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enerable (some might say “rundown” or “dilapidated”) Carriage Square is on track to receive a million-dollar facelift, thanks to a unanimous vote from the Taylorsville City Council to provide three-quarters of that amount through their federal Community Development Block Grant funding, provided over several years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “I applaud the council for supporting the Carriage Square proposal, because that area (4100 South Redwood Road) is a gateway to our city,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “It is a unique site and now we have an opportunity to highlight it. It is a gem we really need to accentuate.” As it turns out, the only reason $758,694 in HUD money is available to fund Carriage Square improvements is because another federal department, the Environmental Protection Agency, killed the city’s original plan for the Uncle Sam handout. Ken Donarski, an independent consultant to Taylorsville City on projects like this for nearly 20 years, explained. “For seven years, the city has been setting aside some if its CDBG money each year for a project to remodel the Taylorsville Senior Center, to nearly double the size of the kitchen there,” Donarski said. “However, a few years ago, an environmental study determined there is ground contamination outside the senior center, from an old dry-cleaning shop that had been there years ago. We tried for a couple of years to mitigate the problem. But eventually HUD said ‘no’ to the project.” Once the senior center kitchen expansion was dead, city leaders faced another challenge. “The city had been setting aside CDBG funds for the proj-

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Potholes (lower left) and store facades will soon receive repairs and makeovers at Carriage Square. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

ect since 2014,” Donarski said. “The trouble is, if you don’t spend that money within seven years, HUD takes it back. So once the senior center plan was gone, we needed to identify another project that would meet CDBG requirements, before we started losing chunks of that money each year.”

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Taylorsville Economic & Community Development Director Wayne Harper said the timing was right, because about the time the senior center project fell “off the table,” members of the Carriage Square Property Owners’ Association began putting a new idea “on the table.” Continued page 6

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August community champion: Jocelyn De La Rosa By Hannah LaFond | h.lafond@mycityjournals.com


his month’s Taylorsville Community Champion is Jocelyn De La Rosa. Her coworker Makaila Kelso nominated De La Rosa for her leadership and essential work with low-income families at The Family Support Center. “She’s not the type of leader that expects the credit. She’ll let other people be the face and let other people have the opportunity,” Kelso said. “So, I felt like she deserves a little bit of credit for all her efforts for the community.” Growing up in a low-income family herself in Los Angeles, De La Rosa saw firsthand how community centers and programs could make a difference in a child’s life. Because of that early experience, she was already interested in working with community programs when she later went to BYU–Idaho for school. “I wanted to do something that I felt like I was contributing to support or address some of the issues like intergenerational poverty and homelessness,” De La Rosa said. “So, I started nonprofit work.” After college, De La Rosa moved to Utah initially to work with Early Head Start. She continued working with nonprofits throughout her entire career, including Head Start and Kids On The Move. Two years ago, she began working as the executive director of The Family Support Center. All her work has focused on helping children and families. “Protecting children was really important to me because they’re one of our most vulnerable populations,” De La Rosa said. “And I feel like we have so much opportunity to create a better future if we can prevent some of the things that are impacting our kids.” The Family Support Center is a nonprofit agency located in Salt Lake. It offers many services to the community, including a crisis nursery where they provide free childcare to overwhelmed parents, individual and fam-

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ily counseling, parenting classes and more. It also offers housing at LifeStart Village, where single-parent families in danger of homelessness can stay as they work (with the center’s help) toward independent living. Since starting as the executive director, De La Rosa said she’s focused on making children and families are welcome no matter where they come from. “It’s been really important to me as executive director to create an environment where children feel safe,” De La Rosa said. “When they walk through our doors, it doesn’t matter the things that they’ve been through. There’s a bright future ahead of them, and we can provide some of those tools to help get there.” De La Rosa hopes that the many programs and support systems at the center will empower families to break unhealthy cycles and create a better future. She also emphasized how important it is that parents feel comfortable at the center and don’t feel any stigma regarding what brought them there. “We’re working on changing the way that we look at some of the systemic issues that we are encountering like homelessness, child abuse and substance usage,” De La Rosa said. “Our clients, they don’t need to feel shamed for their past. We all make some decisions that are not the best.” Makaila Kelso, the Community Engagement manager at The Family Support Center, told City Journals that De La Rosa uses this same compassionate approach both with families and her staff. “She is not like a normal executive director or leader,” Kelso said. “She’s an excellent listener, and she really spends a lot of time with the clients and the staff to make sure that what our programs are doing meets the needs of the community versus us just assuming what their needs are. She hears what everyone has to say and isn’t afraid to make changes when change needs to happen.”

Jocelyn De La Rosa, the executive director at The Family Support Center. (Provided by De La Rosa)

Kelso listed some of the specific changes De La Rosa has made to benefit the staff since starting. According to Kelso, De La Rosa has increased salaries, given a PTO payout at the end of the year, allowed a paid hour every week for therapy (if desired) and increased days off. Describing De La Rosa’s leadership style, Kelso said: “Don’t expect Jocelyn to show up in slacks or a dress. She’s going to dress how she feels she can relate best to our clients and our population. She is very real, honest and humble. She’s kind and thoughtful.” Kelso also added: “She’s completely changed the culture of my organization, and I don’t think that’s easy to do. She has changed our culture to be one where the whole organization works together.” Since starting at the Family Support




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Girl Cub Scouts make Utah history in Taylorsville, with female ‘Boy’ Scouts expected to follow within a year By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com


ub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops across America are bouncing back from coronavirus restrictions this summer with lots of overnight camps and other activities. They are also adjusting to a “new normal” that includes females within their ranks. Here in Utah, Taylorsville Cub Scout Pack 4996 Cubmaster Diana Turpin claims her group is among those leading the change. “We were the first Cub Scout Pack in Utah to include girls,” Turpin said. “We had five girls (the required minimum to create a Cub Scout den) last fall. We are down to three now but could be back up to four or five soon.” Although five girls are required to initiate an all-female Cub Scout den, now that it is up and running, they are allowed to continue gathering with only the three females they currently have. In Utah, and nationally, females meet in girls-only Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout troops. However, they do join together for larger activities such as major campouts. “Our boys were among about 450 at the Bear Lake camp, June 21 to 26,” said Taylorsville Boy Scout Troop 1996 Scoutmaster Jason McDonald. “I would estimate about a quarter of those 450 were girls. They all camped at one end of the area, separate from the boys. But boys and girls were together for meals, flag ceremonies, merit badge work and other activities.”

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Taylorsville (2700 West Builders Drive, about 5160 South) has sponsored McDonald’s Boy Scout Troop and Turpin’s Cub Scout Pack since the city was incorporated, in 1996. That’s why the Troop is 1996 and the Pack is 4996. There are currently 32 Cub Scouts, including three girls. The Boy Scout troop has 12 active boys, and no girls. “We’ve had a couple of girls—sisters of one of our Scouts—approach us about starting a female troop,” McDonald said. “We fully support that, but we need at least five girls to start an all-female troop. I think that could happen, maybe within a year.” Turpin counts one son and one daughter among her 32 Cub Scouts. Her daughter has already told her she wants to become an Eagle Scout. So, Diana has pledged to do all she can to assist the Boy Scouts in establishing a female troop in Taylorsville. “Cameron is nine and an Arrow of Light Webelo, so he’ll be moving up to the Boy Scout Troop in a few months,” Turpin said. “His younger sister, Elizabeth, is 8 and a Bear Cub Scout. I want them to stay in these [Taylorsville] programs and will do all I can to assist them. But if a girls’ troop is not formed, I will have to move both of them to another program in a couple of years.” For now, McDonald says the closest allgirl Scout Troop is in West Jordan. Scout Troop and Pack members used to

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into improvements. We are very appreciative of the way the city is working with us.” A Lehi resident, Mertlich commutes to his 26,000-square-foot Carriage Square building daily. In addition to renting space to several businesses, he also owns and operates Salones Villa Magnolia, a wedding reception center that caters primarily to a Hispanic clientele. In fact, the majority of businesses in Carriage Square are now minority-owned. That’s one reason why the council’s liaison to the city’s Cultural Diversity Committee, Taylorsville City Council Chairman Curt Cochran, is also excited about the facelift plan. “Carriage square has a very unique design and ownership structure, so I was encouraged to hear the owners are coming together in favor of making improvements,” Cochran said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to improve such a unique place. The Vietnamese Cultural Center is headquartered there. They do a cultural fair each year. We also had a consulting group do some analysis last year. They identified Carriage Square as one of the city’s gems, where we should invest money.” Another reason all the parties involved seem to agree this is a good time to invest in

“I started talking with the property owners’ association because Carriage Square is such a unique, wonderful, multicultural center and a great ‘mom-and-pop’ start-up business incubator,” Harper said. “They sell clothing, insurance, food, business services and lots of other things there. Carriage Square was built in the early 1970s, and the owners have never asked the city for money in the past. But during COVID, they were hit hard. We feel the [CDBG] funding is appropriate.” City officials have also made it clear to the business owners, the $758,000 will definitely come with strings attached. However, Carriage Square Property Owners’ Association Vice President Bill Mertlich – owner of the property’s most northwest building, which houses about 10 businesses – says his group has no problem with that.” “We understand the city can only spend HUD money on things like sidewalks and the parking lot,” Mertlich said. “The business owners have said they are willing to spend money to update signage and storefronts. Some owners will have more to do than others. Some have already channeled money

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Cub Scout Pack 4996 now features 32 kids, including three girls who have their own den. (Jason McDonald/ Troop 1996 Scoutmaster)

meet weekly inside St. Matthew’s, pre-pandemic. However, they have not yet returned to the church. During these warmer and drier summer months they are meeting across 2700 West from St. Matthew’s, outdoors, at Valley Regional Park (home of Taylorsville Dayzz, 5100 South 2700 West). Prior to their Bear Lake campout in June, Troop 1996 spent its first nights in tents—since before the coronavirus shutdown—back in May, at Camp Tracy in Millcreek Canyon. The troop’s next overnighter will be at Utah Lake in September, followed by a District Campout in October. This month (Aug. 18), troop members will run a ropes course at the Scouting Council headquarters in Ogden.

As for the Cub Scout Pack, they too have an annual overnight campout. But because the kids are younger, these also involve a lot of moms and dads too. “We had 23 kids and 21 adults at our family campout, June 17 to 19 (also at Camp Tracy),” Turpin said. “COVID forced us to cancel the campout last year; so, it was fun to do it again. Each family brought their own tent. The kids spent their days working to earn adventure awards.” Those interested in getting their sons or daughters involved in Scouting can call McDonald at 801-651-0149 or email him at jasonrmcd99@gmail.com. Diana Turpin is at 614-800-0271. l

Carriage Square can be found directly across 4100 South, north of the shopping area. Construction is continuing on a multi-story apartment complex that will soon put hundreds of new residents within easy walking distance of the square. “I think the apartment project helped motivate the city to assist us with the HUD funding,” Mertlich added. “It’s in everyone’s best interest if we clean and update Carriage Square to help draw in some of those new [potential customers].” Once home to a long-torn-down Kmart store, that corner of 4100 South Redwood Road directly north of Carriage Square is now home to a CVS Pharmacy, Starbucks and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, all built within the past couple of years. The kicker is all of the local sales tax revenues spent in those businesses go to West Valley City. But if the new apartment residents can be enticed across 4100 South into Carriage Square, the sales tax revenues go to Taylorsville. Assuming the 34 property owners come up with a combined $250,000 to improve their businesses, this will become a “million-dollar” Carriage Square facelift. City officials and business owners are all anxious for the work to begin. However, before that

can happen, two important hurdles must be cleared. First, the two sides need to agree on what will be required of the business owners before HUD money will be spent. This could be a specific dollar amount pledge, or it could be more vague. For instance, the city could simply require “fresh coats of paint and updated, consistent business signage.” Second, again because federal CDBG funds are involved, the EPA must sign off on the project. “Because you are digging into the ground (to improve the Carriage Square parking area and to widen sidewalks), HUD requires an environmental study,” Donarski said. “But we don’t anticipate any problems. I would like to see the work get started before the end of the year. But we have to do it right.” “It’s very important to the city our small businesses succeed,” Overson said. “Carriage Square has a diverse population and many minority owners. We are excited to help them, just as we are all small business owners.” l

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Taylorsville Arts Council members love new arts center, still have questions By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com


his year’s successful Taylorsville Dayzz has once again boosted the Taylorsville Arts Council’s annual budget by several thousand dollars. But as the council prepares to stage its first events in the dazzling new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, Council Co-chairman Howard Wilson wonders how much of their budget will have to be spent securing space in the new $46 million facility. “We are going under the assumption we will have to pay for all of our nights,” Wilson said. “The city is in charge of how many free nights we will receive. They haven’t promised us any free nights yet.” Ah yes, those valuable Willy Wonka Golden Ticket “free nights.” When Salt Lake County and Taylorsville City hammered out their siting and construction agreement for the MVPAC, it was initially reported the city would receive “10 free nights per year,” for events inside the new facility. It’s not clear whether that number remained 10, in the final agreement. Arts council members assumed “most” of those free nights would be available for their productions. The city has already used one of its free nights for the swearing in ceremony for members of the new Taylorsville Police Department (June 21). But the arts council has already scheduled 10 performances in the new center, one for its community orchestra, three for a show in December and six more for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in January and February 2022. Moreover, the arts council also wants to stage its annual art show in the MVPAC lobby, next spring. That’s a lot of dates—and a lot of lingering questions for the Taylorsville Arts Council: • How many free dates will Taylorsville City “give” them in the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center? • Will the county require rent for rehearsal nights, and will it be the same rate as performance nights? • Will the county require rent for the art show, which will not make use of either performance hall? • Can the city provide the arts council with supplemental funding, if needed, to help cover rent costs? Wilson reports it will cost $2,000 per night—or $12,000 for the six-night run— when the arts council performs “Joseph,” Jan. 31 through Feb. 5, 2022. Ticket sales revenue should recoup much of that total. But if some or all of the nights come from the city’s pool of free nights, obviously, the Taylorsville Arts Council would have that much more money to work with for future productions. Mayor Kristie Overson believes most of the questions can be cleared up with a few conversations. At this point, she said arts

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This spacious, outdoor Alder Amphitheater at Salt Lake Community College will host the Taylorsville Arts Council production of “Peter Pan Jr.,” Aug. 4–6. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

council members need to come to them. “The arts council can schedule as many nights in the performing arts center (through the county) as they want but will have to ask the city about the free dates,” Overson said. “The arts council needs to meet with me, [City Administrator] John Taylor, maybe the city attorney [Tracy Cowdell]. From there, we will have a meeting of the minds. The Taylorsville Arts Council knows how much we support them.” Overson said city officials have not identified or scheduled any other activities in the MVPAC that would use up another of their free nights. However, she said a social activity for Taylorsville business leaders is likely this holiday season and would probably use another of those free evenings. In addition to the free nights question, another issue still concerning Taylorsville Arts Council members is one that has been lingering for years, since long before ground was broken on the MVPAC in December 2018. Depending on who you ask, the arts council was either “promised” it would receive free, exclusive storage space in the new arts center, or “it was hinted they might get some, if space was available.” “There were lots of promises, understandings and misunderstandings,” is how Wilson remembers it. “We know the storage space exists [inside the MVPAC]. But we don’t know if it is already full. We are hop-

ing to get enough space to replace two storage units we now rent, for about $300 per month.” In addition to the storage units, the Taylorsville Arts Council also purchased an 8-foot-by-8-foot-by-30-foot trailer three years ago, for $15,000, to store more of its props and costumes. And, Wilson adds, some council members also store things at their homes. “There are no discussions going on now between the city, the county and the arts council about storage space inside the arts center,” Overson said. “There again, the arts council will need to come to us to start that conversation. We are trying to help the arts council with storage, but we are not sure where that will be. If it turns out they cannot have space in the arts center, they may need to say ‘city, we need more money to pay for storage.’ We are happy to work with them.” In the just-completed city budget, the Taylorsville Arts Council received the same $10,000 budget it had the year before. However, Wilson believes that amount is likely to go up next year. “The city has told us they are willing to increase our budget,” he said. “I think they would have done it this year, except we already had leftover money from the year before, after COVID killed our 2020 productions. The city has always been good to us. When we have a bill, they pay it.”

The arts council has not yet received its portion of revenues from this year’s Taylorsville Dayzz booth rentals. But they report that amount is normally $6,000 to $7,000. In exchange for that revenue, the arts council coordinates all of the on-stage performances at Taylorsville Dayzz. “The arts council works very hard to promote local talent [on the Taylorsville Dayzz stages)]” Overson said. “They line up so many acts, and it’s always great. I think we had record crowds for Taylorsville Dayzz this year. Many of them were there to hear the concerts.” Before “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” early next year, the Taylorsville Arts Council will present the four-woman stage production “Winter Wonderettes” Dec. 2–4 in the MVPAC’s small theater, Studio 5400. Additionally, the council’s community orchestra is now trying to secure Dec. 10 inside the arts center, to perform a free holiday concert. What’s not yet known is how many of those nights will require rent payments, or whether there will be any dedicated storage space inside the facility for them to use, at no cost. All sides say those decisions are still a few conversations away. Wilson is cautiously optimistic things will work out well for the Taylorsville Arts Council on both fronts. But he also adds, “It’s not Christmas until it’s Christmas.” l

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Stay safe while swimming this summer By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com


he summer of 2021 has been a scorcher. The average high temperature in July has been 99 degrees. It seems like a good time to find the nearest pool. “Let’s go to the pool to cool down,” Angela Anderson said. Cool down, enjoy time with your friends and family or increase your vitamin D intake. Going to the pool is a summertime activity that if not taken seriously can be dangerous. “Never turn your back on your children,” owner of Superior Swim School Crys Sacco said. “They really need to put down their phones and pay attention to them.” The American Red Cross encourages youth to never swim alone, constant adult supervision and approved life jackets for inexperienced swimmers is a must. Whenever possible, swim where there is a trained lifeguard on duty. They can recognize distressed swimmers and know CPR. Floating in a large body of water can also make you forget to stay hydrated. “Because they are cooling off in the water, people forget to bring drinking water,” Sacco said. Swimming causes the body to sweat and lose fluid. Most can’t realize how much they are sweating because it is washed off in the pool. Heath and Fitness magazine said it is

The pools at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center are a great place to relax and cool off after these hot summer days. (Greg James/City Journals)

easier to become dehydrated while swimming than any other activity. The body does not absorb the water like a sponge. The only way to regain that lost fluid is to drink. Signs of dehydration include thirst, flushed skin, fatigue and increased breathing rate. Its treatment can be as easy as drinking clear liquids or broth but may require IV flu-


“Don’t forget the sunscreen,” Sacco said. “It needs to be reapplied as the instructions say too. It can wash off.” A sunburn can ruin the day and damage the skin. Many brands of sunscreen require 20 minutes from initial application before getting into the water. Most need to be reap-

plied every 90 minutes. Sunscreen can have ingredients that are not allowed in certain pools. It is best to check the SPF rating too to help get the best protection for your skin. Pediatric care facilities also suggest skipping breath holding games, steering clear of pool drains and do not drink the water. Holding your breath is an important part of learning to swim, yet it can be dangerous for children. They can hyperventilate and even pass out. Competitive swimmers learn breathing techniques to help them avoid hyperventilating. Hair and swimsuits can get stuck in pool drains. Pool regulations often require the drain to be covered. If you notice one that is not notify pool administration. “Don’t drink the pool water,” Sacco said. “It is not good for you.” Pools contain chemicals and according to the Centers of Disease Control the germs in one swallow of pool water can make you sick for nearly three weeks. This summer enjoy your pool visit and stay safe. “Nothing says summer like hitting the pool and drinking lemonade,” said Quinn Chapman, a frequent visitor of the KOPFC pools. l

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Granite foundation hopes to provide 15K backpacks by start of school By Hannah LaFond | h.lafond@mycityjournals.com


ach year, the Granite Education Foundation holds a school supply drive to give students in the Granite District new backpacks and all the supplemental supplies they will need for their classes. This year, members set their goals higher than ever before and hope to complete 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies by the beginning of school. Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer at Granite Education Foundation, explained they are raising the bar because of the need in the community. Each year social workers from schools in the district reach out to the foundation with students they know will struggle to afford school supplies, and this year the number of students was more significant than ever. Anderson told the City Journals that approximately 54% of students in the district live at or below the poverty level, and around 41,000 students rely on free or reduced lunches. The seemingly lofty goal of 15,000 backpacks is in response to that growing need. “Especially the year after COVID, the need is greater than ever before,” Anderson said. “But I think word is also getting out about the services that the foundation provides, and so we have more and more schools and social workers that want to step up and


take advantage of what we can help offer.” Despite the high standard, the foundation is well on its way to reaching its target. Anderson said they have several organizations committed to donating and individuals and church groups who have pitched in to help. Anyone who wants to pitch in can donate online at granitekids.org. The website also has a list of school supplies that they’re looking for, so donors can give physical supplies instead of monetary donations. They’re hoping to complete all the backpacks by Aug. 16, the first day of classes. Although, they do accept donations for the drive year-round. As Anderson said, “If someone wants to bring us a backpack in January, I will happily accept it.” With such a significant need in the community, the foundation’s work goes far beyond the school supply drive. They work on other projects throughout the year, including food pantries. The food pantry provides snack kits for children after school and full meal kits for families. Those in need can pick up the kits for weekends or school breaks to ensure that no students go hungry when they’re not at school. “Really our main goal is to allow these kids to come to school healthy, fed and ready


Granite School District student walking down the hall with backpack (Provided by the Granite Education Foundation)

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Never-Ending Network Evolution, Are All Broadband Providers Up for the Challenge? By Bryan Thomas, VP Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region

Working and learning remotely for the past 15 months brought unique circumstances for all of us to navigate in several areas, and central to it all is having access to a reliable, secure internet connection. The pandemic posed the biggest technological test in the history of the internet. When offices and schools closed in March 2020, internet traffic across the U.S. surged by 20 – 35 percent, as millions of people transitioned to working, learning and consuming all of their entertainment at home. Now our communities are transitioning back to working from offices or making hybrid work arrangements, and schools are planning to reopen their doors beginning in August. A flexible, continuously evolving network staying ahead of customer demand is critical. The success of a network hinges on three factors: decades of strategic investment, continuous network innovation, and the best team in the business. Investment In the last three years alone, Comcast invested $389.6 million in technology and infrastructure in Utah, including upgrades to our network. Since 2017, Comcast devoted more than $15 billion nationwide to strengthening and expanding our network – including building more than 33,000 new route miles of fiber, which is like driving from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine more than 10 times. Every two and a half years, the company has added as much capacity to the network as it has in all the previous years combined. One of the greatest advantages of our massive network is we already pass 60 million homes and businesses with a powerful, fiber-dense network, and we have the ability to quickly, surgically, and efficiently add additional fiber and capacity when and where it’s needed. Because of our continuous investment in our network, we can often complete targeted upgrades in weeks rather than months and years. We have a proven track record of completing network upgrades and improvements ahead of schedule, and delivering the performance our customers need well before they need it. Innovation Continuous innovation throughout every part of a network is key. Comcast is a leader in the 10G initiative, which leverages new standards and technology to dramatically increase internet speeds. The technology lays the groundwork for network operators, like us, to deliver multigigabit download and upload speeds over connections already installed in hundreds of millions of homes worldwide. Meaning, we can deliver multigigabit speeds to homes without the need for massive digging and construction projects. With this technology, Comcast can continue to deliver ultra-fast service today, while simultaneously building capacity for future needs.mAnd with decades of experience, Comcast is advancing network virtualization and data access to cloud-based technologies for greater performance, increased reliability and easier upgrades. Simply put, we’re able to meet the needs of tomorrow – today, and continually improve the customer experience by delivering faster speeds, greater capacity, and more dynamic connected experiences. Team Support In addition to investing billions in building and evolving our network, Comcast engineers, artificial intelligence scientists, and cybersecurity experts across the country are continuously developing and deploying new technologies to protect our customers and ensure our network can meet emerging threats and challenges. We have a team of cybersecurity experts scanning the network for threats and actively defending our network and our communities. Our teams are made up of elite talent working at every level of the network from software and artificial intelligence at the core, to the best field teams laying new fiber and upgrading the network year-round in all conditions. New network entrants who don’t have a plan or resources to support never-ending network evolution, cybersecurity protection, and hardening may put customers who rely on them at unnecessary risk. As the country shifts yet again, home and business internet connections remain essential for video calls, education, healthcare access, workforce development, streaming entertainment, and more. At Comcast, we remain relentlessly focused on connectivity, to deliver the smartest, fastest, most reliable network to the communities we serve – keeping you connected to more of who and what you love.

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Martin Bates retires after 11 years as GSD superintendent By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com


hh…the blessings of retirement. “I will go to bed at night on the 30th (of June) and turn my phone off, and it will be the first time in 11 years. So that it won’t wake me up at five on the first, and so I’ll sleep a little bit longer, maybe,” said Martin W. Bates, retiring superintendent of Granite School District. Bates has worked for the Granite School District for 26 years—the last 11 as superintendent. Richard Nye took the reins on July 1.


In his retirement Bates plans to be a more hands-on grandpa. “We’ve got five and two-thirds grandchildren, and I’m jealous of the time my wife gets to spend with them,” Bates said. “In the past, she calls me from Thanksgiving Point at the dinosaur museum, or, from the zoo. They’re watching this baby gorilla grow up, and I’m texting from meetings that I’m in, so I’m looking forward to being a grandpa.” Bates told a story that one of his sons called because he needed to take a couch to the dump. Bates had the truck, but he had to schedule it in two weeks. “I ought to be able to go help him when he needs help. I shouldn’t have to schedule those two weeks from now.” The Bates are also planning some traveling, and they hope to serve missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

11 years of change

Bates mentioned that technology had changed education over his years as superintendent. For example, he told a story about a measles outbreak in a high school 10 years ago. In that case, anyone who couldn’t show their shot record for measles had to go home without access to education until they were vaccinated. “I was looking at the technology that we had, and I said, ‘We got to be able to teach from a distance. We got to have the tools for that,’” Bates said. He credited this measles experience as the catalyst for preparing GSD for 2020. In between, the district did a lot of work about distance learning, but it was just theoretical. Then, with school closing, the plans went from theory to reality. “It was what a shock. Frankly, I’m so honored to have worked with people, shoulder to shoulder with people who stepped forward and did things they’ve never done before. In an environment where they were just more than a little bit uncomfortable,” Bates said. “Technologically infrastructure wise. We were perhaps a little more prepared for what happened this past year because of that experience that we’d had 10 years previously.” Another change is the morphing GSD demographics. Social-economic demograph-

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

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

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Granite School District student walking down the hall with backpack (Provided by the Granite Education Foundation)

kinds of ways. Because the real workforce works in groups, they work in teams,” Bates said. “We are building schools so they can do much more real-world practice and use real-world tools, elementary through high school. So, from the very architecture of the building to teaching methodology, we’re changing.”

Administration accomplishments

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

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ond language. And so, I look at those kids, and I see me. I see myself,” Bates said. “The difference. It’s all in education. Education is what it’s all about. And that’s the future for everybody. So, the education this little gal, this little guy gets while they’re sitting in one of my schools is going to affect them and their children and their children’s children.” Horsley added that respect of his peers is another accomplishment. “If you talk to any of his peers at the Superintendent’s Association, they will point out that Granite is always considered one of the more innovative and progressive organizations and looking to enhance student learning,” Horsley said. “He knows each and every mayor in Granite School District, by name and they know him, and they know they can call him. If they have questions or concerns, and so he has preeminent credibility and stature.”

Message to students

To the students of GSD, Bates’ farewell message is: “We’ve done our best to give every one of them a teacher who cares about them and is going to give them what they need to be able to take the next step forward on their way to successful college career and lifetime experiences.”

Message to teachers, staff and district employees

To the employees of GSD, Bates said, “There is no greater profession. There’s no more honorable profession than education. When I say education, I’m talking about the classroom teacher and the principals who oversee and direct. But, still, none of us could do our work if it weren’t for custodians, for grounds, for glazers, for painters and HVAC technicians. Students couldn’t go to school if it were the same temperature inside as it is outside in January or in June.” l

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Mayor, city council members tour skateboard park that has enjoyed better days By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com


mong the 621 athletes representing Team USA in Tokyo right now, a dozen—six men and six women—are competing in the brand-new Olympic sport of skateboarding. They’re participating in one of four new sports in this year’s pandemic-delayed games. The other three are karate, sport climbing and surfing. Baseball and softball are also making a return to the games, following a lengthy hiatus. It seems likely, somewhere in our state of Utah, a young boy or girl is fostering dreams of becoming an Olympic skateboarder someday. What does not seem likely, is that their first choice for a place to practice and train is the skateboard park inside Taylorsville Park (4760 South Redwood Road). “It’s certainly not the best (skateboard park) layout—and it needs lot of repairs—but my kids like to come here, so that’s why I became involved,” said Taylorsville resident Mike Hasebroock. “I am excited by how much support the mayor and city council members are expressing for the park and the improvements it needs.” The six-member Hasebroock family met with three city council members and Mayor Kristie Overson at the TayMike and his wife are parents to Ian, lorsville skateboard park earlier this summer, to discuss safety hazards at the popular site. (Mike Hasebroock) 13; Julianna, 11; Grant, 9; and Pierce, 4.

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All six of them recently appeared before the city council to discuss skateboard park safety issues. Whether it was flawless strategy, or “blind luck,” the Hasebroocks made their impassioned pitch on the very night council members were finalizing their 2021–22 fiscal year budget. One quick motion and vote later, $25,000 was allocated for the improvements. Following that council meeting, the Hasebroocks next convinced elected officials to join them for a tour of the skateboard park, so they could see the issues for themselves. Attending the show-andtell were Taylorsville City Council members Anna Barbieri, Ernest Burgess and Meredith Harker, along with Mayor Kristie Overson. “I was there along with the council members for about 30 to 45 minutes, and it was a nice morning,” Overson said. “[The Hasebroocks) wanted to show us the areas that need work. It was informative. But I’m not sure what happens next. There are lots of questions regarding costs. We are getting preliminary numbers now.” The old saying “lipstick on a pig” comes to mind. Certainly, even with extremely high concrete costs these days, the $25,000

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A 16,000-square-foot regional skatepark will be $720,000 and will service the immediate neighborhood and attract patrons from the region.” Given those large numbers—and the city’s expressed commitment to someday also build additional pickleball courts— it appears unlikely council members will approve sweeping changes to their skateboard park anytime soon. Mike Hasebroock said he and his kids understand that reality. “We appreciate [the mayor and council’s] commitment to making the skateboard park a little more safe,” he said. “But we know, big changes, big improvements are expensive.” l The Taylorsville skateboard park recently received a boost during the city’s annual budgeting process, with $25,000 earmarked to make safety improvements. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

skateboard park allocation could fund a lot of patchwork repairs, making the site measurably safer. But all of the parties agree, the Taylorsville amenity would remain a second- or third-rate park, and certainly not a significant draw for visitors into the community. This reality was made even more abundantly clear five years ago, when neighboring West Valley City opened the largest skate park in Utah. The 31,000-square-foot park near the West Valley Family Fitness Center (5600 West 3100 South) opened in October 2016 and

draws large crowds daily. Taylorsville City Council Chairman Curt Cochran was not able to attend the June 21 tour of the Taylorsville skateboard park. But because the park is in his council district, he has seen and discussed it many times. “There are opportunities there, and I know the $25,000 can help make improvements,” he said. “That should take care of obvious problems and make it safer. But for the long term, we aren’t sure what the solution is. Spend more money on the existing park? Tear it out and build a new

one there? Find a new location? These are all things we still need to discuss.” There is one safe fact, according to publicskateparkguide.org: new skateparks don’t come cheap. “The average price to design and build a skatepark is $45 per square foot,” the website reports. “Skateparks rarely are more than $60 per square foot and can sometimes be as low as $25 per square foot. At the average cost of $45 per square foot, an 8,000-square-foot neighborhood Divots in the cement at the Taylorsville skateboard skatepark will be $360,000 and will serve park are creating some unsafe riding. (Carl Fauver/ a neighborhood of about 25,000 residents. City Journals)

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he Salt Lake County Sports office has hosted its first softball tournaments in nearly 15 months. “It is like the sun is shining again,” Salt Lake County Parks Program Manager Josh Olmstead said. “These players, families and fans are so excited to be back out here.” The Valley Complex and Larry H Miller Cottonwood softball complexes held the Firecracker girls accelerated tournament July 15–17. A total of 53 teams competed in five age groups. “This is a great revenue generator for the county,” Olmstead said. “It brings teams from many different states here to compete.” Teams from Montana, Washington, Idaho and California participated in the tournament. Winners in the five age groups were the Grantsville Shock, Utah Bullets, Utah Crush, Force and Bad to the Bone. These teams will play 50–75 games a year including these tournaments. Girls accelerated softball is played by over four million athletes across the country. Teams in Utah play in several leagues and tournaments almost every weekend. The USSSA is considered the largest sanctioning body in the United States. To compete at the national championship, a team must earn a spot in a qualifier tournament. A girls fastpitch team may compete in several tournaments to prepare for the opportunity to qualify. The county also hosted the USSSA softball state finals and will hold the Copper

Classic in September. “Teams like to come here,” Olmstead said. “Our fields are nice to play on and the county has lots of opportunities for the teams to vacation.” The Larry H. Miller Cottonwood Complex has finished its recent renovation. The fans seating area is now covered with a system to keep cool. All the dugouts are covered and there is a picnic area at the top of the seating complex. “It is state-of-the-art now,” Olmstead said. “Everyone needs to go and check it out.” The Larry H. Miller charities donated $5 million to rebuild both the Cottonwood Complex and Valley Region Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The Cottonwood facility opened this season and construction at Valley will begin later this fall. “Larry was passionate about softball, and this complex will forever be a part of our family’s legacy,” Gail Miller said at the press conference announcing the donation in 2019. Salt Lake County also began its men’s, women’s and coed softball leagues this month. Its 15-month postponement has players itching to get back on the field. “I think it is even more popular,” Olmstead said. “People are ready to get out and play again. I came out to Taylorsville Days, and there were people everywhere, and I could feel this sigh of relief that it was time to get outside and be with our friends again.” l

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August 2021 Taylorsville Art Show Celebrates City's 25th Anniversary

Transparency, Respect, Innovation, Connection, Collaboration. These five words define our new Taylorsville City Police Department, and are the values they have adopted as their own. I have been thinking a lot about these key words over the past month, as our police department launched on Mayor Kristie S. Overson July 1 and now has a month under its belt. They are reflected in each of the 70 men and women who make up the force. They are more than just words. They represent all that we are and all that we want to continue to be. I am so proud of our new TVPD and the good people who make up the department. I am grateful for their commitment and dedication to our community and keeping us safe. A great deal of thought was put into the five values that define our new department. Each word was drawn from the SWOC analysis conducted by our Community Outreach Group, made up of members of the community, that was organized to assist in the formation of TVPD. Each word carries meaning and significance: • Transparency – policy and practices which are perpetually open to public review and refinement • Respect – admiration and regard for the feelings and traditions of others • Innovation – open to new ideas, methods, or products which allow for adaptation and growth • Connection – linked both personally and professionally to foundational principles which bind the community and provide for a sense of belonging • Collaboration – to assure the inclusion and cooperation of all internal and external stakeholders These words are framed for display in the police offices at City Hall as an everyday reminder of their importance. You can also read more about the department’s Vision and Mission, as well as its strategic plan, on our website at: www.taylorsvilleut.gov/services/tvpd Along with these values, two beautiful wood panels depicting the department’s new badge and patch will be hung in the lobby area of TVPD’s offices. All of the officers pitched in to have the woodworking completed as a gift to Chief Brady Cottam. The panels were created by Nate Eye, owner of 710 Custom Woodwork in Ogden. Both the panels and framed values are a great reminder of all that TVPD stands for. As Chief Cottam has said, "We have hired good, proactive people who are great problem-solvers — the epitome of our role within the community. They are doing good things in life, which I believe translates to doing good in their profession." –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

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From Taylorsville Dayzz fireworks to a beautiful backyard gazebo, all of the artwork submitted for this year’s Taylorsville Art Show depicted the city in one way or another. Artists were asked to submit artwork that was representative of the city, in celebration of Taylorsville's 25th anniversary this year — and they delivered. Look for the winning artwork to be displayed in the coming weeks on the second floor of City Hall. Among the winners is Emily Gabbitas, who was honored with the Mayor's Award. She entered her painting of Taylorsville Dayzz fireworks in the youth category up to age 10. Also pictured with this article is youth winner Porter Pehrson, who won first place in the Youth Woodworking category for his sculpture of a snake made from natural grape wood. In the Senior Watercolor category, Gwen Smith (pictured, as well) took first place for her painting, Gazebo. "Our back yard in Taylorsville is a little piece of paradise with this gazebo and lush garden," she said in describing the painting. "We have appreciated living in Taylorsville most of our lives. We have watched it change from sparsely populated farmland to a thriving city. We thank the Lord for allowing us to enjoy this piece of his beautiful world." Mayor Kristie Overson thanked all of the participants for sharing their beautiful artwork, as well as the Arts Council for all their hard work in organizing and putting on the Art Show. "We are so lucky to have so many talented artists in Taylorsville, and it is so much fun to see their artwork, especially as it reflects our wonderful city," Mayor Overson said. "What a great way to celebrate Taylorsville's 25th birthday."



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Painting — Christopher Gabitas

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Photography/Collage — Finley Lawrence

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Unique — Sylvia Pehrson

2nd place:

Unique — Ruben Pehrson

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Woodwork — Porter Pehrson

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Pencil — Annie Holman

11-19 Winners 1st place:

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EVENTS AUGUST 2021 Aug. 4, 5 & 6 – 8 p.m. Peter Pan Jr. @ SLCC Alder Amphitheater, 4600 S. Redwood Road. Presented by the Taylorsville Arts Council. See Page 5.

Aug. 7 – dusk Movies in the Park @ City Hall, west lawn. Showing is ‘Onward.’ See Page 5.

Aug. 10 – all day Municipal primary election for Council District 5. See www.taylorsvilleut.gov/government/elections for details.

Aug. 4 & 18 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall and online. Watch a live-stream of the meeting on the city’s website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov

Aug. 10 – 7 p.m. & Aug. 24 – 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall.

Save the Date: Sept. 11 – dusk Movies in the Park @ City Hall, west lawn. Showing is ‘Trolls World Tour.’ See Page 5. Find our calendar of events every month on the city’s website, where you can also submit your own events for possible publication. Go to www.taylorsvilleut.gov

Mixed — Alaina Pehrson

Adult Winners 1st place:

Painting — Durga Ekambaram

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Photography — Preston Holman

2nd place:

Photography — Heidee Pehrson

3rd place:

Photography — Donna Carter

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Digital Art — Donna Carter

Senior Winners 1st place:

Painting — Jerry Camp

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Watercolor — Gwen Smith

2nd place:

Watercolor — Jamie Chandler

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Woodwork — Gil Pehrson

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Unique — Gil Pehrson

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Thank You to All Who Made Our Collection Day Event the Best Yet

By Council Member Ernest Burgess For the past eight years, our Taylorsville Green Committee has held a Collection Day event where residents can drop off unwanted items for recycling or disposal, and each year, it has grown in popularity. This year was no exception. More than 500 Taylorsville residents participated in the annual event on June 19 at Taylorsville High. Normally, the event is held on Earth Day, in March, but the coronavirus pandemic prevented the Green Committee from holding it at all last year and delayed the Collection Day until June this year. The event aims to keep chemicals and electronics out of the landfill, and chemicals out of storm drains. It is an opportunity to drop off household hazardous waste, electronic waste, document shredding, prescription medicine, green/yard waste, bulk waste and recycling. The Green Committee holds the collection event each year in keeping with its mission and goals to conserve resources, reduce pollution and slow climate change. Literally, tons of items were dropped off and collected. See the accompanying article for totals. It is amazing to me how much of a difference this event can make in protecting our environment and keeping our community clean and tidy.

Of course, it would not be possible without our many volunteers and the enthusiastic support of our residents and city leaders alike. It is my great honor to have served on the Green Committee for the past nine years, and we are grateful for the support of the City Council and community at large. Even though it was hot outside, there was still a great turnout and we would like to thank those citizens who dealt with the heat and the long lines to get rid of their electronic waste and other items. The Taylorsville Green Committee would also like to thank the participating vendors for coming, and going above and beyond to make sure everyone was taken care of. We have received many glowing reviews of the event and are extremely grateful for all those who participated. If you missed this year’s Collection Day, you can find a list of places on the city’s website www. taylorsilleut.gov where you can take your unwanted items throughout the year. A reminder, too, that every residential property can request up to two dump vouchers each year. Request your voucher by calling 801-955-2013 or stop by the Taylorsville City Hall reception desk. In addition, Taylorsville’s Area Cleanup days are this month, Aug. 4 through 30. During this time, residents

LEFT TO RIGHT: Dan Armstrong (District 5), Curt Cochran, Chair (District 2), Meredith Harker (District 4), Anna Barbieri, Vice Chair (District 3), and Ernest Burgess (District 1)

have the opportunity to reserve a container from Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District, and have it placed in their driveway wherever possible. See Page 8 of this section for details. We are so proud of our Taylorsville community, and the efforts by all to make our city such a great place. In addition to members of the Green Committee, more than 40 volunteers helped make this year’s Collection Day event a huge success. We’re already looking forward to next year!

Collection Day Event Takes in Tons of Items The annual Collection Day event, sponsored by the Taylorsville Green Committee on June 19, literally collected tons of items this year, including: • Twenty pallets of electronic waste, totaling 12,300 pounds of old televisions, LCD displays, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs and miscellaneous electronic equipment received by METech Recycling. • Rocky Mountain Document Destruction shredded 8,680 pounds of paper. Their truck was so full Saturday that they decided to come back on Monday to help some of the customers who were not able to shred at the event. • Clean Harbors received 1,700 to 2,000 gallons of latex paint, 12 propane gas cylinders, 500 to 600 flammable aerosols cans, 70 pounds of liquid pesticides/herbicides, 920 pounds of flammable paint and related material , 165 gallons of flammable solvents, 21 pounds of reactive flammables, 8 pounds of oxidizing materials, 503 pounds of solid pesticides/herbicides, 229 pounds of basic corrosive material (bleach/hydroxides), 41 pounds of acidic corrosive (sulfuric/ hydrochloric), 1,021 pounds of not otherwise listed HHW material, 55 gallons of antifreeze solutions and 7 pounds of elemental mercury. • Utah Thrift collected many good, quality items but the majority of what they collected was clothing. They received just over 4 tons of clothing, 3 tons of which will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. • Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District collected 2.54 tons of green waste, consisting of grass, branches, leaves, etc. They received 1.5 tons of glass and almost 7 tons of garbage. • The Unified Police Department had two officers at the event who collected unused medication. They filled six extra-large bags with medications totaling a whopping 182 pounds — the most that has ever been donated at this event.


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Taylorsville Dayzz Mark 25th Anniversary with Birthday Bash Thank you to the Taylorsville Dayzz Committee, volunteers, sponsors and all who made Taylorsville Dayzz a huge success this year. The event was held June 24, 25 and 26, and it was a Birthday Bash in commemoration of the city’s incorporation on July 1, 1996 — a quarter of a century ago and 100 years after Utah became a state. It was a full Taylorsville Dayzz, complete with parade, petting zoo, carnival rides, food booths, concerts and more. “There is so much to celebrate this year,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “After the challenges we’ve weathered over the past year, we were so happy to get together as friends and neighbors and have some fun." The Utah Symphony performed on opening night, followed by a Movie in the Park, “The Croods: A New Age.” Fireworks lit up the sky on Friday and Saturday, and there were carnival rides and headliner entertainment all three nights, as well as the 5K race, Kids Fun Run and parade Saturday morning. As in past years, all festivities took place at Valley Regional Park, 5135 S. 2700 West. “We extend our sincerest thanks to Taylorsville Dayzz Committee Chair Jim Dunnigan and the Taylorsville Dayzz Committee for all their good work," Mayor Overson said. "It was the perfect way to celebrate our community."

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5K Race and Kids Run Draw Over 200 Participants

The Taylorsville Dayzz 5K and Kids Fun Run were a big party this year where 241 guests ran to celebrate the city’s 25th anniversary. In all, 185 runners raced in the 5K and 56 children under age 12 participated in the Kids Fun Run. “We had so much fun,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “We want to thank our volunteers, organizers Jen Andrus and Jared Smith, participants and sponsors. It was definitely a Birthday Bash to remember.” The race featured chip timing, swag bags and locally designed T-shirts and medals for those registered. There was also prize money for top finishers, music, tasty treats and a big balloon arch marking the start and finish. “It was a great way to get out, get active, connect to friends and neighbors, and start off a Saturday filled with Taylorsville Dayzz activities,” Mayor Overson said. “We can’t wait for next year.”

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Taylorsville City Police Department is Up and Running After a year of planning, the new Taylorsville City Police Department is now fully operational. It officially launched at midnight on July 1. Leading up to its start date, a formal SwearingIn Ceremony was held at the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center where all 70 members of the department, including officers and civilian staff, gathered on the stage in front of an audience of family members and friends. They were sworn in following remarks by Mayor Kristie Overson, Chief Brady Cottam and Project Management Team Leader Jay Ziolkowski. (It was the first city event held at the new Arts Center, which opened on June 1). Then, the night before launch, a laid-back Kick-Off Party was held on the west lawn of City Hall, where family members again celebrated with those making up the new department. The celebration included music by local rock band De Novo, a photo booth, trinkets for the children, food from the food trucks and other tasty treats including cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. "We can't believe this day is here," said Mayor Kristie Overson. "It has taken many months of work by many, many people, and that good work shows. Our new department represents the best of the best, and I know our community will be well served.”

August 2021

Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES

This month’s article features the Samuel and Elizabeth (Bessie) Gerrard family. Their home is still standing on 1250 West at what was known as Gerrard Street. It also became the home of Leonard and Mildred Gerrard, circa 1943. Samuel and Bessie’s story had a tragic ending as they were killed on 4800 South, in an auto-train accident on the railroad tracks by a southbound train. The Gerrard family’s posterity is still going strong in Taylorsville with a heritage that proudly honors the Gerrard name. Among the pictures included with this article is local piano teacher Mildred Bird Gerrard, who was married to Leonard Gerrard.

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The Taylorsville Senior Center is Moving Closer to Normal The Taylorsville Senior Center, 4743 S. Plymouth View Drive, is adding more programs each month. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask inside. Lunch is offered daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You can view the program schedule online by going to their website: www.slco.org/taylorsville-senior-center Please call 385-468-3370 to register for a class or program offered at the center. All activities are subject to adjustments as regulations changes. Please follow them on Facebook and sign up for their email blast to receive current updates.

Don’t Miss These Library Events The Taylorsville Library has planned several programs during the month of August. You’ll want to mark your calendar for these events:

Virtual Adult Lecture - Floriography: The Language of Flowers Monday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. Illustrator Jessica Roux will discuss the Victorian language of flowers, a clandestine method of floral communication. See her beautiful illustrations of flowers and learn their meanings. Roux is the author and illustrator of Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers. She is a Nashville-based freelance illustrator and plant and animal enthusiast. Using subdued colors and rhythmic shapes, she renders flora and fauna with intricate detail reminiscent of old-world beauty. Roux has created illustrations for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pottermore, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and more. You must register for this event to receive the link to the WebEx virtual lecture. Register here: thecountylibrary.org/LectureSeries

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Online activities you can do at any time. Challenge yourself with digital escape rooms, STEM activities, and arts and crafts tutorials for kids, teens and adults. Click on the kids tab to see the library’s new animal activities: I Spy Animals and Tails and Tales. thecountylibrary.org/events/digital-activities


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AUGUST UPDATES 2021 DRIVER OF THE YEAR WFWRD is proud to announce that 13year district veteran Ryan Jones has won the prestigious 2021 Driver of the Year award from the National Waste and Recycling Association for the Public Sector. Ryan is the fifth Driver of the Year recipient from WFWRD. His example represents the organization’s commitment to safe and effective service for its customers.

Conserve Water and Save Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District encourages customers to conserve water and save money. Utah Water Savers also reminds us to conserve water. To that end, did you know there is a website where Utahns are getting paid to save water at home? From rebates to free landscape consultations, utahwatersavers. com is helping Utahns save both money and water. Visit utahwatersavers.com today to create a free account and start saving. You will find: smart controller rebates, toilet rebates, Localscapes University rewards and landscape consultations. If you are ready to start saving water on your landscape or in your home, create a Utah Water Savers account today; water conservation has never been more important. New programs will be added as they are made available, so be sure to check back frequently.

AREA CLEANUP The dates for Taylorsville’s Area Cleanup are Aug. 4 through 30. During this time, residents have the opportunity to reserve a container and have it placed in their driveway wherever possible. Postcards were mailed six weeks in advance to each resident with more direction and the specific reservation dates. Reservations can be made online, through the WFWRD website, once residents receive their postcards listing the dates available. Residents are welcome to share a container with neighbors since there are not enough containers for every household.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. You can also follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.



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Government 101: Form of government in cities By Erin Dixon | e.dixon@mycityjournals.com


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

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

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

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he Salt Lake City International Airport is bustling. Visitors are pouring into Utah’s state and national parks. And the iconic Temple Square is once again welcoming visitors from around the world to our capital city. After the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacted travel and tourism – along with so many aspects of our lives and our economy – it’s exciting to see travel returning to our state. In July, the Salt Lake City International Airport reported that passenger volumes were at 105% of 2019 levels – one of the strongest rebounds nationally. And a year after Covid-19 halted most international travel, our Zions Bank branches have seen an uptick in people coming in to get foreign currency for their summer travels, particularly the Mexican Peso, the Euro and the British pound. This return to travel is important. The travel and tourism sector generates over a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue each year, according to the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Tourism and visitor spending support more than one in 11 Utah jobs directly or indirectly. And in some parts of the state, the employment impact is much

larger. From the snow-capped mountains to the majestic red rocks, statistics show that not even a global pandemic can keep people away from all our state has to offer. Despite the pandemic, a record 10.6 million people visited Utah state parks in 2020 – a 33% increase from 2019. Similarly, Utah’s ski resorts saw a record-breaking 5.3 million skier days during the 202021 winter season, according to Ski Utah. The previous record was 5.1 million, set in 2018-2019. The business side of tourism continues to recover, although much more slowly than the leisure side of travel. It will take some time for business travel to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, but the future is looking bright. More than a year after the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic began, Utah’s economy has emerged as one of the strongest in the nation, with the second-highest job growth of any state. This busy season of travel is a great sign that our travel and tourism industry is making a strong comeback. A boost in summer travel will have far-reaching impacts on the economy, bringing back jobs

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By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com Taylorsville’s Cole Jameson placed sixth in the Outdoor National Middle School 1 mile championship in June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Utah state record holder in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters in the 13-14 age group also won state titles in both events June 10-12 at Utah Valley University. He also ran the 1600 meters in a time of 4:46 at the Granite School District Junior High Track Championship and broke the record in the event, while also winning the 800 meters. (Photo courtesy Brooke Milne)

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Alleviating (at least some of) the post-pandemic social awkwardness By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com


020 was an extroverted social butterfly’s nightmare. As we developed proper Zoomtiquette while in varying degrees of quarantine, many of us lost touch with our in-person social skills. Many of the friends and colleagues I have seen in-person recently shared a laugh with me over not knowing how to social anymore: yes, as a verb. And man, if you thought a room full of writers was socially awkward before the pandemic, imagine us now. I wanted to share some quick tips and tricks to improve social interactions this month. Before I do, I’d like to emphasize if trying to remember suggestions for social interaction detracts from engagement, forget it. The most important thing for any social interaction is to be completely engaged in the moment. Authenticity is what we seek in social interactions. Think about it. We instinctively know when they’re not. We notice when someone stops listening, even if they tune back in. We can sense when another is either too bored or too amped to be fully present. Even some of our commonplace language is indicative of our societal value of authenticity. “Fake” and “basic” are insults. “True to your heart; you must be true to your heart” are lyrics in a very catchy Disney song. (Daa da-da da.) I digress. Take these suggestions only to

store in the running background programs of your cognition. (I must add that these suggestions are highly Utah specific, socially and culturally. For 2021, the importance of facial expressions may be (re)discovered. We developed habits after realizing, even subconsciously, the majority of last year dragged on without others being able to fully perceive our faces. As the masks come off and the Zoom meetings become nostalgic, our faces are fully public again. Meaning, if you adapted to only smiling with your eyes, it’s time to retrain those smile muscles. Courtesy smiles are back. Speaking of faces, maintaining eye contact has become a new struggle for many. It’s natural for humans to look around when recalling a memory, formulating a lie, trying to find the right word, or simply taking in our environment. Instead of feeling pressured to maintain constant eye contact for the majority of a social interaction, try maintaining eye contact for only what feels comfortable and appropriate for the social interaction. (Someone once told me that if you’re uncomfortable with eye contact, stare at the person’s nose directly in between their eyes, as to gives the same effect.) Most of our communication is nonverbal (60 to 95%, depending on who you ask).

That means, pay attention to your body language, positioning, tone, and nonverbal cues. Maintain an open body language. (Is any part of your body slouched, crossed, or otherwise reserved?) Consider the positioning of your body in the specific environment. (Are you close to the door?) Feel the tone of your voice. (Are you speaking monotone?) Mind your gestures. (Are you speaking with your hands?) Lastly, show genuine interest in others. It’s likely we are interacting with humans who we want to spend time with, for differing reasons. Communicate valuing their time and relationship through both nonverbals and verbals. Ask questions that go beyond small talk, really listen to their answers, ask thoughtful follow-up questions about barely mentioned details or their own interpretations, make mental notes of any upcoming important events of dates, and allow for laughter. Okay, really lastly, be gracious with yourself. Any amount of social interaction after over a year of distancing and quarantining can feel draining. Our energy storage for socialing might deplete more rapidly. It’s okay to only want to go out one night per week, when we used to go out multiple nights per week; and to feel like going out to dinner was equivalent to running a marathon; and to accept a more introverted lifestyle. It’s okay to feel a little

In 2020, a group of writers mingle over Zoom…. will they remember how to social when distancing is no longer required? (Cassandra Goff/City Journals)

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in the revamped UHSAA Region 2. This season, the region has added Roy and lost West Jordan. The end of Kearns’ season last year was disappointing, but its returners are ready to move on. The playoff run ended with a 1-0 forfeit to East because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the school and team. “Lots of people don’t realize what kids go through,” Cougars’ head coach Matt Rickards said after the loss. “It (this sport) gives these kids purpose and direction. When it was taken away it was tough.” Despite its ending, the season had brilliant moments. Kearns won its share of a fourth straight region championship, and several graduates were given opportunities to continue to play football after high school. The departure of those key players will give opportunities for new players to earn playing time. Returning senior JT Toiaivao will have an opportunity at quarterback. He threw for 19 touchdowns and over 1,600 yards last season. Naki Leha rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. Its defense held opponents to 15 points per game. Rickards called that the best defensive performance he has seen at the school. “We had a great season, but people will remember how it ended, he said. “We need to remember the good things.” The Cougars have posted six straight winning seasons, and the school’s overall record is 211-335-1. l

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Making sense of your property tax statement Did you get your property tax statement and feel overwhelmed trying to understand it? Every year we get calls from residents who need help making sense of their tax statement, so here is some info that might be useful. The county treasurer is responsible to collect taxes for over 70 different entities, not just Salt Lake County. That means that your city/township, school district, water districts, and other entities show up on your property tax statement. Once we get the money, we distribute it to the different taxing entities. The Salt Lake County assessor oversees the assessment of your property value. Once your value is assessed, then the tax rate is applied to that amount. If you think your assessed value is incorrect, you can appeal it between August 1 – September 15. Just go to slco.org/tax-administration/how-to-file-an-appeal/ to see instructions. One great thing about our state is that Truth-in-Taxation is required. That means you will be notified if a government entity is trying to raise your taxes. My property tax notice, for instance, showed an increase with my school district and two of the water districts. It also shows when the public hearing will

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then divides all the property values by the proposed budget amount. That is how we get the tax rate. Government cannot collect more than what they did the previous year without a Truth-in-Taxation hearing. If property values and growth are going up, your tax rate would go down if there was no additional tax increase. When taxing entities tell you the rate hasn’t changed, that still could mean a tax increase from that entity. Don’t worry, though… it should be crystal clear on

your property tax statement if it’s an increase. If there is a public meeting, that entity is raising your taxes this year. If you find yourself falling on hard times and need some tax relief, you can apply to the Treasurer’s office for a few different programs designed to help. The programs are as follows: Circuit Breaker– 66 years old or surviving spouse with household income below $34,666. Indigent – 65 years old or disabled with household income plus adjusted assets below $34,666. Hardship – Extreme financial hardship at any age with adjusted household income plus assets that do not exceed $34,666. This limit is increased by $4,480 for each household member. There are also programs to help veterans. Visit slco.org/treasurer for details. Although paying property taxes is not pleasant for anyone, keep in mind the many services that our cities, counties, school districts, water districts, and even the mosquito abatement district provides. And don’t hesitate to get involved in these government entities. The more that people get involved, the more taxes stay in check.



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enerable (some might say “rundown” or “dilapidated”) Carriage Square is on track to receive a million-dollar facelift, thanks to a unanimous vote from the Taylorsville City Council to provide three-quarters of that amount through their federal Community Development Block Grant funding, provided over several years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “I applaud the council for supporting the Carriage Square proposal, because that area (4100 South Redwood Road) is a gateway to our city,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “It is a unique site and now we have an opportunity to highlight it. It is a gem we really need to accentuate.” As it turns out, the only reason $758,694 in HUD money is available to fund Carriage Square improvements is because another federal department, the Environmental Protection Agency, killed the city’s original plan for the Uncle Sam handout. Ken Donarski, an independent consultant to Taylorsville City on projects like this for nearly 20 years, explained. “For seven years, the city has been setting aside some if its CDBG money each year for a project to remodel the Taylorsville Senior Center, to nearly double the size of the kitchen there,” Donarski said. “However, a few years ago, an environmental study determined there is ground contamination outside the senior center, from an old dry-cleaning shop that had been there years ago. We tried for a couple of years to mitigate the problem. But eventually HUD said ‘no’ to the project.” Once the senior center kitchen expansion was dead, city leaders faced another challenge. “The city had been setting aside CDBG funds for the proj-

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ect since 2014,” Donarski said. “The trouble is, if you don’t spend that money within seven years, HUD takes it back. So once the senior center plan was gone, we needed to identify another project that would meet CDBG requirements, before we started losing chunks of that money each year.”

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Taylorsville Economic & Community Development Director Wayne Harper said the timing was right, because about the time the senior center project fell “off the table,” members of the Carriage Square Property Owners’ Association began putting a new idea “on the table.” Continued page 6

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