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eet Angel Flores, age 36. Angel was born in Salt Lake City and started using drugs at age 12. He is a long-term recovery addict. Angel lived on the streets for seven years. He now lives in an apartment on Main Street. Angel is now employed at All Weather Products in Salt Lake City. Two years ago, while on the street, he saw that the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition (UHRC) had set up a tent and asked what they were doing. He was told they were doing syringe exchange. He responded, “Syringe exchange. What?” Angel is now clean and volunteers with the UHRC at syringe exchange events and tells his story to participants. Utah Harm Reduction Coalition Mindy Vincent, a licensed clinical social worker, founded UHRC in 2016 after her own recovery. She is 12 years sober. She lost a sister to a drug overdose and knew she had to do something to save her little brother, who was also an addict. He is now three years sober. While there is no universally accepted definition of harm reduction, it is generally a public health strategy aimed at respecting drug users, reducing the risk of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and offering approaches to prevent or end drug usage. UHRC embraces this approach by focusing on individuals and their power to change. Vincent calls herself a “recovered addict” not the more common “recovering addict.” Vincent feels the key to long-term success is “becoming a new person.” “Build a life worth living,” Vincent declared. Vincent looked at current practices and concluded that if a person is labeled “recovering,” there is no end. The person always feels that a slip up can happen any time. They don’t see themselves in a new light, but rather just avoiding the habit as long as they can.

Vincent also realized, “I never asked [the addict] what they would like.” Vincent feels it is too common for recovery services to tell clients rather than listen to them. The UHRC mission statement declares: “Everyone is their own primary agent of change and we support their rights to choose their own definition of recovery.” “We meet them where they are at and don’t leave them there,” is an often-spoken mantra at UHRC. Sometimes, harm reduction strategy is painted as an “anything goes” approach. However, Vincent pointed out that “harm reduction has boundaries.” In fact, she said those boundaries are important as people build their new life. UHRC therapy approach is based on four principles: healing from traumas of the past; learning new coping skills; reducing risk factors in your life; and building protector factors. “Love is really the thing that heals,” Vincent observed, which is why participants are never kicked out of treatment. “People need to be allowed to recover fully,” she added. UHRC offers substance abuse treatment, free or low-cost testing, drop-in counseling, group sessions, recovery resources, and naloxone (Narcan) distribution. “We have provided about 3,000 kits and know of 1,000 reversals,” Vincent said. This means a thousand people are living rather than dead following an overdose. Syringe exchange UHRC is most known for their syringe exchange service, which is also the most misunderstood. At first glance, the notion that agencies can give clean needles to users so that they can continue to use seems nonproductive in helping people become clean. However, the evidence shows the opposite. Syringe exchange programs became legal in Utah on March 25, 2016 with the signature of Governor Gary Herbert. HB 308

Angel Flores, a long-term recovery addict, is working now and it started with finding a syringe exchange program by the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

went into effect May 10, 2016. The law states that agencies in Utah “may operate a syringe exchange program in the state to prevent the transmission of disease and reduce morbidity and mortality among individuals who inject drugs and those individuals’ contacts.” The law does not provide funds for syringe exchange programs, but it does provide guidelines and requires reporting. It also follows the restrictions of federal funding for syringe exchange. Currently, UHRC only holds syringe exchange events in Salt Lake City. However, they hope to expand into other areas soon because they see the need. They simply need an informed and understanding community.

This is not a “throw in the towel” approach. But rather a way to introduce treatment options to users, reduce the amount and the cost of HIV treatment as well as hepatitis B and C, and reduce syringe litter. Treatment options In an August 2017 information sheet, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that, “People who inject drugs are five times as likely to enter treatment for substance use disorder and more likely to reduce or stop injecting when they use a [Syringe Service Program].” At a recent syringe exchange on the west side of Salt Lake, participants stood in line to exchange used needles for new ones. For Continued on page 4

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health reasons, syringes are given in bags of 10. This means that if a participant dumps 1-10 needles, they get a bag of 10. If they dump 11, they get two bags of 10. They also are given a user kit consisting of items needed to inject and information about HIV and hepatitis B and C. If needed, they are given a safe disposal container. The items are given individually allowing the volunteer to invite the receiver to additional therapy treatments. It is like the practice used by countless other groups that offer items such as a warm bed or coffee and donuts so that the person can listen to their message. Since August 2018, UHRC has provided 6,300 treatment referrals. Reduce public health concerns It is common wisdom that preventing disease is less costly than treating the disease. The CDC reports, “[Syringe programs] saves taxpayers money by lowering the financial burden of treating the diseases and associated health risks” of injections. By providing users with clean needles, they are less likely to reuse or, in worst cases, share needles. The latter increases the risk of HIV and hepatitis B and C and the former increases the risk to the user. The website, Rehabs.com reported, “According to the Centers for Disease Control, needle exchange programs have resulted in a reduction of risky behavior by as much as 80 percent. HIV/AIDS cases have declined by as much as 30 percent. They are also cost effective. It can cost up to $12,000 to prevent one HIV/AIDS case through the needle exchange program, but it can cost $190,000 to treat someone infected with the disease.” BD, a global medical technology company and a manufacturer of syringes, stated on their website: “The harm you can cause yourself by reusing a needle is much greater than any convenience or cost savings. The tips of needles may become damaged after just one injection. Even though you can’t see this damage with the naked eye, it’s still there — and it may become worse each time you reuse. There are a lot of good reasons not to reuse syringe or pen needles: • The tip of a reused needle can be weakened to the point where it breaks off

2019 The contents of a user kit provided by the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition during a syringe exchange event. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

and gets stuck under your skin. • A reused needle doesn’t inject as easily or as cleanly as a new one and can cause pain, bleeding, and bruising. • Studies have shown that there’s a link between needle reuse and the appearance of lumps of fatty tissue that can form at an injection site (lipodystrophy).” Vincent commented, “They are already suffering. Why should they have to suffer more negative consequences?” Syringe litter With the 2019 opening of the Homeless Resource Centers, such as the one being built on the west side of South Salt Lake City, syringe litter is becoming a concern for neighbors. Syringe litter is discarded needles that could be picked up by others or stepped on. The CDC reports that a syringe exchange program “reduces the amount of needles found in public places by 50 percent and up to 90 percent of syringes distributed by exchanges are returned.” In addition, at UHRC exchange events, volunteers look for syringe litter and dispose of it properly. For Angel Flores, it made all the difference. “Syringe exchange gives addicts hope. Look at me. I cleaned up my life.” l

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Utah Independent Living Center hosts 5K race to raise money for programs By Cami Mondeaux | c.mondeaux@mycityjournals.com

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tah Independent Living Center (UILC) will be hosting its 29th annual 5K Run & Roll race on June 1 to raise money for the facility and the various programs it provides. UILC is a private organization in South Salt Lake that provides services for people with disabilities to become more independent in their homes and communities. “We live in a world… that is better because of the diversity that the community now has,” said Debra Mair, director of UILC. “I think people with disabilities are an integral part of… everyone’s community and they should have the same opportunities and the same rights as everyone else.” The center opened in 1982 as the first independent living center in Utah and is now the largest facility of its kind serving 2,079 in 2018, said Mair, who was hired as a member of the original staff. The nonprofit agency assists participants in multiple ways, providing classes that enhance their living skills. One of the most valuable skills is learning the difference between being assertive and being aggressive, Mair said. “We do a lot on self-advocacy,” Mair said. “Teaching people how to represent themselves well to get the services and the things they need.” UILC provides seven different programs

participants can enroll in, including Community Integration where people can engage in recreational activities in the surrounding area. It also serves as a way for the outside community to increase their understanding, accommodation and acceptance of the participants’ needs and abilities. “We try to help people become comfortable just participating out in the community on their own,” Mair said. “And part of that is also making the community more comfortable around people with disabilities.” These programs specialize in cultivating independence and self-value. “I think people feel so much better about themselves if they have a sense of independence,” said Kent Ryan, a UILC volunteer. “If they can do that on their own instead of having to rely on everyone else for their needs…. it helps [them] feel self-fulfilled.” Within these programs, there are several classes that teach basic life skills such as cooking, writing and housing. The center also provides individual care, allowing for a personalized path to community integration. “Independence depends on the person,” Mair said. “It doesn’t mean you have to do everything for yourself. It means you have some choices in your life.”

Some participants said the center was important for them to learn how to do things while being comfortable in the given environment. “When I first started coming, it was just my dad trying to get me to socialize with more people,” said Eric Swanson, a UILC participant. “[Before that], I was just spending time at the house and doing nothing.” Swanson has engaged in several classes with the center, including a writing and cooking class. He said it helped him hone his communicating skills and has given him opportunities to speak with others, including his legislators, about what he finds important. “[I think the center is important] to meet new people and to know there’s always help out there,” Swanson said. What makes the UILC unique from other independent living centers in Utah is that 51 percent of the staff have disabilities, using this to model important life skills in a way that is relatable to the participants. “[We] do this because independent living centers believe that the person who knows most about a… disability is that person themselves,” Mair said. “And sometimes it makes a difference if you have staff who are doing well and can model some skills, who you can ask questions to like ‘How did you do this?’ … I think it really does help to feel like you

fit in with who you are working with.” Most services UILC provides are free and don’t require income criteria, allowing for a more accessible program. The center relies on state and federal grants which is where fundraising opportunities like the 5K come into play, said the UILC directors. The Run & Roll 5K is held not only as a fundraising opportunity, but as a chance for people with disabilities to participate in an event they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. The 5K includes seven different categories: assisted wheelchair, non-assisted wheelchair, running, walking, hand-cycle, child runner and child wheelchair. It is not a competitive race and is intended for people who wouldn’t ordinarily run to socialize, said Kent Ryan, UILC 5K committee chairperson. “It’s a low-key [event],” Ryan said. “No one’s going to laugh at you if you don’t finish.” The race will be held on June 1 at Jordan River Trailhead Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.uilc.org. l

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This show, written by Bryan Dayley and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of sisters Stella and Hannah, the orphaned rulers of Icydale, as they attempt to come to terms with Stella’s icy powers. When the kingdom holds a royal coronation to make Stella queen, who should show up but Stella’s lying, villainous ex-boyfriend, Chaunce. Recently kicked out of his parent’s basement and eager to cash in on some royal wealth, Chaunce tricks naive Hannah into believing he’s the love of her life, and the two make plans to wed. Quick to put their plans on ice, Stella kidnaps Chaunce and drags him off to a remote ice castle. Hannah enlists the help of snow cone salesman Gristoph, his trusty sidekick, Moose, and freshly sentient snowman, Olive. Together, can they save her sister from slipping off the deep end? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the animated blockbuster, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Freezin’” runs March 28th through June 8th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “Saved by the 90’s Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from 1990’s mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.

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any high school baseball team in the state of Utah (20) across all six classifications. One week after a 7-0 thumping of Davis to open the 2019 season, the Colts hit the road for Arizona and the Scott Boras Classic. After those few bumps (narrow 3-2 and 5-3 losses to Corona Del Sol, Ariz. and Legend, Colo.) Cottonwood returned to Utah and has destroyed all comers since. An 11-1 annihilation of Timpanogos March 20 signaled the Colts were nobody to mess with. Cottonwood then hammered a good Taylorsville squad 10-0 the following week, beat a talented Layton team 3-0 on April 2 and wrapped up its preseason whacking Fremont 11-4 the next day. Region play then started at Corner Canyon the week of April 8 resulting in a Colts three game sweep. Cottonwood belted 34 runs against the Chargers in 15-2, 11-0 and 8-3 victories. A much more difficult region foe awaits the Colts after press time, however, in Jordan, the defending 5A state champions, followed by Timpview to round out April.

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Mayor Wood delivers 10th State of The City speech By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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Mayor Cherie Wood presenting her 10th State of the City speech. (Courtesy of South Salt Lake City)

• A police officer noticed a stranded vehicle blocking traffic and took quick action by spending his own money to buy fuel for the resident, then cleared out the traffic around them. • The 2nd annual Veterans Appreciation Reception was held which gave the community an opportunity to honor local veterans. • Neighborhood Nights kicked off throughout the city in an effort to hear from more residents, an example of the city government coming to local residents. • The Bike the Jordan River Trail and Float the Jordan River events introduced residents to the little hidden oasis in the community. The Mayor also pointed out projects that will soon be finished including a new fitness park on Parley’s Trail, a large expansion to Fitts Park, an improved State Street crosswalk at Gregson Avenue, a renewed vision for the Jordan River neighborhood and the creation of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center. For 2019, Wood is calling for an emphasis in three key areas – encourage quality economic development, update needed infrastructure and invest in keeping residents safe. Economic development The Mayor said, “The construction cranes are out in full force.” She highlighted the new county library planned on the former Granite High School property and the work being done by Tracy Aviary and Salt Lake County to create a nature center near the Jordan River. “We are creating an urban village with housing, jobs and services,” Wood declared. The downtown of South Salt Lake is reemerging with new residential, retail, and office developments on both sides of State Street and a mixed-use development planned

for the Granite Mill property on Main Street including office space, a hotel and a future residential phase. With the downtown well on its way, more resources will be assigned to “another area of great opportunity – the Jordan River Neighborhood at 3300 South.” While current development has reshaped the neighborhood already, “things are ripe for change and the City will begin working on a new master plan and studying how to create incentives for investments in this neighborhood,” Wood announced. Infrastructure “Safe and beautiful neighborhoods have efficient utilities, safe streets and sidewalks, comfortable lighting, and, of course parks, trees and natural green spaces. South Salt Lake’s infrastructure is literally the solid ground that we need to sustain and grow,” Wood observed. After recounting some improvements in 2018 such as rebuilding 2700 South for safer vehicle and bicycle travel and planting trees citywide, Wood called for increased funding on infrastructure projects. She called out the city’s stormwater system as an example. She commended the two-person stormwater department who “fends off flooding, odors and pests that result from clogged catch basins and drains. They are responsible for making sure all new development complies with strict regulations and addressing new runoff, so we don’t overload the system.” “This cannot happen with the same tools and funding levels we have used in the past. Cities all over the nation have been kicking the can down the road in terms of maintaining infrastructure for decades. South Salt Lake has to break this habit. We must invest in our existing infrastructure and the staff to maintain it to ensure the City’s future suc-

cess. We need to find solutions to storm water and other issues as soon as possible,” Wood concluded. Resident safety The mayor commended the men and women of the SSLC Police Department and the SSLC Fire Department. She provided two examples of how these individuals not only serve the community, but at times go beyond their job descriptions. She pointed out that “our South Salt Lake Police and Fire Department employees are paid significantly less than surrounding cities. I am not proud of this. It creates huge challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining our officers and firefighters. It also impacts morale and job satisfaction.” She declared that her No. 1 priority for 2019 is to create a sustainable funding source for these departments. In a recent work meeting, the city council also mentioned this is a priority as they began the FY2020 budget process. Best of South Salt Lake awards The event ended with presenting the Best of South Lake awards to residents and businesses. • Legacy Family of the Year: The Tonya & Rich Law Family • Education Leaders of the Year: Christine Christensen, principal at Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Milton Collins, principal at Lincoln Elementary; Valerie Berera and Malynda Cloward, the current and former principals at Roosevelt Elementary • Young Leader of the Year: Abdul Bari Ayubi • United Way and Promise Partner of the Year: Chevron • Employee of the Year: Lonela Robles • Council Champion: Ray deWolfe • Volunteer of the Year: Brynley Graham • Community Builder: Lesly Allen, SSL Arts Council • Equity Champion: Michelle LoveDay • Best Business Volunteer: Swire Coca-Cola • Best Coffee: Bjorn’s Brew • Best Small Business: As U Wish Events and Catering • Best Bakery: Délice Bakery & Café • Best Creative Industry Business: Beehive Distilling • Best Local Art Advocate: Derek Dyer • Citizens of the Year: The Codie and Travis Massey family More details about these individuals and businesses can be found in the Mayor’s speech and the city’s website (SSLC.com).

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City council tackles RV parking with new permit By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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hen grandma and grandpa roll up in their RV for a visit, be sure to hustle them down to the South Salt Lake City police station for a RV parking permit according to an ordinance passed by the city council on April 3 and signed into law by Mayor Cherie Wood the following day. The ordinance went into effect April 6 and requires that “No person shall park a Recreational Vehicle on any street, highway, or road within the corporate limits of the City of South Salt Lake” without a valid RV parking permit. One exception is if the vehicle is broken down for repairs not to exceed 12 hours. For $25, either a city property owner or tenant or a guest of a city property owner or tenant, will be given a RV parking pass that is good for 10 consecutive days. In addition, A random RV parked on a South Salt Lake City street. RVs are now required to have a parking permit. (Bill the permit is not renewable, and a new permit Hardesty/City Journals) will not be given for 30 days. A valid driver’s license, registration and insurance must be There are 10 roads or portions of roads 6. 3300 South provided for a permit. not subject to this ordinance mainly because 7. 400 East between 2100 South and The cost of parking without a permit is they are state roads. They are: Haven Avenue $100 for each occurrence. 1. 300 East and 500 East north of 8. Wentworth Avenue between 400 This ordinance also makes it illegal to 2700 South East and 500 East “run electrical cords, extension cords, hoses, 2. West Temple 9. Interstate 80 cables or other items above or across on the 3. 1100 West 10. 3900 South park strip or sidewalk from a residential or 4. 2100 South The why commercial property to a Recreational Vehi5. 2700 South The catalyst for this ordinance was cle.”

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pring is upon us, summer is on the way; and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels.

Safe Driving Habits

drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing does the pressure in your tires. lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone Keep car maintained will appreciate it. Others want to know what Since you’ll be regularly checking the you are planning. tires, might as well keep regularly schedLikewise, if you see a blinker come uled maintenance on your car. This can range on indicating your lane is that car’s desired from oil changes to transmission flushes. destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona Simply checking windshield washer fluid or 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can common courtesy, if we want people to use prevent serious issues happening on the road. their blinkers, then we should reward them Wash your car especially after storms for doing so. or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where Remember the blinker doesn’t automat- birds can drop their white business on the ically assume safe passage to the next lane. hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left And while your car’s sensors in the rearview untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. paint on your vehicle. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. Drive defensively There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. This means keeping distance between

troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving.

problems last year when recreational vehicles were parked on residential and industrial streets without any connection to residents. “Unless they are in violation of other ordinances, we didn’t have any way to move people on,” Police Chief Jack Carruth said when the ordinance was first proposed. This ordinance is focused on the “transient nature” of some RV users who “are often a source of illegal activity, including illegal dumping,” the ordinance states. The city council also stated, “Parking of recreational vehicles … has the ability to negatively affect public health, safety and welfare.” Other council actions During the same meeting, the city council passed (7-0) an ordinance repealing and replacing parts of the municipal code concerning storm water. This action was part of required actions from a 2016 State Water Quality audit. This action is 1 of 47 required deficiencies reported in the audit. In case of this ordinance, no major changes were made. The ordinance simply cleared up conflicting language and defined terms better.

It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.

Tire pressure you and the car in front of you. This one is almost as simple as the first. Touching their bumper does nothing for Check your tire pressure on a regular basis you. And if you need to get that close to read to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is

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After last-minute changes, council moves development of GHS property forward By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com

On March 27, the South Salt Lake City Council passed the ordinance creating the Granite Townhome district and the Granite Library district on the former Granite High School property. (Courtesy of Salt Lake County Library)

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hirteen is lucky when it comes to the Granite Townhomes/County Library zoning change ordinance that was passed by the South Salt Lake City Council on March 27. The city council passed version 13 of the ordinance. The Planning Commission recommended for approval version 11 on March 7. However, a version 12 was presented to the city council at the beginning of their meeting. This situation is unusual. As reported earlier, after much work by the applicant, city staff and the planning commission, an ordinance creating two special districts (Granite Townhomes and Granite Library) was forwarded to the city council with a recommendation to pass the ordinance. This zone change allows Wasatch Residential Group (WRG) to built 113 townhomes on the northeast area of the former Granite High School property and to sell five acres to Salt Lake County for a new state-of-the-art library on the northwest side. This was step one of a long process before ground is broken. In between the planning commission action and the next week city council meeting, WRG asked for “minor” changes which were incorporated into the ordinance creating version 12. However, on the day of the city council meeting, WRG sent additional changes. The staff didn’t have time to analyze and incorporate them into version 12. The changes requested were worked out during the city council meeting. March 27 city council meeting With Adam Lankford of WRG at the presenter’s table and Alex White, director of community development at the podium, the city council laboriously worked through the eight changes in the evening work meeting and regular meeting. “Our concern is that we set a high standard for townhomes. We should be stepping up rather than stepping back,” White began the process.

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Lankford countered with, “This is already an upscale project and it is a win, win, win for us, the city, residents and the county.” The first request centered around the placement of front doors on corner units. SSLC code requires the doors to face a street. The applicant explained that current design would not allow the door placement to change and felt that the wraparound patios on those units would fulfill the goal of the code. The second request was about the use and amount of enhanced cabinets and countertops. The applicant only wants granite countertops to be required in the kitchen allowing home buyers to customize their units. The code requires granite countertops throughout the unit. The third change wanted to eliminate the requirement of a clear transition between townhomes. Both agreed that the design as proposed with facade articulation fulfills the code requirement. However, the applicant pushed to include the black and white renderings in the ordinance for further clarification. At this point, Councilman Shane Siwik (District 5) commented on the distrust between the development community and the city. Deputy City Attorney Hannah Vickery replied that such distrust was a misconception and this work is required “due to the lateness of the requested changes.” Councilman Mark Kindred tried to push for a conclusion by saying, “I am okay with all of the changes.” Councilwoman Corey Thomas (District 2) seconded Kindred’s remark. However, the meeting continued discussing the fourth request about the amount of stucco. City code specifies the maximum amount at 20 percent. The applicant wanted 45 percent. Lankford said that stucco gave the project an urban feel and works with the design plans. He also said, “I want to do a quality project. Stucco does not mean a poor

With the passage of a zoning ordinance change, the development of the Granite Townhome and Granite Library district property is getting closer. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

development.” The next request was about the amount of transparency required on walls facing public roads. The current code requires the same amount of transparency (e.g., doors, windows) on walls facing public roads as on other primary facades. The applicant was asking for a reduction on the amount. After some discussion, the applicant agreed to remove their request. The sixth request was about the number of architectural features on garage facades. Since the applicant wants a “clean and urban look,” the design has garage doors facing each other. This allows the townhomes to face a green court. SSLC code requires at least two elements (e.g., window, lights, trellis) be incorporated into the design of facades with garage doors. The applicant was concerned that these elements “didn’t fit into our design.” The seventh request was about balconies and the placement of trash dumpsters. The current design has balconies only on townhomes facing 3300 South. The applicant felt balconies elsewhere “is not a good design element for the green courts.” The code also required that no dumpsters be against property lines adjacent to single-family residential areas. The current design has them placed at the end of turnarounds at the end of road. The applicant agreed to include balconies on all units facing the proposed library. The final request was to have two signs at each entrance. Current code only allows one per development. Vickery suggested, “The code should be updated to allow two signs.” Generally, the council voiced minor concern about one request or another. However, two comments are worth noting. Councilman Ray deWolfe said the council needed “to trust staff.” Later, Kindred responded, “On this project, I don’t think we can trust staff.”

In addition, Siwik voiced his frustration with the process by saying, “I am fine with it all. Why are we stuck in the minutiae? Let the market decide.” After the short discussion, Deputy City Attorney Vickery, City Council Attorney Douglas Ahlstrom and the applicant along with his attorney were excused to write the specific ordinance language. Meanwhile, the city council took up other business. The ordinance After some time, the attorneys returned with version 13. It was presented to the council with the following changes: • The side facade of townhome units facing a road will not be required to have a front door. • Stone or quartz countertops throughout each unit. • Balconies on townhomes facing 3300 South and the library. • Black and white elevations were added to the ordinance clarifying the amount of transition between townhomes. • No language about dumpsters and no change in the size of turnarounds. • Stucco allowed on the front and back as designed. • Elements will be added on garage doors. • Signs at each public entrance. The council approved the ordinance 7-0 on a roll call vote. Step 2 of many steps is completed. Councilwoman Sharla Bynum (District 3) thanked the staff and observed, “they are following code.” Mayor Cherie Wood added that her staff, “put other projects on hold in order to get this done.” She also added, “I will not order my staff to look the other way.”

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May 2019 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757 mayor@sslc.com

South Salt Lake City Council Members Ben B. Pender, District 1 801- 580-0339 bpender@sslc.com Corey Thomas, District 2 801-755-8015 cthomas@sslc.com Sharla Bynum, District 3 801-803-4127 sbeverly@sslc.com Portia Mila, District 4 801-792-0912 pmila@sslc.com L. Shane Siwik, District 5 801-548-7953 ssiwik@sslc.com Mark C. Kindred, At-Large 801-214-8415 mkindred@sslc.com Ray deWolfe, At-Large 801-347-6939 rdewolfe@sslc.com

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CITY NEWSLETTER Achieving a Balanced and Sensible Budget

Spring is budget season in South Salt Lake. It’s time to take a look at our City needs, revenue sources, and consider our future. I will be presenting my budget to the City Council on May 8 and it’s important for residents to understand some of the opportunities and challenges we face. The largest area of the budget is the Mayor Cherie Wood $27 million General Fund which provides many of the basic services we need as a city -- police and fire, streets, parks and recreation, and other services. The General Fund relies heavily on revenue from Sales Tax (42%). It’s essential to attract great businesses that bring customers from all over the valley. The next largest revenue source is Property Tax at 18.5%. Did you know that South Salt Lake has not increased its portion of property tax since 2006? South Salt Lake is collecting the same amount of property tax revenue in 2018 as we did in 2007. So, how are we providing a consistent level of service, new services and completing new projects? My staff has excelled at doing more each year with the same funding sources. Many of the city improvements that we enjoy come at no cost to residents – things like trails, park improvements, afterschool programs and more. These are accomplished through grants and assistance programs – which now contribute 13.6% of our General Fund.

But there are limits to these opportunities. It is time to address the need for sustainable funding sources for basic services like Police and Fire Department salaries, infrastructure and essential staffing. I have three priorities to address in this year’s City budget. 1. Invest in keeping our residents safe. SSL neighborhoods are safer than ever thanks to our amazing Police and Fire Departments. But these dedicated employees are paid significantly less than surrounding cities which creates challenges in attracting and keeping officers and firefighters. The City needs to consider a sustainable funding source for public safety. 2. Invest in needed infrastructure. Safe and beautiful neighborhoods rely on well maintained streets, sidewalks, lighting and utilities. We are challenged by an outdated storm water system that impacts the health of our residents, as well as wildlife living along waterways. 3. Invest in economic development. New businesses bring needed revenue to the City. As well as jobs and services to benefit our residents. There is more interest in SSL than our small staff can handle. We need to invest more in order to enjoy the returns that quality economic development brings. I invite you to get involved in this year’s budget process! Go to www.sslc.com/finance to learn more.

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City News SSL City Council Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.

New Resident CORNER

Tall Weeds & Grass Maintenance

City Council Corner

By Sharla Bynum –City Council District 3

Think about the last time you had an unexpected expense. Maybe your furnace? Or your car transmission? Chances are you didn’t have money set aside for a replacement. It’s possible that a better maintenance program could have even prevented issues. As budget negotiations begin, we should remember that well maintained infrastructure is one of the most important things a city provides residents. Over the years we have made significant improvements to infrastructure including additional bike lanes, completion of trails, ongoing road maintenance, sidewalk repairs, and regular maintenance of our water and wastewater pipes. But every year brings new obstacles, many unexpected. Our city staff work hard to complete high priority projects using the limited resources available. Some challenges extend from our aging infrastructure while others are from new standards and regulations. It’s time to think ahead and plan for our future starting with water.

Recently many municipalities have focused on water quality, specifically storm water. The health of our residents and the longevity of plants and animals that live along Mill Creek and the Jordan River, depend on our stewardship. It’s our duty to protect neighborhoods from flooding, odors and pests that result from clogged catch basins and drains. Poor drainage also damages roads and sidewalks causing safety issues. We are one of the last cities in Salt Lake County to identify a sustainable funding source for storm water management. This revenue would provide funding for many capital projects in your neighborhood, projects that have been ignored for too long. So let’s save for those rainy days that clog up our storm drain, but let’s also do a better job of maintaining our current systems while following state and federal law guidelines. Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.

South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary

Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: sslc.com/city-government/council-meeting Date 3/27/19

3/27/19 As members of the community, citizens and city leaders are striving to beautify neighborhoods. One way we can do so is through ordinances to improve the appearance of neighborhoods. City code prohibits grass and weeds from growing or being maintained in excess of six (6) inches. Tall weeds and grass are not only unsightly, but can also create fire hazards and havens for rodents and other vermin. If you have questions or concerns contact Urban Livability at 801-464-6712.

Trash Pickup Trash will be picked up on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27

Reverse 9-1-1 In order to be notified on your cell phone during an emergency you must register your phone number. Visit: www.vecc9-1-1.com/voipregistration

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Agenda Item An Ordinance Amendment for rezone of Granite High School Property from R-1 to Granite Townhomes and from R-1 to Granite Library An Ordinance Implementing RV Parking Permit and make other necessary revisions to Chapter 3.11 An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Chapter 13.76, 13.78, 13.80 and enacting a new chapter An Ordinance Implementing RV Parking Permit and make other necessary revisions to Chapter 3.11 An ordinance repealing and replacing Chapter 13.76, 13.78, 13.80 and enacting a new chapter

Subject An Ordinance rezoning the Granite High School property from R-1 to Granite Townhomes and R-1 to Granite Library

Action Approved

Next Step No Further Action

An Ordinance amending Title 10 of the City Code. Implementing RV Parking Permit and other revisions to Chapter 3.11 An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Chapter 13.76, 13.78, and 13.80 and Enacting a new chapter regulating post construction Stormwater Management Measures An Ordinance amending Title 10 of the City Code. Implementing RV Parking Permit and other revisions to Chapter 3.11 An Ordinance Repealing and Replacing Chapter 13.76, 13.78, and 13.80 and Enacting a new chapter regulating post construction Stormwater Management Measures

Moved to Unfinished Business for April 3, 2019 Moved to Unfinished Business for April 3, 2019

Further Discussion

Approved

No Further Discussion

Approved

No Further Action

Further Discussion


Public Safety Homeless Resource Center Update

Police Chief Jack Carruth

The doors of the new shelter will be opening soon to accept clients. The South Salt Lake Police Department has been working hard to ensure the transition of shelters go smoothly, and the impacts to our community are minimal. In an effort to keep you informed, here are some progress updates:

• The resource center is tentatively scheduled to open in September. Clients will be transitioned from the downtown shelter to the three new shelters located throughout the county. Once the transition is complete they will begin closing the downtown shelter. • The resource center locating in our City is owned by Shelter the Homeless and operated by The Road Home. Catholic Community Services and Volunteers of America will operate the other two centers located in Salt Lake City. • We are currently in negotiations with Shelter the Homeless and The Road Home for a special use permit. Once the permit is in place we will create a formal relationship with The Road Home to ensure that the shelter and surrounding area are operated to South Salt Lake community standards. The former shelter model requires residents to leave the center each morning, leaving them to loiter in the surrounding community until they line up in the evening to be allowed back into the shelter. Under the new model, residents of the resource center will be assigned a bed and allowed to stay inside the center during the day. This greatly limits the impact on the community surrounding the resource center. • We have been building up relationships with the courts, homelessness services, mental health providers and other non-profits. When officers are called to assist with public order crimes commonly associated with homelessness these relationships will give officers additional options to best resolve the problem at hand and dissuade future poor conduct. Our officers will be able to assist those experiencing homelessness by connecting them with needed resources, while still fulfilling their criminal justice role and create outcomes that are not viewed as purely punitive by the individuals officers come in contact with. The goal of the program is stop the cycle of individuals being arrested, released and re-offending which drains resources and often fails to address the underlying cause of the behavior. • The City of South Salt Lake, like most cities in the county, has challenges with illegal encampments along the Jordan River corridor. We have partnered with Salt Lake County and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands to prepare James Madison Park, General Holm Park and the Jordan River recreation area for the resource

centers opening. We have focused on quickly removing encampments as they are erected, including cleaning up any solid waste left behind. This deters new illegal campers from moving into the area and makes it clear that this is not tolerated in our community. We are taking a proactive approach by partnering with other agencies to remove overgrowth and invasive tree species which create cover and concealment and allow camps to go undetected in the area. This not only entirely deters camps from being setup, but also improves natural beauty and makes the area more accessible for recreation. Noticeable improvements are visible to visitors at General Holm Park this month. SHELTER THE HOMELESS NEEDS YOUR HELP! Shelter the Homeless is seeking representatives of the community near the resource center to participate on their Neighborhood Advisory Committee. They are seeking a business owners and residents that live within a 1/4 mile of the new resource center to participate. The purpose of each committee is to share information, solicit community feedback and support, collaborate in problem-solving and ensure adequate and accurate communication. The committees will be composed of the following representatives: • a business owner located within ¼ mile of the resource center; • a resident who lives within ¼ mile of the resource center; • a school representative, if any, within ¼ mile of the resource center; • a public safety representative within ¼ mile of the resource center; • a hospital representative, if any, within 5 miles of the resource center; and • chair of the nearest neighborhood community council (or designee).

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Délice Bakery 2747 S State on Wednesday, May 1, 9 - 10 a.m.

There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. hosted by SLICE 2233 South 300 East.

For consideration to serve in this capacity, or to nominate someone, please submit the person’s name, organization, address and contact information to info@homelessutah.org.

Thursday, May 9, Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 1-2 Tuesday, May 21, Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 3-4 Tuesday, May 28, Waverly Townhomes Clubhouse, 7:00 p.m., Waverly, Plymouth and Huntly Manor Townhome communities, Community Policing Zones 5-6 Thursday, May 30, River Run Condo Clubhouse located at 3807 South River Run Way (990 W), 7:00 p.m., Jordan River Parkway and Community Policing Zones 5-6


Business and Development Columbus Senior Center Highlights

New Development and Construction

2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 • 385-468-3340

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 9:30 a.m. EnhanceFitness Monday & Wednesday Modified Yoga - 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Tai Chi -10 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays U of U Exercise Class 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - Pickleball Wednesdays Movie w/ Popcorn - 10 a.m. Fridays - Line Dancing 10:30 a.m. Daily Lunch - Noon $3 suggested donation Come check out what the Senior Center has to offer! See us on Facebook: Columbus Senior Center

FORMER GRANITE HIGH PROPERTY Townhomes and Library

Wasatch Residential Group and Salt Lake County petitioned and were approved by the South Salt Lake City Council for a zone change for the north half of the former Granite High School property. The developer is anticipating building 113 Townhomes and a Salt Lake County Library at the corner of 3300 South and 500 East.

COMING SOON! A new assisted living and memory care facility is currently under construction at 654 East 3300 South. The facility will be a two-story 76 unit building that will be separated into two buildings. The project will have the following on-site amenities: doctors’ offices; salon; physical therapy; theatre; and an activity center. TRACY AVIARY

The Tracy Aviary is petitioning the South Salt Lake City Council for an ordinance amendment to allow for a Nature Center pilot project in James Madison Park located at 1111 West 3300 South. The proposed nature center will be programmed with educational and recreational activities to enhance activity and education along the Jordan River Parkway Trail. The pilot project is a temporary use that will act as a stepping stone to a larger nature center buildout in the future.

South Salt Lake City CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS Fitts Park Expansion and Mill Creek Trail Construction is well underway on a new park area at Fitts Park. This starts with Mill Creek Trail and a bridge to cross Spring Creek into a new expansion area west of the creek. This park will include a bicycle training course, fitness course and adventure playground. The expanded park area is expected to open in July. This has been funded by development impact fees for parks and Federal Community Development Block Grants from HUD. Ten New Murals New murals are being painted in Downtown South Salt Lake as a part the 2nd annual Mural Fest, presented by the South Salt Lake Arts Council and Utah Arts Alliance. Watch for artists at work on these colorful masterpieces along West Temple and Main Street. Included this year, a special commemorative mural painted along the S-Line for the 150th anniversary of the “Golden Spike” and

completion of the transcontinental railroad. A final celebration of the art and tours of the murals will take place on May 11th. More information at sslarts.org Bike Routes May is National Bike Month and lots of activities are planned by local bicycle groups and advocates to help you enjoy and explore. Try out the new bike routes that have opened on 2700 South and the extension of Parley’s Trail from Main Street to 300 West. One improvement to Parley’s Trail is a “protected bike lane” that aims to make biking more comfortable for all cyclists. Another addition is the concrete trail in the S-Line corridor, between Main Street and West Temple. Gateway Park The City is building a new park at 2230 South 500 East, next to the S-Line Streetcar station. Construction starts in May and continue into summer 2019. The park integrates into the design for the S-Line greenway and will become a destination for people traveling along Parley’s Trail, with fitness equipment, fun activities, seating and space for a farm stand. The project has been funded by development impact fees for parks and by Federal Community Development Block Grants.


Community Happenings

Volleyball Camp June 10 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 6th-12th Grades $10.00 – Deadline May 31

Basketball Camp

July 15 – 19 Grades 2-4 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Grades 5-7 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $10.00 – Deadline July 5

First Tee Golf July 29 – August 9 Ages 7- 17 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Central Valley Golf Course $25 – Deadline July 19

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Promise May is Mental Health Awareness Month In May, the City of South Salt Lake, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants from across the country are promoting awareness about mental health. Each year the group’s collectively work to fight against the stigma of mental illness, provide support, educate, and advocate for equal care, regardless of social circumstances. Annually the movement grows stronger, and while the group believes the issues are important to address year round, this month offers an opportunity to draw special attention and care to those affected by mental health conditions. In South Salt Lake, the focus is on mental health 365 days a year. The coalition meets monthly with partners to strategize best practices and resources. Additionally, the partnership with NAMI Utah has provided the opportunity to have City staff trained in model prevention programs; Mental Health First Aid and QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer. All training opportunities are open to the public. For those interested in participating in training or learning more about the Mental Health Coalition, contact Adrienne Buhler: abuhler@sslc.com or 801-520-7175.

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Salt Lake Valley celebrates Mexican culture May 3-5 By Jennifer J. Johnson | J.Johnson@mycityjournals.com

Mexican skirts have different names in different regions. In the Salt Lake Valley, the name is simply “wow.” Check out traditional dancing performances during this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations. (Photo Credit dbking/Wikipedia)

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ust as St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland does not assume the rollicking persona it has here in the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is more restrained in Mexico than it is in the parts of the United States which do celebrate it. According to the History Channel, Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is a “relatively minor holiday in Mexico,” which celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. Here in the United States, the holiday has “evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.” The Salt Lake take Enter Salt Lake County, where both Salt Lake City (21.3 percent of its population is Hispanic or Latino) and South Salt Lake (21 percent of its population) are cited by Wikipedia on its “List of Mexican-American Communities” and where the county is situated in a state where Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population, now comprising 14 percent of the state’s overall population, according to the US Census Bureau. “For the Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Hispanics who live in Midvale, Salt Lake County and Utah, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo represents an opportunity to revive our heritage, proud of who we are and grateful for how we have been received in our communities,” explained Jose Vicente Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Mexico’s consul in Utah. “It helps us showcase our culture, and our love for both countries and to share with younger generations the values that make us stronger,” the diplomat added. “We appreciate how cities like Midvale, Salt Lake County, and Utah have been welcoming to Mexicans and their interest in fostering our integration

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to the fabric of their communities and at the same time maintaining and supporting our expressions of our values and heritage.” With Lopez-Coterilla setting the tone here, The City Journals looks at what is going on in our neck of the woods – or en nuestro cuello de los bosques. Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 – Midvale’s 32nd UCDM Midvale City Park, Midvale, 50 W. 7500 South Midvale’s UCDM (Utah’s Cinco de Mayo) is literally the granddaddy of the valley’s celebrations. Longtime Midvale businessman and resident Fausto Rivas started the festival at the urging of the Midvale mayor 30-plus years ago. Today, at age 85, Rivas and his wife, Dolores, literally sit back and enjoy the festivities that West Jordan-based daughter Dolores Pahl and her husband execute, along with multiple generations of the family. “It brings me joy,” said daughter Pahl of the year-long preparations that culminate in two days of celebrations – neither of which is actually on May 5, due to its falling on a Sunday, a day eschewed by many in Utah for partying. Midvale’s population, according to the 2017 Census, is 23.5 percent Hispanic or Latino, giving the spirit of the festival authenticity boost. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Midvale Boys & Girls Club. “Our main focus is to give back to the community,” said Pahl. Friday, May 3 - Granger de Mayo Granger High School (Outside by ball field), WVC, 3580 S. 3600 West West Valley City’s Granger High School (GHS) is a Cinco de Mayo veteran, having produced its trademark “Cinco de Mayo Car-

nival” since 2016. As Utah’s second-most populous city, West Valley City (WVC) is even more diverse than Midvale, with 37.7 percent of the population being Hispanic or Latino. The high school is even more diverse than WVC, speaking to Utah’s growth in diversity coming from immigrants having families. GHS is 59.97 percent Hispanic or Latino, and is the only high school City Journals encountered offering up such an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration. The annual event garners an audience of 300-400 each year, and is planned and executed by the school’s Latinos in Action (LIA) class to share the Latino culture. Proceeds from the event support LIA classroom activities. On Friday, May 3, GHS presents the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Carnival, complete with dance, food, games, and, per the flyer, “So much more!” Attendance is free. All food items are $1. Most games cost $1, with special games like blow-up jousting and the dunk tank costing $2. Other games include soccer kick, a bungee run, knock the cans down, egg relay, balloon-darts, Foosball, cup pong, stack-the-cups, three-legged race, basketball shot, and sponge relay, according to Braydon Eden, Granger teacher and assistant coach of the high school’s soccer team. “We have speakers set up and will be playing music,” said Eden. “We will intermittently have dance contests.” Music will include a mix of Hispanic and popular American music. Bachata (from the Dominican Republic, with indigenous African and European musical elements), Cumbia (folkloric rhythm and dance considered “the backbone of Latin American music” by NPR), and Payaso del Rodeo (incredibly fast line dancing which one YouTuber depicted as “Not your typical electric slide,

more like electrocuted slide”) are all on the musical menu. Younger children will enjoy the face painting and balloon animals offered. The event takes place at GHS and runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m., preceding the evening’s soccer game against cross-town rival Hunter High School. Saturday, May 4 -Taylorsville ties tree planting with Cinco de Mayo Millrace Park, Taylorsville, 1150 W. 5400 South Fresh off hosting last month’s highly engaging “First Latino Town Hall” featuring the state’s Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and other representatives discussing politics — often in fluid, elegant Spanish — with citizens, the city of Taylorsville presents a Cinco de Mayo-themed tree-planting event where children can learn the benefits of ecological stewardship and cultural exchange. The first 40 children on site will receive pots and seeds to grow their own mini-gardens. All will help plant eight new trees in the park. The City asks that volunteers bring their own shovels and gloves to help plant the trees. Cinco de Mayo piñatas take center stage at 10:30 a.m. The event offers complimentary snacks and music entertainment. Taylorsville is 20.8 percent Hispanic, and this blended event is a great way to honor the city’s cultural diversity. Event organized and executed by the Taylorsville Parks and Recreation Committee and Cultural Diversity Committee. Sunday, May 5, Park City Culinary Institute, 1484 S. State Street For an event taking place on “the” Cinco de Mayo, The Park City Culinary Institute presents its Sunday evening Cinco de Mayo Chef’s Tasting Dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner courses are paired with tequila agave spirits from Eden, Utah’s craft distillery, the New World Distillery. Menu includes street tacos, mole verde and flan. Dinner held at Park City Culinary Institute in Salt Lake. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prix fixe dinner ($75) starts at 6 p.m. Guests limited to 30. Tickets still available at press time. Info@PCCulinary.com or (801) 4132800.l

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High Density Housing By Justin Adams | Justin.a@thecityjournals.com

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as city governments have to decide how to balance the needs of a growing population with concerns like infrastructure, crowded schools and traffic. Battles over specific housing developments across the valley have involved angry town hall meetings, the formation of community activist groups, petition campaigns, lawsuits and even a Utah Supreme Court case regarding the Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay. What complicates the issue even more is that it isn’t just black and white. What we’ve found is that few people are either entirely for or against high-density housing. Most people recognize a general need for more types of housing, but also want new developments to be implemented strategically and responsibly so as to minimize negative impacts to the surrounding area. NOTE: The poll data included here is from social media and therefore should not be considered an official or scientific representation of general opinion. You can help us get better poll data by following The City Journals on Facebook, responding to the polls and sharing them with your friends. l

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Granite Park Junior High School – 90 years old By Bill Hardesty | B.Hardesty@mycityjournals.com

Showing the diversity of the school, the Granite Park Junior High School choir performs at the assembly celebrating its 90-year celebration. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

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From its opening until the early ’80s, Granite Park Junior High was often described as “fun” and “winners.” However, with a boundary and administration change, the culture of the school changed. The school developed a hard reputation fueled by gang activities. Fifteen years later, bigger changes happened. Around 1999, Granite District started the musical schools tour. By this time, Central Junior High School had become Central High School, which was an alternative high school. Central High (now known as Granite Connection High School) moved to the old location of Lincoln Elementary at 501 E. 3900 South. Lincoln Elementary moved to the original location of Granite Park Junior High. Granite Park Junior High was moved to the old Central High School location. However, the move required a complete internal renovation of the building. Tim Frost, principal from 1999 to 2002, oversaw the move, but he also realized that with a new building, a new culture needed to be developed. As an act of courage, Frost realized he wasn’t the guy to do it. “I was too tired,” he offered in the video. Rob McDaniel came in as a mid-year replacement. He is credited with turning the ship around. “He focused on education. He provided a way for kids to meet their objectives. He focused on individuals,” Guy Marlow, a 19-year school custodian, observed. Under McDaniel, the school went from a 40 to 50 percent teacher turnover rate and only 7 out of 10 students attending to leading the district in many key indicators. This allowed teachers and administrators to spend less time on behavior and more time teaching students. Subsequent principals built on his success. Dr. Taran Chun working with the community instituted a vision statement that is still used today – Inspire Students to Dream of College and Be-

yond. Chun brought in the AVID program and soon everyone was carrying 3-inch organized binders. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national program to prepare students for college by focusing on writing, reading, critical thinking and organization. In fact, Granite Park Junior is an AVID Demonstration School showing teachers and administrators across the nation how it is done. Danny Stirland, principal from 2013 to 2017, challenged students and faculty to have 1.5-year academic growth each year. This led Granite Park Junior to be recertified as an AVID demonstration school and test scores being the highest among all secondary schools in the district. Current Principal Aaron Wilson is carrying on the tradition of Grizzly Pride by having multiple ways for students to find their passion such as guitar, dance company, archery club, film, and gateway to tech to name a few. At the end of the assembly, Wilson said, “Students, may we all pause to consider what legacy we have seen here today, the bond we share with those in our community, and the value of your education. Think of what you will accomplish in the next 90 years.” Community While the community surrounding Granite Park Junior High has changed over the years, a constant is the school’s commitment to it. Currently, the students represent 35 nations and there are 44 languages spoken. The school is a community center. It has a food pantry, active afterschool programs, and additional resources connecting student’s families to the larger community. At the family and community carnival, it was typical to see multi-generational families enjoying the musical performances, the rock wall, making slime or beating on the air pressure cannon in the science room. Granite Park Junior is also a generational experience. Marian Behunin attended Granite Park in 1978. Her daughter, Sierra Carter, attend in 2011. “I took every art class I could. I helped create the tiles that hang in the art hall,” Carter said with pride. Marlow, the long-time custodian, summed it up the best, “I love Granite Park.”l

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beautiful flower-resembling lei. If you, or your graduating human, really likes being cheesy (like me, I usually go socheesy I approach Gouda territory), you can make small graduation caps to put on almost anything you may think of. You’ll need a circular base, something resembling a lid of a jar or a bottlecap, some parchment paper, a button, and some string. Wrap the parchment paper around the circular base and glue or tape it down. Then, glue or tape a squareshaped piece of parchment paper on top of the circular base to create the top of the cap. Glue or tape (hot glue might work best for this part) a button to the middle of the top of the square-shaped parchment paper. Lastly, wrap the string, (which needs to be tied to create a circle, with cut segments of the string draped through the middle, and tied together to create a tassel) over the button. As mentioned, almost anything can be capped. You might buy a small jar from your local Michael’s or Handy Dandy (my nickname for Hobby Lobby) and make the lid of the jar a graduation cap. Then you can fill the jar with candy, gift cards, anything your heart desires. You can do the same thing with a lightbulb and use a cheesy saying about how bright the graduate’s future is. You could put little graduation caps on a handful of different candies. You might even attach a cap to the lid of a drink tumbler and fill the tumbler

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