Holladay City Newsletter | May 2023

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Serving in city government is sometimes like a game of Whack-a-Mole (dealing with surprising issues needs that pop up), Tetris (trying to fit together a complex budget) or a Kaleidoscope (watching as events “shake” the city, altering the landscape).

Lately, the Kaleidoscope analogy has seemed especially apt, as we have faced a number of events that have completely altered the “picture” of our city. I’ll touch on a few of those issues:

Changes Coming for Policing: For many years Holladay has been excellently served by a partnership with the Unified Police Department. That partnership has been shaken by recent legislation—House Bill 374—which removes the Salt Lake County Sheriff from a leading role in UPD and requires Holladay and the other partnering cities and townships to refashion a new model for policing our community between now and July of 2025. While there is still a lot to be worked through, Holladay will take a major role in re-envisioning the future of law enforcement, along with other partners. These changes have also created concerns for our amazing officers and our residents. Holladay is committed to maintaining the highest level of support for our first responders and continuing to provide excellent law enforcement in our community.

Stormwater and Flooding Issues: In 2020 the City Council passed the largest-ever stormwater fee increase to deal with its aging infrastructure. This fee increase has turned out to be providential, as we are just concluding the largest-ever snowfall along the Wasatch Front, which brings with it the threat of historic flooding in May and June. This unforeseen water year brings with it a lot of challenges. Holladay is working diligently to prepare for the worst, stockpiling sandbags, with the generous assistance of residents, and monitoring both the weather (the best case is that we have a long, cool Spring) and Big Cottonwood Creek on a daily basis.

Threats to Historic Homes and Neighborhoods: As one of the oldest communities in Utah, Holladay has a number of historic structures, several over 150 years old, tucked here and there in our neighborhoods. While the City does not own these structures, and within current zoning law, may not mandate what a private landowner does with these properties, there is great concern and sadness when one of these structures is demolished. Under current city law, the hands of the Planning Commission and city staff are essentially tied. The City Council will be holding work sessions in the coming months to look at our ordinances to determine whether a more robust preservation ordinance is possible and supported.

Holladay City is grateful for the amazing team of employees at City Hall and our amazing First Responders—who help the City leaders adjust to the kaleidoscopic changes that arise when our world is “shaken” by unforeseen events.

Appreciation Week

Beginning May 14-20, we will be honoring and celebrating the incredible firefighters and police officers that protect and serve the citizens of Holladay. You will see banners of local first responders posted throughout the Holladay Village area. Feel free to drop off treats and/or notes of support at our local precinct or fire station, honk and wave, or simply shout a “THANK YOU for your service”. We will wrap up with a Pancake Breakfast at Station #104 on Saturday morning, May 20th.

The health, safety and well-being of our residents is a responsibility we share as elected officials. We are so fortunate to have the option to provide these critical services through the shared services model of the Unified Fire Authority and Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake. It is not only efficient and cost-effective but also attracts the best and brightest to these respective fields. Please take the opportunity to express your appreciation for their service throughout the week.

Uni ed Police Department (UPD) Update

State lawmakers passed HB 374 on the final day of the 2023 legislative session. This legislation effectively severs the historical connection between the Salt Lake County Sheriff and UPD. A timeline for the changes of July 1st, 2025 was written into legislation. We are currently working with the County and Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) to clarify how they intend to proceed. We can then collectively begin the tedious process of restructuring the shared services component of what we are currently referring to as “UPD 2.0”.

We feel strongly that retaining the ability to operate our own on-site precinct while sharing the costs of critical support services makes the most sense for our city. It allows us to attract and retain the best and brightest at every level.

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered in the coming months. We intend to move as quickly as possible, with an understanding that there are numerous contracts that must be thoughtfully and thoroughly vetted by the remaining members. We will continue to provide updates throughout the transition. Rest assured, you will continue to receive the same high-quality level of service you have become accustomed to throughout the transition

Feel free to email (Rdahle@cityofholladay.com) or call if you have questions. Also, happy to meet in person. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

M AY 2023

Interested in Running for City Council?

2023 Budget


Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com


It’s an odd-numbered year which means its once again time for a municipal election cycle! This year there are three Holladay City Council seats up for re-election. Those are:

Council District 2

Council District 4

Council District 5 (each is a four-year term).


JUNE 1- 7, 2023 (excluding Saturday and Sunday)

8:00 am – 5:00 p.m. in City Recorder’s Office

There is a $35 filing fee.

Candidates must meet the following qualifications:

1. Be a United States citizen;

2. Be a registered voter;

3. Be a resident within the municipality in which the individual seeks to hold elective office for the 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of the election.

4. Be a resident of the council district from which the candidate is elected.

Anyone interested in running should get acquainted with the filing deadline and other campaign information found on the city website under “Elections”. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Carlson, City Recorder at 801-527-2454 or by email at scarlson@ cityofholladay.com.

Municipal 2023 SPRING RUN-OFF www.cityofholladay.com

Budget season is upon us. We wanted to make your aware of key dates related to the City of Holladay’s budget as well as your opportunity to participate. Please also watch the city website for updated information.

May 4 – Presentation of Tentative 2023-24 budgets. This includes:

• City’s General Fund budget, which funds most services residents receive through the City and its partners, including the Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority.

• The City’s Capital Funds budget, which includes capital projects the City will undertake in the next year, and

• The Redevelopment Authority (RDA)’s budget, which includes funds received for and expenses associated with the Holladay Village and the Cottonwood Mall site.

May 8 - Budgets will be available on city website

June 1 – 6:00 pm Public Hearing on 2023-24 budgets

Mid-June – Adoption of 2023-24 budgets


Ty Brewer, District 1 tbrewer@cityofholladay.com


Matt Durham, District 2 mdurham@cityofholladay.com


Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com


Drew Quinn, District 4 dquinn@cityofholladay.com


Dan Gibbons, District 5 dgibbons@cityofholladay.com


Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com


City Council – rst and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – rst and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117

Community Development 801-527-3890

Finance 801-527-2455

Justice Court 801-273-9731

Code Enforcement 801-527-3890

NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-840-4000 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 O ce 801-278-9942

Cottonwood Post O ce 801-453-1991

Holliday Water 801-277-2893

2023 Get the latest updates to prepare and respond to flooding.

Seasonal Container Reservation Program ( SCRP )

The Seasonal Container Reservation Program (SCRP) is officially underway! As a reminder, Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District (WFWRD) has moved forward with container reservations due to limited staffing. Reservations also reduce the mini landfills that come from placing containers on the streets. Set your reminders, reservations open for containers on the dates below.

Zone 1 Reservations Open: May 23rd –Containers Available: June 6 – 13

Zone 2 Reservations Open: May 31st –Containers Available: June 14 – 21

Zone 3 Reservations Open: June 8th –Containers Available: June 22 – 29

On April 6, 2023, members of the Uni ed Police Department’s Holladay Precinct and SWAT Team were recognized for their outstanding e orts during a search warrant operation in Holladay on January 30, 2023. The search warrant was authorized following a lengthy investigation into an ongoing drug distribution operation. During the search warrant, possible hazardous drug chemicals were located prompting a hazardous materials response from the Uni ed Fire Authority and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Once the scene was determined to be safe the search and investigation resumed. It was found that the occupants of the home were manufacturing, cutting, and selling cocaine. In addition to the drug sales, it was found that a prostitution operation was taking place at this residence. Several of the individuals were arrested and/or charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors. The teamwork by these UPD members is to be commended for ending a large drug distribution and prostitution operation. We will continually do all we can to keep Holladay City a safe community to live, work and recreate in.

Containers will be dropped off sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. WFWRD staff will try to ensure that residents have up to 24 hours with the container. Driveways must be cleared, accessible, and have enough room (approximately 10’ x 20’) for the container to be placed off the street and public sidewalk. If the driveway is inaccessible, the container will not be delivered, and you will lose your opportunity for the container at your residence. Please visit the WFWRD website to see what is and isn’t allowed in the containers.

If you’re having trouble locating the zone you are in on the map, visit the “Do We Service You?” tab on our website: www.wasatchfrontwaste.org. Type in your address and check out your dates for the Seasonal Container Reservation Program.

Seeking Design Professionals to Serve on Holladay’s Design Review Board

The Holladay Design Review Board currently has openings for 3 to 5 qualified individuals. Now is your chance to apply and help the board represent the full range of voices passionate about Holladay’s downtown village aesthetics.

A design review board member is a resident or property owner who has professional expertise in the fields of architectural design, landscape design, interior design, urban design, architectural history, art or graphic design, engineering, or urban planning. Members are appointed by the City Manager to serve a 3-year term. For more information and to fill out an application, please visit www.cityofholladay.com. Applications are due by Friday, May 26, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Teerlink at jteerlink@cityhofholladay.com or 801-527-3890.

F EBRUARY 2023 NOMINATE THEM TODAY! D O Y O U K N O W S O M E O N E M A K I N G A D I F F E R E N C E I N O U R C O M M U N I T Y ? NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 26 application available at www.cityofholladay.com AWARDS H E L P I N G H A N D S O F H O L L A D A Y