Holladay City Newsletter | October 2022

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COUNCIL CORNER Holladay Supports Cleaner Air By Council Member Drew Quinn District 4 During the past few years, the City of Holladay has taken steps to improve the quality of our air. Holladay is an idle-free city. City ordinance prohibits idling for more than two minutes, except at a traffic signal or as instructed by a police officer. I hope that you support this effort with your compliance. In addition, Holladay has installed a two-vehicle charging station for electric vehicles close to the Holladay Village Plaza. We are also excited about being part of the Community Renewable Energy Program (aka Utah 100 Communities). Holladay is one of 18 communities in Utah participating in this program which aims to procure net-100% renewable electricity by 2030 on behalf of their residents and businesses. This program was created by the Utah legislature in 2019 when it passed House Bill 411. I have the opportunity to represent Holladay on the Community Renewable Energy Agency Board, together with Holly Smith, our Assistant City Manager. This program is the first of its kind in the nation. It created a partnership between municipalities and a major utility to hasten the utility’s adoption of electricity produced by renewable energy. Rocky Mountain Power will administer the program. Initially, each community, whether a city, county or township, made a decision to participate. The Holladay city council voted in December 2019 to be a part of this groundbreaking endeavor. Since that time, the Community Renewable Energy Agency has been formed, with a board of directors comprised of two representatives from each participating community. The board meets once a month and meetings are open to the public. The Agency has three committees: the Communications Committee, the Program Design Committee, and the LowIncome Plan Committee. Each committee is working to craft its part of what will be presented to the Utah Public Service Commission at the end of this year. Once the program is in place, each Rocky Mountain Power customer in Holladay will be enrolled as a participant, with an option to opt out if desired. All participants will see a small charge on their monthly statements that funds the activity of the program. The final cost will not be known until after the Utah Public Service Commission gives it approval. When the cost is calculated, sometime in 2023, Holladay will have one final chance to decide if participation is in the best interest of our residents. We feel that this is a way for our residents to be part of a substantial effort to clean our air and improve our lives, at a small financial cost. We may not be a large city, but we can make an impact as we join our neighbors Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City and others across the state in this endeavor. Together we can make a difference. For more information, visit www.utah100communities.org

That’s a Wrap: 2022 Construction Season Delivers Huge Gains for Holladay By Jared Bunch, Director of Public Services It’s been a busy 2022 construction season in Holladay with a lot of construction on our roads, storm drains and other facilities. As the dust settles, we’re happy to share what was accomplished over the past few months. The completed projects were primarily funded by the 2021 property tax increase, new storm water utility fee and bond proceeds. • Repaved 112 roads totaling 38 lane miles, equal to approximately 16% of all asphalt maintained by the City. • Mapped and assessed the condition of the city’s storm drain system, making multiple emergency repairs to collapsed pipes and uncovering 90 buried manholes. Approximately 80% of the city’s storm drains were mapped. Ongoing efforts are being made to complete the entire system. • Overhauled #4 heavily used Holladay Village crosswalks with sturdy, public-road grade materials. • Beautified and increased fall safety at the City Park playground by replacing the wood chip surface with a new rubber surface. This also included the benefit of providing an ADA accessible route from the parking lot to the lower field. • Enhanced the landscaped median island near the intersection of Highland Drive at the Van Winkle Expressway to a xeriscape to inspire and encourage water conservation in the community. • Complete needed bridge repairs crossing Big Cottonwood Creek on Cottonwood Lane and Kings Row Drive. • Upgrades to the City’s canal at grates and along the bank to increase safety for staff and reduce flood risks. This work reflects the support of our residents, leadership of the Holladay City Council and recommendations from the Holladay@20 Citizen Advisory Group’s strategic planning process. The City of Holladay staff along with our partner contractors are also committed to being good stewards of public funds and delivering projects on-time and on-budget. We’re just getting started: the upcoming 2023 construction season will be equally busy, bringing more improvements to support a high quality of life for all of us in Holladay. Sign-up for direct email updates as this work moves forward at cityofholladay.com/departments/administration/stay-informed/

Adopt a Catch Basin It’s a great day to check the stormwater catch basin grates on your street! If there are leaves or debris covering the catch basin grate, rake them up now. Don’t sweep or blow your leaves into gutters or canals. If you have a catch basin in your neighborhood, adopt it and keep it clear of leaves and debris. Could someone on your block use a hand with their leaves? Adopt their catch basin to help. Keeping drains clear is a simple way to prevent flooding and keep our waterways healthy!



Holladay Library Happenings Family Book Club Thursday, October 6th at 7pm


Fall Leaf Collection

Families get together for book chats and fun and engaging activities monthly, October-December. Light refreshments. Register for each month separately.

After School Crew Wednesday, October 19th at 4pm Drop in each 3rd Wednesday* of the month for active, hands-on discovery, social interaction and fun! Light refreshments served. Geared toward kids ages 6-11. Check out library activities at events.slcolibrary.org/events

As the temperatures cool down and we begin fall, WFWRD will begin our seasonal fall leaf pickup service.

Starting October 15, residents can pick up leaf bags* at: • Holladay City Hall: 4580 S. 2300 E. • Holladay Lions Fitness Center: 1661 E. Murray Holladay Blvd. • Holladay City Library: 2150 E. Murray Holladay Blvd.

Leaf Bags can be dropped off ONLY at: • Cottonwood Ball Complex: 4400 S. 1300 E. (on north side) PLEASE DO NOT Drop off filled bags at City Hall *WFWRD leaf bags are limited and available while supplies last. We request that residents take only one roll of leaf bags per household. Residents can also use and drop off their purchased bags if they contain only leaves.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Ty Brewer, District 1 tbrewer@cityofholladay.com 801-550-8747 Matt Durham, District 2 mdurham@cityofholladay.com 801-999-0781 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Drew Quinn, District 4 dquinn@cityofholladay.com 801-272-6526 Dan Gibbons, District 5 dgibbons@cityofholladay.com 385-215-0622 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117 Community Development Finance Justice Court Code Enforcement


801-527-3890 801-527-2455 801-273-9731 801-527-3890

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 Office 801-278-9942 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quayle 801 867-1247

Tackling Food Waste By Samantha DeSeelhorst, Sustainability Analyst

Let’s Get Leashed! Fall is here and it’s time for you and your pup to roam the neighborhood, the parks, and the trails. Before you bound out of the house grab a leash and those poop bags. LEASH LAWS Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would remind you not everyone likes a “friendly” off-leash dog, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory, it’s the LAW to wear one. If you and your dog are caught being off-leash, and it’s not a designated off-leash dog park, you will get a ticket and will pay a fine.

Is there any household chore more disliked than cleaning out the refrigerator? For some, it could be the sight of expired food or the thought of wasted money that makes their stomachs churn. For others, though, their disdain for this chore might stem from the sizeable impact that food waste has on sustainability. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste comprised a whopping 24.14% of the national landfill capacity in 2018. This means it takes up more space in American landfills than plastics, glass, metals, or any other garbage. This preeminence is even more staggering when considering its environmental impact. At its basic level, food waste translates into resource waste. When food is discarded in a landfill, not only is the food itself wasted, but so are the resources that were used throughout the food’s lifecycle, including the water used to grow it and the fossil fuels used to transport it. Once discarded, food waste also translates into harmful emissions. When food is thrown away in a landfill, an abundance of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide, is produced as the food sits beneath stifling layers of other trash. The good news? Reducing food waste can be as easy as it is rewarding. Consider these simple techniques to reduce your food waste footprint: 1. Buy Less Before heading to the grocery store, take inventory of the food remaining from your last shopping trip. If ingredients remain from last week’s recipes, plan this week’s menus accordingly to use up these existing ingredients. When new ingredients must be purchased, plan your list ahead of time and only buy what you’ll really use. While large quantities of a product, such as a buy-one-get-one sale, may seem like a good deal, avoid purchasing them unless you know you’ll use them in their entirety. 2. Store Smarter Once you get your food home, take care to store it properly for maximum freshness. Most vegetables should be placed in high-humidity drawers of the refrigerator, while most fruits should be placed in the low-humidity counterparts. Consider using your freezer to extend the life of items such as bread, sliced fruit, meat, or leftovers. 3. Divert Excess Despite your best efforts, you may end up with food that you just can’t use. If the food has not yet expired, consider donating it to a local food bank to help community members facing food scarcity. If an ingredient is past its prime, compost it instead of throwing it away. As a rule of thumb, fruits, vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds, and tea leaves can be composted. Avoid, however, composting animal products such as meats, oils, egg yolks, and dairy. To learn more about preventing food waste, visit: www.epa.gov/recycle/preventing-wasted-food-home

PACK OUT THE POO It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to clean-up after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up. THE LAWS Curious about the ordinances in your city or township? Check out AdoptUtahPets.com and visit our “Laws” section to look up the ordinances in your area. Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-840-4000.


UFA UPDATE By Captain Dan Brown, Unified Fire Authority You may have seen us training on a room on Murray Holladay Road in the middle of September. A homeowner was nice enough to let us train on their house before it was demolished. These types of training opportunities are both rare and invaluable to us as firefighters. While we have an excellent training facility in Magna, with structures we can practice cutting roofs, forcible entry, search and rescue, fire attack, and many other things, training on an actual house is much more realistic. We have all been inside our training buildings dozens of times, and while it’s still good training, being able to cut on a roof we’ve never been on, or simulate a rescue from a house we’ve never been in, creates a more realistic scenario. Here are some of the things we trained on this house in detail: VERTICAL VENTILATION: Have you ever wondered why firefighters are always on roofs during a fire? It is to perform something we call vertical ventilation. By cutting a hole above and as close to the fire as possible, smoke, steam, and other products of combustion are released from the building. This helps us by improving visibility, and creating more favorable firefighting conditions for interior crews. FORCIBLE ENTRY: Many times we need to make entry into a locked building. This includes both fire and medical calls. Crews LOVE forcible entry training and we fight to get to train on acquired structures first. With so many different types of locks on both doors and windows, getting to try and access real life structures is very good training. FIRE ATTACK: Fire Attack is what we do. Simply put, it is the process of putting water on the fire until it goes out. In more detail, it involves fire apparatus placement, connecting to a fire hydrant, hose selection and number of hoses, nozzle selection, choosing how and where to enter the structure, and advancing the hose line to the fire. These all vary from every house and every fire. We do a scenario where a fire is in the kitchen, then one in the bedroom, then an attic etc. Practicing fire attacks on acquired structures is perhaps the most valuable training we get. FYI, we do not actually light these on fire. We “smoke” the buildings up with fog machines to simulate low visibility, but no actual fire or smoke. SEARCH AND RESCUE: Along with fire attack, performing search and rescue on acquired structures is invaluable. Trying to navigate a building that we’ve never been in with low visibility is very difficult. This is what makes this type of training so valuable. We perform simulated rescues in bedrooms, basements, or anywhere else we can think of. We bring “victims” out doors, windows, and down ladders. Anywhere we can think of. We love what we do, and I always say we have the best job in the world. Training on a real house is something we chomp at the bit at. Thanks for reading and Stay Safe Holladay!