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ut of public health necessity and with great sadness, the City of Holladay canceled the annual Fourth of July firework fête, the latest casualty of the COVID crisis and a stark reminder that things aren’t back to normal despite the state’s soft reopening. “We decided to bag it, because we couldn’t manage all those people in a way that was safe. Trying to keep with social distancing, we wrestled with it for a long time but I just don’t see how we could make it work given what we’re dealing with,” said Mayor Robert Dahle at a June City Council meeting. The decision to send the celebration on sabbatical landed with even greater disappointment for coming at a time when patriotic morale is at a premium, having suffered deep blows after the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, whose death sparked social unrest that continues to simmer across much of the country. “Right now this is especially hard. There is a lot of flag burning and turmoil,” said Councilwoman Sabrina Petersen, who expressed a yearning to reunify the national camaraderie. “I think it’s an opportunity to take pride in being American. So we’ve got to do our best [to recognize the holiday].” City leaders promised to recognize Independence Day in the small ways it can, and plan to hang decora-

Firework fête cancellation leaves Holladay City Hall grounds vacant. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)

tive bunting and banners in the Plaza in an attempt to keep community pride afloat during the down year. But the city’s subdued involvement will not prevent residents from asserting their own right to a proper celebration, which gives some pause. Bottle rockets have begun to soar across rooftops. Suddenly, the prospect of personal

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Collector Dan Filler helps artists make a viable living By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com


t all began when Dan Filler was 17 years old. He was a student at a Catholic secondary school when he saw a painting that one of his instructors, Brother Nicholas, had created. Filler paid $20 for the painting. Thus began his lifelong acquisition of art. “It’s taken me 30 years to actually collect this one,” Filler says, pointing to a painting in an impeccably kept living room. The painting is by Trent Call, a graduate with a BFA from the University of Utah. “You can see his pencil drawing here, like this chair—and even here, you know— where he just kind of left it alone,” Filler said. He goes on to indicate that a similar effect was used on bottles in the painting. “He just left them drawn in there; they are not painted.” Some are born with it, and some are not—the ability to discern fine art. Filler was born with it. He then moves to the opposite wall of the living room and points to a bright, floral explosion. It is a painting by Kent Wallis. “This is rather unusual for his work—an abstract like this. Usually when you think of Kent Wallis, you think of, you know, pretty cottages with flowers and hollyhocks and that kind of thing,” he said. “And so, I think an abstract floral thing for him might have been earlier in his career.” Filler is animated when describing the art he loves so much. A senior claim representative for years, he is now retired and lives with his wife Devra in Holladay. He points out a painting by James Randle, another Utah artist. Randle’s style has been referred to as “Urban Realism” or by author Gretchen Pahia as “Urban Art with a Heart.” Filler favors cityscapes, and several of them decorate the walls. The love of art permeates the family.


Dan Filler stands next to his acquisition by Trent Call, a graduate from the University of Utah. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

His daughter Katie married local artist, Troy Forbush. He shares a studio space with other artists in South Salt Lake. “This we’re pretty proud of,” Filler says pointing to a painting by Forbush. “It is a portrait of Katie. He did a whole series of portraits for a show.” Katie, an attorney, gazes out at onlookers, grand-eyed and serene. Filler owns several Forbush paintings including Bob Dylan album covers and a replica of “The Goldfinch” about which a book and movie were made. The original “Goldfinch” was painted by Dutch artist Car-

el Fabritius and signed in 1654. “That’s a Thomas Elmo Williams (from Helper, Utah). He likes that 1930’s Depression-era look,” Filler said. He points out paintings done in warm colors, mostly browns and golds. The subjects seem to be involved in some sort of work or looking for work. He also shows paintings from David Ritchey Johnsen and Steve Larson. Filler has no formal art education and it seems difficult to believe. Remember the first painting Filler ever




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The looming ignitions put some communities on edge, and certain neighborhoods have pushed for greater protections. Residents of the Spring Creek community lobbied to enlarge the boundaries that prohibit firework use in their semi-wooded neighborhood, near the “wildland urban interface.” Councilwoman Drew Quinn took up the cause and teamed with Brown and state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss to extend the restricted area. Albeit state law puts some limitations on municipalities’ ability to expand boundaries, allowing expansions only “If the existing or historical hazardous environmental conditions exist,” which means if previous fire incidents have occurred in an area; or they may enlarge a protected area in order to “facilitate a readily identifiable line,” according to State Law HB 38, co-written by Holladay’s Senate Rep. Jani Iwamoto. “Because the law allows us to extend the area for the purpose of making clearly defined boundaries, that’s what we did. Before the map was drawn through smaller streets and that makes it harder for residents to know exactly where it’s OK and where it’s not,” said Quinn, who represents areas of the Spring Creek community.

Having large, clear boundary lines makes the work of firefighters easier. “If you look at some cities, their [firework prohibition map], and you see 20 little pockets, because that’s where they’ve had incidents. But with a map like that, you can’t enforce it or educate people about where its safe,” Brown said. “Ours was a squiggly line all over before and that makes it impossible to define. The new map improves that problem.” Quinn said, “With fireworks, either you really like them or you really dislike them. Some people get rid of the firework display completely. But I know there are a lot of people who love it.” The city will at least save much of the $28,000 slated for the Fourth of July festivities. Though some of that money is contractually obligated and non-refundable. Quinn expressed sadness that the city could not promote the Independence Day holiday, but encouraged the community to celebrate with caution. “Fireworks are part of the culture, and I love it for that. Basically, we’re saying doing it at home but do it safely,” Quinn said. “All we can do is hope people have the sense to not venture into areas of big firework shows themselves.”. l


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A statue outside the Holladay-Lions Recreation Center. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)


he Holladay-Lions Recreation and Fitness Center, located at 1661 E. Murray-Holladay Road, has been temporarily repurposed as a quarantine and isolation center by the Salt Lake County Health Department in an effort to combat the spread of a COVID-19, according to a statement released by Holladay City in April. Medical privacy laws, however, compel officials to keep a lid on the details, which has caused some community members to take offense at what they see as a lack of transparency. “We had a problem not (that) those people were there, but that we weren’t told. We

had to put it together ourselves after we saw cot boxes beside the dumpster and even an ambulance show up,” said Maxine Turner, a Holladay resident and center patron. The city’s disclosure walks a fine line between public transparency and individual privacy. In revealing the purpose of the facility, which is owned and operated by Salt Lake County, city officials may contradict broader public health prerogatives of protecting individuals’ legal rights to medical privacy. “The decision was made from the beginning not to identify locations or how those public facilities were used in the pandemic

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response, because then anyone seen at a facility might be assumed to be positive [for COVID-19], and that’s protected health information,” explained Chloe Morroni, the communications director for the Salt Lake County mayor’s office. “That wouldn’t be OK because there is a health privacy component. Everyone has a right to have that information protected.” The park’s repurposing came at the direction of the county’s coronavirus emergency response authority, known as Unified Command, headed by Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, along with its Chief of Emergency Management and Executive Director of Health. Unified Command transferred the Holladay-Lions operations from the parks department to the health department. And though Holladay residents have been unnerved about the lack of available information, health officials remain tightlipped about specifics. “We are required by state law to protect the identity of people under investigation for all kinds of infectious disease, from anthrax, to botulism, to HIV, and now COVID. The laws come under review all the time and we are confident we’re acting in accordance,” said Nicholas Rupp, communications director for the Salt Lake County Health Department. These type of medical privacy laws have been in place for over 100 years, and they began in the early 20th century in response to the stigma around tuberculosis. Current legal privacy protections are found in a federal infectious disease act, as well as Utah’s Communicable Disease Act. “Public health does this sort of work all the time, but when we do our job really well the public doesn’t hear about it. A conundrum is that people don’t appreciate the work we do until it reaches something of this [coronavirus] magnitude,” said Rupp. On a June afternoon outside the Holladay-Lions facility there was a sheriff’s dispatch vehicle in the west parking lot. Yellow cordoning tape fluttered in the wind. No one came or went. “It is very, very quiet here all day long,” said a parks department grounds crewmem-

ber, who asked not to be identified. “Occasionally, someone will come out to smoke a cigarette, but they have to stay behind those metal barrier fences. Then they go right back in. Other than that I don’t see much.” Occasionally competing public health interest require the health department to betray individual privacy, as when identifying restaurants with known cases of hepatitis. But no such competing threat exists with the usage of county facilities, which raises questions about Holladay City’s decision to disclose the Holladay-Lions Rec Center implementation as a quarantine and isolation facility. Rupp said the city’s decision to release a statement of disclosure was not without justification, but he nonetheless hesitated to encourage such disclosures generally. “If a city wants to reveal location uses, first of all I would ask them what their rationale is and why they’re making the choice, especially because we’re talking about buildings they’re not even running, and we don’t share many specifics. Secondly, it’s risky because our building uses evolve very quickly, and if their statements are true at one point, they might not be true for long.” Holladay Mayor Robert Dahle’s decision to release the statement reveals the city’s attempt to appease residents asking for details while also respecting the health department standards. “We put the post on our website and we vetted the post through the county. There are things we can and can’t say about it. Hopefully, they’ll do their best to manage that population so that it impacts our residents as little as possible, and that’s all we can say about it,” said Dahle during a May council meeting. Still, residents are pushing public leaders to be more communicative. “We want to tell them they have to trust your community. We want to know immediately when these situations arise,” said Holladay resident Turner. “Our small discussion with our mayors was not enough, we need to be assured as a community that we are being communicated with in the future. And we need to know in the future that our rec center is clean, without concern with lingering virus.” l

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he death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by suffocation under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, has catalyzed a groundswell of public protest and ongoing demands for reform. Floyd is just the latest in a spate of racially implicated police killings across the country in recent years, but the lurid nature of his demise, caught on camera and gone viral, seems to have pushed the collective conscience past a point of no return, as protests have become a feature of daily life. Cities, states, and even the federal government have responded swiftly with new laws and regulations. In June, Utah legislators passed a law outlawing the use and training of “kneeon-neck” restraints in policing. Salt Lake City Police Department clarified guidelines that disallow the application of direct pressure to the neck or throat of a suspect “unless…necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death [of an officer],” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters. Even municipalities without histories of misconduct, like Holladay, are having to grapple with the issue, as residents call for assurance that their city’s policing policies reflect the community values. “What initiatives are in place to make sure it’s fair toward people of color? Are there trainings, and what processes are in place to make sure there are open and internal accountability, to make sure that the people of color are safe?” asked Allie Teller, a Holladay resident speaking during a June public hearing before the City Council. “We cannot assume that our neighborhood is immune to the discrimination that we’ve seen across the nation, and it’s your job to make sure that we feel confident in our police.” The heightened public scrutiny has brought to light overlooked aspects inherent to the city’s contract-model of policing, and city officials were caught flat-footed by some of the residents questions, and themselves had to ask, “What influence do we as a city have on police policy when we’re not really in the driver seat the way we would be with our own police force? It’s important for us to review,” said Paul Fotheringham, in response to the public hearing. The review is underway. As the shape of the city’s relationship to its police department comes into relief, we come to understand there are limits to the city’s ability to oversee the department. So where, exactly, does the buck stop? Unified Police Department The Unified Police Department (UPD) of Greater Salt Lake is a police department that serves over 200,000 residents in communities across the county. It’s overseen by a 12-person board comprised of representatives from each of the participating cities and townships. Mayor Robert Dahle represents Holladay on the UPD board. “UPD is actively looking at its policy. I don’t think this problematic behavior is in UPD. But that has been out there and in some places its obviously rampant. We don’t want that or to be involved with an organization that has policies or leadership that would condone that type

of behavior. So we could have a policy to make sure that bad behavior has checks and balances.” said Dahle at a June 18 council meeting. At UPD, policy is set by board members along with the executive branch, a six-person body headed by Sheriff Rosie Riviera. But many decisions are left to the executives, who enjoy a certain latitude and can only be overruled with a majority vote by the board. During Holladay’s City Council meetings in June, members expressed interest in establishing a independent review board to deal with potential officer-involved incidents at UPD. “We want to have a review process that’s outside of the chain of command. We need to know what the accountability path is, and be informed if there are complaints, rather than hearing about it in the newspaper, which is too late for us,” said Councilmember Paul Fotheringham. Trouble here, albeit, is that state law denies cities this power of immediate oversite. HB 415, which passed into law in 2019, “Prohibits a municipality from establishing a board or committee with certain powers over a police chief.” The language of the bill limits the authority of civil service commissions meant for direct oversight. Therefore, the type of review board the council envisions would not be legal. Contracting with UPD is efficient for small- to medium-sized cities because it allows them to pool funding for comprehensive police resources, including an array of special services—from forensics, to violent crimes investigation, to SWAT and Collision Reconstruction Analysis. This dramatically lowers the city’s cost, but also minimizes their role and authority at the policy level. The model may be a little too hands-off, however, given the city does not appear to be abreast of its own role and authority over accountability in the ranks. Nonetheless, the council categorically applauded its precinct leader, Police Chief Justin Hoyal. According to Hoyal, UPD plans to release updates to its training curriculum this month, which will include increased training on de-escalation tactics. “De-escalation is mostly being able to talk to somebody. It’s just communicating well and talking somebody whose noncompliant into being compliant,” Hoyal said. “Anybody that has a complaint can call and speak to a supervisor, and aside from that there is a separate internal affairs unit. If there was a major complaint, it’d go to internal affairs and then it would go to management. So, there is quite a process when it comes to major complaints. There are several different layers. UPD has been pretty progressive in its policies, but anytime we’ve had a major incident, we always go back and see how we could do it better.” Generally, residents expressed confidence in leaders for their willingness to address systemic issues in policing. “I’m grateful you’re looking at this. Maybe we require anti-bias training. It makes me happy to hear that you are open to having a dialogue,” said resident Teller. l

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Oakwood student sees an ocean in bubbles and wins Reflections honorable mention By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


akwood fourth-grader Paul Navaravong had intended to enter the 2019-2020 Reflections contest, but the entry itself was kind of an accident. So it was a happy surprise when the photograph he submitted for the theme “Look Within” ended up winning him an honorable mention at the state level. “My little sister Rosie was doing a science experiment with milk, soap and food coloring. It was supposed to make a rainbow, and it didn’t look like it was working. I said it looked like an ocean, and I took a photograph of it with my mom’s phone,” Paul said. He used the photograph for his Reflections entry. He didn’t think he had much of a chance to win, especially after he saw other entries. “I went to this room with all the winners, and I saw people had videos and really good paintings. It felt really good to win,” Paul said. Paul’s mom Chayanoot Navaravong was pleasantly surprised, too. “We didn’t expect him to win at all; it was just a random picture. We were excited and so proud of him. We just moved here from Iowa, so this is nice,” Navaravong said. Reflections entries in Utah advance through different levels, beginning with the school, said Rebekah Pitts, a Utah PTA Board Reflections specialist. “There are five levels of the program—school, council, region, state and national. The quality of Utah entries this year was outstanding. Of the 30 Utah entries that advanced to the national level of competition, 16 won national awards. Utah had more national winners than any other state,” Pitts said. Like most school activities, COVID-19 restrictions changed the original plans for the March 27 Reflections Awards Night. Fortunately, the entries had already been judged, so after some brainstorming, Pitts and her committee came up with a virtual awards night on May 2, the day after national winners were announced. “When we realized we would not be able to hold an in-person celebration, we needed a way to honor the children that would be memorable and make each child feel special. Because we had all of the entries turned in and judged online, we had access to create a virtual program,” Pitts said. Pitts went out of her way to make sure each student received their award in the mail. “I contacted each parent to verify that I had the correct mailing ad-

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dress and to inquire about name pronunciation. This was a labor of love as we had over 180 state winners. My family helped me package the awards and certificates to mail out so they would arrive by the night of the virtual awards night,” Pitts said. For the virtual awards event, Pitts created a slideshow with clips and screenshots of all the winning entries. It was easier on winners outside the Salt Lake Valley because they could attend without having to make the long drive. Pitts will barely have time to catch a breath before she Oakwood fourth-grader Paul Navaravong’s photo for the 2019-2020 starts working on Reflections theme “Look Within” was awarded an honorable mention at the state level. (Photo courtesy Utah PTA) the 2020-2021 Reflections contest. The theme for 2020-2021 is “I Matter Because…” She won’t be surprised if some of the student work is inspired by the unusual year we’ve had. But she stressed that the most important part is how the student interprets the theme and articulates it in her or his artist statement. “The beauty of the Reflections program is that the children reflect on the theme and create artwork expressing what that theme means to each one of them individually. They are free to make any connection that has meaning to them personally. Pieces with a cre- Paul Navaravong was in fourth grade at Oakative but understandable theme inter- wood Elementary when he entered his photopretation often score well and advance graph for Reflections. His entry won an honorfar in the program,” Pitts said. able mention at the state level. (Photo courtesy Reflections specialists at the of Chayanoot Navaravong) schools avoid making suggestions like tying in the theme with the pandemic. strike at an unexpected time, or some“It will be interesting to see how the thing beautiful can come out of what children interpret the theme ‘I Matter initially looked like a failure. Paul tiBecause…’ We want the children to in- tled his work “The Experiment.” His terpret the theme in ways that resonate interpretation was a positive spin on the with them personally rather than using theme of “Look Within.” suggestions from others. But I will not “It was my sister’s failure-ish exbe surprised if many entries tie in feel- periment. But when I looked at it, there ings and events that occurred during the was all the blue and it had bubbles and I pandemic,” Pitts said. saw what looked like foam. She thought As Paul found out, sometimes it was a failure, but I looked within and the inspiration for a winning entry can saw an ocean,” Paul said. l







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JULY 2020

MAYOR’S MESSAGE It’s hard to believe that summer is upon us! The current state of affairs has completely disrupted our routines. I’m sure you’re feeling a similar level of angst in the midst of this continuing pandemic. As we continue to process the data and directives flowing from the CDC, State and County, there are a few areas of concern I feel compelled to address. I’ll begin with the important conversations focused on appropriate policing of our communities. Shortly after witnessing the shocking and disturbing video out of Minneapolis and the subsequent protests in our Capital City, I posted the following message on the Holladay web site (www.cityofholladay.com): “Holladay’s City Council is deeply committed to supporting a just, fair community for all. We have received numerous inquiries from Holladay residents over the past few days regarding policies and procedures associated with policing our city. As I’m sure you are aware, Holladay contracts with Unified Police Department (UPD) to provide these services. We take very seriously institutional racism or discrimination of any kind. We are committed to listening thoughtfully to our residents to ensure all questions are answered and concerns are addressed. Our goal, like yours, is to ensure that UPD training and policies address community wide concerns reflected through the nation-wide protests demanding accountability and change. While work remains to address this goal, I believe our officers are respectful and professional in the execution of their duty to protect and serve Holladay. It’s up to us as individuals and through our institutions to see and hear what is being communicated, and through our actions ensure we are part of a solution. The Holladay City Council and your Holladay Police Precinct are committed to this end.” At our Holladay Precinct, citizens continue to deliver letters, cards and assorted treats as a show of gratitude for their service. I believe it’s their way of demonstrating that we can pursue requisite reforms without denigrating the officers (and their families) that bear the burden of protecting our City. This is not meant to marginalize the real concerns surrounding systemic racism and profiling. But at the same time, January 17th will mark the 5-year anniversary of the tragic in-the-line-of-duty shooting death of Officer Douglas Barney. Doug was senselessly shot and killed on a quiet Sunday morning a few hundred yards from City Hall. We sometimes

forget that these issues affect multiple parties. It’s time we re-learn the importance of listening to one another. We will continue this discussion in a way that addresses the legitimate concerns of citizens regarding policies and training within Unified Police Department. Our UPD Board is committed to this effort. But let’s proceed in a way that doesn’t force us to pick a side. I would like to briefly address the issue of facemasks in public and private spaces. I sense a rift developing between those that take very seriously the safety benefits associated with their use and those that are somewhat ambivalent. The CDC recently released a statement supporting the benefits of individuals wearing facemasks in public areas. Our City Council supports statements made by the CDC and the Utah Hospital Association regarding the mitigation of spread associated with the donning of facemasks. We ask that you respect those that more closely adhere to the directives passed down from the medical professionals tasked with developing these guidelines. Some businesses require a facemask be worn before entering their premises. Out of an abundance of concern for the safety of their families, employees and customers, they have instituted internal policies to protect individuals inside the walls of their business. It saddens me to receive reports of verbal abuse and physical threats directed at employees enforcing their policy. Businesses have an absolute right to apply these restrictions, it is your individual right to shop at a location that more loosely enforces these guidelines. If you disagree with their policy, you always have the option to patronize another location. But please, lets all be considerate and kind when dealing with our fellow citizens and local businesses. Like you, they are simply doing the very best they can to safely navigate the unique challenges we face. Finally, the daily rate of infections has doubled over the past few weeks. It will force each of us to consider appropriate levels of protection until a treatment and/or vaccine can appropriately mitigate projected impacts to our medical infrastructure. I understand these choices will vary, but I do encourage everyone to wear your mask in public spaces when proper social distancing protocols cannot be followed. If not for you, out of respect for those that may be, or are in contact with at-risk individuals. Be Safe, Be Kind! – Rob Dahle, Mayor

Fireworks Banned In Certain Areas Of Holladay Just a reminder that fireworks are only permitted from July 2-5, and July 22-25 between the hours of 11:00am-11:00pm (until midnight on the 4th and 24th). Fireworks, including sparklers, have been banned in these high hazard areas: All areas east of I-215 including the freeway right-of-way, the Cottonwood Area, the County Road area, Spring Creek, Neff’s Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek, Creekside Park and Olympus Hills Park. Always supervise children around ALL fireworks and similar products. *Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees and account for more than 25% of ER visits associated with fireworks. For children under 5 years of age that jumps to nearly half of all firework related injuries. Ensure that you are on a paved and level surface, safely distanced from any spectators or prone areas (dry unkept vegetation, homes, vehicles, etc.) and soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water for several hours before discarding. For maps and more detailed information on the areas banned please visit the city’s website at www.cityofholladay.com. You can also find safety information and an interactive map at https://unifiedfire.org/prevention/fireworks/. It is up to the public to know if they are in an area of legal use or not (fines may be as high as $1,000). To report illegal firework activity, please contact UPD Dispatch at 801-743-7000

JULY 2020


CHANGES TO AREA CLEANUP Fireworks & Pets Due to COVID-19 and staffing shortages, WFWRD has made changes to the area clean up. On a first-come, first-served basis, residents will be allowed to reserve one container during their scheduled time which is the 1st week of August, and the container will be placed in the resident’s driveway. There will be no additional fee for this service. Containers will not be placed in the street. Green waste will not be collected separately. DO NOT place any waste at curbside. **Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling does not have enough containers for every resident to have a container. Residents are encouraged to work together with neighbors and coordinate a mutual date to utilize the container**


Residents will receive a postcard in the mail, three to four weeks in advance of your scheduled area clean up time. Once those postcards are delivered, you can reserve a container for the date(s) available to you. You will need to complete a release of liability to reserve a container, which is on the webpage - https://wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-clean-up/ to schedule your reservation. You can also contact WRWFD Customer Service Representatives for reservation assistance via CHAT, EMAIL or phone: 385-468-6325


Containers will be dropped off sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m (an estimated time of arrival cannot be provided). on the scheduled day. WFWRD staff will try to ensure that residents can have up to 24 hours for the container. Driveways must be cleared, accessible, and have enough room (approximately 8’ x 12’) for the container to be placed so that it is off of 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.

Salt Lake County Animal Services Keep your pet safe during fireworks season. Throughout July, Salt Lake County Animal Services sees an increase in lost pet’s due to the number of pets who escape from their homes or yards because of the noisy fireworks. Here are a few tips to make sure your pet stays safe: 1. Be sure your pet is wearing their ID tag and that their information is up-to date. 2. Keep windows and doors closed, we often hear of pets breaking out screens when they get scared. 3. Leave your pet at home when you head out to set off or see fireworks. Don’t leave them in the car, it’s too hot and too noisy. They would prefer to be at home with a tasty treat or food puzzle. 4. Provide a safe place for them to retreat (hide) when the fireworks start going off. Take them to the basement, turn on some mellow music, and snuggle with them. 5. Take your dog for a walk earlier in the day before the fireworks start going off. If you find a lost pet, contact Animal Control Dispatch at 801-743-7000 to have an officer come get the animal. Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC, 84123. Questions? Email animal@slco. org or call 385-468-7387.

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3900 South: Reconstruction Update The design phase of the 3900 South Improvements project is complete. Now, the aging gas and water lines that run under 3900 South will be receiving much-needed upgrades prior. Dominion Energy and Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities will work on these lines through the remainder of this year, with full roadway reconstruction of 3900 South slated to begin in early 2021. To learn more about this year’s utility work and our plans for reconstruction next year, visit http://cityofholladay.com/community/39th-south/3900-south-project/. Email 3900southproject@gmail.com to sign up for updates.

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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 801-987-8805 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.

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In the days following the M 5.7 earthquake that occurred in the morning hours of March 18th, 2020, you may have remembered to check your emergency kit that had been assembled in the past and stored in at the back of some closet. Or, you may have thought “I’ve really got to get an emergency kit and supplies put together”, but never quite got around to it. Now is the time to update or build your emergency supplies and kits and to be well prepared!

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You should have at least three emergency supplies kits: • Shelter-in-place kit • Grab-n-go kit • Emergency-car kit It is easiest on your budget to slowly build your kits and supplies. Here are some helpful hints: • Purchase items over time. Rotate expired items and replace with newer ones. • Label items with a “use by” date. Make a practice of checking your kit every three months. • Use the items you’ve removed from the kits in your everyday activities or meals. • Buy food that your family will eat. Here are some resources for how to build and maintain your emergency kits and supplies. • Build a Kit. www.ready.gov/kit • What Do You Need In A Survival Kit? www.redcross.org/gethelp/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html • Emergency Kit Checklist for Kids and Families www.cdc.gov/ childrenindisasters/checklists/kids-and-families.html • Emergency Supplies Kit www.weather.gov/owlie/ emergencysupplieskit

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MAY 2020

Summer Safety By Chief Justin Hoyal, UPD With the warmer weather upon us and many of us wanting to get out and enjoy these great temperatures, we want to remind motorists to be aware of the increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the road. We have received an increase in traffic complaints which include excessive speeding and stop sign violations. Unified Police has officers who are dedicated to traffic enforcement and education here in Holladay. They are following up on all the complaints, doing traffic studies and conducting enforcement. We want to remind motorists to watch their speeds, don’t drive distracted and be alert to others on the street. Additionally, we encourage those walking and bicycling to travel on the correct side of the road. The safety of everyone on our streets is our goal. If you have non-emergent traffic enforcement requests, you can submit the information to the Unified Police Department at https://app.smartsheet. com/b/form/995a53dda30c46ddb804334da7ec19c9. In addition, with the increase of outdoor recreation activities, we want to remind everyone that city ordinance prohibits skateboarding and riding of scooters on city facilities that includes the plaza area on Holladay Blvd. Bicycles also need to be walked through this area. There are signs posted around the plaza reminding everyone of this ordinance. By working together we can keep the City of Holladay a great and safe place to live, work and recreate!



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live-streamed Granite School District Board meeting on June 16 was an important one for the coming school year. The 2019-20 budget was reconciled, and the budget for 2020-21 was proposed. One main finding was GSD’s surplus from activities that were canceled at the end of the year. There was also a discussion about learning scenarios during a COVID-19 spike. Mitch Robison, director of Budget Development, called it a “weird year for everything, including the budget.” Robison said though the legislature has met and allocated funds for schools, the Board anticipates a special session where education funding may be adjusted. The last day of the legislative session was March 12. Schools closed on March 13. The closure was meant to last two weeks, but went through the end of the school year. The canceled activities came with a silver lining: less money spent. There was also a “savings” on wage payments when some employees decided to leave early. The official amount of one-time savings will be known in September or October. Despite the uncertainty of the year, the Board is obligated to follow a timeline. GSD met the requirements to publish the proposed 2020-21 budget online and advertise the hearing, get public input, adopt the budget

and set a tax rate for the coming school year. The proposed 2020-21 budget is $854 million. The biggest piece of the pie is the General Fund, which pays out teacher compensation. Robison said the General Fund “is really dependent on the legislature…and 90% of it goes for salaries and benefits.” GSD proposed a raise for new teachers and a 5% COLA (cost of living adjustment). Incoming qualified teachers with a bachelor’s degree will start at $50,000+ per year. That makes GSD “competitive with their neighbors” such as Canyons District, which adopted a similar pay scale for 2019-20. The closing of two schools, Sandburg and Westbrook, each represent a savings of $700,000. GSD must hire two PBAT internal support employees at $200,000 to help transition to the new PBAT state licensure program. Seventy-five million dollars was requested for health insurance costs. The 2020-21 proposed tax rate is .007429%. The time was opened for comments from the public. Director of Communications Ben Horsley reported that no one from the public had come in person to comment or sent in comments. The Board motioned to adopt the budget. The topic of the meeting shifted to how COVID-19 may affect learning in 2020-21.


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A slide from the Granite School District’s presentation for schooling this coming fall breaking down the plans depending on the color phase.

There was discussion over what was necessary—was the requirement masks or physical distancing, or masks and physical distancing? John Welburn, assistant superintendent of School Leadership & Development, gave a presentation on possible learning scenarios based on the color code for Utah. Different schools could be in different colors. Utah experienced an increase in cases after trying to reopen. The date of the meeting, June 16, Salt Lake County was in the yellow phase, but Salt Lake City, where many GSD schools are located, was back in the orange phase. In the scenario, schools would operate as normal during a green phase. The yellow phase could be a hybrid of in-school learning and distance learning, such as half the students attending school on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, and distance learning for all on Fridays. Orange and red phases would mean distance learning only for all students. Board members questioned aspects of the scenarios. There are potential difficulties for families with parents working full-time, those who utilize day care, have children at multiple schools on possible different schedules or those with limited access to computers and internet. Some parents may not feel comfortable sending children to school at all, even in a

green phase. Students with special needs may be highly vulnerable and fall in high-risk health categories. Welburn said he gets comments from community members to, “Just do this, just do that,” and the schools should work fine. “What people need to understand is that we don’t have the authority to make those decisions. We are required to comply with policies. And we will always put the safety of our students first.” In addition, Welburn reported that the average class size at the secondary level is 38 students. “You can’t do face-to-face instruction with that many students and do 6 feet apart,” Welburn said. Board members questioned whether students could be compelled to wear a mask. There are also concerns about air turnover in classrooms. Guidance from the CDC seemed to be “a moving target.” Others worried that students might feel they need to leave GSD and register for a special online school instead of setting that up within the district. Despite sympathy for those who just want to get back to normal—students, parents, teachers—it is a time of uncertainty for face-to-face learning. “Regardless of the color phase we’re in, if distancing guidelines can be met, we’ll meet in school. If they can’t, we’ll have to do something else,” Welburn said. l


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This stupid pandemic has changed our relationship with food. With most restaurants and bars closed, people are looking for new ways to stay nourished and inebriated. Working from home for several weeks, we prepared three meals a day, plus snacks, for five people and a needy puppy. And by “snacks” I mean we pretty much ate all day long. We wore a groove in the tile from the living room to the pantry. When the lock-down started, I innocently said, “Think of the money we’ll save by not eating at restaurants. We’re going to lose so much weight not eating fast food!” Things went downhill fast. Not only do we spend a dump truck load of money for groceries each week, but we’re stress-eating 24 hours a day. I’ve baked cookies, cakes, muffins and brownies – and that was just this morning. My daughter and I take turns making meals. We try to find things everyone will enjoy, which is absolutely impossible. We have lots of pasta and rice dishes, fish sticks and take-out pizza. My daughter is a vegetarian, so her meals are full of veggies, chickpeas and quinoa, or


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ut of public health necessity and with great sadness, the City of Holladay canceled the annual Fourth of July firework fête, the latest casualty of the COVID crisis and a stark reminder that things aren’t back to normal despite the state’s soft reopening. “We decided to bag it, because we couldn’t manage all those people in a way that was safe. Trying to keep with social distancing, we wrestled with it for a long time but I just don’t see how we could make it work given what we’re dealing with,” said Mayor Robert Dahle at a June City Council meeting. The decision to send the celebration on sabbatical landed with even greater disappointment for coming at a time when patriotic morale is at a premium, having suffered deep blows after the police killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, whose death sparked social unrest that continues to simmer across much of the country. “Right now this is especially hard. There is a lot of flag burning and turmoil,” said Councilwoman Sabrina Petersen, who expressed a yearning to reunify the national camaraderie. “I think it’s an opportunity to take pride in being American. So we’ve got to do our best [to recognize the holiday].” City leaders promised to recognize Independence Day in the small ways it can, and plan to hang decora-

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tive bunting and banners in the Plaza in an attempt to keep community pride afloat during the down year. But the city’s subdued involvement will not prevent residents from asserting their own right to a proper celebration, which gives some pause. Bottle rockets have begun to soar across rooftops. Suddenly, the prospect of personal

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