodstuffs all summer, and less like the grasshopper, which eats and eats and stores nothing, only to suffer from lack of food or warmth when winter arrives.
Water Meter Replacement As with many things in this world, water meters can slow down or fail over time. The result is that they begin to under-register water usage or estimated reads are required. Since February 2020, Meterworks Services (the City’s contracted installer) has been replacing water meters throughout the Midvale City service area to ensure the meter is registering water use accurately. Meterworks is scheduled to replace a total of 3,268 meters over a three-year period. Not every meter meets the replacement criteria, so your neighbor may receive a new meter, but you may not need one. FAST FACTS • The Installer. Midvale City has contracted with Meterworks to install the new meters. Their crew members will be wearing jackets or shirts bearing their company name, and their vehicles will also have the Meterworks logo. The meter technicians may be out as early as 8:45 a.m. to start changeouts. They try to avoid peak morning hours.
• The Plan. MeterWorks started replacing meters at the end of September and anticipates installing the third-year meters (1,364) by the end of November. • What you need to do. The installation process is simple and there is only about a 15-minute interruption to water service. Customers do not have to be present during the process. When the technician arrives at a home to replace the meter, they check to see if the water is running through the meter. If so, the technician will knock on the door to let the homeowner know the meter is going to be changed out and water will not be available for 5-15 minutes (generally closer to the 5–10-minute range). Pre-COVID, the meter technician would knock on every door. However, they found that most people did not want strangers knocking on their door in a COVID world and want to maintain social distancing. QUESTIONS? For questions or more information regarding the contractor or process, call Midvale City’s Utility Billing Department at 801-567-7200 option #1.
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Vote in the upcoming municipal elections Midvale City will hold a non-partisan municipal election on November 2, 2021, to elect a Mayor and two City Council positions to serve fouryear terms. City Council positions will be elected from Council Districts four (4) and five (5) and the Mayoral position being elected at-large. On May 4, 2021, the Midvale City Council adopted a resolution to participate in the Municipal Voting Methods pilot project for the 2021 Municipal Elections. This voting method is better known as Ranked Choice Voting. Ranked Choice Voting is a voting format allowing voters to rank candidates by preference, instead of selecting only one candidate. Voters can rank candidates, one, two, three, and so on. If a voter’s top choice in candidate does not win, their vote also counts towards their second, third, and other choices. In an RCV format, if no candidate wins a majority (over 50%) of first-choice votes, then the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. This is achieved through rounds where the candidates with the lowest number of votes are eliminated, and the second, and the third, etc. rankings of their voters are redistributed to the other candidates. A candidate will only win when they receive the majority of votes, instead of the normal plurality required in traditional elections. Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting and complete a practice ballot at www.MidvaleCity.org/RCV.
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Public Art is an interesting and important way to represent Midvale’s history and current culture. There is public art in many locations around the city. These works appear in a wide variety of mediums including everything from the Impressions Murals under the TRAX overpass on State Street, to the historic Main Street wall murals, Utah Bit and Mine sculptures at Bingham Junction TRAX Station, and the Magic in the Mundane utility box art in Bingham Junction, to the Flora sculpture at BinghamMa Junction Park. gic in the Mundane Magic in the Mundane Bingham Junction Midvale City is looking to partner with Commercial Property owners to am Junction Bingh increase the number of public art installations within Midvale City. To kick a Cola Mural Flora of this initiative, the Midvale City Council approved a pilotCocprogram that will provide up to $1,500 for three mural installations on the wall of commercial buildings located in Midvale City. If you are a property owner and have a wall that you would love to host a one of a kind piece of art work, then please fill out a Midvale Mural Request form on our website www. MidvaleCity.org/PublicArt. Contact Kate Andrus at firstname.lastname@example.org Magic in the Mundane Magic in the Mundane with any questions. Historic Main Street
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Ranked Choice Voting is here!
Midvale City voters now have the option to rank their top 5 candidates in our local elections. Mark Ballot by Order of Preference
Do I have to use all 5 rankings? No. Your vote will still count if you only rank one or a couple candidates. Does it hurt my favorite candidate to have a 2nd choice? No, your 2nd (3rd, 4th, 5th) choices will only be looked at if your 1st choice is eliminated.
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You can now rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one. Step 1: Pick your 1st choice candidate and fill in the circle next to their name under the first column. Step 2: If you have a 2nd choice candidate, fill in the circle next to their name under the second column. Step 3: You can rank up to five choices.
Visit www.MidvaleCity.org/RCV to learn more!
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HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Safety Tips Halloween can be a lot of fun for humans, but pets may not appreciate the costumes and candy. Protect your pets from Halloween dangers with these tips! 1. Keep candy out of reach: All forms of chocolate and the artificial sweetener can be poisonous to dogs & cats. Call your emergency vet if your pet has eaten either. 2. Keep pets confined and away from the door: Dogs may be likely to dart out the door or become anxious with trick-ortreaters in costumes and yelling for candy. Put them in a crate or a backroom and keep everyone safe. 3. Close the blinds or drapes, disconnect doorbells: If your dog reacts every time someone walks by or rings the doorbell close the drapes and disconnect the doorbell.
Trick-or-Teat on Historic Main Street JOIN US FOR A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
The Midvale City Council, Redevelopment Agency and Main Street Business Alliance invite you to bring your costumed ghosts and ghoulies to trick-or-treat on historic Main Street on Saturday, October 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The free, family friendly event will include trick-or-treating, costume contests, arts and crafts, games, food trucks, and a DJ who is sure to keep the party going! Main Street will be closed from Center Street through 1st Avenue and Main Street businesses and community partners (Unified Police Department, Choose Gang Free, Unified Fire Authority, Tyler Library, and more) will turn Main Street into a nostalgic spooky downtown full of fun and treats! Main Street Theatre will offer live performances and characters for photo opportunities. Visit www.MidvaleCity.org/Halloween to learn more.
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4. Keep outdoor pets inside before and after Halloween: Keep dogs and cats indoors to prevent them from being injured, stolen, or poisoned as part of a Halloween prank. 5. Don’t approach dogs while in costume: Even if you know the dog, a strange costume or mask can frighten them. They may not recognize you in costume. If a dog escapes a house or yard and runs up to you, tell your child to stand like a tree, and wait for the owner to grab the dog. 6. Test out pet costumes before: Make sure the costume isn’t causing them distress or giving them an allergic reaction. It shouldn’t restrict their movement, ability to breath, bark or meow. 7. Leave them at home: It may be best with all the distractions to leave your pet at home while trick-or-treating. Take them for a walk earlier in the day before the ghosts and goblins come out for the night to spook them. Find a lost pet? Call Dispatch 801-840-4000. Need to get your pet microchipped? Don’t forget all pets in Salt Lake County can receive a free microchip at our location. Email email@example.com for more info or visit AdoptUtahPets.org.
Calling all decorating goblins and creative ghouls Out-BOO your neighbors by decorating your house with the silliest, scariest, funniest, spookiest Halloween decorations! Midvale City is partnering with the cities of West Jordan, Bluffdale, South Jordan, Millcreek, and South Salt Lake to showcase our communities’ spirit and creativity during this Halloween season. PRIZES will be awarded to the most HALLOWEEN THEMED and elaborate houses in Midvale! Winners will be announced on social media on October 30th! Let’s show off our community spirit, Midvale! Learn more at www.MidvaleCity.org/Halloween
Halloween on Main Street
When: October 30, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: Midvale Main Street Center to 1st Avenue Parking available at City Hall
Who: Trick-or-Treaters, Parents, Residents, Neighbors and Friends
Join us on Main Street for Trick-or Treating, Arts & Crafts, Live Performances from Main Street Theatre, a Spook Alley at Tres Gatos, Food Trucks, Games, Contests & So Much More! This Halloween Will Be Spooky y Fun For Everyone!