South Salt Lake Journal | August 2021

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August 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 08




ver the last months, changes have affected South Salt Lake. One involves a reorganization in city administration, and the other concerns the vacant space at the Columbus Center.

Neighborhood department

On June 9, Mayor Cherie Wood and Sharen Hauri presented an ordinance to create the Neighborhood Department. The ordinance was passed on June 23 and Sharen Hauri was appointed director on July 14. While introducing the proposed ordinance, Wood said, "We also took the information from the General Plan survey, we heard loud and clear that residents’ focus is on their neighborhood. So, this is a great opportunity for us to listen to what the residents are asking for and formulate a department that will serve their needs." The catalyst for this action occurred many years ago. Wood and others attended the National League of Cities and Towns in Seattle. The group found Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods intriguing. The idea simmered on the back burner until


"With Monte's retirement, we looked at potentially rearranging and realigning current resources and employees to a department that would have a mission statement, all things neighborhood," Wood said. The Neighborhood Department divisions are Urban Design, Parks and Recreation, Facilities, Arts Council, Communications, Code Enforcement, and Animal Services. "So, we have the total package of things that people expect to happen in the neighborhood, and the person to communicate to them," Hauri said. The reorganization has no budget impact. Why focus on neighborhoods? "Neighborhoods are the foundation of your life in a city; your home is your biggest investment; your neighbors are your lifelong friends. The schools you attend are sort of the center of your universe when you have kids," Hauri said, "So, we have long known South Salt Lake is a small city Continued page 6

Sign outside of the Columbus Center asking residents for comments for the new Co-Op Center. (Bill Hardesty/City Journal)


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Martin Bates retires after 11 years as GSD superintendent By Bill Hardesty |


hh…the blessings of retirement. “I will go to bed at night on the 30th (of June) and turn my phone off, and it will be the first time in 11 years. So that it won’t wake me up at five on the first, and so I’ll sleep a little bit longer, maybe,” said Martin W. Bates, retiring superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has worked for the Granite School District for 26 years—the last 11 as superintendent. Richard Nye took the reins on July 1. Future In his retirement Bates plans to be a more hands-on grandpa. “We’ve got five and two-thirds grandchildren, and I’m jealous of the time my wife gets to spend with them,” Bates said. “In the past, she calls me from Thanksgiving Point at the dinosaur museum, or, from the zoo. They’re watching this baby gorilla grow up, and I’m texting from meetings that I’m in, so I’m looking forward to being a grandpa.” Bates told a story that one of his sons called because he needed to take a couch to the dump. Bates had the truck, but he had to schedule it in two weeks. “I ought to be able to go help him when he needs help. I shouldn’t have to schedule those two weeks from now.” The Bates are also planning some traveling, and they hope to serve missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 11 years of change Bates mentioned that technology had changed education over his years as superintendent. For example, he told a story about a measles outbreak in a high school 10 years ago. In that case, anyone who couldn’t show their shot record for measles had to go home without access to education until they were vaccinated. “I was looking at the technology that we had, and I said, ‘We got to be able to teach from a distance. We got to have the tools for that,’” Bates said. He credited this measles experience as the catalyst for preparing GSD for 2020. In between, the district did a lot of work about distance learning, but it was just theoretical. Then, with school closing, the plans went from theory to reality. “It was what a shock. Frankly, I’m so honored to have worked with people, shoulder to shoulder with people who stepped forward and did things they’ve never done before. In an environment where they were just more than a little bit uncomfortable,” Bates said. “Technologically infrastructure wise. We were perhaps a little more prepared for what happened this past year because of that experience that we’d had 10 years previously.” Another change is the morphing GSD demographics. Social-economic demographics continue to shift, and Bates says

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Former GSD Superintendent Martin Bates retired June 30 after 26 years of service—11 of them as superintendent. (Courtesy of Granite School District)

that the district and teachers had to move their teaching. “We don’t have any teachers that are teaching the same way they were teaching 10 years ago because they’ve got different students and different families in different neighborhoods,” Bates said. Ben Horsley, GSD communications director, added, “I think there’s this notion that school buildings and classrooms still look like it did when somebody graduated 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or 30 years ago. I think most people wouldn’t recognize what instruction looks like or what that classroom looks like.” Bates mentioned the importance of adopting best practices. He noted that there is so much more knowledge about teaching and learning than a decade ago. “Especially in our secondary schools, classes and classrooms and schedules don’t look like they did before. We’ve got this technical center next door where students are working with cadavers,” Bates said. “We’ve got second and third graders that are multiplying and dividing fractions. They used to not do that until sixth grade. So, the teachers had to step up because that’s where our society or community needs schools to do.” Another change is the increasing amount of public interaction. Bates observed that he had been more engaged with the public than his predecessors. For example, he started to hold town hall meetings throughout the district. He also created 400 to 500 “snapshots,” short videos where Bates answered a question. Bates said they ranged from “It is OK to eat our desk?” to “What are we doing with Special Ed challenges?” Another change is the demands on schools. Bates mentioned how the Armstrong Academy has these really tall tables for kids to sit around. The tables force students to lean into each other. “Just by the way it’s set up, they do group work. So, we’re able to do group work and research and productivity in real-world kinds of ways. Because the real workforce works in groups, they work in teams,” Bates said. “We are building schools so they can do much more real-world practice and use

Former GSD Superintendent Martin Bates talks with students. He retired June 30 after 26 years of service—11 of them as superintendent. (Courtesy of Granite School District)

real-world tools, elementary through high school. So, from the very architecture of the building to teaching methodology, we’re changing.” Administration accomplishments Bates was hesitant to list his administration accomplishments, but he did share some thoughts. “I think what we’ve done transitioning from a textbook lecture style to an interactive student production style. We’ve jumped miles in that direction,” Bates said. He mentioned they were always creative and aggressive in hiring and retention. They always were fully staffed on the first day of every school year. They focused on employees and their families. One of these creative initiatives is the creation of the GSD Wellness Center. The center is an instacare for GSD employee and their families and is entirely free. GSD is the only school district to have such an employee benefit. “I think we do, community engagement, better than we’ve ever done. Because kids go to school, but they’re also part of a larger community,” Bates said. “We get to work with their families and businesses and communities and siblings and parents.” GSD operates 30+ Family Engagement Centers at elementary, junior high, and high schools. Besides help for parents to interact with the district, many of these centers have food pantries. In addition, Bates served on the Utah Refugee Connection board, which is closely affiliated with the district, and on the Department of Workforce Services for refugee board. “My mother was a refugee, so I’m a first-generation American. English is my second language. And so, I look at those kids, and I see me. I see myself,” Bates said. “The difference. It’s all in education. Edu-

cation is what it’s all about. And that’s the future for everybody. So, the education this little gal, this little guy gets while they’re sitting in one of my schools is going to affect them and their children and their children’s children.” Horsley added that respect of his peers is another accomplishment. “If you talk to any of his peers at the Superintendent’s Association, they will point out that Granite is always considered one of the more innovative and progressive organizations and looking to enhance student learning,” Horsley said. “He knows each and every mayor in Granite School District, by name and they know him, and they know they can call him. If they have questions or concerns, and so he has preeminent credibility and stature.” Message to students To the students of GSD, Bates’ farewell message is: “We’ve done our best to give every one of them a teacher who cares about them and is going to give them what they need to be able to take the next step forward on their way to successful college career and lifetime experiences.” Message to teachers, staff and district employees To the employees of GSD, Bates said, “There is no greater profession. There’s no more honorable profession than education. When I say education, I’m talking about the classroom teacher and the principals who oversee and direct. But, still, none of us could do our work if it weren’t for custodians, for grounds, for glazers, for painters and HVAC technicians. Students couldn’t go to school if it were the same temperature inside as it is outside in January or in June.” l

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High iron and manganese levels found in SSL water By Bill Hardesty |


n June 29, South Salt Lake issued a water system health advisory for customers of the SSL Drinking Water system, which are individuals north of 3300 South. The individuals living south of 3300 South are customers of the Mt. Olympus Improvement District. “On June 29, 2021, elevated levels of manganese [măng′gə-nēz′] were discovered in the South Salt Lake drinking water system. The high levels were found at hydrant testing sites,” the press release said. It continued, “This is not a violation of a regulation. There are no federal public health regulations for manganese in drinking water. This notice is being sent because the measured concentration of manganese is above the EPA’s Health Advisory Level.” Manganese is found in many foods. It is considered an essential nutrient for humans and animals. In addition, it helps to keep the body running properly. The press release explained that “elevated manganese levels WILL NOT cause negative health effects for most people but can be harmful to infants under six months of age.” In addition, the elderly and individuals with liver disease should also avoid using tap water. SSL suggested that tap water should not be used to prepare formula or other food for infants under six months of age. In addition, the elderly or individuals with liver disease should avoid using tap water to prepare food. For individuals affected, SSL provided bottled water. SSL also noted, “brown discoloration in our water is caused by high iron content, not manganese. High iron content does not cause adverse health impacts.” The press release made the statement that, “Lab results tested on July 1 have al-

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ready shown a significant decrease in the level of detected manganese. The highest level of manganese samples taken on July 1 was .8. Ongoing testing will continue and be made available to the public until the .3 advisory level is reached.” Why and resolution The question of why remained until the July 12 South Salt Lake City Council meeting. Jason Taylor, water division manager, explained the events that led to the health advisory. Taylor has been involved with the SSL water system for 22 years with 18 years as manager. “No time during this incident were we out of compliance with any regulation or in violation of any rule,” Taylor said. Taylor explained that SSL has experienced discolored water for some time. In the 1980s, SSL started to add chlorine to the water for disinfection. However, chlorine reacts with high iron and manganese in the groundwater. It also reacts to cast iron pipes which make up approximately 70% of the distribution system. The result of both situations is red-colored water. In the early 2000s, SSL started a new entry process called sequestering. This process uses a chemical agent to encase the iron and manganese in the groundwater. It also created a protective layer on the inside of cast iron pipes. Taylor explained, “I placed an order for more sequestering chemical in midJune. Unfortunately, I was informed that there had been a shortage of the raw chemicals used to make our sequestering agent due to the pandemic. It was clear that we were going to run out of the chemical, and we would see an immediate increase in chorine in the water.” Being proactive, SSL sent out a message via social media to affected custom-

This chart shows the results of the June 29 testing. (Courtesy of SSL)

ers. The Utah Division of Drinking Water saw the post and contacted SSL. Taylor said, “They were concerned that without the sequestering agent, there would be a possibility of leaching lead and copper out of our pipes. This action would make our water corrosive.” The state required SSL to test the water for lead, copper, iron and manganese. Since SSL had to rush the samples, they decided to take the samples from fire hydrants. The state also required further samples using the first draw method the next day. This method requires samples to be taken from inside a residence or business at a kitchen or bathroom tap and only when the faucet has not been used for over six hours. The issue with this method is that officials need to rely on customers and often they forget. When SSL provided the first samples, “They showed no increase of lead and copper, and that our water was only slightly corrosive. However, they did show elevated levels of iron and manganese.” Taylor explained that this was ex-




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pected because the samples were taken from fire hydrants. Fire hydrants pull water from the bottom of the pipe. Drinking water typically comes from the top. Iron and manganese usually float to the bottom. However, the division still required the health advisory and required SSL to take five additional samples throughout the system each week. As a result, SSL collected 38 samples over eight days using the first draw method. “The highest sample was .0616 parts per million, which is approximately 1/5th of the levels set in the 10-day health advisory,” Taylor said. “The average of the 38 samples was .027 parts per million.” When the results were sent to the state, they immediately removed the health advisory requirement on July 3. Taylor mentioned that the city hired an engineering company in March to develop a unidirectional flushing system. The system will improve the ability to remove sediment from the system and reduce the amount of water needed to flush the system.l

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Continued from front page that's always had neighborhoods that kind of all knew each other, they're small little villages." Hauri explained that institutions that brought people together, like neighborhood schools or neighborhood churches, have changed over the years. With the demographics changing in SSL, "There's just a different cohesion to how people live in South Salt Lake, and a lot more of them are relying just on their neighborhood to meet people be their social group and to kind of come together to make things better." One of the recommendations coming from the General Plan work is that SSL should develop vision plans at the neighborhood level. For example, the Central Park neighborhood is different from the Riverfront neighborhood. With Hauri's appointment, the reorganization is completed. Vacant space With the building of the Granite County library, the Columbus Center branch was closed last year. For Hauri, this vacant space is like a new canvas to an artist. After soliciting ideas from residents and city staff, including Promise SSL, the CoOp was born. The Co-Op is not a library replacement. Instead, it is designed to support residents as they create business opportunities and provide space for the community to gather.

The Co-Op stands for Community-Opportunity. The center will have a strong foundation on digital access, employment help, and financial help. According to a fact sheet, it is, "A place for our community to work and gather with access to the tools that can help them connect, advance, and support one another." "We want it to have a small business and entrepreneur feel," Hauri said, "It is not a place you come to play games." Even though the Co-Op isn't fully built out, which will occur in October and November this year, the center is open. Lucas Horns, an intern in the Neighborhood Department, is at the center for 10 hours a week. Public WiFi hours are Monday-Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. Since there are no public devices, users will need to bring their own devices. The WiFi is available because of the Comcast Lift Zone project. In addition to Wi-Fi access, non-profit groups are meeting at the center. The center will have a Tech Lounge on the east side and a community gathering place on the west when open. There will be two large classrooms at the south end. One room is dedicated to the Arts Council. Community groups can use the other to hold classes. In addition, there will be small rooms available for video conferencing and larger spaces for collaboration. In addition, the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce will move into the location.

One advantage of the Co-Op Center is the opportunity to use free Wi-Fi and collaborate with others. (Unsplash)

This move will allow them to offer more help to entrepreneurs using the center to start a business. There are further plans to make the CoOp like a coffee shop. The plan is to remove the planter in the middle of the hall and build a small coffee counter. "So, imagine you're drinking your cof-

fee sitting at your computer like everyone does in coffee shops, and using the free WiFi, using the meeting rooms to have a private meeting phone call or video chat, or use the private meeting rooms for a small meeting or job interview or something like that," Hauri said.l

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Upcoming hearing is last time for public input on City’s General Plan By Bill Hardesty |


tarting in December 2020, SSL started to revise its General Plan. The effort is coming to an end with a public hearing in front of the South Salt Lake City Council scheduled for Aug. 11. Adoption could happen in that meeting or later. The public hearing is the last time residents will have an opportunity to advise the City Council and City staff on the future vision of South Salt City. “South Salt Lake is committed to making the plan magnify the voices of the community. If we are to truly build the kind of community that the residents of SSLC want to live in, we need to know what they want. We have spent the past several months listening to the residents and other stakeholders in the community, and the draft plan is the result of those conversations,” Julie Taylor, public relations coordinator with SSL, said. The state requires a General Plan for Land Use decisions, such as where high-density housing is developed or where a large box store is allowed. Over the years, the General Plan has expanded its application and its size. Although the current General Plan was 185 pages, this 2040 General Plan is expected to be larger. “The General Plan is designed to guide the City when making Land Use specific decisions. The community values that are discussed will be beneficial to all City leaders as they make strategic and operational decisions for the City,” Taylor said. “The General Plan is the foundational document that the City uses to guide development decisions and patterns in the City for at least the next decade.” The General Plan Utah State Code 10-9a-401 requires all municipalities to have a General Plan. The code does not outline a timeline for revision. Because the General Plan looks out 20-40 years, the typical modification is every 10 years. The standard plan looks out 20 years. “The General Plan is an advisory document to guide development within the city,” said Sean Lewis, deputy director of community development. According to the code, the General Plan must include a moderate-income housing plan, transportation, land use, and economic development. In addition, the General Plan may consist of such topics as general welfare, civic activities, aesthetics, and recreational, educational and cultural activities. A city may include plans for energy conversation, renewable energy, air quality, and historic preservation, and urban development. The trick is to write the General Plan broad enough not to hamper the city but also clear enough to guide land use. “A neighborhood is not a defined thing. Sometimes it is your subdivision. Sometimes your neighborhood is your church area. Sometimes your neighborhood is where you shop and go to school,” Lewis said last December. “This will help us clarify how we plan in those areas. For example, if we find a group of residents defining an area of the city as their neighborhood, we can tailor plans for them.” Lewis stressed that “the General Plan isn’t for city staff or the City Council or the Planning Commission. It is for the residents to define their city.” The journey The outreach initiative started with an interactive website ( On the website was a survey asking residents what they like and dislike in their neighborhood and in the city. In addition, there was a mapping exercise on the website where users point to something on the map they liked and point to something they disliked. A final activity on

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Economic development, such as the South City development, is a key part of the General Plan for SSL. (Courtesy of SSL)

the site was to define your neighborhood. In addition to gathering this data, the General Plan project team used surveys, including a value survey done by Y2 Analytics. They conducted numerous interviews with city staff and community stakeholders. In addition, the team led group discussions with Promise SSL participants, Spanish speaking residents, Youth City Council leaders, and businesses in the Creative Industries Zone. The project team wanted to hear from children and youth. So, they reached children from kindergarten through the 12th grade with age-appropriate engagements like drawings and essays. Project team members had district conversations via Zoom w/ city council representatives and residents along with pop-up events at the senior center, Bickley Park and Central Park, including Coffee with a Cop. They discussed the findings, goals, and strategies in detail at numerous planning commission and city council work meetings. Throughout the process, the team reached out using social media, the city’s website, newsletter, and utility bill inserts. Key findings Out of all that work came some common subjects: neighborhood livability, the city’s identity and pride, growth and general services. Within each of these critical findings are a variety of comments and concerns. Accordingly, they were incorporated into a revised 2040 Vision Statement. “South Salt Lake is a community that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. South Salt Lake is a city of safe and enduring neighborhoods where people are connected to jobs, vibrant retail areas, green spaces, and each other. As the City on the Move, we take advantage of our unique location and unparalleled transportation options. We are a modern city that is home to parks and green spaces, clean waterways, and sustainable services and policies. South Salt Lake residents embrace diversity, feel part of the community, and share an enthusiasm for their ‘small city with big opportunities.’” Draft General Plan

GP Ready 4: The development of more parks, like the expansion of Fitts Park, is driven by the SSL General Plan. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

A draft of the General Plan became available on July 22 on the city’s website. A draft of the plan will also be available at the Night Out event on Aug. 3 at Central Park. “Once adopted, the full general plan will be available at It will also be broken down and shared in smaller pieces via social media and other channels,” Taylor said.l

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City Council passes resolution supporting police department By Bill Hardesty |


fficers of the South Salt Lake Police Department were honored before the city council twice this year. The first time was during National Police Week when Sean Marchant, Chair of the South Salt Lake Honorary Colonels Association, presented a resolution supporting SSLPD on May 12. However, some language needed to be changed to be more SSLPD focused. The resolution was again proposed and passed by the City Council on July 14. Mayor Cherie Wood and all council members signed the resolution. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our Honorary Colonels for working closely with our mayor and city council members in the creation of the resolution. The support and respect shown by our colonels, mayor, and council members were heard by all our officers,” Chief Jack Carruth said. “The men and women of the South Salt Lake Police Department have endured the national spotlight that has come with criticism for our profession. For our officers to know that they are fully supported by the city and community they protect has only affirmed the sacrifice they are willing to make and recognizes the importance of what they do each and every day.” Resolution The resolution outlines seven whereas clauses: 1. The South Salt Lake Police Department protects our community from criminal behavior regardless of the circumstances of the day. 2. The South Salt Lake Police Department seeks to assist our community through a variety of nontraditional means, including non-arrest pathways that connect individuals with treatment and recovery programs to overcome addiction and homelessness and juvenile diversion programs to prevent minors from entering the criminal justice system.

3. South Salt Lake Police officers build relationships of trust with children and youth in our community by visiting schools and participating in afterschool programs and community events. 4. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum reports that as of December 31, 2019, 1,627 law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty during the past decade, a rate of one law enforcement death every 54 hours. 5. The South Salt Lake Police Department has experienced the death of one of its officers, David P. Romrell, in the line of duty. 6. South Salt Lake Police officers continue to protect the citizens of South Salt Lake, notwithstanding the political climate, and regardless of a person’s background, culture, age, race, or gender. 7. Efforts to undermine the South Salt Lake Police department will cause irreparable and lasting damage to our community. The resolution has three commitments from the South Salt Lake Police Honorary Colonels Association, Mayor Cherie Wood, and the SSL City Council. 1. Offer its sincere thanks and appreciation to the South Salt Lake Police Department who protects and serves our community. 2. Recognizes the great sacrifice our law enforcement officers, and their families make to keep our community safe. 3. Supports efforts to appropriately fund our police department in order to keep the city and its residents safe. The resolution will be displayed in the public area of the David P. Romrell Public Safety Building. South Salt Lake Police Honorary Colonels Association The South Salt Lake Police Honorary Colonel Association

Mayor Cherie Wood signs the Law Enforcement Appreciation resolution. (Bill Hardesty/City Journal)

is a community organization that provides funding and support for the SSLPD. They also participate in community service. According to, the organization has four objectives. 1. Promote a positive relationship between the police department and the community 2. Raise funds for the police department needs 3. Render aid to police families in times of need 4. Facilitate educational events and forums l



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Animal traps under the microscope after recent events By Bill Hardesty |


n July 8, a South Salt Lake resident posted on Facebook, "*WARNING* Attention residents in the area of 3765 South 600 West." The post went on to explain that another resident was using traps to catch small animals on their property, including a cat and a skunk. At this point, it is important to note, the homeowner was within their legal rights. "Homeowners are allowed to trap raccoons, skunks and feral cats on their property," Jenica Laws, Animal Services Supervisor South Salt Lake, said. The major problem was not the catching but how it was done. Neighbors reported to animal services that the trapped animals were left in the extreme heat of early July. "Having an animal trapped in a cage where they cannot escape the heat or other elements could be considered animal cruelty," Laws said, "This is why we require the traps to be covered and placed in the shade." After an educational visit with the resident who trapped the animals, animal services required the traps to always be placed in a shaded area. They also required a sheet or a cover over the trap to ensure the trapped animal is protected from the elements. A final requirement was for the homeowner to check the traps regularly throughout the day. When

an animal is found, immediately call animal services to pick it up. What does animal services do after that? If the animal is a cat, they are scanned for a microchip. If chipped, the owner is notified to pick up the cat. If no chip, they hold the cat for five days. If chipped but not picked up, the cat is held for 10 days. After the hold, animal services takes possession of the cat. The cat is spayed or neutered and placed for adoption. The SSL Animal Services shelter is a no-kill shelter. If a cat isn't adopted, animal services works with multiple rescue organizations like the Humane Society of Utah and Best Friend Animal Society to find a forever home. The aim is never to put down an animal. If the animal is a raccoon, the process is different. The law does not protect raccoons. In Utah, you do not need a trapping or hunting license to euthanize them. The Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has authorized SSL Animal Services to euthanize raccoons when they are received. If a skunk is trapped, it might be euthanized or released depending on the type of skunk. If it is a striped skunk with a single thick strip or two thinner stripes running across the back and tail (think Pepé Le Pew), they are not protected by law. DNR recom-

As a homeowner tries to catch a raccoon, a cat gets caught too. (Bill Hardesty/City Journal)

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mends striped skunks be euthanized, or they can be released. If a spotted skunk, which has patches of white rather than a line, is trapped, it is protected. Animal services release them into the wild. Traps Humane traps are available from animal services. The traps are not "neck breakers." A neck breaker trap does what the name suggests. When an animal comes into the trap, a bar comes down, breaking the neck. Some experts promote this idea because death comes quickly. The animal service traps are one-door live-animal traps. Once the trap is set, the animal enters and stands on a lever or plate in the back of the trap. When this happens, a door slides down, trapping the animal. "No harm comes to the animal when it is being trapped," Laws said. A $50 deposit is required and refunded when the trap is returned in the same condition. ID is needed and a completed trap loan agreement. Animal services ask people to only use the trap Sunday through Thursday. If the trap is used on Friday or Saturday, or holidays, animal services cannot pick up the trap.

Traps are available to anyone with an ID with an SSL address. Businesses in the city also can borrow a trap. Pet owners According to Municipal code 6.12.40, "It is unlawful for the owner or another responsible person having charge, care, custody or control of an animal to allow such animal at any time to run at large." Laws explained this means all "pets, including cats and dogs, need to be on a leash or contained on the owner's property." The code outlines if any damage occurs by an animal running at large, it is the pet owner's responsibility. It also defines running at large as any animal "found on public property or the property of another and is not under restraint." "We recommend that you have all your pets microchipped. This helps us identify the pet and the owners so we can reunite the pet with the owner," Laws said. If animal services does the microchipping, the cost is $15 for SSL residents. l

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Dr. Valarie Flattes appointed Associate Dean By Bill Hardesty |


wenty-two year South Salt Lake resident, Dr. Valerie Flattes was named the first associate dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Utah College of Nursing (CON). “I am delighted that the CON is leading health sciences in the appointment of an inaugural Associate Dean for EDI. I am especially excited to work with Dr. Flattes as she paves new paths in our journey for University of Utah Health to transform into national leaders of EDI,” Dr. José Rodríguez, associate vice president for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at University of Utah Health, said. “As we continue on our journey towards meeting our commitment to create a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, and patients, Dr. Flattes is well-qualified to serve as the CON’s inaugural Associate Dean for EDI,” Dr. Marla De Jong, dean of the CON, said, “A respected, experienced, and authentic leader, Dr. Flattes broadly embraces diversity and inclusion—including race, ethnicity, education, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, religion, and diversity of thought—and will champion for and create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment within the college in which to work, learn, and collaborate.” Dr. Flattes Flattes has served as a career line faculty member at the CON for 17 years. She currently serves as a clinical assistant professor and director for the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care specialty track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She graduated with a diploma in nursing from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1974. She later earned three degrees and two certificates from the University of Utah—a bachelor of science in nursing in 1997, a master of science degree as a gerontological nurse practitioner/ adult nurse practitioner in 2002, a doctor of philosophy in nursing in 2020, a health care management certificate in 1998, and an interdisciplinary gerontology certificate in 2016. Flattes possesses a range of clinical experiences working with diverse populations across the United States and has worked with college, university, and state organizations to promote health equity. Focusing on the health of those from underrepresented groups, Flattes has worked with the Utah Department of Health Office of Health Disparities Reduction, the Council on Diversity Affairs, the Utah Black Roundtable, the Utah African American Health Taskforce, and the CON Faculty Advisory Committee Diversity Taskforce. Her background in nursing includes medical-surgical nursing, obstetrics, long-term care, emergency nurs-

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ing, home health care, community engagement, minority health issues, and health equity. Associate Dean for EDI The new leadership position was developed to provide collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented leadership for CONwide EDI efforts and assimilate the tenets of EDI into the CON’s culture. In her new role, Flattes will lead initiatives to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into college culture, including academic programs, research, and scholarship; clinical practice; recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty; hiring and promotion practices; and community engagement. In addition, she will advise CON curriculum committees, develop, mentor diverse students and faculty, and optimize initiatives that support the belonging and success of all CON members. “The voices of underrepresented health sciences members who are faculty, staff, and students need to be heard. The University of Utah is in a critical place with regards to developing a needed plan of action that fosters breaking down the systemic barriers for equity and inclusion for all of its members,” Flattes said. “I have always said that there is work to be done. While the committees I have served on over the last 20 years have good intentions, this has been met with minimal movement. The recent events and violent acts of this past year make it imperative that steps be developed and implemented to create a climate of belonging and inclusion. The time has come to act on what we have developed over the past several years so that all faculty, staff, and students feel that they are welcome and included in the university community. I look forward to serving as the Associate Dean for EDI and leading initiatives to continue to develop a more inclusive campus.” “This appointment demonstrates the CON’s long-term commitment toward becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive college,” De Jong said. “Dr. Flattes brings historical knowledge and years of service to the college, university, and community and is poised to inspire the college to reach new heights.” College of Nursing (CON) The University of Utah College of Nursing was officially established in 1948. However, “the first CON nursing diplomas were offered in 1916 to a class of six students who trained within the Salt Lake County General Hospital,” according to the CON website. The CON developed the first midwifery academic program west of the Mississippi in 1965. In 1969, the college moved into its current building on the University of Utah Health Sciences campus. Currently, they allow 72 enrollments

Valarie Flattes has been appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Utah College of Nursing. (Courtesy of UofU College of Nursing)

into the undergraduate program for the fall and spring semesters. In addition, they also offer three master’s programs and two doctorate programs. According to the U.S. News & World Report, they have the No. 11 best nurs-

ing-midwifery program. The Doctor of Nursing is rated No. 23, and the online Master of Science in Nursing Program is ranked No. 38.

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Cottonwood football players prepare for upcoming season with rigorous summer camp By Brian Shaw |


n July, most kids were probably off camping somewhere in the High Uinta Mountains or fishing one of Utah’s many lakes and trout streams. But not the football players at Cottonwood High. Colts football players were busy preparing for what they hope will be a breakthrough season in this the third that Casey Miller has been head coach. And since Miller has taken the reins of the Cottonwood program, he’s started a tradition. “We’ve been doing this every year that I’ve been the head coach here,” said Miller of his summer camp that ran from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for five days this July. This year, the camp fell from July 12-16 at Cottonwood High School, added the head coach, who going into year three of what he expected would be a long rebuild, is beginning to notice some differences in the team coming off of its best season in almost a decade. First off, more kids are out for the football team this year than in years past. “We are at about 60 total kids [in grades 9-12] which is better than we have been,” Miller said. “Have more ninth graders than we thought we would.” However, in having so many new players to the team, the head coach also

Colts players attend football camp daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. for one week in July.

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found out something else that was rather interesting. “A lot never played little league,” Miller said. “So we will have a lot of work to get them up to speed.” This increased turnout according to Miller is a good sign that the Colts are on their way back into being a competitive team that will fight even harder on the gridiron than they did last year. The work the Colts put in at the camp, Miller added, will go a long way toward getting the team ready. These five days in mid-July were meticulously planned out for the 60-plus kids. For example, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., the team practiced in the cool breezes of Cottonwood’s stadium, then showered, changed and ate breakfast. After downing a smorgasbord of food designed to fuel and build up their bodies, the team broke off into groups of 20 and sauntered into three classrooms where they sat in three meetings taking instruction from Colts coaches and special invited guests every 40 minutes. After the meetings came a two-hour team-building activity in the afternoon that was unique to the day on which it was held, giving teammates new and old the opportunity to bond and find commonalities participating in five physically and mentally challenging team tasks. That’s important at a school that is open-enrollment and welcomes students from one end of the Salt Lake valley to

the other, thanks to renowned accelerated programs in the STEM sciences, as well as theatre arts. Following the team-building activities came a mid-afternoon lunch, at which each of the football team captains was assigned to eat with several of their new teammates, added Miller. Then the team broke off into small groups and attended meetings for two more hours. After the meetings was another twohour practice for the Colts from 5:307:30 p.m. before they showered, changed and ate dinner together before calling it a day at 9 p.m.—a ritual that they would perform for five straight days, mirroring something that most football players see at another level. But this is something that in most cases, Cottonwood’s players will not do due to their financial circumstances, said the head coach. “We try to provide them everything that other schools get when they travel to Snow College, or SUU, or some other camp,” Miller said. “Just a lot cheaper since we have kids who can't afford to pay or fundraise enough to pay for those overnight [college] camps.” One week after the Colts head coach gave the boys a week off to recover from the rigors of this boot camp, the Cottonwood football team was back at it on July 26 preparing for the season opener versus Summit Academy on Friday, Aug. 13.l

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Essential school bus drivers, nutrition, custodian staff needed for upcoming school year By Julie Slama |


s the school year approaches, many students and their families may be wondering who will open the door and greet them at the start of the school year as they board a big yellow school bus. Some area school districts also may be wondering as websites and signs across the Salt Lake Valley are posted, advertising bus driver positions. As of July 1, in Canyons School District, there were 40 positions open for bus drivers or 18% of its staff who transport about 20,000 students. In addition, 35 of the 55 attendant positions were available. Canyons School District Transportation Director Jeremy Wardle has worked in the industry the past 14 years, working his way up from driving while putting himself through college. “There’s always turnover,” he said. “I think the difference this year is COVID and the fallout from that.” Wardle said that a large number of the district’s drivers are on a second career, but with the extra protections during COVID-19 pandemic and drivers’ possibly health issues, there just were not enough drivers returning. Plus, he said the area has changed, which means more drivers are needed to transport schoolchildren. “Twenty years ago, Draper was more farmland than it was houses and now it’s the complete opposite; we’ve seen a huge population boost not only in our district, but in other districts. We’re becoming more of an urban setting. It seems to be the same way in all districts across the country,” he said. Jordan School District also has a need for drivers. “We always are short bus drivers; Every school district in Salt Lake County, or probably in the state, there’s high turnover,” said spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf. “And we’re a growing school district, so we always have more routes.” To attract more drivers, Canyons has boosted their salaries to $21.19 per hour for starting pay. Attendant pay is $14 per hour. Wardle said there are part-time and full-time positions available for the 180-day school year and full-time contracts come with benefits. Murray School District spokesman Doug Perry said Murray’s district also may be down a few drivers at any given time, along with the same numbers of nutrition services staff and custodians; the district also increased pay for those positions. “We only have about a dozen or so regular bus drivers and about four dozen lunch workers and a couple dozen custodians in total so our shortages might be two-three positions at any given time out of those three groups, which is pretty manageable,” he said. Pay in Murray District for bus drivers is $22 to $25 per hour; nutrition service, $13 to $18 per hour; and custodians are $11 to $15 per hour. Granite School District also continues to see “traditional vacancy challenges” in transportation and custodial departments as well as classroom and school aides, said spokesman Ben Horsley. “Part-time para-professionals continue to be difficult to find in this economy,” he said. “One strange challenge is the amount of open school psychologist positions we still have at this point in the year.” Starting salaries are about $21 per hour for bus drivers; $18 for custodians and $11 for hourly para-professionals. In Canyons, commercial driver licenses are required before bus drivers take the wheel, however, there is free in-house training and testing, Wardle said. Drivers also are expected to perform a pre-trip “look over” that ranges from brake check to light cleaning. Eight mechanics on staff are responsible for repairs. Additionally, there are trainings for the position from first aid and CPR to student management and emergency evacuation. Attendants also have additional training for working with stu-

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Signs advertising the need for bus drivers are popping up throughout school districts as there aren’t enough people to fill the routes. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)

dents with special needs and learn how to load a wheelchair and strap it securely, he said. Flexibility and schedules being similar to schools attract many personnel to the position. Wardle, when he was a driver, was able to study in between routes and said the position is attractive to parents, who start and end their day at about the same time of their kids and have the same school vacation schedule. “The kids are the highlights from drivers. They get to know them. They’ve seen them from kindergarten through high school. Some of them work well into their early 80s because they love the kids,” he said. While Riesgraf said Jordan School District has a “moderate” need for nutrition services staff, Canyons District is looking to hire 34 kitchen staff and 23 cashiers in schools for the upcoming school year, said Sebasthian Varas, nutrition services director. Starting wages increased for those positions in Canyons with starting pay at $15.50 per hour for kitchen staff who typically prep and cook meals and deep clean the kitchen afterward; and $12.16 per hour for cashiers, who are responsible for ensuring student meals meet with the USDA guidelines for reimbursement of the meal. There are advancement possibilities, he added. Canyons positions include training in equipment, first aid and district policies; each employee is responsible for having a food handler’s permit. Ideal candidates should be able to follow directions, work as a team, be able to meet some of the physical demands of the job and have a high school diploma or are working to earn a GED or equivalent, Varas said. He said that it’s an ideal position people who want day-time positions and especially, for parents. “If your kids are at the school, you work the time when they’re at school and you’re at home when they’re home. You

A friendly wave and smile is what students and parents expect this fall from their bus drivers, but some school districts are still hiring people to fill the vacant positions. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

don’t work any weekends or holidays and we provide you with a lunch and you’re making some extra money,” he said. “It’s a fun job. You get to interact with the students, which I think is fantastic. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life. I think one thing that we’ve learned from the pandemic is how essential the nutrition services workers are. So, if they truly want to make a difference in someone’s life, come and work with us. It’s hard work, but it’s a very rewarding position, knowing that we’re feeding students.”l

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The architect behind the Cottonwood High swim legacy is unassuming and humble By Brian Shaw |


he Legacy The legacy that the Cottonwood High swim team built over time did not start with Rhyan White, who is competing at the Tokyo Olympics in two events. There have been many great Colt swimmers who came before her, many of whom have gone on to have success in college. But White is unique in a very special way. “It’s quite an accomplishment to have an Olympian,” said Greg Southwick, Cottonwood athletic director. “It’s the first swimmer we’ve had as an Olympian, and it does a lot for not only our school but also the swim program.” The actual brains behind this Cottonwood Colts swimming operation is about as understated and unassuming as any great coach in Utah high school sports history. He takes zero credit for any of the Colts’ success—including White’s—despite receiving the very prestigious West Region Coach of the Year two years ago. He looks a little like Clark Kent in his prescription eyeglasses, a tall and wiry sort pacing back and forth across the pool’s edge while carrying a small leather zipped binder everywhere he goes that contains all the data he will ever need on every swimmer he coaches. He is meticulous, but approachable; competitive but realistic to a fault. But, it has been his process that, over time, has transformed supposedly average swimmers in their early teens into Supermen—or in the case of White, a swimming Superwoman about to compete in two events on the world’s biggest stage. And it all started for White and others on the club team he helped create, the Wasatch Front Fish Market. “He’s quite simply a state treasure, and we’re so lucky to have him here at Cottonwood,” Southwick said. The Architect The he that Southwick is referring to is none other than Ron Lockwood, the Cottonwood swimming head coach and Clark Kent lookalike who for years has quietly built this empire at the base of the Wasatch Mountains from a fish market to an aquatic giant. It’s one that has produced numerous state medalists and champions like Rhyan White, who Lockwood admits is “undersized compared to her contemporaries in the sport but also possesses this giant heart and will to be great”—traits that many of his Colts swimmers have had, argues Southwick. “At Alabama, they were able to build on what we weren’t able to build on,” Lockwood said about White. “In high school, you don’t have a strength and conditioning program, you don’t have a full-time swim coach and you don’t have a full-time team of coaches — everyone from health trainers to academic advisors — who are driven and who go in the same direction as you. The vision that they had for her career resulted in special things that ended up happening.” Despite churning out great swimmers who move on to major college programs and in the case of White, the biggest stage of all, the person behind their success wants very little of the actual credit. Instead, Lockwood prefers to point out his coaching staff or even the families of the swimmers themselves. Never will Lockwood ever refer to any accomplishment as something he did; it’s always us or we. When asked whether White was one of the best-ever swimmers he’s coached at the school, he deferred that again to others. “Yes, Rhyan was special but she was given a lot of

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Assistant Cottonwood High School swim coaches Kailee Sandberg (L) and Ashton Palmer (R) surround the Colts’ NFHS Regional Swim and Dive Coach of the Year, Ron Lockwood in 2018. (File photo courtesy Ron Lockwood)

tools from her age-group coaches to club to high school,” he said. “It’s important for people to know that if you have the right opportunities, anything is possible. I have been so fortunate to have had the same group of coaches for a few years now, the same administrators and so forth. Greg and Terri [Roylance, Cottonwood High principal] have also been instrumental in helping us do the things we wanted to do. I do hope that Rhyan and all of the other swimmers believe Cottonwood was a big part of their careers.” The Cheerleader Cottonwood’s athletic director Southwick said these comments are typical of Lockwood’s approach with any Colts swimmer. “He treats them all with fairness,” Southwick said. “He makes it competitive, of course, but the kids also enjoy it and I think that’s the magic formula that drives them to do their best.” It all started in the working class community of Stockton, California for Lockwood. The son of Roger and Claudia who got his start in the sport at the ripe age of 10, Lockwood earned a scholarship to Fresno State, competing for the Bulldogs’ swim team in the years 1992 to 1994. He then transferred to BYU in the years 1994 to 1996 after Fresno State was forced to drop its swimming program and became a team captain for the Cougars, helping lead his new team in Provo to a Western Athletic Conference title his senior year.

Like many who find their fit in coaching, Lockwood was good, but not great as a college swimmer. Although he was a high school All-American, his highest finish in an individual event came while he was at BYU in 1995, when he finished sixth at the WAC Championships in the 500 freestyle. From that point forward, Lockwood took the dive into coaching, bouncing from Utah to Colorado and back where he led club teams and high school teams to championships before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Utah in 2005. Three years later, the Wasatch Front Fish Market formed and shortly thereafter, Lockwood found his way to Cottonwood where he began molding region and state champions, year in and year out. More than anything, however, the longtime Cottonwood coach is happy when his swimmers are. “I’m just a cheerleader now,” said Lockwood, laughing when asked if he gave his first Olympic swimmer Rhyan White any advice after her amazing Olympic Trials showing earlier this year. “I’ve reached out to a few coaches and congratulated them, and just told them how impressed I am with the work they’ve done.” We’ll have more on White’s historic chase for gold in next month’s South Salt Lake Journal. l

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August 2021 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757

South Salt Lake City Council Members LeAnne Huff, District 1 801-440-8510 Corey Thomas, District 2 801-755-8015 Sharla Bynum, District 3 801-803-4127 Portia Mila, District 4 801-792-0912 L. Shane Siwik, District 5 801-548-7953 Natalie Pinkney, At-Large 385-775-4980 Ray deWolfe, At-Large 801-347-6939

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Green Light for the Civilian Review Board Last year, following the heartbreak and protests that erupted after the news of George Floyd’s death, we heard the concerns of those speaking out against acts of police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. In response I stated, “We have no tolerance for racial or any other injustice in South Salt Lake. Everyone deserves to feel safe no Mayor Cherie Wood matter the color of your skin, your gender, or identity. Our work will not be finished until we all feel safe.” Soon after, I began receiving messages from our community, City Council members, City employees, City partners, and others wishing for a more transparent and inclusive community. Overwhelmingly, I heard a strong desire for an independent civilianled process to review and resolve complaints relating to local law enforcement. This recommended Civilian Review Board (CRB) had the full support of myself, Police Chief Jack Carruth, and the City Council. As an independent means to review Police Department Use of Force incidents, Vehicle Pursuits, and make recommendations to the Mayor on resolving citizen complaints, we found the CRB could add value to our public safety efforts and, importantly, build trust relationships with community members. The first steps in bringing a CRB to SSL included research and gathering information from existing boards, including one from West Valley City. Beyond the difficult task of determining its scope and jurisdiction, City staff and the Council worked through the details to determine how many members to appoint and the specific duties and responsibilities of all involved. They also approved the funding necessary to implement the new board. After months of planning and discussion, the City Council approved the CRB ordinance on June 23, 2021. With only a few such boards in the state of Utah, we stepped into a new realm of discussion, and most importantly, listening. Although internal police and administrative reviews are in place and will continue to be utilized, we believe that the addition of a CRB provides another means of checks and balances and reassures transparency in our local justice system. The next steps in creating a CRB are to hire needed support staff and select board members. Per State code, one of my duties as Mayor is to appoint all statutory boards with the valued advice and consent of the City Council. We will utilize a 5-Step Process for board member selection to ensure a fair, unbiased, and qualified CRB. Those interested in serving on the board who apply and meet

the set requirements will have their applications reviewed by the Selection Committee composed of subject experts in the areas of racial justice, public safety, faith, civic, and municipal leaders. Those most qualified to serve on the CRB will then be interviewed by the Selection Committee. Following interviews, the Selection Committee will send their recommendations to me and I will bring them to the City Council for advice and consent. This is an open process, and next month applications will be available to residents and representatives of city businesses who wish to serve as Civilian Review Board members. I want to extend an invitation to those who are interested in getting involved. You can learn more about the role of board members by signing up for updates at, and attending the Civilian Review Board Information Session at City Hall, August 30 from 6-7 p.m. As a City, we are excited about the CRB and the great opportunity to engage the community and achieve the transparency and inclusivity the community members desire. I believe this is our next move towards demonstrating excellence in local law enforcement to all of those who live, work, and visit South Salt Lake.

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SSL City Planning Commission Meetings Thursday, August 5, 7 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 7 p.m.


What is Ranked Choice Voting?

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By Sharla Bynum, District 3 Salt Lake County jumped on board to pilot Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) shortly after Utah lawmakers voted to expand the experiment. This gave cities a quick window to decide if they wanted to participate in the 2021 municipal elections. Participating cities include Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Magna Metro Township, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake City, and South Salt Lake. RCV is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of choosing one candidate, you can rank candidates according to your preferences (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). Then the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and second place votes are assigned to the remaining candidate. This process continues until a candidate wins with an absolute majority of the votes. One thing to remember, you do not have to rank candidates. You will still have the option to only vote for one candidate for each position if you desire.

Adopt a Cat They make great pets. Animal Services is reporting a high number of (at last count 18) kittens available for adoption. Interested? Contact SSL Animal Services at 801-483-6024, or

Attention: Pay by Mail Utility Customers The City utilizes Xpress Bill Pay as our online payment processor and now uses their pay-by-mail service via a Lockbox facility. Mailed payments will now be sent to Lockbox via pre-addressed envelopes to: PO Box 989 Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Why Ranked Choice Voting? After much discussion, the majority of our city council determined the benefits outweighed concerns. RCV saves money, eliminating the need for a primary election and shortens the time candidates spend campaigning. But the most attractive benefit to me was the likelihood of candidates running more civil campaigns. Trying to earn your second-place ranking will hopefully keep candidates focused on the issues and avoid personal attacks. As we get ready to kick off our municipal election, I challenge all candidates and residents to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting. Just go to and let’s keep it classy South Salt Lake.

Payments may still be dropped in the box on the north side of City Hall and in-person payments are also accepted. Call City Hall with any questions at 801-483-6000

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South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary

Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: Date 6/23/21

Agenda Item Appointments by the Mayor

Subject Sean Lewis as Deputy Community Development Director

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Proposed Tax Rate on all Real and Personal Property Adoption of Budget for FY 20212022

An Ordinance to adopt a proposed Tax Rate on all Real and Personal Property for 2021 An Ordinance to adopt the Budget for the City of South Salt Lake Fiscal Year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022


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Small Changes Add Up • Check your irrigation system. • Water less. • Prioritize your watering. • Raise your mower.


Creation of the Neighborhoods Department

An Ordinance modifying the Municipal Code to create a Neighborhoods Department


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An Ordinance enacting the creation of a Civilian Review Board


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Creation of the Civilian Review Board Fireworks restrictions in South Salt Lake

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Public Safety Civilian Review Board Adds a Level of Trust Message from SSLPD Chief Jack Carruth

SSLFD at the Night Out Against Crime

An additional level of transparency and accountability has been added to our department by means of a Civilian Review Board (CRB). The CRB will review certain actions of SSLPD officers and encourage further community engagement in the policing efforts of the City. I wish to reiterate that I am in support of the CRB, and believe that the incorporation of the Civilian Review Board is in the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and officers of South Salt Lake. City Ordinance 2021-10 lists those actions which can be reviewed including, Use of Force, Use or Deployment of a Canine, and Vehicle Pursuit. I encourage you to stay informed by: • Reading the ordinance & signing up for updates at • Resident or business representative of SSL can submit an application to the CRB. • Attend events, such as the upcoming National Night Out Against Crime and Emergency Preparedness Fair (August 3rd) and the Civilian Review Board Information Night (August 30th)

Night Out Against Crime and Emergency Preparedness Fair

I have brought attention to a quote from Robert F. Kennedy on previous occasions. I find it to be even more true as we stand up our CRB. “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” Ultimately, the role of the CRB is to build a relationship with our community, by adding another level of trust with those who depend on us. Through the CRB we hope to build a stronger understanding of our roles and responsibilities and better serve our community. Looking forward to seeing you in August!

Civilian Review Board Info Night

Notice of Municipal Election The City of South Salt Lake will hold a Municipal General Election on November 2, 2021 to elect the following: • Mayor – 4 year term • City Council Member District 2 – 4 year term • City Council Member District 3 – 4 year term • City Council Member District At-Large – 4 year term To qualify as a candidate a person must be: 1. A United States citizen at the time of filing 2. A legal resident of South Salt Lake for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election 3. A registered voter of the municipality 4. A resident of the council district you are filing for 5. Not be a convicted felon (unless right to hold elective office has been restored). 6. Pay the $25 filing fee. The City Council has elected to use the Ranked Choice Voting method without a Primary Election. The candidate filing period is Tuesday, August 10, 2021 through Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The candidate filing deadline is Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Declaration of Candidacy forms or Nomination Petitions must be filed in person with the City Recorder’s Office at 220 East Morris Avenue, Suite 200, South Salt Lake, Utah, unless individuals are subject to Section 20A9-203(3)(b) of the Utah Code. If you have questions, please contact the City Recorder’s office at 801-4836027 or 801-483-6019 or email or

Tuesday, August 3 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Central Park Community Center 2797 S 200 E Bring the family! Come meet your neighbors, speak with City Representatives and other local safety partners.

Message from SSLFD Chief Terry Addison I hope you enjoyed the July holidays. I would like to thank all of the residents for your help in keeping July safe. The current firework ban helped our community by limiting the firework related fires that we had responded to in years past. Not only did this help in property conservation and personal safety, it also helped the City save a much needed resource—water! On August 3rd, the SSLFD as well as the SSLPD will be participating in the National Night Out. At this, we will get to connect with the community and share public safety and disaster preparedness tips. This year we will have an inflatable fire house where we will teach about fire safety in the home. Topics will cover exit drills in the home (EDITH), the importance of smoke detectors and safety in the kitchen. Additionally, we will have a booth set up in our yellow REHAB tent to share information and recruit those interested in our newly revamped CERT program. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area, such as basic disaster response skills, fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. We hope to see you all at the August 3rd Night Out Event as we have the opportunity to share our knowledge with you and be better prepared for what life may throw at us. See you then!

Monday, August 30th 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

South Salt Lake City Hall 220 E Morris Ave - 2nd Floor Presentation will be recorded.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

August 5, 2021 7:00 p.m. Visit for virtual event link.

Men’s Resource Center Neighborhood Meeting August 18, 2021 3:30 p.m. Join us for a monthly conversation via Zoom, Visit for the link. Questions? Contact Lindsey Edwards,

Community Happenings Granite Library Branch and Granite Townhomes Update

The current completion date for construction of the Granite Branch of the Salt Lake County library is mid November, with an opening for patrons tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2020. Granite Townhomes are also under construction, with 113 units.

Lunch on the Move Smoke-A-Billy Wednesday, August 18 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

SSL City Hall 220 East Morris Ave, North side Discover a new food truck each month!


Beautiful Yard Award! Congrats to the Biggs Family!

Mayor Cherie Wood encourages you to nominate those around your neighborhood who you believe deserve a Beautiful Yard Award—or you could even nominate a block for a Beautiful Street Award. It’s easy to nominate, to do so, contact the SSL Neighborhoods Department email at

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is seeking public input on active transportation needs throughout the state. Active transportation is humanpowered travel, such as walking, biking, using a wheelchair, or hand cycling. Infrastructure for active transportation includes sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, design for those with mobility impairments, crosswalks and more. Your input will help UDOT prioritize and fund active transportation projects. Visit to provide feedback in the following ways: • Take a 30-second survey • Fill out a comment form • Identify active transportation needs on a map • You can also participate by calling 385-360-1900 or emailing

Puncture Vine Hurts More than Puppy Paws Identify puncture vine (goathead) weed and get rid of it!

Community Happenings SLOW DOWN SPEED RACER! GET A SLOW DOWN SSL YARD SIGN FOR YOURSELF. While supplies last, take your pick, to remind drivers to drive safely in our neighborhoods. Slow Down SSL signs are available at City Hall—2nd Floor.

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ast year, the Cottonwood High football team finished with a 4-5 record, their best in more than a decade. As the Colts move into their third season under head coach Casey Miller, the plan is to improve upon last year in a number of areas. A weeklong summer camp that immersed players in football-related activities and team building exercises brought out 60-plus kids, the highest number of players attending this camp since Miller’s been the head coach. Several of these players are ninth graders and some have never played football, but Cottonwood returns at least 20 players from last year’s squad, including 10 seniors on a team laden with juniors who also played on the Colts JV/ Sophomore squad that was successful in 2020. “We have three of our top four running backs coming back, and our quarterback Brock Simpson is back for his third year as a starter,” said Miller.. “We also have four of our top five wide receivers back, and a new WR that moved in who will start both ways for us.” So with all of this experience to go with a few new faces, including a move-in who will play both ways for Cottonwood, Miller went to Athletic Director Greg Southwick and requested his team, that plays as an independent, can schedule better opposition than the two previous years. AD approved. “There are pros and cons with it, but we’re trying to rebuild the program and we’ve got to let the coach make those decisions,” said Southwick. “We’re going to support him in it knowing we’re getting more participation. Last year really generated some enthusiasm.” Cottonwood’s 2021 football schedule kicks off Friday Aug. 13 with a home game against powerhouse Summit Academy. A Class 3A state playoff quarterfinalist out of Draper, the Bears thumped Cottonwood in last year’s season opener. On Friday Aug. 20 the Colts will motor down Interstate 15 and Highway 6, stopping hundreds of miles away at Carbon High in Price, where amid a scenic, red-rocked backdrop, they’ll tackle the Dinos, a 3A team that Cottonwood narrowly defeated at home last year. The unofficial rematch tour continues Aug.

27 when the Colts travel to play a vastly improved Providence Hall, a team that has been an independent like Cottonwood and will now play in Class 2A for the first time in school history. By that point, the Colts should have an idea on where they stand. “We have four of our five top linebackers coming back from last year,” said the Cottonwood head coach. “And five of the six defensive backs. But, we only have one returning offensive and defensive lineman though, that’s gonna be the test.” In September, the games will get tougher for a team that is breaking in a few new players in two critical position groups. Cottonwood will take to the road for the third straight week on Sept. 3 to tackle Northridge, a school in Class 5A from Northern Utah that, like the Colts, were a perennial power in the 1990s and 2000s but has fallen on tough times. For the fourth consecutive week, Cottonwood will have to jump on the yellow bus for a Sept. 10 tilt at Jordan where the foe will be quite familiar, the Colts having played the Beetdiggers every year when they were competing in the same region. This meeting will mark the first in four years between the two schools, and it’s one that Miller said will be a barometer for where Cottonwood’s football program stands in year three of this rebuild. Cottonwood will then play its final away game of the season, a Sept. 17 clash at rival Murray. It will be another opponent from the old region days for the Colts, who last played the Spartans in 2019 and lost 69-0 in Miller’s first season at the helm. After taking a two-week break, the Colts will take on Jordan again on Oct. 1 at Cottonwood, the first time the Colts will have played at home in six weeks. On Friday, Oct. 8, the Colts will welcome Hurricane, a Class 4A school from Southern Utah and will close out their 2021 season with another home game, a rematch against 5A Northridge. In all, the Colts will play 10 games as an independent, one more than they had in 2020 as they continue to revamp the football program. l

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Cottonwood HS graduate Ali Ibanez will fulfill her Paralympic dreams later this month in Tokyo By Carl Fauver |


little more than three years ago, the City Journals introduced readers to Cottonwood High School senior wheelchair basketball star Ali Ibanez. She was a 4.0 student facing the big decision of which college to attend. In that April 2018 article she commented, “My real goal is to make the 2020 Women’s Basketball Paralympic Games team.” Guess what? On Aug. 17, Ibanez and her 11 USA teammates will board a Tokyo-bound plane. And, eight days later, Ibanez, 21, will fulfill that dream, when she competes in her first Paralympic game, versus the Netherlands. Japan will be the seventh foreign country she has visited, playing her game and pursuing that dream. “So far I’ve been to the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Australia and Peru for competitions as well as friendlies,” she said. “This will be my first time going to Japan—I’m pretty excited about it!” Born with a congenital disease called arthrogryposis, Ibanez has never walked. But unlike most people with the condition, it has not debilitated her upper body. That rare fortune has allowed her to play wheelchair basketball since she was 13 years old. “My older sister was babysitting for a family that lived across the street from Woodstock Elementary School (6015 S. 1300 East),” Ibanez said. “She called me from there to say, ‘You’ve got to hurry over here to see this.’ What she had seen was a wheelchair basketball team arriving and unloading for practice.” That group, the Utah Rush wheelchair basketball team, was coached by Marilyn Blakley. “Ali came right over to talk to us,” Blakley recalled. “And it wasn’t long before she was on our team. The U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team is the most prestigious team any of our Rush players have been on.” Back in 2018, Ibanez was named to the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team by head coach Trooper Johnson, himself a former wheelchair basketball star. Two years later, in March 2020—just days before COVID-19 shut down the sports world—coach Johnson also selected her for his USA Paralympic team. “Ali is incredibly coachable,

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USA Paralympic basketball player Ali Ibanez graduated from Cottonwood HS in 2018. (Courtesy of Tiffanie Ibanez)

butt off,” Johnson said. “You ask her to do something and she will go out and do it. (In the Paralympic Games) I probably see her as a sixth man, the way the lineup is. She is coming in to offer a lot. Ali is more of a defensive specialist and small forward.” Ibanez says she will be happy to help the team however the coach needs her. “I expect to be as supportive and as prepared as possible, wherever I’m needed, whether it be on the court or not,” she said. “In relation to on-court expectations, I am prepared to help get my teammates open on offense as well as utilize my defensive capabilities.” After claiming the 2016 Paralympic Women’s Basketball gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, the USA team will have the biggest bullseye on its back, of any team in Tokyo. However, they may also have suffered the biggest setback among the teams, thanks to coronavirus. “When the Paralympic Games were delayed a year because of COVID, three of my 12 team members resigned (for various personal reasons, not because they had the disease),” coach Johnson said. “One of the three, Becca Murray, was the leading scorer on that 2016 gold medal team. She is a unique athlete we could plug in anywhere. We’ve had to rework the offense.” Once Ibanez’s team gets started on Aug. 25, their games come fast

Former Murray resident Ali Ibanez is known for her aggressive defensive play on the wheelchair basketball court. (rolli-pictures. de)

and furious. After the Netherlands on that Wednesday, they face Spain the next day (Aug. 26), China two days later (Aug. 28) and Algeria the day after that (Aug. 29). Assuming USA advances out of pool play—eight of the 10 teams do—Ibanez and her teammates play their quarterfinal game Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Women’s Paralympic Basketball semifinal games are on Sept. 2, with the gold and bronze medal games two days later (Sept. 4), the day before the Paralympic Games closing ceremony. “I’m not sure if I can find the right word for (how excited I am to be on the Paralympic team),” Ibanez said. “I’ve had this goal since I watched the team compete in Rio in 2016. It was definitely a surreal moment when I had the honor of accepting a spot on the roster in 2020 and once again just a few weeks ago. I hope my effort and hard work demonstrates to others, noth-

ing comes easy. But by trusting the process, and keeping sight on one’s goals, success becomes inevitable.” According to her Team USA profile (, Ibanez is the “daughter of Tiffanie and Sergio Ibanez…has four sisters, Andrea, Elizabeth, her twin Elena, and Brook, and two brothers, Gabe and Isaac…with hobbies that include drawing and sketching, rock climbing and reading mystery and crime novels.” As for playing in virtually empty Tokyo arenas due to the pandemic, she admits it will be different. “We’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of games with a developing men’s team while training in Ohio over the summer without in-person fans,” Ibanez said. “But, as far as having no in-person fans goes, I think it will be pretty strange especially during a competition as elite as the Paralympic Games.”

Following the Tokyo games, Ibanez will return to the Midwest to begin her senior year at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She’s majoring in graphic design and will continue playing for the women’s wheelchair basketball team there, coached by Stephanie Wheeler. But assuming he’ll keep her around—as he has for three-plus years now—Team USA coach Johnson will not have seen the last of Ibanez. “I plan to stay involved with international ball after Tokyo,” she concluded. “I hope to be able to compete in the 2024 games in Paris. But I’ll have to just wait and see how it plays out.” For now, Ibanez wants to see how the end of this month and start of next month “plays out” and whether she departs Japan with a gold Paralympic Games medal dangling around her neck. l

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During pandemic: traditional schools may resume ‘normal’ look, online learning options will continue By Julie Slama |


s area students head back to school, it may look more like a “normal” school year.

Understanding that health and safety COVID-19 protocols and guidelines may yet change, “as of right now, things will be closer to normal than not,” said Murray School District spokesman Doug Perry on June 30. “We follow state and local health department guidelines and mandates as they are the health experts. As of right now, schools will be open, no masks will be required,” he said in late June. Murray School District, like its neighboring districts— Canyons, Granite and Jordan districts, will offer in-person and online learning. “We will have two learning options, one in-person and one online for those who don't feel comfortable or are at risk,” he said. “Our bell schedule will revert back to what it was before the pandemic, so that includes a short day on Wednesdays. We have not heard of any recommendations regarding distancing and are presuming there will be no distancing guideline but that's not fully determined.” Perry said that some sanitation protocols were good and may well continue, such as frequent handwashing and surface cleaning. While it’s not certain what schools will look like when they start in mid-August, Perry said, “Our decisions impacted by COVID-19 are influenced heavily by expert recommendations from the health department; the State Board of Education would be another important partner, along with our colleagues in the other four Salt Lake County school districts and those in neighboring counties.” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said that with their protocols in place, such as Test to Stay and Play, “we do not anticipate any additional COVID restrictions or mask requirements for this fall at this time.” However, he pointed out that COVID-19 has proven to be “a dynamic event that requires a lot of flexibility and adjustments. We are preparing for every potential scenario.” As of July 6, Granite District will offer in-person “in the same fashion as it was pre-COVID,” five days per week. Families who still have concerns will have a distance learning option at all grade levels. Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandra Riesgraf said that “we are going to be in the classrooms and right now, the plan is to have classrooms back to normal.” However, she added that could change depending on the pandemic and guidelines they receive from the county and state. “Our Board of Education has a very much hands-on (approach). They looked at these situations and our school administration and our cabinet, they came up with the reopening plan when we reopened,” Riesgraf said on July 1, adding if it comes to re-addressing the current health situation, “we will decide what works best in Jordan.” A benefit from virtual learning during COVID-19 in Jordan School District was offering flexible Fridays, where teachers were able to individually meet with students or small groups, in person or virtually, to offer additional instruction, enhanced learning or review. This year, as a result of parent surveys indicating its benefits, Jordan will continue to offer the flexible Friday learning four times: Sept. 10, Nov. 19, Feb. 11, 2022, and April 29, 2022. Another positive outcome, Riesgraf said, was the es-

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Will mask reminder signs for students be a sign of the past this fall in schools? (Julie Slama/City Journals)

tablishment of offering online learning in their own virtual schools—Rocky Peak Elementary, Kelsey Peak Middle and King Peak High. “Every student in the district has the option to sign up and attend at one of those schools if they want to do online learning this year,” she said. “The elementary and the middle school will offer in-person learning one day a week so they will have the option one day to come in and have in-person learning.” She said that is unique and will give students an opportunity, if they choose, to have more hands-on learning and be able to work in small groups or partners to build community. “I don’t know anybody else in the state is offering that and nobody else in the state is offering K through 12 (online education),” she said, adding that students still are able to participate in extracurricular activities at their boundary school. Canyons School District also will offer in-person learning and online options. Last spring, Canyons students and faculty and staff had the option to wear face coverings its final week of school in the 2020-21 school year and like other districts, it will abide by health and safety guidelines and continue to monitor the situation, according to district spokeswoman Kirsten Stewart in late June. Alta View Elementary Principal Scott Jameson said through use of technology, some positive aspects have come out of COVID-19. “With virtual learning, we likely won’t have snow days where we have to make up the learning day during the holiday breaks,” he said. “Our teachers have learned to use technology and use it effectively. Kids do well with it in general so I can see using that experience and integrate more technology into the classroom or if we need to switch to teach online or hybrid again. Even elementary schools are using Canvas (learning platform) in their classrooms, so if a stu-

dent is absent, they can log in to see what assignment they’re missing and if able to, be able to do it.” Jameson also said that all the “good hygiene” of hand-washing and hand-sanitizers will be encouraged in his school. In the spring, the district did establish a new online opportunity, updating its virtual high school offering. Canyons Board of Education approved the launch of Canyons Online, a technology-driven educational initiative for grades three through 12 that will begin this fall. “This past year has taught us how important in-person instruction is because of relationships and connections students make with teachers and their schools,” Canyons School District Superintendent Rick Robins said on March 31. “What it also has taught us is how we can deliver education virtually. Some of our students have flourished online, while others have missed those relationships in our schools. We realize we can offer our students the flexibility of online learning while blending it with those connections.” That ability to make and maintain connections with their neighborhood schools is what makes Canyons Online unique among other online-learning programs, he said. Canyons Online elementary-age students will be able to participate in before- and after-school music programs, science fair and debate. Middle-schoolers enrolled in Canyons Online can take electives at the local school, plus compete in science fairs and debate. Canyons Online high school students will be allowed to dual enroll so they can have full access to high school programs. “We’re re-establishing relationships with kids who have stayed online with their neighborhood schools to build that instruction and connection into Canyons Online,” Robins said. “The blended online format will have the academic component, whether it’s support and remediation or acceleration, plus the connection to their neighborhood school. This is really at the heart of what personalized learning can be.”l

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Working and learning remotely for the past 15 months brought unique circumstances for all of us to navigate in several areas, and central to it all is having access to a reliable, secure internet connection. The pandemic posed the biggest technological test in the history of the internet. When offices and schools closed in March 2020, internet traffic across the U.S. surged by 20 – 35 percent, as millions of people transitioned to working, learning and consuming all of their entertainment at home. Now our communities are transitioning back to working from offices or making hybrid work arrangements, and schools are planning to reopen their doors beginning in August. A flexible, continuously evolving network staying ahead of customer demand is critical. The success of a network hinges on three factors: decades of strategic investment, continuous network innovation, and the best team in the business.



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taught them all the necessary golf skills, strategies and golf etiquette. Over the years it’s been one of the more popular summer offerings from the South Salt Lake recreation department. Promise South Salt Lake also was pleased to offer its hugely popular soccer program again, added Permann. It culminated with championship games at the annual Night Out Against Crime event on August 3, and we’ll have more about it in next month’s South Salt Lake Journal. But, the new star attraction of the summer could well be flag football, which has never been offered by SSL Rec—until now. It was slated to begin last summer, added Permann, but was shelved due to the pandemic. Flag kicked off August 5 immediately following the conclusion of the soccer league featuring practices and games, and will continue through August 28 with a short tournament for grades 3-8. l


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Government 101: Form of government in cities By Erin Dixon |


n Utah, there are two possible types of government: Council-Manager or Council-Mayor. There’s a possible third type of government, a Charter, but none of the cities in which City Journals publishes has one. Council-Mayor The mayor is elected every four years and represents the entire city. They are the head of the executive branch, like a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) in a private business. All department heads within the city report to them. When a new mayor takes a seat, they can hire or fire department heads, but council advice and consent is required. City council members are also elected every four years, though usually not at the same time. This prevents the city from having an entirely new council at once. Each council member represents a portion of the city (district), or the city as a whole (at-large). The council is the decision making body but does not have any power over city staff. The council makes decisions for the city: budget, property, code, planning and zoning, etc. The mayor may be invited to attend, speak and contribute. Council meetings, usually twice a month, are run by city council members. The mayor is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor can veto if they disagree with any legislation passed by the council. The council elects its own chair who con-

ducts the public meetings. Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Council-Manager The mayor is elected and represents the entire city. They are part of the council. In this form of government, the council appoints a city manager to be the CEO. Department heads answer to the manager and the manager can hire or fire department heads, though hires are subject to council advice and consent. Council members are elected every four years, though usually not all at the same time. In some cities, the mayor votes with each decision. In others, the mayor only casts a vote if there is a tie. The mayor is chair and the face of the council. The manager attends council meetings, gives reports and advises council in decision making. Council meetings, usually twice a month, is run by the mayor. The city manager is responsible for carrying out the decisions made by the council. The mayor does not have veto power. Council members do not have any administrative powers to direct staff. Cottonwood Heights: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Draper: Council-Manager, mayor is tie breaker Herriman: Council-Manager, mayor always votes Holladay: Council-Manager, mayor always votes

Each city government operates differently, and elected officials have different responsibilities depending on the form. (infographic/Erin Dixon)

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Aimee Winder Newton Salt Lake County Council | District 3 be held so government officials can hear from you. Just because a tax rate stays the same, doesn’t mean your taxes won’t increase. After your property is assessed, the county adds in additional growth and

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August 2021 | Vol. 7 Iss. 08




ver the last months, changes have affected South Salt Lake. One involves a reorganization in city administration, and the other concerns the vacant space at the Columbus Center.

Neighborhood department

On June 9, Mayor Cherie Wood and Sharen Hauri presented an ordinance to create the Neighborhood Department. The ordinance was passed on June 23 and Sharen Hauri was appointed director on July 14. While introducing the proposed ordinance, Wood said, "We also took the information from the General Plan survey, we heard loud and clear that residents’ focus is on their neighborhood. So, this is a great opportunity for us to listen to what the residents are asking for and formulate a department that will serve their needs." The catalyst for this action occurred many years ago. Wood and others attended the National League of Cities and Towns in Seattle. The group found Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods intriguing. The idea simmered on the back burner until


"With Monte's retirement, we looked at potentially rearranging and realigning current resources and employees to a department that would have a mission statement, all things neighborhood," Wood said. The Neighborhood Department divisions are Urban Design, Parks and Recreation, Facilities, Arts Council, Communications, Code Enforcement, and Animal Services. "So, we have the total package of things that people expect to happen in the neighborhood, and the person to communicate to them," Hauri said. The reorganization has no budget impact. Why focus on neighborhoods? "Neighborhoods are the foundation of your life in a city; your home is your biggest investment; your neighbors are your lifelong friends. The schools you attend are sort of the center of your universe when you have kids," Hauri said, "So, we have long known South Salt Lake is a small city Continued page 6

Sign outside of the Columbus Center asking residents for comments for the new Co-Op Center. (Bill Hardesty/City Journal)


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