11 Sep Meeting Minutes Sept 5, 2018
Sugar House Community Council Trustee Meeting Minutes
Trustees Present: Mike Bagley, Sally Barraclough, Laurie Bray, Landon Clark, Mary Clark, Deb Henry, Sue Ann Jones, Benny Keele, Will Kocher, Eric Mcgill, Dayna McKee, Larry Migliaccio, Judi Short, George Sumner, Sue Watson, Adam Weinacker, Erika Wiggins, Rawlins Young
Trustees Excused: Camron Anderson, Topher Horman, Steve Kirkegaard, Benjamin Sessions, Shane Stroud, Chris Sveiven
Trustees Unexcused: Melanie Heath, Susan Koelliker, Dave Mulder, Tina Escobar-Taft, Jason Smurthwaite,
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm by Landon Clark, Chair SHCC
A motion to approve last month’s minutes was made by Judi, seconded by Larry. The motion passed unanimously with no corrections to the minutes.
Chair Announcements: Landon Clark
Landon announced that Michael G. Kavanagh passed away on August 20th. He became a trustee on the council in Sept of 2004 and led the Business Spotlight starting in 2008. He renamed it the Spotlight on Business (S.O.B) in 2014. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was active on the POST Committee and took a personal interest in the maintenance and safety of the Fairmont Skate Park. He also attended many PRATT (Parley’s Trail) board meetings. He will be missed. In his honor the Spotlight on Business segment of our monthly meeting will be renamed “The Micheal G Spotlight on Business”.
The Night Out in Sugar House in Fairmont Park in August was well attended. The event will be held again next year on the first Tuesday in August, 2019.
CIP (Capital Improvement Program) applications are due at the end of September. Applicants must complete the Pre-Submittal Application and email it to Holly.Draney@slcgov.com by Friday, September 28, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. Pre-Submittal Applications that are submitted after this date will roll into the next year’s CIP cycle. You can access the Pre-Submittal Application form on Salt Lake City’s website: https://www.slc.gov/hand/capital-improvement-program/. For questions about Salt Lake City’s Capital Improvement Program, call Melissa Jensen 801-535-6035 or email Melissa.Jensen@slcgov.com
Applications for The Arts, Culture, and Events (ACE) Fund (previously Signature Events Fund) are being accepted now. This is a funding opportunity administered by the Mayor’s Office to promote and support neighborhood and community events in Salt Lake City.
Applications for 2019 events will be accepted from September 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018. Results will be announced in February 2019. Go to: https://www.slc.gov/mayor/ace-fund/ to apply.
Secretary Report: Sally Barraclough
There were no expiring or new petitions to consider.
Treasurer Report: Mike Bagley
The account balance is $6229.95. There were checks totaling $1,831.66 written for expenses related to the Night Out in Sugar House event. Deposits included $618.63 in donations from the Pay Pal account listed on our website and $4,250.00 from the ACE Fund for the Night Out Event.
City Council Report: Landon Clark for Amy Fowler, District 7
The council adopted the Vintage Sign Ordinance in their meeting on Sept. 4. The amendment supports the retention, restoration, and reuse of non-conforming signs which helps create the distinct character of Salt Lake City neighborhoods, business districts, and corridors. The ordinance makes the following changes:
- Creates additional clarity regarding maintenance options for owners of non-conforming signs
- Establishes a process for property owners to nominate potential vintage signs for designation and modification
- Reduces criteria to insure designated signs have characteristics that make them worthy of additional flexibility
- Provides a framework of options to support property owners in retaining these signs
Laurie pointed out that our community council has been working with the city on this ordinance for over six years. Of all the photos that Laurie has taken of Sugar House, it is the vintage sign images that are the most popular and sell the best.
The Sugar House Art Walk will be held on Sept 14th from 6-9pm. For a map and more information go to their Facebook page.
Wasatch Cooperative Market – Jodie Grant, Board of Directors Chair
The Wasatch Cooperative Market is working toward the development of the first large scale cooperative grocery store in Utah. A cooperative grocery store is owned and managed by the members who buy shares in the store. The Wasatch Cooperative would like to build a large, 10,000-14,000 sq ft, full service store that will have extended hours of operation.
The store would support local farmers and producers so that food is not traveling great distances to get to the store and the money stays in the local community. The owners would have control over what products are in the store and how the profits are spent.
They currently have 618 owners, which allows them to start looking for a physical space for the store. When they reach 750 owners they can sign a lease and start raising capital. Owners investment a one time $300 equity payment which can be made in installments of as little as $15 a month. One share is allowed per household and one share equals one vote toward major decisions for the store. In profitable years the owners will be paid dividends.
Go to: www.wasatch.coop for more information
TAG 700 located at 2593 South 700 East
Jordan Atkin – Developer Representative for TAG SLC
Lauren Parisi – SLC Planner
This is a proposal for a four, single-family townhome development. The developer is asking for two variances from the current zone. The first is to be able to orient the homes toward the side of the parcel rather than have them all front 700 East. This will be accomplished by having a private drive that extends 115 feet along the south side of the building. The second is to be able to encroach on the front yard setback in order to add a balcony on the end unit, and to reduce the landscaping buffer on the south side of the property to from 8 ft down to 5 ft to accommodate the private 30 ft wide driveway.
They will demolish the duplex that is currently located on the parcel and build the attached townhomes as two story units. The building will be less than 30 ft tall. As per the SHCC Land Use and Zoning committee’s recommendation, they have added canopies to the north side to make it more visually interesting. They also centered the door on the west unit that will face 700 East. The townhomes are anticipated to be owner-occupied and will sell for approximately $400,000 per townhome.
There was discussion regarding fire truck access and future solar power panel installation. As per Lauren, the fire department has no reservation regarding the 115 ft driveway and overhead access, and Jordan agreed to provide owners with written documentation that the roof meets the requirement for solar panels should the owners want to install them in the future.
Meet the Candidates – Will Kocher
Will stated that there are many candidates running for various positions that will be on ballots distributed to voters in the Sugar House area. He said it will be a long ballot and encouraged everyone to get registered to vote and participate in this year’s elections.
Because of the large number of candidates and races, Will and Landon decided to limit the number of candidates for this meeting to all the candidates running for Congressional Districts 2 and 4, State Senate Districts 3 and 4, and State House Districts 25, 28, and 40. They also invited the candidates for the County Council District 4 race. Not all that were invited were able to attend. The candidates who did attend were limited to four minutes each to speak.
Congressional District 2
Shireen Ghorbani – Democrat
Shireen and her campaign staff have knocked on 28,000 doors in District 2 from Farmington to St. George and have had nearly 6,000 voter conversations. Almost all voters feel underrepresented and expressed concern that only those with big money donations get their voices heard. She wants to represent all the people in her district and has accepted only small individual campaign contributions.
Shireen’s platform includes prioritizing access to affordable healthcare, fiscal fairness and responsibility, air quality as a real issue, and stronger communities through education and job training so that all Americans have a chance to achieve their dreams.
Chris Stewart – Republican
Did not attend
State Senate District 3
Gene Davis – Democrat
Gene started his political career in the 1980’s as Chair of the Sugar House Community Council helping to develop the SH Master Plan. He was in the State House of Representatives before becoming the State Senator for District 3. District 3 is the area west of 13th East extending into parts of West Valley City and south of 21st South through South Salt Lake and portions of Murray. He has worked on various projects in Sugar House including Hidden Hollow, the Draw, and the S-Line.
His priorities include Medicare expansion and various on-going projects including the Wasatch Cooperative Market.
Jeremy D. Egan – Republican
Did not attend
State Senate District 4
Jani Iwamoto – Democrat
Jani was born and raised in the district, and served on the Salt Lake County Council before becoming a Utah State Senator.
She was selected by her senate colleagues to serve on the Executive Appropriations Board which reviews all budget requests and finalizes the state budget. She also serves on 20 other legislative committees.
Jani has worked across the aisle to pass legislation for increased penalties for killing a K9 officer, increased penalties and more local control for fireworks, secured funding for a statewide pediatric trauma network and funding for a full-time employee to assist the elderly in securing housing allowing them to remain in their homes.
She has passed legislation regarding pay discrimination and employee rights legislation. She is co-chair of a committee to oversee real solutions for state’s water resources, and chairs the Utah Falls Prevention Alliance to assist seniors and the disabled.
This position is a full-time job for Jani who personally answers any phone calls or emails that she receives from her constituents.
Alan Monsen – Republican
Alan was raised in Holladay and currently lives in Salt Lake. He attended the University of Utah. He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, who advocates for abused and neglected children. He is a small business owner who understands the challenges facing other small business owners.
Alan is focused on four key areas of concern.
1) Utah’s economy, managing /reducing taxes, quality jobs, key infrastructure projects
2) Utah’s resources, including transparent water policy and clean air initiatives
3) Utah’s children, education, teen suicide prevention, empowering educators and mentors
4) Treating Utah’s pain by addressing the state’s opioid crisis
Alan wants to make sure that all Utah voices are heard.
State House Representative District 25
Cabot Nelson – United Utah Party
Cabot is running from the United Utah Party which he called “the radical center”. He feels the large, two party system has led to the polarization that we are seeing in politics today.
He believes we should have political reform like fusion candidacies and rank-based balloting. The “winner-take-all” system of balloting eliminates the voices of those who voted for the second and third place candidates.
Cabot grew up and has spent his whole life in Utah. He was raised in West Valley City, his stepdad worked for Kennecott Copper. He has a degree in Urban Planning and has chosen a career configuring software for banks to detect cases of money laundering.
Cabot encouraged voters to choose candidates from the United Utah Party to increase political input from moderates throughout the state.
Joel Briscoe – Democrat
Did not attend
State House Representative District 28
Brian King – Democrat
Brian is running unopposed for the District 28 seat. Because he is unopposed, he is campaigning for other Democrats in an effort to improve the lopsided balance in the Utah legislature. There are currently 62 Republicans to 13 Democrats in the House. That imbalance does not allow for a healthy discussion of opposing ideas. He feels we need more transparency which comes with a balance of party representation.
Brian is an advocate for clean air and clean water legislation. He also wants to make sure that our public lands are protected and not leased or sold thereby cutting off public access.
Brian supports the four initiatives that are on the ballot even though several of them need some improvements which can be made later by the legislature. It is his feeling that if any particular initiative does not pass in November, the legislature will do nothing to move those ideas forward. They will only act if the initiative passes.
State House Representative – District 40
Stephanie Pitcher – Democrat
District 40 extends south of I-80 to 49th South, and 700 East to roughly Highland Dr., with some gerrymandered areas included toward the east.
Stephanie is a mother of three and is a prosecutor for Davis County. She cares deeply about compassionate justice reform. She is also particularly interested in women’s issues within the workplace including pay discrimination, harassment, and accommodations for breast feeding. She also enjoys public policy work.
Davis Else – Independent American
Did not attend
Peter Kraus – Republican
Did not attend
SL County Council 4
Ann Granato – Democrat
Ann has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah and she currently works for the state with Medicaid managed care. She feels that if we don’t work to solve the healthcare crisis in our community, eventually no one will be able to afford heath insurance. She supports the full expansion of the state Medicaid program, so that county money that is currently being used for mental health care and drug abuse care and prevention could be used for other needs.
The county budget is a 1.3 billion dollar budget which is the second largest budget in the state. The budget requires a lot of care and prioritization.
Ann has learned that the top issues for people living in the county are housing density, lifestyle preservation, and transportation. This will involve intelligent planning for the future as the county continues to grow in population.
Michelle Quist – Republican
Did not attend
Robert Cundick – United Utah Party
Did not attend
The meeting adjourned at 8:15
Attendees were encouraged to stay, meet the candidates, and ask particular questions of the individual candidates for their districts.