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New playground serves children in domestic violence shelter By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ommunity donors pitched in to help a domestic violence shelter install a new playground at its West Jordan facility at the end of September. “We want this to be a safe and fun place, and I feel like that means we need a space for kids to be kids,” said Jennifer Campbell, executive director for South Valley Services. “It’s a place not for them to escape their problems but to cope with them.” As one of the only two domestic violence shelters serving the county, about 300 victims of domestic violence find a temporary home at the South Valley Sanctuary each year. Nearly half of those people are children. On any given day there are 25 to 30 children living at the shelter, according to Campbell. The more than 18-year-old, “well-loved and well-worn” playground on the shelter grounds was becoming a safety hazard, but South Valley didn’t have the means to repair or replace it, Campbell said. Salt Lake County, American Express and UPS donated $33,000 for the project. “I think doing things like this is an investment in our community,” said Amy Dillon, UPS operations manager. Dillion and other UPS employees donated time to South Valley Services in 2015 by spreading bark around the old playground and painting the inside of the shelter. They reached out to South Valley in 2016, asking how they could help again. Campbell was already designing a new playground using donations from Salt Lake County and American Express and welcomed the contributions from Dillon to create a bigger playground. “It’s an amazing difference from the old playground,” Dillon said of the new bright yellow and green playground. “It’s nice to see the fruits of our labors.” Campbell’s daughter chose the playground colors while she was on a job shadow. Although Campbell was hesitant to choose the light colors, she said she went with her daughter’s opinion since her daughter was the target age for the project.

Community donors pitched in to help a domestic violence shelter install a new playground at their West Jordan facility at the end of September. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

“She chose the yellow and green because she said they weren’t dark colors that would make the playground too hot to play on,” Campbell said. Campbell, other members of South Valley Services, representatives from the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Riverton Mayor Applegarth, West Jordan City Councilman Dirk Burton, West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond and representatives from UPS, American Express and Salt Lake County celebrated the installation of the playground with a ribboncutting ceremony on Sept. 29. Campbell presented plaques to the donors and shared a brief speech about what the playground would do for those who stay at the South Valley Services shelter. “We really try to give them a sense of normalcy,” Campbell said. “This is a nice place that they can be in and know that the community cares.” The yellow and green playground is the

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newest addition to the shelter’s yard which also includes a playground for small children, a sensory garden and a pathway on which children can ride bikes, scooters and skateboards. “I think anything they can add to make it more like home makes it more comfortable for the children and the parents as well,” Applegarth said at the ribbon cutting. “I support it.” In addition to the South Valley Shelter for those in high-risk domestic violence situations, South Valley Services also has community resource centers at Riverton City Hall, West Jordan City Hall, West Valley City Hall, West Valley City Library and Kearns Library. The centers assist individuals who are in domestic violence situations by providing appropriate resources to meet their needs and goals on a case by case basis. The centers also offer free healthy relationship classes to anyone in the community. For emergency shelter or general questions, call South Valley Services’ 24-hour hotline at 801-255-1095 l


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Riverton FamilySearch Library expands genealogy classes By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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he Riverton FamilySearch Library is expanding its outreach program by bringing their family history classes to senior centers and libraries in Murray, Riverton and Draper. “I was out there trying to find someone who would teach genealogy classes because there is a need and an interest for seniors to have this research,” said Maureen Gallagher, program coordinator for the Murray Heritage Center. “It took me quite a while because everyone wanted to charge for the classes, but then I was referred to the LDS church library. It’s been wonderful.” Upon hearing Gallagher’s request, The FamilySearch Library, a genealogy research center located at 3740 West Market Center Drive in Riverton and owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, created an outreach team to teach community members how to store, access and retrieve family trees, records and pictures for free. Instructors at the FamilySearch Library modified their original classes intended for an LDS audience by removing the church’s jargon to create a “nondenominational atmosphere” suitable for any community member, according to Glen Sisam, a FamilySearch outreach trainer. “We realized we should broaden our audience,” Sisam said. “There’s a huge surge of interest, and family history affects everyone in varying degrees, so we realized we needed to think outside of the box to take it to everyone.” The Heritage Center’s seven-member classes filled up during the more than 15 sessions offered beginning in January, so the FamilySearch Library partnered with the Draper Senior Center, Draper Library, Riverton Library and Riverton Senior Center to expand their outreach program.

Riverton Family Search Library started an outreach program, bringing their genealogy tips and technology to select public senior centers and libraries in the valley. (Pixabay)

Draper Senior Center and Riverton Library classes began in October. Draper Library and Riverton Senior Center Classes begin in November. Riverton Library classes have since been cancelled for lack of attendance, but Sisam said he hopes to continue them in the future after more people catch wind of the outreach program. The genealogy courses are offered in beginning and intermediate levels, and Sisam said he believes even family history experts can learn from the workshops. “I’ve been in family history work for a long time, and there

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have been more dramatic changes in three or four years than in my entire life,” Sisam said. “The internet is exploding with research opportunities.” FamilySearch’s programing offers the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world and connects users with its 80 partners, but it can be intimidating to use without some know-how, Sasim said. “It’s like drinking from a fire hose, but we can help with that,” he added. Unlike the classes at the FamilySearch center, which might have 50 participants, the outreach classes generally have between seven and 14 participants, allowing for individualized attention. Participants can come to the class one or two times and continue their genealogy study alone using the tools FamilySearch provides, or they can come again and again to seek input and instruction. FamilySearch applications allow users to build their own family trees, view family descendants, connect with living relatives and sync photos, journal entries and record documents. Gallagher said she believes FamilySearch’s outreach is a benefit to the community. “You might not know about your family, and this is a way to get someone in the shoes of their ancestors from the 1800s,” Gallagher said. “I think it is empowering. I think it is good for mental health and connects you to a bigger picture.” To find out places, dates and times of classes visit https:// familysearch.org/wiki/en/Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/ Outreach_Class_Schedule. To suggest a new location for classes, contact Sasim at 801-205-3242. l


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Drill team fundraises with cow pies By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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The Herriman High School Drill Team poses for a picture at the W&M Butterfield Rodeo Grounds during their second annual Cow Pie Jamboree on Sept. 24. (Hillaree Larsen/Herriman High School Drill)

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undreds of Herriman community members gathered at the rodeo grounds on Sept. 24 eagerly watching to see where cows would drop their waste. The spectacle was the main event of the second annual Cow Pie Jamboree, a fundraiser for the Herriman High School Drill Team, where people paid $20 to bet where a cow would take a dump. Each participant placed a flag on the W&M Butterfield Rodeo Grounds, and four cows were released into the arena. The drill team gave prizes to the participants whose flags were closest to the first four cow pies on the arena. “We used to have lots of little, tiny fundraisers where we would go door to door to sell things,” said Lexi Anderson, drill captain. “It’s nice to do one big thing to get it all done at once.” The drill team sold about 800 tickets to the event, which Lexi Anderson said will be used to help the 36 members get to Drill nationals in Florida in March—a venture that will cost each participant about $1,400. Brian Fortie, who was at the event working for the Herriman City events department, bought a ticket and flag for the jamboree two hours before the event started. He claimed the $1,200 visa gift card grand prize for having the closest flag to the first cow pie. “It was great. It was awesome. I’m pretty lucky,” Fortie said. “I just got a new condo, so maybe I’ll buy some furniture, or maybe just save it for a rainy day.” The second-place winner received a three-night stay in Park City, the third-place

winner received $800 Visa gift card and the fourth place winner received a GoPro Hero4 action camera. In addition to the cow pie activities, drill team members and their family members ran face painting, basketball, pie eating, line dancing and game booths, creating a “community festival feel,” according to Laura Anderson, Lexi Anderson’s mother. Laura Anderson came up with the idea for a cow pie activity and festival after she saw Instagram photos of a similar event at her alma mater in Arizona. “Herriman has a lot of history of farming and country-style, so it seemed like a good fit,” Laura Anderson said. “I love that part about Herriman.” The drill team girls and parents were in favor of the activity, so they moved forward with the event. “At first we thought it was interesting because we’re inviting people to see where the cows were going to poop,” said Lexi Anderson. “After, we thought it was a good idea because it is a good way for them to support us and have a fun event with the community.” The drill team started selling tickets to family, friends and neighbors, and their family members started rounding up donations for prizes, raffles and a silent auction. The cash prizes were subtracted from ticket sales, but family members donated most of the silent auction baskets, and community sponsors donated the Park City trip. “It takes the effort of whole team,” Laura Anderson said. “It’s been fun to see everyone take part.” l

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eet several new Chamber members who had a ribbon cutting to celebrate the owner’s vision coming to fruition. Bear-O Care was founded to help care for individuals with multiple disabilities who are in need of assistance through a variety of programs. They are particularly designed to serve those with the following disabilities:

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tein Shakes, located at 12682 South Redwood Road for an amazing protein shake after their ribbon cutting. Brandon and Amy Merrill were very welcoming and only use the highest quality ingredients in their shakes. Brandon asks: Are you looking for a healthy meal-replacement, an alternative to sugar filled smoothies, and or the perfect healthy treat? BAM Protein Shakes is the answer!! Their shakes are made with only the best Protein, unsweetened almond or coconut milks, real fruit, never purée or sugar filled powders. They also offer the best post workout blend of pure unflavored powder form supplements such as glutamine, bcaa, ascorbic acid, beta alanine, arginine, and more. Just ask for the BAM recovery and they’ll put it in any of their delicious shakes at no additional cost. They also have plant based proteins and very low carb-low calorie options. They are located in the same complex as the Riverton Vasa right next to Riverbend Dental. 12682 south Redwood Road. We were also fortunate to be involved with South Valley Services’ ribbon cutting for their new playground. South Valley Services began as a grassroots effort in response to a growing need in our community. A group of professionals, community leaders, and citizens recognized that survivors of domestic violence were facing tremendous difficulty finding safe and accessible services. They concluded that a domestic violence shelter was of vital interest to the health and well-being of our community. The result of a monumental community effort, South Valley Services opened on February 10, 1998 with the objective of providing a safe shelter, resource and referral services, and self-sufficiency programs for survivors of domestic violence. This protected shelter was in need of a new playground and they were able to get it through partnerships. Working with our community partners to better serve victims of violence South Valley Services opened a Community Resource Center in 2013 in West Jordan City Hall and a third location in Riverton City Hall in 2014. Both locations offer community services including help and navigation of the community resources that are available to the victims of domestic violence.

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Growing hope in the community By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com

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eila Mower cares deeply about gardening and the community. She combined these two passions to create the Growing Hope Project, a community garden that donates produce to a local food pantry. Mower just finished her fifth successful growing season with the project, involving friends and community partners in the process. “It’s my passion,” Mower said. “And I want to share it. I don’t want to do it on my own; I want to do it as a community and to inspire others. What a great thing if you use your love and your passion to inspire and serve others.” Mower’s idea for a community garden first began five years ago. As a local Girl Scouts troop leader, Mower organized a garden plot so the girls could earn their gardening badge. When gardening was over, Mower did not want the produce to go to waste and did not feel comfortable keeping it for herself, so they donated it to the Food Bank in Salt Lake City. After that first year, Mower was hooked. She reached out to her community association, and they donated plots for her next garden. Neighbors, friends and local Scout groups donated time and labor to plan, prepare and plant the gardens. Home Depot, Miller Company and other businesses donated seeds, tools and soil. “It’s called the Growing Hope Project because when someone gets a tomato that we grew, that person is also getting the love and time and community that went into that tomato,” Mower said. “I want them to know that there is love, hope for humanity and hope for life, and that, in that moment, it’s going to be better. Someone is growing hope for you if you are in need.” Initially, Mower donated to the food bank in Salt Lake City. Two years ago she learned about the St. Andrew Food Pantry, a local affiliate of the Utah Food Bank located in Riverton. Mower began donating produce there to better serve her neighbors. She now

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delivers fresh produce the same day it is picked. So far, they have grown tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, squash and herbs. Each year, the project grows too. Mower and her friends currently have 12 garden plots and multiple community partnerships. Mower’s friend, Connie Mason, works for Utah Transit Authority. She is going to start a community garden for UTA employees in 2017. Volunteers throughout the season vary, but Mower says that about 20 people helped out this year. “Different people helped throughout the season,” Mower said. “It’s not just me; it takes a lot of effort from different people to make the garden successful.” Neighbors notably stepped up during the algae bloom that occurred in July this year. During the bloom, water was shut off to the garden plots. Mower reached out to community members for help. Four people donated 25-gallon containers and let Mower use water from their homes. She hand-watered the plots for a whole week to save the work that they had done. During this time, Mower’s efforts caught the attention of Councilwoman Tamera Zander. Zander lives near the plots and let Mower and Mason use her hose to get water for the plants. She was impressed that they watered everyone’s gardens, not just her own. “That’s exceptional neighborliness; that’s exceptional service,” she said. “It wasn’t to get gain; it was just because they care. That’s the kind of ladies they are.” Zander hopes others can be inspired by the Growing Hope Project and perhaps start projects of their own. “My opinion is, this is inspiring,” she said. “I would hope that when people hear about this, they would ask, ‘What could I do? Maybe there is some space in my yard or in my garden that I don’t

The 2016 theme for the Growing Hope Project was “Embrace Diversity.” Connie Mason gifted the Tibetan monk prayer flags to promote compassion, peace, wisdom and strength. (Keila Mower/South Jordan Resident)

really use any more, and I can grow zucchinis or tomatoes or squash and donate it to the food shelter.’ As people hear about this story, they can find ways to contribute and give back to their community because that’s so healthy and good for us.” One thing is clear; community projects such as this would be impossible to continue without public involvement, according to Mower. She wanted to thank community partners and friends for their support, including Connie Mason, Stacy Tucker, Lidia Ordaz and her fifth grade class, Anna Sanders Bergevin, Waleska Valdez Luker, Micaela Tovo Libby, Jennifer Talkington, LiveDaybreak, Founders Park 5th Ward Boy Scouts, the Daybreak Homeowners Association, Miller Company, The Home Depot and other community members. “You can always do something beautiful and meaningful for someone else to provide hope and love for their neighbors,” Mower said. “Even if you don’t think you have something, you do.” l

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Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation holds bond election By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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alt Lake County Parks and Recreation will have a bond election on the Nov. 8 ballot across the entire county. Called Salt Lake County Proposition A, the bond will issue $90 million to build new parks, trails, recreational amenities and a recreation center, as well as renovate and improve existing facilities. According to Callie Birdsall, the communications and public relations manager of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, the county currently has a bond for parks and recreation projects out that will expire this year. The bond that is on the ballot is a continuation of that bond. “This bond that is coming out is to build these facilities, build some more parks, update the Jordan River with the water trail,” Birdsall said. “It’s not really a new tax. It’s a continuation.” The proposition builds upon the reauthorized Zoo, Arts and Parks tax, which passed in November 2014 with 77 percent of the vote. The proposed $90 million in bonds is divided into $59 million in proposed projects and $31 million in proposed maintenance and improvement for parks and recreation locations that already exist. The first listed project is $2.7 million for Knudsen Nature Park in Holladay. The park will include a playground, open lawn, pavilions, picnic tables, fishing pond, wildlife education center, amphitheater, water mill education center, trails, covered bridges and restoring 475 feet of Big Cottonwood Creek. West Valley City will receive a $3 million Pioneer Crossing Park with open space, boardwalks, historical education areas, natural amphitheater, urban camping areas and a canoe launch. The Magna Township will get a $11.2 million for the Magna Regional Park. The park will include a multi-use sports fields, a playground with water play, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a paved perimeter trail, skate sports and neighborhood access points. The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center will receive nearly $2.5 million in upgrades and additions. This includes replacing pool mechanical systems to save on energy costs and replacing the existing filtration system with a more efficient and environmentally friendly system. The existing outdoor diving pool will be reconfigured to include 500 additional square feet of water surface area and will be fully ADA accessible. Wheeler Farm will receive a $2.75 million outdoor education center, which will include a 150-person classroom,

a greenhouse, demonstration kitchens, offices and storage. Hands-on experiences will include horticulture, agriculture, livestock, watershed science, urban forestry and volunteer opportunities. South Jordan can expect a $12 million Welby Regional Park if the bond passes. Phase one of park development will be located primarily on 10200 South and will encompass approximately 47 acres. The park will include lighted multipurpose sports fields, a playground picnic shelters and a walking path. A $2.2 million Jordan River Water Trail is also proposed and will include a series of formal boat access points at strategic locations throughout the Salt Lake County’s section of the Jordan River. A new Jordan River Water Trail will be implemented and other improvements will strive to improve the current condition along the river. White City Township can expect a nearly $1.7 million White City/Sandy Trail. The paved pedestrian and bike trail will follow along the abandoned canal in White City beginning at 9400 South and will run along south to the Dimple Dell Regional Park, where it will connect with the Sandy Canal Trail. The largest project proposed bond is the nearly $20 million recreation center in Draper. The 35,910-square-foot center will feature a competitive lap pool, a leisure pool with a water slide and amenities, child care, two dance/multi-use rooms, fitness area, trails, open space and space for a future gymnasium. New $25,000 multi-use sports courts are slated for Salt Lake City that will include lights and a storage facility. Each court will be made out of asphalt or concrete. The last project listed with the bond is a $1.75 million Oak Hills Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. Located along the fifth hole of Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, improvements include renovations to the existing tennis facility clubhouse. The $31 million in maintenance and improvement projects will include the Dimple Dell Regional Park, the Equestrian Park, Mick Riley Golf Course, mountain trails, Oquirrh Park, Salt Lake County parks, Southridge Park, Sugar House Park and universally accessible playgrounds. According to Birdsall, the proposed projects were submitted to the ZAP board for consideration. The approved projects were then sent on to the county council for their approval. The county has held several public meetings in various cities to educate the public on proposed bond.

Eleven new projects and several improvement projects are part of the proposed parks and recreation bond. (Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation)

“We have posters and brochures in recreation centers, city halls, event centers (and) libraries,” Birdsall said. Birdsall believes the public is responding well to the proposed projects. “The support of parks and trails and open space is incredible every single year because of the increase in population and the urban sprawl that is happening. The need for open space is exponentially growing,” Birdsall said. “When you talk about parks and recreation, most people are pretty excited about it.” To learn more about the proposed bond and the projects it includes, visit slco.org/parks-recreation-bond. l

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ith a rapid increase in student population in coming years, Jordan School District officials are looking to pass a $245 million bond for six new school buildings in the November ballot. “When there are too many in the school and classes are too large or held in facilities that aren’t adequate, education can suffer,” said Susan Pulsipher, Jordan Board of Education President. “We feel that it is important for this bond to pass to continue to provide high-quality education.” Voters in the Jordan School District turned down a $495 million bond in the 2013 election, claiming it was too large. The district reworked the new bond proposal, reducing construction costs by 17 percent and decreasing the list of items to be accomplished. The proposed bond includes a complete rebuild of West Jordan Middle School, which was built 60 years ago and is currently the oldest school in the district. It also includes building a high school in Herriman, new middle schools in South Jordan and the Bluffdale/Herriman area, and elementary schools in Bluffdale and Herriman. The schools would open between the 2019–20 and 2021–22 academic years, and would help to accommodate the projected 9,000 new students that will enter the district within the next five years. If the bond passes, Zions Bank estimates the average homeowner will pay $16.80 more per year than they currently pay for bond payments, but there is a chance that the numbers could increase or decrease slightly. Bond payments will eventually go down because the new bond would be issued as old bonds from 2003 are paid off, Pulsipher said. Currently Jordan School District is home to the two most populated three-year high schools in the state—Herriman High School and Copper Hills High School, each nearing 3,000 students. The district also claims three of the top-10 most populated middle schools in the state and six of the 18 elementary schools

in Utah with more than 1,000 students. The district is tracking 633 new residential developments throughout the community that could lead to more explosive growth, including Riverton’s 543-acre Mountain View Village development announced earlier this year. Herriman High School is projected to grow to 4,700 students in the next five years; the Copper Mountain Middle school population is expected to double in five years (the school would need 55 portables to accommodate the increase), and Bluffdale Elementary is will likely grow to 2,172 students in 2021, according to the study. District representatives said Copper Hills High School’s population is likely to stay around 3,000, which is why they are not proposing a new high school for the west side of West Jordan. Heather McKenna, a West Jordan resident whose ninth-grade son attends Sunset Ridge Middle School, said she disagrees with the district’s choices for school placement. “I think that I can support a bond and see the necessity of what they are doing, but they could do something to balance the south and north side of area to see that everyone gets the schools they need,” she said. “They say that Herriman is growing more than our current land allows us to grow, but there’s a handful of land the city’s trying to rezone that was not considered in their tally of land that’s already being developed.” While McKenna’s son will already be out of the public school system by the time the new schools are constructed, she said she’s concerned for other friends and neighbors in the area. While Herriman needs more schools and bigger schools, McKenna said she would’ve liked to see the district construct a small high school on the parcel they own across from Sunset Ridge. Instead, the district plans to sell the land. “A small school could at least provide a little relief,” she said. Pulsipher said the opening of the new schools in

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Herriman would allow boundary changes that would trickle down to West Jordan, Riverton and South Jordan areas that will not be getting new schools, but McKenna said she thinks the Herriman population will be too large for boundaries to shift much in the way of helping west Jordan. Ellen McDonald, who lives “as far west as you can get” in West Jordan, said she’s in favor of the bond. “I know people are really tough on this because they don’t want to pay for something isn’t there’s, but they are part of the district, and you can’t help only your little area of a district,” said McDonald, who taught school for 41 years—28 of those years in the Jordan School District. “People in West Jordan didn’t pay for West Jordan schools alone. People all over the district helped pay for the schools that are in West Jordan right now, so if you are going to be part of the district you need to help even if this time around the bond may not affect you personally.” There’s a number of improvement and maintenance projects that could be put into place in cities that are not getting new schools if the bond passes, Pulsipher said. These projects could include additional stadium seating and locker room renovation in Bingham High School, lighting upgrades and a new baseball field at West Jordan High School, a cafeteria expansion and roof replacement at Riverton High School and a commons area upgrade, outdoor bathrooms and a weight room expansion for Copper Hills High School. Overall there are 32 projects within 21 schools that are on the district’s Capital Outlay Projects Future Recommendations list. “If the bond doesn’t pass these likely won’t happen because we will have to put all of the money we’ll get toward new schools,” Pulsipher said. After the 2013 bond didn’t pass, the district built two elementary schools from capital reserve, kept 12 elementary schools on a year-round calendar, initiated a pilot modified-traditional schedule program in two

schools, changed 15 school boundaries and added portables to highly populated schools. “We have limited ways to accommodate growth,” Pulsipher said. “The difficulty is they are not ideal.” If the bond does not pass, the district will continue to install more portables, which Pulsipher said creates a strain on schools’ inner infrastructure, such as hallways, bathrooms, cafeterias and media centers. “West Jordan has had so much growth in recent years, and I would actually love to see the portables disappear,” said Christie Hardy, a resident whose children attend West Hills and Sunset Hills middle schools. “I was a big supporter of the bond last time, and I will continue to support it this time.” Pulsipher said another alternative, if the bond didn’t pass, would be looking into “pocket bussing,” where students from a densely populated area would be bused to schools that are further away to avoid crowding. There are six classrooms within the district that aren’t being fully utilized and could be part of this program, she said. District officials consider bonds the best option for funding because school districts cannot collect impact fees in Utah. Also, traditional funding has higher interest rates than bonding and pay-as-you-go methods would not allow the district to build schools fast enough to keep up with the growth, Pulsipher said. If the bond passed, the district would sell bonds incrementally as construction progressed on the schools. They would be required to pay the bonds off 21 years from the date they were sold, according to the ballot. The ballot also states that the district would use the entire $245 million bond for the new schools, and would purchase land if there was a remaining balance. Ballots were sent out at the end of October and must be signed and postmarked by midnight on Nov. 7 or dropped off in person at designated locations on Nov 8. l

County’s “Operation Diversion” breaks cycle of drugs and criminality in troubled areas

ne of the greatest roles of Salt Lake County government is protecting the safety of the public. Since I began serving on the County Council I’ve been impressed with the men and women in our Sheriff’s Office, and in the Unified Police Department. Recently, our law enforcement officials joined with Salt Lake City to initiate a massive sweep of the Rio Grande area in downtown Salt Lake City, called “Operation Diversion.” This was a coordinated effort to disrupt the drug trade among the area’s homeless population. The operation was fairly straightforward –anyone caught using or dealing drugs was arrested. Prior to Operation Diversion, officers spent weeks watching the area to identify those who were dealers and those whose addictions were being exploited. Those who exhibited criminal intent were taken to jail. Addicts were arrested, but instead of going directly to jail, they were taken to a temporary receiving center. Once there, they were screened and assessed, and then given an alternative to incarceration - drug treatment. The goal was

to connect drug addicts with treatment to help them break free from their addiction during their arrest. Without this alternative, someone might serve their sentence, then be back out on the street with the very same issues that landed them there in the first place. Generally those with substance abuse issues have to wait months to get into a treatment facility. The hope is that this approach will help interrupt the cycle of incarceration and drug use that plagues this population, while still holding them accountable. This is an example of the philosophy of “alternatives to incarceration,” which emphasizes treatment for people addicted to drugs so they can get better, rather than just sitting in a jail cell with no help. Operation Diversion was the first time we’ve done it this way by getting addicts directly into treatment. One of the big challenges we are facing in this arena is a “revolving door” so to speak of people committing the same offenses over and over again, and just cycling through our criminal justice system repeatedly. Periods of homelessness,

drug abuse, and incarceration can follow one after the other. We need to disrupt that cycle. I’m pleased that the County was able to play a role supporting this operation, which included $1.2 million of our behavioral health funds to contract with more treatment centers. I had the opportunity to tour the receiving center during its operation, and was impressed with the efficiency of the center, as well as the general mood. Among those brought in, there seemed to be a genuine desire to get better and leave their problems in the past. I asked to interview some of the arrestees and was able to sit down and talk to them. One was so excited to be going directly to treatment. The other one was pretty annoyed to be there, but was still choosing to try drug treatment. We’ll continue to track the progress of this model and draw good lessons from its successes to apply in the future. I believe we can slowly chip away at this problem, and collaborative operations like these that disrupt the drug trade while connecting people with resources to help them get back on their feet are a key way to do that. l


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The progress on the widening project of Redwood Road By Tiffany Webb | t.webb@mycityjournals.com

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race Robinson, Riverton Public Works director and city engineer, reported on the progress of the Redwood Road widening project at the Riverton City Council meeting on Oct. 4. The plans are to widen the road into a seven-lane, full concrete street. In mid-September the project manager contacted Robinson with a concern. He said they are running into funding issues. The right of way, for example, cost more money than originally anticipated. The Utah Department of Transportation is looking for areas where they might be able to save money on this project. Robinson wanted to make it clear that these ideas are not yet solidified, . UDOT proposed to save money by potentially taking the original 10-foot shoulders and making them 8-foot shoulders instead. Having water lines, including secondary water, set up on both sides of the street eliminates the need to construct water lines that go back and forth underneath the street. If this were done, there would be no need to relocate the water lines. UDOT officials also thought of looking at adjusting the park strips. Riverton City leaders would like to have xeriscape or stamped concrete park strips for these areas, but UDOT has proposed going with sod. “The issue in going with sod is who is going to maintain this?” Robinson said. “Especially on the east side where they are taking down most of the properties. UDOT would be looking to the city to maintain these park strips.” The most controversial news to the council in Robinson’s progress report is no longer aligning some neighborhood streets to streets that will be located on the other side of Redwood Road. The streets Christian Way, Western Charm Drive and Riverton Ranch Road, currently sit in a T-type intersection, and the plan originally proposed on the widening project was to have these streets become four-way intersections. UDOT’s reasoning behind this idea is to

Redwood Road intersects to Bangerter Highway. (Tiffany Webb/City Journals)

eliminate having to put traffic lights in immediately. Officials would still plan on putting in the underground conduits and pole boxes for these traffic lights to be installed later on. “They are pretty adamant about this is where they can save some money,” Robinson said regarding to the intersections. After Robinson’s progress report, he invited the council to make comments or ask questions. Mayor Bill Applegarth was the first to speak to Robinson’s report. “This is a concern, a major concern,” Applegarth said. “I would say this about the project manager though: he has really gone to bat for us. She is trying to get the whole project to the original design.”

Councilman Brent Johnson spoke next about his concerns with this progress report. “This thing isn’t even close to what was proposed in the open houses,” he said. “We need to come up with an absolute plan and stand solid as a city.” Robinson spoke about the bidding estimates and how they usually come in higher then they tend to spend in the end. The UDOT project manager wanted the council to know that nothing is final right now. They are only putting together multiple ideas for saving money. “Certainly we don’t roll over and play dead, but let’s play nice.” Applegarth said. l

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he Riverton City Council reviewed park pavilion reservations because the reservations being made are not always being rented for their intended purpose—residential use. In Old Farm Park, some residents are taking caution tape or rope and blocking off the pavilion area even though it has not been reserved because reservation isn’t an option. This has been worrisome to Sheril Garn, Parks and Public Services director. Garn wishes to allow residents to rent portions of Old Farm Park. The splash pad is not included into this reservation. “Anyone can still splash if they want.” Councilman Brent Johnson said. Basketball courts, tennis courts and pickle ball courts still cannot be rented, according to the facility use agreement passed in 2015. Only the park pavilions remain on the list of facilities that can be reserved. In addition to Old Farm Park’s pavilion area now being a reserve able area, it has been proposed that the main city park’s large pavilion be opened up for commercial reservations. Riverton residents will still have the opportunity to reserve park pavilion areas before commercial reservations open up. Garn proposed opening residential and commercial resident reservations from Jan. 1 through March 31. Those who have a business license in Riverton are able to apply as a commercial resident, Councilman Sheldon Stewart said. After April 1, Riverton City residents, Riverton commercial residents and anyone wishing to book for non-residential commercial use, will be allowed to do so. Ultimately,

the council, along with the parks and public services, want to give the opportunity to its residents to make reservations first, before opening up the reservations for non-residential commercial use. In order to regulate the terms and conditions regarding renting these areas, Ryan Carter, the city attorney, recommended there be a deposit collected to reserve the pavilions. If the terms and conditions are broken by the individual renting these areas, the city will then keep that deposit to recoup the costs. Garn agreed that collecting deposits is going to help the parks and services immensely. “Lately, we are seeing vehicles and trailers driving on the sidewalk to get to the large pavilion to unload.” Garn said. “Having deposits are going to help keep the honest people honest.” The large pavilion located in Riverton City Park is the pavilion that has the highest demand for non-residential commercial use and for large family events. The issue that public services runs into, however, is when reservations are made under a specific name, there is another name being submitted along with payment information. “It’s turned into an accounting nightmare for the finance department as well as us as we try to reconcile and balance.” Garn said. Councilwoman Tricia Tingey agreed that this has indeed turned into a nightmare. To solve this accounting problem, Garn believes that collecting a security deposit upon reservation is going to help keep people honest and abide the rental terms and conditions. l

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Update: Southwest Salt Lake County economic development By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Pictured is an aerial view of Independence at the Point master-planned community in Bluffdale. (Candlelight Homes)

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he southwest side of Salt Lake County contains more undeveloped land than anywhere else in the county, and future economic development plans in Bluffdale, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan will be a game-changer for the state and county, according to county Mayor Ben McAdams. “We are all part of an interconnected metropolitan area, and what happens in one part of our valley is going to affect directly or indirectly other parts of this valley,” McAdams said. McAdams and representatives from southwest municipalities shared their visions for their jurisdictions and disclosed upcoming projects at the first annual Economic Southwest Salt Lake County Summit on Sept. 20. Bluffdale Ten years ago, 76 percent of Bluffdale’s population was east of Redwood Road in low-density zoning, but a 294-acre masterplanned community, Independence at the Point, and several other Bluffdale communities are shaking things up, offering apartments, townhomes and single-family homes to the east of Redwood Road. Within seven years, the city’s population east of Redwood Road is projected to surpass the city’s population west of Redwood Road, according to city officials. A Smith’s Marketplace is under construction on the southeast side of the Redwood Road/Bangerter Highway intersection, and developers are building three office buildings behind it which will be a “great asset” to the community, according to Bluffdale Mayor Dirk Timothy. Timothy said, he believes the extension of Porter Rockwell Boulevard will be a major economic booster for the city. Bluffdale owned the boulevard but transferred ownership to the state on Sept. 19, so the boulevard’s expansion could receive state funding. The boulevard is in two sections, one that attaches to Interstate-15 via 14600 South in the east and the other that connects Mountain View Corridor to Redwood Road in the west. City officials will extend the boulevard, lessening the gap between the two pieces, and the Utah Department of Transportation will work to acquire funding for a $40 million bridge to bring the boulevard over the Jordan River, according to Patrick Cowley, UDOT Traffic Operations engineer for Region 2. “State routes are regional in nature and connect high-capacity roadways,” Cowley said. “Putting Porter Rockwell to connect I-15 to tie into Mountain View makes it regional in nature, so it fits on the state route system.” Cowley said he’s not sure when the Boulevard will stretch from 14600 South to the Mountain View Corridor, since the project will become a higher priority once Bluffdale lengthens the road, but said it would be “fantastic” if it was finished by 2020. The state will eventually expand Porter Rockwell Boulevard into a seven-lane highway, and its Redwood Road intersection is

An artist’s rendition of what the Real Salt Lake soccer training facility in Herriman will look like. (Bowman Design Works)

An image of what Riverton’s Mountain View Village may look like at completion. (CenterCal Properties, LLC)

expected to be one of the busiest along Redwood Road, according to UDOT. “This is good news for the region because that will really help with the transportation near the point of the mountain,” Timothy said.

of its master development of 543-acre located at 13400 South between Bangerter and Mountain View Corridor, according to Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth. The development will be the largest residential and commercial development in the city’s history and will bring nearly 3,800 residential units and about three million square-feet of commercial space to the city. The city council approved an agreement with Suburban Land Reserve, a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in January to begin the project. The plans for the residential development have yet to be determined, but the 85-acres of mixed-use area has already been planned by CenterCal Properties, the retail development company who created the 62-acre Station Park hub in Farmington. CenterCal named this area “Mountain View Village.” Phase one of the village, which Applegarth describes as a “typical shopping center,” began in October. The anchor for this project is Harmons. The second phase of the construction will give more variety to Riverton residents’ shopping, Applegarth said. It will include specialty retail shops, a centerpiece fountain that will double as an ice rink, a movie theater, gym and restaurants. “It will revolutionize the area,” Applegarth said. The last phase of development in the village will be a 23-acre office park. Tenants have yet to be announced. The city expects a sales tax increase of $2.5 to $3 million in today’s money from the 85-acre development. “We collect, in the whole city, $6 million in sales tax, so this will increase that drastically,” Applegarth said. “The one interesting thing with that as well is that all the roads will be private roads, so we will not be getting road repairs and have parks that we have to care for. It won’t be a lot of expenditure on our part.”

Herriman The development of the thousands of acres to the west of the Mountain View Corridor is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity,” according to McAdams. The county mayor called for the creation of a Mountain View Economic Development Commission at the Sept. 21 summit to unite stakeholders. Herriman Carmen Freeman echoed McAdam’s sentiments in his presentation during the mayors’ panel. “Mountain View Corridor is going to be the driver of economic development for us, and I think our neighboring communities,” Freeman said. “We feel like it is the road of the future.” Herriman city officials and Real Salt Lake Owner Dell Loy Hansen announced the creation of a $50 million soccer training facility located in Herriman near Bruin View Drive off of the Mountain View Corridor on April 9, and ceremonially broke ground on the facility in on Aug. 23. The building will include a 5,000-seat stadium for the Monarchs, Real Salt Lake’s development league, six outdoor fields, two indoor fields and a STEM school. The facility should be finished by September 2017, according to Hansen. The Anthem Commercial Center at 11800 South along the northeast corner of the city is Herriman’s other project underway along the Mountain View Corridor. The 50-acre parcel will contain the largest Walmart in the state at its completion with 200,000 square feet of retail space. The construction on the Walmart will likely begin in spring 2017, and the building should open in spring 2018, according to Herriman Public Information Officer Tami Moody. In all, the commercial center will house 500,000 square feet of retail space, but the city is not releasing names of other interested tenants. Herriman Towne Center contains townhomes, single-family homes, the Herriman Library and the J. L. Sorenson Recreation Center and continues to grow. The 58,000-square-foot new city hall building is under construction with an estimated completion in September of 2017. The city hall will house the city offices, justice court and law enforcement, and as the city continues to grow, another building will be designed for the court and law enforcement. The towne center plan includes the building of a splash pad, which will double as an ice rink in the winter, and a 2,500-seat amphitheater, which will likely be finished by October 2017, according to city staff. “It’s going to be a gathering place for us that we want to use to bring our citizens together,” Freeman said. Riverton Riverton will reach build-out by the year 2030 with the completion

South Jordan With South Jordan’s population skyrocketing from 13,000 in 1990 to 67,000 in the last U.S. census, the city is in a constant state of development, according to Brian Preece, South Jordan’s economic development director who filled in for Mayor David Alvord’s at the summit. South Jordan’s been in the top-10 fastest growing cities of its size in the nation for the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. After nine years of discussion, the SoJo Station transit-oriented development is underway at 10300 South Jordan Gateway. The development will include two six-story Class A office towers, a full-service Embassy Suites hotel and a two-level parking structure, which will be immediately accessible from the FrontRunner platform. The office towers will be built with floor to ceiling glass, LEED design, an exercise facility and an onsite café. “This will be a great entrance into our city,” Preece said about continued on next page…


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A projected image of what the SoJo Station transit oriented development will look like when completed. (Beecher Walker Architects)

A concept image of the what the West Jordan City Center Project that’s planned for the 13-acres across Redwood Road from the West Jordan City Hall may look like. (West Jordan City)

the development on the day of its groundbreaking. “It will be visible from I-15, and will be aesthetically pleasing and a good landmark for people to see what the city is all about.” Preece described the Oquirrh Mountain Marketplace development at Bangerter Highway and 11400 South, across from The District shopping center as a sprouting development. Most of the anchor tenants in the marketplace are food places, and Preece said that’s a change from the other shopping developments in the city. South Jordan started business development on the Mountain View Corridor with a Smith’s Marketplace, and Preece said he’s sure more development will happen in the area soon. With Rio Tinto Kennecott selling Daybreak land to Varde Partners, an alternative investment adviser, Preece said diverse economic development options could open up for the city.

1,700 acres of land on the west side of the city, but the social media giant signed a deal with competitor Los Lunas and the state of New Mexico in September when offered a better deal. West Jordan’s potential deal included about $240 million in incentives, but Mayor Kim Rolfe claimed the deal would have infused hundreds of millions of dollars in the local economy, supported thousands of construction and engineering jobs for over 10 years, given the school district millions of dollars and acted as a lure to get other high-tech companies to the county. Rolfe chalked the loss up to “political theatrics” in an official statement. McAdams clashed with West Jordan on the data center and alerted the media about negotiations. He said the incentives were too high and that the center would create minimal long-term jobs and would consume too much of the city’s water. “There is a mountain of evidence out there that shows that those tax-incentives to companies really only produce marginal returns in exchange for the investments we offer,” McAdams said

West Jordan West Jordan hoped to bring a massive Facebook data center to

November 2016 | Page 13 at the Sept. 21 summit. “Worse, the prevalent use of tax incentives coupled with multiple separate tax jurisdictions involved often end up pitting jurisdiction against jurisdiction against one another (sic) in a race-to-the-bottom-type scenario.” McAdams said he was hopeful county, city and other stakeholders could unite in economic discussions in the future. “For too long we have been reactive when it comes to economic development, accepting and even incenting company relocations and expansions without a big picture view of how that might fit into our community’s fabric,” he said. West Jordan is working hard to save the 1,700-acre property for commercial and industrial property in future deals, according to Rolfe. West Jordan has a total of 6,000 undeveloped acres, but the 1,700-acre property will ensure that the Jordan School District receives a tax-base in a business community so there will be no discount on property takes, he said. Rolfe presented a video at the summit that detailed many of West Jordan’s economic development plans. In addition to the 1,700-acre property, the city is looking to redevelop 13-acres across from its city hall at about 8000 South Redwood Road into a mixed-use city center project that may include a hotel, small conference center and a mix of retail and housing. Mountain View Corridor and Bacchus Highway have given the city a greater access to the west bench and will allow development of high-end homes with beautiful views, according to the video. The Jordan Valley Transit Oriented Development is underway, which will include residential and office buildings with easy access to the mid-Jordan Trax line and Bangerter Highway, and the expansion of 5600 South to the west has given West Jordan a greater opportunity to advance economic development at the northwest side of the city. The City Journals will continue to follow the economic development of West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, Herriman and Bluffdale, and will write updates periodically. l

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Firefighters compete for charity at chili cookoff By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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epresentatives from nearly 15 fire departments brought hundreds of quarts of chili to the South Towne Mall parking lot in Sandy on Sept. 24 to compete in the Fourth Annual Utah Firefighter Chili Cook-off, a fundraiser for the University of Utah Health Care’s Burn Camp. “As far as I’m concerned, we’re all winning as soon as people buy tickets for chili,” said Jack Gray, a West Jordan resident representing the Ogden Fire Department. “We’re really here for the kids who will benefit from camp.” At the camp, children, teen and adult burn injury survivors socialize with people in similar circumstances and learn about healing from professional nurses, physical therapists and firefighters. About 5,0000 people attended the cook-off, and together, the departments raised $12,528 for the Burn Camp, with South Davis Fire Department raising the most at $2,677, West Jordan coming in second at $1,711 and Unified Fire Authority third at $1,304. South Davis also claimed the people’s choice chili with West Jordan coming in second place and West Valley Fire Department in third. American Fork took the plaque for the booth decorating competition with their old-West, saloonstyle booth. West Jordan came in second with their booth that included a 10-foot tall fake fire-hydrant, and the Unified Fire Authority came in third place with the booth that they named the “Sultry Poultry,” which was decorated with a banner, stuffed animal

chicken and hay. “Well, it would be great to win again, but from last year to this year, you have departments who have stepped up their booth and other departments who have made changes to their chili,” Chief Marc McElreath, of the West Jordan Fire Department, said about the competition, adding that his department will make changes next year. West Jordan won the booth decorating and people’s choice chili awards in 2015 using the recipe of Kent Warner, a firefighter and paramedic on West Jordan’s C platoon. Warner said he was “volun-told” to make the chili for the competition after he made a chili for his co-workers that they liked. Warner switched up his recipe for this year’s competition by substituting smoked, pulled pork for steak and reducing the spiciness of the chili. Judges commented that they missed the spiciness, so Warner said he plans to add some heat to the West Jordan chili for the 2017 event. Many departments bring the same chili each year. Unified Fire West Valley brings a red chili and a chili verde, and Unified Fire offers a cashew chicken chili and vegetarian cashew quinoa chili each year. Shelby Williams, event participant who came to support her brother who works for the West Valley Fire Department, said, setting all bias aside, the West Valley’s chili verde chili was her favorite. She said thought they should have won. Overall, it was an activity that members of her family, no matter what age, could enjoy, she said.

Unified Fire Authority named its Utah Firefighter Chili Cook-off booth the “Sultry Poultry” because they made their chili with chicken. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Williams ran around the event with her niece and nephew in the parking lot and lawn area of the South Towne Mall. In addition to the chili cook-off, event-organizers set up games for kids including inflatable slides. Rob Marriot, of Unified Fire, said he thought the event was a success because it allowed the firefighters to raise money toward the burn camp. Marriot said he and other firefighters from his department have participated in the burn camp and

have seen the children learn how to cope with their injuries. This year the state’s firefighters will give more than $12,000 to the burn camp, but the burn camp participants will give the firefighters much more than that in terms of strength, he said. “Let’s promote the cook-off for next year and make it bigger and better,” Marriot said. “Let’s beat what we raised this year during next year’s event.” l


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Oquirrh Hills students perform at the state capitol By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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quirrh Hills Middle School’s band, choir and orchestra students performed songs and pieces in a new venue on Oct. 3—the Utah State Capitol Rotunda. Their performance was part of the weeklong Capitol Centennial Celebration, which included musical performances from school and cultural groups, an open house, tours, viewing of historic artifacts, a gala and a day of activities for children. “We felt that the different communities of Utah would enjoy both performing and watching performances during the Capitol celebration,” said Shelisa Baldwin, communications coordinator for the capitol. “The Capitol is the ‘People’s House,’ and this was another opportunity for the people to get involved in an activity in their house.” Each of the groups performed about three pieces or songs for people who were taking tours of the capitol. About 60 students from Oquirrh Hills participated. “I was really grateful they made this possible for us,” said Eric Perkins, Oquirrh Hills Middle School band and orchestra teacher. “It was a lot of fun and a way for us to connect with the community using music.” Marcus Turnbull, the concertmaster for Oquirrh Hills’ symphonic orchestra, said he’s never played in a place so “unique.” He said the only place he could begin to compare the capitol was the Old Dome Meeting Hall located on the grounds of the Riverton City Park. “It was so echoey,” he said. “I usually only like to play in places that are more peaceful, like my church, so this was a little high-profile for me, but I at least had the rest of the orchestra to back me up.”

feel like it was a good experience, though.” Kathryn said she felt happy with her performance in the orchestra’s first two songs but said the last song—an Irish jig—was a little harder because it required fast movement. She said she made a couple mistakes but was reassured when two strangers stopped her after the performance and congratulated her. “They asked if we were high schoolers, too, and that felt pretty good,” Kathryn said. Eve Barlow, a cellist, said her favorite part about performing at the capitol was conversing with students from Oquirrh Hills’ choir and band and students from other schools who participated in the event. “It really unifies us all together, and it connects us as friends,” she said. In all, 69 musical groups performed. Other South Valley groups included Herriman High School’s chamber choir and orchestra. The Oquirrh Hills Middle School performances were the last ones before Gov. Gary Herbert used power tools to open the time capsule box that had been placed beneath a pillar at the building for more than 100 years. The capsule included pictures from the construction of the building, newspapers from the time of the construction, coins, a railroad ticket, a 2-cent stamp and history books. “It felt exciting to have that time slot,” Perkins said. “We’re really grateful they made this opportunity available to us, and we hope we can do this stuff in the future.” l

Oquirrh Hills Middle School Choirstudents get ready to perform at the Utah State Capitol on Oct. 3. (Jordan School District)

Not only was freshman Kathryn Black playing in a new space at the Oct. 3 performance, she was also playing a new instrument. The symphonic orchestra began the year without a bassist, and Perkins asked other string players if they’d like to step up to the task. Kathryn said she volunteered because she’d always wanted to try bass although she felt intimidated to try a new instrument after playing the violin for five years. Kathryn said she was “terrified” when she found out their first performance on bass would be at the state capitol. “I was the only bass in the whole class, and you can hear the bass prominently, especially with all of the echoing,” she said. “I

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Senator Mike Lee invites Herriman High students to economic summit By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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projected workforce needs, how the state can fill training gaps in the workplace and innovation in education. Republican vice presidential candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence talked about the need for a greater focus on career and technical education. Lunt said she was influenced by his points because she’s planning on bringing a CTE project to her DECA competition later this year. In addition to Lee and Pence, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard spoke. Matthew Holland, president of Utah Valley University, and Robert Mendenhall, president emeritus of Western Governor’s University, gave remarks, along with Dave Black, CEO of degreed.com.

“Being among these professionals, it kind of made me realize where I could be in my professional career, and I just realized, wow, I’m getting started really young,” Murdock said. “The summit was just another way to jump-start on my career and future.” During the summit’s lunch, Holton approached the Herriman students and thanked them for coming. A representative from Salt Lake Community College reached out to the students and let them know about programs going on at her school, and state government officials invited the students to the inaugural Southwest Salt Lake County Economic Summit on Sept. 20. “One thing leads to another,” Murdock said. “You make those connections, you network, and you become a more integrated into the systems.” The Herriman High students attended the southwest summit as well. The southwest summit encompassed similar topics but was more localized, focusing on Bluffdale, Riverton, Herriman, South Jordan and West Jordan. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Jordan School District Superintendent Patrice Johnson and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams spoke at the southwest summit. “When you get that experience—you get to listen to all these officials—you get to hear what is going on in the real world,” Lunt said. “It builds your resume to get to say that you went to those things, and you get to network and meet different businessmen who hopefully you can work on projects with and help get their help and support. It is just a cool experience.” Wing said she believes the economic summits are just a start for her students. As projects come up later in the year, Wing said her students have made connections with industry professionals that they can reach out to. l


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Driscoll Stone found a friend to help with the Silverwolves game plan next week. Stone and the other players passed out t-shirts and spent time at Kauri Sue Hamilton School. (Brent Hawkins/Riverton football)

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Silverwolves players Colin Linford and Cole Anderson helped out for a few hours at Kauri Sue. (Brent Hawkins/Riverton football)

us your game face.” “It is a mutually beneficial opportunity for our team and the kids at the Kauri Sue School. We appreciate very much that they let us come and visit. I believe it gives our young men perspective and an appreciation for the opportunity they have to play football and represent Riverton High School,” said Hawkins. The Kauri Sue Hamilton School in the Jordan School District is a west-side school for students with severe multiple disabilities. It is located at 2827 W. 13400 South in Riverton. The two-story structure houses the Jordan District child development center, special education placement office, health services and the audiology team. It opened in August 2009 and serves approximately 150 students. “The kids seem excited that we visit and I hear that they wear their shirts throughout the season. Kauri Sue and schools like it are extremely great places full of genuine feelings and a great staff that serves every day and cares so much. It is a great opportunity for us to come and visit,” Hawkins said. The football community at Riverton High has been racked with adversity this season. Brady Holt, a recent graduate

and Utah State defensive lineman, was critically injured in a one-car accident near Willard, Utah in May. Holt was ejected from his vehicle. The school has rallied around their fallen teammate. They held a benefit concert Oct. 15 at Riverton High School and have followed his progress using #bradystrong. Holt suffered a broken back and severe brain injury in the accident. He is taking aided steps and made his first public appearance at the benefit concert. The Silverwolves season has been less than what the team expected. They have not captured a victory and they lost to their rivals, the Herriman Mustangs, 14-7. Senior quarterback Ryan King led the team with 580 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Daniel Jacobson led a stable of running backs with 360 yards. Sophomore Tristyn Hymas had four rushing touchdowns. This is the second year in a row the Silverwolves will miss the state playoffs. Despite the lack of wins, the Silverwolves had persevered through what could have been trying times. Coaches, players and faculty have supported each other to keep trying. l

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s your Councilmember, I believe Salt Lake County Government Services must become more accessible for the Southwest part of the county. With the growth in our community, locating our buildings closer to the people we service makes good financial sense, and makes Steven L. DeBry County government more efficient. County Council District 5 Here are three examples over the past several years of the Council and Mayor’s successes in bringing services to our area, right in the heart of West Jordan. The West Jordan District Attorney Building For a long time, the County understood it made sense to build the District Attorney new office space. The project was originally conceived as two buildings, one in downtown Salt Lake City near the Matheson Courthouse, and one near the District Court building in West Jordan. However, when funds set aside to design and construct the buildings proved insufficient due to extravagant architecture costs for the Salt Lake building, the West Jordan plans were shelved. While I agreed with cutting the overly-expensive architecture in Salt Lake, I thought the decision to abandon a West Jordan building was penny wise and pound foolish. I urged Mayor McAdams to reconsider the project his predecessor had proposed and find a way to make both buildings work for a more reasonable cost. The Mayor took the opportunity

to work together with me, ignoring our party differences, and sharpening our pencils to make better use of taxpayer resources. You can see the results taking shape in West Jordan right now. In April this year, I was pleased to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new District Attorney Building on the West Jordan government campus at 8080 S. Redwood Road. When the building opens in June of 2017, combined with the downtown District Attorney offices, the County will save more than $13 Million over the next 30 years. That’s $13 Million left in the pocket of families in our community. West Jordan Library and Viridian Event Center Another example of bringing our County services to the people resides just a short walk from the new District Attorney building. The West Jordan Library and Viridan Event Center opened in June of 2012. Not only does it serve both library patrons and community functions, it also serves as the headquarters for County Library Administration. As a member of the County Library Board, I have seen firsthand the heavy usage of the Library, as well as the attached event center. From the day the doors opened, the new West Jordan Library was a smashing success. Nearly 2,000,000 visits to the West Jordan Library since opening less than 4 years ago. Circulation is stunning. In just the first 6 months of 2016, a half million items have circulated through the West Jordan Library. In addition, each summer the Library hosts the “Summer Reading Kickoff” at Veterans Memorial Park, with over 4,000 attendees this year. Music, games, crafts, and a train ride for the

kids make this a hit. If you missed the celebration this June 4th, be sure to make it next year. Countywide, over 55,000 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. Keeping kids involved in learning during summer keeps them out of trouble, and can set the table for a successful school year after summer. With the technology used by the Library, taxpayers spend half as much to circulate library materials (books, movies, digital content, and more) compared to the neighboring system in Salt Lake City. South Redwood Public Health Center Finally, the newest County Health opens November 3rd on the same campus as the Library and District Attorney building in West Jordan. The facility serves as a central hub for County Health services, including the federally funded Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program, an immunization clinic, vital records, along with our Community Health Divison. The location on Redwood Road, with a TRAX stop nearby, means the South Redwood Public Health Center allows easier access to services. By serving greater numbers of those in need, with more services linked together in one place, the Health Department has the opportunity to do even more to better the quality of life and health in our community. As the County continues to grow rapidly in our part of the valley, you have my continued commitment to look for more opportunities to improve access to the County services funded with your tax dollars. We deserve nothing less. l

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he past three years the Herriman girls tennis team has gained valuable experience. The team has advanced and played a few times at the state tournament. Their involvement in post-season tournaments proved to be valuable contributions towards the success they had this year. “These girls have become pretty mature,” said Mustang head girls tennis coach Linda Richmond. They have become used to playing at this level. Sometimes it can be pretty scary. It is interesting because it is probably the best we have ever done for our girls team. It is all because the girls have worked so hard.” ” Senior Megan Quinn made the biggest splash at the state tournament. Her appearance in the No. 2 singles state championship was labeled a surprise by many of the state’s top coaches. Quinn qualified for state by placing second in Region 4. She cruised through the first round defeating Aashna Shah from West High School; 6-4, 6-2. She then knocked off two straight number one seeds, first Brooke Woodruff from Northridge 6-4,6-2, and then Emma Robb, from Brighton, 6-4, 7-5. “[Quinn\ did such a great job this year,” Richmond said. “She has worked really hard and is totally dependable. She has put in the time. She played a lot outside of season. Her experience helped her play steady and not be scared. She was right in her zone during the state tournament.” Quinn lost in the championship to Davis High school’s Kenzie Turley; 6-0, 6-1. Senior Courtney Davis entered the No. 1 singles state tournament with a season record of 10-2. She advanced into the round of 16 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Brielle Larson, from Northridge. She then lost to Brighton’s Sarah Mietler 6-1, 6-2.

The Herriman High School tennis team had a successful season, finishing second in Region 4. (Megan Quinn/Herriman tennis)

The Mustangs’ No. 3 singles player, sophomore Megan Swapp, played in her first-ever state tournament. “I think she was 75 percent better this season,” Richmond said of Swapp. “She spent a lot of time working in the offseason to get where she is now,” Richmond said. “Our top players were seniors this year. They have been working to get where they are since ninth grade. I think for them it is a great accomplishment.” Richmond said. The Mustangs’ No, 1 doubles team of Paige Duckworth and Aly O’Rourke and their No. 2 doubles team of Madeline Walker and Kaylee Jensen finished in fifth place in Region 4 and did not qualify for the state tournament. The state’s 5A girls tennis scene has been dominated in previous seasons by Davis and Lone Peak. This year was no different. The two teams have combined to win the last five state titles. This season they far out distanced the rest of the state. Davis scored 24 points and

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we add caring, well-trained, professional staff and our proven dementia-care program: Meaningful Moments® program is exclusive to JEA and is built on a commitment to understand and meet individual resident’s needs. As a part of the Meaningful Moments® program, the caring staff of Pheasant Run will learn about your loved one’s life story and will develop a unique care plan to meet physical and cognitive needs thus providing individualized, holistic care. “We know from experience that past patterns create comfort, therefore, we rely on partnerships with families to help us learn how best to meet resident needs,” said the Pheasant Run webpage. With 45 facilities in 15 states, JEA Senior Living Special Care Centers come to a community with a track record of concerned and personalized care. The facility opened on Sept. 14 and celebrated with an open house for the community on Oct. 26 at 2664 West 11400 South, South Jordan. Those seeking assistance with a loved one in need of memory care are invited to call (801) 260-0007 to learn more about Pheasant Run. l


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Soccer teams closeout season By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

University of Utah sophomore and Riverton graduate Hailey Skolmoski leads the Pac-12 in scoring and has been Pac-12 player of the week twice. (Dave Sanderson/ dsandersonpics.com)

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he fall high school girls soccer season has come to an end for most of the south valley teams. Herriman and Summit Academy qualified for their state tournaments, and Riverton fell just short. The teams and their alumni accomplished great things this year. Summit Academy The Bears finished their season with a 8-1-1 record. They played Parowan in the first round of the state tournament Oct. 2 and were able to pull out a 2-1 victory. The first half of that game ended in a scoreless tie. Parowan had marked the third leading scorer in the state and Bears forward, Ryann Timm, very well in the first half. A small change in the offensive strategy by first-year head coach Trevor Ott helped lead the Bears to the firstround victory. Ott moved Timm to a wing and asked his faster players to break down the center hoping the defense would collapse to the center opening up the outside for his high powered shot taker. Timm, a senior, scored 31 goals in the regular season. In only 14 games that is a 2.2 goals per game average. The Bears faced Manti in the second round of the tournament Oct. 15 in Manti. They escaped the number one seed with a 3-2 overtime victory. The Bears are scheduled to face Rowland Hall Oct. 21 in the quarterfinals at Jordan High School. The championship game is scheduled for the following day, Oct. 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy (both games after press deadline.)

Samantha Jacobson clears the ball against Westlake Oct. 4 in the Silverwolves’ 2-0 victory. (Dave Sanderson/dsandersonpics.com)

Herriman High School The Mustangs finished third in Region 4 this season with a 7-5 record. They qualified for the state tournament and faced Weber in round one. They lost 5-1againt the powerful Warriors team. Weber lost in the championship game to Davis last season. Senior Kaylee Holt scored the team’s only goal in the first half, and Herriman trailed 2-1, but three goals in the second half knocked the Mustangs from the playoffs. Holt led the Mustangs in scoring this season with 18 goals and four assists. Junior Cassidy Adams was second on the team with five goals. Holt was also awarded an Academic Allstate award by the Utah High School Activities Association. The Mustangs stumbled toward the finish of their season. They lost four of their final six games. Despite the struggles at the end of the year, they did defeat Riverton, their rivals, twice 4-3 and 4-0. Riverton High School The Silverwolves struggled throughout the season despite winning three of their first four games. The Silverwolves lost their season opener to Bingham 4-0, but then defeated Kearns 8-0, West 5-1 and West Jordan 4-3. The Silverwolves’ scoring leader was freshman Hailey Burt, who had nine goals this season. The Silverwolves only scored 29 goals while allowing 60. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Silverwolves were a young team. They only had seven seniors on the entire roster. Several underclassmen played important roles on this year’s team. Alumni Former Riverton and Herriman high school players are playing significant roles with their collegiate teams. Riverton’s Hailey Skolmoski leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 10 goals for the University of Utah and Darian Jenkins had seven goals before she hurt her knee for UCLA. Herriman graduate Darian McCloy leads Dixie State with nine goals. Tori Washington is also on the Dixie State roster. l

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uring a recent city council meeting, resident John Olsen stood during the public comment period and expressed a concern for government transparency. He referenced another city that had postponed a vote on a controversial issue due to public clamor, only to quietly put it on a future agenda and vote for the measure in an attempt, in his view, to stifle negative public input. I assured him publicly during that meeting, and I repeat to all of you, that this city council will NEVER use such tactics! We are dedicated to a high level of government transparency and are, in fact, constantly seeking out ways to improve in our collective resident outreach. During my campaign, I vowed to use both my communications background and my city government experience to improve the dialogue between the city and its citizens. I made three promises to residents and I am pleased to report significant progress with all: - Advocate for a citywide resident satisfaction survey - Encourage mandatory resident input on development projects - Contribute to a well-functioning city council Citywide Resident Satisfaction Survey I strongly believe a city cannot properly serve its residents unless it understands their wants and needs, and the only way to truly know is to ask and then LISTEN, most importantly. As such, I proposed to the city council, and they unanimously agreed, to institute our first ever statistically-valid resident survey. The purpose of this survey is to establish a baseline on the city's performance in regards to service delivery, events, amenities, employee performance and development, to name a few. In addition, we will be able to identify concerns of which we may be unaware, determine the funding priorities of our residents and rank issues of importance. We have made significant progress in the fulfillment of this policy with an approved budget, the selection of a vendor currently

underway and a planned administering of the survey during the first quarter of 2017. Not only have we agreed to this comprehensive resident satisfaction survey, but we've all agreed to an ongoing policy of measuring citizen opinions and perceptions of our performance so we can identify our strengths and make improvements, as necessary. Mandatory Resident Input in Incoming Projects Our residents have chosen to make Herriman City their home because of its quality of life. As a result, they have a vested interest in how well it develops. We already meet the required standards for public meetings, but I am encouraging a higher standard that recognizes that educating the public earlier in the process and soliciting feedback will, more often than not, improve the final project and certainly make the process less painful and more pleasant for all involved. In essence, we would require developers to meet with the affected area (typically 300 feet surrounding the project, although some projects would require greater outreach) at the outset of the project as a mandatory step for approval. This is not a city meeting, but rather an informal meeting with the developer and residents with the intent of explaining the vision of the project, gauging concerns, answering questions, hearing suggestions on better implementation, outlining timelines and educating on the general project. These meetings are best held in the area in which the project is proposed, such as a resident's home, a clubhouse, a park, etc. It then becomes the developer's responsibility to fully inform the public and advocate for their project. I have seen this process effectively implemented for more than two decades in Sandy City. Not only does it NOT discourage development in the city, but it encourages developers to become partners with the community and it allows residents to be actively involved in the projects that impact them. The City Council has unanimously agreed to the principle of

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this policy and have now tasked the staff with researching its feasibility and implementation. We will keep you posted as it develops, but regardless, we will be encouraging more public feedback, earlier and more often, as it pertains to the development in our city. Well-Functioning City Council Few things are more harmful to the forward progression of a city than a dysfunctional city council. Yes, we advocate for our individual district concerns, but we are only successful when we operate as a body of elected officials. We have all seen firsthand or heard of cities that do not work well together and, without exception, the city is harmed and, by extension, its residents. I have witnessed city councils who could not or would not work together and I ran for office to do my best to encourage and participate in a well-functioning council who respects one another and are committed to working together. I can say, with conviction, that we have succeeded on both fronts. That certainly does not mean we agree on all issues, nor should we, but we do value the opinions of all, we demand civility with each other and we are committed to working together in the best interests of those who elected us--you, the citizens. It has been a pleasure to serve you! It has been a joy to work with this council during such a pivotal time in Herriman. I encourage your feedback to me individually, to the city council and to the city staff as we all work together to build a city we can be proud of--one that showcases smart development, ensuring reasonable taxes and sufficient revenue for sustainability while maintaining a high quality of life. With my promises kept, I now make a new one to focus on more one-on-one outreach through social media, an issues blog and an ongoing campaign to educate on city government issues. I also continue to welcome your input on how I can personally serve you better. Please visit my Facebook page, NicoleMartinForHerriman, email me at nmartin@herriman.org or call me at (801) 871-5775. l

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n this world of instant gratification it’s become harder than ever to keep overspending at bay. Sometimes we neglect to see just how much those little things can add up. I ask you though, if you saw a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk wouldn’t you bend over to pick it up? Improving your bank balance can be as easy as stopping to pick up that cash. Here are a few ideas: Hit the Library for Family or Date Night – Not only is the Library a great place to browse books, pick up videos and borrow music, they also host a variety of events throughout the year. A quick browse of the events section at my local Salt Lake County Library reveled, Teen Laser Tag, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Toddler Playtime, book reading, as well as various holiday events. Use Ibotta – There is a plethora of money saving apps out there. My recommendation for getting started is with the Ibotta app. Ibotta allows you to submit a picture of your receipt and get cash back on purchases from everything from groceries to department stores. They’ll even pay you cash back when you shop online. Plus, for a limited time, new users get a FREE $10 bonus just for cashing in their first rebate. More info at www.coupons4utah.com/ ibotta Brew Your Own Coffee – On your way to work and stopping in the convenience store for that quick fix? An average cup of Joe can cost as much as $1.85 vs. the $0.25 fresh home brewed, more if it’s

from a specialty shop. You may think it’s worth it, but calculate that for the entire year and that could be as much as $300 or more in your pocket. That makes me bounce off the walls just thinking about it. Learn to Craft – Ever hear the saying you can’t buy love? Truth is little kids don’t care as much about toys as they do about time. Instead of buying that expensive toy break out empty toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, left over party supplies and create some memories instead. Visit Coupons4Utah’s Pinterest page for a ton of ideas. Use Your Crock Pot – Crock Pot cooking not only is easier on the electric bill than the oven, it’s also a great way to over cook. Use the leftovers for a second dinner and lunches. Check out Utah food writer www.365daysofcrockpot.com for some amazing recipe ideas. Ditch Brand Loyalty – Instead of sticking with the same old brand name. Shop for sales instead. Or go generic; often the same company makes these products. Blind taste tests have shown that some people can’t tell the difference or prefer them. Nothing ventured, no money gained. Skip The Shopping Cart – Running to the Grocery Store to pick up a few items. By forcing yourself to carry your purchases, you are less likely to buy things you didn’t go for. Or, skip going in the store all together and order your groceries online and pick them up at the curb instead. Many stores now provide this service, including Macey’s, Walmart

and Smith’s. I tried out Smith’s Clicklist recently and found this method of shopping easy to use and the service didn’t cost me a dime. They even let you use coupons. See how it works at www.coupons4utah. com/clicklist Buy Discounted Gift Cards – Remember, there’s no rule saying you have to give the gift card away. If you’re planning on making a large scale purchase, or find yourself shopping often at the same store, pre-buying the gift card at a discount is the way to go. There are many online companies where you can score these treasures; some that I have personally used include the eBay gift card store, Cardpool.com, and Raise.com. Remember, these gift cards spend just like cash, which means you can use them right along with in-store sales, coupons and online coupon codes. Check for Cash Back on New Appliances – Did you know that Rocky Mountain Power has a bunch of cash back incentives. If you find yourself needing a new appliance, water heater, insulation and even light bulbs, make sure to visit the Watt Smart section of their website. If you’re going to purchase a new appliance you might as well be armed with the knowledge of which ones qualify. Also, consider buying these items online using a cash back app. Doing so will add another 3-7% savings. Challenge yourself to start with just a few money saving ideas and the next thing you know you’ll be hooked and on the road to making saving money, instead of spending it, your instant gratification. l

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defies the laws of physics. Halloween decorating is easy. I already have the cobwebs and spiders. I just sprinkle some blood on the floor and call it good. Christmas decorating is a little more difficult. Last year, using my sparse skills, I spent the entire afternoon creating a festive holiday atmosphere in our home. My husband walked in, sipping his Diet Coke, and glanced around the room. “I thought you were going to decorate.” I looked at my hours of work and tersely replied, “I did.”   “What’s that pile of crinkly paper strips doing in the middle of the room?”  There was a long pause while I considered the ramifications of manslaughter. “Don’t you have something to do?”  Now that scientists can genetically modify our DNA, perhaps I can get an infusion of the interior design gene. I don’t need to be Martha Stewart level, but at least something a little better than Mad magazine.l

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