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CALENDAR YEAR 2018: AS SEEN THROUGH budget line items By Cassie Goff | email@example.com During the twelve months spanning 2018, a common thread weaved much of the city council’s interactions together. That thread was the Cottonwood Heights City budget. GENERAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE Mayor & City Council 2018 began with a new mayor and two out of the four council seats having new representatives. Mayor Michael Peterson took the seat of former Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore. Councilmember Tali Bruce took over the seat of former Councilmember Michael Peterson for District 3. And Councilmember Christine Mikell took over the seat of former Councilmember Tee Tyler for District 4. For Peterson, his first year as mayor was filled with social interaction, which was something he hadn’t quite expected. “There are more meetings and interactions; not just with residents, but with mayors, other councils, Salt Lake County, Canyons School District, and our Service Area,” he said. Getting things done within the city “is all about partnerships and collaboration. It’s knowing who to talk to and when to talk to them. I wanted to try and hit everything this first year to be effective in building those relationships,” Peterson said. Councilmember Mikell experienced a discrepancy in her expectations for the position as well. “Councilmember Tee Tyler warned me that it would be a lot of work, but I don’t think I realized that it would not only be physically exhausting (some meetings start one night and finish the next), but also mentally exhausting.” Councilmember Bruce has also experienced the mental challenge of her position, as she tries to constantly gain new knowledge. “It’s like going back to school. I’ve been learning a wide variety of topics and meeting new people. It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. Planning Commission Early last year, the city council asked to hold a joint meeting with the planning commission. On Jan. 16, the city council and planning commission discussed a proposed ordinance regarding ADUs (accessory dwelling units) during a regularly scheduled city council meeting. This was one of the only times the two governmental bodies held a collaborative meeting. Over the last few months, the planning commission has been working through specific development plans and permit requests. In 2019,
Three out of the five seats on the city council were occupied by newly elected representatives beginning in 2018. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)
they will continue to work through development plans, re-zone requests and permits, during their Wednesday night meetings. Legislative Committees Every member of the city council is appointed to serve on a number of different committees as the city’s representative or liaison. Mayor Peterson regularly attends the Conference of Mayors and Council of Governments (CoG), serves as the city’s liaison for the Canyon’s School District, and on the Salt Lake County’s Transportation Committee, Salt Lake County’s Cultural Facilities Committee, Central Wasatch Commission (CWC), Unified Fire Authority (UFA), and the Tourism, Recreation, Cultural and Convention Facilities (TRCC) Committee, Wasatch Front Regional Council, and the city’s Audit Review Committee. TRCC funds “helped the rec center pool’s changing rooms improve to be ADA accessible,” said Peterson. Councilmember Michael Shelton serves on Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications
Center (VECC), the city’s Audit Review Committee, IT Committee and Arts Council. Last year, the Arts Council experienced a change in leadership. “Jannalee Hunsaker is the new chair. She’ll continue to improve the great events, opportunities and experiences of art in the community. We are appreciative of all the past chairs that have meant so much to the arts in our community. Becky Henriksen did a great job at leading,” said Shelton. The Arts Council will continue hosting many events, like the art shows, photography shows, concerts and the annual play, which will be “The Little Mermaid” this year. Councilmember Scott Bracken leads the city’s Youth City Council, represents the city on CH2 (Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Service Area Coordination Committee) attends Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) meetings semi-annually, and serves as liaison for Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling (WFWR). “The cost of recycling will continue to be a worry with the new regulations China has. (WFWR Executive Director Pam Roberts) had in-
dicated that it may be one dollar more per month per household to continue to recycle as we have in the past and cover the extra costs. The long term costs of not recycling is more than processing what you throw away, it’s not just that narrow. What you recycle will be diverted from landfills, so there’s a cost saving there. Getting a new one started is not cheap. The idea is to pay a little more now in order to avoid paying a whole bunch later. That doesn’t make it easier if you are on a limited income,” said Bracken. Bruce serves on the Mosquito Abatement Board, and on the city’s Emergency Management Committee, Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA), and Historic Committee. In July, the Historic Committee was finally able to publish The City Between The Canyons: A History of Cottonwood Heights, 1849-1953. “It’s been a big year for the Historic Committee with getting the book published,” said Bruce. The committee also provided a presentation “conducted by the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and Preserva- Continued on page 4...
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tion Utah, held at the Utah State Archives Building in Salt Lake City,” said Vice Chair Gayle Conger. Mikell serves on the Jordan River Commission, the Utah League of Cities and Towns Legislative Committee (ULCT), and as liaison to the Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee (PTOS). At their last meeting, the PTOS finalized their mission statement, including their goals and objectives. “Committee members discussed the potential creation of subcommittees with special interests, such as creating a dog park subcommittee in the near future,” said Mikell. “I firmly believe that we will see at least one dog park in 2019.” Total Legislative With one of the biggest turnovers for council members in the city’s history, the council has been, and continues to be, adjusting. “With any new organization, we have to go through a full cycle before we are comfortable,” said Peterson. “It may take a full twelve months before everyone gets educated to what the challenges are. Things will go smoother as we go through the second cycle.” As things begin to smooth over, the new council is beginning to find its character. “I think the personality of the new council is one progressive in thinking. It’s vibrant. We want to be transparent, open-minded and active in our thinking,” Peterson said. All of the council members recognize that part of the council’s character is derived from having conflicting priorities and opinions. Navigating those differing viewpoints has been challenging, but rewarding. “We all have different priorities in making sure the city is well run, while making sure tax dollars are spent wisely and judicially,” Bracken said. “We are all unique in our thoughts and experiences, which I believe reflects our population. Diversity of opinion will lead to better outcomes for our city,” Mikell said. EXECUTIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES City Manager In October, former City Manager John Park retired. Tim Tingey was hired as Cottonwood Heights’s new city manager and has quickly and effortlessly adjusted into his new position. Peterson is very “excited because being a
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UFA readjusted their member fee schedule early in 2018, asking for more money from Cottonwood Heights. This led the city to examine their public safety budget. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)
part-time mayor means the city manager is the CEO of the city. We needed the right person,” he said. “When you hire, it’s always an opportunity to find someone that has the right fit, skill set, and can help us reach towards the desired future we want. Tim is going to be terrific for the city.” “Tim has been effective at keeping us on task and not letting us ramble. I’m excited to see the new focus from the council,” Bruce said. “We followed that up with the new finance director. Scott Jurges has outstanding credentials that will compliment Tim’s,” Peterson said. Finance Early in 2018, the city council recognized the need to evaluate the city’s budget. As discussions around the budget became more frequent and indepth, the need to raise taxes became more relevant. “We knew it was coming up,” Bracken said. When he was working on his master’s of public administration degree, one of his classes examined the Cottonwood Heights budget. “They projected we’d needed a tax increase in 2012–13.” For months, members of the council and city staff worked through the city’s budget. Many residents had conversations with their representatives regarding their opinions on the budget as well.
“To Bryce (Haderlie) and (Councilmember) Shelton’s credit, they did a deep dive into the budget and found $800,000 of unnecessary budget allotment. That helped alleviate the size of the ask for property taxes,” said Bracken. After a draft of the budget was completed, the city held an open house for residents to attend, ask questions and discuss their concerns. “The majority of residents understood. Most accepted the rationale behind it, which was to take care of our roads and ensure the continuation of public safety,” said Peterson. After months of deliberation, the city council voted to raise property taxes by 13.4 percent on Aug. 14. “This was not an easy decision as it affected every single person in our city,” said Mikell. “I think we did a reasonably good job at listening to all the people and bringing together the best plan we could to address all of the issues. We could have raised taxes at a lower or higher rate, we could have done all kinds of things, but I think we found a pretty good balance. I hope that most people felt heard and appreciated even if their point of view didn’t carry the day,” said Shelton. “Residents that had questions were in attendance; by the time we got to the vote, we had
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little opposition. I haven’t had a single complaint since,” said Bruce. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, the council plans to be more involved with a strict budget process. “Residents will see a whole new process this year,” said Peterson. “What I have proposed is that we have two working committees.” Both committees will have two council members working through issues with city staff members. “We will mesh those together, and by the time the budget gets to the council, it will be well-vetted.” Part of that process will be looking at each department in the city more thoroughly. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the council taking a harder look at each department; we have time to do that. Every department should be treated fairly and equitably,” said Bracken. This past year, the budget “didn’t coalesce into a solid thing in enough time that it got done in the way it should have,” Bracken said. This year, he hopes to have a more completed draft of the budget out to the public in early summer. “There’s a thought process that taxes should go up 1 or 2 percent every year automatically. If that was proposed, I’d rather see the 1 or 2 percent per year rather than waiting years for 13 percent,” said Bracken. Administrative Services As far as the budget is concerned, “we have to balance the employees who most of the money goes to and those residents that pay most of that money. Both are important. Both are worthy of attention,” said Shelton. Emergency Management The Emergency Management Committee is led by Assistant Chief Paul Brenneman and Police
Support Specialist Julie Sutch. “He’s done a good job at outlining the steps that need to be taken and the sequencing. We have a fantastic amateur radio club. They are a big part of it,” said Bruce. As liaison for the city council, Bruce is excited to get drones for the committee. “When the big earthquake does hit, the streets won’t be easily navigated, so the drones can be sent out to find the needs and assess structural damage,” she says. “Our community members should give a minute to have forethought for family plans for when the earthquake does occur. Forethought and communication can leave a family in a prepared state,” Bruce said. Information Technology Throughout the year, many residents have requested an update to the city’s website. As liaison to the IT Committee, Shelton has taken those comments to heart. “We are currently in the middle of looking to find a way to improve it,” he said. Elections Neither Bracken or Shelton have decided if they will be running for re-election this year. “I do think that whoever is in my seat needs to demonstrate solid, deliberative and well-thought-out leadership,” said Bracken. This year, the council has been considering using ranked choice voting. This voting system was approved by the State of Utah under legislation that gave cities the option to pursue the possibility. Ranked choice voting will allow a voter to pick their first, second and third preference. It would keep any one candidate from winning with a low majority, while removing the necessity of a primary and secondary election. It shortens the campaign season, which would decrease the
Since protecting the city’s open and green space is one of residents’ main concerns, the Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee was formed in 2018. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)
amount of “signs everywhere. There will be a lot less visual blight on residents,” said Bracken. TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT Even though the council members work extraordinary hours for the city, they wouldn’t be able to run it alone. “The greatest resource for the city is our employees. If you don’t have good people, you won’t have good service,” said Peterson. Currently, the city has 112 employees, which includes full and part time positions. The biggest portion of the budget (40.92 percent) is allocated for those employees. PUBLIC SAFETY Police The Cottonwood Heights Police Department
(CHPD) experienced a major cut in their funding. In the 2017–18 adopted budget, they were allotted $5,936,448, while their year-end estimate was $5,841,149. For the 2018–19 proposed budget, the department was allotted $5,723,622: an almost $200,000 deduction. The most recent interaction with the CHPD budget was the council vote on Police Chief Robert Russo’s contract on Nov. 27 that saw his contract renewed for two additional years. Fire One of the major reasons the budget was difficult to balance last year was the fee increase from UFA, which rose from $3,623,929 in fiscal year 2017–18 to $3,920,918 in Continued on page 6...
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fiscal year 2018–19. The city council had to make a tough decision impacting Station 116 (8303 Wasatch Blvd.), bringing a four-person crew down to a three-person crew. HIGHWAYS AND PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS Public Works In 2016, the city created its own public works department. This department is primarily responsible for snow plowing and road repair and maintenance within the city’s boundaries. “The council allocated additional capital funds in its most recent budget for this department to meet the critical need for road repairs,” said Peterson. Road Program During last year’s budget process, “There was a misperception that we were in a lot of trouble. Part of that was because we looked at our roads and decided we couldn’t put it out any longer,” said Bracken. “Like many of Utah’s cities, Cottonwood Heights has a shortage of money for roads. As a council, we decided not to wait for someone else to give us money for our roads, because they would be at a point of despair by then,” said Mikell. “We took a bold step to increase taxes to ameliorate the situation” Residents should notice the extra funding showing up for road maintenance in the spring time. The Fort Union Boulevard and Highland Drive intersection should be redone this year. “It’s been 12 years since that was proposed,” said Bracken.
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DEVELOPMENT Planning In June of 2018, an anti-idling ordinance was implemented. “It was heartening to see the diverse group of supports, from the Girl Scout Troop who came to a business meeting to moms with small children. Someone from each generation showed up to support clean air,” Mikell said. “It is our duty to ensure clean air for our residents.” “I was excited to see the council come together for a unanimous vote for zero admissions,” said Bruce. “Hearts and minds are changing throughout the community for the environment and breathable air.” Currently (as of publication) the council has been working with city planners to draft a sustainability policy as well as a dark skies ordinance. The sustainability ordinance will set a goal year for the city to be 100 percent renewable energy. “It’s falling upon cities to make that commitment. It’s not happening at the national level, it’s hard to make that happen at the state level, but we can tackle it city by city. Energy providers are making significant investment in renewable energy, so we can put pressure on them to help escalate that transition,” said Bruce. Individual residents can help the city become sustainable in a variety of different ways. Bruce recommends staying in your home long term, installing solar panels and holding council members accountable. “Go put individual pressure on the council members.” Her personal goal for 2019 is to find one or two partners in every city within Utah to commit to sustainability. Total Community & Economic Development
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The Community and Economic Development Department was busy this past year, from working with new members of the CHBA, to working through controversial development plans, to working on making the city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. “We’ve submitted grant applications for some fantastic things to add to our trails, sidewalks and bike lanes. Fingers crossed,” said Bruce. Former Senior Planner Mike Johnson was also hired as the new community and economic development director in 2018. GRAND TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES AND OTHER USES “The most important thing to each of the councilmembers is our residents,” said Mikell. Every council member encourages any and all residents who want to be involved and engaged to reach out. “The thing that’s most rewarding is the people,” Shelton said, “who want to make the city better from an entirely unselfish motivation; not just better for them, better for everyone. They recognize that a community is not just about addressing individual needs, it’s about what’s best for the community, and for our city.” “I love the phrase ‘help me understand,’” said Peterson. “It’s a phrase I respect. People have asked to be educated and we have a responsibility to give people the education they want.” In 2019, the council hopes to develop new ways to promote resident interaction, while continuing meetings developed during 2018. “People feel a lot more heard when they get engagement,” said Bruce, “unlike the city council meeting where they don’t get engagement.” “…because the meetings are not the forum for that type of interaction,” said Bracken. “People just want answers to questions.” He hopes the city will host more open houses where residents can get answers to their questions. Even if a resident doesn’t agree with the council, every council member still hopes residents will reach out. “Sometimes people get excited. They might yell at us, but it shows that they care. They are interested in the good of the city and their personal well-beings. We want people that care,” said Shelton. Even still, “your elected officials are always happy to have you reach out,” said Shelton. “Sometimes, people don’t want to put us out. That’s not the case. It’s great to have a resident come to me with an idea and provide information I didn’t know. Reach out however, and whenever, you can: whether you cross me in the grocery store, or find my number and call me, I’m always grateful for people who spend their time reaching out to me. I’m no way unique in that. All the elected officials feel that way.” NET CHANGE TO BALANCE There are many things residents can look forward to this year. One of the biggest concerns for the city council is transparency. Residents can check out the city website, city’s newsletter (which is attached to this City Journal) and the city meetings, which are now available by streaming on either YouTube or Facebook. All of the meetings are audio record-
ed and posted online as well. Lastly, residents can volunteer numerous ways throughout city operations. Through volunteering, residents can learn a lot about the city’s operations. Bruce will continue to make herself available every second Sunday for “Tali Time,” with additional quarterly meetings at City Hall on a weeknight. “Those have been well-attended; people know they can come.” “When you let people know you are going to have an open meeting to listen to concerns, 20–30 residents will show up to share their hopes and concerns for the city, which is really exciting,” said Mikell. “I encourage people to come to our meetings and let us know what’s on their minds. Some have said that, as a city, we don’t listen to our residents. We want to improve that situation.” Some of the discussions for this year will center around economic development, which includes some popular items like the Gravel Pit, Fort Union Boulevard, Wasatch Boulevard, the Canyon Centre and the city’s General Plan. “City Geologist Tim Thompson is currently going over our ordinances concerning geology. He will be bringing them up to state standards, as a minimum. I’m excited to get them updated now before we get a formal application for the gravel pit,” said Bruce. Much of this work occurs behind the scenes for many residents. “There’s always plenty going on that never directly sees the public view,” said Shelton. “Nevertheless, it’s really important work. Some plans take a long, long window of time before results are seen. We work hard on those; we are not afraid of projects that will take time and energy.” For example, the city has been working to complete the Bonneville Shoreline Trail for years. “A proposal for funds has been submitted to Salt Lake County. The money would go toward finalizing the alignment of the trail and land acquisition. If successful, it will provide real momentum to the PTOS,” said Mikell. Additionally, multiple members of the city council and staff (including Councilmember Bruce, Mayor Peterson, City Manager Tim Tingey, and others) have been working with the Canyon’s School District to explore options for incentivizing E-bikes among students. “For our students, parking is limited so it would be really awesome,” Bruce said. The city would be able to put some money towards the first batch of students who commit to buying. “It would work like the rain barrel program we are talking about doing as well.” “We hope to get a dedicated bike lane so hundreds of students can ride their bikes, skateboards or scooters to Canyon View, Butler Middle School and Brighton High School,” said Mikell. “I would love 2019 to be the year of healthy Cottonwood Heights.” As always, residents will be able to attend many city events, “like Butlerville Days and Bark in the Park,” said Peterson, and the “food trucks at Mountview Park,” said Bruce. l
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Lundyn VanderToolen competing in junior Olympic gymnastics competition at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. VanderToolen would go on to win the all-around title for her age group at the GK Hopes Championships in Ohio. (Photo/John Cheng, courtesy Julie VanderToolen)
Climb in one of these giant plastic balls and try to stay on your feet. One of many activities that went on at this year’s Butlerville Days. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
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I survived the Thanksgiving Day 5K By Joshua Wood | firstname.lastname@example.org
he Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K had always sounded like a good idea. Get up early, enjoy the festivities and get some exercise before indulging in way too much food later in the day. It’s like serving your prison sentence before committing a crime. Guilt-free eating on the biggest eating day of the year. Of course, one thing stood in the way of that Turkey Day payoff. I actually had to run the race. Now, surviving a 5K is not exactly like an ultra marathon or triathlon, but for someone who had neglected running for past few (dozen) months, the race itself was still an obstacle. On the bright side, 5Ks are great. First of all, they are short. Second, they are still pretty short. And third, all kinds of new runners or hardly-ever runners take part, so it’s relatively easy to blend in with the others. In fact, according to Runner’s World, over 1 million people nationwide participate in the over 1,000 running events each November, most of them Thanksgiving 5Ks. That clinched it. I was in. I had wanted to do something like this for ages. Each year on the way to family functions on Thanksgiving, I would see other people playing football with friends and family before the big meal and wonder, where do they find the friends and family willing to do that? Can I play? It seemed a little creepy to stop by and ask, but the city of Cottonwood Heights offered an alternative. The Thanksgiving Day 5K. Turkey day sports and exercise with all the camaraderie you can handle. Training (or something like that) I signed up online, got an exhaustive list of instructions in the confirmation email, and was ready to go. Since the spirit was so willing, I thought I ought to make the flesh a little less weak. A couple practice runs would do the trick. The first, about a mile and a half two weeks before the event, helped get some of the kinks out. I learned that gloves would be a good idea for running in cold weather. Thankfully, I remembered the training tips I used when preparing for the RAGNAR Relay about five years ago. I didn’t pay too much attention to how far or how fast I ran when I practiced. I just decided on an amount of time to run. Since a 5K would take me somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes, I decided to run for 15 minutes or so to get started. From two practice runs, one thing became clear, aside from wishing I was in better shape. It is easier to keep running when you have to get somewhere. For one of the tune-ups, I ran around a park several times. For the other, I ran around my neighborhood. Since I had to get back home, it was easier to keep running when I still had ground to cover. At the park, I had to fight the urge to stop after each lap. Experienced runners may scoff at this, but I was train-
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ing for a 5K, so we’re talking novice learning opportunities here. Admittedly, two tune-up runs were not enough, but I felt relatively ready. The next step was getting ready for the run on Thanksgiving morning. After a very light breakfast, I put on several layers of running shirts and packed gloves and a beanie. It was go time. I planned on parking near the skate park to get in a short warm-up walk from there to the starting area between Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center and Butler Middle School. I didn’t really need to plan that, because there were so many cars already parked around the school that the skate park was the closest place. As I got out of my car, I walked by a family getting ready for the race. The adults were going to run while the kids were going to ride their bikes. Just beyond them, I heard another man talking to his family of runners getting them ready to go. “Is everybody ready to freeze?” he said. I felt glad to have my several layers of running shirts and looked around for the expected storm to arrive. My phone said it would be arriving just as the race started. Technology. The crowd The first thing I noticed as I approached the starting area, aside from the weather holding up, was the enormous size of the crowd. Music was blasting from a DJ booth as people who looked like actual runners (what were they doing there?) stretched and warmed up. I made my way through the crowd to go inside the rec center, where even more people were gathered. There were more booths, bins for dropping raffle tickets that came with each runner’s bib, even a massage station. There was a buzz in the air. People exuded excitement and nervousness. The great thing about an event like this was that everyone seemed to feel proud to be getting some exercise before the feast. It was also clear that this was a family affair. This lone writer felt like the only person there not running with a group. Friends and a lot of families posed for photos, leaned on each other to stretch, and exchanged nervous quips about hoping to finish the race. Self-deprecation is a language shared by novice athletes and adventurers. Race time The starting area was full. Runners packed the space. There were signs for people who planned on running the race to line up near the front and for walkers, kids and people with dogs and strollers to line up farther back. After walking around to check out the scene, I filled in near the back of the area for runners, and surveyed the sea of bright red running shirts ahead of me. It was go time. A voice rang out from the speakers telling the crowd to get ready to run. People around me
The crowd at the Thanksgiving 5K starting area. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)
snapped their final group photos and got ready to run. Over the crowd noise, I heard something like the cry of “ready, set, go” and the race began. We stood where we were. For a surprisingly long time. Then our part of the crowd slowly started walking toward the actual starting line. After that initial letdown, we came upon the starting line, and started to run. I have to admit, I enjoyed the obstacle course feel at the beginning of the race. The great thing about an event like the Thanksgiving Day 5K is that people of all ages and levels participate. As I weaved around them, slowed down to wait for an opening, and then bounced by, I felt a little better about my running prowess than I was entitled. Not having a stroller to push really helped the self-confidence. After the first few hundred yards, people settled into their paces and seemed to enjoy the run. Every so often, a group would cheer from their front yard, happy to lend some motivation, and probably happy to not be running at the moment. My initial superiority complex came to a just end when about a third of the way into the race, I saw a pack of runners already heading back toward the finish line. My focus then went where it needed to be — pace and survival. The home stretch At the halfway point, I felt a combination of things. First, I had made it halfway! Then, my thoughts changed to, “are you sure this is only halfway?” My thoughts then focused on how warm I was. That storm had not yet arrived, and I felt like perhaps I was wearing a layer or two too many. My beanie’s purpose changed from providing warmth to becoming an extra-large sweatband. As I approached the finish line, I tried not
to get too excited and burn out running too fast too soon. Luckily, there was a couple dressed as pilgrims keeping a good pace right in front of me. I settled in behind them and started thinking about costume ideas for next year. Crossing the finish line felt amazing. I was running downhill, which helped, but I felt like I had accomplished something. It was more than beating the mayor to the finish line, which apparently happened, since I got a medal for it. What was bigger was that the Thanksgiving Day 5K got me to do something I had meant to do for a long time. I had wanted to start running again, and the event gave me a deadline for getting started. I went on a run a few days later, and I noticed another thing. The excitement of the event and the cheer of the crowd made running so much easier. I still had a long way to go in terms of running longer distances, but I was thankful for the start that the 5K provided. I was also thankful for a community that not only made the event possible, but also participated in such large numbers and with such enthusiasm. The finish line was filled with people giving each other high fives, asking about their times, excitement at being able to run the entire distance. Everyone, from those speedy runners who finished a good 10 minutes ahead of my modest time to those who walked the entire way, got an active and festive start to their Thanksgiving. I was grateful for the opportunity and plan to run more events in 2019, including the Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5K once again. It was a wonderful way for the community to share a day of family and gratitude. Later that day, Thanksgiving dinner never tasted so good. l
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Canyons Board of Education president riding off into the sunset – literally By Julie Slama | email@example.com
or the past 10 years, Sherril H. Taylor, who colleagues describe as quiet, humble and steady, has appeared before the community in his suit and tie, conducting Canyons Board of Education meetings, listening to patrons at his district town halls, thanking teachers for their service and speaking to students at graduations and new school ribbon-cutting ceremonies. During his tenure, the district was formed after splitting from Jordan School District; two multimillion-dollar bonds were passed, allowing for the building of 13 schools with nine more new school buildings or major renovations promised; teachers’ salaries were bumped to be more competitive; the long-promised high school in Draper was built; elementary schools introduced brain boosters with expanded learning opportunities; Hillcrest and Jordan high schools opened their doors in the summer to incoming struggling students; more support has been given to Title I schools for social and emotional needs; agreements have been made with neighboring towns in terms of facilities and ideas for growth; and the list goes on. Now, after 33 years in the education field before serving 14 years combined on both Jordan’s and Canyons’ boards of education, Taylor decided “it’s time to hand off the baton; we’ve accomplished what we set to do.” He officially retires in January 2019. Or rather, he will jump on his Harley motorcycle in chaps and a leather jacket to spend time outdoors when he is not with his family. “My favorite Sherril story,” former board member Paul McCarty recalls, “was on July 1, 2009, the opening day of Canyons School District. We had a school bus for the board and the senior district administration, with (then Sandy Mayor) Tom Dolan and the police and we were going to parade down State Street. But not Sherril. He rolls up on his Harley Davidson with high goose neck handlebars. This is Sherril, who always has on his nice suit, starched collar, impeccable hair, and he’s dressed in black leather jacket, leather chaps and a
red bandana over his head. He looked like someone you wouldn’t want your daughter to marry. Then he says, ‘follow me,’ and Sherril takes off. It was the alter ego of Sherril, one we all may have but never show in public, but there he was and it was cool to see a great big Harley escorting the school bus.” Since that day, he has been seen “in his leathers” after riding his Harley to informal board presidency meetings, board member Steve Wrigley said, but “that first time of seeing him riding the first day of school shocked us.” Taylor said he learned much of his love of the outdoors, from riding a motorbike to breaking horses, while growing up on a farm. After the farm, Taylor and his wife, Pat, attended Snow College, then moved to Logan to attend Utah State University. He also holds a master’s in education from Westminster College and an administrative certificate from the University of Utah. “My wife and I decided to go into education,” he said. “We both like education and serving our community, and especially helping kids. It was a good career for us and for our family.” Taylor began his career at South Cache Junior High, but in 1970, he and his wife moved to Jordan School District, where Taylor became Butler Middle’s science and physical education teacher. Pat Taylor taught third grade at Draper Elementary for 31 years before retiring. When Indian Hills Middle School was built 10 years later, Taylor opened its science department, teaching zoology and botany. “I loved teaching here,” he said after the school’s 2017 groundbreaking ceremony for the recently completed renovation. “It was an exciting time working with kids. We did a lot of lab work with microscopes. We dissected frogs and a few sharks.” Taylor then went on to intern as Eastmont Middle’s assistant principal, then served as assistant principal at Mt. Jordan Middle, West Jordan and Copper Hills high schools before becoming principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. He then be-
Sherril Taylor, right, and others turn the first shovels of dirt May 31, 2018 for the new Hillcrest High School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
came the staff assistant for Jordan School District’s assistant superintendent over the southeastern part of the district. “It was a great experience. I learned from a great leader, Brenda Hales, how to be kind to people, how to be effective and detailed,” Taylor said. Taylor retired in 2002 for a year before running for Jordan School Board of Education, which he served on through the district split, even serving on both Jordan and Canyons board simultaneously. “Everybody was working hard then,” he said about the tumultuous times. “The cities gave Canyons a place to meet while working with a consulting team to form the new district and hire people. The mayors were helpful and supportive of us as we got organized. We had tons of people volunteer to help in our community. So many people had a part and worked so hard. It was the greatest accomplishment.” Former Board member Ellen S. Wallace cred-
its Taylor for his dedication and service during those early years. “He has been a champion of the underdog and a visionary man in creating a new district from the ground up,” she said. Board member Mont Millerberg said that one of the first things they did was to hire Canyons’ first superintendent. “We interviewed a lot of people, had debates over candidates, negotiated settlements, looked for someone with leadership and a vision and who could present well in public and understood the issues. Sherril had knowledge of being a teacher, principal and working in a district office, so his input was greatly appreciated,” he said. Taylor, and former board member Tracy Cowdell, came riding to some meetings on their Harleys, McCarty recalled. “We needed the laughter, the humorous moments, in all the stresses of creating a new school
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district, spending 20 to 30 hours each week — and that wasn’t counting all the hours of answering the public’s questions about the district. It was a lot of dedication by all the school board members who laid that foundation — but Sherril, he was the board’s vice president then, could see that we also needed to take a moment to smile. There was a great deal of synergy as we worked together, but we owe a lot of gratitude to Sherril for his dedication and vision,” he said. For Taylor, the new school district was a chance to keep promises. “For years, the Jordan Board (of Education) promised Draper they would build a high school in Draper and that was always a priority for me. We needed to keep our promise and the other schools needed upgrading and the mayors were on board supporting us,” he said. Former Draper Mayor Darrell Smith said that meant a lot to him and the community. “To his credit, he stepped forward and became the leader of the district and kept the vision of Draper schools,” he said. “He was the right guy and the right time in the right position to keep the ball moving. If we didn’t have the high school, we wouldn’t be state champions today in a couple things. Thanks to him and others, Draper City finally got what they wanted.” While on the board, Taylor worked with the Utah High School Activities Association, helping set goals to playing a part in realigning the regions. He also has been a part of the redevelopment team that worked with cities’ master plans and businesses, such as partnering with Cottonwood Heights and Sandy to create middle school theaters for community and school use, or Sandy, in the construction of Hale Theatre, which promised to provide tickets to students and teachers, to see how decisions would impact the schools. “We would want to know how they would help our kids and what was the return to the community,” he said, adding recently a technology company promised to provide training and internships to students. For his dedication, Sandy City awarded Taylor the 2018 Outstanding Local Elected Official of the Year, an award Taylor wouldn’t receive on his own behalf, but only if he could recognize others on the board and in the district. “Everyone worked so hard. It wasn’t an award for one person. We all want to live up to the mission,” he said. Millerberg said Taylor’s response is typical of his character. “He’s slow to take the credit, but quick to share it,” he said. Sandy’s former mayor said Taylor’s leadership has been critical to the community. “Sherril is a wonderful person who is so dedicated to children and families and has accomplished so much under his leadership,” Dolan said. “We’ve worked together on the city’s master plan, which will help both the city and the school district move ahead. He’s a serious guy with a sweet heart, one who cares and is so kind. The award was our way of thanking him for his contribution.” However, it’s the daily business where his colleagues greatly appreciate him. They say he is formal, logical, soft-spoken and “never eats dinner
with us, but takes it home, as he’s all business,” Wrigley said. “He is soft-spoken, and everyone listens,” McCarty said. “He has ideas, he has wisdom, and wants to get things done.” Superintendent Jim Briscoe said his “strong leadership and steady hand” guided the board to “build a consensus for the good of the children that will help create a lasting impact.” However, Briscoe also appreciates Taylor’s puns. “You need to stay very alert when he is sharing. He will wait until you get it before he moves on. One thing I can kick myself for is not writing them down,” he said. Board Vice President Nancy Tingy agrees. “He is really gifted at coming up with one-liners that can just make me laugh,” she said. “He has a pocketful of them. He was born of wisdom, wit and a big heart. His wealth of experience has benefitted the board with his connections. He truly loves children and educators and makes every effort to serve the community. He leads by helping others be successful. He ensures everyone is comfortable to speak and he values the voice of his fellow board members. He is humble and confident; it’s a good mixture.” Millerberg said he is reassuring and encouraging for the board. “Sherril has a calming influence,” he said. “He understands education inside and out. As board president, he listens first, then holds his opinion until last. He is very collaborative and works with everyone to reach a decision. It’s a seven-member board and everyone matters.” Utah PTA Student Leadership Commissioner Betty Shaw appreciates his leadership and thoughtfulness. “He is a quiet man, but has great leadership strength,” she said. “He makes sure that he gets things right and respects all in their opinions, even if he disagrees. He tries to keep things running smoothly and fairly to have the meetings be on track. I have been blessed to be able to call him my friend and will dearly miss his experience in leading the board, and his kindness in how he treats all people.” Wrigley said Taylor has been dedicated. “He is a strong advocate and loyal, keeping his word to Indian Hills, the last school in the 2010 bond, that there would be funding for its renovation,” he said. “He has brought a collaborative board presidency to work with Superintendent Briscoe and for our district. He has dedicated his whole life and heart to help students. He is a stewardship leader, not one in the limelight, but nonetheless, his leadership is unparalleled,” he said. Smith compares Taylor to John R. Park, who lent his name to the first school in Draper. “Sherril is a lot like John R. Park; he was a visionary for schools back in his day too. And he was able to put his talents, his ability to work with people and pull them together as the team captain,” Smith said. “It’s not only how many students he has impacted from his years in education, but also all his hard work for these schools that will serve the future.” Briscoe agrees. “Sherril may be riding off in the sunset, but his legacy lives on.” l
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Year in review: Bengals had fair share of accomplishments in 2018 sports By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
ompeting in the talent-rich Region 6 poses challenges for any school in all sports. Brighton found that out in 2018. Still, the school produced some memorable moments with its teams, including a pair of state champions. Here’s a rundown of some of the year’s best Bengal squads. Boys swimming Over the past several seasons, Brighton has established a strong tradition of swimming. This year was no different. The boys won their first state title since 2014 by scoring 287 points, well ahead of Cottonwood, which tallied 253.5. Numerous swimmers contributed to the championship. Brighton scored first-place finishes in three individual events: the 200-yard medley relay, the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle relay. In the 200 medley, sophomore Taua Fitisemanu, senior Jack Binder, senior Chase Miyagishima and junior Quentin Tyler teamed up to capture the title by swimming the event in 1:36.69. The quartet was .37 seconds in front of the second-place relay team from Cottonwood. In the 200 free relay, senior Eric Wagner led off for teammates Tyler, Miyagishima and Binder. The relay group finished first with a time of 1:28.45, edging out Springville’s relay team by .07 seconds. Meanwhile, Binder won the 100 fly with an impressive time of 51.13 seconds. His teammate Miyagishima came in second with a time of 52.71. Freshman Nick Thompson came in sixth in the event. Boys soccer The Bengals came up short of claiming the Class 5A state boys soccer crown, but the Bengals did complete an undefeated march through Region 7 en route to a title. Brighton was 8-0-2, seven comfortable points in front of rival Alta. Brighton gave up just 11 goals in 10 region games, posting four shutouts during that stretch. The offense was no slouch either, as the Bengals registered at least three goals six times on the season. David Brog paced the team with 11 goals. Jake Babcock had five goals, and Traedon Chamberlain and Cameron Neeley chipped in four apiece. The Bengals rode a five-game winning streak into the 5A state tournament. They took care of Maple Mountain 4-0 in the first round, as four different players each scored. On May 18, two days later, Brighton hosted Roy in the quarterfinals. The Bengals controlled the action and prevailed 3-0, with Babcock, Chamberlain and Chandler Turpin finding the back of the net. That’s as far as the Bengals made it. In the semifinals, held May 22 at Woods Cross High School, Brighton lost to Viewmont in a 1-0 defensive battle. It was Brighton’s deepest playoff run since reaching the finals (and losing) in 2015.
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Baseball Head coach Andy Concepcion successfully turned around the baseball program in 2018, qualifying for the postseason a year after winning just four games. The Bengals placed fourth in Region 7, compiling a 7-8 record. They also went 15-13 overall and picked up a victory at the 5A state tournament. Brighton had its up and downs this past year. It came into the playoff on a six-game losing streak. But the team also began the season with five victories, and at one point in the region portion of the season, it won seven of nine contests. Brighton showed promise at the pitching position with players such as Brennan Potter and Brennan Holligan, a transfer from Las Vegas. Holligan also belted three home runs on the season, leading the team, and also paced the Bengals with eight doubles. Alex Hansen went 5-3 on the mound and amassed a team-high five triples. The Bengals went 1-2 at the state tournament. Their victory came in the one-loss bracket when they took down Region 5’s Roy 6-3. The upcoming campaign in 2019 could be an exciting one for Brighton. Concepcion’s club had just four seniors on its 27-player roster in 2018. Boys Tennis The boys tennis team joined the boys swimmers as state title winners in 2018. The boys accomplished the feat in impressive fashion, totaling 20 points to 13 for the runners-up from Woods Cross. Brighton had participants at all five positions at state. Though the Bengals had a single state champion, four of the five positions saw Brighton advance to the final round. In first singles, sophomore Redd Owen, who went 9-1 in the regular season, marched to the finals without much trouble. He won in rounds one and two by sweeping both opponents 6-0, 6-0. In the semifinals, he prevailed 6-4, 6-2. Owen claimed the top prize by outlasting a foe from Timpview, 6-3, 6-4. Second singles competitor Mitch Smith, a sophomore, nearly duplicated Owen’s accomplishment. He got to the finals by beating his first three opponents in two sets. In the championship round, he fell 6-2, 6-2 to an opponent from Maple Mountain. In third singles, senior Derek Turley ran into a roadblock in the second round against Holden Iverson of Woods Cross. Turley outlasted his foe 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 but then had another tough matchup against Tyler Easton of Corner Canyon. Turley got to the finals by beating Easton 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. He then couldn’t overcome Viewmont’s Grant Wilkinson, losing 7-6, 6-1. Both doubles teams had success in their matchups. Junior Parker Watts and senior Jared
After getting all seven players to at least the semifinals, the Brighton boys tennis team won the Class 5A state title. (Photo by Ron Meyer)
The Brighton boys swimming team celebrates its state title performance at the Class 5A meet Feb. 10. (Photo courtesy Todd Etherington)
Hunt, who went 10-0 during the regular season, won 6-1, 6-0 in the first round, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round and 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals. The duo bowed at in the championship 6-4, 6-3. Senior Blair Glade and junior Justin Allen represented Brighton in second doubles. They won by identical 6-4, 6-2 scores in the first two rounds before running into a talented tandem from Woods Cross and losing 6-0, 6-2. “We had a fabulous (state) tournament,”
said head coach Natalie Meyer after the season came to an end. “I have loved the enthusiasm, dedication, sportsmanship and respect that this team has given this season. They are teachable and want to learn how to become the best. I will remember the fun times we have had at practice, riding buses to away matches, hanging out at the region tournament all day and getting to know the families.” l
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Students should set resolutions for leading balanced lives By Julie Slama | email@example.com
his year’s top New Year’s resolutions may be to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get more sleep, find a job and join a club to start a new hobby. These resolutions are similar to what school officials say students should look at for setting their goals toward leading balanced lives. “Research shows that to lead a happy and well-balanced life, little things do matter,” said McKinley Withers, Jordan School District’s health and wellness specialist. “Diet, sleep, exercise — with those three, there can be a significant improvement in students’ lives.” While that may sound obvious, sometimes students can’t see it, said Canyons School District’s Corner Canyon High School counselor Misty Jolley. “With tests, papers, assignments, and for seniors, college applications and scholarships, all due at the same time, it’s easier said than done,” she said. “Even increasing just a little sleep and exercise, and eating more healthy than soda and junk food, will help.” Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District’s school counseling program specialist, said students can reduce stress in their lives by taking a break. “By setting goals and exercising daily habits of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said, adding that eight or nine hours of sleep is recommended. “Just as your phone needs to be plugged in to recharge, your brain is the same way. It needs to recuperate.” Some ways that is possible is through meditation, relaxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes each day for a mindfulness app will help take away panic and anxiety feelings, she said. “Even a walk without technology gives good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Gillett said. At a recent Granite School District parent liaison meeting sponsored by the Utah Parent Center, mindfulness handouts were distributed, with examples of how to breathe deeply, stretch and relax. Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director, said the district works with students to help them lead a well-balanced life. “We are always focusing on prevention and making every effort to help students develop good coping skills and strategies in the areas of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationships,” she said. “In K-6 (kindergarten through sixth-grade), social workers do this with growth mindset curriculum and in grades seven through 12, a social emotional skill of the month is delivered through advisory classes, health classes and in other settings.”
At Corner Canyon High, student Luke Warnock started the focus group Stress Less when he realized a friend was struggling with anxiety and depression. Stress Less meets twice each month and is open to anyone who wants to attend and learn about coping skills through activities and speakers. In January, he plans to kick off new ideas, whether it be addressing learning to cope through exercise, meditation, music or other ways. “The goal is to positively impact kids — the more the better,” he said. “Stress is universal and if we learn how to cope, it lessens the burden, and that can be monumental.” This may be one method students are able to connect with others, something Withers recommends. “When there is face-to-face interaction, students are able to connect more. There’s a social piece to being well balanced. If they can connect, share a hobby or find some way to interact, even with their family, it will provide more support and comfort,” he said. Gillett agrees that personal positive relationships are a key. “During family dinner time, spend time talking. Put away the device. Be in the present moment, where you are,” she said. “Balance is the key in everything.” She also suggested giving service to others. “It’s a way to build a connection to someone or give to a cause and see a bigger picture,” she said, adding that many schools participate in service learning or community service projects. Corner Canyon’s Jolley agrees. “Volunteering helps to develop character and for college applications, it’s huge. It also gives us a feeling of gratitude and we realize we have things that others don’t. Even a small act is rewarding,” she said. Jolley recommends for all high school students, especially seniors, in January — midway through the year — is a good time to refocus. “Seniors have senioritis and aren’t always focused. They should look at what they want to achieve the end of this school year and where they see their future. It’s a time where they will be opening a new chapter in their lives and they need to prioritize what they’re doing now and what’s next,” she said. Corner Canyon student body president Warnock agrees. “I’m not a super stressed person, but with all the activities I do and attend, I realize I need some me time and need to prioritize. I’m a high school student just like everyone else here,” the high school senior said. Jolley suggests students decide what is important and then set time to accomplish those priorities. “Students should look at what’s going to
Doing activities with friends, such as playing basketball, develops strong relationships and skills in teamwork, which contribute to balanced lives for students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Healthy eating is one factor in living a balanced life. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
affect them long term and focus on what is important to them — whether it is good grades to get accepted into college or getting the training they need for a career. Organizing will help just to reduce their stress,” she said. Some students may need to learn to set boundaries, including saying no to things that aren’t as important. They may need to ask for help. “Having other people help you shows great strength and it can be fun to share the load, not do everything yourself,” Jolley said. However, other students may need to become more involved in activities that are meaningful to them or even get a part-time job, she added. Jolley said that through various high school
and community involvement, students are learning essential life-long skills. “By being involved, we develop leadership skills, work together and are more productive,” she said. Even so, Jolley said there is a balance of those activities and just “hanging out with friends.” “With balanced living, it encompasses school, work, activities, volunteering, family and playing — whether it’s being with friends, reading, hiking, biking or doing what you enjoy,” she said. “It’s great to set and work toward goals, and we need to, but we also need to live in the moment and be able to appreciate it.” l
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his summer, we took the best parks around the valley and pitted them against each other in head-to-head contests with winners determined by social media voting, until we had a victor. Now, we’re turning our attention to local restaurants, diners, grills and cafes. This is Lunch Madness. We started by selecting one restaurant to represent each city in the Salt Lake Valley, using
a variety of criteria. First and foremost, it had to be a locally owned and operated restaurant. As a chain of local newspapers, we’re all about supporting small and local business. Second, we wanted to have a diverse tournament so we selected a broad range of types of restaurants. From classic burger joints and taquerias to Thai-fusion and potato-centric eateries, there’s something for everyone in this competition.
Voting will begin the week of January 22. As with regular voting, we encourage all participants to be informed voters. So go try a few of these restaurants, especially if there’s one in your area that you’ve never been to before. Find a favorite, then help vote them on through the tournament. Voting will take place on the City Journals Facebook page. l
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jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, firstaid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slowly. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In driver’s education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash l
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Setting smart resolutions
elcome to 2019! As we all begin to realize the consequences of those holiday snacks and dinners, pesky New Year’s resolutions nip at the frontal lobes of our brains. As we set goals to help us achieve those resolutions, it’s important to remember that we need to set goals that can be completed. Setting a resolution like “lose weight” ends up in a spiral of money lost into programs, diets, gym passes, specialty foods and more. George T. Doran publicized his theory on how to set attainable goals in November 1981. His theory was aimed toward individuals working in the business world, since his original paper was published in “The Management Review.” However, it was such a great idea that today his theory is widely used and almost universally recognized. Doran recommends setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’ll be easy to remember right? Let’s walk through each of those letters, and illustrate them through one of the most common resolutions last year: losing weight. A resolution of “I want to lose weight this year” is not considered to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal. S stands for specific. Doran suggests targeting “a specific area for improvement,” even identifying who is
involved and what the action is. For our example, we could identify a loss of pounds, a healthier BMI, or reducing inches around your waistline. M stands for measurable. Doran proposes quantifying “an indicator of progress.” Luckily, for our example, this specific part of our S.M.A.R.T. goal overlaps a bit into measurable. We can measure how many inches around our waist or arms we have lost or see if our body fat percentage has gone down. A stands for achievable. Doran states that “the objective must be attainable with the amount of time and resources available.” In other words, we may think about this point as living within our means. If we know we will be able to set aside only three hours for exercise per week, and two hours for food preparation per week, our goal should not be to be as skinny as Keira Knightley or as bulky as Hulk Hogan. R stands for realistic. Doran advises creating “an objective that is reasonable to ensure achievement.” Health science research has found that an average human being can lose one to two pounds per week, healthily. So, our goal should only be to lose between four and eight pounds per month. T stands for timely. Doran recommends “specifying when results can be achieved.” Make sure to set time stamps
for goals. In our example, if we want to lose weight within the next year, we should set smaller goals within that time frame. For example, maybe we can lose 20 pounds within the first three months and an additional 10 pounds within six months. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can be the difference between achieving New Year’s resolutions and failing to even grasp at them. If we are constantly setting unspecific, non-attainable goals, we may be setting ourselves up for failure. Such failure inevitably leads to a depreciation of mental health and personal
well-being. This may be the ultimate objective for the recommendation of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: making sure we set ourselves up for success, while in the process, protecting the state of our mental health, and ensuring a personal well-being. And hey, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals allows us to save some money as well. Un-S.M.A.R.T. goals usually leave us in a frazzled scramble where we spend too much money on things we think will help us achieve our goals last minute. Avoiding that crunch time helps our brains, as well as our wallets. l
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Life and Laughter—High Intensity Interval Torture
f you heard a loud groan echoing through the stratosphere, it wasn’t our planet finally imploding, it was the sound of millions of people rolling off their couches to start an exercise program for the new year. Maybe they want to lose 10 pounds, run a 5K - or maybe even a marathon if they think they’re some kind of freakin’ super hero. Some people hit the ground running. (I hit the ground every time I run. That’s why I stopped running.) Others might take a gradual approach, adding an extra five minutes each day until, like me, they’re exercising for five minutes each day. But some folks lunge directly into extreme exercise—trying to punish themselves into health, beating muscles into submission and then talking about it NONSTOP. There’s no one worse to talk to than someone who just discovered CrossFit. And people who do Parkour?? Intolerable. They jump from buildings, swing from trees, climb walls and don’t touch the ground for 24 hours. When I was a kid, this was called, “Don’t step in the lava” and we’d jump from couch to end table to piano bench to bookshelf to the safety of the kitchen floor. Now, it’s
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