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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Greetings to all of my Holladay friends and neighbors! I’m penning this article a few days after Governor Herbert’s news conference outlining a new strategy to battle the recent spike in Covid-19 cases occurring across the State. I know we all hoped for better days, but alas, we must continue to face the reality we are living in. Elected officials I engage with concede a sense of “Covid fatigue” in their respective communities. I admit to battling it myself. The bottom line for me is this, we all must re-commit to following the basic guidelines; wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick and avoid unnecessary assembly of groups larger than 10 if social distancing cannot be maintained. These simple sacrifices go a long way toward keeping the virus at bay. In Holladay we care about our neighbors. If for no other reason, make these small sacrifices so our kids

can stay in school, businesses can remain open and those most at risk remain safe and healthy. We can’t let our guard down now! On a lighter note, we are proceeding with the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. This year we will be live streaming the event from St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Our Keynote Speaker is Holladay’s own Mr. Doug Wright. The Interfaith Council has put together an impressive program. Though we can’t meet in person, let us share together the message of hope and gratitude, a message more important than ever this Holiday season. Please refer to the adjacent Interfaith Service ad for details. Help us spread the message with your family, friends and neighbors. I have had a number of inquiries regarding the Holladay Hills Development. Site work that started last spring stalled to clarify issues the developer was having with critical utility connections. Those issues have

been largely resolved. They are hoping to re-start this portion of the project this month. With that said, the timeline has been delayed by both Covid and west coast fires. These events have more than doubled the price of lumber and pushed back leasing opportunities that are critical to the development. So, what once was full speed ahead has understandably been delayed a bit. The project is moving forward, just not on the timeline anticipated prior to the Covid outbreak. We will continue passing along updates we receive from the developer. Wishing you all a Safe, Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!!! Be Safe, Be Kind. – Rob Dahle, Mayor

IN MEMORIAM The City of Holladay lost two influential leaders this past month, Dr. Barry Topham and Dave Chisholm. I asked my former Council colleague, Lynn Pace, and close friend of Dave, Stan Schaar, to share a few words in memoriam. Rest In Peace, Rob Dahle, Mayor

E. Barry Topham Last month I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Barry Topham. Barry and his wife Trish have lived in the area we now call Holladay most of their lives. They were the moving force behind the years-long struggle to incorporate the City of Holladay in 1999. I got to know Barry a few years later when we both served on the City Council. Barry was passionate about this community and he always spoke up in defense of the way Holladay always was, and how he hoped it would always be. He felt strongly, and was outspoken, about many important issues of the day, including the vision for the Holladay Village Center, the redevelopment of the old Cottonwood Mall, deer in the Cottonwood area, traffic on Highland Drive, increasing housing densities within the City, and a host of other issues. He was never afraid to speak his mind, even if he was alone in his views. Much of what has been built in the Village Center, and is now being developed at the Cottonwood Mall property, are a product of what he fought to achieve. Barry was often cantankerous, but he was always sincere, and always bold in speaking for what he believed was best for Holladay. He was my colleague and my friend, and I will miss him. This community has lost a great advocate, and Holladay is a better place today because of Barry Topham. Thanks, and God bless. Lynn Pace (former City Council Member)

David Chisholm I am deeply saddened at the passing of Dave Chisholm. We have spent a lot of time together learning how to serve our fellow associates and colleague’s in data processing at Questar and emergency preparedness for Holladay City. Dave has always been a skilled hard worker not only in his garden but spending countless volunteer hours implementing plans to help people prepare for a safe and effective response to a disaster. He was a resilience leader and a great peer for me to look up to. He is truly the kindest, most thoughtful, honest and knowledgeable person. I considered it an honor to have stayed up all night with him monitoring the Spencer’s retention pond on the Big Cottonwood Creek in case the spring runoff was more than the pond could hold back. Volunteers’ were on standby ready to sandbag the creek if the run off was more than the pond could hold. We used the Utah-Shake-Out to help us have a hands-on experience in practice for an emergency in Holladay. These are just a few examples of life-changing adventures we shared. It was great to attend training seminars and participate in workshop scenarios. He strived to have the skills and knowledge to guide and direct people to do the greatest good for the greatest number when the big one hits. Thanks Dave for the opportunities Stan Schaar



Ladder Safety By Capt. Dan Brown, Unified Fire Authority As fall presses forward, many of us will use ladders to hang holiday decorations or clean leaffilled gutters. Here are some safety tips to keep you safe when using ladders: 1. Use a ladder that is suitable for the task and your weight. 2. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety warnings: right height for job, nonslip feet, no signs of warping, rust or corrosion, no missing parts, placed on level, firm footing, and securely locked and braced into place. 3. Make sure there are no power lines or exposed electrical wiring near the ladder. Never use ladders during storms, or in rainy or windy weather. 4. Lean the ladder against a wall at a ratio of 4:1 to stop it from falling over. For example, if the ladder is 12 feet tall, place the foot of the ladder 3 feet from the wall. 5. When climbing a ladder: always wear enclosed slip-resistant shoes or boots, have someone hold the ladder at the base, climb up the center of the ladder, holding it with both hands, maintain a minimum of three points of contact on the ladder, carry tools in a tool belt, and never stand on the tread immediately below the top cap as you may lose your balance. 6. When working on a ladder: always grip the ladder with one hand, work within arm’s reach of the ladder, if you can’t easily reach what you need to, climb down and safely reposition the ladder, and be careful when pulling items from shelves, gutters or roofs, as this may cause you to lose balance. 7. Be mindful of your own individual circumstances. Do not use a ladder if you are affected by medication or a health condition that may cause you to lose balance. Avoid using a ladder if you are alone or cannot get help in the case of an accident. SNOW REMOVAL HELP AVAILABLE Did you know Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services provides snow removal assistance? There is currently a wait list for this service – call 385468-3200 to get on the list today! Program eligibility requirements: • Be 60 years of age or older • A resident of Salt Lake County • Unable to shovel your walk • No able-bodied individuals living in the home

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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.

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


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

Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247

GIFTS FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS By: Julie Harvey, Emergency Management Planner As the holiday gift-giving season approaches in what has been an unusual year, you may be stumped as to what to give as a gift. Consider giving gifts that are thoughtful and functional. Think back to the things you wish you had when the earthquake happened, or you were staying at home for weeks on end, or the power went out because of the windstorm. Perhaps during the earthquake, you or one of your loved one’s bookshelves toppled over and you were very glad they did not fall on someone. When the windstorm happened and the power went out, you may have had plenty of food and toilet paper, but the batteries in your flashlight were dead. Take your cue for useful gifts that show you care from instances like those mentioned above. Give a hand crank flashlight/radio that also has a USB port so you can charge you phone. Spend some time anchoring bookshelves to the wall to prevent them from being tipping hazards is a thoughtful and needed gift for people who are less mobile, strapped for time, or just not handy around the house. There are many useful, life-saving, and thoughtful gifts of preparedness items or time spent helping that fit every budget and need. Check out these ideas from Earthquake County Alliance for ways to secure your loved one’s space. https:// www.earthquakecountry.org/step1/ . For ideas on what to get someone for their emergency kit, check out these websites from FEMA and the American Red Cross. www.ready.gov/kit www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kitsupplies.html


LEAF CLEAN-UP The September wind storm wreaked havoc on the trees in Holladay and the debris fallen into the canals made these facilities unusable for a time. Thank you to all who pitched in to help clear out the fallen debris. As leaves continue to fall during the autumn season, they need to be raked and properly disposed of. Raking and dumping leaves at the curb or into the canals and creeks result in additional maintenance for the City to remove them downstream. The clogged grate in the picture was recently taken in Holladay and shows how leaves can buildup and block waterways.

Fall Leaf Collection The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program has begun and will last through November 30. During this time Holladay residents can pick up leaf bags at: • Holladay City Hall: 4580 S. 2300 E. • Holladay Lions Fitness Center: 1661 E. Murray Holladay Blvd. Leaf Bags can be dropped off at: • Cottonwood Ball Complex: 4400 S. 1300 E. (on north side) WFWRD leaf bags are limited to 10 bags per household, and available while supplies last. Residents can also use and drop off their own purchased leaf bags or lawn bags, as long as they only contain leaves. To maintain worker health and safety, during the continued COVID-19 pandemic, WFWRD will utilize additional equipment to assist with leaf bag disposal from residents. This will include additional protective gear for employees and the use of heavy equipment to reduce employees physically handling bags at the leaf bag drop-off sites.

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Holladay City Newsletter | November 2020  

Holladay City Newsletter | November 2020