Holladay City Newsletter | April 2024

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and the Happy Healthy Holladay Coalition? The Happy Healthy Holladay Coalition (H3) was established

in 2016 as a collaborative effort involving various organizations, residents, and service providers representing the diverse community of Holladay City. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Holladay residents by identifying community needs, promoting existing programs and resources, and implementing evidence-based initiatives focusing on mental, physical, and social health. H3 has organized various health-related activities and events, including emergency preparedness, walking programs for all ages, fall prevention, first aid, CPR and AED classes, and naloxone training and distribution.

The Coalition has 17 active members from diverse sectors such as public health, local government, parents, business owners, Granite School District, local emergency services, healthcare professionals, information services, adult and aging services, and youth services providers. I have the pleasure of serving on the Coalition as the Holladay City Council’s liaison. It’s been eye-opening and humbling to learn more about the real struggles that Holladay residents are facing, and the efforts by members of our community to help.

Recently, H3 evaluated public health data to better understand the needs and challenges faced by Holladay residents. The findings revealed some concerning statistics, including higher rates of drug and opioid poisoning deaths per capita compared to the rest of Salt Lake County, as well as elevated mental and physical health challenges such as depression, suicide deaths, extended periods of poor mental health, and mobility limitations. Of notable concern is the correlation between these mental health challenges and fatal overdoses, especially within age groups statistically more likely to be parents. The impact of addiction on children, particularly those who have watched a loved one struggle, can be severe and lasting.

In response to these challenges, the H3 Coalition is taking action. With the support of grant funding, the Coalition is implementing the Communities That Care prevention framework to address opioid misuse and reduce overdose deaths and tackle related mental health challenges. The goal is to strengthen protective factors in the community, providing additional support for struggling youth and others. We are fortunate to have a public health intern from the University of Utah, who is using qualitative research methods to gather insights from community stakeholders and conduct a Community Readiness Assessment. Preliminary findings indicate a community characterized by deep concern and compassion, with a willingness to unite in support of those facing health challenges and a collective determination to address the distressing rate of opioid poisoning deaths in Holladay.

The public health challenges facing the City of Holladay are not unique; in fact, they reach every corner of our nation. While Holladay has not been immune to these challenges, we now have the knowledge and resources to distinguish ourselves through an exceptional and effective response. By crafting evidence-based initiatives, we can set an example for effective and sustainable solutions. The Happy Healthy Holladay Coalition takes pride in serving Holladay’s residents and aims to facilitate enduring changes that foster the continuing and improved health of our community.

—Matt Durham, Council District

*I want to thank Holly Smith and Megan Bartley for their assistance in writing this article.

Emergency Preparedness – Earthquakes

Every year in April, Be Ready Utah encourages participation in The Great Utah ShakeOut as a way for the community to prepare for a major earthquake along the Wasatch Front. While a larger magnitude earthquake is one of the least frequent disasters Utah may face, it has the potential to be the most destructive. In the immediate aftermath of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, it is likely that first responders will be overwhelmed with critical life safety response. Looking further out, residents may be without water, sewer, electricity, and other utilities; this could last days, weeks, or even months. Our community must be prepared to help each other through the sudden event, as well as the long recovery that will follow. Here are some simple steps that you can follow to become more prepared in your own homes and neighborhoods.

1. Make a Plan which includes a family meeting place, how you will communicate, and where you have essential items stored.

2. Get a Kit Ready for everyone in the household, including pets. Start small and build up.

3. Protect Your Home by securing heavy items and consider if your home is an Unreinforced Masonry Building (URM).

4. Learn how to Protect Yourself and practice as a family.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of doing all this work, but starting small still makes a difference! Anything that our community does now to prepare will help reduce injuries, prevent deaths, streamline emergency response, accelerate recovery, and reduce costs. As individuals, families, and neighbors work to be prepared for a potential earthquake, we also become more capable of handling more frequent, less destructive events.

More information about how to prepare for disaster can be found at beready.utah.gov. In-depth information about earthquakes in Utah can be found by reading “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country” also provided at beready.utah.gov


The University of Utah Health Salt Lake City Marathon is April 20, 2024! It will feature a full marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K run, 26-mile bike tour, and a 1K kids’ marathon. The race will come through the City of Holladay starting at 3900 S. and 2300 E. The route will follow 2300 E. southbound to 4600 S. then back northbound on Holladay Blvd to 4500 S. and then west through Highland Drive. At all major intersections, there will be an “Intersection Traffic Officer” to facilitate cross-traffic flow whenever there are breaks in runners and safe to do so. The runners should be through Holladay by about 12:30 pm.

For a detailed map of the race course, volunteer information and more go to: saltlakecitymarathon.com

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Book Buddies for Children & Cats

Salt Lake County Animal Services

The in-person Book Buddies at Salt Lake County Animal Services is a program designed for children under 18 to come read to the cats at Animal Services. How it works:

1. Come to Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 W 3900 S, SLC, between 10 AM – 6 PM, Tue-Sat.

2. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

3. Bring a book (or 3 to read) Or choose to read from the cattery “library.”

4. Sign in and sign out on the clipboard in the cattery. This is logged as volunteer time!

The program will help children improve their reading skills AND will help the shelter pets with socialization. Animals find the rhythmic sounds of a voice very soothing. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer.


Email animalvolunteer@slco.org or visit AdoptUtahPets.org.


Soon after groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, bulbs took their cue to bloom, birds chirped up in joy, and trees began budding and leafing out. Weeks before sightings of these harbingers of spring, Morningside Elementary had put its ducks in order for a festive Arbor Day celebration to be held on Friday, April 26, at 2:00 P.M.

The City of Holladay Tree Committee is proudly partnering with Granite School District’s Morningside Elementary to plant trees in celebration of the myriad benefits trees bring to our lives. Principal Reese, PTA President Jefferson, Faculty members, and the PTA Planning Committee are consolidating their talents to orchestrate a meaningful and memorable Arbor Day experience for the Morningside community.

The celebratory event will be student-centric, and Student Council members will speak and act as MC’s. It will be highlighted by students planting one conifer and two to three shade trees on school grounds. Four ISA Certified Arborists, including Associate Director of Tree Utah, Jack Jacob, will lead the plantings.

Students’ tree-related paintings and 3D-artwork will subsequently be displayed at Holladay City Hall from Friday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 23. Parents are urged to come view the exhibit. Feel free to BYOS (bring your own shovel), and share in this gala tribute to trees on Friday, April 26, at 2:00 P.M. Morningside Elementary is located at 4100 S. 3000 E.


Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@holladayut.gov


Ty Brewer, District 1 tbrewer@holladayut.gov


Matt Durham, District 2 mdurham@holladayut.gov


Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@holladayut.gov


Drew Quinn, District 4 dquinn@holladayut.gov


Emily Gray, District 5 egray@holladayut.gov


Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@holladayut.gov


City Council – rst and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – rst and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.


Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117

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Justice Court

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NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police)

UFA Dispatch (Fire)

Animal Control


Holladay Library

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Seasonal Container Reservation Program

This year, Holladay is one of the first areas that is served by Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District’s (WFWRD) Seasonal Container Program.


Residents will receive a postcard in the mail with two important dates:

• when the reservation calendar for your Zone opens to make a reservation

• when WFWRD will be dropping off and picking up containers

After you receive your postcard indicating which Zone you are in and when the reservation calendar opens, visit wasatchfrontwaste.org to make a reservation. Please note that WFWRD is unable to take reservations over the phone. There are no exceptions due to the required documentation needed for this program.

Below are the dates when Holladay residents in the following zones can make their container reservation at wasatchfrontwaste.org. Your postcard will indicate which zone you are in and when the reservation calendar will be open to take reservations:

• Holladay Zone 1: April 22

• Holladay Zone 2: April 29

• Holladay Zone 3: May 6

If your reservation is confirmed, containers will be delivered as follows:

• Holladay Zone 1: May 7-14

• Holladay Zone 2: May 15-21

• Holladay Zone 3: May 22-30

Containers will be dropped off sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. WFWRD staff will try to ensure that residents have up to 24 hours with the container. Driveways must be cleared, accessible, and have enough room (approximately 10’ x 20’) for the container to be placed off 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. Please visit our website to see what is and isn’t allowed in the containers.

Public Safety Appreciation Weeks — May 4th-18th

Next month we’re delighted to have our annual Public Safety Appreciation Weeks where we celebrate the firefighters and police officers that serve our community. This year we’re expanding to two weeks to fit in a little more celebrating! You’ll see banners on light poles highlighting officers and fire fighters, as well as daily spotlights on our social media.

Finally, on May 18th, this special time of appreciation will culminate in a free Community Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at our local fire station! We will be sharing reminders and further information leading up to the event. We’re incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated people keeping us safe here in Holladay. Join us in thanking them for their hard work.

The Holladay Interfaith Council is looking for new members! The council meets monthly over lunch, plans an annual Thanksgiving Service for the community, coordinates interfaith service projects, and hosts round table discussions. We look forward to getting to know you!

Spring Lane Updates

Since its closure by the Granite School District in Spring 2023, Spring Lane Elementary has stood dormant. The City is exploring the potential of reusing the site for public use as a city park. The 12.2-acre property has the potential to become a vibrant and beloved community amenity. In collaboration with a consultant, the City has embarked on a thorough analysis of the site’s existing conditions, aiming to establish a clear vision for its future. The stated vision of this plan is: “To create a vibrant and inclusive city park that fosters belonging and connection. Spring Lane will have innovative design and programming to provide year-round activation, preserve the neighborhood character, utilize resources efficiently, and establish a cherished destination enriched with local heritage and creative placemaking.”

At the core of this endeavor is the collaborative effort involving the City of Holladay, the community, and project stakeholders. Through a series of meetings and workshops, a multitude of ideas have been explored, shaping the project’s draft programmatic concepts.

On April 8th, a survey will be launched to solicit residents’ input on potential uses for the site. This feedback will be crucial in shaping the final recommendations and drafting a concept that truly reflects the desires of the community!

The culmination of this planning process will be the presentation of the final concept to City Council and the community in June. Throughout the project’s development, regular updates will be provided via the project website, ensuring transparency and keeping stakeholders informed every step of the way. Thanks for your involvement!

Upcoming Construction Projects

With the weather warming up and spring around the corner, our Public Works department will be starting some construction projects for the 2024 season. Several projects will involve the construction of new storm drains; this is in effort to prevent flooding and separate the City’s stormwater from private irrigation laterals. It also serves to protect our water quality as it allows us to manage stormwater and treat it before it discharges into creeks. Meadowmoor, Hillsden Dr, Cottonwood Lane, and Casto Lane are some of the areas that will be impacted by such projects. The latter will also see the replacement of a bridge at the end of its lifespan along the Upper Canal.

Additionally, the City will begin phase 1 of filling in sidewalk gaps along 2700 E. The project is anticipated to begin in June and end in September; it will address gaps in the sidewalk from 3900 S to Lincoln Lane. Grant funding for phase 2 has already been won. This will allow us to continue extending the sidewalk south to Melony Drive.

Each of these projects will have some impact on traffic and may require detours. Public Works is judicious in planning and completing projects and will attempt to minimize impact as much as possible. We appreciate your patience as we improve Holladay’s infrastructure and work to better serve you.

Please see the “Capital Projects” page on our website (HolladayUT.gov) for a complete list of upcoming projects along with descriptions and anticipated dates, and for more information.


Game Night - Drop in and play 5-8pm

Monday April 8th (Every 2nd Monday of the month!)

Board games are a great way for people to learn strategy, planning and social skills. Bring the whole family to play! Derrek from Game Night Games will be supporting the fun! Play games the library has or that Derrek brings. If you need help learning to play one of your own games, bring it in! Come play board games with your fun board game playing neighbors.

What To Do with Old Prescriptions?

Chief Justin Hoyal – Unified Police Holladay Precinct

Many people have that shelf or medicine cabinet with old prescription bottles that contain pills they are no longer taking or need. We find ourselves asking, what is the best thing to do with these pills and prescriptions? It is important to dispose of them when they are no longer needed. Promptly disposing of unused prescriptions greatly reduces the likelihood of them being taken by our children. Many of us recall the days when it was recommended to flush unused prescriptions down the toilet or throw them in the garbage can. That is no longer recommended because it can create environmental hazards to our landfills and water supplies.

At the Unified Police Department, we have prescription drop off bins in each of our precincts where you can easily discard old and unwanted prescriptions. At the Holladay Precinct, this bin is located just inside our precinct doors. We also have a sharps container that allows you to discard sharp objects to include needles and syringes. This is a very quick, easy, and safe way to dispose of these medications. We encourage those who use these bins to place all unused medications into plastic bags versus leaving them in the original pill bottles. Often times there are only a couple of pills left in a large pill bottle which takes up unnecessary space in the bin. After putting the pills into plastic bags, the bottles can be thrown away. We will also provide plastic bags at the precinct if you need them.

April 27, 2024, is the “National Prescription Drug Takeback Day” where everyone is encouraged to turn in their unused prescriptions. This is a great reminder to look through your medicine cabinets and clean out those medications. You can drop off your pills at the Holladay Precinct, 4570 S. 2300 E, anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It does not just have to be on April 27th. If you would like more information on the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, please visit dea.gov/takebackday.

We want to do all we can to help keep our children and community safe. By disposing of your used prescriptions in a designated bin, you can help us keep Holladay a great and safe city.

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