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By Bill Hardesty |


he public comment phase started for the conditional use permit for the 1000 West Homeless Resource Center during the regular planning commission meeting on Aug. 15. Before the public hearing part of the meeting, Christine Richman, project manager for SSL, and Jodi Hoffman, legal consultant for SSL, walked the commission through a 19-page condition document. The document had three columns. One column shows the conditions as written in May, which was version 7. Another column shows comments from Shelter the Homeless and the final column shows written conditions from August, version 10. The chart lists 24 conditions along with numerous subcategories over 106 lines. The lines are colored coded. Line items in green (19) are agreed to. Items in yellow (49) need some work but are agreed to in concept and items in red (35) are the proverbial straws that break the camel’s back. Three lines are deleted. For the meeting, Richman and Hoffman focused on the red items. As they did, they asked for permission to continue to negotiate with STH for a resolution in the next two weeks, which might prove difficult since STH and The Road Home didn’t attend the meeting. “It is very disappointing the applicant did not attend,” Commissioner George Pechmann commented. In a statement sent to the South Salt Lake Journal, Shelter the Homeless Executive Director Preston Cochrane didn’t say specifically why they didn’t attend, but said they “have identified over 20 specific conditions that must be eliminated from the proposed permit before we can even begin discussion.” Cochrane said those conditions were “communicated in

SSL Planning Commission begins the public comment phase for the HRC conditional use permit. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

writing” to Mayor Cherie Wood before the planning commis- Seeking a dialogue sion meeting. “Earlier we drew a line in the sand, which prevented diaDuring the public hearing section, only two individuals logue. We want to bring the line down,” Hoffman said. were in attendance and spoke. Since city staff plans to continShe often repeated the two city goals which is to have a ue refining conditions, the public hearing remained open until safe environment for the HRC residents and not have a drug the next meeting on Aug. 29. market around the HRC. Continued page 11




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Parking near new developments continues to be a SSLC problem By Bill Hardesty |

Parking along 300 East south of The Zeller apartments shows how close vehicles are parked near the street corner and crosswalk. (Courtesy of a SSLC resident)


ne of the casualties of the recent austere budget passed in June was a dedicated parking code enforcement officer. It was decided the South Salt Lake Police Department could handle any parking violations. However, parking issues often comes up during the public comment section of city council meeting or on the South Salt Lake City for Real Transparency Facebook page or emails sent to the City Journals.

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The Zeller apartment complex seems to be ground zero for parking issues. The Zeller is part of the East Streetcar neighborhood, located at 2255 S. 300 East. There are 293 units stretching across the S-line corridor between 300 East and 400 East. One key design element is The Zeller has a 386-stall parking structure in middle of the apartments. As this


story was written, they were 89.42% occupied. The Zeller development was recommended to the City Council for approval on a unanimous vote on Oct. 1, 2015. Only two residents spoke during the public hearing and both spoke in opposition. Minutes from that meeting reveal concern about parking and how it was going to be resolved. “Mr. Boileau [Bob Boileau of Mire Group Architects] continued his presentation of the building by addressing the parking structure. The garage will have 386 covered stalls, with 62 parking spaces along the private drive, and 20 additional stalls long 300 East and 400 East. The total parking ratio for the project would be 1.6, which meets the Code requirements.” It is true the parking ratio, the number of stalls per unit, of 1.6 surpasses the standard for East Streetcar Neighborhood standards of 1.5. The East Streetcar Neighborhood Formbased Code, adopted in September 2014, has a section that reads, “On-street parking located directly adjacent to the site’s property lines may be counted toward meeting the development’s parking requirement, especially for visitor or on-site business-related parking demand.” When asked for a clarification of the term “directly adjacent to”, Alex White, Division Manager Community Development, explained the term refers to street parking in front and behind the site. In the case of the Zeller that is about 200 feet of frontage parking on 300 East and 400 East. The minutes continued. “Ms. White [Alex White then the city planner and now division manager] added a few items that were not addressed in the presentation. With regard to the parking ratio of 1.6, Ms. White clarified that this ratio included the visitor parking stalls and confirmed that the Code

requirements were met. The applicant also completed a traffic study, which indicated that there would be no major impact on the services on surrounding roads, but staff would continue to work with the developer to mitigate any issues.” On page 50 of the East Streetcar Neighborhood Form-Base Code (Chapter 8.0 parking) it reads, “Developers shall clearly indicate the location of dedicated visitor parking through directional signage, marked stalls, or other means to be determined in site plan review.” (section 8.3) When recently asked about where visitors park, the receptionist at The Zeller said, “On the street.” There seems to be a gap between reality (the street) and the standard (designated stalls). White responded for the administration about the gap saying, “Community and Economic Development are looking into dedicated visitor parking and will work with the property owner to ensure the code is followed.” The impact of this gap was provided by a homeowner near The Zeller on Monday, July 15. “After I put my cans out last night for pick up early Monday morning, they [The Zeller residents] moved one of them onto the parking so they could park and left it there. I deserve to have my cans left where I put them and to receive garbage and recycle pick up that I pay for,” said the resident. This resident also suggested a plan. She said, “We are asking for resident-only parking by permit signs throughout the neighborhood on all sides radiating out from The Zeller... free permits given to the homeowners for each car that they have at that residence and an additional permit for their regular visitors and family.” Another resident, Jchill Samels, posted




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The cost of parking could be exacerbating the problem. If residents want to park in the parking structure, they pay $50 a month. The ground parking to the south of the building is free. Street parking is also free. This policy of charging for parking was not mentioned in the staff report nor the minutes of planning commission or the city council meetings. However, the practice is not uncommon. At the Ritz Classic apartments, garage parking is $50/month. Parking behind the gate is $20/month and other ground parking on the site is free. Management has made it clear to residents that parking along the access road from State Street is illegal, and they are subject to getting towed. At the soon-to-be opened Liberty Crossing, each resident has a one-car garage. Additional free parking is available on site (19 stalls) and residents can use the S-line parking lot. Residents are not allowed to use the WinCo parking lot. Residents at Central Point, at the southwest corner of Main Street and 2100 South, also avoid using the WinCo parking or other businesses around. This results in many cars parked on Main Street and Utopia Ave. A 4 a.m. a drive-by check by this reporter, showed some cars parked close to street corners and the entrance to the WinCo parking lot. Residents do have assigned parking in back and four visitors stalls on the south. As the city continues to build large apartment/town homes developments, it is possible the parking problem will increase, but also possible it will decrease through enforcement and building standards. l

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More office, retail, apartments planned for downtown SSLC By Bill Hardesty | soon realize how convenient using the parking structure will be for the apartments and the retail. As part of the project, Utopia Avenue will be improved allowing parking on the north side only.

The Mill project is planned for the old Granite Mill property at 2200 S. Main St. and improvements to Utopia Avenue. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)


t their Aug. 1 meeting, the planning commission passed on with their recommendation to the Soth Salt Lake City Council phase 1 plans for the highest building in South Salt Lake City. The development, currently called the Mill project, is planned for 2200 S. Main St. and will reach to West Temple. Two six-story office buildings will anchor the corners with a 10-story (measured as 11-story building) mixed-use apartment building between. A large parking structure for the office buildings, retail patrons and residents is planned at the back of the building. The apartments and retail will face Utopia Avenue. The developer is Dakota Pacific who owns the Granite Mill property along with property at 2220 S. Main St. and 40 to 50 Bowers Way. All the buildings on the properties will be demolished. The Mill project joins completed projects such as WinCo, Ritz Classic Apartments, and Liberty Crossing apartments along the S-line. All this development is part of the city’s efforts to create a downtown area. The Mill project is planned for completion in


Mixed-use apartments

While the design review phase is still ongoing, in an earlier RDA meeting it was mentioned 260 units are planned for the development ranging from small micro apartments to two-bedroom apartments. There might be a few three bedroom apartments. The apartments are joined by 7,200 square feet of retail. The height of the retail place will be the height of two stories. The parking structure will have 790 to 800+ stalls.


With parking a hot topic in SSLC, the planning commission spent some time understanding how the development will impact parking with focus on street parking, “Street parking is primarily a function of street level apartments, which is not an issue with this development,” Hooper Knowlton, managing director of Dakota Pacific Real Estate Partners, a sponsor of the project, pointed out. Under questioning, he did admit that street parking would increase because of the retail. However, he added that patrons will

be a north sidewalk (11 feet), a parking lane (8.5 feet), two traveling lanes (11 feet each), and a south sidewalk (11 feet). Parking will only be on the north side. According to the downtown master plan, Bowers Way will be eliminated with redevelopment. The city is not requiring any Street improvements Because of the size of the development, improvements on the road. some adjustments of the downtown South Other action In other planning commission action, Salt Lake zoning ordinances and design stanthey approved numerous changes in the city dards were approved. With a future I-80 on-ramp planned for code. SSLC staff has worked on these changMain Street, it is important to keep two lanes es for months. The goal was to make the city code more of traffic in each direction. This required an altering of standards. According to design organized and simpler to understand. They standards, a main street should have a side- also wanted to resolve code conflicts and walk (15.6 feet), parking lane (8.6 feet), bike conform to current state law. Community development and the city lane (5 feet), and a traveling lane (11 feet). However, for the Mill project it will be a attorney took the appropriate codes and residewalk (10.5 feet), bike lane (7.5 feet), and built it from the ground up. Alex White, department manager of two traveling lanes (11 feet each). On West Temple, it will be a sidewalk community development, presented an over(15 feet), bike lane (7.5 feet), parking lane view of the 12 sections and subsections af(8.5 feet), and a traveling lane (11 feet). The fected. One significant addition was an ordibike lane will be separated from the parking nance (section 9.24) allowing consumption lane which is much safer for cyclists. Utopia Avenue will look different. Cur- of alcohol in public places during city-sponrently, there is only a 33-foot right of way in sored events such as Muralfest and Craftotwo directions. According to city standards, it ber. l should be 66 feet and the downtown standard is 74 feet. The proposed improvements will

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A conceptional drawing of phase 1 of the Mill project at 2200 S. Main St. facing Utopia Avenue. The mixeduse building will be the tallest in SSLC. (Courtesy of South Salt Lake City)

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South Salt Lake residents off to explore America, leave teaching legacy behind By Julie Slama |

Riverview Junior High science won’t be the same as 29-year veteran Johnny McConnell retired this past June. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


n the last couple days of school in June, Riverview Junior High students could hear their beloved science teacher, Johnny McConnell recite the words of American musician Jimmy Buffet, “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.” This fall, they’ll find Johnny, who has taught 29 years at the school, is doing just that. Instead of being at the junior high, Johnny and his wife, Patti, who has taught the last 11 of her 27 years at Riverview, cleared out their classrooms, sold their home, bought a 30-foot motorhome, added solar panels, hitched up their jeep nicknamed “Dingy,” and took off to explore America. That doesn’t mean the McConnells will be sitting in lawn chairs enjoying the sunset in their retirement. Instead, they plan to be on an adventure with their mountain bikes, affectionately called “Betty” and “Fleetwood,” or kayaking, hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting, slacklining — and Johnny isn’t ruling out parachuting. “I’ll jump out of an airplane, hit the bike trails, explore and be on the edge of the earth,” said the 60 year old, who was recovering from skin cancer. “Some of it will scare the heck out of me, but you’re supposed to do things that scare you every day. The worst that can happen is that I could die.” Without any concrete plans other than to visit family in Arizona, Nebraska, Nevada and Maine, and coming back to Utah to have the grandchildren join them on some of their adventures, they want to fill their desires traveling scenic byways to visit national parks during the off-season. They also have plans to snorkel to discover bright fish and coral, swim alongside the dolphins and see the whales in Key West and Baja California. “I’ve never really been much on the East Coast, never been to the Ozarks, haven’t spent time in New Mexico or Texas — there

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are a lot of places we’d like to explore,” Patti said. The idea of living entirely out of a motorhome didn’t faze them. “We’ve spent six to eight weeks living out of a motorhome every summer,” she said, adding that they did get a 30-foot one, an upgrade from their previous 23-foot home-onwheels. “We have a bookshelf that will have our atlas, books, scrapbook, packet of family history, and a couple sentimental things like a china bowl from my mom, a wooden cowboy hat that his dad made, and quilts our grandmothers gave us. Beyond that, we just divided other things and gave them to our kids.” They also put on the market their South Salt Lake home that they designed and had built 11 years ago; it was fondly nicknamed the “MacHouse ’n’ Pub,” as it served as a venue where musicians would play in their basement and expansive yard. “We’ve had JT Draper; Nathan McEuen, son of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s banjoist, John; Flagship Romance, Julian Moon, The Novelists, Sky Smeed, a lot of musicians come to our home venue and people just pack the basement, about 65 people each night. There’s been a lot of fun concerts, homemade brew and tip jars where these musicians make about $1,000 for each performance,” said Johnny, who added that their home was named “favorite home concert venue of the year” in 2015. While the couple won’t have their own home concert venue, they will plan to visit others, Johnny said. “We want to get out there to explore and be off the grid. We don’t do much sitting; we live,” Patti said. And on about every adventure, they plan to do it as a team. “I like mountain biking more and she likes the water, kayaking, but we do everything together. We’re best buddies, best friends,” Johnny said. “Our happy place is exploring and seeing the world.” However, their entire life won’t be completely go-go-go. They may park at a favorite campground to do a little sitting as they will be writing. Patti plans to write a lesson plan curriculum book on digital literacy and Johnny will write a book about his eighth-grade game, “The Rock Pile.” “It is like ‘Sorry’ or ‘Trouble’ with a rock pile in the middle and it will include the story behind the rocks with it. I’ll include rocks from around the U.S. with different geographical regions, different periods — tie it into history. It will be so cool for kids,” he said. Those “cool” activities are some of the things former students remember, said former Riverview Principal Jim Bouwman. “The kids are going to miss them; they both do a great job,” he said. “Their classes are academically rigorous, but fun. They al-

ways have students coming back, remembering their favorite activities with them.” Even as Johnny, a former South Salt Lake City councilman, talked enthusiastically about his adventures ahead, he looked around the room he designed when the wing was built, a room that explodes with burst of color inspiring junior high kids from the class clown to the nerd, from the smart aleck to the respectful natural leader, he said he would miss teaching. “I love these kids; they’re in my heart,” he said. On that June day, he gave one last round of instructions to students who were standing, rather than sitting, at their tables, reminding them the next day was a favorite — the traditional cookie day, where students list their favorite cookies and explain what rocks they resemble. He also said about 10 students passed

their school tradition Rock Ace Test — 25 questions quizzing students about rocks — igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic and more. “When students get all 25 right, they get their own Rock Ace,” he said about an actual rock painted with the student’s name and year. From nearly three decades of teaching, a few of the 170 Rock Ace recipients’ pictures still hung on the walls. His rock specimens from around the U.S. were still displayed alongside a smiley face rock trophy indicating #1 teacher, but otherwise collections and teaching mementos were being packed up, leaving the classroom bare. On those former classroom walls, Johnny’s inspiration to students will remain, as will his legacy, with the painted words: “Science Rocks: If I can read, write and do math, I can do almost anything.” l

Come fall, Riverview Junior High will be without two of the favorite teachers as Johnny and Patti McConnell plan to hit the road on mountain bikes and the rivers in kayaks. (Photo courtesy of Johnny McConnell)

The world will be their classroom and their home will be on wheels as former Riverview teachers Johnny and Patti McConnell will be living on the road, going from one adventure to the next. (Photo courtesy of Johnny McConnell)

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Ginette Bott, president and CEO of Utah Food Bank, explained the importance of the Smithfield Food’s 40,000 lbs. of packaged meat donation. (Courtesy of Smithfield Foods)

In·se·cu·ri·ty / insəˈkyo͝orədē / noun / the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.” When “food” is added in front of that word—as in food insecurity—the national, state, and South Salt Lake City problem of hunger comes into clearer focus. On Aug. 13, Smithfield Foods in conjunction with Smith’s Food & Drug donated 40,000 lbs. of packaged meat to the Utah Food Bank. This contribution translates into 160,000 servings of protein for the hungry in Utah. “One out of seven children battle hunger in Utah,” said Ginette Bott, president and CEO of Utah Food Bank. She continued, “We’re grateful for partners, like Smithfield Foods and Smith’s, who provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This donation will support many in our community, and we are pleased to continue working to alleviate hunger in our great state.”

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This is the 38th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield Foods across the country. “At Smithfield, we’re dedicated to feeding people, especially in the communities we call home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re humbled to provide this donation to support our neighbors in need throughout Utah, and we’re pleased to partner with like-minded organizations like Smith’s as we work to alleviate food insecurity for all Americans.” In 2008, Smithfield Foods began a charitable initiative called Helping Hungry Homes. It is their signature hunger-relief program focused on helping Americans become

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more food secure. Since the conception, they have provided 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs across the country including Hawaii. While Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, they are also a local company. They have an operation in Salt Lake City and hog farms in Milford.

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Two years ago, Smith’s conducted a survey asking how they could make a difference. The issue of hunger boiled to the top. With that in mind, Smith’s started the initiative called Zero Hunger Zero Waste. “Forty percent of food becomes waste,” Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s Food & Drug reported. To stop such waste, Smith’s makes daily donations of food to the Utah Food Bank. They also work with vendors like Smithfield Foods to make significant contributions. “Partnerships with companies like Smithfield are invaluable because we know that together, we can truly impact the lives of so many in our local communities,” Martindale said.

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The Food Bank was founded in 1904 and has operated under various names. But, their mission of fighting hunger statewide has remained the same. The serve a network of 150 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, they distributed 43.3 million pounds of food and goods. This works out to about 36.1 million meals to Utahns in need. To locate the nearest food bank, visit or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals. l

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Throw out litter box tradition to protect Utah’s water By Amy Green |

Young climbers Lucas Burnham, Lily Matsen and Lexee Call help keep our Utah waters clean. (Amy Green/ City Journals)


ccording to Utah’s Department of Natural Resources and visitation data, over seven million people spent time in our magnificent parks between July 2018 through July 2019. Have you ever wondered where all those people are pooping? Consider, most of our water comes from the Wasatch mountains, where its state park had over 500,000 visits in the last 12 months. In generations gone by, many were taught to dig a “cathole” outdoors to “go No. 2.” A cathole is a small pit made to hide and bury human feces. There’s all kinds of rules on digging a proper cathole — where, how deep, etc. Feel free to forget those rules. Please forget them. Everyone needs you to forget them. Kevin Gmitro is an experienced outdoorsman and co-owner of The Gear Room (a mountain adventure supply store at 3422 E. Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights). “We used to be told that catholes are copasetic,” he said. “To dig six inches down was fine. But because of how many people are visiting the canyon and alpine areas, that’s not really the case anymore. That poop makes it into our water sources, regardless of how deep you dig. So that’s not the way you want to do it anymore.” Gmitro makes solid points. “We pick up after our dogs, so we need to pick up after ourselves. There’s water in all these environments. Water helps break it down, but also

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helps carry it down. We’re all drinking out of that water. The higher alpine areas like the Uintas are a more delicate ecosystem, even more so than the Wasatch, so poop is even more frowned upon up there. We all go to the same zones to enjoy Utah. Mirror Lake Highway is awesome because it splits the Uintas. It only accesses a short chunk of the range though, so we all congregate in the same few dozen square miles. If you are going to some of the more popular areas, it’s imperative to get your poop out of there,” he emphasized. Madison Goodman, gearhead at The Gear Room added, “Here’s what we all forget…we think we live in this grand mountain range, which we do. But all our water comes from this grand mountain range. And there’s a million-plus people living in this valley. So if every single one of them were to take a poop, that would be a million poops coming down into our water stream. And that would be so gross.” Hard to argue with that. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah’s drinking water comes from either surface water (lakes, reservoirs, rivers) or groundwater (wells or springs) — altogether 1,850 sources. Unfortunately, some of the poop coming from seven million visitors each year makes its way into our drinking water. The situation requires costly chemicals and treatment processes to make our water safe to drink.

A poop tube and a wag bag. (Amy Green/City Journals)

If one doesn’t have public restroom access while at Utah’s many wonders, it is essential to pack human waste out. Yeah, it sounds gross. But it’s not as bad as it seems. With a little foresight, there should be no overly smelly accidents. There are currently two recommended methods to pack it out — the “cheap and reusable” way, or the “inexpensive and disposable” way. People experienced with hiking and climbing might recognize the reusable option — the “poop tube.” A poop tube you can make yourself using a few pieces of black ABS pipe, following these directions.

Items needed:

1. A forearm’s length of pipe (about 3 to 4 inch diameter) 2. Cleanout plug/screw cap 3. DWV threaded hub 4. DWV cap 5. Black ABS cement The idea is to glue all of it together except the screw cap, so you can open it. Then when nature calls, you poop into a grocery/ plastic bag and tie it up securely (you know, the grocery bags we shouldn’t be using). Repurposing plastic sacks for this valiant reason is more commendable than just tossing them loose and useless. Then, double-bag the waste and used toilet paper. Seal it in the tube and pack it out with you. When home, empty the bag’s

contents (not the bag) into your toilet or garbage can. Wash out the poop tube and use it on your next trip. The ABS plastic is durable and the screw cap seals in the unpleasantness. Emptying and cleaning the tube isn’t too bad if the bag inside is knotted up tight. Worst case scenario, the tube can smell like a bathroom (a quick enzyme cleaning soap rinse can help that). The disposable way is just as easy. It’s lightweight and inexpensive — the “Go Anywhere Toilet Kit” a.k.a. “wag bag.” A wag bag can be purchased at sporting goods stores like The Gear Room and also IME (3265 E. 3300 South). They’re generally around $2 or $3. There’s different types of wag bags. The fancier style has some kitty litter inside to absorb moisture. They come with toilet paper and a towelette for hand sanitizing. They have an aluminum coating so the bag won’t puncture or tear. The idea is the same. Do your business in the bag, seal it up and carry it home, once again disposing of it properly. If you’re paranoid about carrying waste, you could get a poop tube and also put the wag bags inside. Some may consider that a little overkill, but taking whatever steps to modernize habits is crucial. If we can pick up after our dogs, humans can step up to the same expectations. Water is a precious resource in Utah. Safe clean water, is nonnegotiable. l

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From Shakespeare to modern day, Cottonwood High theater department announces season By Julie Slama |

Senior Lily Hilden will play Matilda Wormwood in Cottonwood High’s upcoming production of “Matilda.” (Abbie Tuckness/Cottonwood High School)


ottonwood High School students will learn how to educate, inspire and entertain theater patrons stretching their talents from a William Shakespeare play to a modern-day fairytale. This fall, students will showcase “Matilda,” based on the popular children’s book of the same title by author Roald Dahl. The show will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 21-23 and again, Nov. 25, with a noon matinee on Nov. 23. Ticket prices are $8 online or in advance in person or $9 at the door, 5715 S. 1300 East. However, before students have even attended a class, they have been rehearsing during the summer. Many Cottonwood High

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students as well as the director Adam Wilkins took part in the performance of the world premiere, “The Post Office,” written by Melissa Leilani Larson. Presented by The United Nations Association of Utah, The Gandhi Alliance for Peace, Plan-B Theatre and Granite School District, the play is an inspirational story of a child suffering from a mysterious illness yet remaining hopeful for a better future. Proceeds from the late August show held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center were earmarked for refugee education as part of the United Nations Association’s Adopt-aFuture. “It’s been an amazing experience for our kids to be involved in it, to shadow professionals, to be a part of a performance for 30,000 people from across the world who work with the U.N.,” said Wilkins, who as Utah Theatre Association president, was asked to direct the play. “It’s just an awesome opportunity.” Before “Matilda,” students also plan to take part in their annual “Haunted Hallway,” at 6 p.m., Oct. 30, where they create spooky scenes for patrons to walk through and set the scare factor at the level of the audience. Money collected will go toward the school’s annual winter charity; last year’s proceeds

helped Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Matilda” will feature senior Lily Hilden as Matilda Wormwood; junior Andrew Pankey as Agatha Trunchbull; senior Elaia Echeverria as Jennifer Honey; junior Josh Morton as Mr. Wormwood; senior Cora Finlinson as Mrs. Wormwood; junior Hunter Oliphant as Bruce; sophomore Ivy Dunbar as Lavender; junior Zev Katz as the escapologist and doctor; junior Melody Nelson as the acrobat and scary big kid; junior Jaxon Smith as Rondolpho and Dad 4 and sophomore Abbie Tuckness as Mrs. Phelps. “I love ‘Matilda’ and the attitude it takes that learning is good, fun and power,” director Wilkins said. “Matilda shows the benefits from learning. It’s a modern-day fairytale and one that educates, inspires and entertains us.” After “Matilda,” Cottonwood students will take part in their old-fashioned melodrama and Broadway Revue before jumping to New Orleans square and the bayou for a setting of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “The show lends magic, mystery and beauty in nature and again, asks questions leading to inspiring, educating and entertaining,” he said about the show they will put on in March. “This is a show we’ve wanted to do so long. It has intrigue, comedy, drama,

love.” The theme of magic continues in their spring production of “Mamma Mia,” where Wilkins said it ties in the magic of family and song. “When I first saw ‘Mamma Mia,’ and it was a big success, I thought I wouldn’t touch it with a 100-foot pole. It’s hokey, it’s cheesy and it’s something I wouldn’t want to do. Yet, the audience knows the songs and people walk out, all giddy and excited. And I have to admit, I do now, too. It’s just compelling; it has great characters, it’s a fun love story between a girl and her fiancé and her family, and it has great music that everyone knows,” he said. Students plan to compete in regional competition in March, where they usually place in the top three schools and advance to state in April. Last year, they were in the top 10 at state. The season ends with student-directed one-act plays in May. Sprinkled throughout the season will be improvisation shows throughout the year. “The kids love the art of improv, the acting, the reacting to the audience; it’s a great experience,” Wilkins said. “I’m excited about this year’s theater season.” l



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were because of speeding, according to Utah Department of Public Safety’s crash data. Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but flying past others just might. 3| Distraction. Stay focused. Keep your guard up. Though you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. Be aware of your surroundings by paying attention to what’s in front of you and checking your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else is helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted by your phone, music, or billboards with cows writing on them, it limits your response time to what another driver may being doing in front of you. 4| Defense. This was one of the first concepts taught in driver education and one of the first we forget: drive defensively. Failing to yield caused 12% of deaths from 2012-2016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died because they didn’t let someone else go first. This also applies when driving in poor weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowstorms blot windshields and make roads slick, adverse circumstances to traveling safely. Basics become even more vital like keeping your distance from the vehicle in front of you.




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In its eighth year, the PAL golf tournament needs help more than ever By Brian Shaw |

The 8th annual golf tournament will tee off Aug. 23 at Saratoga Springs’ TalonsCove Golf Club, with a course that winds around the shores of Utah Lake. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)


ith time comes change. This year, changes are coming to South Salt Lake Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and fundraising for their big event, the 8th annual PAL Golf Tournament presented by Advance Displays, is much needed. The 8th annual golf tournament teed off Aug. 23 at Saratoga Springs’ TalonsCove Golf Club, with a course that winds around

the shores of Utah Lake. There is a good reason this year’s fundraising efforts at this golf tournament were maybe more important than ever before. Twenty-two years after first joining the SSL Police Department, Jerry Silva announced his retirement from the force earlier this month. In addition, Matt Pena, the PAL boxing program’s longtime head coach, recently


to get a hole-in-one won yet another prize. The women sprung into action on hole No. 8 as they too had a chance to take home something fun, as soon as one of them could make a hole-in-one as well. At hole No. 12, the action continued to focus on the women, as their longest drive will also result in a prize. At hole No. 17, however, the competition became multifaceted for the men and women, who will now compete to see which among them gets closest to the hole for yet another prize. And on Hole No. 18, the men and women will square off one final time to see who among them has the longest putt. Sponsorship packages were available for purchase. So was a 12-inch cheat string if you stretch the truth a little bit on the golf course, or you could shell out $10 for every mulligan. If you could not attend the event, you can always donate to PAL by clicking here. . Any amount helps kids at PAL who rely on these fundraisers to pursue their dreams, be it boxing or wrestling.

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stepped down from the role he’s held for several years to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Utah. Both were tremendous blows to both the law enforcement community and the South Salt Lake community on the whole. However, the legacy Silva and Pena helped build at PAL must go on for the sake of the kids. The newly retired Silva will still be PAL director, serving the kids as he’s always done since PAL’s inception. With several new programs coming this year including wrestling, street hockey and, of course, boxing under a new head coach, PAL needs help right now. Besides the two boxing tournaments it hosts to raise money, PAL also puts on this golf tournament annually to help raise proceeds, all which go back to the PAL programs. And they could use people’s help through participation in this event. Prizes awaited golfers at every turn on the green. For the men who participate, they had a chance right away to test their mettle. On hole No. 1, a prize was given for the longest drive. As the men moved to hole No. 4, the first


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Continued from front page She also said, “We want to take another shot to resolve the differences in red.” Two ways they are going to try to do so is soften condition language and build in escalated conditions that will be apply as needed. For example: soften the wording about running everyone for outstanding warrants or requiring everyone to have drug test at entry or removing the requirement for STH to reimburse the city for police/EMT calls not paid by state funds (a cost for high number of police/EMT calls is already in the city code). An example of escalated conditions is requiring that no resident can use illegal substance on the site. However, if problems around the HRC develop, this condition would step up to include using drugs off the premises. Commissioner Jeremy Carter said, “We should let them (STH and the Road Home) correct their mistakes.” Hoffman added, “We need to give them the opportunity to run the shelter.”

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A sample of the remaining 21 conditions the applicant is required to do are: • Have a lighted crosswalk at 3300 South and 1000 West • Install a CCTV security system • Ensure a limited population of 300 individuals who may receive shelter at the facility for a period averaging no

more than 90 days • Transport any rejected or suspended ber dedicated to reporting and resolv• Ensure all individuals must be referred resident to another more appropriate ing disturbances caused by the hometo the facility through the Coordinated facility within the Continuum of Care less population in the vicinity of the Entry System or by the South Salt Lake • No animals at the site except as reshelter City Police Department quired by the reasonable accommoda• Have periodic, unannounced searches • Ensure no walk-in or non-current resition provision of the Americans with (including search by a drug-sniffing cadent may receive any service from the Disabilities Act or other federal law nine) by the South Salt Lake City Pofacility • Install and staff a 24-hour phone numlice Department or its designee • Issue an identification badge and searched for weapons and contraband • Active illicit drug user(s) prohibited • Public intoxicated individuals, defined as a danger to themselves or others, prohibited entry or reentry • Each resident is assigned a case manager • No resident may use illegal substances on the premises • Have at least 10 individuals (two security, eight staff members) 24 hours/7 days a week • Work with other agencies to prevent camping in the vicinity of the 1000 West Homeless Shelter • Provide comprehensive on-site services for its residents • Enforce adherence of the resident’s Code of Conduct used at other HRCs • Provide transportation for residents • Allow some private donations accepted at the site subjected to escalation • Hold regular coordinating meetings with neighboring property owners and The view from the Jordan River Parkway of the new men’s Homeless Resource Center located at 3380 S. 1000 West. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals) residents

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Cottonwood football enters 2019 in a new region with a new head coach By Brian Shaw |

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f you asked anyone who was involved with the Cottonwood High School football program what was the most difficult obstacle to overcome, the unanimous answer would have been their schedule. In 2019, however, the Colts will see a number of changes to what was a brutal slate by anyone’s account. Heading up the effort will be new head football coach Casey Miller, the team’s offensive coordinator who was named to the position in April when Bart Bowen left for the same job at Logan High. What was once a region schedule rid-

dled with teams like Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Timpview and Jordan is now slightly less formidable as Cottonwood moves into Region 6 in Class 5A. The only holdover in the new region will be Brighton. “We’re high on Casey and we think he’ll do well here,” Greg Southwick, Cottonwood’s athletic director, said of the Colts’ new head coach who enters uncharted territory. Aside from Brighton—who stays in the new reclassified Region 6—all the league members the Colts will welcome are new. Joining Cottonwood in this new region will be Highland and Hillcrest, Murray and Olympus and Skyline—a Salt Lake Valley lineup filled with schools located east of Interstate 15. Before the Colts embark on their new region journey, however, they’ll entertain 3A state champion Summit Academy at home to open the preseason on Aug. 16. They’ll follow that up with a trip to West—their first Class 5A opponent of 2019—on Aug. 23. Cottonwood will then travel to Copper Hills to wrap up its preseason slate on Aug. 31. After that it all starts to count for the Colts as they host Skyline on Sept. 6 to begin play in this new and exciting region. l

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Ratings index will now deterimine high school playoff seeding By Greg James |

State high school playoffs will have a revamped seeding system this season. The change will give every team the opportunity to be part of its state tournament. (Greg James/City Journals)


he Utah High School Activities Association will determine seeds differently this year for its team sports. The impact of the change and its perception is still to be

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determined. “It will begin with team sports this fall,” UHSAA Assistant Director Jeff Cluff said. “The RPI will be revealed after the season begins and be open until one week prior to the postseason. As the tournament approaches, we will reveal the final RPI and tournament bracket together.” The RPI is a performance-based rating dependent upon the teams’ winning percentage, the opponents’ winning percentage and the opponents’-opponents’ winning percentage. A mathematical equation will be used to determine the teams’ seeds for its upcoming state tournament. The RPI will be used in team sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, softball and drill. It is a system successfully used in several neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. “Each sport will have its own reveal date and bracket release,” Cluff said. Every classification team will be part of the postseason tournament. Teams will be seeded into the bracket, with lower seeds playing higher seeds in the early rounds. Several teams that were left out of postseason tournaments will now have the opportunity to win a state title. The official RPI rankings will be available on The MaxPreps power

ranking and Deseret News rankings are different than the RPI used by the UHSAA. “Those are more of a power ranking rather than a rating percentage index,” Cluff said. “It is completely different; our RPI is based on this particular year only, whereas the max preps takes into account the history of the team.” In theory, a weak schedule could affect a team’s placement in the state tournament bracket. Also, region championships and standings will have no bearing on the state tournament pairings. “You will definitely need to look at the big picture,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “You will need to climb up the rankings throughout the year. I am interested to see how much respect our region gets and if winning region games will matter as far as rankings go.” “We have a lot of inquiries,” Cluff said. “I think people are anxious to see how it is going to work and how it will affect scheduling. I think they are most anxious because of the disruption from the norm. It is completely different than what we have done before. Teams knew that if they won their region, they would compete here in the first round. A Region 1 school could be matched up with Region 4. It was all predetermined and now it is not the case anymore.”

One example was the 6A football championship last season. The four and five seeds (Pleasant Grove and East) matched up in the first round. That should not have occurred in theory until later in the tournament. Region games will more geographical. “The new RPI system did give us reason to change a couple preseason games,” Riverton head basketball coach Skyler Wilson said. “We ended up changing four games against opponents that I think will be ranked higher. I’m excited for this change because our path to the tournament will depend on how we play our whole schedule.” Another aspect of the rating is the classification adjustment. A large school scheduling all small schools will be penalized slightly. A schedule overloaded with small school powerhouses is discouraged by the UHSAA, but teams are still encouraged to schedule rivals. “I think the classification adjustment is important,” Cluff said. “A lot of people do not understand that a bigger school playing a smaller school— it became necessary for us to throw in a classification adjustment. We do not think scheduling will be done any differently. There is a misconception that if you only play the good teams your rating will be higher.” l

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Salt Lake County foods, beverages celebrated on Pioneer Day, D.C.-style By Jennifer J. Johnson |

More than 400 guests gathered at the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building to attend Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s Flavors of Utah reception, the day after Pioneer Day. (Photo courtesy Mike Lee’s office)


ome 400 people carefully navigated their way under Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch. They took care not to brush against the sides of it or disrupt it. Some even bowed their heads, ensuring clearance. They bowed their heads? To ensure clearance? Huh? It was the day after Pioneer Day. That “arch” was but an inflatable arch, decorating a Washington, D.C. doorway. Emblazoned on it was Utah’s brand phrase, Life Elevated. The inflatable arch was as close as it gets to the real deal for Utah natives living in or visiting the nation’s capital, and for non-Utah natives getting exposure to the state.

Life Elevated through the Flavors of Utah

Welcome to Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s Flavors of Utah shindig. This year, Lee hosted 400 guests at a lively reception, held July 25 in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building. The Flavors of Utah event, now in its third year, is held around Pioneer Day in D.C. and is all about — according to the sponsoring senator — letting people “sample” what Utah itself is all about.

Salt Lake County features some fantastic flavors

Letting others know what Utah is all about starts with a brief explanation of Pioneer Day. Lee’s invitation to the event detailed Pi-

oneer Day thus: “Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the state of Utah. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers, into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. While the holiday has strong links to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is officially a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who immigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era. An era which is generally considered to have ended with the 1869 arrival of the transcontinental railroad, the driving of the golden spike in Promontory, Utah.” From there? The celebration of the pioneering spirit of Utah’s food and beverage companies takes center stage. Of course, guests are invited to try the iconic green Jell-O — the same gelatin decorating maybe not pioneer meals, but Norman Rockwell-like Utah tableaus since mid-century — and the same gelatin memorialized in collector pins from the 2002 Olympics, which Utah hosted. But less quirky and just as Utah-centric are delectables from throughout the state, including several Salt Lake County offerings. JulieAnn Caramels in Sandy was represented at Lee’s event, along with another literal sweet—the chocolates of Salt Lake City’s historic Sweet Candy Company. Holladay’s AppleBeer Corp. was in attendance, showing off its unique, multi-flavored, zero-proof beers, along with Salt Lake

Green Jell-O was a popular option as more than 400 guests gathered at the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building to attend Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s Flavors of Utah reception, the day after Pioneer Day. (Photo courtesy Mike Lee’s office)

City’s famed Squatters Pub microbrewery summer beers. West Jordan’s Drake Family Farms was in the house, offering goat-dairy products, including yogurt. “The pioneer spirit of each of these companies is inspiring. The story of starting in a kitchen and growing into a 100,000-squarefoot production facility is something you will see over and over again,” Lee’s invitation stated.

Utah’s flavors—standing proud against the veteran D.C. host—Hawaii

Lee said the first event just started with some D.C. staffers mourning their missing Pioneer Day in Utah and deciding to commiserate over root beer floats. “We’re always in session the week of Pioneer Day,” Lee explained, “so, originally, we started doing homemade root beer floats and invited a lot of staff members and others we knew, and [Flavors] sort of grew out of that.” “Best-themed event on Capitol Hill,” is the reaction Lee gets from visitors attending the event, he told the City Journals in a phone call from his D.C. office. But while the Utah celebration is geared around Pioneer Day, having a state delegation host such an event did not start with Utah. Hawaii is credited with starting this sort of hosting, circa 2012, with an annual event occurring about a month prior to the

Five Salt Lake County food vendors, including JulieAnn Caramels of Sandy, participated in Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s Pioneer Day-themed Flavors of Utah event in Washington, D.C. (Photo Associated Foods)

Utah celebration. “One of the better-known ones,” is how Lee described the Hawaiian event. “I know there are others out there.”

The political side

Although Republican Lee is the host of the event, Utah’s full congressional delegation of six men, all Republicans, save one, participated in the event. While this year’s event had Washingtonians experiencing what Utah offers, back home Utah hosted the nation’s governors on Pioneer Day proper and the few days after, as Salt Lake City was home to the National Governors Association meeting, July 24-26. Governors from around the country attended the Pioneer Day parade and likely sampled many foods and beverages Lee promoted in Washington, D.C. Sponsors of Lee’s Flavors of Utah event included Associated Food Stores, Utah Food Industry Association and Zions Bank, as well as more than 20 Utah food vendors. When asked which Utah fare was the fairest of them all for guests attending the Flavors event, Lee, ever the consummate politician, said, “All of them were received really well…. I’m always hesitant to mention some instead of others.” The main takeaway? “[The event] helps people understand how much we love food and that we have a lot of good food from Utah.” l

September 2019 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757

South Salt Lake City Council Members Ben B. Pender, District 1 801- 580-0339 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 Mark C. Kindred, At-Large 801-214-8415 Ray deWolfe, At-Large 801-347-6939

City Offices Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 801-483-6000 220 East Morris Ave SSL, UT 84115 Animal Service 801-483-6024 Building Permits 801-483-6005 Business Licensing 801-483-6063 Code Enforcement 801-464-6712 Fire Administration 801-483-6043 Justice Court 801-483-6072 Police Admin 801-412-3606 Promise 801-483-6057 Public Works 801-483-6045 Recreation 801-412-3217 Utility Billing 801-483-6074 Emergencies 911 Police/Fire Dispatch 801-840-4000

Continuing to Invest in People As I’m sure you all know, there has been a flurry of activity around the 1000 West Homeless Resource Center and the Conditional Use Permit that is required by South Salt Lake to operate the facility in our City. This is a complicated issue so I’d like to clarify our City’s position and provide you with an update. I continue to Stand Up for Mayor Cherie Wood South Salt Lake. First of all, in regards to the scheduled opening of the Homeless Resource Center (HRC), the City of South Salt Lake is ready, willing, and able to issue a Certificate of Occupancy for the 1000 West HRC as soon as construction is complete. But the HRC also needs a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate in our City. The CUP is the only mechanism the City has to mitigate impacts of the HRC. It is of utmost importance to me that lawlessness is not permitted and that the HRC is a safe place for both center residents and our surrounding community. The CUP is our tool for ensuring this. Despite media reports, South Salt Lake is not requiring the HRC to turn people out into the cold. Rather, the CUP requires the HRC to make certain that people who come in the door are evaluated and are directed toward the appropriate available resources. If an individual requires detox and/or drug addiction services, they should be transferred to the appropriate facilities within the broader continuum of care. The new HRC’s model is housing and resources first and shelter last. I’m pleased to report that we have been working with Shelter the Homeless and have come to an agreement on many of these issues. At the time of this newsletter printing, our City’s Planning Commission continues to review and will be ready to approve the Conditional Use Permit – well ahead of the HRC’s planned opening in October. These are difficult situations and sometimes they are so overwhelming, that we can forget to think about all the great things happening in our community such as the Fitts Park expansion or the upcoming completion of our new Gateway Park. One of the most exciting projects in South Salt Lake right now is the Best Buy Teen Tech Center coming online in September with a Grand Opening scheduled for October 1. The Columbus Community Center now provides our teens with a state-of-the-art center that offers a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment to explore their ideas, develop new skills and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. South Salt Lake continues to be a place that invests in people. And that’s what is important.


City News SSL City Council Meetings

Municipal General Election –November 5, 2019

220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor

The municipal General Election will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Wednesday, September 4, 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m

South Salt Lake has contracted with Salt Lake County to conduct our 2019 municipal elections. This year’s election will be conducted using the vote by mail process.

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor

Ballots will be mailed to all active voters 21 days before Election Day.

Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m.

Ballots can be returned by mail in the postage paid return envelope and must be postmarked the day before Election Day. They can also

Holiday Closures South Salt Lake City Offices will be closed: Monday, September 2nd Wishing you a safe holiday!

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Grass and Weeds – Maintained at Six Inches or Less Greetings from South Salt Lake Urban Livability. We know how busy life gets, especially during the summer with all the fun in the sun and vacations. But, before we know it, our lawns have grown taller than six inches. Weed season is still upon us and we ask that grasses and lawns be kept to 6 inches or less at all times, this includes park strip areas between sidewalks and streets. A huge THANK YOU to all those who maintain their yards and properties and help to keep our neighborhoods looking welcoming and vibrant! Contact us with any questions at 801-464-6712.

Garbage and Recycling Pickup – Labor Day Waste will be collected on Monday, September 2nd.

be dropped off at any vote center, any ballot drop box located throughout the County, or the County Clerk’s Office through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of drop box locations, early voting locations, and vote centers, please see the Salt Lake County Elections website. If they prefer, voters can also surrender their ballot at the vote center and vote on the voting machines on Election Day. For candidate information visit To register to vote or to update your registration visit

South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary

Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: Date 7/31/19

Agenda Item FY 2019 Audit Engagement Letter


Property Acquisition


Discussion of DWQ Resolution


Haven Avenue Parking Issues


A Recommendation to amend the Zoning Code for Downtown District for the Mill Project Ordinance to update, amend, repeal and replace Titles 5, 15, and 17

8/14/19 8/14/19

Budget Amendment Discussion


Resolution for GEAR UP week

City Council Corner – Pedestrian Safety By Ben Pender, City Council District 1 Now that summer is coming to an end and school either has begun or will begin soon, I would like to encourage everyone to be more aware of additional pedestrian traffic. We will have many children walking to and from school. We as a Council (specifically Council Member Thomas) have been involved in crosswalk awareness over the last couple of years. As you are driving pay extra attention to intersections and crosswalks where pedestrians may be. I would ask everyone to allow pedestrians to cross at these designated locations to encourage pedestrians to cross at these locations. We want to keep everyone safe in our community. Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.

Subject Engagement letter with Independent Auditor for Fiscal Year 2019 Discussion of acquisition of property at 119 East Oakland Ave Discussion of Department of Water Quality Resolution Discussion of parking issues on Haven Ave near Zellerbach Property Ordinance to amend Zoning Code for the Mill Project in the Downtown District

Action Approved

Next Step No further action

Denial of ordinance. Moved to September 4th meeting Set Public Hearing date for September 18th Moved to August 28th meeting for further discussion Moved to August 28th meeting for further discussion

Further Discussion

An Ordinance for cleanup and reorganization of Chapter 3.11 and 9.24 and Titles 5, 15, and 17 of the City Code A discussion of possible upcoming budget amendments to be made to the 2019 budget Resolution proclaiming the week of September 23-27 GEAR UP week

Moved to August 28th meeting for further discussion

Further Discussion

Moved to a future meeting for further discussion Moved to September 4th for further discussion

Further Discussion

Further Discussion Further Discussion Further Discussion

Further Discussion

Public Safety National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month. It is also when the United States suffered the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history 18 years ago. This was the deadliest incident ever for firefighters, as well as for law enforcement officers in the United States. The New York City Fire Department lost 343 among their ranks, while 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers lost their lives, according to the 9/11 Commission that investigated the attacks and emergency response. Since that fateful day, 200 more FDNY members have died due to World Trade Center related illness. Recently, we have seen the senseless killing from loneactors in Texas and Ohio. Could the community have spotted these dangerous actors? Together we need to be prepared for

all types of hazards. We all have something worth protecting. With your help, we can keep our community safe by reporting suspicious activity. If you see something out of place, say something. Report unusual items or situations such as a vehicle parked in an odd Interim Fire Chief location, someone’s behavior that doesn’t Terry Addison seem right, unattended luggage or packages, and people asking questions beyond curiosity about buildings, operations, or security. We all want a safe, livable community. Trust your instincts because only you know what’s not supposed to be in your everyday. If you see something suspicious, say something to local authorities.

What’s it like to be a South Salt Lake Police Officer? I started with the South Salt Lake Police Department in 1996. Having four years with another police department in Salt Lake County, I felt I was prepared and ready to handle anything the new job would bring. Let me tell you, that was not the case! I did my research before applying for South Salt Lake. I even turned down a position with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office to be here. At the time, the City of South Salt Lake was going through an annexation, which eventually extended the boundaries of the City from 3300 South to 3900 South, as we know it today. With the potential of growth and the excitement of a busy City, it was the right choice for me.

My first week working in the City was a definite reality check. I responded to more calls for service in a week’s time than I had in a month with my previous agency. Not only was it a busier City, but the nature of the calls were more aggressive. I would respond to Police Chief calls non-stop throughout a ten-hour shift, ofJack Carruth ten not leaving much or any time for even a short lunch break. It was also the era of new technology; laptop computers were installed in patrol vehicles, in-car cameras were becoming popular and automated dispatch was in the infant stages. Twenty-three years later with changes in technology and to the profession of law enforcement, some things remain the same. As Chief, I listen to our radio calls for service and hear first-hand how busy our officers are. The South Salt Lake Police Department remains the busiest agency in the valley. Individual SSL officers handle over 1,700 calls for service each year, compared to an average of 1,200-1,400 calls per officers elsewhere in the Salt Lake Valley. Those numbers are only increasing with the city’s continual growth. Our officers are equipped with advanced technology, such as body-worn cameras, Tasers, speechless dispatch and even better patrol vehicles. What hasn’t changed is the nature of the calls they handle and the volume of calls. The calls continue to be aggressive in nature, not just in South Salt Lake, but across the country. Violent crimes are increasing and even worse, assaults against police officers have increased. Daily as I watch and listen to our officers respond to calls and even occasionally as I respond side by side with them, I watch them demonstrate professionalism, kindness, and true compassion. In addition to dealing with calls, our officers can be seen going above-and-beyond as they provide service to our community. They are always willing to do proactive policing and excited to participate in community events. Not just anyone can be a Police Officer. Over my 26 years of service, I have watched several people choose law enforcement as a career, only to realize it was not for them. You have to be emotionally strong and you cannot let the negative media attention change who you are. It has never been us against them, and it will never be that way. However, more importantly, you cannot be afraid to do the job! September is Public Safety Appreciation month in the City of South Salt Lake. So please, if you appreciate what our police officers do, take a brief minute to thank them!

There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. location to be determined. A recording with updated information can he heard by calling 801-412-3668.

We will be back to regularly scheduled Neighborhood Watch Meeting in October. Watch for dates and time in next month’s newsletter.

Coffee with a Cop is part of a national initiative to create a place for community members and police officers to come together. The South Salt Lake Chamber supports the program to help businesses increase their involvement in the community’s safety. Join us the first Wednesday of each month from 9-10 a.m. Délice Bakery 2747 S State on Wednesday, September 4.

Business and Development Columbus Senior Center Highlights 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 • 385-468-3340

When is a Business License Required? Any person engaging in business within the corporate limits of the City of South Salt Lake must first obtain a license from the City of South Salt Lake prior to conducting business. Business licenses are only valid for the address on the application. A change in location requires re-application for licensure. Multiple locations require a separate license for each location. How to apply for a business license: • Submit complete application (hard copy to office only) • Pay application fee

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• Bring copy of: • Utah State Department of Commerce Name Registration • State of Utah Sales Tax ID Number • Federal EIN ID Number • Occupational or Professional License, if applicable • Salt Lake County Health Department approval, if applicable • Department of Agriculture approval, if applicable • Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division approval, if applicable Schedule an Inspection within 5 business days of application submission: All businesses are required to pass inspections with the South Salt Lake Building Inspector and South Salt Lake Fire Inspector. When does my license renew? All licenses must be renewed on an annual basis. Businesses located east of 200 West (light rail tracks) renew on January 1. Businesses located west of 200 West (light rail tracks) renew on August 1. All residential rental business licenses renew on January 1.

How do pay for a business license renewal? There are multiple payment options available: Pay Online at Xpressbillpay, Pay at City Hall by Credit Card, Cash, or Check. Frequently Asked Questions: How long does it take to process an application? SSL will review and respond to all applications within 30 days. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide a complete application. Are business licenses transferable? No! All new businesses (or businesses with a change in ownership) shall submit new complete applications and schedule required inspections. May I start business before my license is issued? No! I scheduled a building/fire inspection and received a correction list for compliance, now what do I do? All inspection compliance lists must be completed prior to license approval. If the compliance item requires a building permit, you will need to submit the appropriate applications with a General Contractor licensed in the State of Utah. Do I need a business license if I am only storing goods in a warehouse? Yes! Do I need a business license to rent my residential property? Yes! Do I need an inspection for my rental business license application? Yes! I am closing my business in SSL, what do I need to do? Please call or email business licensing staff to close your account.

Planning for a City on the Move South Salt Lake has been shaped for over a century by transportation. Railways, freeways, roads and transit have made us a “City on the Move” and are often pointed to as one of the city’s advantages. This has become more evident as our location close to downtown Salt Lake City and transit lines have attracted new development and residents. As the City grows in population and land redevelops to new uses, mobility needs change. Mobility is the way people get around – to work, school, shopping, church and other destinations. In a community as diverse as ours, there are many different approaches, and often people choose a different “mobility mode” depending on where they are going, such as biking to school, walking to church or driving to work. Our city strives to provide safe, convenient and affordable options to all. To do this, we have to understand what people want and the trends that are changing how people travel. We are currently writing a “Mobility Plan” to guide this growth and best invest in transportation. This plan will map out the different mobility modes, such as highways,

bus routes and bike lanes. It then recommends ways to improve existing or build new service. This could include an additional stoplight or crosswalk, a new bike lane, or reconfiguring a street to better accommodate deliveries or future automated vehicles. Many of these decisions are tied to land use, as homes, businesses and shops have very different traffic patterns and usage. These projects also require funding, with a vast range of costs from the cheap (bike lane striping) to the expensive (highway interchanges). The City relies on community input to identify problem areas, find workable solutions and prioritize projects to fund and build. Please share your concerns and ideas. Ways to get involved in the “City on the Move” plan include: 1. Take the City on the Move Mobility Survey at: 2. Share your ideas via email to: 3. Paper surveys available at City Hall

Community Happenings Youth City Council Now Accepting Applications

Nominate a South Salt Lake Beautiful Yard Mayor Cherie Wood’s Beautiful Yard Award is her way of thanking SSL residents who have made exceptional efforts that positively impact their neighborhood. Contact the Urban Livability Department at 801-464-6712 or to recognize a deserving yard. Congratulations to the McCurdie, Jorgensen & Kirk Families! Thank you for your commitment to a Beautiful Yard!

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


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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month “WHY DID GOD INVENT BULLYING?!” Sarah screams at me from her spot on the floor of my office. “NO ONE CARES ABOUT ME!” Sarah is 11 and she wants to kill herself. That’s what she told her classmates anyway. And that’s why she’s in my office, furious at me for making “too big a deal out of this.” The adult in me wants to argue with her—wants to try to convince her that she’s wrong. It is a big deal. Convince her that her parents, her teachers, her friends all care about her; that I care about her. The professional in me goes into intervention mode, starts running through the procedure, steps that need to be taken to ensure she’s supported. But the child in me, the child that once felt as intensely about my life as Sarah does about hers, wants to scream and cry and panic right along with her. Wants to lie on the floor, cover my face, and scream at someone who doesn’t understand what I’m going through. But I don’t. I try to calm her down. I explain my plan to her even though she’s too angry at me to listen. And after she leaves, I call her parents. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in Utah. Sarah showed up at school the next day, but lots of kids don’t. If you know a child who is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, take them seriously, and encourage them to seek help. SafeUT App is a youth crisis chat and tip line available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ people in crisis 866488-7386 and TrevorText messaging text 678678 TransLifeline 877-565-8860

For kindergarteners, brain breaks, bulletin boards and testing await


By Bill Hardesty |

h yes, the wonderful memories of kindergarten when life was simple. You spent time eating graham crackers and milk, you took a nap on your own mat, you painted while wearing white smocks and you played outside in the special kindergarten playground. Today’s kindergarten isn’t your kindergarten. First, there are no naps. “We have so much content and curriculum they need,” said Alexandra Dennis, a fifth-year kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Today’s kindergarten content used to be taught in first and second grade. Now, they do something called brain break twice a day for an all-day kindergarten class. Brain breaks are design to get the kids moving after the hard work of reading or learning vocabulary. Thank goodness they still have two recesses during the day.

Classroom organization

“The classroom atmosphere is everything. It can welcome kids or push kids out. It is everything,” Dennis said. One item that has stayed the same is the bulletin board. Kim Christensen, a fourthyear teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, has boards that are bright, fun and useful. In her dramatic play area, vocabulary words are displayed allowing students to practice the words while at play. Near the front is the focus wall. Another remaining item from kindergarten long ago is the carpet where kids sit “criss-cross applesauce” style. Years ago, sitting cross-legged was called something that would be racially insensitive today. In the language of kindergarten teachers, it is called “on the carpet.” Around the room are small group areas where parents and other volunteers help develop skills like reading and knowing letters and numbers. A dramatic play area was added this past year. The theme changes each month. One month, students play house. Another month, they play store. This year in February, it was

Kindergarten teacher Kim Christensen puts the final touches on her focus wall getting prepared for the coming school year. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

It was quiet at SSLC schools, but not for long. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

a dental office that helped kids develop good write letters, recognize upper and lower case letters, understand the direction of reading dental hygiene habits. and number and shape recognition among KEEP Recently, the Utah Board of Education other skills. The final component is a Social-Emoinstituted a kindergarten testing program. tional Skills Observation Inventory completKindergarten Entry and Exit Profile “ ined by the teacher administering the assesstended to inform various stakeholders, such ment. The inventory is rating such behaviors as parents, teachers, and leadership, on the like self-confidence, the ability to follow diacademic and social-emotional development rections, how they respond and how easily do of entering and exiting kindergarten stuthey switch tasks. dents.” The entry part of KEEP is used as a There are three components giving a guideline for where to start each student’s inmore complete picture. The first component structions. Christensen and Dennis explained is a parent questionnaire that focuses on prethat in each kindergarten class there are school attendance of the new student. students who scored high, average and low A 10-20 assessment is given to the fuon the assessment. Those students more adture student by a kindergarten teacher. This is vantaged are challenged during small group done during the first Monday to Wednesday learning and those needing more help receive of August each year. The skills assessed inhelp during small group learning. Another clude the level of oral language, the ability to advantage of mixing the class is that more advanced students naturally help those needing additional help. The exit part of KEEP is used to measure progress and determine readiness for first grade. The test has 14 components.

members of the kindergarten team often get together in the summer. “We just hangout a couple of times during the summer,” Christensen and Dennis said.

Preparing for the new school year

“Have a great summer” was a common answer when asked how do teachers emotionally prepare for the new school year. Rachael Williams, a nine-year kindergarten teacher at Woodrow Wilson, said besides preparing her classroom, “I sit in my classroom alone and visualize the upcoming good year.” Some mention the importance of having a supportive staff and fellow teachers. In fact,

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What is in a name?

Have you ever wondered why it is called kindergarten? The concept was created by educational theorist Friedrich Froebel, who opened the first kindergarten in the world in 1837 in Blankenburg, Germany. The word in German translates to “children garden.” In 1850, the first kindergarten was established in England by Johannes Ronge, a German Catholic priest. The teaching method came to America in 1868 by Elizabeth Peabody in Boston. In some languages, the word was changed. However, the word was brought into English (sometimes it might be spelled a bit more English as kindergarden). In 1863, Horace Mann, an American educational reformer and Peabody wrote the “Moral Culture of Infancy and Kindergarten Guide.” In it, they describe why the name. “Kindergarten means a garden of children, and Froebel, the inventor of it, or rather, as he would prefer to express it, the discoverer of the method of Nature, meant to symbolize by the name the spirit and plan of treatment. How does the gardener treat his plants? He studies their individual natures and puts them into such circumstances of soil and atmosphere as enable them to grow, flower, and bring forth fruit—also to renew their manifestation year after year.” l

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New Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience bigger and better than before


hat is 2.75 miles across and three-quarters of a mile deep and is practically in your backyard? The answer: Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, one of the largest mines in the world. Taking your family to the new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is a great fall family outing which will provide an engaging and educational activity for everyone. “If you’re 4 years old or 84, there is something for everybody at the new Visitor Experience…it is fascinating, engaging and just a fun experience,” said Kyle Bennett, spokesman for Rio Tinto Kennecott. According to Bennett, the new Visitor Experience gives people a sense of scale more than ever before. For instance, visitors can now walk inside the bed of a 2,400-squarefoot haul truck and a full-size shovel scoop. Visitors can also learn about the mine’s history, safe mining practices, how ore gets refined to become copper, why mining is important even today and see a panoramic view of the mine. The new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience has only been open for six months. The old visitors center was removed in the spring of 2013 because monitoring equipment had been detecting movement in the mine for a few months prior. “We closed the old visitors center just

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By Christy Jepson | before the landslide in April 2013, which was the largest non-volcanic landslide in North American history,” Bennett said. Fortunately, because of advanced monitoring and planning, no employees were injured that April day when 165 million tons of rock slid down the northeast section of the open pit mine. The slide did damage roads, buildings and vehicles inside the open pit. The mine is so big that you can see it from space. Here’s some more facts to impress out-of-state friends and family: • Rio Tinto Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States with more than 2,000 employees. • The mine produces up to 300,000 tons of copper each year. • The Utah Copper Company was incorporated on June 4, 1903. Some experts of that day criticized it and said the company would never make money because the ore grade was too low. • Since those beginnings, 20 million tons of refined copper ore has been produced. • It is one of the largest man-made openpit excavations in the world. • Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly 8% of U.S. annual copper production. • Without mining, we wouldn’t have cars, cell phones, plumbing or electric-

ity. • If you stacked two Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) on top of each other, they still would not reach the top of the mine. • You could lay the soccer field at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, end-toend more than 38 times across the top of the Bingham Canyon Mine before it would reach both sides. • Besides copper, Rio Tinto Kennecott produces copper, gold, silver molybdenum and sulphuric acid, • It’s the first open-pit mine in the world. The new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is located at 12732 Bacchus Highway in Herriman. The mine is open seven days a week from April 1 to Oct. 31. Reservations are required and can be purchased at or at the Bingham Canyon Lions Gift shop on site. Tickets are $5 each and children under 5 are free. All proceeds will be donated to the Kennecott Charitable Foundation. The Visitor Experience starts at the Lark visitor parking lot. Once visitors check in, they are shuttled up to the Bingham Canyon Mine overlook to see the mine and exhibits. The lookout area where visitors can see the panoramIt is a mostly outdoor self-guided tour. l ic view of the Bingham Canyon mine. (Photo Rio Tinto Kennecott)

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A look at municipal campaign donations in Salt Lake County

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ith Salt Lake County’s 2019 municipal primary elections in the rearview mirror and the general election now months away, it’s a good time to look at the state of campaign finances at the local level. The City Journals examined the campaign finance disclosures of every municipal candidate in the valley (excluding Salt Lake City proper) to see which cities’ elections are drawing the most money, where the money is coming from and to what degree campaign spending impacts election results. Here’s what we found.

Where is the money going?

It turns out there is a wide disparity in how much money is being spent in different cities across the valley. In Sandy City, 26 times more campaign money per candidate was raised than in the neighboring city of Midvale. A competitive race in the city of Draper where 11 candidates are fighting for three open at-large city council seats has drawn $88,894 worth of campaign funds, the most of any city in the county. Of that total, $23,471 came from just one candidate. Most cities (10 out of 13) raised between $1,000 and $5,000 per candidate.

We took a look at the three cities with the most total donations, Sandy, West Jordan and Draper, to see where the money is coming from in their respective races. Draper was the most balanced, with each category being within a few thousand dollars of each other. Sandy City was the only city which had more donations coming from businesses. West Jordan was noteworthy for how much its races are being self-funded by its candidates. Fifty-seven percent of the funding for all the city’s campaigns came from the candidates themselves. When it comes to donations from businesses and business interests, one source stands out from the rest. The Salt Lake Board of Realtors (and its political action committee, The Realtors) doled out over $58,000 in donations to candidates’ campaigns during the primary season. In some cities, donations from the Board of Realtors accounted for a quarter, or even half, of all donations. At the candidate level, the Board of Realtors donated an average of $2,252 to candidates, though there were a few

Percentage of Cities’ Campaign donations Coming from Salt Lake Board of Realtors. (City Journals) Average Campaign Donations per Candidate (City Journals)

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candidates who received more than $5,000. For 10 candidates, donations from the Board of Realtors made up at least half of their total campaign finances.

The three most common types of campaign contributors are individual donors, donations from businesses Does the money even matter? In today’s world where candidates can easily reach (which sometimes happens through a political action compeople through social media, some might wonder if having mittee) and self-funding from the candidate themselves. The balance between these three types of sources varies from money for traditional campaign advertising is still important. Can you win without courting donors, or does money city to city. buy elections? In the primaries, 76% of candidates who raised at least $1,000 advanced to the general election. However, there may be diminishing returns when it comes to bigger campaign coffers; for candidates who raised at least $5,000, the percentage of those who advanced to the general election remained at 76%. However, candidates who received money from the Board of Realtors got an extra boost—84% of them advanced to the general election, compared to 50% of candidates who didn’t. Money is not the be-all and end-all however, as there were 11 candidates throughout the valley who were able to advance to the general election despite having the lowSource of Campaign Donations (City Journals) est-funded campaign in their respective races. Page 24 | September 2019

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Where to find South Salt Lake’s after-school programs


By Bill Hardesty |

ith the new Promise Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Columbus Center opening on Sept. 3 and a grand opening scheduled for October, the South Salt Lake City Promise after-school offerings continue to expand. The SSLC Promise department is funded with donations and grants. Their programs are based on three promises: Every child has the opportunity to attend and to graduate from college; every resident has a safe, clean home and neighborhood; and everyone has the opportunity to be healthy and to prosper. There are 14 neighborhood community centers across the city with a variety of programs for children from kindergarten to 12th grade. According to Alex Peacock, business manager, some programs focus on a specific population while other programs vary based on the interest of the participants. The Promise Best Buy Teen Tech Center, located at the Columbus Center (2531 S. 400 East), will give teens access to a wide variety of creative and technological tools such as a recording and editing studio, 3D printers, green screens and more. The center opens on Sept. 3. Call Kayla Mayers at 801-455-0994. Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center also located at the Columbus Center is one of the oldest Promise sites. The center is named after a girl killed in the neighborhood. The purpose of the center is to empower refugees and immigrants through the process of successful integration by facilitating access to resources, expanding networks and layers of service, creating opportunities for leadership, and by providing relevant, responsive services and support. They serve kindergarteners through sixth-graders from 4 to 6 p.m. (2 to 4 p.m. on Friday) and seventh- to 12th-graders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday). Call Kaylee Milliner at 801-828-7245. Cottonwood High Community School (5715 S. 1300 East) serves ninth- to 12th- graders. The programs help participants finish high school and prepare for academic and career futures. Call Kayla Mayers at 385-630-9748. Meadowbrook STEM & Community Center (3900 S. 250 West) serves kindergarteners through sixth-graders from 4:10 to 6:30 p.m. (2 to 5 p.m. on Friday) and seventh- to 12th-graders from 3 to 6 p.m. (2 to 5 p.m. on Friday). As the name implies, programs focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The program is co-located with the Utah Refugee Education and Training Center, Meadowbrook Campus. Call Joseph Genda at 801-518-5502. Historic Scott School (3280 S. 540 East) serves firstthrough sixth-graders from 3 to 6 p.m. (1 to 5 p.m. on Friday) and seventh- through 12th-graders from 3 to 6 p.m. The Historic Scott School is focused on the arts including a robust writing program. Call Taylor Kirch at 801-803-3632. Moss Elementary Community School (4399 S. 500 East) serves first- to sixth-graders with choir and dance programs. They are adding a theater program this year. They are open 3:30 to 6 p.m. (1 to 5 p.m. on Friday). Contact Lauren Levorsen at 385-258-6360. Roosevelt Elementary Community School (3225 S. 800 East) serves first- to sixth-graders from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. (1:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday). Their programs are with partners such as the U of U Reading clinic, the DEA (drug prevention initiatives) and Bike Education initiative. Call Jarrell Watts at 801-828-8219. Utah International Charter High School (3605 S. 300 East) serves seventh- to 12th- graders with numerous

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activities from soccer to knitting. They are open from 3 to 6 p.m. This school should not be confused with the charter school, American International School of Utah, that closed recently. Call Adrienne Buhler at 801-520-7175. Woodrow Wilson Elementary Community School (2567 S. Main St.) serves kindergartener through sixth-graders from 3:45 to 7 p.m. (1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday). The college prep and mentoring programs are strengthened by the partnerships with Westminster College’s Little Griffins, Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Call Daniel McArthur at 801-386-0589. Kearns-Saint Ann School (430 E. 2100 South) serves kindergartener through eighth-graders from 3 to 6 p.m. (12:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday). The center is operated in partnership with a faith-based organization. Their programs reflect the needs of the surrounding community. Call Annelise Acosta at 385-630-9754. Granite Park Junior High Community School (3031 S. 200 East) serves seventh- and eighth-graders Monday through Thursday from 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. This is the largest Promise program based on the AVID college and career readiness focus. They have many high-interest clubs in addition to academic tutoring. Call Mackenzie Bledsoe at 801440-4499. Lincoln Elementary Community School (450 E. 3700 South) serves first- through sixth-graders from 3:30 to 6 p.m. (1 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday). Since the school has a high number of refugee children, the programs are tailored to address barriers to their success. Call Deborah Peel at 801-657-0416. Central Park Community Center (2825 S. 200 East) is co-located with the Police Athletic League (PAL). They serve first- through sixth-graders from 4 to 6 p.m. (1 to 4 p.m. on Friday) and seventh- through 12th-graders from 3 to 6 p.m. (1 to 4 p.m. on Friday). The PAL boxing and wrestling is from 4 to 7 p.m. The PAL will soon add a culinary program. Youth receive a variety of recreation programs and academic support. Call Chelsie Leaututu 801-386-4949. Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center (2505 S. State St.) serves sixth- to 12th-graders from 3 to 7 p.m. (4 to 6 p.m. on Friday). Among their programs are hip-hop dance, vocal training and creating micro businesses. Call Tori Smith at 385-630-9753. l

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Pickle Power! The family-friendly sport that’s taking over Utah By Justin Adams |


ou’ve probably seen them at a park near your house: miniature-sized versions of tennis courts filled with people smacking a yellow Wiffle ball back and forth. The courts (and the sport itself) seem to have sprung up overnight. If you haven’t played yet yourself, you surely know someone who does. Someone who has probably asked you with all the zeal of a missionary deployed by a crazed sport-religion hybrid: Do you play pickleball? Interest in pickleball has doubled in just the last three years, at least according to data from Google Trends. A sport that most people hadn’t even heard of five years ago is now a third as popular as tennis and half as popular as bowling. It’s already far surpassed sports like disc golf and badminton. While the sport is certainly exploding nationwide, nowhere is its popularity greater than here in Utah. More Utahns search for information about pickleball than residents of any other state, again according to Google Trends. Arizona is close behind, and most Pickleball players participate in a tournament held at Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale. (Justin Adams/City Journals) states’ interest in the sport is less than half of what it is in Utah. A tennis player and coach herself, she said ties together. It ended up going all over the country. So why is pickleball gaining populariDrew Wathey, a spokesperson for the she knows several former tennis players who “Those players came from all over Utah ty so fast? And why is Utah at the head of but also the United States,” Case said. “They USA Pickleball Association told the City switched to pickleball as their primary sport. its growth? But most importantly, why is it had a great experience then went home and Journals that demographics changes have Pickleball also makes more sense when mucalled pickleball? taught their friends how to play. In a lot of a lot to do with the sports’ growing popu- nicipalities are trying to decide what ameniOrigins ways, that first year in 2003 really created a larity. “Society is getting older. A lot of the ties to include in their public parks, she said. The game got its start in 1965 in Wash- big opportunity for it to spread.” baby boomers are hitting retirement age and “Some of those tennis courts that aren’t lookington state, when Joel Pritchard, a state conthey’re not able to be quite as active as they ing very good, it makes more sense to put An old folks’ game? gressman spliced together a few elements The fact that one of pickleball’s first used to be, and pickleball is a natural transi- in pickleball courts. They are more family from various sports during a hot summer friendly and don’t take up as much space.” big exposures to the world came through an tion,” he said. weekend at his home on Bainbridge Island. With pickleball quickly gaining ground event targeted towards seniors is no coinci- Replacing tennis? Pritchard’s backyard had a badminton on tennis, it may be only a matter of time beThe high demand for pickleball courts is dence. The mechanics and rules of pickleball court, but when he couldn’t find any badminfore a pickleball equivalent of Wimbledon is create a sport that is accessible to just about visible all over Salt Lake valley. In Cottonton equipment, he instead grabbed some ping broadcast on ESPN. everyone, including seniors. In return, the se- wood Heights, three recently installed picklepong paddles and a plastic ball. Along with nior community has been a driving force in ball courts proved to not be nearly enough to Going forward his friends and family, Pritchard developed a Is it possible that pickleball is a passmeet demand and so three additional courts its growing popularity. set of rules for this newly invented game over Because pickleball courts are a fraction were just added. In Bluffdale, Salt Lake ing fad? A sport that spikes in popularity the course of that weekend. of the size of tennis courts, players don’t County’s Wardle Fields Park, which opened for a few years but eventually dies out leavAs for how it got its name, legend has need to cover as much ground, particularly in 2017, included 16 pickleball courts, and in ing thousands of empty unused courts in its it that it’s named after the Pritchard family’s since doubles is the most popular form of the a possibly symbolic move, not a single tennis wake? Not likely, according to Wathey. dog. “The Pritchards had a dog named Pick“I don’t really see a downturn for the sport. This allows players, who maybe aren’t court. les, and you’re having fun at a party, right? “Sometimes sports run in cycles. Tennis sport anytime soon,” he said. “It’s incredible. as quick as they used to be, to still excel at So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it has hit somewhat of a plateau,” Wathey said. More courts are being built, and we don’t see the sport. pickleball,” said Barney McCallum, one of At the Huntsman World Senior Games, a plateau in that. They’re popping up all over “What I find in my senior community the sports’ cofounders. is their mobility might not be there, but once registrations for pickleball have surpassed the country.” The sport grew slowly over several deAnother factor that will help the sport they get to the line, they have all the motion that of tennis, according to Case. “Four years cades. By 2003, there were only 39 known they need,” said Linda Weeks, a Parks and ago we opened up registration at midnight. continue its rise is its affordability, Wathey places to play the sport in North America, Rec employee in Farmington who has been Within two minutes, the pickleball registra- noted. according to the USA Pickleball Association Pickleball sets that include two to four helping organize pickleball tournaments in tion was full,” he said. Because of that event, website. the Games have changed their registration paddles and balls range from $20 to $60 on Utah for years. However, that same year the sport was In one recent tournament, Weeks said a process for pickleball to be more like a lot- Amazon, whereas a single high-quality tenadded to the Huntsman World Senior Games, nis racket can easily run north of $100. That grandmother and her grandson ended up tak- tery. a multi-sport competitive event that draws The possibility of pickleball supplanting low barrier of entry combined with an eving second place. “I don’t know what other seniors from all over the world to St. George, kinds of sports out there would lend them- tennis is ironic, considering the overlap of er-increasing supply of courts means more Utah. selves to that kind of generation gap,” she the two similar sports. One of the first arti- people are getting into the sport. “There were questions about whether “I never would have guessed that it cles about pickleball appeared in Tennis magsaid. a sport named pickleball would ever be the Weeks thinks the sports’ ability to cater azine and some of the best pickleball players would have been to this extent already,” next big thing,” said Kyle Case, the current Weeks said. “I talk to people every day who to both the young and old is a big part of why are former tennis pros. CEO of the event. “But we just decided to get Weeks agreed that pickleball seems to say, ‘What’s up with this pickleball thing, can it’s grown so fast in Utah, where there are big behind it and see where it goes.” families who like to be outside doing activi- be putting a dent in the tennis community. you explain it to me?’” l

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New chapter begins for Utah lacrosse By Catherine Garrett |

Lacrosse has grown into thousands of participants statewide over the past several years and the sport will now officially be sanctioned for the upcoming school year with the boys and girls programs competing in the spring of 2020. (Photo courtesy Craig Morris)


t’s been a long time coming and it’s now finally here…boys and girls lacrosse is officially sanctioned beginning with the 20192020 school year with the competitive season for both programs to be held in the spring. An effort from the Utah Lacrosse Association, founded in 1994 by Westminster Coach Mason Goodhand and the lacrosse community, got a final push in 2015 when a four-member committee of Craig Morris, Renee Tribe, Brian Barnhill and Brae Burbidge led the charge to show the growth of the sport and the ability to develop and maintain high school programs statewide. “We walked out of a meeting with the UHSAA (Utah High School Activities Association in May 2017) where it was decided that lacrosse would be added as a sanctioned sport and we all looked at ourselves and asked, ‘Did that just happen?’” Morris said. “We were not expecting it to happen that day so we just stood there pretty shocked. It’s been pretty cool to see the quality rise in the game here that has far surpassed my expectations. We are producing a lot of talent in this state and colleges have taken notice and the sanctioning process will only get Utah more on the radar.” When the initial announcement was made two years ago, UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff acknowledged the efforts and patience of those within the lacrosse community. “I want to really reach out and thank the lacrosse community for how they’ve handled all the discussions,” Cuff said. “We knew it was going to come on, but it was just a matter of time.” The UHSAA’s Jon Oglesby said lacrosse was added because of the “interest and

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preparation of the member districts” throughout the process. “The process of adding lacrosse and getting it ready for competition in the spring of 2020 has been a collaborative process that has included the efforts of many school districts, administrators, coaches and lacrosse aficionados,” Oglesby said. “The UHSAA Board of Trustees is excited to see these student athletes get a chance to compete under the UHSAA umbrella.” Morris moved to Utah from New York more than 25 years ago after playing lacrosse in college and quickly became an integral part of the growth of the sport as he assisted Goodhand in the development of the ULA while he became the lacrosse coach and athletic director at Waterford School in Sandy. In 2003, approximately 300 players competed in programs with that number up to 1,800 athletes in just six years. Currently, close to 4,000 players are involved in lacrosse statewide. Herriman High girls lacrosse coach Wes Allen said it has been exciting to watch the sport take off over the last several years. “At times it has also been overwhelming because we haven’t had the availability of resources needed to support such an accelerated growth pattern,” he said. “Every year we’ve watched lacrosse grow more and more into a mainstream sport here in Utah and we’ve gone from playing high school games on the fields of elementary schools not even in our hometowns to now playing on our own high school fields and sometimes even in the stadiums.” Being a sanctioned sport—as opposed to a club at the high school level—means more to the programs than just a different status

Lacrosse has grown into thousands of participants statewide over the past several years and the sport will now officially be sanctioned for the upcoming school year with the boys and girls programs competing in the spring of 2020. (Photo courtesy Craig Morris)

around campus. Funding is now available through the schools that will include transportation, equipment, coach salaries, referee payments and league fees which will ease the financial burden that had been solely the responsibility of parents and athletes. “It will be nice for the players to be recognized more for what they do now that it’s an official sport in the schools,” former East High boys lacrosse coach Peter Idstrom said. “It’s been in the works for a long time, and it is just huge now to get the access that was lacking before.” With these changes, lacrosse players will now be held to the same academic standards, school boundary restrictions and region competitive structures that the other 10 sanctioned sports adhere to. This season, all sports will be using the Ratings Percentage Index system to include all teams in the state playoffs. Using that RPI, current plans are for lacrosse are the top seeds will compete in the “A” division at the state tournament while the bottom teams will be in the “B” division at the end of their 16game season, but that is still to be determined at the UHSAA meeting in August. The 28 lacrosse teams currently slated to compete statewide will comprise four regions throughout one single class. Region 1 includes Bear River, Box Elder, Green Canyon, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View. Region 2 is made up of East, Highland, Judge Memorial, Olympus, Park City, Skyline and West. Bingham, Copper Hills, Herriman, Mountain Ridge, Riverton, Waterford and West Jordan comprise Region 3 while Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Jordan, Juan Di-

ego, Timpview and Wasatch are the teams in Region 4 this season. Following this inaugural year, two classifications will be made based on the results of this season. More teams will be added in year two as some teams in the Alpine, Davis and Weber School districts will secure arrangements to be ready for the 2021 spring season. “This was a full community effort from every program out there,” Morris said. “It has taken a lot of time from those of us who have cared about it deeply. It’s just icing on the cake and been so exciting to see it get to the finish line.” Allen said the trajectory of the sport will only continue upward in Utah as it begins its first season as a sanctioned sport. “We’ve become a hot spot for recruiting and this will only help to increase the visibility which will hopefully bring in new players from the youth through the high school programs,” he said. Dan Dugan, president of the Intermountain Lacrosse Association—a newer organization formed from the now absolved ULA—said there is reserve money that had been set aside for “strategic growth with the intent to help build new teams and new programs.” The Mountain West Lacrosse Foundation was created with charge over those funds and a grant process will begin this fall for teams that would like to apply for assistance for their programs. Information will be updated as details are available at l

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How can I save money with my student ID

t doesn’t matter where you are on your academic trajectory—middle school, high school or working toward a college degree— you have a student ID. What institutions tend to downplay on orientation or picture day, is how valuable that student ID is. You’re essentially getting handed a weird type of currency. I’m here to urge you not to shove that card in the back of your wallet, but to use that student ID whenever and wherever you can. Students IDs can save you all kinds of money, if you’re actively looking for those discounts. Perhaps the most important function of a college student’s ID is the access to public transportation. If you have a college ID from one of the participating state institutions, all you have to do is tap your ID to the reader when entering the bus or train, and you can ride for free. All day, every day. Don’t waste money on gas if you have a student ID. Students can save money on food. Local restaurants such as Red Robin, The Pie Pizzeria, Village Inn, Costa Vida, The Dodo, Great Harvest Bread Company, Tuscanos, Aubergine & Company, Freebirds World Burrito, IKEA and Even Stevens have student discounts or specials. Some vary by day so make sure to check for the available discount. If you don’t want to go out for food, some local grocery stores offer student discounts on an occasional basis. Check out

Dan’s and Whole Foods for local student discounts. When shopping for that backto-school look, make sure to pull out that student ID. Many physical and online clothing stores offer student discounts such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Forever 21, Redbubble and Nasty Gal. College students are eligible for discounts on activities all over the valley as well. Some places change their discounts every year, so make sure to check out the website or make a phone call before heading out. Popular places to check out for discounts include: Cinema Six, Brewvies, Ballet West, Red Butte Gardens, Pioneer Theatre Company, Tracy Aviary, Hogle Zoo and the Utah Olympic Park. Probably most important for today’s youth are the tech discounts. Best Buy, Walmart and the Apple Store offer seasonal student discounts on laptops, flash drives, backpacks and other essentials. With a student ID, you can get 65% off printing at Of-

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