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Economic development officials in Cottonwood Heights have a major plan for the Fort Union corridor, from 1300 East to the mouth of the canyon. Photo courtesy of Cottonwood Heights City
he future belongs to those who prepare for it, and officials in Cottonwood Heights City are working to stay ahead of the curve. In this case, it involves both curves and straightaways— along Fort Union Blvd. A Planned Development District that city staff is now studying is intended to encourage mixed used development along the roadway, from 1300 East and Union Park eastward to the gravel pit on Wasatch Blvd. “This has been on the city’s radar for the entire 10 years since its incorporation,” said Brian Berndt, community and economic development director. “The Fort Union corridor has some unique connection qualities that are underutilized, and we want to make sure we can offer options to both current property owners and those who look at new and redevelopment in the area.” During his presentation at a city council work session, Berndt illustrated the potential for retail and residential development along Fort Union, as well as addressing the sales revenue leakage Cottonwood Heights is losing from residents’ spending. “We’ve identified that more than two-thirds of the revenue we could be getting is leaving the city,” he said. “Hospitality dollars alone—lodging and food and beverage—are being spent
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“I think, on the whole, we thought it would be more businesses, but it’s been the families and children who have contributed.”
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A New City For Olympus Hills Residents By Tammy Nakamura
elf-determination and two years of hard work led to the annexation of more than 3,300 Olympus Hills residents into Holladay City. The new section of the city became official on Jan. 1. The area extends roughly west to east from 2700 East to Interstate 215, and north to south from 3900 South to 4500 South. It brings the total population of the city to more than 30,000. “The residents came to us and asked if they could be annexed into our city,” City Manager Randy Fitts said. “We never asked them to join; it was their idea to become part of the city.” The residents were looking for local representation and a government structure that was secure, he said. The city sought a quick evaluation of the costs of annexing the area. There are fewer than 10,000 businesses that provide sales tax, so a franchise tax on utilities was imposed to help the area pay for itself. The annexed area used to be surrounded on three sides by the city, so the addition rounds out the boundaries. “There were many people in the annexed area who were confused because they thought they were already in Holladay City,” Fitts said. “We have received many emails thanking us for annexing them into the city, but really it was their hard work that made it successful.” l
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New Voting Option For Holladay Voters By Kristen O’Brien and Linda Petersen
or Holladay voters, it seems the 2015 election may be vote by mail only. The city council has voted to go to a mail-in ballot system for this year’s municipal elections in November. This could save about $5,000 over ballot box elections for Holladay City, according to City Manager Randy Fitts. For the first time, this year Salt Lake County is offering this option to municipalities. But rather than encouraging cities to go the mail-in ballot route, county election officials are just trying to educate the cities on two options open to them: mail-in ballots and consolidated voting locations, Salt Lake County Elections Clerk Sherrie Swenson said. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act which provided federal funding to the states to help them upgrade their voting systems. Salt Lake County received $10 million which it used to purchase 7,500 electronic voting machines in 2005. But the lifespan of such technology is very limited, and those machines are on their way to obsolescence, which could be a factor when considering the options. Swenson confirmed that the machines may be outdated in the future, “They don’t make them anymore, but we’ve acquired the
parts and are trying to extend their life. We’ve also upgraded our software. So we feel confident we can use them through 2020,” she said. “Will voting by mail help extend the life of the machines by less wear and tear on them? Yes, but that is not our primary focus here,” she added. Voter turnout, typically higher in Holladay than other Utah cities, is projected to increase even more with a vote by mail-only system. The 2015 general election will have three Holladay City Council seats on the ballot for Council Districts Two, Four and Five. l
Historic Street Signs Tell Story Of Cottonwood Heights Community
otorists driving through Cottonwood Heights may notice new brown and white signs proclaiming certain locations as “Historic” sites. Thanks to the effort of the city’s Historic Committee, signs have been placed at several locations that were significant to the early years of the community. City Councilmember Mike Peterson said the districts and landmarks were selected for their significance in the history of those pioneers who settled in the area, originally called Butlerville. That settlement celebrates its anniversary on July 24 each year, the same as Pioneer Day when Mormon settlers first reached the Salt Lake Valley. Signs appear in eight areas—Danish Town, Butler Bench, Butler Hill, Colebrook/Brown’s Hill, Pepper’s Hill, Will Dyer’s Road, Union Fort Road and Colebrook Center. “They are a nice addition to our city,” Peterson said. “This Historic Committee began talking about it as we thought about our 10th anniversary of incorporation. They bring back a lot
of memories to those who’ve been living here for decades.” The 24 x 36-inch signs were installed in January, and were paid for by donations to the Historic Committee. Peterson said that when the community was first settled, there were few roads, and what roads there were did not have official names. So in order to give directions to their residences, settlers used locally named landmarks, roads and areas to identify locations. The following is a little background on the signs posted and the areas they represent, courtesy of the Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee: Butler Bench Butler Bench was the high area south of Big Cottonwood Canyon Creek, from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon west to the top of the hill at about 2700 East. It is literally a geological bench on which the main part of the city, which was known as Butler, was located.
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Danish Town Danish Town was the area that encompassed the current Danish Road area and included the area from about 3500 East, west to the top of the hill above Little Cottonwood Creek. Butler Hill The first road off of the Butler Bench was built in the early 1870s for the ore haulers from the mines in Big Cottonwood Canyon to take their ore to smelters in Sandy and Midvale. It wasn’t until a few years later that the road was moved by the county to follow closely to today’s Ft. Union Blvd. Pepper’s Hill Pepper’s Hill was the hill starting at the bridge over Little Cottonwood Creek on today’s Creek Road. It was called by that name because William and Florence Pepper built a house at the bottom of the hill on the east side of the creek about 1915.
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Page 4 | March 2015 Development District continued from page 1 in neighboring cities because our residents can’t find what they are looking for here.” Fort Union’s connectability is multifaceted. To the north, I-215 intersects at both 1300 and 2000 East, as well as at 3000 East, where motorists can turn to go up to Wasatch Blvd. On the boulevard itself, vehicles can travel to and from the canyons. “So we’re looking at a type of zoning classification that could give property owners some options for development,” Berndt said. “By the city creating this master plan for the PDD, we can go out and seek funding for different grants, to help with highway, bike and pedestrian improvements.” It’s a team approach, Berndt said, working with developers to help with established properties that are 40 or 50 years old and thus underutilized, as well as finding new businesses to come into the city. “The code we’re proposing gives those owners and developers significant options,” he said. The PDD divides the boulevard into three corridors—west, central and east. Though the development plan would be rolled out over the next 10 years, some of the changes could be much more immediate. The west corridor, near existing retail businesses in the 1300 East and Union Park area, could see increased density of retail development, condensed parking areas that would reduce the amount of asphalt, improved visibility and signage, added entertainment options such as dining and plaza areas. Ultimately it is designed to recapture lost sales tax leakage through addition of new businesses. “We want to create a place for people to shop and linger,” Berndt said. Development in the central corridor, along Highland Drive and 2300 East, would be more recreation-related, with lunchtime eateries and a gathering place for community events. The plan calls for increased allowable housing densities and building heights (five to six stories), rental units at commercial nodes with townhouse development, increased
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NEWS walkability and bringing businesses out closer to the street. “We can recapture lost sales tax leakage in smaller-scale businesses,” Berndt said. The east corridor would ideally create a vibrant gateway to Fort Union, and could include splash pads, an ice skating rink, warming stations for bikers and walkers, food vendors and mobiles, interactive sports, a clock tower and unique, one-of-a-kind restaurants in a cluster area. Shuttle service to and from the canyons and from existing and future hotels would lend itself to development of this area. Class A office space in the area, which currently enjoys a 94 percent occupancy rate, would be increased. The Wasatch Front Regional Council
estimates that 11,000 new jobs will be created in the city over the next 25 years. The gravel pit will remain in operation for at least the next few years, so development of these nodes in the east corridor might be a bit down the road. “What you have to do is be both progressive and patient at the same time,” Berndt said. “You set yourself up for the stepping stones moving forward. What we’re planning is not for tomorrow, but for 5-10 years down the road. If a community is progressive, tenants will look at it more seriously.” l
SEVEN NODES EARMARKED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN FORT UNION BLVD. PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT Node 1—1300 East at Fort Union Comprised of 183 acres stretching from Union Park Avenue to about 1600 East, the bulk of the land is occupied by high density multi-family projects, with the remaining area composed of big box retail, office buildings and mixed use projects. The area is autocentric, with few amenities to support pedestrian movement from place to place. Node 2—Highland Drive/Fort Union Located at the intersection of the two roads, this node is a mixed bag of old and new mixed uses, and a small commercial component. Also autocentric, with few amenities to encourage pedestrian movement. Node 3—2300 East/Fort Union This 30-acre node is nearly fully developed with higher-density condominiums and apartments. 2300 East and I-215 are fast moving, reinforcing the sense that this is not a safe place for people, cyclists or motorists. Node 4—3000 East/Fort Union This 62-acre area is dominated by mixed uses—library, school and post office, for example—and a good mix of high density residential and commercial. Node 5—Wasatch Blvd./Fort Union A two-acre site with a gas station and a couple of small office buildings, which city officials feel has great potential to be a “neighborhood center,” or a unique local hotspot. Node 6—Old Mill/Cottonwood Corporate Centers The 70-acre site has what city officials call “a clear and modern identity.” One of the major employment centers in the valley, greater efforts to entice site workers to explore local businesses needs to be made, as more develop along Fort Union. Node 7—From the 7-11 store to the gravel pit The southwest corner of his intersection contains some of the most unique shopping and dining sites, but needs an upgrade and refreshing. City officials call this site one of great potential.
Playground Moving Forward By Linda Petersen and Kristen O’Brien
nticipation is building to get the new Holladay City playground at 4580 South Holladay Blvd. built and open by this summer. So much so that some residents are smashing their piggy banks to help get the playground started. At least one family in Holladay has made it their family project. Ariana and Sophia have been saving their money for something special. They are so excited to finally have a playground in their own neighborhood so they won’t have to get a ride to play with their friends. The girls donated all of their savings at Holladay City Hall to see their dreams come true. This is a first time collaboration between Holladay government and residents to fund a community project. The goal is to open the playground for the Fourth of July celebration at Holladay City Hall Park. With a goal of $250,000, collections have reached just over $180,000 in the fundraising effort that’s theme is “Support Play! Donate Today!” Many residents have stepped up to the plate to get this groundbreaking project done and done soon. “I think, on the whole, we thought it would be more businesses, but it’s been the families and children who have contributed,” City Councilmember Pat Pignanelli said. To show people what a playground could be an open house was held Jan. 21 to gather resident input. Posters displaying the new types of playground options surrounded the room. Children were given red stickers and adults blue stickers to vote with their stickers on the posters for the playground equipment they found most appealing. “I want to give a huge thank you to those from the community that gave of their time and made an effort to stop by during the open
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Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Searches For Choir Members By Shawna Meyer
he Cottonwood Heights Arts Council is considering sponsoring a community choir. In order to move ahead with their plans, the arts council needs to gauge the community’s interest, so they’re trying to spread the word. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity for singers out there. Whoever enjoys good plural music, we would certainly welcome their participation . . . I think it would be open to everyone—you wouldn’t have to be a resident of Cottonwood Heights,” Sheila Armstrong said. Armstrong has been a member of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council since last summer. She loves singing and has been a member of multiple choirs in the past. She is the impetus behind the formation of the choir. “It occurred to me, because the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council sponsors an orchestra, that maybe it would be cool for them to sponsor a community chorus. Then they would have better outreach opportunities and be able to recruit more people then we’d be able to,” Armstrong said. Armstrong presented the idea to the arts council during a meeting in early January. The idea was well received, but the arts council wanted to make sure people were interested before they moved forward. “The council thought that we should at least send out some feelers in the commu-
Historic Signs continued from page 2 Colebrook’s/Brown’s Hill Sometime after 1885, Amasa David Brown and his wife Kate built a home about halfway up on the west side of the hill on today’s 2300 East between Bengal Boulevard and Fort Union. It became known as Brown’s Hill. Will Dyer’s Road The road between 2600 East and 3500 East, part of today’s Bengal Blvd., was called Will Dyer’s Road because he was the only one living along that stretch of road. Union Fort Road The Union Fort Road ran from the Danish Town road to the fort in Union. It followed close to today’s Creek Road. Colebrook Corner About 1884, Charles Colebrook and his wife Sarah McGhie settled on what would become the southwest corner of 20th East and 70th South, (it is now the southwest corner of Highland Drive and Ft. Union Blvd). l Butler Hill was the first road built off the Butler Bench in Cottonwood Heights, now landmarked with a historic sign.
nity and see what kind of response we got,” Armstrong said. In the Cottonwood Heights’ February newsletter and on the city’s website, the city posted an ad about the choir seeking those interested in participating. “We’ve had probably 20 or 25 responses so far with people who would be interested,” Armstrong said. Armstrong’s next step will be to draw up an official proposal, which will include more specific details on where and when the group will practice and perform. It will also include specific information about what kind of support they’ll need from the arts council and community. “We’re hoping to have a proposal to the council by our next meeting, which is the first of March. Then, depending upon their approval—if they have more questions or want us to work out more details—we’ll see where it goes from there,” she said. The Cottonwood Heights Orchestra takes the summer off, so Armstrong expects that the choir would probably take a break too. If they do end up taking the summer off, then it would be fall before they started auditioning people and putting together an official schedule. “Because I’m relatively new on the council, I’m not sure how long a process it has to go through as far as approving their sponsorship of it,” Armstrong said. l
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Holladay Bike Routes Get A Facelift
By Tammy Nakamura
olladay City has received some grant money for improvements to its bike routes. That’s the good news. The bad news is there is a deadline for spending the money. In spite of the time crunch, city officials are pleased to get the funds. “It has been years since the bike routes have seen any improvement,” said Paul Allred, city community development director. “We have a list of priorities and will get to work on those routes first.” Allred and his staff have developed about eight miles of routes that get first priority. The main spine runs along 2300 East and Holladay Boulevard. “We want to focus on the routes that connect to schools, parks and similar facilities,” Allred said. “We also sought advice on which routes were most heavily used by the biking community.” The grants total almost $216,000. The city must use an $80,000 grant from Salt Lake County by June 30. The balance of the money comes from federal grants from the Utah Department of Transportation and the Wasatch Front Regional Council. Those grants require matching funds. The smaller county grant, along with other program money, will be used to leverage the federal grants. The facelift for the routes includes reflective tape and paint, directional arrows and signs. The plan needs approval by the city council and, then bids for construction will go out in the coming weeks. The bike routes plan is part of the city’s parks and trails master plan. l
Bike trails throughout Holladay will get some much-needed work on them thanks to federal and local grants.
Public Works High on Holladay City’s Priority List
hen the members of the Holladay City Council recently emerged from their annual retreat, they had four pages that constituted their ‘wish list’ for the year. That was considerably whittled down from the 11 pages that came out of their very first retreat many years ago. “These are our marching orders for the year,” City Manager Randy Fitts said. “Everyone walks into the meeting with their laundry list of ideas, and then we decide what really might work and what improvements really can and should be made.” Fitts estimates the city will have a budget of about $14 million, which is up slightly from
last year. But he says the costs for the newly annexed area are the unknown.
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marching orders for the year.” After all the bills are paid, the council decides what to do with the balance. Last year, a good portion of the remaining budget was spent on the new park construction behind city hall. This year, Fitts hopes the money will be
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allocated to address roads. “Our roads are in pretty good condition right now. But we have to keep up with maintenance or we could be faced with a big, expensive problem,” he said. “We haven’t completed an inventory of all the needs in the new annexed area. So we don’t know what kinds of expenses we face there.” Other public works priorities include fire hydrant maintenance, storm drains, canals, sidewalks and bike lane striping. Other general fund priorities include the general plan update, park renovations and completions, the radon program and outreach and education programs. l
Playground continued from page 4 house. Their comments, ideas and suggestions were and will be so helpful as we design this much awaited playground,” open house host City Councilmember Sabrina Peterson said. At the open house people requested a walking path for adults, safe and fun sections for small children and a zip line for teenagers. The location next to the gazebo was chosen for the playground because there are views of the ball fields where siblings may be playing sports; it is far from adjacent homes; it is near the restrooms, and also the future walking path may start at the playground area. Tax-deductible gifts to The Holladay City Foundation, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization go directly to building the playground.l
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Mountain Accord Calls For Public Feedback
he public recently had the opportunity to review and discuss Mountain Accord’s recently released blueprint to transform the Utah experience. Mountain Accord is a nonprofit collaboration of stakeholders committed to solutions to preserve and ensure the long-term viability of the Central Wasatch Mountains. The first public meeting on the blueprint which was held at Cottonwood High School, allowed Mountain Accord developers, including government agencies, ski resorts and conservation groups, to hear the public’s critiques of their proposed plans.
MOUNTAIN ACCORD’S BLUEPRINT PROPOSALS INCLUDE: • A connected trail network linking the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back • A mountain rail running up Little Cottonwood Canyon • A tunnel linking Alta and Brighton • An aerial tram or tunnel connecting Brighton to Park City • Rapid transit buses running up Parley’s, Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons • Faster transit from Salt Lake City International Airport to Park City
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• Safety and access improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians • Implementation of transit incentives and disincentives including strategies for paid parking
ublic comment is vital to Mountain Accord’s process, said Laynee Jones, program manager for the organization. “It’s important for the movers and shakers in Mountain Accord to hear the public’s concerns during each step of the process, especially now (that) there is a proposed blueprint in place.” Since beginning in early 2014 Mountain Accord has held many public Q&A sessions in an effort to better understand what Utahns want for the future of the Wasatch Front. “We want to address problems today that will affect our future 100 years from now,” Jones said. Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, a member of Mountain Accord’s executive committee, continually urges community members to participate in the process. “The mountains belong to all of us, and we have the chance to express our ideas, concerns, and hopes for their continued use,” he said. “Together, we can shape the future of the mountains we proudly call home.” “People care about these issues,” Jones
said. “We wanted to give people that voice.” Lawmakers on Capitol Hill share concerns with Mountain Accord over transportation issues facing the state. “My biggest takeaway [with UTA] is you can’t as a policy maker pick one mode of transportation. We as a state can’t just say that everything by way of getting around will be by roads,” said Speaker of the House and former UTA Chairman, Greg Hughes, R-Draper. “It’s not one or the other, it’s a multimodal infrastructure and you have all of them complement each other.” Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, another member of Mountain Accord’s executive committee, said that Mountain
Accord’s blueprint for the future seeks to find a balance between wilderness preservation, watershed protection, recreation, and economic opportunities, while finding solutions to Utah’s transportation and mobility issues. We “still have concerns about some of the transportation proposals,” said Carl Fisher, Save Our Canyons executive director, and another contributing member on Mountain Accord’s executive board. Still, they like the direction the board is moving, he said. All contributing members hope public feedback will help in determining what is best for Utah, and that it will help Mountain Accord find an acceptable balance between recreational uses, new modes of transportation, and preservation. l
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Page 8 | March 2015 Mount Olympus Senior Center 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road Phone 385-468-3130 The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. The cost is $2; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Canyon Hiking for the Active Participant. Our hiking program will start again in April. They are four to five miles in length and scheduled twice a month, usually on Mondays. Reminder telephone calls are made on the Friday before. Participants meet at the Mt. Olympus Center for carpooling and leave promptly at 9 a.m. Sign up. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. — Communications Seminar. Dr. Victoria Burgess will be teaching this educational series on the proper tools of communication. You will learn listening skills, assertiveness, effective confrontation and problem solving methods. Wednesdays, March 1 p.m. — Return to Those “Thrilling Days of Yesteryear” will continue for several weeks in March. Come and view DVDs of the history of Salt Lake City, Emigration Canyon, Helper, Wendover and others. Fridays on March, 1 p.m. — Vital Aging “Pathways to Cope with Grief and Loss” A person’s unique response to losses in life are influenced by cultural beliefs, family, personality and other life stressors. In
SENIORS this class, participants will have the opportunity to share, and then process thoughts and feelings related to loss. They will learn new ways to readjust, reinvest in life and relationships while remembering and honoring the loss. March 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Podiatry. Dr. Robert Church will come to the center. Sign up for an appointment. $10 donation payable to Dr. Church. March 10, 10:30 a.m. — Essential Oils: Improving Health and Weight Loss. Essential oils have many health benefits and can be used to substitute many over-the-counter medicines. They also can have an effect on weight loss. March 11, 10 a.m. — Blood Pressure Checks. March 13, 27, 1 p.m. — Black Dragon Self Defense. Bill Nieves, owner of Black Dragon Self Defense, will be teaching a class on self-defense. March 16, 10 a.m. — Diabetes: What I Should Know. University of Utah pharmacy students will be here to discuss how diabetes affects the blood and how to manage meds, diet and exercise. A question-andanswer session will be held at the end. 11 a.m. — Scenes and Sounds Of Ireland. Barbara Byrne will be giving a special Irish presentation that will start with her Irish immigrant grandfather and his trip across the plains, then go into her pictures and experiences on her three trips to Ireland. She will also play some classic Irish tunes on her guitar. 11 a.m. — Attorney Appointments. Mike Jensen with Elder Law will be here for free 20-minute
appointments. Make appointments at the front desk. March 17, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wendover Trip. — Please sign up for this trip by Friday, March 13. The Advisory Committee will have a sign-up sheet and box available at the front desk for your payment. Cost is $20 and is payable when you sign up. March 17, 11:30 a.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Party ; $2.50 suggested donation. The center will have a hearty Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage, roasted potatoes, carrots and a delicious green cookie. We will be entertained by the Fabulous Irish Dancers. Suggested lunch donation is $2.50. Let the front desk know by Monday, March 9 if you would like to attend. 2 p.m. — Book Club will be discussing “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker. March 18, 1 p.m. — Flower Arranging 101. Frances Merrill will be sharing her knowledge of flower arranging. Come learn this art and take home a beautiful bouquet. Suggested donation is $7 for supplies, payable to Frances. Only five spots available, so be sure to sign up. March 19, 11 a. m. — Take Two Radishes and Call Me in the Morning. Dr. Heinerman, author of “Food and Nutrition,” is coming to give a presentation on the healing powers of food and how it can be used as a medicine for common ailments. March 20, 1 p.m. — Instruments of Tahiti. Pete Mahuru will be demonstrating the various instruments from his native land, Tahiti. Come to this cultural and musical experience.
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E
As the March edition of the Journal is delivered the 2015 Legislative Session will come to a close. I have come to appreciate the passion, empathy and competence of our legislators while following the process. There are serious issues to consider; Healthy Utah (Medicare Expansion), Transportation Funding, Clean Air Initiatives and Education funding, to name just a few. The votes they cast have a material effect on our lives. There are sometimes deep philosophical differences regarding the government’s role in addressing these issues. The ensuing debates can become emotionally charged, both in the legislature and in the public square. We have all seen or been involved in exchanges that cross the line of what would be considered proper decorum. Reading the articles and Op-Eds that follow the legislative process can
lead to a certain level of cynicism. They typically address the extreme views on both sides of the issues. Solutions are often the result of reasoned compromise, and as a result, reside somewhere in the middle. That is the way it is suppose to be. It is my experience that your representatives are passionate advocates of this city and state. They do their very best to represent our citizen’s concerns and care deeply about trying to do the right thing. Whether or not you agree with the final outcome, I hope you respect the process. It is often a thankless job, but in the words of Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I am thankful that these good women and men were willing to step up and take the oath on behalf of this community. So to Senators Iwamoto and Shiozawa, and Representatives Arent, Moss and Poulson — thank you for your service! —Rob Dahle
Have a fun and safe Saint Patrick’s Day! Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Who is responsible for Curb & Gutter and Sidewalk Maintenance in the City? By Clarence Kemp, P.E. —City Engineer The City of Holladay has hundreds of miles of curb & gutter and sidewalk – some brand new and most much older, some approaching 100 years in age. The maintenance of this infrastructure is a continuous challenge to city staff and our residents. According to City of Holladay Ordinance 14.32.010, the owner of a parcel abutting a public right-of-
individual property owners in their responsibility to repair or replace unsafe sidewalk and deteriorated curb & gutters adjacent to their individual properties. This program allows the city to reimburse up to 50% of the cost of replacement, not to exceed $1000 for any one property. Reimbursements are limited to the budgeted funding in any given fiscal year and already fully expended for 2014-2015. Also, reimbursement requests must be approved by the City
way is responsible for the replacement and/or repair of the curb & gutter and sidewalk when needed. Nonetheless, in many cases the City feels a shared responsibility for this maintenance for the protection of the public. Since the creation of the City, construction and repair of safe sidewalks (particularly near schools) has been a high priority in the budgeting process. Each year, the City also budgets for ongoing sidewalk trip hazard removal and spot repairs of curb & gutter. The City of Holladay has a reimbursement program to encourage
prior to doing the work. With the limited funds, requests are prioritized based on public safety and the severity of need. Of course, individual driveways and private roadways are not eligible. Questions and requests should be directed toward our City Engineer, Clarence Kemp, at 801-230-3682. Lastly, City Ordinance 14.32.100 requires property owners (or occupants) to remove snow from adjacent public sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow event. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our residents to insure that our public sidewalks are safe.
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C I T Y I N F O R M AT I O N
New Glass Recycling Site in Holladay
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
Did you know that glass takes 1,000,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill? Mayor Dahle of Holladay City and Pam Roberts, Executive Director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District, are happy to report that a new location for an additional glass site in Holladay City has been found that can help keep glass out of the landfills. Mayor Dahle connected WFWRD with Mr. Steve Dal Soglio, who owns the 66 station on Highland Drive. They agreed that the property would be perfect for a new glass drop-off location. The exact location will be at the 66 Station on 6070 Highland Drive. The glass container will be available by the end of the February. Holladay City is one of the best recycling cities in the Salt Lake Valley. In 2014 Holladay City recycled over 2,265 tons. Holladay City has also seen a 20% improvement in recycling since 2001, taking the lead in Mayor Ben McAdam’s 20% challenge.
PUBLIC MEETINGS: YOU CAN ALSO HELP BEAUTIFY THE CITY BY. . .
INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
HANDS ON HOLLADAY COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. – NOON LUNCH PROVIDED BY THE CITY AT NOON
PICKING UP LITTER, RAKE UP AND SWEEP WINTER DEBRIS, LEAVES, SMALL BRANCHES AND STICKS OFF SIDEWALKS, GUTTERS AND PARK STRIPS. THERE WILL BE A DUMPSTER AT CITY HALL TO COLLECT THE BAGS.
Safety First . . . Use Common Sense . . . It is important to stay off of private property. Wear gloves, work clothes, and bring your own rakes, shovels, and brooms.
THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!!!
CITY CLEAN UP AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATION: PARK AND RIDE 6575 SOUTH WASATCH BLVD. OR PLAN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP AND CALL THE CITY TO ARRANGE FOR A DUMPSTER Michele Bohling (801) 527-2457
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE EVENT IS CANCELLED!
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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.
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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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REMINDER TO PLAN YOUR COMMUTE SALT LAKE CITY MARATHON & 5K SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
Playground Update - Almost There! The Holladay City Foundation has raised $180,000 for the construction of the Holladay City Playground. Many residents and business have given generously to this project. The Foundation recognizes the generosity of its key corporate sponsors, to date:
A Landscape Sprinkler Co. Black Diamond Burton Lumber Cottonwood Builders Forsgren Associates Ivory Homes Kano Engineering
The 2015 Salt Lake City Marathon & 5K will take place on Saturday April 18th beginning at 6:00am so plan your day accordingly. At all major intersections there will be an “Intersection Traffic Officer” to facilitate cross-traffic flow whenever there are breaks in runners and safe to do so. The race will come through the City of Holladay starting at 3900 S. and 2300 E. The route will follow 2300 E. southbound to 4600 S. then back northbound on Holladay Blvd to 4500 S. and then west through Highland Drive. The runners should be through Holladay by about 11:30 am. For a detailed map of the race course go to: www.saltlakecitymarathon.com
The Foundation is still accepting donations with a goal to build the new playground in June 2015. Support play — donate today!! Visit the playground website to make your tax-deductible gift: http://holladayplayground.wix.com/ holladay-playground
Super Fans Needed at SLC Marathon Holladay Aid Station By City Staff
The Holladay Arts Council would like to thank the many volunteers who stepped up to help with our Fine Art Show in February. The show was very successful and enjoyed by over 500 people. It showed us there is a continued desire for this event. We would also like to thank Mayor Dahle and his wife Joni for attending and Senator Jani Iwamoto for taking time out of their busy schedules to show their support. We got some valuable feedback from the public and participants which we value as we are committed to improving the show going forward.
JOIN THE ARTS COUNCIL! We are currently looking for artistic people who are interested in joining us on the Arts Council and have time to help us grow. If this is you, please contact Margo Richards, Arts Council Coordinator, at 801-527-2677. We would love to talk to you!
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, runners from across the State of Utah will tackle the Salt Lake City Marathon. The 26.2 mile race begins at 7 a.m. at the Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, winds through an array of neighborhoods and communities, and ends at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. The City of Holladay is happy to host an Aid Station for runners at 4611 S. Holladay Boulevard, just North of Burton Lumber. Holladay’s Aid Station will provide water, Powerade and a restroom facility with some Holladay supplied music and fanfare. We want
to make the runner’s experience of our community stand out amongst the rest - the runners' favorite Aid Station will be awarded $1,000! Help us bring home the prize and welcome runners to our fine City. Super fans, Cub Scout group, sports teams, clubs, and supporters of all ages are invited to come out and join in the fun. Come armed with signs of encouragement ("You can do it!") and noise makers. Runners will only be traveling through Holladay from about 8:00–11:00. You can come for a few minutes or stay until the last runner. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the action!
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Green Waste Announcement Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling is excited to kick off the 2015 green waste season on March 16. Curbside green waste collection reduces waste that goes into our landfills and provides valuable compost for home gardens. Curbside green waste is an affordable option at $114.00 for a calendar year for anyone with a yard! The program runs from the middle of March to the second week of December. As a reminder, only green waste can be placed in these containers: grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings, leaves, garden waste, and any fruits and vegetables from your table. Egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags are also OK. Do not bag your green waste.
IT ’S BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE HOLLADAY CITY’S INCORPORATION BE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION!!
SATURDAY, JULY 4th, 2015 E V E RYO N E I N V I T E D
The following items cannot go in your Green Waste container: • Dirt, sod and rocks • Large trees or branches that don’t fit in the cart • Meats, oils and grease • Compostable bags • Animal waste • Paper or plastic bags If your container is broken and needs to be repaired, all you need to do is call us at 385-468-6325 and we will gladly come out and do the repair on site. Find out more on our website at www.wasatchfrontwaste.org. Please have your green and all waste carts out on the curb by 7:00 a.m. so that we don’t have large trucks driving back through neighborhoods. Please place your cart at least 3 feet away from any other objects (car, fence, mailbox, other carts) and not under any overhanging objects (trees, street signs, basketball standards) for safe collection.
S TAR T PL ANING NOW
TO ENTER A
SMALL SCALE “FLOAT” in the
4TH OF JULY PARADE PAR ADE THEME:
“HOLLADAY YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY” This will be a fun neighborhood or family activity! LANDFILL VOUCHERS Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District has extended their landfill voucher program throughout the year. Vouchers are part of the annual services and they are good for one load of green waste or bulk material from residential properties within the District. They will be available at the city offices year round.
Check the City website at
w w w. c i t yo f h o l l a d a y. co m
for more information or contact Michele at (801) 527-2457
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Bring It On By Peri Kinder
uring a fierce game of Connect Four, my grandson dropped his last red checker in the slot and yelled, “Yes! I won! I beat you two times in a row!” I quietly disassembled the game and carefully put the pieces back in the box. “I think it’s time for you to go home,” I said. “Get your coat.” Did I mention he was 8? I’ve had a bit of a competitive streak since childhood. In third grade, I challenged the fastest boy in class to a race because he said girls couldn’t run. We lined up at the starting line, taking off like rockets when our friend said “Go!” Halfway across the playground I realized I was not going to win. But instead of losing gracefully, I flung myself to the asphalt, shredding my jeans and kneecaps, and then accused him of tripping me. Seemed like a good idea at the time. No one is immune from my aggressive approach to activities. At the gym, I’ll casually glance at the screen on the stairclimber next to mine to see how hard that person is working. Yesterday, the lady on the adjacent machine was working at a level three, so I punched my stairclimber to level 11. She stayed at three, meandering through her routine while I increased my resistance to 13, 14 and 15. Take that, total stranger! Did I mention she was about 85? And carrying an oxygen tank? And she didn’t know we were competing? I’m also a terrible winner. I’m all “Yo! Take that loser!
In your face!” (Or something like that. It’s kind of an out-ofbody/mind experience.) And on the (rare) occasion my husband beats me at tennis/Words With Friends/Rack-O, the glacial chill I radiate could refreeze the polar ice caps. He says something stupid like, “You know it’s not the Olympics, right?” To which I respond, “Is that how you apologize?”
“For winning?” Ignore. I blame my mom. She’s not around to defend herself, so it’s all good. Playing SkipBo with her was like a card game of Spy vs. Spy as she tried to sneak extra cards under our piles when we weren’t looking. We always thought she was a brilliant strategist. Nope. She cheated. When a friendly game of Charades with the family turns into a reenactment of the “Hunger Games,” it might be time to back down. When I try to outrun, outjump, outwit and outlift the unsuspecting people around me I usually only end up proving how easily I get hurt. Did I mention I get injured a lot? You’d think that after teaching yoga for almost a decade I would have learned to let go of my competitive cravings. After all, I tell my classes all the time that life, like yoga, is not a competition. Yet. After much practice, I’m learning how to lose with grace. Ish. A wise person once said the only competition you have is with yourself. This person was obviously a cave dweller with no friends, siblings or children to compete with.
o, if you’re on the stationary bike next to me; yes, we’re racing. And when I have a Connect Four rematch with my grandkids, I will display no mercy. They’d better show up and be serious because I will not go easy on them just because they’re in elementary school. l
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Utah Students Win Capitol Exhibit By Bridget James
hy would Utah High School students be honored on the senate floor during the 2015 legislative session? To be recognized by the senators who represent them for their beautiful renditions of the Utah State Capitol and in celebration of the arts.
“ The idea came from
President Niederhauser’s office in an effort to challenge Utah’s students to view the world artistically and express their creativity by using the capitol as a subject.” One hundred-ninety-five of Utah’s High School students participated in the Utah Senate Art Scholarship Competition sponsored by Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. “The idea came from President Niederhauser’s office in an effort to challenge Utah’s
students to view the world artistically and express their creativity by using the capitol as a subject,” Laura Durham, Utah Division of Arts and Museums marketing and communications manager said. Given the theme: “Celebration of Utah’s beautiful capitol building and in salute to the Utah legislature working on behalf of Utah’s citizens,” students were asked to create original, two-dimensional images of the Utah State Capitol using only these items: oil, pen, ink, watercolor, printmaking, graphic design and digital drawing. Local Olympus High student Alyssa Bowman took first place to receive a $5,000 scholarship. Her painting of the capitol will hang in the Utah Senate suite on Capitol Hill.
The remaining winners were: 2ND PLACE: North Sanpete School District North Sanpete High School Keena Kleven $3,000 scholarship
Alyssa Bowman of Olympus High School took first place in the Utah Senate Art Scholarship Competition with her watercolor art piece titled, “Capitol Hill.” 3RD PLACE: Salt Lake City School District West High School Chloe Kauffman $1,000 scholarship Fourth—10th places received $500. Awards of $300 went to 11th-25th places.
The scholarships were in the form of Utah Education Savings Plan accounts. Arts Day on the Hill is administered by the Utah Cultural Alliance and is filled with creating art, entertainment and a place for Utah’s arts communities to get to know their elected legislators. This is the first year this scholarship competition has been held. l
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Smokey the Bear Heads To Holladay
By Bridget James
uring Utah’s winter months, Holladay residents have little reason for concern over fires in the snowy forests of our Wasatch Mountain Range. So why would Smokey the Bear be making a surprise visit to some of Holladay’s young students? To honor those with a deep interest in keeping our forests safe from fires and to acknowledge those with a passion for the land.
and Woodsey the Owl. “The teachers and youth leaders that chose to participate in this program also recognized the importance of supporting these concepts,” MacKay said. This year, students from six schools along the Wasatch Front participated, four of which are located in the Holladay area: Morningside Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Spring
“ As a former educator, I recognize the importance of
the concepts being presented and the excellent plans that have been written by the Forest Service paralleling and supporting the core curriculum concepts.” On Jan. 29, Connie MacKay from the National Gardens Club, Inc., from the National Forest Service Ranger Reid Shelley and Smokey the Bear traveled to four different schools in the Holladay area to present certificates to students who participated in their annual Smokey the Bear and Woodsey
Lane Elementary and H.R. Driggs Elementary. Posters from each grade were chosen to move on to represent Utah in the Rocky Mountain Regional Contest where one will be chosen to move on to the national competition in Washington, D. C. The students in Holladay whose posters were selected for the regional
the Owl Poster Contest. Students participated in the contest because of their deep interest in being stewards of the land and wildfire prevention. And while some students’ artwork will move on to the regional contest, all who participated received certificates of appreciation for participating in the event. “Utah’s participation in the national contest was much better than usual,” MacKay, the contest chair, said. “As a former educator, I recognize the importance of the concepts being presented and the excellent plans that have been written by the Forest Service paralleling and supporting the core curriculum concepts.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. host this national contest to promote the understanding of basic environmental conservation and forest fire prevention principles. The contest began in 1961 and is voluntary, providing an opportunity for students to showcase their understanding of conservation through original drawings featuring Smokey the Bear
First grade: Jessica Blake Spring Lane Elementary Second grade: Scott Mascaro and Addie Blodgett Morningside Elementary Third grade: Elsa McPhie and Naomi Smith H.R. Driggs Elementary Fourth grade: Anders Kristensen Crestview Elementary Anders Kristensen also submitted a sculpture for the fourth to eighth grade sculpture recycle competition. “This was the first time that a recycle sculpture was submitted from Utah,” MacKay said. The national contest will be held in late spring and the winner will receive a trip for four to Washington, D.C. l
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he Brighton High girls basketball team battled through an injury to its leading scorer Dani Barton in the first round of the 5A state basketball tournament with a group effort that led the squad to defeating defending champion Fremont 49-40 Feb. 21 to win the title. “That’s what championship teams do,” head coach Jim Gresh said. “Everyone does their part in contributing. It really hasn’t hit yet that we won, but it does feel good.” Barton, a sophomore, suffered an ankle injury in a 21-point effort during the team’s victory over Westlake 49-45 and had to leave the game. Senior Alyssa Hirschi scored 11 points and senior Lindsey Johnson added nine. But the key to the win, according to
“Everyone does their part
in contributing. It really hasn’t hit yet that we won, but it does feel good.” a six-point, eight-rebound performance. “We were just there in the moment and tried to prepare for every game while having fun,” Gresh said. In the championship game, the Bengals found themselves down 25-24 at halftime and having a hard time containing the Silver Wolves’ senior guard Shelbee Molen who had 13 points. “We went into the game talking about
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Gresh, was junior Jade Summerhays coming in for senior McCall Christensen – who had fouled out — and “hitting a big shot from the corner” to contribute her only score of the game. “The first game is the hardest because you really don’t want to lose in the first round,” Gresh said. “It seemed like the farther we went in the tournament though, the less nervous we were.” In the second round, Barton, who was still hampered by her injury, led the Bengals with 15 points in defeating Layton 50-46 Feb. 18 with Johnson scoring 11. A dominating performance on the boards over Riverton in the semifinals – Brighton outrebounded the Silverwolves 40-21 – was the key to a 43-31 victory Feb. 20. Christensen scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds, while Barton had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson also scored in double figures with 10 points while grabbing five rebounds and Hirschi had
having fun, doing our best and seeing what happens,” Gresh said. “That’s what we really tried to do even as we tried to figure out how to stop Molen.” Johnson led the way in the title game with 13 points and five rebounds, while Christensen and Barton scored 12 each. Hirschi recorded 10 rebounds while scoring eight points. Christensen was named 5A tournament Most Valuable Player, while Barton and Johnson were recognized on the All-Tournament Team.Brighton’s superstitious coach got a lot of use out of his lucky blue sweater which he wore throughout the tournament, complete with checkered pants that his wife had bought him. “That sweater’s won a lot of games,” he said. Also on Brighton’s squad this season were junior Asia Kehl; sophomores Sierra Neves, Ari Miller and Megan Lindquist; and freshmen Savannah Neves, Kambrie Douglas and Sidney Kaufmann. l
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Olympus Wrestler Second At State; Team 13th By Catherine Garrett
ith 10 seconds left in his 4A state quarterfinal match against defending state champion Ryan Hansen, of Maple Mountain, Olympus High wrestler Lukas Erickson was down by two points. He ended up scoring four points to win the match and went on to reach the finals and place second in the 138-lb. weight division Feb. 11-12 at Utah Valley University. The senior’s placement helped the Titans take 13th as a team. “Lukas had a phenomenal year,” head coach Theros Johnson said. “We expected him to be in the finals all year. Not everything went his way during the match, but he did a great job.” “My weight class was really stacked, and it was really tough, but my big goal was to make the finals, and I did,” Erickson said. “Of course, I wanted to be state champ but not everybody can be.” Erickson also defeated Corner Canyon’s Greg Lamb and Mountain Crest’s Jake Hopkins
a good solid drive in everything I do,” he said. “I wouldn’t have a 4.0 if it weren’t for wrestling.” Also at the 4A state tournament, Olympus’ Tyler Ringwood placed sixth with wins over Alec Trotter, of Timpanogos, before losing to Salem Hill’s Jaxon Bowden. In the consolation rounds, Ringwood defeated Ogden’s Victor Villanueva and Cyprus’ Brandon Hatch before losing to Corner Canyon’s Shaun Stockwell. In the fifth place match, Ringwood again lost to Bowden. “We did really well this season as a team,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of younger kids but were able to take eight kids to state.” Also competing at state for Olympus were Harrison Vasquez (106 lbs.), Zack Degraw (120 lbs.), Jordan Albretsen (152 lbs.), Nick Orme (152 lbs.), Aldo Chipana (160 lbs.) and Porter Baker (220 lbs.) “During the season, we had a wrestler make the finals of every tournament with
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Olympus High’s Lukas Erickson placed second at state in the 138-lb. weight class. Below is the Olympus High Wrestling Team.
to reach the championship match before losing to Rex Bowden, of Wasatch. The son of John and Kris Erickson of Holladay has been steadily rising in the sport the past few years having placed fifth at state in the 120-lb. weight class as a sophomore and fourth a year ago in the 126-lb. division. The senior followed his father, who was a wrestler at the University of Utah, into the sport as well as his older brother, Zak, who helps as an assistant coach at Olympus. Erickson credits them and Johnson for his development in the sport. Erickson was also the only wrestler in the 4A state finals who was also named as an Academic All-State recipient for his 4.0 GPA. “Wrestling has really taught me to have
some going undefeated in those tournaments,” Johnson said. “We had a great season with some good accolades.” The top eight wrestlers from the state tournament competed at the Utah High School Activities Association Super State Tournament Feb. 21 at Corner Canyon High School. Erickson placed fourth with wins over Bingham’s Cole Moody — to avenge a loss in his first match this season — and Maple Mountain’s Tristan Hellstrom while losing to Juan Diego’s John Manning and Lamb. Albretsen earned a medal for sixth place at Super State in the 152-lb. weight class with wins over Pleasant Grove’s Josh Whitehead and Layton’s Austin Clem and losses against Manti’s Logan Sondrup, Roy’s Caden Kirkland and Hurricane’s Kolby Mills. l
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PREPARING FOR LOSS – MUST HAVE CONVERSATIONS By Joani Taylor
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ne of the most tumultuous things we deal with in life is the death of a spouse. It can also have some devastating financial repercussions. New York Life (newyorklife.com) reports in a recent survey that 55 percent of widows and 38 percent of widowers have to adjust to a change in income. Recently my mother experienced complications from a common surgery that resulted in nearly $400,000 in hospital and doctor expenses and ultimately ended up costing her life. While insurance did pay a portion of the bill, the unexpected costs and hardship left me realizing how much of a difference some pre-planning could have helped my dad in dealing with the untimely loss. Here are four conversations you should have with your spouse or partner to help ease the financial and emotional hardships after your passing. Will you have enough income? Financial advisor Michael Maddocks of Amerprise Financial, Draper (ameripriseadvisors.com), reports that people often just pick a number out of the air when they get life insurance, without really considering needed future expenses. When deciding on a life insurance plan, Michael recommends you should consider 1. The ever increasing costs of endof-life expenses 2. Replacing lost future income and 3. Funeral expenses. However, if you are faced with an abrupt, unexpected loss, if you or your loved one endures a long hospital stay incurring significant medical bills, you may be asked to come up with a large dollar figure. How do you prepare for these possible outcomes? 1. You should have an emergency fund and 2. You should revisit the amount of life insurance coverage you have at least annually. Lastly,
look into a long-term care policy. This will help pay for some of the costs of an extended stay at a care facility while preserving your savings for retirement. Funeral plans: A 2010 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association (nfda.org) said that 66 percent of adults would like to choose to arrange their own funeral service, but only 25 percent have already made plans for them. Immediately after the death of your loved one is not the time to be price comparing mortuaries and attempting to determine what your wishes are in regards to their remains. While it may be difficult, preplanning your funeral not only can save you money, but it will bring a great amount of peace of mind to you and your spouse once it’s done. What are the passwords? With the increasing number of financial accounts being managed online, the surviving spouse won’t even be able to log in without log-ins and passwords. Plus, the added security financial instructions have put into play that require you to change your password periodically make it common for a spouse to neglect to inform the other of password changes. Keep your online account information in a safe place, up to date and let your spouse know where it is. Get your will in order: Talk to an attorney and put your wishes in writing. If you don’t want to be connected to life support, be sure you also have a living will in place. Make sure your spouse knows what your wishes are in regards to any financial holding you have and your positions of sentiment. l
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t runs in the family; at least with Brad Summerhays, it does. He comes from a family who own and run local favorite restaurants from Draper to Logan. On his way to a corporate career, Brad worked his way through college at bars and restaurants. The restaurant business wasn’t in his plan, but the restaurant roots ran deep. Brad and his father started Summerhays Halibut and Chips in March of 2000, and it has been going strong ever since. “I swore I would I would never do it again, but here I am. I find it rewarding,” Brad says. Fifteen years ago, customers searching for a place to go out to eat could find multiple choices in burgers, Mexican food or pizza, but fish and chips? There wasn’t anything like that. Summerhays Halibut and Chips filled an untapped niche, and their customers keep coming back for more. “A lot of our food is from my parents recipes. When you know a customer has complimented our food and service because they really enjoyed, that’s when it is really rewarding. A lot of customers have been coming in here for 15 years,” Brad says.
At Summerhays Halibut and Chips may specialize in fish and chips, but they take great care in sourcing their halibut from Alaska. All of their halibut is wild caught and from the best grade quality available. It comes from the same source that many local high end restaurants utilize, yet Summerhays Fish and Chips keeps their prices low for their customers. “We also specialize in a New England White Chowder. We hand peel and cut potatoes making it from scratch. We sell 25-30 gallons a week of just the chowder. People come in and buy quarts of that. They
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just love it,” Brad says. For those who avoid deep-frying, come in and check out their grilled options. Non-seafood lovers in the family will find a wide selection of chicken and turkey sandwiches, salads and burgers. There is even a kids menu. At Summerhays Halibut and Chips, the needs of the entire family are met. “Over the years, I have tweaked family recipes. A lot of what we serve, I’ve come up with on my own. The Coconut Shrimp, deep fried shrimp and Lobster Bisque are really popular as well,” Brad says. Is it your sweet tooth that needs catering to? Stop by and try the crème brulee or the rice pudding to name just two of the sweet treats you’ll find at Summerhays. They have a daily special board in the restaurant. Be sure to watch for specials celebrating their 15 years in business. “I have a fun job. It’s rewarding. I have really appreciated everyone’s support during this time without the mall across the street,” Brad says. Stop in at Summerhays Fish and Chips at 4870 South Highland Drive in Holladay. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are closed Sunday. Call them at 801-424-9000 or check out their menu online at www.summerhayshalibut.com. l
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