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HOLLADAY GRANT PROGRAM BOLSTERS SMALL BUSINESS By Zak Sonntag | z.sonntag@mycityjournals.com


mall business revenue in Utah has decreased by 34% since January 2020, when the coronavirus first began its menace in America, according to data from Opportunity Insights, an economic research thinktank. In the city of Holladay, many small businesses owners have felt this drop profoundly, because unlike large companies and corporate entities, mom-and-pop style businesses lack the capital to weather big downturns and face the real threat of going belly up. Of course, businesses come and go, but local closures are often replaced by chain companies, and in a city like Holladay, where local institutions bestow a special sense of place, a shuttered business can feel like a personal loss for proprietors and patrons alike. “When you look at the shops in our city it’s clear they each offer their own character. It’s a beautiful thing, and it brings a unique charm and value to our community,” said Arianna Mevs, owner of the local Dance Box Studio. Vying to maintain that charm and stave off closures, the city’s leaders created the Small Business Grant program, which got $214,000 to local businesses throughout Holladay. “This is our way to acknowledge the pain you’ve undergone and also a way to help our businesses transition through the pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Dahle during a March conference with local owners. The program offered Holladay companies up to $5,000 reimbursement payments for investments in “marketing and

A new awning paid for with help from a grant program helps market and drive foot traffic to All the Raige Dog Salon. (Courtesy All the Raige Dog Salon)

long-term technological improvements.” The program was hatched partly in response to a pair of citywide business surveys, conducted in 2020 and 2021, which revealed that pandemic recession had thrown many local companies against the ropes. The surveys indicated that certain sectors were being hit especially hard—like retail, service, and restau-

rant industries—and showed that most operations were struggling to adjust to the new consumer paradigms of a lockdown environment. “Like so many other businesses in the city, we were having trouble weathering the storm. The grant was a huge help and the timing was critContinued page 21

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Kendrick Zane, ‘The Piano Guy,’ opens the 2021 season of Concerts on the Commons By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com


olladay was ready to rock at the season opener of the Concerts on the Commons series. Kendrick Zane “The Piano Guy,” was also ready to play before a live audience after an extended absence likely due to COVID-19. “My voice is having some problems tonight,” Zane said. All were getting reaccustomed to being in an audience, being around people, and performing. However, this did not keep Zane and Holladay residents from having a good time. Zane, replete with a band, began the concert with “What a Fool Believes.” His second piece was an original composition about a rough experience Zane had in New York City. However, in homage to The Big Apple, he followed with “New York State of Mind.” The saxophonist was smooth, and Zane was particularly grateful to have him on stage. A true showman, Zane lively tapped his left foot like he was both reaching for and creating the beat. Another showman was the guitarist who looked like he was genuinely having a great time, smiling and moving his body with every note. The audience could make requests before and during the concert. With requests like “Time in a Bottle” and Elton John songs, it was clear that the audience appreciated older tunes. Zane encouraged crowd participation, and the audience sounded great with its part in “Rocket Man.” “Benny and the Jets” was another crowd favorite. The skies were hazy due to the fires in Oregon and California, but a breeze blew through about 8:45 p.m., and it became downright pleasant on The Commons behind City Hall. “Good-bye Love,” an original tune, was

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The skies were hazy due to the fires in Oregon and California, but a breeze blew through later, and it became downright pleasant on The Commons behind City Hall. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

about Zane’s breakup with his girlfriend, something about which he now laughs. It was impressive to see just how many lyrics and wide-ranging music Zane keeps in his head. There was reserved seating for those who have trouble sitting in a lawn chair, and many took advantage of the more comfortable chairs. No matter where they sat, people were glad to be back. This included the Petersons and the Bartons. Todd Peterson said, “It’s a really exciting, fun night here at the venue.” Gene Barton said, “We came because of the Petersons. We came because of the music and just a summer evening.” Margie Barton said, “The Petersons told

us about this, and I love outdoor concerts in the summer. I have been missing them.” The concert was made possible in part by Utah’s Excellence in the Community, which has provided free concerts in Utah since 2012, primarily by Utah artists. The program has been growing in popularity. Their YouTube channel has over a million hits from people all over the world. Their theme: “Music to match the mountains.” For a schedule of more free concerts in Utah through Excellence in the Community, visit: www.excellenceconcerts.org For a schedule of upcoming Concerts on the Commons visit: www.holladayarts.org/ concerts-on-the-commons.l Kendrick Zane, “The Piano Guy,” performed for a

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Owen Alldredge, 13, likes that he can hang out with friends, and like most kids, enjoys the fact that there is no school in the summer. (Photo courtesy of Anna Alldredge)

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ummer is upon us, and no one is happier about it than Holladay’s youngest residents. This includes the Alldredge children and their mom, Amanda. Owen Alldredge, 13, likes that he can hang out with friends, and like most kids, enjoys the fact that there is no school. “I also like reading Harry Potter. We’re doing a Harry Potter challenge,” Owen said. “I like soccer, and I also like video games.” The Alldredge family went to Oregon recently. “We stayed in an Airbnb, and we got pizza from our favorite restaurant. We just played games together, and it was really fun,” Owen said. Eleven-year-old Anna Alldredge likes swimming, and she is also reading Harry Potter. “I like hanging out with friends, and I’m also doing BYU soccer camp,” she said. Nine-year-old Henry likes that he does not have to do any homework. “I also like going on family trips,” he said. “I like going to my grandma’s house and doing stuff with my cousin.” A burgeoning guitar player, Henry is taking lessons and practicing this summer. The youngest of the Alldredge family, Charlie, is three years old (though he claims

he is almost eight). “When we went to the beach, I was so scared of the water,” he said. Charlie found the new sensation of putting his feet in wet sand a bit startling. Also, when the waves came in and then retreated, Charlie felt off balance. In addition to her children, Amanda also likes the summer and enjoys having her kids home. “Their friends come over. We have lots of late nights here,” she said. “I like the evenings in the summertime. Now that we have a puppy, going on walks at nine o’clock and having a cool down is great.” She also enjoys family vacations and is looking forward to camping. “It’s nice to have my husband home. He doesn’t get time off a lot,” she said. “So, we can actually go and do stuff. We don’t really travel a lot during the school year, but we do during the summer.” Do you want to have as much fun as the Alldredge family, but need something new to do with your children this summer? Try the Free Concerts on the Commons behind Holladay City Hall. There is a playground where children can go during the concerts.l

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olladay City is on the verge of a new land-use ordinance that will open the door on so-called mother-in-law apartments, rental units created within the footprint of traditional single-family homes, formally known as Internal Accessory Dwelling Units (IADUs). It’s a move that affordable housing advocates say is overdue, and it comes in response to a mandate by the state legislature that effectively leaves the city no choice. “This was pushed down to us because of an affordable housing crisis. [The state] is trying to do something that actually addresses the ability of younger families to get into houses, and mother-in-law apartments are a way to do that,” said Holladay City Attorney Todd Godfrey, during a council hearing. The state’s strong-armed action is an attempt to slow the breakneck rise in the cost of housing by the simple logic of supply and demand: any additions to the state’s housing stock will help alleviate pressure on low- and middle-income Utahans beset by runaway costs. “I’m strongly in favor of the city allowing [IADUs]. Between the crazy market and the uncertainty of an inflationary economy, this need is urgent,” said Holladay resident Scott Frank, speaking in support at a council hearing. The 2021 law, HB82, wipes out many municipal prohibitions on mother-in-law style apartments and requires cities to permit them in at least 75% of their single-family residential zones. “Instead of making a government program that subsidizes a few more affordable units, we need to structure our laws so housing can flourish where it needs to. Also, I strongly feel that a property owner is using their own property in a way that they believe fits, and the city shouldn’t prohibit it by zoning.” said the bill’s author, Rep. Ray Ward, speaking with the Journal by phone. “This is a way to gently increase density and keep character while allowing more places to live which we badly need.” The bill also gives cities the ability to enforce higher standards on such units as a way to protect the safety and character of neighborhoods, including granting cities more enforcement power against landlords operating short-term rentals. Albeit, the 25% exemption provision presents a conundrum for officials in Holladay, who worried it had the potential to arbitrarily create “winners and losers” and discriminatory redlines against homeowners who

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For Rent sign advertises one of the increasingly pricey rental units. (Flickr)

want the option of creating another source of income. “I’m not in favor of a 25% (provision) because it will create a have and have-nots, and the have-nots would be the very people I would want to help,” said councilmember Dan Gibbons, referring to older residents on fixed incomes who would benefit from an additional revenue stream like those generated from a IADU rentals. The city weighed the issue in June, then kicked it to the planning commission, where the debates focused around fees and how to treat households already operating illicit IADUs, of which there are a substantial number, according to the commission. “I think we need to be more proactive in incentivizing these existing IADUs to come forward. Those numbers from a political perspective are going to have value. So when we report back to the state, we can say Holladay is doing something. I would be in favor of waiving the registration fee to encourage them to [become fully legal],” said Alysa. Who?? The commission forwarded a recommendation to the council to proceed with conditionalities, namely that existing mother-in-law apartment landlords have origination fees waived, under the logic that it will coax them out of the shadows and help establish a uniform health and safety standard for rentals across the city. Now the issue is back before the council. It will hammer out the details with the goal of codifying a new ordinance in August. l

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Olympus High 1981 reunion planned for Aug. 20-21 takes classmates ‘back to the 80s’ By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


Members of the Olympus Class of 1981 prove they’ve “still got it” by hiking together each year. This year, the hike will be incorporated into their reunion Aug. 20-21. (Facebook/Olympus High School Class of 1981)

another location to have fun and stay connected. “For our 30th reunion in 2011 we got some more women involved. That was good. And the year we turned 50, we had a ‘Lady Titans Turn 50’ event and all went to stay in an Airbnb in Moab,” said Colosimo, who still lives in Holladay. Though many have moved away and only see their former classmates at reunions, some still live in the area. Two members of the Holladay City Council, Paul Fotheringham and Matt Durham, are members of the class. Fotheringham is on the reunion committee and helped plan the events, including

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cheesecake at the top,” Colosimo said. The website www.olympushighschool1981.com has all the details of the other reunion events. After the hike, there is a remeet and greet event for classmates. That’s Fri., Aug 20 at the Cottonwood Country Club in Holladay. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. The event with spouses and partners welcome is “Back to the 80s” themed. It’s Sat., Aug 21 at the Studio Event Center in Draper (the old Draper Park School) beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $65 and include dinner. They are also available through Eventbrite. Tickets are still available and can be reserved up until the day before the events, Aug. 18. For the hike, contact Dave Jenkins at djenkins@digis.net. Tickets for the other two events are available on the website. More information is on the Facebook page Olympus High School Class of 1981, or by emailing anyone on the committee that’s listed on the website. “I’ve met a lot of new friends that I didn’t really know in high school through these events. After the year we’ve had, I’m really looking forward to seeing people again and having fun remembering some good times. “I hope everyone who can make it comes to some or all of the events. It’s been really fun to get to know new people and to reconnect with others,” Colosimo said. l








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igh school students tend to think they’re invincible, and the class of Olympus High in 1981 was no different. To commemorate their homecoming game’s “hang gliding stunt” performed by then-class president Dave Jenkins, alumni take part in an annual hike. This year’s hike will be incorporated into their 40 year class reunion August 20-21. Sara Riley Colosimo is part of the class of 1981 and is on the organizing committee for the reunion. She remembers the hang gliding stunt fondly. She said it just shows what kind of fun people are a part of their group. “For the homecoming football game, Dave Jenkins, Dave Smith, and a few of their friends decided to hike Mount Olympus and hang glide off the mountain. To keep the secret from their parents, they hiked up the night before with flashlights and all their gear and left it up there for the next day. “They were back home about 6 a.m. the next morning, in time for one of the students to nearly get caught by his dad who was out getting the newspaper,” Colosimo said. The day of the game, Jenkins hiked back up to where the gear was stored and got into his hang glider. As the Titans played football, Jenkins soared down from the mountain. He landed safely on the field at halftime—in a toga. Since then, the graduates have tried to plan an annual hike up Mount Olympus or

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Lessons learned during pandemic ‘changed education forever’ in Granite School District By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


hether or not you’re superstitious, there’s no question that Friday, March 13 was a big day. That’s the day the governor announced a “soft two-week closure” of schools. When that closure stretched on for months, we all found out that what goes on in schools impacts our society and economy. Granite School District is the third largest district in Utah, and their website reports they serve roughly 67,000 students and employ 7,500 people. Ben Horsley, communications director, said that because of Covid-19, “Education changed forever, for better or worse, and the impacts will be seen for decades.” Horsley said GSD has always had a distance learning option, but in 2020 it was kicked into high gear. That gave them a crash course in what works and what doesn’t. “At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, we had about one third of our students doing distance learning. By the end of the year, it was about 18%. We anticipate that 3-5% will still be utilizing distance learning this coming school year,” Horsley said. They started with a dual modality approach, where teachers were required to do in-person and online instruction. That stretched many teachers beyond their limits,

forcing them to work unsustainably long days. Millions of dollars in rescue funding was recently approved by the federal government for Utah schools. With Granite’s portion of the funding, they will hire dedicated teachers for online instruction. It will be available for all students K-12. Horsley said that kindergarten enrollment for fall 2020 was the lowest it had been in decades, which he thinks was a direct response to the pandemic. “We learned that families’ needs vary widely. We do our best to offer flexible ways to meet those needs. We are concerned about transiency, child care and internet availability. We’re keeping the distance learning option for those families who need it,” Horsley said. The pandemic pushed Granite to rethink how they interact with parents. Parent teacher conferences went virtual this past year, which offered a lot of flexibility. “I think in the future you’re going to see ways where we can reach more parents using a distance option, like we did with parent teacher conference. “This will advance engagement with parents. I think schools will utilize online and Zoom resources. We’re looking at updating our systems to allow parents to connect with

the teachers not just with Canvas, but in a variety of different ways,” Horsley said. These options also help students who are distance learning due to a long-term illness or home hospital situation. They can connect with a dedicated online teacher, and they’ll be able to hear and watch a lesson online live as opposed to a recorded one. “We feel strongly that despite our best efforts, in-person instruction will always have a higher success rate for the majority of our students. But we will offer a distance ‘self-paced’ option. We’re expanding those offerings, and students can take as many classes as they want to and go as fast as they want to. This is good for the self-motivated student,” Horsley said. So what if the pandemic had never happened and the district hadn’t been forced to grapple with all of these issues? “We were always looking at expanding our offerings, but this forced us to bring it all up to date as soon as possible. The silver lining to the pandemic was us being able to increase the options and individualization for students. “Our teachers also became much more versed and fluent in how to use the different online platforms,” Horsley said. Granite will also use portions of their

Whether in the classroom, at home or at activities like a Skyline baseball game, Granite School District students and staff learned a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic that will influence education for years to come. (Granite School District))

federal funding to create summer programs and address the mental and emotional issues brought on by the pandemic. “Education changed forever. That’s not just in terms of learning loss and trying to fill that gap, but also the emotional and mental health challenges as a result of isolation and lack of socialization. We have 40 million dollars in Covid aid that we’ll use to provide a variety of interventions for our students,” Horsley said. l



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Top: Retiring teacher Alan Thomas loved teaching Spanish so much that he even did it during the summer, taking students on trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. (Olympus Jr. High PTSA) Bottom: A typical production of choir and choreography by director Jayne Springman, even during a very atypical final year of teaching. (Olympus Jr. High PTSA)

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Three beloved and longtime educators retire from Olympus Jr. High


By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

any schools said goodbye to retiring faculty at the end of the school year. Olympus Jr. High had a luncheon May 21 for three special staff members: Lani Anderson, Jayne Springman and Alan Thomas. In addition, the PTSA surprised them with heartfelt notes from students, parents and coworkers who have been influenced by the teachers over the years. Lani Anderson was with the school for 21 years as a member of the counseling center’s support staff. Caryn Melonas, who teaches health and P.E. at Olympus Jr., recognized what a difference Anderson made at the school. “You have been a solid support for this school, and literally held it together with all the changes and administrative shifts. Your voice over the intercom will be missed. It was calming and soothing to hear. I’m not sure if the teachers really understand how much you did for us and how efficient, effective and flawless you were at your job,” Melonas wrote to Anderson. Spanish and keyboarding teacher Mike McCullough called Anderson a bright spot in the school. “Every time I see you, you have a smile on your face. You always have time to talk about anything, and I know I can always

Lani Anderson was praised for keeping Olympus Jr. High running like a “well-oiled machine” for 21 years. (Olympus Jr. High PTSA)

count on you to get anything and everything done,” McCullough said. Tina Seastrand, a parent of OJH students who served on the OJH Community Council told Anderson that whoever follows her will have big shoes to fill. “You kept the machine well-oiled and running smoothly. I noticed it

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and so did others,” Seastrand said. Jayne Springman was the choir and dance teacher for 28 years, and went out of her way to make sure students had creative and cultural experiences. Teaching for that long, Springman was able to see siblings from many families come through her classes, including the Haws family. “We will never forget the great choir concerts you produced. It was also fun to travel with you to the outside concerts and events and perform at local schools. We will always appreciate the efforts you made to expose the students to rich, cultural experiences. You have enriched all of our lives. “[This last year] it was incredible to see you lead seventh-grade boys and girls in song and dance, even while wearing masks. No one but you could pull that all off!” wrote parents Scott and Renee Haws in appreciation of Springman’s efforts toward their three children. Springman also received notes of appreciation from her colleagues, like teacher Carly Sorenson who helps with the costumes for school productions. “Jayne, when I stop to think about the plays without you...I just don’t know what to think! I have really enjoyed working with you for the past five productions. Your knowledge and magic with the squirrely junior high students is remarkable. I will miss your sense of humor and eye rolls to all the changes that seem to happen year after year,” Sorenson wrote. Beloved Spanish teacher Alan Thomas also retired after 39 years of teaching and leading students on tours in Spanish-speaking countries. Thomas’s notes from current and former students and faculty were peppered with bits of Spanish they remembered, but mostly they remembered that Thomas enjoyed teaching and loved his students. “When I saw the post about Señor

Thomas retiring, I was flooded with memories. He made a deep and lasting impact on me. Spanish class was never boring because Señor Thomas always had a way to make it fun. “This summer I’m leaving for a mission to Uruguay, speaking Spanish, of course. I owe you for instilling in me a love for Spanish and South American culture. ¡Gracias, Señor Thomas!” wrote former student Emma Maxfield. Another former student, Christy Christenson Anderson, was in the OJHS class of 1984. She commented that she was “probably among your very first students, ‘muchos años’ ago! Having a solid foundation in Spanish has paid many dividends for me. Besides the fun and friends made in your classroom, Spanish grammar continues to flex its way into my writing work today. Plus, I can get taxi drivers to understand me [when I travel] in Mexico. Consider that a job well done!” Anderson wrote. In addition to the notes from students, Thomas was recognized formally by the Region 5 PTA as one of three Outstanding Secondary Educators in spring 2021. Thomas was recommended for the award by PTSA member Angie Pearson. Pearson was also a student of Thomas’s in the 1980s, and more recently her son was in Thomas’s class. Pearson praised Thomas for his long years of teaching and taking students on summer language trips. She also appreciated the attention Thomas gave her son, who has since completed a church mission to Argentina, and is fluent in Spanish. “Thomas helps his students love the language and culture just as much as he does. I am grateful for teachers like Señor Thomas who…want to help their students leave the classroom better students, and even better people, than when they arrived,” Pearson said. l

NOTICE OF PROPROSED TAX INCREASE City of Holladay The City of Holladay is proposing to increase its property tax revenue. - The City of Holladay tax on a $692,000 residence would increase from $407.24 to $610.86, which is $203.62 per year. - The City of Holladay tax on a $692,000 business would increase from $740.44 to $1,110.66, which is $370.22 per year. - If the proposed budget is approved, City of Holladay would increase its property tax budgeted revenue by 50.01% above last year’s property tax budgeted revenue excluding eligible new growth. All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing on the tax increase. Date/Time: Location:

PUBLIC HEARING 8/17/2021 6:00 pm Holladay City Hall Council Chambers 4580 S. 2300 E. Holladay UT 84117

To obtain more information regarding the tax increase, citizens may contact City of Holladay at 801-272-9450. Alan Thomas, Jayne Springman and Lani Anderson. (Olympus Jr. High PTSA)

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Essential school bus drivers, nutrition, custodian staff needed for upcoming school year By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


s the school year approaches, many students and their families may be wondering who will open the door and greet them at the start of the school year as they board a big yellow school bus. Some area school districts also may be wondering as websites and signs across the Salt Lake Valley are posted, advertising bus driver positions. As of July 1, in Canyons School District, there were 40 positions open for bus drivers or 18% of its staff who transport about 20,000 students. In addition, 35 of the 55 attendant positions were available. Canyons School District Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle has worked in the industry the past 14 years, working his way up from driving while putting himself through college. “There’s always turnover,” he said. “I think the difference this year is COVID and the fallout from that.” Wardle said that a large number of the district’s drivers are on a second career, but with the extra protections during COVID-19 pandemic and drivers’ possibly health issues, there just were not enough drivers returning. Plus, he said the area has changed, which means more drivers are needed to transport schoolchildren. “Twenty years ago, Draper was more farmland than it was houses and now it’s the complete opposite; we’ve seen a huge population boost not only in our district, but in other districts. We’re becoming more of an urban setting. It seems to be the same way in all districts across the country,” he said. Jordan School District also has a need for drivers. “We always are short bus drivers; Every school district in Salt Lake County, or probably in the state, there’s high turnover,” said spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf. “And we’re a growing school district, so we always have more routes.” To attract more drivers, Canyons has boosted their salaries to $21.19 per hour for starting pay. Attendant pay is $14 per hour. Wardle said

there are part-time and full-time positions available for the 180-day school year and full-time contracts come with benefits. Murray School District spokesman Doug Perry said Murray’s district also may be down a few drivers at any given time, along with the same numbers of nutrition services staff and custodians; the district also increased pay for those positions. “We only have about a dozen or so regular bus drivers and about four dozen lunch workers and a couple dozen custodians in total so our shortages might be two-three positions at any given time out of those three groups, which is pretty manageable,” he said. Pay in Murray District for bus drivers is $22 to $25 per hour; nutrition service, $13 to $18 per hour; and custodians are $11 to $15 per hour. Granite School District also continues to see “traditional vacancy challenges” in transportation and custodial departments as well as classroom and school aides, said spokesman Ben Horsley. “Part-time para-professionals continue to be difficult to find in this economy,” he said. “One strange challenge is the amount of open school psychologist positions we still have at this point in the year.” Starting salaries are about $21 per hour for bus drivers; $18 for custodians and $11 for hourly para-professionals. In Canyons, commercial driver licenses are required before bus drivers take the wheel, however, there is free in-house training and testing, Wardle said. Drivers also are expected to perform a pre-trip “look over” that ranges from brake check to light cleaning. Eight mechanics on staff are responsible for repairs. Additionally, there are trainings for the position from first aid and CPR to student management and emergency evacuation. Attendants also have additional training for working with students with special needs and learn how to load a wheelchair and strap it securely, he said. Flexibility and schedules being similar to

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A friendly wave and smile is what students and parents expect this fall from their bus drivers, but some school districts are still hiring people to fill the vacant positions. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

schools attract many personnel to the position. Wardle, when he was a driver, was able to study in between routes and said the position is attractive to parents, who start and end their day at about the same time of their kids and have the same school vacation schedule. “The kids are the highlights from drivers. They get to know them. They’ve seen them from kindergarten through high school. Some of them work well into their early 80s because they love the kids,” he said. While Riesgraf said Jordan School District has a “moderate” need for nutrition services staff, Canyons District is looking to hire 34 kitchen staff and 23 cashiers in schools for the upcoming school year, said Sebasthian Varas, nutrition services director. Starting wages increased for those positions in Canyons with starting pay at $15.50 per hour for kitchen staff who typically prep and cook meals and deep clean the kitchen afterward; and $12.16 per hour for cashiers, who are responsible for ensuring student meals meet with the USDA guidelines for reimbursement of the meal. There are advancement possibilities, he added.

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Canyons positions include training in equipment, first aid and district policies; each employee is responsible for having a food handler’s permit. Ideal candidates should be able to follow directions, work as a team, be able to meet some of the physical demands of the job and have a high school diploma or are working to earn a GED or equivalent, Varas said. He said that it’s an ideal position people who want day-time positions and especially, for parents. “If your kids are at the school, you work the time when they’re at school and you’re at home when they’re home. You don’t work any weekends or holidays and we provide you with a lunch and you’re making some extra money,” he said. “It’s a fun job. You get to interact with the students, which I think is fantastic. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. I think one thing that we’ve learned from the pandemic is how essential the nutrition services workers are. So, if they truly want to make a difference in someone’s life, come and work with us. It’s hard work, but it’s a very rewarding position, knowing that we’re feeding students.”l


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The Sultan of Skyline swimming retires


fter coaching 20 of the 29 swimming state championships for the powerhouse of 5A, it’s clear that coach Joe Pereira is no ordinary coach. From the students, coaches, and others involved in Skyline High School, he has made a difference in the community. Pereira retired this year leaving a legacy not soon to be forgotten by those in, around or far from the program. Former Principal Doug Bingham enjoyed getting in on one fun tradition with the swim team. They made a deal that he had to jump in the pool with the team every time they won state. It became almost a yearly tradition as both the boys and girls won state titles for several years in a row during his tenure. “I enjoyed watching the kids,” Bingham said. “Swimmers work really, really hard. I liked the relays and speed events. Even the longer races became exciting at the end.” Pereira was even recognized nationally for his efforts. He was awarded the 2013 swimming and diving Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State School Association. “Any time sports teams do well, it brings a sense of pride among the other students,” Bingham said. “Swimming isn’t an event most people often go and watch. The student body was always excited. A state title was almost expected for so long. That brought pressure for the team to keep winning. It was a lot of fun. It was great for everyone else to feel that sense of pride.” It did not take long for Bingham to realize Pereira was special. It didn’t take long for him to prove it either. “I watched Joe teach and push the kids,” Bingham said. “During his 10 years there at Skyline, he was very well decorated as a coach. He won regional and national awards as a coach. I remember swim races at state where our kids outdid their very best times. They beat their previous records by several seconds at state.” The Eagles had several swimmers that went on to compete in college for local schools like BYU and Utah. Some competed outside of Utah as well. “One of the things that made Joe really good was he was so knowledgeable about swimming and technical aspects of the sport,” Bingham said. “He loved kids, but pushed them. It wasn’t always easy. He is a well-respected and good coach. His dedication and knowledge create winning programs when applying those things that he learned.” Skyline faculty aren’t the only ones who were fond of Pereira. Rival coaches from Brighton and Olympus high school also had fond memories of coaching against him. Brighton was the main rival during Pereira’s tenure at Skyline. The two powerhouse programs competed every year for the Battle of the Paddle.

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Joe Pereira was named the 5A coach of the year in his final season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

While the football rivalry between Olympus and Skyline is a bigger deal (the two battle for the traveling Rock trophy), Olympus’ program improved significantly near the end of Pereira’s tenure. “My favorite memory about coaching against coach Pereira was the first time we beat him,” Olympus coach Tom Thorum said. “We went my first seven years before we finally beat them in a region meet in 2019.” Pereira influenced not only his own swimmers but those involved with rival programs. Thorum was no exception. Thorum recently took some of that advice and perhaps built a new dynasty. This year, his Olympus Titans won the 5A state title for both his boys and girls teams. Advice from Pereira will continue to help others aspiring for greatness in swimming long after his retirement. “We used to get lunch and I would pick his brain,” Thorum said. “He helped me organize a training schedule. I learned to make macro season plans. That’s what he focuses on. He told me that he has his swimmers tie buckets to themselves for resistance. He

contributed a lot to our program. There was a lot of wisdom that he shared to help our program. He was always available to offer advice.” Even after retiring from coaching, Pereira is still as busy as ever at Skyline High School. He is currently teaching summer school and still works with swimmers when occasion permits. “My favorite years were when we won by one or two points,” Pereira said. “The close ones that we lost hurt the most. I remember one year the boys won, the girls were so close but were seeded more favorably. That’s just how our sport goes sometimes.” While swimming is a challenging sport, Pereira likes to simplify it. When teaching beginners, he first likes to teach them to increase propulsion. Then, he will teach them to decrease drag. Combined, these two keys can lead to a 34% increase in speed. This has helped several of his swimmers achieve success beyond high school. “We’ve had kids who go to the national team and become members out of our high school program,” Pereira said. “Some swam

for BYU and Utah. This area is unique as far as swimming goes. Swimming is a part of their life but not their life. It gets them in the door. Some did well in high school. Other ones weren’t All-Americans but swimming got them into great colleges in a secondary way. Kids call to ask me to help them out and it helps.” With the Olympics just around the corner, many eyes will be on the swimming events. However, it might not be as much so for Pereira, who has put so much time and effort into swimming throughout his career. “I try to detach myself from it,” Pereira said. “Swimming takes a lot of time. COVID was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m trying to stay away from that. I do pay attention to the local kids. Trey Freeman came out of our age group program here. He will be competing in the 400 freestyle for men. Rhyan White grew up from an eight year old here to competing in the 200 meter backstroke.”l

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Bonneville Junior High with the national and state flags blowing gently in the wind above the school. (Aloyious Sorano/City Journals)

Bonneville Junior High’s new principal talks goals and guidelines for upcoming year


By Aloyious Soranno | a.soranno@mycityjournals.com

onneville Junior High School’s new principal, Jennifer Johnson, has hit the ground running. “Helping students and teachers reconnect and feel welcome in school,” is her first plan of action. She continued, “We want to help our students and teachers feel a part of a strong Bonneville Viking community.” Part of student reintegration back to school after a long summer is for teachers to get them comfortable again, ready to learn. This in turn will relieve some anxieties students may have post pandemic. Second on Johnson’s agenda is to “address learning loss in a systematic, focused way.” She does not want students or staff to focus on educational losses but instead, take those losses and turn them into gains that she knows the school, teachers, and students can reach. She said, “Our teachers have done incredible things over the past 18 months and we need to trust their professionalism and expertise.” With all of the guidelines with social distancing, masks, quarantine, and even mourning the loss of loved ones due to illness, there is always the concern of mental health issues. That is why Johnson sees the need to “be understanding and aware of the increase in mental health needs and address that many of our students/families/teachers may have experienced trauma over the last 18 months,” she said. Bonneville is not letting up on keeping students and faculty healthy either. Proper hygiene will continue to be practiced, including reminders by teachers for their students to keep up with the practice of handwashing and using hand sanitizer. Additionally, the right to wear a mask will be respected. The safety of the students will always be a top priority. Lastly, Johnson believes that Bonneville

Bonneville Junior High School’s new principal, Jennifer Johnson, has hit the ground running. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Johnson)

should continue to offer numerous opportunities in academics, athletics, and other programs. She said, “Bonneville has a great history of offering many programs that support student achievement and growth.” And she looks forward to continuing this tradition. As the new principal, she is excited to get started and looks forward to a collaborative effort to help start the new school year on a positive note. “As a school community, it takes the efforts of many to make things work. These achievements cannot be done by one person. I look forward to the opportunity of working with the Bonneville community to begin rebuilding after a very long year of Covid,” she said. l

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Thought I would seize an opportunity to update you on a few items of interest in the community. Most will have more detail in accompanying ads/ articles in this issue of The Journal, so I’ll be brief.


I hope you find some time to read the article submitted by our Interfaith Council regarding the upcoming September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Find an opportunity to volunteer in your community as a way to honor those that have, and continue to serve, and especially to those that paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedoms.


Holladay committed to contribute 500 backpacks. Visit GraniteKids. org for supply details, drop off your donations at City Hall through August 7th or make a financial contribution through their web site. You can also bring donations to our concert on Saturday, August 7th. Thank you in advance for helping us ensure every student shows up on their first day of in-person class ready to learn.


Our free Concert on the Commons series, hosted by the Holladay Arts Council continues through August 28th. It’s a beautiful setting for a relaxing Saturday evening. The talent is second to none and what a wonderful way to engage with your friends and neighbors! Holladay Bank & Trust once again stepped up to generously serve as this year’s premier sponsor--- we’re grateful!!!


For the past three years, we have been working to prepare and present the data to justify a proposed tax increase. We hope you will take some time to forward your comments, attend the August 11th Open House, or the Public Hearing on August 17th. Your Council representatives value your input!


As those in the area are aware, the 3900 South reconstruction project is a total re-build. We are doing our best to communicate the areas most impacted at any given time. We know some are frustrated with the construction, but honestly, it’s impossible to execute a project of this scope without inconveniencing some of our residents along the way. We will continue to do our very best to mitigate impacts and communicate. Refer to the city web site for the latest updates. The four left-turn lanes we are installing on Highland Drive should be substantially complete by the end of August, with minor portions extending in to September. We hope to have the section in front of Oakwood Elementary 100 % complete by the first day of school. As a side note, any construction is fluid at this point. Concrete, as well as other building materials are in short supply, as is labor. We will continue to provide updates thorough our email lists, on city social media channels and on the city web site. Thanks for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to address critical infrastructure needs in the city. —Rob Dahle, Mayor

How Holladay is Helping Create a Livable Community for All Ages LaNiece Davenport, CED Director An important piece of housing legislation passed the 2021 General Session that impacts Holladay. HB82 which is known as the Internal Accessory Dwelling Unit (IADU) bill. This bill was sponsored by Representative Ward and according to him, the intent of the legislation is to assist Utah’s housing supply problem by allowing homeowners to rent the basement apartments inside their single-family homes. So, what exactly is an IADU? The short answer is an IADU is a self-contained living space in basements and above garages that are typically a more affordable housing option and appeal to many socioeconomic walks of life. IADUs are known to have many names. They can be called mother-in-law apartments, basement apartments, secondary dwelling units, granny flats, or carriage houses. IADUs are not short-term rentals, as IADUs require a rental of at least 30 days or longer. How does this impact Holladay? Due to the new State of Utah law, the City must now permit Internal Accessory Dwelling Units or IADUs in our residential zones. This new requirement aligns with the City’s Moderate Income Housing Plan element of the General Plan and is one of the City’s three preferred objectives regarding moderate income housing. IADUs also allow the City to support a more efficient use of the existing housing stock and infrastructure like roads, utilities, and water and sewer infrastructure. The City recognizes the need to increase the number and types of available housing units, and allowing internal accessory dwelling units is a straightforward way to accomplish this goal. Holladay is working through a new ordinance now based on provisions set forth by HB82, and central to this effort is balancing the protection of the character and charm of Holladay neighborhoods while providing housing alternatives for existing and new residents. The City is also considering changes to the existing external accessory dwelling unit ordinances to make it a bit more flexible to allow existing external ADUs or guest houses to be rented, which is currently not allowed by code. What if you have an existing external or internal accessory dwelling unit and you’re not sure what to do next? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the City’s Community and Economic Development Department for help. We ask that all homeowners with existing accessory dwelling units, both internal and external, register these units with the City. This will help the City better understand where existing units are located and ensure you, the homeowner, become compliant and avoid possible penalties. We recognize that local communities like Holladay are part of the solution to create a more livable and affordable community for all ages. The Planning Commission is currently reviewing the draft ordinance. Planning Commissioner Alyssa Lloyd stated, “I am encouraged by the City’s proactive efforts to address housing availability and affordability within our own community. This gives the City the opportunity to increase available housing units and these accessory dwelling units may provide the necessary income to enable some of our older or single parent households to manage and stay in their homes longer through supplemental income.” The current timeline anticipates that the City Council will consider the adoption of the new IADU and updates to the external ADU ordinances by late August 2021, in order to meet the State deadline of October 1, 2021. The City wants to hear from you. Please view the draft ordinance by visiting the City’s website. And, join us for a Public Hearing on August 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Holladay Hall, Council Chambers. Or, you can email comments directly to the City Recorder at scarlson@cityofholladay.com by 5 p.m. on August 5th.



20 Years Later This coming September 11th will commemorate 20 years since a day that changed our nation forever. Most of us remember where we were the moment we heard the news from the 911 attacks. We stayed close to the news as the events unfolded throughout that day and days that followed. It invoked a mixture of emotions in all of us. We felt anxiety wondering if there was more to come. We felt eeriness with the realization that the skies were empty for several days. We were saddened by the loss of innocent lives. We were grateful for hero first responders that gave their lives in service. And we felt the vulnerability of having a tragedy of that magnitude hit American soil. Our nation was redefined from the first few morning hours of that day. In the years that followed, grass roots efforts of inspired individuals and groups became engaged in a cause to remember the victims and honor those who responded in service that fateful day. By 2009, Congress adopted 9-11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, there are estimates of more than 35 million people that participate in a day of service focused on remembering that day by offering service to others and to their communities. As the Holladay Interfaith Council, we are working to arrange service opportunities during the days around September 11th, 2021. A day to remember that there is more we share in common than would pull us apart, a day to unite in service, to celebrate common good, a day to share unity as community members. As we approach September 11th, we hope you will stay tuned for more information on service opportunities and outreach to our neighbors and community. —Sincerely, Holladay Interfaith Council

Last Day is August 7! Drop off your donations at the Holladay Arts Council Concert on the Commons event, featuring pianist Josh Wright with opening performance by Holladay’s violin prodigy Zeke Sokoloff

Saturday, August 7 at 8:00 PM

Happenings at the Holladay Library

In August the library will have the following things going on: Holladay Library Book Club meets the first Saturday of every month. On August 7th they will be discussing The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera League of Utah Writers meets the first Tuesday of every month. On August 3rd they will be discussing How to Write Dialog Our Take-and-Make Crafts will continue through the month of August. Every Monday there is a craft kit you can take home and have fun making. We will also be displaying the art of Lizzie Wegner in our large meeting room. Her medium is acrylic on canvas. Southwestern landscapes have inspired Lizzie and cultivated a deep care and concern for the environment.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 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

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UFA COVID Update By Capt Dan Brown, UFA With the starting of school this month, I have had many people ask what they should do different, if anything. According to the CDC, most of the things that we can do remain the same. Children should practice handwashing and cover coughs and sneezes. Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizer should be used. Staying home when sick is also very important. Things to look for are fever (100.4 F), shortness of breath or other symptoms. Of course, many of these symptoms are present in many common illnesses such as the common cold and flu which is why COVID testing is still very important to determine whether your child has COVID or a common illness. I have a soon to be 5 year old and 10 year old going to school this fall and they are SO excited. Especially my kindergartner. Together, we can make schools safer for our children and the staff working there. Thanks and stay safe, Holladay!

Truth in Taxation Next Steps On June 17, 2021, the Holladay City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget, which includes a proposed increase to the Holladay property tax levy. This is the first time since the City's 1999 incorporation that Holladay has raised its property tax rate. Holladay currently receives about 10% of the total property taxes you pay. The proposed increase will help repair neighborhood roads, address millions of dollars of unfunded project needs, and maintain critical police, fire, emergency response, and public works services. For a home with an estimated market value of $700,000, the proposed 50% increase to Holladay's tax levy would equal about a 5% increase to the total property tax bill, $17/month, or $204/year.

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The City is initiating a transportation study on Highland Drive between Arbor Lane and Van Winkle Expressway to plan for future improvements in the next 10-20 years. The study will evaluate transportation solutions to increase safety and alleviate congestion for all roadway users of Highland Drive. It will also evaluate ways to improve connectivity and accessibility for all types of transportation (walking, biking, transit, vehicles, etc.) on this critical corridor. The City will be sharing a survey later this summer to get your feedback! Contact the study team to be notified when the survey becomes available and sign up for future updates by emailing info@highlanddrstudy.com or calling (385) 888-ROAD (7623). The City is currently improving intersections on Highland Drive to improve safety and repair infrastructure. Construction is scheduled to continue through fall 2021. This project is not related to the feasibility study. If you have questions on that project, please email holladayintersections@gmail.com or call 844-452-6200. This study is the first step to any future transportation improvements on Highland Drive between Arbor Lane and Van Winkle Expressway. After public input, the City will apply for funding from regional sources to implement the study recommendations. If the study receives funding, additional engineering and design would take place prior to construction, currently targeted for 2031.

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is a one-time source of funding, so you typically don’t want to spend one-time money for ongoing needs,” said LaNiece Davenport, the city’s economic development director who oversaw the program. Surprisingly, however, the program’s popularity fell short of anticipation. The city budgeted half a million dollars for the program with the intention of getting assistance to up to 100 local companies. Yet overall approvals came to less than half that number with 44 companies participating. “We had about 25 applications that were started but not completed, and about 12 people who applied but weren’t approved. Some businesses were not actually incorporated in the City of Holladay. Others didn’t have an active business license. And, in some cases, these companies could not demonstrate sufficient loss,” Davenport said. “There were some nuances that might have been awkward for applicants, but we tried to be as flexible as we could within the parameters. So we’re still surprised there wasn’t more participation.” The city emphasized accessibility in the grant design, hoping to create a program with high impacts and not high barriers. “We’re trying to make this as unbureaucratic as possible and find ways to get this money in the hands of businesses,” said Mayor Dahle during a conference call in March. “But if we get audited by the federal government, we’ll have to show that we had

justification for how we ran the program and who we gave the money to and have some underlying paperwork. I assume we’ll fudge on the side of being lenient with how we distribute the money.” The city reports positive feedback from participating businesses, and those who spoke with the City Journals described the process as user friendly. “The permitting process was really easy. The city worked with us and walked us through it. We needed to show documentation of Covid-related revenue loss, and show viable proposals for marketing and tech investments. It was not difficult,” said Treven at All the Raige. The city budgeted $500,000 for the small business grant program, but with the program concluded and only half that allocation spent, leaders had to decide where to put the remainder. The funds were unofficially earmarked for direct local stimulus. Although, because the money originates in the general fund, it’s technically untethered, a point raised at a June hearing by Councilmember Paul Fotheringham, who wanted to consider the windfall against the full scope of the city’s issues and suggested the money may result in a larger impact if put toward some of the municipality’s derelict infrastructure. His points were acknowledged. But the council ultimately felt the appropriate use of the windfall dollars, by virtue of having

been freed up by CARES money, should be the prerogative of direct stimulus to the local economy. So, the council decided to roll that money into the Holla Dollars program, set to begin this month, which will put cash-equivalent vouchers in the hands of Holladay residents to be spent at exclusively local businesses. “This will allow us to get more Holla Dollars money to residents, which has the potential to help an even wider array of businesses,” Davenport said. As to the success of the city’s first ever Small Business Grant program, it will take time to ascertain the full impact. Nonetheless, the prevailing sense amongst small business owners is that the program is a victory. “This grant allowed me to invest in advertising that I otherwise couldn’t have afforded,” said Carrie Coppola, owner of Mudita Yoga in the Creekside shopping center, who used the grant money “up to the last penny.” “I hoped for a bigger response from the advertising, but I’m still happy because people are starting to come back. I was in tears because I had quite a few people in class for the first time in a long time and it makes me hopeful that things will get better. After what we’ve been through this last year, I think yoga is what we need more than ever,” Coppola said.l

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Unsung Heroes In Our Community Happy & Thriving Seniors Kelsey Meha loves her job. She feels she has a whole building full of loving grandparents that she gets to work with every day. Kelsey is the Wellness Assistant at Sagewood at Daybreak in South Jordan. Sagewood is an independent living, assisted living and memory care facility on a beautiful 6 acre site. She was excited to help seniors be balanced and at their best, no matter their age. “We want our residents to thrive,” she said. “We want them to be happy and stimulated in a way that they are challenged.” The Sagewood staff does this by encouraging the residents to help each other. “When they are focused on others, they really benefit!” One of Kelsey’s most satisfying days happened when one of the residents, who lost her leg after 13 failed surgeries, tried a new therapy encouraged by Kelsey. During her assessment, Kelsey urged her to try the swimming pool for therapy. She was hesitant as she hadn’t been in a pool for 8 years, but decided to trust Kelsey and give it a try. “After lowering me into the pool, Kelsey helped me around for the first little bit, then I went on my own. I felt like a whole different person! I was free, light, and wonderful. I was normal for a short time and it was amazing.” 4760 S. State Street Murray, UT 84107

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he Salt Lake City International Airport is bustling. Visitors are pouring into Utah’s state and national parks. And the iconic Temple Square is once again welcoming visitors from around the world to our capital city. After the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacted travel and tourism – along with so many aspects of our lives and our economy – it’s exciting to see travel returning to our state. In July, the Salt Lake City International Airport reported that passenger volumes were at 105% of 2019 levels – one of the strongest rebounds nationally. And a year after Covid-19 halted most international travel, our Zions Bank branches have seen an uptick in people coming in to get foreign currency for their summer travels, particularly the Mexican Peso, the Euro and the British pound. This return to travel is important. The travel and tourism sector generates over a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue each year, according to the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Tourism and visitor spending support more than one in 11 Utah jobs directly or indirectly. And in some parts of the state, the employment impact is much

larger. From the snow-capped mountains to the majestic red rocks, statistics show that not even a global pandemic can keep people away from all our state has to offer. Despite the pandemic, a record 10.6 million people visited Utah state parks in 2020 – a 33% increase from 2019. Similarly, Utah’s ski resorts saw a record-breaking 5.3 million skier days during the 202021 winter season, according to Ski Utah. The previous record was 5.1 million, set in 2018-2019. The business side of tourism continues to recover, although much more slowly than the leisure side of travel. It will take some time for business travel to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, but the future is looking bright. More than a year after the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic began, Utah’s economy has emerged as one of the strongest in the nation, with the second-highest job growth of any state. This busy season of travel is a great sign that our travel and tourism industry is making a strong comeback. A boost in summer travel will have far-reaching impacts on the economy, bringing back jobs

and stimulating additional growth. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A.

Government 101: Form of government in cities


n Utah, there are two possible types of government: Council-Manager or Council-Mayor. There’s a possible third type of government, a Charter, but none of the cities in which City Journals publishes has one. Council-Mayor The mayor is elected every four years and represents the entire city. They are the head of the executive branch, like a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in a private business. All department heads within the city report to them. When a new mayor takes a seat, they can hire or fire department heads, but council advice and consent is required. City council members are also elected every four years, though usually not at the same time. This prevents the city from having an entirely new council at once. Each council member represents a portion of the city (district), or the city as a whole (at-large). The council is the decision making body but does not have any power over city staff. The council makes decisions for the city: budget, property, code, planning and zoning, etc. The mayor may be invited to attend, speak and contribute. Council meetings, usually twice a month, are run by city council members. The mayor is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor can veto if they disagree with any legislation passed by the council. The council elects its own chair who conducts the public meetings.

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Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Council-Manager The mayor is elected and represents the entire city. They are part of the council. In this form of government, the council appoints a city manager to be the CEO. Department heads answer to the manager and the manager can hire or fire department heads, though hires are subject to council advice and consent. Council members are elected every four years, though usually not all at the same time. In some cities, the mayor votes with each decision. In others, the mayor only casts a vote if there is a tie. The mayor is chair and the face of the council. The manager attends council meetings, gives reports and advises council in decision making. Council meetings, usually twice a month, is run by the mayor. The city manager is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor does not have veto power. Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Cottonwood Heights: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Draper: Council-Manager, mayor is tie breaker Herriman: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Holladay: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Midvale: Council-Manager, mayor is tie breaker Murray: Council-Mayor

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ach year, the Granite Education Foundation holds a school supply drive to give students in the Granite District new backpacks and all the supplemental supplies they will need for their classes. This year, members set their goals higher than ever before and hope to complete 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies by the beginning of school. Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer at Granite Education Foundation, explained they are raising the bar because of the need in the community. Each year social workers from schools in the district reach out to the foundation with students they know will struggle to afford school supplies, and this year the number of students was more significant than ever. Anderson told the City Journals that approximately 54% of students in the district live at or below the poverty level, and around 41,000 students rely on free or reduced lunches. The seemingly lofty goal of 15,000

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for the drive year-round. As Anderson said, “If someone wants to bring us a backpack in January, I will happily accept it.” With such a significant need in the community, the foundation’s work goes far beyond the school supply drive. They work on other projects throughout the year, including food pantries. The food pantry provides snack kits for children after school and full meal kits for families. Those in need can pick up the kits for weekends or school breaks to ensure that no students go hungry when they’re not at school. “Really our main goal is to allow these kids to come to school healthy, fed and ready to learn. So, we do food; we do clothing. We do a Santa sack program and holiday assistance for children and families who might not have Christmas or the other winter holidays otherwise,” Anderson said. “We work really hard to provide an equitable experience for all the kids.” l

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Sitting fiscally pretty: City passes budget in the black, adds a little blue By Zak Sonntag | z.sonntag@mycityjournals.com


he City of Holladay is sitting fiscally pretty and passed its FY 2021-2022 budget in the black. Holladay kept its house in order with the help of surprisingly strong sales tax revenue, upticks in building permit and roadcut fees, along with a healthy dose of federal stimulus dollars. City officials feared the books would get brutalized by the pandemic recession. Yet more than merely keeping afloat, stable revenue allowed the municipality to expand services and move forward with big infrastructure projects. One of the budget’s big winners is the Holladay precinct of Unified Police, which obtained a 6.8% increase to be used to fund the addition of another full-time officer. “We’ve been trying to get this officer for a while, and it’s going to make a big difference and help us deliver the safety and services the community expects. So we’re grateful the mayor and the city worked with us to make it happen,” said Chief Justin Hoyal, who heads the Holladay precinct. Hoyal spoke with the Journal and explained that the new officer is not an addition, per say, but rather a move to bring the precinct’s officer count up to standard. Holladay has five patrol shifts that guarantee 24-hour patrol coverage of the city. A typical shift deploys three officers, a best-practice standard that allows for flexibility and agility in call response. However, for years the city has managed one of its key day shifts with just two officers, a diminished presence that creates problems, according to Hoyal. “Having only two officers on that shift is problematic for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that it takes away from our ability to enforce basic traffic violations. Traffic is one of the biggest complaints from citizens,” said Hoyal, going further to explain the logistics. “That’s partly because I’ve often had to pull one of our traffic officers away from their primary assignment in traffic enforcement in order to cover for patrol officers, who respond to 911 calls, like cars being broken into,

shoplifting, or domestic violence.” When making the request for additional funding to the council, Hoyal explained how the Holladay precinct and UPD as a whole have far fewer officers per capita than most American municipalities. Nationally, there are around two officers per 1,000 residents. UPD’s overall ratio is half that at a single officer per 1,000 residents. However, needs vary immensely by geography, and comparisons to a national average in a country as diverse as the U.S. may not be all that telling. “It’s not so much about comparing statistics, but instead it’s about understanding the needs of your community, and we think this officer will help us meet the needs of Holladay,” Hoyal told the Journal. The City Council agreed and okayed the funding increase without objection. “Our chief runs a tight ship when dealing with the numbers. I think if [Hoyal] asks for something, it’s because he needs it, not because he wants it,” said Mayor Rob Dahle, before voting in support of the increase. “Our population is growing, and as it grows the calls for service will grow. So I think we should do this just to react to that growth and what’s probably been a shortcoming in our community for a number of years.” The council’s frictionless approval marks a contrast to many cities, including Salt Lake, where a request this summer to increase police funding stirred anxious debates. Amidst a host of nation-wide reforms and calls to reinterpret the role of police by handing some of their functions—and funding—to other classes of civil servants, the City of Holladay managed to expand its police presence without blowback, a sign of trust and good rapport leaders hope to maintain. “The relationship with the community is very important, and the community up here is so supportive. The citizens are kind, and the city council and manager’s office are helpful and supportive. I love working in Holladay,”

Holladay patrol helps control traffic to accommodate a professional bicycle event through Holladay streets. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)

said Hoyal. Of course, it makes it easier to increase police funding when you’ve got money to spend. Part of Holladay’s economic health is the result of a shot in the arm from the federal government, which showered the city in cash. The money was used to make technological improvements at city hall to ensure the continuity of government along with the continuation of emergency services, like fire and police. It also freed up money for initiatives like the city’s Small Business Grant program designed to see mom-and-pop shops through the pandemic. Skaters are another big winner, as revenue remains strong enough to move forward with the construction of a $300,000 world-class skate park, which will be located on the south end of the city park and is set to break ground this summer. The budget was also helped along with a nice chunk of change from Google, who paid $200,000 in road-cut fees in order to start its Google Fiber broadband installations, which in

due time will deliver greased-lightning internet speed to households across the city. Additional money came from an uptick in building permit fees, mostly from the Holladay Hills development on the former mall site, whose construction is underway and slated for partial openings in early 2022. But the biggest surprise was the increase in sales tax revenue. Officials anticipated sales tax declines as pandemic fears and the global recession threatened to chase consumers into hiding. However, spending did not plummet, but instead ticked up as folks stocked up for the apocalypse. The city’s fiscal situation looks even better in comparison to many U.S. cities who’ve suffered revenue shortfalls and had to make tough adjustments, like cutting services and laying off workers. There is still abundant uncertainty as to what the future of our local and larger economies hold. But for now, Holladay is looking good in black.l


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HOLLADAY GRANT PROGRAM BOLSTERS SMALL BUSINESS By Zak Sonntag | z.sonntag@mycityjournals.com


mall business revenue in Utah has decreased by 34% since January 2020, when the coronavirus first began its menace in America, according to data from Opportunity Insights, an economic research thinktank. In the city of Holladay, many small businesses owners have felt this drop profoundly, because unlike large companies and corporate entities, mom-and-pop style businesses lack the capital to weather big downturns and face the real threat of going belly up. Of course, businesses come and go, but local closures are often replaced by chain companies, and in a city like Holladay, where local institutions bestow a special sense of place, a shuttered business can feel like a personal loss for proprietors and patrons alike. “When you look at the shops in our city it’s clear they each offer their own character. It’s a beautiful thing, and it brings a unique charm and value to our community,” said Arianna Mevs, owner of the local Dance Box Studio. Vying to maintain that charm and stave off closures, the city’s leaders created the Small Business Grant program, which got $214,000 to local businesses throughout Holladay. “This is our way to acknowledge the pain you’ve undergone and also a way to help our businesses transition through the pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Dahle during a March conference with local owners. The program offered Holladay companies up to $5,000 reimbursement payments for investments in “marketing and

A new awning paid for with help from a grant program helps market and drive foot traffic to All the Raige Dog Salon. (Courtesy All the Raige Dog Salon)

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