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WE WANT YOU! The City Journals are excited to announce the addition of “Letters To The Editor” and “Photo Of The Month” in our new “The Resident Voice” section. A community without a voice is a powerless entity. Because news is the aggregate voice of the people, its importance depends on the belief that you can make a difference. The editorial staff at the City Journals believes it to be vital to receive, hear and address the unique and invaluable voices of the community.


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Midvale Senior Center Grand Opening


Tori Jorgensen

he new long-awaited Midvale Senior Center will open this month to provide more space and activities to better accommodate seniors around the county. The grand opening of the Center will be on July 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini at 10 a.m.; however, the new center will be available for use starting on July 6. Ken Donarski, center manager for the Midvale Senior Center, said part of the Center was erected over the old site of the Midvale chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), an international non-profit organization. “We got to restore a piece of Midvale history in our building,” he said. “They pulled the sign from the old FOE building and it’s now hanging in the Center.”

more space, they can have multiple activities going on at once. “Now, if you want to start some class or something we haven’t got going, we are open to new things,” she said. “I’m thinking about starting up bridge, as I am just about to retire. I won’t be working at the Center anymore, but I am excited to get to use the Center.” Donarski said that many people do not understand that a senior center is a place to have fun and socialize. “The misnomer is that people think that seniors live in the senior center- they don’t,” he said. “This is just a social, exercise, educational and eating facility.” Donarski said because the seniors travel from their homes to use the Center, the new center will be easier to access for many

The Midvale Senior Center facilities accommodate fitness needs of participants with a gym and fitness classes. Janet Rose, current office specialist at the Center, said obtaining the new building was a process that had been going on since she was first affiliated with the Center four years ago. “I am mostly excited to have more space,” she said. “We’ve needed it.” The new center will be 4.5 times larger (18,000 square feet). With only a small area, Rose said, the current senior center is forced to utilize the dining area as a multi-purpose room for almost all activities, including exercise classes, eating and crafts.

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people. He said he feels that many seniors in the community did not know the facilities existed, or would not travel to it because of its poor location. “One time this lady, who had been driving to the Center, went looking for an hour to find us,” he said. “She went past this old building a number of times, trying to find it.” Johnny Gonzales, participant at the Center, said the new location at 7550 South Main Street is much more convenient for him. “I’m just going to walk right down to it in

The new senior center was built where the old FOE building stood. The sign to the old FOE building now hangs inside the Center to display part of Midvale’s history. these sneakers,” he said. Lee Hickman, another participant, said he is not completely satisfied with the new place. He, along with two busloads of seniors, went to visit the Center in a preview during the month of June.

“I am happy the new center will

“The café will be a great place to meet new people,” he said. “If you want to come for lattes or breakfast, come on over. It’s not as fancy as Starbucks or Beans and Brews, but it will be pretty close.” Donarski said another main focus of the Center will be physical fitness. The building includes an exercise room with cardio and

The kitchen and café area of the new Midvale Senior Center. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 pm. have more room, but I like a more quiet, relaxed atmosphere, and I think because the new center is in the middle of things, and that more people who aren’t members of the Center will come to the café,” he said. “I would rather there just be members only at the Center.” Hickman said he thinks the parking lot is too small, as well. Donarski said he realizes it is going to be uncomfortable for some people to change, but he believes people will love it after they are accustomed to it.

weight machines. Fitness classes such as Tai Chi, Zumba, line dancing, EnhanceFitness and yoga will be offered. “I want to help break the misnomer that we are a place where old people come and live and sit in rocking chairs, because that is by far not what we are promoting in here,” Donarski said. Other classes and activities being offered at the Midvale Senior Center include quilting, dominos, harmonica, poker, checkers, choir and more. For a full list of activities, visit: slco.org/aging-adult-services/ midvale-senior-center/calendar. l

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As I See It by Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini

MIDVALE CITY 7505 South Holden Street Midvale, UT 84047 Midvale City Directory City Hall 801-567-7200 Finance/Utilities 801-567-7202 Court 801-255-4234 City Attorney’s Office 801-567-7250 City Recorder/H.R. 801-567-7225 Community Develop 801-567-7211 Public Works 801-567-7235 Ace Disposal/Recycling 801-363-9995 City Museum 801-569-8040 Senior Citizens Center 801-566-6590 SL County Animal Services 385-468-7387 Midvale Precinct UPD 385-468-9350 Police Dispatch 801-743-7000 Unified Fire Authority 801-743-7200 Fire Dispatch 801-840-4000 MIDVALE CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS: Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini 801-567-7204 Email: joanns@midvale.com City Council District 1 - Quinn Sperry 801-255-5428 Email: qsperry@midvale.com District 2 - Paul Glover 801-561-5773 Email: pglover@midvale.com District 3 - Paul Hunt 801-255-2727 Email: phunt@midvale.com District 4 - Wayne Sharp 801-567-8709 Email: wsharp@midvale.com District 5 - Stephen Brown 801-783-0962 Email: sbrown@midvale.com Who to call for… Utility Billing regarding water bills (801)567-7258 Ordering a new trash can, reserving the bowery (801)567-7202 Permits (801)567-7212 GRAMA requests (801)567-7207 Court (801)255-4234 Paying for Traffic School (801)567-7202 Business Licensing (801)567-7213 Property Questions (801)567-7202 Cemetery (801)567-7235 Water Line Breaks (801)567-7235 Planning and Zoning (801)567-7231 Building Inspections (801)567-7208 (801)567-7209 Code Enforcement Grafiti North of 7200 S (801)256-2537 Code Enforcement/Grafiti South of 7200 S (801)256-2541 CITY WEBSITE: WWW.MIDVALECITY.ORG  FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/MidvaleCity    TWITTER: www.twitter.com / MidvaleCity  or  @MidvaleCIty

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s you read this letter you know that we will be celebrating our Harvest Days on the first whole week in August. Some of the events are the neighborhood picnics. This is one of the most important things we can do as neighbors. Families move and new families move into their homes. Over a year’s time your neighborhood may change. It is important for us all to know who lives in one’s neighborhood. We watch the children and one another’s homes. We get to know our new neighbors as neighbors not just as people we know through our church communities. We can discuss together what our needs are and let the city know when we need help or have problems. You will also get to know city officials who will attend. The police and fire departments will stop at your neighborhood gathering as will a representative for emergency preparedness. City officials will also attend and answer any questions you may have. Several years ago neighbors told the police about a drug house in their neighborhood and the police were able to investigate and to remove the tenants who were caus-

ing problems. The neighborhood party is a time when you can speak to city employees and can let us know how we are doing and what we need to do in the future. This year the picnics will be on Monday evening, Tuesday evening, and on Friday evening. Select a person to be the host then call the Midvale Police Precinct and give us your contact person, the address of the gathering, the hours during which the event will be held. If your location is not on a major road you can request that your street be closed to traffic during your event. Midvale City feels that this is one of the most important events during the year so we have moved the event to three days. In order to insure that city officials and departments can get to all of the gatherings we are trying to increase the time during which we can attend. In the past there have been 25 to 30 events all occurring between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. and many gatherings did get visited. You can arrange for a neighborhood event any time of the year. If you don’t schedule during the Harvest Day’s Week we will come at any time. Be

Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini sure to schedule with the police department so they can let all city departments know we can visit and listen to your concerns.

USU FREE Water Check Program


id you know that about two-thirds of Utah’s pristine drinking water is used to water lawns? Want to save money on your water bill? Utah State University Cooperative Extension, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy, and have once again teamed up to bring you the USU Free Water Check Program (now in its 17th season), offering free sprinkler system and landscape evaluations to residents of participating counties. A team of Water Check employees will visit your home to conduct an on-site analysis of your in-ground, automatic sprinkler system. A customized watering schedule and a specific list of sprinkler system and landscape recommendations will be created, as well as other valuable tips for water conservation. Interested homeowners should visit www.SlowTheFlow.org/watercheck or call 1-877-728-3420 to sign up for a free Water Check, and a representative will contact you to schedule an appointment. The program is currently running and continues until late August. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm.

YOU MAY CALL UPD ADMINISTRATION AT (385) 468-9350, to schedule a neighborhood party. We hope that you are enjoying our new park. It is easier to find! Hillcrest Football will have their games and practices in the park this fall. There are two play areas, one for smaller children and one for older children. Our new SPLASH PAD will be a great addition later in the summer and the park itself is a perfect place to fly a kite. There are no overhead wires! We are very fortunate because the Canyons School District had made the property available to our citizens. Our band will be Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. Enjoy the concert and, of course, the greatest fireworks in the state. Thank you all for making Midvale a great place to live and play.

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Public Works Administrative Assistant

This is your personal invitation to attend the traditional community event that started in 1939 Monday, Tuesday & Friday August 3rd, 4th, & 7th Neighborhood Block Parties Kick-off the festival with neighbors and family in your own Midvale neighborhood. This establishes relationships that strengthen our union of communities. Space is limited and is first come first serve;


Wednesday, August 5th

Hall of Honors / Youth Ambassadors Induction Ceremony Arts Council Arts Competition Midvale Performing Arts Center 7:00 pm Join us at the Midvale Performing Arts Center located on the southeast corner of Center Street and 700 West (695 West 7720 South) for the Midvale Arts Council’s annual induction to the Midvale Hall of Honors – Gloria Johnson & Janet Moore, meet the new Midvale Youth Ambassadors, and visit the Arts Show Competition.

Thursday, August 6th

Andrea has been with Midvale City since August, 2010.

She takes care of the employees in Public Works as well as the Public Works Director. Andrea is the kind voice you will hear when you call Public Works. She is very friendly and happy all the time. Her responsibilities include cemetery plots, scheduling burials, and working asAdministrative Assistant to the Public Works Director, writing reports and invoices, etc. In Andrea’s words, “I absolutely love my job. I work with the best people, who treat me like family. There is not a day that I do not smile, or laugh at my job. I help out with whatever is needed around the office, as well as invoicing, scheduling burials, and any other tasks requested of me. Working at Midvale has taught me so much, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Dinner and Bingo in the Bowery 5:00 – 6:30 pm Police & Fire Demonstration 5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Free Bingo in the Bowery (must be 12 or older) Bingo sponsored by Midvale City and local merchants. Free giveaways for adults and children Friday, August 7th Neighborhood Block Parties

Saturday, August 8th Harvest Days Run

Join the Midvale Rotary Club in the annual 5K Run and Walk. Starting line registration will be from 6:30 – 7:15 am at the Boys and Girls Club- adjacent to the City Park. Race starts at 7:30 am Flag Raising Ceremony 7:15 am Midvale Boys and Girls Club Unified Fire Authority Midvale Community Council All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast” 7:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast in the Park (Cost $3.00 for adults, $2.00 kids) Harvest Days Parade 10:00 am – You can find the parade route at Midvale City.org and on MidvaleHarvestDays.com

Live Entertainment on the Amphitheater Stage Midvale is very lucky to have such a great employee

working at the City and assisting our great citizens.

5:30 pm Endless Summer 8:00 pm Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband

Fireworks 10pm

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In the Midvale Business Spotlight: Alpine Technical Services


lpine Technical Services (ATS) has been a Midvale business since 1983 and on June 11, 2015 announced the groundbreaking ceremony for their new office building. The Water Grande Building located at 6849 South 700 West in Midvale will be home to Alpine Technical Services corporate headquarters leaving two of the three floors and nearly 22,000 square feet available for lease. “We are excited for this project. This new building fulfills one of our many dreams and we look forward to the improvement it will have to our business and to our community,” said Richard Allred, President and CEO of ATS. The building, designed by Curtis Miner Architects, will feature cutting-edge architectural design, underground and surface parking with amenities such as outdoor patios and secure indoor bike storage. “We are excited about the owner’s vision for this building. To support his vision we used simple contemporary geometries expressed in modern materials such as zinc, glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), board-formed concrete, and weathered steel. The design is open, well connected to outdoor amenities, and has ample access to daylight,” said Curtis Miner. Construction, being performed by SIRQ Construction, is expected to take nine months. Leland Capital organized financing for this project which will be provided by Town & Country Bank. Alpine Technical Services (ATS) is a creative leader in water treatment technology and services. Founded in 1979 by Robert Allred and is currently owned and operated by Robert’s son, Richard Allred, who has been intimately involved with the company and its growth for many years. ATS continues to serve the needs of a large range of clients. Through the use of industry best practices

coupled with unique creativity, clients enjoy lower operating costs and service with-a-smile as they purchase a wide variety of chemicals and equipment in quantities small and large - tapping the expertise of ATS and its staff of experienced professionals. Alpine Technical Services has expertise in ultrapure water systems, industrial water processes, wastewater treatment, municipal water, new construction, closed HVAC systems, water optimization, and recovery systems; with chemicals and equipment to support the above. ATS is the premier provider of the world’s best industrial safety shower and eyewash products. ATS is also the exclusive distributor of a cutting-edge and affordable chlorination system that has potential to improve the safety and handling for small water

operations across the US, and will be providing life-saving disinfection to third- world communities. ATS was founded on a mission to provide a more complete and responsive source of knowledge surrounding water treatment and associated products to organizations who look for innovative products, experienced people, attentive service and creative economics. ATS thrives by providing products and services that other suppliers often overlook, and by consulting carefully on the concerns and wishes of our clients. ATS then works creatively to offer meaningful and cost-effective solutions. ATS would welcome an opportunity to assist you and your organization with any project or challenge posed by the handling of water and/or chemicals at your facility.

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Midvale City’s Safety tip of the month “Calling 911” How to Call 911 (No, it’s not as obvious as you think)

By Emergency Manager, Jesse Valenzuela


t some point in our lives, most of us will have occasion to call for emergency services. Our first inclination is to simply pick up the phone and dial 911 because it is quick and easy. Not every call for emergency services, however, necessitates a call to 911. Here is a primer on when and how to call 911 and what to expect when you call. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and if there is ever any doubt in your mind about the proper response to any given situation, you should always err on the side of safety.

obtaining the location of your emergency. Once the location is verified, the dispatcher will ask specific questions related to the emergency. Fire and EMS dispatchers are specially trained to give instructions for medical emergencies and these instructions should be strictly followed without argument. They may save not only your life, but also that of someone else.

Depending on where you live, the dispatcher that answers your 911 call will probably handle any request for the police. If you need the fire department or EMS (Emergency Medical Services), the person answering the call may help you or you may be transferred to a fire and EMS dispatcher. Police, fire and EMS dispatchers will essentially follow the same guidelines for

A good rule of thumb is to call 911 when someone’s life, safety, health, or property is in immediate jeopardy. This would include most crimes, suspicious persons or vehicles, disturbances (aside from routine noise disturbances), fights, people with weapons, suicidal persons, or any incident involving someone having a dangerous mental or emotional episode. This also means that if you need the fire department or an ambulance to respond, you should typically call 911 without hesitation. For general utility interruptions like water line breaks, power outages, street or side walk issues and downed trees direct those calls to the local utility companies. Midvale Public Works Department 801-2562591, Midvale Streets Department 801-2562592, Midvale Storm Drains 801-256-2793. Police, fire and EMS all have non-emergency numbers that are typically listed as such. For Midvale City, the numbers are as follows: Unified Police Department 385-468-9350, Unified Fire Authority 801-743-7200, and Salt Lake County Animal Control Officer Dispatch 801-743-7045.

When Should You Call 911?

What to Expect When You Call 911 Your call will be answered as quickly as possible. First of all, if you call 911 and get a busy signal or recording telling you to wait, remain as patient as possible. 911 phone systems are set up to answer calls in the order that they are received in. If you hang up and call back, you are simply putting yourself farther back in line. Waiting times on the non-emergency line can be even longer, as 911 calls are answered first. If your call can wait, try calling back later. 911 dispatchers are trained to obtain spe-

cific information regarding your emergency. They are typically referred to as the six W’s: Where, what, when, who, weapons and welfare. Where: The first thing the dispatcher will typically ask you is the exact location of your emergency. If the emergency is in your home or business, you should be prepared to give the exact address. It’s amazing how many people don’t know their own address or the address of their workplace. If you are calling on a landline, the exact address will typically show up on the dispatch’s computers screen. Even so, the dispatcher will verify the location you are calling from. Humans enter the information in 911 systems and mistakes are sometimes made. There are occasionally glitches in the system. The dispatcher knows this and will insist that you verbally verify your location. Technology is advancing rapidly, but most 911 centers do not have the ability to determine your exact location if you are calling from a cell phone. Remember that apartments have a building number and street just like a single dwelling residence. Many apartment complexes have several buildings and numerous streets. They need your complete address including the apartment letter or number, if there is one. Many apartment buildings have secured entrances and require the police to be buzzed into the building or have a keypad with an entry code. Be prepared to give the dispatcher any additional information need-

ed to get to your door. This also applies if you live in a gated community with a keypad code.


Tell the dispatcher exactly what you are reporting. A brief description is typically all that is necessary. The dispatcher does not need to know the circumstance that led up to whatever is occurring. Just tell him what is currently happening.


Tell the dispatcher when the incident occurred or if it is in progress. In many jurisdictions, the dispatcher will ask you to stop and stay on the phone while he dispatches help with the limited information you have already provided. Be patient and stay on the line until the dispatcher returns to the phone to get additional information. Keep in mind that the dispatcher is probably talking to you on the phone and the police on the radio simultaneously.


The dispatcher will ask you for a suspect information when that is relevant. This will include the number of suspects, clothing description, whether the suspects are on foot or in a vehicle, and a description of any vehicles involved. The dispatcher will also ask for the direction of travel of the suspects and vehicles if they have left the scene. Other distinguishing characteristics, such as damage to the front end or a door that is a different color from the rest of the vehicle should be noted.

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The dispatcher will ask if anyone has any weapons now or earlier in the incident. Welfare: The dispatcher will ask if anyone needs an ambulance. Again, be aware that you may be transferred to a fire or EMS dispatcher that you should stay on the line and give the necessary information.


There are a few things to keep in mind when calling 911. First of all, keep as calm as possible and try to listen close-

MIdvale City ly to the dispatcher’s questions. Keep your answers as brief as possible and don’t ramble. Try not to repeat yourself. Don’t ask the dispatcher why he is asking you certain questions. He’ll only ask for the information he needs to handle your call quickly and get help on the way to you. You are most likely going to be suffering from some amount of stress when making your call. Try to be polite to the dispatcher. Don’t say, “Just send the police!” and hang up. Don’t tell the dispatcher to hurry. The dispatcher is going as fast as they can and won’t get you help any sooner. The dispatcher is very concerned with the safety of the first responders to your emergency and will be very adamant about get-

Midvale City Council Adopts Budget The Midvale City Council has adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016). The budget does not require an increase in property taxes. The Council has been discussing the budget in each Council Meeting since adopting the tentative budget on May 5, 2015. The General Fund budget, the main budget of the City, totals $16,158,500. This is a decrease of $917,800 from the prior year budget, which included several large capital projects. Even though operating costs are increasing due to inflation, existing revenues are staying fairly flat. Instead of increasing property taxes, the Council opted to decrease emergency reserves. Reserve funds remain adequate and are well within the State requirements for municipalities. Funding road maintenance and public safety is a pressing issue. The Utah State Legislature increased the statewide gas tax by 5 cents per gallon effective January 1, 2016. This will bring an additional $150,000 per year to the City for road maintenance. Police services cost the City $6 million per year, and those costs continue to increase 2-3% annually. The following graphs illustrate where General Fund revenues come from and how they are spent.

The budgets for Midvale’s Enterprise Funds include changes in utility fees. The monthly Street Lighting fee will increase from $2 to $3 for residents, and from $6 to $9 for businesses. Monthly Garbage fees will decrease from $11.84 to $10.66. Monthly Sewer base fees will increase from $20.69 to $21.72. Monthly Sewer overage fees will increase from $1.22 to $1.82 for Service Area 1 (generally historic Midvale) and from $1.73 to $1.82 for Service Area 2 (generally the newer Bingham Junction area). Monthly Water fees for residential connections will decrease for Service Area 3 (the area served by Sandy City prior to 2009) from $26.60 to $25.27, with overage fees for the same area decreasing from $2.07 to $1.97 during peak season and from $1.43 to $1.35 during off-peak. Water fees for commercial connections will decrease proportionally (approximately 5%). The fee for restoring utility services following termination for non-payment will increase for all Midvale utility billing customers from $30 to $50. The Fiscal Year 2016 budget is available on the City’s website (www.midvalecity.org). You may also call the Finance Director at (801)-567-7238 if you have questions.

ting the information they need. Don’t take it personally if the dispatcher seems demanding or nonchalant and uncompassionate. They want to help you. Don’t try to carry on a conversation with someone else in the room while you’re on the phone with the dispatcher. Give the information asked for as accurately and as quickly as you can and you’ll get the fastest response possible. Always keep your personal safety in mind when calling 911. Do what is necessary to keep yourself and anyone else on the premises out of harm’s way. You may need to leave the location or lock yourself in a room. The information the dispatcher is asking for is very important, but it does not supersede your safety. It is always a good

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idea to discuss potential emergencies with your family ahead of time. Formulate a plan that will keep everyone as safe as possible. Once again, these are merely guidelines and there are no hard and fast rules on when you should call 911. If you are in a situation that requires a response from public safety agency, don’t waste time debating whether or not it qualifies as an emergency. If there is the slightest doubt, make the call to 911. Just be conscious of the fact that in many instances you will get the proper response by calling the non-emergency number and allow someone in urgent need of assistance to get a quicker response.

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“Push To Survive” Open House In Midvale City EJ Hinterman Unified Fire Authority Medical Specialist, Coordinating with Jesse Valenzuela Midvale Emergency Manager


Push to Survive is a large scale Public Service Announcement targeted at reducing the mortality rate of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) for the citizens of Salt Lake County. Each year, 300,000 people in the United States experience OHCA. Without bystander CPR being performed, 92% of these victims will not survive. With proper Hands-Only CPR, and modern standards of care being rendered, 50% of these victims can survive and return to a normal life. Midvale City, in cooperation with Unified Fire Authority, will be providing free Hands-Only CPR training to the citizens of Midvale City and neighboring communities. During the month

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of July, Unified Fire Authority’s Midvale City Station 126 and Midvale City Hall will be welcoming our citizens into our facilities to educate them in this easy to learn and imperative-to-know skill with “Push to Survive”. At the same time, we look forward to the opportunity to meet the public we serve and get to know our neighbors. “Push to Survive” will be delivered on an on-going rotation at the facilities during the open house hours. Please stop by, spend 10 minutes learning how to save a life and get to know your firefighters and city representatives. You can stop by any time during the open house and take the class. We look forward to meeting you and need your help when tragedy strikes.

Please come to UFA Fire Station 126 at 607 East 7200 South 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.July 9, 15 and 21 And at Midvale City Hall 7505 South Holden Street July 27 from 6 - p.m.


Midvale Arts Council Presents


UPON Kelly Ortega – Parks/Cemetery


Terry Larson – Storm Drain Department

Dave Clark – Storm Water Coordinator

News from Midvale City Parks Department MATTRESS Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer, Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS JULY 10, 11, 13-18, 2015 MIDVALE PARK 455 W. 7500 S. 7:30 PM Tickets available at www.midvalearts.com

MAKE IT DINNER AND A SHOW! Food trucks will be available most performances to purchase dinner.

We would like to remind our residents that the cemetery does not allow artificial flowers on the grass area surrounding each headstone, during mowing season, April 1-November 1. We appreciate your cooperation. The Storm Water Department will be starting a storm water project in the Derek Hollow area at 7100 South and 725 East to help with recent flooding issues. You can help us out by limiting street parking between the hours of 7:00 a.m. -5 p.m. We appreciate your patience with us, as we complete this project. That time of year has come again for Midvale City to upgrade the utility services to the residents of Midvale. This

year, the contractor for the City will be laying new water mains and storm drains. The water main work has begun first on Jackson St.,and is underway on Luana (520 East). Next area will be 400 West from to 7200 South to the city limit in Murray. During this construction time it can be an inconvenience to the public. The Contractor, is moving swiftly in the completion of the job scope, and they are on time as to the completion schedule. Many of you in these effected areas have noticed little colored flags in your yards, and paint in the roads and sidewalks. The flags and paint let the contractor know where the water, gas, power, and communication services are located in the ground. That way

they can take extra care when coming to those service locations, and not hit, or damage them. If you are one of the residents that have the flags in your yard, we ask that when you mow the lawn, you could be kind, and replace the flag in the same location as it was before. This can save us all time, and worse, an emergency to repair a broken service. There’s an information sign at each construction site with a contact person for the project. If you have any questions, or concerns, they can help you out. This project will be over before you know it. Please help us out, and have patience with us, and the contractor as the work moves forward.

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On The Economic Development Front

ingham Junction, Midvale, is a mixed-use development comprising some 351 acres with various developments just a Âź mile west of the I-15 freeway and just south of I-215 intersection of I-15 served by the first stop on UTA Red Line. The site is home to thousands of new residents, new retailers, and a growing corporate park named View 72 Corporate Park serving as the corporate headquarters for numerous companies. This prior EPA Superfund site has been delisted off the EPA list about a month ago and is recognized as one of the top redevelopment sites in the country. The new mixed use community in Midvale includes some 2,353 residential units with an estimated 5,000-plus new residents in Midvale City, as well as future corporate headquarters for Overstock.com and ZAGG companies within the View 72 Corporate Center. The area is closing in on an estimated 1.7 million square feet of office space planned within Bingham Junction with some estimated 5,000 employees.

It currently serves as home to FLSmidth North Americas Headquarters, Intermountain Health Care Supply Chain Center, Savage Corporate Headquarters, Progressive Insurance Claims Center, The Cascades Rehab Center, Staybridge Hotel, Winco Foods and supporting retail/restaurants. More is coming. Right now there are hundreds of millions of dollars being invested into Bingham Junction. The construction activity is underway. Some of those projects will serve as future homes for Overstock. com Corporate Headquarters, ZAGG Corporate Headquarters, Top Golf, Players Sports Grill, Freddie’s, a Marriott Fairfield Hotel and additional supporting retail/ restaurants. Many of these new additions are industry leaders and providing very good jobs. Others are first in the state of Utah or only one in Utah locations. As more of these projects get completed we will see more services, jobs, and entertainment/recreation options within Midvale. The growth within Bingham Junction has been

healthy and reflects hundreds of dollars of additional new investment into the Midvale community. Numerous financial institutions have stepped in with investments made by Wasatch Advantage Group, The Gardner Company, Arbor Commercial, Wadsworth Development, GOED, The Midvale RDA, and those numerous industry leading companies mentioned above.

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Summer Concert Series Provides Free And Lively Entertainment By Tori Jorgensen

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he second snnual sree Summer Concert Series in the Midvale City Park, hosted by the Midvale Arts Council, is giving the community an opportunity to enjoy entertainment most Friday nights in June and July. Stephanie Johnson, president of the Midvale Arts Volunteer Council, said the purpose of the concerts is to provide low or no cost entertainment for the community. “Here in Midvale people come from all walks of life; some people can afford a lot, and others can’t,” she said. “Regardless of this status, people need a place to experience the arts, and that is what the Midvale Arts Council and concert committee are trying to provide.” Heidi Lins, resident of Midvale, and her five children attend the concerts at the park weekly. Lins said she is grateful for the convenient location of the concerts and the smalltown feel that they bring. “We love, love, love the concerts in the park,” she said. “I think it is a fantastic thing that we live in Midvale City, which is in the middle of all the chaos of the other cities, yet we can walk to the neighborhood park and enjoy a nice little concert to get away from all of that.”

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Melanie Beardall, chairman of the concert committee, said she and the other members of the committee (Bonnie Rose and Julie Dacus) sought to find a variety of entertainers who would appeal to a diverse audience. The lineup includes a trio-harmony group, modern dancers, Latin dancers, a western group, a rock and roll band and a couple of traditional bands. The concert series was kicked off by the local group Walker Brothers, three brothers who sing in three-part harmony. The Walker Brothers performed for an audience of about 300 people, which, according to Beardall, is the largest audience ever for a summer concert in the park. She said last year they would usually see around 200 spectators. Johnson said this year the arts council used a variety of advertising techniques to get the word out about the concerts, including banners on State Street, a flyer delivered to Midvale residents and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Beardall said the June 5 concert might have been hopping because of the popularity of the Walker Brothers. “Wade Walker, one of the brothers in the group, is our board chairman [on the arts council], so many people know of him, and a lot of people in the community like to come hear the brothers sing,” she said. “Also, they always look like they are having a fun time on stage.” The second concert on June 12 marked a first for the summer concert series, as Body Logic Dance took the stage at the amphitheatre. “We’d never had a dance group as part of the series before, and it was a different experience for us,” Beardall said. The group performed modern dance. Students performed first, followed by professionals. Johnson said the dancing was beautiful, elegant, and engaging, and she thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Johnson said she also liked the following Friday’s concert on June 19 starring Mama’s Wranglers (a family dancing, singing and fiddling group from Las Vegas, NV). She said she usually does not like western-style music, but that the group’s high energy was inviting.

Lins said Mama’s Wrangler’s was a wonderful family-friendly concert. “My kids had a blast,” she said, “It inspires them to see younger people out there on stage.” Toni Jackson, the “Mama” of Mama’s Wranglers, said the Jackson family believes it is part of their mission as entertainers to encourage a love of learning music in young potential performing artists. She said it took her children hours of practice and hours of sibling rivalry for them to perform the way they do now. Jackson said that the Midvale performance stood out to the Wranglers, even though they perform hundreds of concerts a year.

Spectators watch as the Walker Brothers kick off the Midvale Summer Concert Series.

“The stage is facing the wrong direction so the sun is right up in your face,” she said. “The first half of the show was pretty miserable for that reason, but we loved the people.” Jackson also said that the Midvale Arts Council was delightful to work with, and that the family will likely be back to town. “I loved when people would clap and sing along and yell ‘play it again’,” she said. “When we go into a new place, we don’t know people. Sometimes when we leave, we feel like we’ve become one of the family. That’s what makes it worth it to us, and that’s how we felt in Midvale.” Lins said something similar. She said the concerts help the community to feel like a family.

The Walker Brothers sport leather jackets as they sing three-part harmony during their concert June 5.

Beardall said she has an interesting family connection to the concert series, as her brother is one of the band members in Assembly 6.0, the rock band who performed on the Midvale stage June 26. “I may be a little biased, but I love to hear them play,” she said. “All of our concerts have been great, though, and we still have a lot of favorite performers coming up.” The remaining summer concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Midvale City Park as follows: 23rd Army Band on July 3, Rumba Libre on July 24 and Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band July 31. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks. For more information visit: www.midvalearts.com. l

The Walker Brothers sing their hearts out during the first summer concert of the year.

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RSL Duo Called Up To Men’s National Team By Ron Bevan


or the second straight year, Real Salt Lake and Utah were represented on the Men’s National Soccer Team by both Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman. The duo was called up to see action in a friendly with Mexico held in Mexico, and then returned to the Men’s National Team early this month. The duo traveled with the team for friendlies in Europe against the Netherlands (June 5) and Germany (June 10). Rimando, goalkeeper for RSL, and midfield Beckerman made their first appearances on the national team for last year’s World Cup in Brazil. “When the last World Cup came and went in 2010, I thought that might be it, my last opportunity to play for our country,” Beckerman said after last year’s World Cup. “But mentally I tried to stay ready. You never know with soccer. So if you work hard and stay prepared, if the chance comes your way you can take full advantage of it.” “It was a dream come true for me,” Rimando said. “Any soccer player trains for the opportunity to represent their country on the biggest sporting stage in the world, that being the World Cup. So to be there to not only represent my country but my family and my club was huge for me.” The play each put in last year, along with what they have done for RSL, helped keep interest in them for this year’s team.

Rimando has started all five friendlies of 2015 for the Men’s National Team, including appearances in 2015’s January camp against Chile and Panama. He now has 21 career appearances. He has a 13-3-2 record with four shutouts for the team. Beckerman Following last season’s appearances and starts in the World Cup, RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman continues to represent the United States on the Men’s has 43 appear-National Team. close to 40 – it hasn’t left their minds. ances with the than Real, and we have won the MLS cham “Whether we make it again or not, pionship and competed for a second one. It Men’s National Team. Although the chance to play on the it has been a great ride,” Rimando said. is good to have someone you are so familiar team for the next World Cup may be a long- “Kyle and I have been through a lot together. with by your side to share those moments shot – it is in three years and both will be We have been on different club teams other with.” l

RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando has been called up to the Men’s National Soccer Team several times this season. He has started five games for the U.S. this year alone.

RSL’s Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando sport the Men’s National Team uniforms during a friendly last year. The duo have been called up several times this season to represent the United States.


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Racing Season Gets Underway By Greg James


ocky Mountain Raceway located in West Valley City opened its 19th season on May 2. Despite the rain and poor weather the racing on the oval track has been hot and heavily contested. The 3/8-mile asphalt oval has provided Utah racing fans with some high intensity racing this spring. In North American auto racing a short track is a racetrack of less than one mile. Short track racing is where stock car racing first became an organized and regulated competition. The 11 degree banking at Rocky Mountain Raceway has provided a great place for 10 classes of cars to compete for season championships. The premier racing class at Rocky Mountain Raceway is the Maverick Modifieds. These cars sit on large slick tires exposed on all four corners of the car. They each run a stock crate Chevrolet 350 engine and will reach speeds at the end of the straightaway close to 100 mph. Michael Hale holds the track qualifying record, with an average speed of 86.26 mph. The 2014 modified champion, Mark Ith Jr., won the initial modified main event May 2. He is currently the class point’s leader. Jimmy Waters is in second place and Lynn Hardy third. On May 30 the modifieds ran a double points 100 lap

main event. Dan McCoy and Ith Jr. battled nose to tail before a late race caution sent Ith Jr. to the back of the pack. McCoy finished first, 2013 track champion Tyler Whetstone second and Hardy third. “There was some bumping and banging between me and Mark. My car was fast tonight. I think he was the only one that could have caught me,” McCoy said in his finish line interview that night. The track hosts several other fan favorite racing Maverick Modified car number 84 is driven by 2014 track champion Mark Ith Jr. Photo courtesy of Action Sports classes. Photography The figure eight trains consist of three cars chained wheel braking system. The lead driver must navigate the together. The lead car has the engine, middle car is stripped figure eight track while his brakeman helps keep them from completely and the third car has no engine but only a four- crashing in the center intersection.

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2015 Municipal Election Candidates From Monday, June 1st through Monday, June 8th Midvale City accepted “Declaration of Candidacy” forms from citizens seeking to run for three City Council District Seats. One (1) Council Member is to be elected per District. List of qualified candidates: Council Member District No. 1 1 Seat - (4 yr. Term) Quinn Sperry 734 Chad Circle Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-255-5428 Email: qsperry@midvale.com Bret Black 881 E. Canyon Ridge Way Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-512-7417 Email: bblackrep44@yahoo.com Council Member District No. 2 1 Seat – (4 yr. Term) Sophia Hawes-Tingey 7667 S. Grant Street Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 502-821-3357 Email: Sophie-jean@sbcglobal.net

Nathan F. Coombs 142 E. 7060 S. Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-255-4824 Email: ncoombs.ut@gmail.com Paul C. Glover 20 West Glover Lane Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-561-5773 Email: gloverpaul11@gmail.com Council Member District No. 3 1 Seat – (4 yr. Term) Paul Hunt 7875 South 210 East Sandy, UT 84070 Phone: 801-842-8524 Email: phunt@midvale.com

VOTE BY MAIL ELECTION Midvale City will hold a Municipal Primary Election on August 11, 2015 for Council District No. 2. A Municipal General Election will be held on November 3, 2015 to elect one candidate from each City Council District 1, 2, & 3 to serve four-year terms.

2015 Municipal Election Dates & Information

2015 Municipal Primary Election: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Municipal General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 If you have questions, please contact the Midvale City Recorder’s Office at 801-567-7207 or “mailto:randreason@midvale.com” randreason@midvale.com Election related links Utah State Website: “http://elections.utah.gov” http://elections.utah.gov S.L. County Website: “http://www.GOT-VOTE.org” www.GOT-VOTE.org

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“I don’t know much about the cars, but I like to watch the trains and figure eight cars. They are awkward and it is fun to see them almost crash,” racing fan Jaylynn Merrill said. The double deckers are another favorite at the racetrack. In that class one car is attached on top of another. The top car steers while the bottom driver has the gas and brakes. Other racing classes include the super stocks, hornets, midgets, sprint cars, figure eights and mini cups. On July 4 Rocky Mountain Raceway is scheduled to host the annual Copper Cup Classic. Winged sprint cars from around the western United States are scheduled to compete. More information on upcoming events can be found on the tracks website www.rmrracing.com. l

The figure eight trains are a fan favorite at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography

The double decker cars enter their third season at the race track. The top car steers while the bottom has the gas and brakes. Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography

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By Joani Taylor

It’s summertime and that means yard sales. For some this means hitting the road looking for great bargains, for those on the other side of the coin, hosting a sale is the fun. I’ve hosted many great yard sales, my last one bagged me over $1,000. Here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way for making your sale a success.

#1 Make a plan A great yard sale doesn’t happen overnight. It takes careful pre-planning and organizing. A few weeks before your sale scour the house from top to bottom and clear out the clutter. Decide if you will be selling any large furniture items and price them. Plan to take a couple of vacation days to price and organize your items. It’s also a great idea to team up with other neighbors, family or friends. It makes your sale more fun and allows you to have more items.

sale does. I have never had a successful yard sale that I did not advertise somewhere in the media. Most successful for me has been in the newspaper. Craigslist is also a great resource. It’s free to advertise and you can post a preview of items you have. The evening before or the morning of your sale, put out brightly colored signs along the main roads that lead into your neighborhood pointing the way. Make sure to take them down when finished.

#4 - Set up your shop and price things to sell Make sure you have enough tables and blankets to display your items. Set up shop as organized as #2 Store up your clutter throughout the year you can. Don’t make up prices on the spot. Instead Create a corner of the house where you can store invest a couple of dollars for some stickers or use your yard sale goods. When I find items I think are blue painter’s tape and price things clearly. worth selling, I stash them away in a guest room When pricing your items, price them to sell closet, under the stairs or in a corner of the garage cheap. It’s better to under- price than to not sell also works. Price the items as you put them in boxes. items because you expected to get too much. People By the time yard sale weather hits, you’ll have a lot want to know how much you want without asking. of your stuff ready to go. Some people may be too shy to ask for a price or you may be busy helping someone else. Having clear #3 Advertise prices makes it less likely you’ll lose a sale and get Spreading the word about your sale is likely a few more nickels for each item with less haggling going to be the number-one factor in how well your and walkaways.

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Me And My Shadow By Peri Kinder


n the morning of my second birthday, my sister, Jenny, was born and destroyed my life forever. Instead of my parents fawning over me with glitter and ponies, they were in the hospital, snuggling with this red-faced creature called a “sister” like she was the greatest thing since chocolate-covered Twinkies. At 2, I wasn’t even sure what a “sister” was, but I knew it wasn’t anything good. Once I realized she would be sticking around for a while, I decided to punish my mom and dad for trying to replace me with this whining little monster. Was I not enough? Did they think they should start over with a new daughter? Each year in July, when our birthday rolled around, I made sure my mom knew I was not going to share a cake with Jenny, and I was not going to share a birthday party, and I was going to act like an inconsolable selfish brat until I became a teenager. Then I’d get really bad. Instead of slapping me and telling me to calm the hell down, my mom made two birthday cakes, planned two parties (inviting many of the same kids) and sewed two dresses that could not match. She was patience personified. And she cried a lot. Not only did Jenny steal my birthday, but she was so cute that she got away with EVERYTHING and found a way to get me in trouble for stuff I DID NOT DO. Well, sometimes I did. Okay, usually I did. I learned that a little sister is like having a rash. No

matter how much you scratch it and claw at it, it just never goes away. If I tried sneaking off to my friend’s house, I’d hear, “Pe-RI! Jenny wants to go, too.” If I was playing with my doll and didn’t want to share, I’d hear, “Peri Lynn! You let Jenny play with you.” Then Jenny would cut my doll’s hair and I’d get in trouble for screaming. And punching.

Once, after being forced to take my sister to the field with me to play, I cut my hand on some barbed wire while climbing into the swamp I wasn’t allowed to enter. Jenny was frantic with worry, both because I was trespassing and because I probably had tetanus. “I’m gonna tell mom,” she said, stupidly. “If you do, I’ll never play with you again.” She kept the secret for one day, then I heard her crying to mom, “I don’t want Peri to die. She cut her hand on a fence and she’s gonna die.” Needless to say, I didn’t die. But I made sure Jenny paid for her tattletalling concern for my life. She was a constant companion. I had to walk with her to school, play with her on weekends and share a bedroom. We’d lie in our bunk beds at night and create imaginary ice cream sundaes for each other. She would give me mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge topping and extra cherries. I’d give her mud-flavored ice cream with mayonnaise. Now, several decades later, I reluctantly admit that sisters are kind of cool. Thanks to my parents’ indifference to my opinion, I ended up with three sisters—and a brother who is still undergoing electroshock therapy to counteract being raised with four sisters. Every year on our birthday, I apologize to Jenny and let her know I forgive her for ruining my childhood. I grudgingly confess my life would be bleaker without her. But I still get my own cake. l



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