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fficer David Romrell’s name was one of 371 names officially added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. in mid-May. Of those names, 158 made the ultimate sacrifice like Officer Romrell. The City Journals asked Liz Romrell, David’s widow, about her experience at police week and how she is doing. “I am pretty private, we (David and I) were private people,” she said. “This unfortunate event has made me more aware of how I conduct myself. On one hand, I want to present myself in a composed manner. I wouldn’t want to shame my husband, because in a lot of ways I represent him, too. But on the other hand, I need to be me: a wife, a mother and now a grieving widow. I allow myself those moments to cry and go out without my makeup on, not only in private but in public, too. Otherwise, I would be inauthentic to everyone and most importantly myself.”

Police Week

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is in historical Judiciary Square located in the northwest area of Washington, D.C. There are 20,267 names engraved on walls surrounding a reflection pool. The Memorial Service is always held on May 15 and National Police Week is the calendar week that has May 15. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed the day as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. A joint resolution approved by Congress on Oct. 1, 1962 and by Public Law 103-322, authorizes and requests the President to designate Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week.

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Another way the SSLC-PD honored Officer David Romrell with a special marked police cruiser driven in the Fourth of July parade. (Bill Hardesty/ City Journals)

This year’s proclamation by President Donald Trump reads in part. “Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength. They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives. We owe them, and their fami-

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lies, our full and enduring support.” This year, Romrell and her family along with 23 officers of the South Salt Lake Police Department attended. Their trip was made possible by donations from individuals and businesses in the city. Surviving families are treated with respect and dignity during the week. It starts by Continued on page 4...

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A police officer wipes away a tear at the candlelight vigil during 2019 National Police Week. (Courtesy of National Police Week)

Police officers and civilians gather on the National Mall for the candlelight vigil during 2019 National Police Week. (Courtesy of National Police Week)

being greeted with chapters nationwide. a color guard at the airport and a police escort C.O.P.S. programs for survivors into the hotel. clude the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National PoC.O.P.S. Concerns of Police Survivors supports lice Week, scholarships, peer support at the surviving families during the events of Police national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Week as well as daily support on a grassroots Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” summer camp, “C.O.P.S. level. Their website, ConcernsofPoliceSur- Teens” Outward Bound Adventure for young, states, “Each year, between 140 adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty siblings, adult children, extended family, and and their families and co-workers are left to co-workers, trial and parole support, and othcope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides er assistance programs. C.O.P.S. conducts a Survivors’ Conferresources to help them rebuild their shattered ence during Police Week. The conference lives. There is no membership fee to join gives tools to survivors as well as provides C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too them opportunities to make connections with high.” others who are in the same situation. A samC.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with ple of past sessions include topics such as: 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. Dealing with Family and Friends that Don’t membership is over 50,000 survivors, which Get It; It Isn’t Over When It’s Over; and include spouses, children, parents, siblings, Reaching Out to the Newly Bereaved. significant others, and co-workers of officers “The biggest thing I learned is that peowho have died in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. is ple grieving and mourn in their own ways governed by a national board of law enforceand in their own time,” Romrell said. “Also, ment survivors. All programs and services that we all need help, whether we admit it or are administered by the National Office in not. It’s important to reach out, don’t assume Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50

When asked what she will tell Jackson someone else has already done it or that you can’t do anything for someone who is griev- about Police Week when he is older, Romrell ing. Even a simple text to check up on some- replied, “I will tell Jackson what it’s about— honoring and remembering the fallen and one goes a long way.” knowing that they are never forgotten. JackCandlelight vigil One of the big events during police week son won’t remember anything of his first visit is the candlelight vigil. Held on the National to D.C. for Police Week, but I will tell him Mall, it is open to the public and each new how significant it is and how much meaning is behind the week. I hope I can take him name is read during the vigil. Romrell observed, “The candlelight again, when he’s older and [can] remember.”

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vigil was the most memorable part of Police Week. It was a perfect night. The sky was filled with big puffy clouds, the sunset shown beautiful and the weather was perfect. I was able to be me. We arrived early and got our seats while we waited for the others to arrive. I was able to meet other families, socialize and feel a spirit of love and family. During the actual vigil, my son Jackson was a dream. I couldn’t have asked for better. I was able to light a candle for both him and I. I held him in my arms and looked down on him. I couldn’t help but shed rivers of tears. It was a profound moment of sadness and remembrance for David. I am glad I had the honor to experience the vigil with my son. It’s something I will never forget.”




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Romrell said that when she tells her grandchildren about their grandfather, she’ll say, “That he was a hero. He was a good guy, who had a great sense of humor, loved the outdoors, loved his family, and he loved being a Marine and a police officer.” When asked what can the average resident do for first responders and how can they show respect for her husband, Romrell replied first with gratitude. “I would say to the average Joe, be kind to first responders,” she said. “They receive little recognition and crap pay for what they do for the community. Kindness and gratitude go a long way. Even stopping to tell them thank you can mean a lot.” l

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South Salt Lake celebrates heroes at annual Freedom Festival By Holly Vasic |


outh Salt Lake’s annual Freedom Festival kicked off with a veteran’s reception on July 3 and ended on the Fourth of July with family fun at Fitts Park. With the death of South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell last November on the minds of the festival’s planners, they decided on a parade theme of “Every Day Hero” and started a new essay contest asking participants who they call their hero. At 7:30 a.m. on July 4, South Salt Lake residents, family, and friends gathered at the southeast corner of Fitts Park to start off the holiday with a 5k or fun run/walk. Participants of all ages picked up their running T-shirts, pinned on numbers and tried to beat Captain America—South Salt Lake’s own Dustin Permann—when the race began. Patrick Clifford came in first place, Jessica Golden was second, then Brennan Vasic, Hayden Seeley and Eli Morato. Racers who finished at Fitts Park were greeted with cheers, a snack, and a South Salt Lake 5k Fun Run/Walk medal. The parade followed the run. Children lined the parade route anticipating the candy

that would come with the procession ending at Fitts Park as well, where the Freedom Festival took place. The park was filled with inflatable activities, booths, food trucks, and more for everyone in attendance to enjoy. South Salt Lake’s Myrna Clark planned the festivities and was inspired to begin an essay contest from what she had seen in the past. “I remember back in the day there were several activities calling on the community to participate in whether it’s coloring an eagle, flag or writing a poem, mostly patriotic things. I remember an essay contest posted in the newspaper in the city that asked ‘What does freedom mean to you?’” Clark said. With the death of Officer Romrell on her mind she wondered what the South Salt Lake community felt about the people they call their hero. “Some of my best friends are in public safety. They have families, they are people willing to go out every day, day in, day out, rain or shine to keep the community safe, some even save a life and some give their lives,” Clark said. The essay contest had two categories, 17 and younger and 18 and older, with judg-

Princesses parade down 500 East during the Independence Day Festival on July 4, 2019. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

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es from different South Salt Lake City departments such as fire, police, the Promise Program, and parks and recreation. Elevenyear-old Jinan Farhan won the 17 and younger category and Lynda Brown, a South Salt Lake resident for over 35 years won the 18 and older category. Jinan wrote her mother was her everyday hero, for always being there and all the love she has for her. Brown’s everyday hero were men and women in uniform who serve their country or community, those who may not come home at the end of the day. Brown wrote in her essay, “Everyday

heroes is what this country needs to help us through. To protect and watch over our county and our community—May we find our Everyday Hero in our lives and become ones ourselves.” For Clark, the theme of hero throughout the festivities this year creates a space to pause. “I think we tend to go on our busy lives and forget those that make daily sacrifices for us. We should be kinder to each other, treat each other with respect and take time to be with each other.”

South Salt Lake Freedom Fest 5k 2nd place winner Jessica Golden and 3rd place winner Brennan Vasic after the race on July 4, 2019. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

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Granite Library—uniquely designed for South Salt Lake By Holly Vasic |


or over 100 years, Granite High School stood on the corner of 3300 South and 500 East in South Salt Lake. After ups and downs about what to do with the school once its last class graduated in 2009 and the doors were closed, the building was demolished two years ago and homes began to be built. Attempts to rezone the property for commercial use have so far been denied and now a piece of the land may take on a new, yet familiar, purpose and become the space for the new Granite Library. Other Salt Lake County branches will have to close to make way for the new branch, but the Director of the Salt Lake County Library System Jim Cooper said he is looking forward to a larger space with more services than the other branches can provide. Though heated discussions about the Granite High property have simmered down at the city level after the potential new Walmart was denied, it is still a hot topic at City Hall. “We are still working on the acquisition of the property,” Cooper said. “There are some hoops we are still jumping through with the city.” Currently, the 5 acres Salt Lake County Library hopes to build on is controlled by Wasatch Investments who are


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developing townhomes on the land. Despite this, an architect is on board and designs are being drafted. “We are continuing to proceed as if we are going to acquire the property,” Cooper said. Salt Lake County Library hopes to build a 30,000-square-foot building, according to Cooper, that pays tribute to Granite High School. “We are trying to make the presentation on the pathway, when it comes in, somewhat reminiscent,” Cooper said. But the building will have a more modern design in mind with the goal to “integrate the past with the future and present a great functional library,” Cooper said. The building’s surroundings are also considered when constructing a new library in Salt Lake County. “All of our libraries are uniquely designed and reflect the community in which they are located,” Cooper said. “It’s not a cookie cutter approach.” The Columbus Library in South Salt Lake and the Calvin S. Smith Library in Millcreek are the two branches Salt Lake County intends to close to make way for the Granite branch. Currently, Salt Lake County rents the space within the Columbus Center but when the time comes, they will release it back to the city. The Smith branch will serve

Millcreek in other ways. “We’re continuing to explore what the needs of the community might be there and intend to keep that in county control and, in some way, deliver a public service out of that,” Cooper said. Inside the new library more services, such as a creation space with resources like 3D printing and sound or video production, will be available, according to Cooper. The Granite branch will have amenities that Columbus and Smith don’t have room for such as a large auditorium, meeting rooms and areas in the back for staff. Though these new features may bring in more visitors to the library, Cooper said, “Our brand is books…we are one of the largest circulating libraries in North America.” Once the Salt Lake County Library System officially acquires the property, which Cooper foresees happening by the end of this year, then the project will go out for a construction bid in early 2020, followed by an estimated 14-month construction window. An expected opening date is spring or summer 2021. “It’s a work in progress,” he said, “but we are making progress.”

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ome of Utah’s own—either in competition with or in partnership with, much-larger design firms from both coasts of the United States—ended up with top nods in a competition to make the Jordan River more developed, with a stated promise to maintain conservation. “On the River’s Edge” was a creative way of generating urban, architecture and landscape design ideas and, hopefully, generating as much community interest in Salt Lake County’s efforts to reimagine a 3.5-mile stretch of the Jordan River Parkway and then revitalize the Jordan River through development of these ideas. The compact contest—spanning a three-month window from announcement to judging—culminated in having winners announced in a very apt location: South Salt Lake’s General Holm Park (proximate to the Jordan River Parkway Trail). The event took place June 27 with an audience of approximately 60 design competitors, municipal and county officials, and other interested parties. Winners were announced and design boards from all competitors were displayed. Competition categories included activation, connectivity, conservation, economic development and other areas of innovation for reimagining the river.

er’s conservation, economic development, recreation and connectivity potential. Wilson indicated wanting to deliver a master plan in 2020 and hit the legislature up for funding in next year’s session.

Jordan River reimagination draws national competition

To yield best-in-class creative and technical assets for the Jordan River development future, the call for aid went both far and near. Nationally advertised, the competition

ing degrees of design expertise judged the competition. Residents’ choice awards yielded what Salt Lake County says were nearly 1,400 votes.

Why design competitions?

Design competitions are common in the architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture space. Participating designers enjoy flexing their creative and technical skillsets for problem solving.

Resuscitating the heart of the county

The Jordan River Parkway spans 45 miles and covers three counties. Long neglected, the river became the recipient of formalized caretaking with the 1979 establishment of the Jordan River Foundation. With Salt Lake’s burgeoning population and challenges with the closure of The Road Home shelter, the river, particularly in South Salt Lake, has become a magnet for homeless camps, compromising perceived safety and recreation amid the bigger issue of humane management of the area’s homeless. The river is, nonetheless, “the heart of the County,” according to Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and is in need of serious resuscitation, particularly along the area running from State Route 201 (21st South Freeway) to just south of 3900 South. Urban design theory holds that river-facing design encourages residents to frequently visit and, in so doing, “take ownership” of the river. This then builds resident-stewards of the river, not only discouraging abuse, but allowing the river to thrive as an amenity, versus an eyesore or problem. Salt Lake County, the Jordan River Foundation and municipal mayors from Millcreek, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville and West Valley City wanted to spur creative idea generation to help inform a master plan for the area, and, in turn, serve as an inspired source to lobby the Utah Legislature to fund the riv-

The combined team of Blalock Partners and Loci informed their work on the design competition by having both offices get on bicycles and ride parts of the Jordan River trail system. The strategy worked: The duo cleaned up the $20,000 grand prize and another $2,500 award for its “Weave” concept. Competitors “Lighter Than Air” charged that the Blalock/Loci design was “the worst possible choice” for the environment.

drew a healthy blend of competitors from both coasts. Teams were often comprised of collaborative firms, with often one of them based in Salt Lake, and others—most often, environmental consultants—based elsewhere. “There are not many competitions like this in Utah,” said landscape architect and planner Tyler Smithson of Park City-based Bockholt. “So, when you see one? You jump on it.” Sixteen teams competed for more than $35,000 in prizes, which were donated by the Sorenson Impact Foundation, Mark Miller Subaru, Central Valley Water Reclamation and the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands. A jury of a dozen individuals with vary-

Sponsoring entities receive a lot of creative concepts at minimal cost. (In this circumstance, Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Foundation received numerous concepts across five categories for administration costs only, since designers charged nothing for their ideas, and underwriting sponsors covered all of the prize money.) Businesses that win projects use that those credentials to earn additional business, and possibly be awarded the vendor of choice for work on projects associated with the Jordan River. On the Rivers Edge competition was the brainchild of new Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Dina Blaise. Blaise, who became accustomed to running such competitions while working on the “Downtown Rising”

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campaign for Salt Lake City, wanted to bring could see, then evaluate entries, as presented the design contest idea to the county and lev- via social media. There was also no ahead-oferaged a unique blend of partners to sponsor judging public exhibit of the projects. and judge the competition. Julie Holbrook, a member of the South Jordan Planning Commission, a former mayTheir eye on the prize—and the Jordan or and a woman educated in chemical oceanRiver ography, expressed frustration with the exeThe combined team of Salt Lake Citycution of the project. Holbrook says she took based Blalock Partners and Loci were broadthe time to register, only to see virtually illy considered the big winner of the competilegible, thumbnail-sized images, without the tion for its combined “Weave” entry, wining ability to be informed by backup data. $25,000 in prize money and, likely, the much “Too hard to read,” she surmised. more important honor, the prestige of winning. The entry won the Top-Jury Award, the Connectivity Innovation Award, and the Economic Prosperity Innovation Award. Seattle-based MIG won the Peoples’ Choice Award and the Conservation Innovation Award for its “Jordan Rising” concept. The combined team of Salt Lake Citybased Landform Design Group and Amherst, Massachusetts-based Place Alliance won the Recreation Innovation Award for the duo’s “Reimagine the River’s Edge” concept. Three Salt Lake City-based teams—AJC Architects, ArcSitio Design and Bonneville Research— won the Activation Innovation Award for its three-worded “Live + Work + Recreate” entry.

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Blaise indicates the project is an evergreen one, and that she and other members of the county plan to exhibit the project boards—which some firms estimate they spent two weeks’ time researching and creating—in multiple venues over the next several months. Competition information, including project narratives and design boards from winning entries, is available online courtesy of the county, at “Lighter Than Air” presented an innovative entry, focused on cleaning air and leveraging the Jordan River to host a large-scale air-quality collection device, which would real-time report AQ data, then broadcast it, via edge.l an AQ stock exchange of sorts, along I-15 travelers’ routes.

Dignitaries and residents seek to weigh in

On hand at the awards ceremony were Wilson and Blaise from the county, Jordan River Foundation’s Lynn Larsen, Jordan River Commission Executive Director Soren Simonsen, Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, Taylorsville Mayor Kristi Overson, and West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow. “Energized, excited, with wheels turning” is how Wilson described the impact of the entries, which were submitted as digital renderings, accompanied by in-depth technical descriptions. Resident participation on the front end and voting process seemed severely thwarted by technical execution limiting how they Salt Lake’s own Blalock Partners and Loci teamed up to not just present their creative ideas, but come away the clear “winner” in the Salt Lake County- and Jordan River Foundation-sponsored “On the River’s Edge” design competition to reimagine a 3.5-mile stretch.

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said. It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound.

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green |

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at • eMTB “Adventures” at

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery.

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray |

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arc“Our hope is that the app will make shows all of the city’s trails with it easier for residents to engage with our each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.”

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell |

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.”

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca. There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore. Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

A 7-mile out and back trail that fea- recreational users including bikes, runners tures a river and lots of shade. It gains and families. 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman at an old mill. This hike contains history of A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views Lake Temple. of the valley. It is considered a moderate to Mountain View Corridor difficult hike by users. This hike travels the entire length of Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension the corridor and can be accessed at severBridge Loop al points along its route. The trail is mostly A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alpaved and includes several benches along though there is a long uphill section. The the way. It is frequented by several types of trail is well maintained and has frequent

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded and has logs to climb over and forts to hide in; it is only .1 miles in length.

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CITY NEWSLETTER Summer is a Great Time for “Kick the Can” but not “Kick the Can Down the Road”

It’s been a great summer in South Salt Lake with all the traditions and outdoor socializing that we’ve come to expect in our tight-knit community. The 4th of July Parade, Cool Summer Nights, Central Park Farmer’s Market, and Promise SSL youth summer activities Mayor Cherie Wood help make South Salt Lake great. I so appreciate the people that keep these traditions going and who understand their importance. As the Mayor, I see my job as supporting this type of community building by providing the infrastructure, public safety and basic services that are essential to our growth and prosperity. These things are literally the stable ground on which we build and improve our lives. That’s why this year’s City Budget Season was a great disappointment for me, my staff and so many residents. After 10 years of belt-tightening and budget cuts, it is time to invest in our City. It’s time to invest in our public safety, our infrastructure and basic services. But instead of doing that, the majority of our City

Council has put our city’s future at risk by kicking the can down the road. Here are a few examples: • Our Public Safety Departments – the men and women who risk their lives to keep our community safe – are in desperate need of a sustainable funding source. We have lost too many officers and firefighters to other cities because we do not offer a competitive salary. The South Salt Lake Council cut other city budgets to partially raise public safety salaries for one year. This isn’t solving the problem. This is kicking the can down the road. • Our stormwater program. It is essential that we manage our stormwater and comply with State and Federal water quality regulations – or risk fines, flooding and other greater costs. The Council has opted not to fund these maintenance issues – but rather to “study” them for another 9 months. This isn’t solving the problem. This is kicking the can down the road. • The South Salt Lake Council also used this year’s budget process to cut basic staff positions like parking enforcement. Street parking for residents has been an ongoing issue and creating a parking enforcement position is an obvious solution. But that position and others were cut from the budget. Again, we are kicking the can down the road with no plan for the future. These are short-sighted, shortterm “fixes” that will result in MAJOR budget problems for the City in the coming years. I know that several of our Council members understand the importance of investing in our future and I appreciate their support. I urge you to learn more about these issues and to think about the City we want to leave to the next generation. It’s going to take commitment and time, but I’m confident that if we work together, we can ensure that South Salt Lake remains a great place to live and work.

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City Council Corner – Summer is Rich in Heritage By Shane Siwik, City Council District 5 Celebrations are everywhere. This time of year, we seem to find ourselves constantly celebrating our rich diverse heritage. Fireworks light up the nights skies while we look back at our nation’s beginnings and one of the largest parades in the country marks those who settled our state. As well, this year we celebrate 150 years since the golden spike connected the country by railway. And by the time you receive this, we will have also since reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the moon. Communities up and down the state have themed events such as raspberry days, peach days, lavender day and many more days named after all sorts of fruits and vegetables. (Yet nobody dares take on zucchini days.) South Salt Lake has our Freedom Fest. Taylorsville has Taylorsville Days and so many other cities have local events commemorating their heritage.

Not only are there moments for us to express gratitude for those who have come before us in framing this community, this state and this country, but there are also moments to celebrate those who have brought their traditions with them from other parts of the world. We also celebrate those who were here in this land ahead of us. Our diversity is what makes us great and is one of the things that makes us who we are as a people. As the summer continues, may we find time to acknowledge all those who have come before us in helping to frame the land and local communities we enjoy. May we also take the time to recognize our own heritage within our families and acknowledge those whose DNA we share and who have made us as individuals who we are as well. Happy Summer! Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.

City Council Primary Elections There will be a Primary Election on Tuesday, August 13 for Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and one At-Large seat. The official ballot includes the following candidates:

In order to ensure the most material gets recycled, it is imperative that we eliminate plastic bags and bagged recyclables. Grocery sacks and stretchy plastic jam the machinery at sorting facilities. Many people think plastic bags can go in the recycling- and we all pay for it. We’re teaming up with Ace Disposal to further recycling education in our City. Tell your neighbors not to bag their recyclables!

DISTRICT 1 Jared Fitts Paul Olsen LeAnne Huff Jeanette Potter

DISTRICT 5 Shane Siwik Clarissa J. Williams Brent Hadley

DISTRICT 4 Portia Mila Addison Richey George E. Kellogg

DISTRICT AT-LARGE Rosemary Card Mary Anna Southey Natalie Pinkney

EARLY VOTING All eligible voters may vote in the County Clerk’s Office (County Government Center, 2001 South State Street, South Building, First Floor, Room 200) weekdays beginning July 30th – August 12th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION There are several ways you can register to vote: • Online Registration You can register online to vote by going to the secure. and completing the online form. In order to register online, you must have a current Utah Driver’s License or ID Card. If you are registering online, you must submit your registration at least 7 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election. • By-Mail Registration You may use a mail-in voter registration form that can be found in the Salt Lake County Government office or at If you are registering to vote using a mail-in voter registration form, you must mail your completed registration form at least 30 days before the election to be eligible to vote in that election.

VOTE BY MAIL • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day. • Ballots may be returned to any of the twenty ballot drop boxes throughout Salt Lake County (open 24/7) up through 8:00 pm on Election Day. The nearest ballot drop box is the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State Street. • Ballots may also be returned on Election Day to Vote Centers during polling hours 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on Election Day. The Vote Center in South Salt Lake is the Columbus Center, 2531 South 400 East. • Voters who update their address will be mailed a ballot up until 1 week before Election Day.

• In-Person Registration You may register in person at the Salt Lake County Election Division, 2001 South State Street, S1-200, Salt Lake City. The office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on weekends and legal holidays. You must register in person at least 7 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election. SAME DAY REGISTRATION You may go to an early voting location or Election Day Vote Center and register and vote at the same time if you have not previously registered or updated your registration after moving. You will be asked to complete a provisional ballot form, which becomes your voter registration form. Once you provide Identification and proof of residency, you will be issued a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted and added to the election results once the Election Staff has reviewed and accepted your provisional form for completeness.

Public Safety Summer Fire Dangers and New Brush Truck The State of Utah saw more moisture this spring then we have over the past few years. However, as warming weather turns swaths of vegetation into kindling, the possibility of brush fires increases. Brush fires can present a serious threat to lives and property. High winds, warmer temperatures, and drought conditions make fire seasons progressively worse. Interim Fire Chief Please take time in and around your home to clear leaves, Terry Addison dead vegetation, and debris that can ignite from embers. Smoking items should be disposed in a fire-resistant container versus discarding on the ground. Outdoor grills should be at least 10 feet from homes and buildings. You can safely enjoying your summer vacations, camping, and family reunions by practicing a few of these fire safety tips. Additionally, the South Salt Lake Fire Department is pleased to add a piece of equipment to our fleet and would like to express our thanks to Mayor Wood and the South Salt Lake City Council for funding our new Type-6 brush truck (pictured left) that will be used to combat brush and wildland fires.

There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. location to be determined. A recording with updated information can he heard by calling 801-412-3668.

Back to School: Slow Down and Stay Alert August brings the need for extra precautions around schools, crosswalks and playgrounds. As our kids get back in the classrooms we all need to take steps to be prepared and keep them safe. The National Safety Council has many tips, a few of which I would like to share with you.

• It’s illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children • Traffic must stop when the yellow or red lights are flashing • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus

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• Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

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SHARING THE ROAD WITH YOUNG PEDESTRIANS According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping our children safe: • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, slow down to give ample time to stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection • Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign, take an extra look even after they move to the side of the road to ensure you are clear to proceed • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas • Watch for pedestrians at all times and be extra cautious when backing up SHARING THE ROAD WITH SCHOOL BUSES • If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car; this will give you more time to stop and yield when needed


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3751 South 900 West The school is now under construction in the Riverfront Neighborhood. This will replace Roosevelt Elementary located at 3225 South 800 East. In conjunction with the school, the facility will include a new community center that will house a neighborhood center and afterschool program. The school is expected to be open for the Fall 2020 school year.

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3196 S. Washington Street Millcreek Station construction is progressing and will have 70-units with a mix of 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units. Fourteen of the units will be market rate, the remaining 56 units will target households with incomes ranging from 2550% of the area median income. Millcreek Station is across the street from the 3300 South TRAX station and will feature the following amenities: pool, fitness facility, children’s playground, and public transit passes.


This business has has re-located to South Salt Lake. Mountain West Mother’s Milk Bank is a nonprofit that collects human milk to serve and meet the needs of babies and their families in the community. For more information on their services, please visit their website

Community Happenings YOUTH CITY COUNCIL The City of South Salt Lake YOUTH City Council is now accepting CITY COUNCIL applications for the 2019-2020 school year! Become the next generation of leaders through active civic engagement, meaningful service, and learning about local government. Make friends, have fun, and be a youth on the move! If you are in grades 9-12 and live in South Salt Lake, visit youth-city-council for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.

Nominate a South Salt Lake Beautiful Yard

Mayor Cherie Wood’s Beautiful Yard Award is her way of thanking SSL residents who have made exceptional efforts that positively impact their neighborhood. Beautiful yards make neighborhoods more attractive and vibrant. It’s easy to nominate, please take a moment to contact the Urban Livability Department at 801-464-6712 or to recognize a deserving yard.

Congratulations to the Covili Family! Thank you for your commitment to a Beautiful Yard!

Community Happenings South Salt Lake Rock Star Employees Annually the City recognizes employees who go above their daily duties serving the City of South Salt Lake. Their knowledge and skills, while exceptional, are often outshined by their hearts and dedication. They are passionate about public service and the City is lucky to have them. They take customer service to new levels, reach into their own pockets when the need warrants and save lives as if they aren’t heroes. We are proud to present our Rock Star Employees!

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Art is alive and well in South Salt Lake because of YOU – Thank you for being a Rock Star!

Your positive attitude and willingness to assist every City department is why you are the Finance Rock Star!

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You are a dedicated employee who has even earned the title of ‘department recruiter’, your commitment to the City is why you are a Rock Star!

Your professionalism and commitment to keeping South Salt Lake safe makes you a Rock Star!

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Your dependability and coordination of numerous departments is why we call you a Rock Star!

Looking out for the good of SSL and seeking impactful projects that benefit our entire community truly make you a Rock Star!

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On multiple occasions you exemplify investing in our residents – The Fire Department is proud to have you be their Rock Star!

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Promise Coming Soon: Best Buy Teen Tech Center Promise South Salt Lake was awarded a grant from Best Buy, through the Clubhouse Network, to open a Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The Columbus Center will soon house the ďŹ rst of its kind maker and technology space in Utah. The construction is complete and the center is getting carpet, paint, new furniture, and last, but not least, awesome new technology! The space will truly be state-of-the-art. At the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, teenagers ages 13-18 in our community will be able to participate in a variety of projects, including, but not limited to, recording an album in the recording studio, ďŹ lming a movie with a green screen, taking photos and editing them in Photoshop, learning how to code, and so much more! The center will open for the 2019 school year, and will operate from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The program is free and available to SSL youth. To register contact Kayla Mayers at

Free movie nights highlight South Salt Lake summer By Holly Vasic |


outh Salt Lake’s first Cool Summer Nights took place at Fitts Park on July 12 with an inflatable obstacle course, a magician, popcorn and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Residents, friends and family spread out on blankets or sat in camp chairs with snacks from home or delicious eats from the Wasatch Deli and Catering truck. Before dusk, kids were awed and delighted by magic entertainer Paul Brewer who let spectators hold his star performer, the bunny, at the end of the show. South Salt Lake’s Mayor Cherie Wood was in attendance as well as Councilmember

Sharla Bynum. Bynum said, “Cool Summer Nights is one of my new favorite traditions in our city. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, support local food trucks and just relax with my family while enjoying a movie.” Bynum plans on attending all three nights. Cool Summer Nights is a new tradition for South Salt Lake and Bynum said it’s important for the community. “When our city lost access to the Granite High property, we also lost most people’s favorite tradition, the fireworks. It was important that we come up with new events to bring our residents together.” Bynum said Cool Summer Nights

Come fall, Riverview Junior High will be without two of the favorite teachers as Johnny and Patti McConnell Magic entertainer Paul Brewer shows kids a magic trick at Fitts Park during Cool Summer Nights on July 12. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

does just that and creates more of a community than just a city. South Salt Lake staff make this and other city events like the Freedom Festival possible and Bynum is grateful. “We have the best employees here in South Salt Lake, they truly care about our residents,” Bynum said.

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Local businesses brace for new Homeless Resource Center By Bill Hardesty |


The men’s Homeless Resource Center located at 3380 S. 1000 West is nearing completion. Opening is planned for mid-September. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)


oon, the men’s Homeless Resource Center will be dedicated and open for business. For many, the HRC is a physical showing of the community’s commitment to help the homeless. For others, concerns about the unknown still linger.

Brief history

As an outgrowth of Project Rio Grande, four HRCs were planned. At first, the plan was to build them all in Salt Lake City, but strong resident reactions moved them out of their neighborhoods. In March 2017, then-Mayor Ben McAdams announced that one of the HRCs would be built in South Salt Lake City at 3380 S. 1000 West. At the time, city officials fought back pointing out “more than 30% of the tax base in the city of 24,000 residents already is nontaxable because of the county service facilities it hosts.” In that area is the Unified Fire headquarters, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Unified Police departments, the Salt Lake County Jail, the Salt Lake Valley Youth Detention Center and the Oxbow Jail. The HRC was finalized in April. In 2018, the state legislature provided funds to SSLC to mitigate the impact, including paying for 12 new police officers and 12 EMTs. In May 2018, phase one of the permit process, only covering site and building issues, was completed and ground was broken. In addition, the county bought 13 properties along 1000 West. A Deseret News story published in January 2019, stated “...the new building has more than completely changed what once was a tight-knit neighborhood.” “It’s just swallowed it up,” Ryan Ringel [a former resident] said. “It’s gone.” The county spent over $7 million for the properties, including $4.8 million in county funds and $2.2 million in state funds. For now, one renter remains on 1000 West.

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While property owners were able to take a buyout, businesses and apartments around the site were not. Their feelings are a mixed bag. Pam Kelly, store manager of the Maverik station, located on 900 West and 3300 South, had experience with the homeless while working in Salt Lake and feels that “people need help. They need a second chance.” She found homeless individuals to be respectful and feels that the Maverik corporation has put into place procedures to negate the situation such as hanging “no loitering” signs. “Deuce” Ryan Roll, golf pro at Golf in the Round, on the north side of 3300 South, has no worries and has not heard any concern from customers. However, Christian Scott, the owner, has a more cautious approach. “We are waiting to see. I think having the course completely fenced helps. We might have to hire additional staff to patrol the golf course.” Other businesses, such as Pearson Tires and Salt Lake Valley GMC, have a “wait and see” attitude. They expect issues and will react as needed. Employees at Bedrosians Tile & Stone, 3280 West 900 South, tell a different story. They already have experienced problems like urination on the building and vandalism. As a result, they are contemplating some landscaping changes to mitigate the situation. They fear the problems will only get worse. The Sun River apartments on the north side of 3300 South, looking directly at the HRC, are already receiving 30-day notices from concerned residents.

Phase two

Phase two of the conditional use permit is now before the Planning Commission and still needs to be approved. In a planning commission work meeting on June 20, the commissioners worked through a draft of a long and detailed permit. The planning commis-

sion did not meet in July and the schedule for their Aug. 1 meeting, at press deadline, does not include this subject. Since the permit is still a draft, it is not public, and the video recording of the meeting has yet to be posted on the city’s page. Phase two of the conditional use permit focuses on operating the HRC. While much is still in flux, some details are available. The HRC is owned by Sheltering the Homeless, a nonprofit backed by the L.H. Miller family, and will be operated by The Road Home organization, a nonprofit that operates two shelters: a family shelter in Midvale and the soonto-be closed Road Home facility at 210 S. Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City. The facility will house up to 300 men. There are no plans to increase that number on a regular basis or in an emergency. No walk-ins will be accepted, and no non-current resident services will be available. Residents will only be accepted through a Coordinated Entry System. According to Sheltering the Homeless website, the system “will help people experiencing homelessness access temporary shelter (lodging) placement/ diversion, homeless-specific resources, and housing services in a much more coordinated, efficient way.” Individuals needing the HRC will be transported to the facility and if need be, returned to their entry point. Residents will have ID cards and must sign a Code of Conduct, which includes not using any illegal substances on the property or elsewhere. While a private security company will be within the center, law enforcement patrols are planned in the surrounding areas to prevent loitering. Food will be prepared offsite and delivered to the site three times a day. Residents are subject to unannounced searches including those by drug-sniffing dogs conducted by the South Salt Lake Police Department.

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South Salt Lake provides proper ways to dispose of bulk waste By Bill Hardesty |


ou’ve trimmed your sycamore tree and now have a pile of limbs. What do you do? 1. You take them to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill 2. You throw them away in your garbage can over weeks 3. You wait for your scheduled cleanup time or use another way provided by the city 4. You drag them to the vacant lot at the end of the street If you picked 1, 2 or 3, good for you. You did the neighborly and legal thing. However, if you chose 4, well, thanks for playing but wrong answer. As you drive around South Salt Lake and see vacant lots filled with broken furniture and trash bags, you can see that many people chose the wrong answer. This is not only disrespectful, it is illegal. “Illegal dumping is a criminal offense. Dumping on public/private lands and vacant lots is not only an eyesore and a form of vandalism, but more poses health risks to humans, animals and the environment as well as contributes to vermin/rodent harboring,” wrote Antoinette Evans, manager of the Urban Livability Department. According to the Utah State Code Title 76, chapter 10, sections 2701 and 2702, “A person may not throw, deposit, or discard, or permit to be dropped, thrown, deposited, or discarded on... other public or private land,...any other substance which would or could mar or impair the scenic aspect or beauty of the land in the state whether under private, state, county, municipal, or federal ownership without the permission of the owner or person having control or custody of the land.” Violating this provision is a Class C misdemeanor and violators would be fined no less than $100 and could be required to spend at least four hours cleaning up litter. Residents who see such behavior should call the police department, 801840-4000 for after hours non-emergency. Their response time varies depending on other enforcement issues. If the guilty party is not found, the property owner, who had nothing to do with the dumping, is now in violation. Evans pointed out that, “Unfortunately for the property owner, it does become their responsibility when illegally dumped on. We will attempt to make personal contact and will work with them to reach compliance. Once

Household yard waste illegally dumped on a vacant lot in the southwest part of the city. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

again if compliance is not met within a fer to a permanent location. This is an reasonable time we will move forward alternative to driving across the valley with citation(s), leading to abatement.” to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, which can cost $10 and higher, depending on City alternatives Semiannual cleanup: In May and load. With a free pass, residents can disNovember, SSLC sponsors yard clean- pose of bulk waste including home reup. Residents can place yard debris for modeling material on the first and third the city to take away with some require- Saturdays between 7-11 a.m. Passes ments. The yard debris can be placed are available in the Community Develbetween the sidewalk and the curb (also opment department located on the first called the parking strip), but it cannot be floor of South Salt Lake City Hall. For on the roadway or the sidewalk on main questions, call 801-483-6000. Roll-off dumpsters: Residents arterial streets. On non-arterial streets, can rent a 12-by-8-by-4-foot roll-off the yard debris can be placed either on the parking strip or in the street but no dumpster for $25. Elsewhere, the same further than 8 inches from the curb. No rental could cost you up to $295. This stack can impede the flow of traffic nor program is popular, and the dumpsters the flow of pedestrians nor access to fire go fast every summer. According to hydrants or meters. Stacks cannot be the SSLC website, “Residents may use higher than 4 feet. Loose clippings or roll-off containers to dispose of yard trimmings must be contained in a pack- refuse and debris, including tree limbs, age not weighing more than 80 pounds. leaves, shrubbery, and grass trimmings, Limbs and branches must be shorter as well as items such as used carpet, apthan 6 feet and no part of a tree more pliances, auto parts, etc.” Residents need to call 801-483than 8 inches in diameter or weighing 6000 to check available dates or stop by more than 80 pounds can be added to City Hall to make a reservation. Reserthe stack. The city will notify residents of vations are not accepted by phone and their pickup times through flyers, state- are made on a first come, first served ments on utility billings or other means. basis. Containers go fast so it’s best to Transfer station: Free passes are book in advance and have alternative available to the transfer station located dates available in case your first request at 502 W. 3300 South. A transfer station is booked. Deliveries are made on Monis where waste is consolidated for trans- days, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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In a new region, Cottonwood High enters 2019 with five new head coaches By Brian Shaw |

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The girls soccer team is one of five teams to feature new coaches this year. (File Photo/City Journals)


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or Cottonwood High School, the restructuring of the region in which it has been playing in Class 5A is probably a welcome sight. Three years after Cottonwood was placed in a tough region with the likes of Corner Canyon and Alta, and Timpview, Brighton and Jordan, the Colts now find themselves in a completely new league in 5A in 2019. Save for Brighton, Cottonwood will compete against all new schools in Region 6. Highland, Hillcrest, Murray, Olympus and Skyline will now be the Colts’ main league opponents as they brace for what will likely be a more balanced schedule with more beatable opposition. “We’re excited for the opportunity to compete in a new region,” said Cottonwood Athletic Director Greg Southwick. “We believe there will be a more competitive balance.” To that end, Southwick added that Cottonwood will welcome five new head coaches to ease the transition into this new region. The first hire was Casey Miller, the Colts new head football coach. A former head man at Hillcrest, Miller—who was the Colts offensive coordinator

last season under Bart Bowen—takes over a program vacated when Bowen departed to accept the head coaching position at Logan High. “We think Casey’s got what it takes to take this program to the next level,” Southwick added. In volleyball, the Colts brought in Rae Mulitalo, who takes over as their head coach. A Pleasant Grove High 2010 graduate who went on to play at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College before going on to New Mexico Highlands University, Mulitalo will replace Elizabeth Allred, who was a longtime coach at the school. The third new head coach is Amy Thomas, who takes over the school’s cheerleading program. She’s also a health sciences teacher at Cottonwood. The last two hires at Cottonwood come as somewhat of a surprise. As the school’s fourth new hire, Trevor Thornton takes over for longtime Colts girls basketball coach Janae Hirschi, who stepped down after having served in her position since 2011. Finally, Cottonwood welcomes Rochelle Neetlebeek, a new girls soccer coach replacing Kailee Sandberg after Sandberg took the helm for just one year.

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South Salt Lake rec kids sports program continues steady growth By Brian Shaw |


few years ago, the South Salt Lake recreation department was struggling. Often it had trouble finding enough children to compete in the sports it was offering, according to Dustin Permann, recreation coordinator. And so the department had to become creative. In 2019, the department is thriving. No fewer than nine sports and camps are, or have been, offered and that’s not even counting the activities in which the department teams up with the Police Athletic League and Promise South Salt Lake to oversee and operate. Starting with the city’s first-ever traveling youth baseball teams, South Salt Lake now has three baseball leagues in which boys and girls can compete: Machine Pitch for 7-8 year olds, Minors for children ages 9-10 and Majors for 11-12-year-old children. The league ran through April, May and June according to Permann, culminating with team pictures and awards and a ticket to a Salt Lake Bees baseball game. Basketball has always been a hugely popular sport in the city as well, according to Permann. Dating all the way back to the early-to-mid 2000s when department officials like recreation director Aaron Wiet, a former Utah Utes basketball player and now-retired city official Tony Fabela laid the groundwork for that program, it’s always been a major

draw. To that end, the city now offers a summer basketball camp in addition to its popular winter leagues. Beginning on July 15 and going through July 19, kids in grades two through seven will learn skills not only from city officials like Wiet but also get to visit with a Utah Jazz player who will make a special appearance. However, by far the most popular sport in the city is still soccer. For residents in fourth through sixth grade, and for only $25 per player, the fall recreation soccer league is still the biggest show in town. Starting September 11 and running through October, kids will have the opportunity to play soccer this fall at the Central Park Community Center. Like the baseball league, participants will receive a T-shirt, an award and a team photo and play anywhere from six to eight games depending on the weather. While soccer may well be the most popular sport offered among the city’s programs, flag football is also now available for children in the fourth to sixth grades. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Columbus Center field in June and July, kids will learn football skills, play games and get a T-shirt and award for their participation. Finally this summer, a fun golf summer camp for kids returns to the city July 29-Aug.

Recreation sports programs continue to thrive in 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ned T. Johnston/Released)

9 at the Central Valley Golf Course. talent for their programs, they also teach volA youth volleyball camp also made its leyball skills in a fun but competitive setting. return to the Columbus Center Gym this June For information on these programs and after debuting last year. High school and club more call the department at 801-412-3217. team coaches not only come out and evaluate

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you’re going; we don’t need another “127 Hours” situation on our hands. If you don’t want to get out of the car, (Don’t worry, I get that because driving through nature allows for air conditioning) scenic drives include: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Hobble Creek Canyon, Provo Canyon, Park City, Aspen Grove, Nebo Loop and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. If you want to take hiking one step further, camping is a quick and dirty option. Check out to find your perfect camping spot. Then, make a reservation. Good camp locations fill up fast. Most reservations require a small fee, ranging from $3 to $100 (for groups). Explorers may reserve their site through, the Utah State Parks’ website, or by checking the KOA’s campgrounds. Some of the best places to camp in Utah include: Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch State Park near Midway, Rendezvous Beach along the southern shore of Bear Lake, Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park along the Fremont River, Little Sahara in Nephi, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park in Southern Utah, Fremont Indian State Park southwest of Richfield, Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake, the Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park and

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