January 2016 | Vol. 13 Iss. 01
Cottonwood Heights City Council Review of 2015 and Anticipations for 2016 PAGE
By Cassandra Goff
Cottonwood Heights City Council showing their excitement for the development of the new city hall. (From left to right) John Park, City Manager; Mike Peterson, Councilman District 3; Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr.; Mike Shelton, Councilman District 1; Scott Bracken, Councilman District 2; Tee Tyler, Councilman District 4. Photo courtesy of Dan Metclaf Jr., Public Relations Officer for Cottonwood Heights
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Why I Voted No
On Dec. 10, 2015, the Holladay City Council voted 4-1 (with 1 absent) to amend the City zoning code to allow alcohol dining clubs as a conditional use in the Holladay Village Center. I was the lone dissenting vote. I believe that this amendment is a major change to the to the City’s plan for the Village Center. For that reason, I wanted to write this letter explaining why I voted no. Prior to this change, a restaurant in the Village Center could serve alcohol to a customer, only if that customer was intending to dine at the restaurant. With this change, a restaurant with a dining club license may now serve alcohol to customers at an open bar like setting, with drinks mixed and served in their presence, even if those customers have come only to drink. At a dining club restaurant, a minor may not even be on the premises without an adult. Under State law, a dining club must remain open at least one hour after the last drink has been served. Some have argued that because alcohol dining clubs are required to obtain a conditional use permit, the City will have greater control over how these dining clubs operate. While the City may be able to address some issues like signage, lighting and parking, it is not likely that we will be able to deny a request for a dining club, or to limit their hours of operation, or to limit how many dining clubs may locate in the Village Center. I do not believe that alcohol dining clubs are an appropriate land use in the Holladay Village Center. The Holladay Village Center was always designed to be a family friendly environment, because it is located so close to local schools and to residential neighborhoods. Alcohol dining clubs are not family friendly, and their proliferation will completely change the atmosphere and character of the Village Center. I also feel that we have not provided adequate notice, or received adequate feedback from the public as to the nature and the potential consequences of this significant decision. If you share my concerns, please contact the Mayor or your City Council member to share your views. Thank you. Lynn H. Pace Holladay City Council District 2
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Cottonwood Heights Troop Leaders Will Award 19 Eagle Scouts in One Year
By Brian Jones
ccording to the Boy Scouts of America, only about 7 percent of all scouts received their Eagle Scout award in 2013. For one Cottonwood Heights troop that is serious about scouting, those numbers don’t even come close to where they want to be. Troop 1571, based in the Old Mill area of Cottonwood Heights, expects to have 19 young men receive their Eagle Scout Awards between April 2015 and May 2016. Preston Johnson, Hayden Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Hakan Uriona-Ashaboglu, Carson Barnes, Preston Bland, Hunter Broschinsky, Taylor Broschinsky, Ethan Van Drimmelen, Bryson Armstrong, Carter Brown, Parker Law, Eric Wagner, Taylor Davies, Silas Mills, Joshua Petersen, Noah Emfinger and Joseph Wardle have all either received their Eagles already or are scheduled to receive them at a Court of Honor to be held next spring. Shane Petersen, current chair of troop 1571’s planning committee, says the unusual rate of accomplishment among the group’s young men surprises even him. “In all my years in scouting, I’ve never seen or heard of any other troop with this kind of success level,” he said. In Petersen’s opinion, that success is the result of a combination of many factors, including supportive family members, a culture of continued scouting success and exemplary young men. He is quick to praise the families of the boys for being consistently supportive of
the responsibilities each young man assumes in attempting to reach the ultimate goal in scouting. In addition to years of accumulating merit badges in countless disciplines, each scout’s quest for his Eagle culminates in a final project, planned and directed by the scout, which will benefit the community in some way. Eagle projects among the troop’s recent Eagle recipients include such community service as sanding and finishing the bridge at Old Mill Park, collecting books, games and educational materials for underprivileged children at the YMCA, collecting supplies for donation to Primary Children’s Medical Center and installing and maintaining an American flagpole at a community park in commemoration of U.S. veterans. While the ultimate credit for reaching such an impressive achievement ultimately belongs to the boys, Petersen maintains that perhaps the single biggest factor contributing to Troop 1571’s collective success is a chain of scout leaders who made their scouts’ success a priority. Over the last several years, Jarred Anderson, David Barnes, Eric Van Drimmelen, Roger Bland and Michael Wardle have each displayed a level of commitment to scouting and to the troop’s young men that has allowed their scouts to reach heights that would not otherwise have been possible. “So much of the troop’s success is relat-
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By Pomera M. Fronce, Wild Birds Unlimited
inter can be a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold. Nights are long and even colder. Natural summer food supplies have withered or been consumed and most insects are dead or dormant. Finding food can be especially challenging for birds during days with extremely cold temperatures. You may be surprised to learn what a huge difference you can make by feeding birds right outside your own door or window. Birds are looking for reliable sources of food, water and shelter in order to establish their winter territories. Those with access to feeders are able to consume a large amount of energy in a short period of time with a minimum of foraging. Winter survival rates for some birds almost double when they have feeders within their home range. Consider the chickadee, a perennial back yard favorite. This tough little bird weighs in at less than one-half of an ounce and does not migrate. A chickadee has been found to need 20 times more food in winter than in summer. It may use up to three-fourths of its fat reserves in one night and then replenish them the next day. This can be as much as 10 percent of its body weight. This cycle explains why you may have noticed how ravenously birds eat at your feeders, especially first thing in the morning and just before dusk. Birds need top quality, energy-rich foods during the winter to maintain their high metabolic rate. Black oil sunflower is an excellent
overall seed. It has a high calorie to ounce ratio due to its high fat and protein content and its relatively thin shell. Peanuts are another great energy-producing food. Seeds like Nyjer (thistle) and white millet are also very good cold weather choices. Suet is a high energy, pure fat substance which is invaluable in winter when insects are harder to find and birds need many more calories to keep warm. Bark Butter is a spreadable suet that can be easily smeared on tree bark to attract birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and kinglets. Visitors to winter feeders may arrive in mixed flocks or come as individuals so you may want to provide different feeding options for the birds. A ground feeder filled with seed will attract quail, doves, sparrows and juncos. Tube feeders will bring in chickadees, house finches, pine siskins and goldfinches. Platform and hopper feeders are especially good for attracting chickadees, jays and grosbeaks. Woodpeckers, jays, chickadees and nuthatches will clamor for peanut feeders. Seed cylinders are designed to entice a variety of birds. They are packed with seeds, fruit, suet and other nutritious foods. No shells means no mess and no wasted food. They’re convenient, too. Just set one out and watch your birds chow down. Birds also need reliable water sources in winter for bathing and drinking. Bathing is especially important in order to keep feathers in top condition. Research has shown that a chickadee with well-maintained feathers can
sustain a 70 degree layer of insulation between the outside air and its skin. Heated bird baths and heaters will keep your feathered friends coming to your back yard all winter long. Even birds like robins and waxwings that typically don’t come to feeders might stop in for a visit. Be consistent and keep feeding through the winter. Make sure your feeders and bird baths are full. Birds rely on your feeders especially in severe weather when the snacks you offer may mean their very survival. Ground-feeding birds will be able to gather up the seeds that drop if you stamp down the snow under the feeders. Remember to clean and disinfect your feeders regularly. Poorly maintained feeders may contribute to the occurrence of infectious
disease and mortality. With good prevention, you’ll seldom find sick or dead birds at your feeders. Kelli Frame, owner of the WBU store in Holladay says, “The joy of feeding birds comes with a responsibility to keep them safe and healthy!” Winter is a great time to feed and enjoy birds. Setting up backyard feeders makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable. You don’t need to brave the elements – you can simply watch the show from the comfort of your own home. The Wild Birds Unlimited mission, “We Bring People and Nature Together” includes informing and educating people about the wonders of birding and nature. Call us at 801878-4449 with any questions or problems. l
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Welcome Aboard Mark Stewart to Holladay City Council By Carol Hendrycks
ow representing Holladay’s District 5 is Mark Stewart. Councilman Stewart was raised in the Holladay area, attended Bonneville Junior High and Cottonwood High School so it’s no surprise that he decided to settled down to start his family here. Stewart and his wife Jayme have lived in Holladay for the past two and a half years along with their dog Max who is treated like their first kid. Stewart practices with the law firm The Advocates in Salt Lake City, attended law school in San Diego and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 2007. Jayme attended the University of Utah--College of Nursing and is currently working as a nurse on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University Hospital. They are very active in the community and enjoy sports…well maybe? Stewart commented that he thought it would fun for him and his wife to take up tennis together this past summer. Well, this idea was short lived, at least as far as them playing each other, in that his wife on her very first attempt at returning a shot he hit to her sprained her ankle. They have decided not to play each other since. On a more serious note, they truly enjoyed going out and campaigning in the neighborhoods and meeting all of the great people in their district. Stewart has always had an interest in politics and wanted to become more involved in giving back to the community.
He felt that being a representative on the city council will now provide him with an opportunity to do that. Stewart’s focus as councilman is to play an integral part in helping to develop the former Cottonwood mall site into something that the city and its residents will enjoy for generations to come. He will also work towards making the proposed canal trials come to fruition. Stewart says, “Residents of Holladay appear to be very active and I think it would be nice to have areas to walk and run other than along busy roads.” And while campaigning, a universal concern that he was hearing from residents was that they didn’t feel like they knew what was going on in the city. Stewart will look to expand communication through social media, newsletter or monthly email for residents to easily follow to help keep them more informed. As a member of the council he will strive to establish open communication and partnership between residents, our businesses, and our government. He states, “I believe that government works best when all members of the community have a voice.” Councilman Stewart looks forward to bringing new ideas to the mayor, city employees, council members and getting to know more and more about our city’s residents. If you are looking to meet Mark, Jayme and Max you can find them lunching with friends at Rich’s Bagels every Saturday. l
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Holladay Precinct Awards Officer of the Year By Carol Hendrycks
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Cottonwood Heights City Council Review of 2015 and Anticipations for 2016 By Cassandra Goff
n honor of the Cottonwood Heights City incorporation on Jan. 14, 2005, the city celebrated its 10th birthday in 2015. Within the past 10 years of being a city, Cottonwood Heights has undergone major remodeling. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr., Councilman Michael Shelton (District 1) Councilman Scott Bracken (District 2), Councilman Michael Peterson (District 3), Councilman Tee Tyler (District 4) and John Park (City Manager) are proud of the city that they serve and have colossal optimism for the future. Salt Lake County built most of Cottonwood Heights’ infrastructure prior to its incorporation as a city. When the city was incorporated, it adopted a “somewhat aging infrastructure” councilmember Tyler said. “We did not anticipate what we found under the roads.” Within the last year, the infrastructure has shown its age. During Bengal Boulevard construction, vibrations from the equipment caused water lines to leak which required fast action on the recently completed road. Water lines are maintained by Salt Lake City Water, so Cottonwood Heights is “most concerned about storm water lines that we maintain,” Cullimore, who believes that the city should work on a sustainable financial plan for infrastructure needs in the future, said. “We finished mapping our storm water lines and found many more than we originally thought, and many are in need of maintenance.” In 2015, Cottonwood Heights gathered many new employees. The city welcomed new staff members including the new finance manager, deputy city manager and multiple police officers. City manager John Park is excited about the new Trader Joe’s that recently opened. It’s a “really iconic brand” that “stirs excitement,” he said.
Cottonwood Heights City Council: John Park, City Manager (front left), Mike Shelton, Councilman District 1 (second left), Scott Bracken, Councilman District 2 (middle left), Mike Peterson, Councilman District 3 (middle right), Mayor Cullimore (second left) and Tee Tyler, Councilman District 4 (back right). Photo courtesy of Dan Metclaf Jr., Public Relations Officer for Cottonwood Heights
Butler Elementary began construction as well. The council is excited about the new building’s availability for the next school year. Cullimore is excited about signing onto the Mountain Accord in 2015. The “PDD [Planned District Development] ordinance passed” this year in addition, Bracken said, “This will bring the development approval process for the areas the PDD covers into alignment with what most of the public feels the process should be.” Within the last 10 years, business within the city has increased. This last year, the city council has been “more attentive to the business community,” which has resulted in the creation of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA) according to Cullimore. Peterson is excited about some “fabulous restaurants” that have entered into the city. The CHBA and the Economic Development Department “have helped publish a marketing
magazine, and they have been active in getting the business community involved with the city,” Bracken said. For the last few years, the Old Mill has been home to some of the public works equipment. In 2015, Cottonwood Heights was able to acquire a new location for this large equipment. “The acquisition of the new public works yard will help to better sustain public works,” Cullimore said. Parks and Recreation also had many things happening in 2015, including a groundbreaking on a new Butler playground, which will include new pickleball courts. The Historic Committee erected signs around the city indicating important historical events and locations. Peterson hopes to “maintain green space” within the city. Mountview Park will receive a “shade
structure” in 2016 – ideas and bids are still being discussed. In addition, the “county improved Crestwood Park,” Shelton said. Bracken is pleased because the city “installed a pedestrian activated crosswalk signal on 2700 East Toni Cir. This alerts drivers with flashing lights when a pedestrian is using the crosswalk.” City leaders of Cottonwood Heights are always concerned with the city budget. The city has been “debt free for 10 years,” Cullimore said. Fiscal year 2015 was the first year to break that record because the city took out a bond to pay for city hall. However, they have not been forced to “raise property tax” yet, according to Peterson. Tyler is pleasantly pleased with “no property tax increase,” considering the challenge of maintaining a city with inflating expenses. The
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ON THE COVER but they decided to “go out on a limb” by “retiring a bond” so “the city doesn’t have to pay mortgage or rent,” Tyler said. Bracken is excited to have “a home for our city administration and police.” Shelton said there is “lots of energy and time” going into this project. The city council is proud of its strong collaborative working relationships with the Canyons School District, Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Service Area and Salt Lake County. According to Councilman Peterson, they hope to maintain these relationships in the future so they can accomplish more in upcoming years. He also hopes to maintain a strong safety presence through the support of the local police and fire departments. The council cherishes the participation and communication of their residents. It really creates the “personality of the city” and a “sense of community,” according to Shelton and Peterson. Peterson hopes to stay “open and available for resident communication.” One way to achieve such communication is through the city website, which has undergone changes in 2015. It still needs to be tightened and finished for completion in 2016, which will include a citizen dashboard that residents can visit to voice concerns. “Communication through the website [will be] an effective tool,” Cullimore said. Scott Bracken and Mike Shelton were re-elected to city council in 2015. I’m glad the voters in my district saw fit to allow me to continue to serve. I look forward to another term on the council and hope to maintain the service levels we’ve come to expect while keeping costs down,” Bracken said. “It’s a pleasure to serve” and receive “opportunities to stand up for the people who elected me. Being elected again is an honor and more of a privilege than people would know,” Shelton said. Shelton also commented on the council functioning as a whole. Any accomplishment, no matter what district it occurs in, is an accomplishment for the whole council he explained. This “keeps us from being territorial” Shelton said. “It’s about the whole city,” so decisions will never be unevenly pulled in favor of any district. Cottonwood Heights has been partnering with Terracare since 2013. Terracare handles snowplowing during the winter months, as
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Councilmen, mayor and city manager talk about the city on the foundation of the new city hall. Photo courtesy of Dan Metclaf Jr., Public Relations Officer for Cottonwood Heights
well as pothole repairs, storm drain maintenance and other miscellaneous works in the summer months. They “work all summer on weeds, signage and vandalism,” Shelton said. “Public safety is a top priority of the council and the citizens. Terracare’s role in that for road maintenance and snow plowing is crucial to understand.” Bracken explained. Cullimore said the services “have improved dramatically” since those first few storms two years ago. “One thing for sure is that they are very responsive to the council’s direction when it comes to service.” Bracken said. “The relationship is transforming and evolving,” Cullimore said. The city has “a great deal of trust” with Terracare. They have been a “tremendous partner” and they are “still learning,” Park explained. Terracare has been providing additional services and training to their employees for better results. The city council and Terracare have even evaluated streets for priority arteries, which include school bus routes. There have been many discussions about the new priority system during the city council meetings. Council members encourage residents to remember that their street may not be a high priority, so it may not be plowed for a few hours after a storm. “No snowplowing can be perfect,” Culli-
more said, but he would like to see an average grade of B+ or A- this year. Volunteers have done much work to help make Cottonwood Heights the city between the canyons. There is “no end to volunteer opportunities,” according to Cullimore. Available opportunities include emergency preparedness, arts council, historic committee, city events such as Monster Mash and Butlerville Days, planning commission, coaching, youth city council and Adopt-A-Park. Also, the neighborhood watch is a great way to get involved. “Butlerville Days alone utilizes almost 200 volunteers,” Bracken said. If the city didn’t have volunteers, “you could eliminate half of the things that get done,” Shelton said. There is a great deal of volunteer work that paid people do as well. According to Shelton, the staff is always “quietly doing simple things.” “If you look at all the work and hours done in the city, half of it is volunteers,” Tyler said. Residents who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to call the city’s events coordinator, and match their interests to the city’s needs. Peterson is thankful for the passion of the Cottonwood Heights volunteers. “Nothing builds a community more,” Park said. l
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n 2013, the Utah System of Higher Education sponsored a pilot college application program in eight local high schools. Now the program has expanded to include over 100 high schools as part of the Utah College Application Week (UCAW) initiative. From Nov. 16-20, UCAW helped every high school senior at participating schools complete one viable college application during the school day. Counselors, teachers and AVID coordinators placed special emphasis on students coming from low-income families, and students who would be the first in their family to navigate the application process. Brighton High School counselor Amy Mena believes the events planned during College Application Week extended beyond submitting a college application. The Brighton High Counseling department also provided information on completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and invited parents and community members to participate in helping their student prepare for college. Parents attended a Parent Information night on Nov. 18, and teachers wore college gear each Wednesday to facilitate discussions about the importance of a college education. “The event is possible due to the collaborative efforts of the administration, faculty, and staff at Brighton High School, as well as students, their families, and volunteers across the country,” Mena said. According to USHE organization StepUP Utah, while over 90 percent of middle school students say they plan to attend college, only two-thirds of graduating seniors actually apply and attend. Canyons District AVID coordinator Bryn Cook believes events like College Application Week helps bridge the gap between wanting to go to college, and fulfilling all the requirements needed to be accepted. “UCAW helps so many students make a positive change for their futures. By helping students understand the application process, and by assisting their families navigate the FAFSA system, we make college a feasible option for all of our seniors,” Cook said. Many Utah colleges are also participated in UCAW by waiving their application fees for students participating in the event. Snow College, Dixie State and Southern Utah University all waived application fees, while the Canyons School District Education Foundation pledged up to $15,000 to cover application fees for students in need of financial assis-
Logo for the 2015 Utah College Application Week.
Hillcrest High student Yolizma Lara addresses the school board on the importance of applying to college.
tance. According to Cook, counselors and school administrators used this money to help many families apply to college, and she encourages next year’s senior student to talk to their counselors regarding financial help when participating in the 2016 College Application Week. Students planning humanitarian or religious service immediately after high school were also given college preparation guidance during UCAW. “I encourage all students to apply to college during UCAW. Even if they aren’t planning to attend for a few years, applying to college while still in high school means the college can hold their spot, and students don’t waste time applying to college after they return home. If you apply during high school, you can come home and begin your college education right away,” Cook said. Additionally, AVID coordinators like Cook, as well as school counselors, recognized the need for multiple options
in planning for life after high school. “We consider applying for technical schools and community colleges an equally valid choice for our students. We will help students apply for multiple options, including institutions like the Utah College of Applied Technology, so that students leave high school with several paths to success.” According to Canyons School District, 91 percent of the graduating class of 2015 applied for college, and some schools reported a 97 percent application rate. At an October school board meeting, seniors from multiple high schools expressed gratitude for their school counselors, teachers, and administrators in helping them apply and prepare for college. “A lot of people don’t have the support at home to go out and visit colleges or even know how to apply, it’s a helpful experience to have that available at school. I really thank you for that,” Hillcrest High student Yolizma Lara said. l
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Cottonwood Elementary School Helps Provide Christmas for Kids in Need
tudents at Cottonwood Elementary School donated winter necessities and Christmas presents to the Fireman & Friends for Kids non-profit organization as part of their Friend to Friend November service project. Last year, Fireman & Friends for Kids helped over 520 children celebrate Christmas by taking them shopping for gifts and providing winter clothing. To help with their collection and fund-raising efforts, Cottonwood students collected cold weather necessities such as coats, gloves, hats, scarves and socks. Students and their families also gathered children’s books, sporting equipment, backpacks and money donations to help struggling families during the holidays. Cottonwood’s Friend to Friend Committee chose to support Fireman & Friends for Kids due to their involvement supporting refugees, special needs children, and underprivileged children. “We thought it was a great way for kids to help other kids,” committee member Stacy Hansen said. To celebrate a successful project, the Friend to Friend Committee held as assembly on Nov. 20 to celebrate. The assembly included a visit from the Utah Jazz Bear as well as costumed superheroes that came to collect the student donations. Additionally, past beneficiaries spoke about their positive experiences
By Stephanie Lauritzen
The Utah Jazz Bear greets a student at the Cottonwood Elementary Fireman & Friends for Kids assembly.
Cottonwood Elementary School raised donations and money to help families celebrate Christmas.
with the Fireman & Friends organization, and a representative from the non-profit showed videos of children opening their Christmas presents from last year.
The Friend to Friend Committee is part of the Cottonwood Elementary PTA program, which chooses different charities and organizations to support every November as part of
Cottonwood’s educational philosophy to teach each student “values of quality and meaningful education, importance of family involvement, and generosity towards others.” l
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olladay welcomed Unified Police Department Captain Don Hutson to serve as the Police Chief for the City of Holladay on Aug. 16, replacing Chief Chris Bertram. “I am humbled and excited to be afforded this great opportunity. It will be a challenge to follow in the footsteps of the former chief, but I look forward to continuing the current initiatives and identifying even more opportunities to enhance public safety and quality of life,” Hutson said. He views his role as chief to be founded on the development of quality relationships through productive interactions with all residents. Don Hutson has served as a law enforcement officer in Former U.P.D. Holladay Chief Chris Bertram welcomes new Police Chief Utah for 27 years. He began of Holladay Don Hutson to the job. his career as a corrections officer working at the Utah State Prison in 1988 and was selected to be a member of the Department of Corrections Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) after one year. He served on SWAT for three years before being hired by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. He has worked in many different assignments during his 23 years with the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department. He worked in the Gang Suppression Unit and as a detective assigned to the West Patrol Gang Unit, while simultaneously serving on the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT for five years. He worked narcotics investigations and was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Interdiction Unit at the Salt Lake Airport. He worked as a patrol supervisor in Millcreek and Holladay before being assigned as the Jail Investigations Unit Sergeant, responsible for all criminal investigations occurring in the jail. He has been assigned as an administrative lieutenant to Sheriff Winder and served as the public information officer and spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department during the transition to this innovative law enforcement model. Most recently, he was the commander of the Investigations Division and the Professional Standards Division before his promotion and assignment to the City of Holladay. Don received his bachelor’s in business administration-finance from Utah State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for nearly 30 years and they have two adult children. He currently resides in Murray, Utah. School safety has been a primary focus during Hutson’s first weeks on the job. A third school resource officer has been assigned full time at Olympus Junior High School to give a constant presence in the three secondary education venues. A top priority is adherence to school zone speed limits and a focus on parking issues in the vicinity of crosswalks near elementary schools to ensure children are safe as they travel to and from school. Hutson is committed to increasing positive interactions between the police officers assigned to the Holladay Precinct and the residents of Holladay. “I believe that commitment begins with me and I am always looking for opportunities to engage with community groups, attend special events, or just listen to the concerns of an individual,” Hutson said. l
Expanding Efforts to Build a Safe, Healthy Community in the Salt Lake Valley
his year, Salt Lake County government led the way on economic growth and jobs, low taxes, public safety and responsiveness to residents. As Utah continues to rebound from the Great Recession, we have an opportunity to take charge of our future and work together to show how we can make a bright future. We’ve launched the Global Cities Initiative, which helps business and civic leaders in the metro region grow their business through exports and international connections. Evidence shows that it was the metro areas who led this country out of the recession and that when businesses receive support in learning how reaching new customers and global markets, their employees benefit, earning 17 percent more in salaries. We opened new treatment options for individuals who end up in jail due to crimes related to mental illness or substance abuse. With funding help from the Utah legislature, we opened a new community facility for adult women leaving incarceration. The 16-bed residential home allows these women to transition away from jail, get treatment, reunite with children and families and start establishing a more stable and productive path for their lives. Salt Lake County brought more than 31
homeless service providers together around an exciting plan to minimize homelessness. For the first time, everyone is on the same page about we want to accomplish, beginning with recognizing and meeting the distinct needs of at-risk and homeless populations. As a coalition, we’re asking the Utah legislature to support our plan by providing money to build several new, smaller shelters that serve the needs of families with children, homeless individuals who are working and other specific groups. A one-size-fits-all approach to this problem hasn’t worked in the past and we need to channel all the care, compassion, effort and money in a new direction. With a sizeable grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we’ve launched a community partnership in Kearns to improve child well-being throughout the township. Our framework—Evidence2Success—was developed by the foundation to collect data on the needs and the strengths of local youth. Granite School District will receive additional support to boost their educational programs and it will all be guided by the parents and community leaders who know their schools and neighborhoods best. Salt Lake County works every day to
serve the entire community, through programs such as Meals on Wheels for senior citizens in need, education for coaches and parents on how to recognize and prevent head injuries, expanding senior centers, such as the one in Midvale, to support healthy lifestyles for “baby-boomers” and building three new regional parks, so that every family has a place to get outdoors and enjoy recreational activities together. In 2016, we’ll rededicate our efforts to reform the criminal justice system and by achieving that, improve public safety. My 2016 budget, adopted by a bipartisan County Council vote, provides funding to meet the immediate needs of the Sheriff, the jail, the District Attorney and the Behavioral Health Division in the short term, as well as money for innovative projects to prevent crime in the long term. I’m proud of the bipartisan collaboration that is uniting county leaders, state leaders, our Human Services Department and the Criminal Justice Advisory Council – with the single goal of spending criminal justice and social justice dollars more effectively. How will we measure success? We’ll know we’ve succeeded when 1) we’ve put the criminals behind bars, 2) the homeless in hous-
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E
The City Council will meet on January 9th to discuss the coming year. We will assign committee positions, set speciﬁc goals for 2016 and review the overall direction of the city. As I prepare for our retreat, I would like to share ﬁve priorities I have for the New Year: 1) City Hall Park and the Village Plaza We made signiﬁcant progress this year with the completion of the playground; it has been a huge success! We see families enjoying this new amenity from sunup to sundown. We applied for and received about $450,000 of grant funding from the County and The Land, Water and Conservation Fund that will be used to substantially complete the park space surrounding City Hall. The Council will consider a walking trail, shading for the playground, benches, bleacher repairs, etc… Our goal is to create an environment that can support outdoor sporting activities, play areas for Holladay residents and a social gathering space that can host large events. Examples of this vision are the Blue Moon festival, Fourth of July celebration, Trunk or Treat, and numerous other activities that were held in the park and on The Commons. To compliment The Commons we have our “Village Plaza”. The Plaza abuts the village businesses and is used to accommodate smaller functions like the City Tree Lighting and Dog Days of Holladay events. Activities on The Plaza highlight and support our local businesses. We hope to expand offerings for our residents in both areas. We are considering a boutique style Farmer’s Market during the summer season, weekly concerts on the stage, movie night on The Com-
mons, etc… The purpose of investing in these facilities is expanding opportunities to bring our residents in to the city core. Each time we organize a function the attendance far exceeds our projections. It further validates that our residents have a growing appetite for community-oriented activities. 2) Cottonwood Mall TThe Cottonwood Mall site will continue as a major focus of the city. It is far and away the most asked about topic in the community. I continually remind our residents that this is private property, owned not by the City but by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) out of Dallas, Texas. As such, the city has limited control regarding execution of the development except to make sure that it follows the zoning and master plan already in place. HHC will not proceed until all of the critical pieces are in place. In review, HHC acquired the Cottonwood Mall Development from General Growth Properties in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Two years ago HHC determined that the approved project was not economically viable. Since that time they have been feverishly working on a new plan that they believe is more appropriate than the existing plan to both the site and the market. They have engaged future tenants and development partners. Based on feedback they are receiving, we have every reason to be optimistic that a new overall development plan is forthcoming. The city is poised and ready to work with HHC at the appropriate time in the process. 3) Highland Drive Segment B Segment B of Highland Drive extends from Arbor Lane on the South side
Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Service Christmas trees will be collected on the regularly scheduled collection days during the month of January. Trees must be free of all decorations and may be left next to your collection cans. If we do not get your tree this week, we will collect it on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Please call for more details, 385-4686325, or go on-line to our website at wasatchfrontwaste.org. of the old Cottonwood Mall site South to Van Winkle Blvd. The city has been working with various agencies to de-conﬂict choke points along this critical NorthSouth arterial that will facilitate safe and efﬁcient movement along this segment. We secured critical funding that should allow us to proceed with the process. It is my desire that we start the planning and public process that will allow us to execute these improvements over the next few years. 4) Knudsen Park Open Space With the Village Plaza and City Hall Park/Commons substantially complete, I would like to turn our attention to an 8+/- acre parcel of open space on the Southeast border of our city. It is the area to the South of Tuscany and Cotton Bottom restaurants. We recently submitted an application for Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) funding through the County. There are numerous applications for a relatively small amount of money. We’re hoping the County will recognize the need for more open space opportunities on the East bench of the valley. We’ll spend the next 5 months in the application process. The ﬁnal awards will be announced in June. Should we be selected, we will protect
and improve a pristine parcel of open space for current and future residents of Holladay- Stay Tuned! 5) General Plan Update The Planning Commission has been working with Landmark Design on an update of our General Plan. The plan establishes goals, purposes, zoning and activities allowed on land parcels throughout the city. It guides development to ensure compatibility and continuity of uses. It is the blueprint for our city. The Planning Commission will pass the plan to the Council at a joint meeting to be held at City Hall on January 5th. The Council will then review the plan, schedule public hearings and approve the ﬁnal update. We hope you can take some time to provide direct feedback to your Council Representative or to the entire Council during our Public Hearings. The ultimate goal of our Council is sustaining a safe, healthy and vibrant community for you and your family. Progress in these critical areas will keep us moving in a positive direction. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016! Rob Dahle, Mayor
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C I T Y I N F O R M AT I O N
Thank you Jim Palmer J. James Palmer was elected to the City Council in January of 2008. Prior to his service on the Council Jim served ﬁve years on the Planning Commission. Jim’s extensive knowledge of municipal government, coupled with exceptional leadership skills helped shepherd the city through its early years of incorporation. Compromise was often times achieved through Jim’s unique ability to balance differing positions on contentious issues. Whether through his six years on the Planning Commission, or service with the Council, Jim’s imprint is all over the city. While in ofﬁce, Jim worked to enhance transparency in our government process. Some of his major accomplishments include: Holladay Village Center redevelopment, City Hall (repurposed Holladay Elementary) and City Hall Park redevelopment and the construction of new Fire Station # 104. Mr. Palmer was also heavily involved in the Knudsen Park Master Plan and in water rights, ﬁre ﬂow and canal issues. Jim was the force behind advocating and implementing the radon-testing program. Jim will continue to serve as a Commissioner for the
newly-formed Mountainous Planning District. We thank him for his service and dedication to the City. Holladay is a better place because of his contributions.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor email@example.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 email@example.com 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 email@example.com 801- 386-2605 Jim Palmer, District 5 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-274-0229 Randy Fitts, City Manager email@example.com
PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117
Many thanks to Cary and Heidi Petterborg for donating from their yard the festival tree on the Plaza this year! The City of Holladay would also like to give a big thank you to Cottonwood Place Senior Living Center for donating 1,000 cookies to the festival tree lighting in December.
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NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Oﬃce 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Oﬃce 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247
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City Council to Consider Public Comment Regarding General Plan At their final meeting of 2015, the Holladay Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council a proposed draft of a new General Plan for the future growth and development of Holladay. The Commission has been working on the draft plan since the city's consultants, Landmark Design, submitted the General Plan Update Study document in mid-summer. The proposed General Plan document is based on Landmark's Study with input from the public at various hearings and special meetings. The draft, having been carefully reviewed by the Commissioners and the General Plan (citizen) Advisory Committee, is now being forwarded to the City Council for their review and subsequent adoption. The General Plan Update Study was funded through a special land use planning grant from the Wasatch Front Regional Council with matching funds and donated staff time from the City. Utah law requires cities to adopt a general plan for future growth. The plan must include; a land use element, a transportation and traffic circulation element, and a plan for moderate income housing. In addition to those elements required by State
law, Holladay's proposed General Plan also includes; a parks, trails and open space element, an economic stability element and a public services and sustainability element. The document is divided into eight separate chapters with specific goals, policies and implementation measures listed at the end of each chapter. Although required by State law, a general plan is not a binding set of rules like a zoning ordinance but is instead an advisory guide for the future. On January 5th, 2016, the City Council will hold a joint meeting with the Planning Commission to commence their work on the document. A public hearing, on the draft plan is likely either the first or third week of February. Interested residents should check the city’s website for the exact date and time of the hearing. Holladay residents are strongly encouraged to participate in the process whether by commenting on-line, at a meeting, or by mail. As with all long range plans for the growth of the City, public input is vital. The draft plan is available for review and comment on the City's website - www.cityofholladay.com.
Design Changes Coming to 2300 East Street North of Holladay City Limit Salt Lake County is making street safety, design and utility changes to 2300 E. from I-80 to 3900 S. The changes will include: • Beautify and reconfigure the on/off ramps to I-80 into a large circular roundabout • New curb, gutter and sidewalk from 3900 S. to 3300 S. on both sides of the road • New curb, gutter and sidewalk on east side of road from 3300 S. to Claybourne (approx. 2800 South). • Beautification/pedestrian-friendly features from Mill Creek to 3225 South • Dedicated bicycle lanes will be added from 3900 S. to Claybourne Avenue (approx. 2800 South) • Pedestrian activated lights for crosswalks at 3000 South and Claybourne • Work also includes waterline relocation, new water service tie-ins, piping of irrigation ditch, and storm drain installation. Holladay residents should be advised that there will be some construction related delays during the next few
months including lane closures, etc., during this period. Construction is already underway and is projected to last until fall of 2016. These changes are intended to make this section of 2300 E. more attractive, safe and efficient for many years to come. For more information, contact Township Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-966-6624 or visit http://slco.org/townships/2300east.
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Holladay Snow Removal Season WINTER QUIZ:
Q. Are you in a high traffic area? A. Understandably, “high traffic areas” such as walkways to schools, churches and commercial areas are especially critical with increased need, and possibility of the worst of this all: someone getting hurt as well as resultant liability.
Question (Q): Can you park on the street in the winter? Answer(A): To accommodate snowplow operations, it is unlawful to park on the street when snowing or after a snow accumulation of 4” or more, until 24 hours after the end of the storm (Ord. 11.20.130)
GOOD WINTER PREP IDEAS:
Q. Who is responsible to shovel walks in Holladay and how long does a property owner have to remove it? A. It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of property abutting on a paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and any existing curb ramp all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within twenty four (24) hours after the hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling. (Ord. 14.32.100) Q. What are common “forgotten areas?” A. Although a fence, hedge, ditch or other barrier may separate you from adjacent streets, the abutting (touching) property owner must still clear the snow.
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• Keep a snow shovel and de-icer by each exterior door. • Windshield brush/scraper, jumper cables, gloves and de-icer in each vehicle. • Snowplow maintained and ready?
LEARN to LIVE Series The Happy Healthy Holladay Committee is proud to sponsor the Learn to Live Series. Join us each month and learn something new about how to keep you and your family happy and healthy. The series will kick off on February 11, 2016 with Learn to Live Heart Healthy at the Holladay Library. There will be two sessions 12:00 pm-1pm and 7:00-8:00 pm. The events will include a brief presentation about keeping hearts of all ages healthy. This will be followed by heart healthy exercises for all ages. Included in activities will be a heart cookie decorating activity. This event will be fun for individuals and families of all ages.
• Consider bent-handle snow shovel to save your back.
Upcoming Learn to Live events include:
• Organize communal tasks if schedules or health conflicts exist; i.e. I’ll shovel your walks, you take out my garbage
• Financial health/utilizing social security and teaching children the importance of money management
• Identity theft protection
• What disabled or aged neighbor could you help?
• Emergency preparedness for families and senior citizens
• Remember history has a good track record of Spring coming about March every year!
• Hidden Treasures of Holladay/walking tour of Holladay
CALL FOR ENTRIES The Holladay Arts Council is pleased to announce our annual ﬁne arts show.
Opening reception at the Holladay City Building March 18th. Artists may register up to two pieces (per artist) of original Art in the following categories: • Oil/Acrylic on Canvas • Photography • Watercolor/works on paper • Sculpture To register and for more information visit us at www.holladayarts.org Prizes to be determined Registration fee of $10.00 per piece of artwork
• Treasure hunt for kids For further information call Pat Pignanelli at 801-455-3535
Holladay Communication with Citizens Holladay has a number of ways for citizens to stay informed on what is happening. All it takes is a click or a call. We are in the process of updating our website. The new design will have interactive maps that will help you with zoning issues and much more as well as easy navigation to ﬁnd the information you are looking for. We would appreciate any feedback or suggestions, just send an email to email@example.com. The website is solely for city information and city sponsored events. For more community information and other news, you can follow the City of Holladay on Facebook and Nextdoor. Get important Holladay news delivered straight to your Inbox. Sign up to receive weekly emails about City events, meetings and other information from City Hall. Because we don't want to bombard you with emails, we'll limit what we send out, but in the event of an emergency, all e-mail distribution lists will be used to communicate. Sign up now by going to the City’s web site at www.cityofholladay.com. If you signed up previously, please re- enter your information to ensure we have your most updated information, as we get a number of returned or bad emails.
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Butlerville Days: A Celebration Of Our Heritage
By Laura Peterson / Story originally ran in July 2015
t’s that time of year again when friends and neighbors gather together to celebrate the brave Utah pioneers. The Butlerville Days, held at Butler Park (behind Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center) will be packed with entertainment for all ages. The festivities begin on Wednesday, July 23. The popular “Big Hero 6” will be shown at dusk, so bring your popcorn, blankets and kids, and snuggle up for a free outdoor movie. Friday, July 24 brings with it the main events and are sure to offer “something for every age group all the time” said Dan Metcalf, Cottonwood Heights public relations specialist. You’ll need to get a good nights sleep and put your comfortable shoes on because Butlerville Days is pleased to announce that it will be offering even longer hours than before, and Midway Rides presented by the City of Fun will be there this year to add to the already exciting agenda. Now is the time to register for the 5K run/ walk, which will start at 7 a.m. You can register in person at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center or online at www.runcottonwoodheights.com. Be sure to register before July 15 or you’ll miss out on the free T-shirt. The fee is $25 for adults and $20 for kids. The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. at the Rec Center. The main attractions begin at noon, which gives you plenty of time to recover from the 5K. For the kids there are Scales and Tails, which will feature an impressive reptile dis-
People of all ages run in the Butlerville Days’ 5K.
play which includes a 95 lb. tortoise, a giant python and an incredible 6-foot-long alligator. There will also be inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, Midway carnival rides, a car show and plenty of food booths. But don’t eat too much if you are planning on registering for the pie-eating contest, which starts at 6 p.m. Registration is from 12-5 p.m. at the information booth. The Historical Display put on by the Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee will also be showing at noon. Learn more about our ear-
ly settlers and gain some appreciation of the celebration. “It is an opportunity to celebrate our existence as a town,” said Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr, who’s favorite part of the Butlerville Days is always “any of the stage entertainment.” Entertainment, which goes from 4-8:30 p.m., includes Modern Divide, Jordan Youth Choir, Foreign Figures and Charley Jenkins. Staging for the kids parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Kids can decorate their bikes and scooters with streamers and pompoms so they can march with the parade at 3 p.m. to “honor our past” said Metcalf. Make sure to register them at the staging area. The skateboard competition will be from 4-7p.m. at the skate park, old-fashioned games from 5-8 p.m. and the event that Metcalf is “stoked about” this year is the watermelon drop with free watermelon slices offered afterward with watermelons that have not participated in the drop. The main event begins at 10 p.m. Fireworks will be set off in sync with music from the stage. Metcalf said this is a spectacular event that locals don’t have to worry about “fighting the downtown crowds” to experience. Mayor Cullimore encourages locals to “gather and enjoy the activities, socialize with
neighbors and friends and enjoy our tax dollars at work.” Butlerville Days is not only a celebration of the area’s pioneer heritage and existence as a town, but also to celebrate and thank our local community and neighbors. “What makes our city great is our neighbors,” said Metcalf. Cottonwood Heights staff would also like to express a huge thank you to those who make Butlerville Days possible: Jamie Jackson, who serves on the volunteer chair committee and Ann Eatchel, who is the Cottonwood Heights events coordinator. Volunteers are the driving force behind the celebration and are always welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-550-8225. Ticket Sales Midway Rides –- by City of Fun Single ticket - $1.50 10 tickets - $12 20 tickets - $20 One-day wristband - $25 All rides require more than one ticket. Kid rides are two tickets, family rides are three and “spectaculars” will require four tickets. Inflatables –- by Custom Events Single ticket - $0.25 One-day wristband - $13 Two-day wristband - $20 Inflatables are two tickets each, rock wall is 10 tickets. l
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Skyline High School Football Stadium Named After Legendary Coach Roger DuPaix By Sarah Almond
ctober 23 was a monumental day for Skyline High School football: prior to their game against the Olympus Titans, Skyline football players, coaching staff and members of the school’s administration honored legendary former head coach Roger DuPaix by naming their new field after him. DuPaix, a Los Angeles, Calif. native, came to Utah in 1959 to play lineman on the BYU football team. After graduating with a degree in physical education from BYU in 1962, DuPaix traveled to New Zealand on a LDS mission. He returned in 1965 and became a graduate assistant at BYU before serving a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. Upon his return from Vietnam, DuPaix worked as assistant football coach for both Granite High School and Cottonwood High School. In 1977, Highland High School hired him on as head coach of their football team; little did DuPaix know this was just the beginning of his successful 35-year coaching career. “Making the transition to Skyline High School was a very hard decision,” DuPaix said. “I was at Highland for nine years, but sometimes the heavens smile down on you and tell you that maybe you should make a move.” Though DuPaix knew the Highland football team was a very talented group (they won the State Championship the year DuPaix left), he and his wife, Edie, decided it was time for a change. In the summer of 1986, DuPaix began the
first of 26 seasons with the Skyline Eagles. “A lot of the coaches on my staff, myself included, played for Coach DuPaix,” said current head coach Justin Thompson. “We have kind of a family of coaches at Skyline that have all come from him, in addition to two of his sons who are football coaches as well.” Thompson played defensive back and running back for the Skyline Eagles in 1991 through 1993. Immediately after graduating in the spring of 1993, DuPaix hired Thompson on as an assistant coach for the team’s sophomore group. After DuPaix retired in 2011, assistant coach and former player Steve Marlowe took over as head coach of Skyline for one year before passing the position to Thompson. “Some of my best friends are the coaches of Skyline – they are wonderful people and wonderful coaches and it is really great to see my friends still there and still coaching and carrying on a great tradition,” DuPaix said. Team traditions and holding the team to the same high moral standards as DuPaix is something Coach Thompson tries hard to retain. One tradition in particular, however, has had a way of sticking with both past and present players. “Coach DuPaix had an expectation that every time you entered the playing field, you were always jogging or running,” Thompson said. “And though that’s a pretty typical thing that other coaches do, Coach [DuPaix] wanted
you to chant ‘go, go, go’ while you were running on the field.” For many 14-year-old and 15-year-old boys, this expectation can seem both unusual and embarrassing. “I went to a clinic and heard a coach talk about it,” DuPaix said, when explaining the origin of the tradition. “And I thought ‘you know, I’m so sick of seeing kids come out to the football field and just kind of walk around and saunter and poke each other.’ So we set up a boundary around the field and every time a player was in the boundary, they had to jog and chant ‘go, go, go.’” This tradition instantly embedded a new sense of work ethic in the Skyline football program. “On the other side of the boundary players can joke, and pinch each other and do whatever they want to do,” DuPaix said, “But once they step on the football field, it’s work and it’s team – it’s oneness and it’s hustle.” The work ethic, drive and moral responsibility that DuPaix encouraged decades ago continues to be a driving force on the Skyline team today. “I certainly haven’t been able to reproduce Coach’s success. Competitively, he was
one of the top coaches in the country and his run at Skyline was legendary,” Thompson said. Though the football stadium at Skyline hasn’t seen much renovation since the 1960’s, the school recently installed a new turf field and replaced the old scoreboard. For many at Skyline High School, it was unquestionable that the changes should be dedicated and honored to DuPaix. “I don’t think there is anybody who played for Coach DuPaix whose life wasn’t positively affected by him,” Thompson said. “I’m certainly not Coach DuPaix and can’t try or pretend to be, so I’ve had to do things my own way, but at the foundation of Skyline football there is definitely a lot of Coach DuPaix.” l
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#1 – Ditch the luxuries. Cutting cable TV, gym memberships, and eating out top my list of quick ways to save some serious cash. Brown bag it for lunch, discover Hulu for TV entertainment and take a walk instead of utilizing an expensive gym treadmill. #2 – Sell your stuff. Cleaning out the clutter not only can bring in some extra cash, but it clears the mind of clutter and helps you get organized. Utilize your local consignment store (check Yelp.com for a list of several), make use of online classifieds or give Ebay a try. #3 – Find alternative ways to travel. If you have two cars, sell one. Try taking TRAX or carpooling to work. #4 – Cut your grocery costs. Groceries can be a huge part of the family expenses. Instead of planning your shopping for the meals you want, plan your meals to what’s on sale. Clip or print coupons. You can check Coupons4Utah. com’s “grocery” section for a list of resources. Cut your meat portions in half. For years our mainstays were casseroles and Mexican and Italian dishes like lasagna and pizza. It’s easy to decrease the meat in those kinds of dishes.
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to the bedroom to sort through my clothes. Cleaning the closet is difficult, because I’m pretty sure I wear all my clothes every day. But I found the dress I wore to my mom’s second wedding, ballet shoes from dance class 35 years ago, the sequined skirt I swore I’d wear once I lost 25 pounds and a ketchup-stained T-shirt from my first major league ballgame. Gone. Then I attacked the bathroom. I thought it might be easier to throw a grenade into the bathtub, shut the door and walk away action-hero style, in slow motion. I’m truly not a hoarder. I just figure at some point I will use the dozens of hotel shampoos and travel-sized body washes I’ve saved for emergencies. I dug into my drawers (so to speak) and purged almost-empty hair spray bottles, driedup face masks, greasy lotions and anti-aging
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