Minutes of the Granite Community Council

Date: December 6, 2017
Location: Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room

3430 East Danish Road

Council Members Present:

Michael Braun, Chair (Dist. 1 &  2); Gorm Klungervik, Vice-Chair (Dist. 1 & 2); Greg Schiffman (Dist. 3); Vaughn Cox (Dist. 3); Katie Clayton (Dist. 4); Drew Weaver, Treasurer (Dist. 4); Nycha Schlegel (Dist. 5); Josh Kanter (Dist. 5); Bill Clayton, Secretary (Dist. 6); and Mary Young, non-voting Chief Administrative Officer.

Council Members Absent:

Jeff Summerhays (Alt., Dist. 1 & 2); Spencer Mortensen (Alt., Dist. 3); Cyndi Douglass (Alt., Dist. 5); and Susie Albertson (Dist. 6).

Guests Present:

Scott Baird, Director Salt Lake County (SLCo) Public Works and Municipal Services Department

Sandy Police Deputy Chief Bill O’Neal and Chris Tyson

Batt. Chief Brad Lynn, Unified Fire Authority (UFA)

Ron Vance, SLCo Planning Commission

Det. Paula Stinson and Lt. Mark Olsen, Unified Police Department (UPD)

Diana Van Eitert, Dimple Dell Advisory Board (DDAB)

Monica Zoltanski, Dimple Dell Preservation Community (DDPC)

Tod Young, SLCo Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission

Residents: Paula Turanec, Wayne Peay, Robyn MacDuff, Paul Garner, Colette Engle, and Joyce P. Walker

Call to Order: Michael Braun convened the meeting of the Granite Community Council (GCC) at 7:00 pm, asked council members to introduce themselves by district and location, welcomed attendees, and led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the November 1st meeting were approved unanimously and will be posted on the GCC website, www.granitecommunitycouncil.net.  Mary had added updates conveying information obtained since the last meeting plus some action items.  Drew suggested that such updates have dates attached to them to indicate that they’re not part of the minutes of the previous meeting.

Public Comments:  Monica Zoltanski of the Dimple Dell Preservation Community (DDPC) noted that many people involved with the park want the Dimple Dell amphitheater removed and the site restored, using a portion of the $4 million that had previously been allotted for the paving of the trail.  She said that the Poulson House restoration project remains a priority.  The GCC appreciates being kept in the loop on all of these issues in Dimple Dell Regional Park.

Diana Van Uitert of the Dimple Dell Advisory Board said that the amphitheater was originally supposed to be an outdoor classroom in conjunction with a nature center that never got built.

Joyce Walker is on the County task force organized to determine the use of the $4 million.  She said that if the amphitheater were to be restored, it would need to be ADA compliant.  This would cost a great deal, which means that it would be better to simply remove the amphitheater.  She also said that the task force reviewed and submitted a 2015 study done by County Parks & Rec about the Poulson House.  It’s been recommended that this study be repeated by a more historic-preservation group, as the original study appeared biased.

Picks & Pans: Vaughn suggested picking Parks and Recreation for spreading wood chips on trails in Dimple Dell Park.  Vaughn will write a letter to Wayne Johnson and send it to Mary for formatting.

Scott Baird, Salt Lake County Director of Public Works: Scott reported that Public Works is still working on the right-of-way negotiations for the 10000 S. sidewalk.  One property owner is reluctant to sell.  Vaughn volunteered talk to that property owner.  Mary pointed out that the plan shows a horse trail on one side of the road and a sidewalk on the other.  She suggested switching the horse trail and sidewalk so that the horse trail would be on the side of that resident, which he might find more acceptable.  Scott said that this idea could be looked into.

Aecom is the engineering firm that is working on the design of the Grit Mill parking lot project.  The realignment of Wasatch Resort Road is being included in the design.  There will be a center turn lane, but no acceleration or deceleration lanes.  UDOT will mill 3 inches off the canyon highway and repave it the whole distance up and down the canyon this summer.  The Grit Mill project will be done after that, but in a way that preserves the new paving.

UFA Battalion Chief Brad Lynn: Brad handed out a printed safety message on preventing holiday accidents [see www.safteng.net].  Several UFA firefighting crews and vehicles are being sent to Southern California to fight fires there.  Recently, all fire and police departments in the valley participated in a joint terrorism workshop.  One of the speakers had been a victim at the Virginia Tech massacre, who helped provide perspective on lessons learned.

Dimple Dell Regional Park Update: Diana reported that the treasurer for the long-time organization, Citizens for Preservation of Dimple Dell, still holds funds and is under the aegis of GCC.  Their bank account still has about $17,000 from private donations.  This money is being conserved as a “war chest” to fight for the preservation of Dimple Dell. The GCC is sometimes asked to report on the status of these funds. Diana will provide the exact funding amount to Mary in case anyone at the County requests this data. Mary noted that one issue that Dimple Dell Park supporters may choose to fight is the planned extension of Highland Dr. across the park. This has been planned for decades, is in the Wasatch Front Regional Council transportation plan, and would apparently cost billions of dollars. Mary will try to bring those involved in this project to a future GCC meeting.

Diana introduced Robyn McDuff, who used to live in the Spencer farmhouse at 2591 Dimple Dell Road.  The Spencer house was built in 1893.  Diana gave a presentation on the history of the house and the homestead on which it was built.

The Utah State Historical Society architect came out and looked at the house recently, and deemed it structurally sound.  The architect said it could possibly qualify as an historical house and that it’s worth saving.  The County took possession of the house in 1926 because of lack of payment of property taxes.  The historians said a restoration project would not have to comply with all the current codes if it’s listed as an historic house.

Robyn suggests turning it back into a farm house with an orchard, with school children learning to grow food. Diana suggested some sort of revenue-generating use for the house.  She invited the GCC to come up with some ideas.  Tod said that the County would have to be approached to designate park land for farming or an orchard.  Mary will communicate with Wasatch Community Gardens to determine if they still have a need for an additional location.

Michael suggested sending a representative from GCC to attend the Dimple Dell task force meeting. [12/24 Update: Both Drew and Mary attended the meeting and will report on it at the January GCC meeting.]

Unified Police Department (UPD): Det. Paula Stinson reported that crime stats were way down in both east and west Granite.  A trailer and vehicle stolen in west Granite were recovered and suspects were arrested.  There was one vehicle burglary in east Granite.  Paula reminded us to keep vehicles locked at all times.  Virtually all recent burglaries have involved cars that were left unlocked. Keep your packages, wallets, and other valuables out of sight.

She noted that another area of Granite, Deer Hollow, has been annexed into Sandy.

Paula reminded us of the upcoming UPD Citizens’ Academy, introduced Lt. Mark Olsen, with Midvale Precinct. He announced that Randy Thomas will be the new chief of the Midvale precinct, which includes Granite.

Sandy City Police Department: Sandy Deputy Chief O’Neal reported the new Sandy Mayor will start in early January, but he has already met with Sandy Police and their command staff. He seems eager to change things that are necessary and not change things that aren’t and seems level-headed. Chief Thacker asked him to respond to some concerns about vehicle burglary, but noted that these rates are not currently any higher than normal—they’re actually pretty low. Greg Schiffman said that lots of vehicle burglaries were occurring next to TRAX, and suspected that a lot of these had gone unreported.  Dep. Chief O’Neal said that vehicle burglaries increase around Christmas and anywhere that cars congregate, you’ll get vehicle burglaries. An easy citizen suggestion is that they need to patrol more.  But Sandy has 400 miles of road, so it’s difficult to patrol.  Usually there are eight officers per shift patrolling all of Sandy, although they have more on the day shift. So, residents need to take care of their property, because it’s just not possible for the police to patrol every block.

Most burglaries involve unlocked cars in which valuables are visible.  If the car is unlocked, burglary takes only 3 to 5 seconds.  The burglars’ goal is to grab something they can see.  They rarely rummage through a vehicle.  Vehicle registrations are sometimes stolen for purposes of vehicle cloning.  Make sure your garage door is all the way down and lock all doors to the garage.

More homeless people are staying in parks near the TRAX stop at the lower end of Dimple Dell.  Sandy PD patrols those areas heavily and enforces codes against camping.  Many of the campers are narcotic users.  When they find them, they deal with them, but so far it’s been a big problem and the Rio Grande operation has tended to move it out to other areas. The police in different areas are still working together to deal with the problems. If we see problems, call Sandy Police.

Sgt. Chris Tyson handed out canyon resident passes for wintertime road closures.  Sandy will be in charge of handling canyon road closures and will stack traffic in eastbound lanes starting at the mouth of the canyon.  If you need a pass, contact Sgt. Tyson at 801-568-7248. People with passes will be escorted into their neighborhoods.  Www.Canyonalerts.org is where you can sign up for email alerts about road closures.  UDOT has an app that will also report road closures [see links at UDOT’s https://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:1672].  Westbound lanes will be only for local residents going both ways.

League of Unincorporated Community Councils (LUCC) Update: Mary summarized what happened at the November LUCC meeting.  An extensive legislative update was given at that meeting.  One thousand bills have already been filed, most without language.  One bill would reduce the number of days that fireworks will be allowed. If anyone is interested in bills on certain subjects, please advise Mary and she’ll alert someone in the County who will help us track them. The December LUCC meeting was canceled.

Rita Lund’s position has been filled by Ryan Shelton, formerly of the DA’s office.

Internet Service in Granite: Greg said that there’s a lot more broadband infrastructure already in place than most people realize.   He will contact companies to find out how much bandwidth is available.  The main problem is “last mile” delivery of broadband services to homes.

Tod said he contacted Comcast Business.  He and Mary will be getting phone and internet over cable, but 25 mbps is the best download speed that Comcast can offer them at the moment. This provides more consistent speed compared to DSL, with which one competes with neighbors downloading large files. Greg will continue his research and report further.

GCC Facebook Page: Nycha said that she was unable to find access to the old Facebook Page, so she started a new page.  Anyone with pictures of the community should email them to Nycha at nycha.schlegel@gmail.com.  People can access this at @GraniteCommunityCouncil. She is doing some postings this week with updates from the meeting.

Other Business: Mary passed out a pamphlet from the National Crime Prevention Council on gun safety, bullying, and other subjects.  She has 200 copies to distribute.  If anyone wants more, contact her—she’ll deliver! She also asked if any council members would like some business-card folders so people can keep track of cards handed out by various local and county personnel who visit GCC.  Mary has created some nice granite pendants out of fused glass in her kiln.  She is offering to give them to council members for free.  Tod has a source for refills for UPD pens.

Mary attended the recent graffiti-abatement meeting.  Most cleanup chemicals are prohibited in the canyon to protect the watershed, with “elephant snot” being the only viable option there.  Suggestions were made to educate high school kids against tagging.  Most taggers are in the 18-22 age group and most tagging in the canyons nowadays is not gang-related.  Taggers are difficult to catch, and even when caught are usually given only a slap on the wrist.

Michael said that if anyone has changed their volunteer hours, they should send this info to Mary.

Treasurer’s Report: Drew provided the report—the GCC has $14,117.43 combined, with $13,838.59 in savings and $278.84 in checking. There were no expenses in November.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 pm.

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Minutes of the Granite Community Council

Date: November 1, 2017
Location: Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room

3430 East Danish Road

 Council Members Present:

Michael Braun, Chair (Dist. 1 & 2); Greg Schiffman (Dist. 3); Katie Clayton (Dist. 4); Drew Weaver, Treasurer (Dist. 4); Nycha Schlegel (Dist. 5); Josh Kanter (Dist. 5); Bill Clayton, Secretary (Dist. 6); and Mary Young, non-voting Chief Administrative Officer).

 Council Members Absent:

Jeff Summerhays (Alt., Dist. 1 & 2); Gorm Klungervik, Vice-Chair (Dist. 1 & 2); Vaughn Cox (Dist. 3); Spencer Mortensen (Alt., Dist. 3); Cyndi Douglass (Alt., Dist. 5); and Susie Albertson (Dist. 6).

Guests Present:

Scott Baird, Director Salt Lake County (SLCo) Public Works and Municipal Services Department

Sandy Police Deputy Chief Bill O’Neal

Ron Vance, SLCo Planning Commission

Det. Paula Stinson and Midvale Prec. Chief Jason Mazuran, Unified Police Department (UPD)

Sergeants Bryon Madsen and James Blanton, Canyons Patrol UPD

Tod Young, SLCo Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission

Residents: Anna McNamer and Farah Crawford

Call to Order: Michael Braun convened the meeting of the Granite Community Council (GCC) at 7:04 pm, welcomed attendees, and led them in the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the September 6th meeting were approved unanimously and will be posted on the GCC website, www.granitecommunitycouncil.net.

Public Comments:  None.

Picks & Pans: None

Scott Baird, Director of Salt Lake County Department of Public Works and Municipal Services:

Scott attended the meeting to both provide updates on projects in our community and to answer questions. The following information includes what Scott reported at the meeting as well as updates that he received from others in the County, in answer to some of our questions.

UDOT is finalizing a contract with an engineering firm (AECOM) for the design of the Grit Mill intersection and parking lot.  The proposed design will include the realignment of the Wasatch Resort Road portion of the intersection, though that part of the project is not yet fully funded.  $120,000 has been set aside for the realignment, and the cost is estimated at $140,000. No acceleration lanes are currently funded for in the current scope. The County has asked the consultant to design them and advertise them as an “add alternate” so they can award them if the project comes in under budget. This is not expected to be likely.

The sidewalk project for 10000 South is being designed at preliminary stage.  Design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing. The County does not want to give out preliminary plans too early because if something changes, they don’t want to have incorrect information out in the community.  Council members had questions about the timing of this project, as it is a school walking route. The project is still on target to advertise early next year and be constructed over the summer. County engineering has met with the community already (twice) and will meet again prior to the project being advertised.

Animal Services made a request from the general fund to build a regional animal licensing database.  This would be a county-wide database that would be shared with all animal services agencies in the county and would provide online licensing for all pet owners in the valley.

A new community outreach person is expected to be hired soon, to replace two previous employees (Rita Lund and Stacee Adams).  [Update: This was announced as being filled by Ryan Shelton, currently with the County DA’s Office. He will begin his new job on Dec. 11.]

Katie asked about the planned sidewalk on Little Cottonwood Road.  This is a grant funded safer sidewalk project with a local match from the Municipal Service District (MSD). In the next couple of weeks, UDOT will be sending the County an interlocal agreement to be executed by the MSD. Once in place, they can begin the design process. The goal will be to get it designed and advertised next spring (2018) so it can be built over the summer.

Bill asked about illegal dumping in Little Cottonwood Creek.  Scott said that Kade Moncur is in charge of the County Flood Control Department and is the person to talk to about this.  It’s unlikely that the county will clean up minor dumping.  Bill asked if a citizen could clean up the stream bed by removing dumped debris.  Scott said to check with Kade before doing this.

A question was raised about who is now in charge of planning for our community, and we were advised that the planning staff that covers Granite CC are Curtis Woodward and Jim Nakamura.

Discussion of Granite Community Council’s 501(c)(4) Status, Bylaws, GCC volunteer hours, appointment of new member: Drew discussed GCC’s tax-exempt status and said he could find no paperwork on this.  He said that the GCC bylaws state that GCC is a tax-exempt entity.  We do not file a tax return, but we do file a 990.  Josh said that this means that we are either a 501-c4 or 501-c3.  Michael asked for a volunteer to talk to the IRS to resolve which category GCC is in.  Josh will look into it.

Mary advised that the GCC (i.e., she) needs to submit volunteer hours quarterly to the County.

We haven’t done this recently because we’ve had no one to submit them to; however, we’ve now been asked to send them to Alison Weyher on an interim basis and then to Rita’s replacement when he is on board. Mary asked members to submit estimates of hours spent on GCC-related business outside of GCC meetings for 2017 year-to-date.

Michael talked about the bylaws related to unexcused absences and appointment of members.  Ryan Houmand, of District 3, resigned recently.  Vaugh Cox and Spence Mortensen are also in that district, but Spence has been unable to attend meetings as an alternate.  Greg Schiffman, who recently moved onto Altavilla Drive, has indicated that he would be willing to take Ryan’s place.  Greg introduced himself and gave background information about himself.  Greg has both some background in internet and an interest in improving same in our community. Michael nominated Greg, Bill seconded, and the appointment was approved unanimously.  Greg has agreed to take the lead on working on internet improvements and he has been briefed by Mary and Tod Young, who will support him in this effort.

UFA Update: Batt. Chief Brad Lynn isn’t always able to attend our meetings, but he did send along this update about UFA and important safety information:

What’s Happening

  • UFA Administration held a first-of-its-kind meeting with several city managers and CFO’s from agencies serviced by UFA.  The intent was to share a brief overview of our operational services, and to learn from them what matters most in our regular interactions.  This proved to be of great value to the administrators and to UFA, with the continued hope of ensuring that positive communication and coordination efforts match expectations.  The group asked that like meetings be held twice per year – with the next one taking place in April, 2018.
  • UFA, along with several other local fire departments, deployed a task force to assist California in fighting several wildfires. The team from UFA worked specifically on structure protection and while deployed for only one week, received several thank you cards from some of the cities they were in. (see attached)
  • UFA is in the process of putting into service five new ladder or “tiller” trucks. These new tillers will be stationed in Cottonwood Heights, Taylorsville, Magna, Riverton and Millcreek. These trucks can extend up to 100 feet with a hose that spray up to 94 feet. Despite the extra lengthy of the tillers they are more maneuverable than the old ladder trucks.
  • Push to Survive: UFA instructors have started teaching “Push to Survive” classes that instruct people on the basics of CPR (without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). The information outreach division taught two classes in Cottonwood Heights and one at the Salt Lake County Fair. We also taught the Herriman City Parks and Rec employees fire extinguisher safety as well as the “Push to Survive” program.

SAFETY Message: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • At this time of the year it is important to remind people about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 400 people die each year in the United States from CO poisoning. CO is an invisible killer because you cannot see or smell CO.
  • It can come from many sources, including fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; and engine-powered equipment such as portable generators. Burning charcoal in fireplaces or in barbeque grills inside a home, or in semi-enclosed areas can also result in lethal carbon monoxide levels.
  • Make sure to have working CO alarms in the home on every level and outside each separate sleeping area. CO alarms are designed to alarm before potentially life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide are reached.
  • Sustained exposure to high levels of CO can quickly incapacitate and kill someone. At low levels, CO poisoning symptoms can include dizziness, headache or flu-like symptoms. At high levels, victims can have mental confusion, vomiting, and they can die. At extremely high levels, it is possible to lose consciousness suddenly without experiencing less severe symptoms.
  • Proper installation, operation, and maintenance of fuel-burning appliances in the home is the most important factor in reducing the risk of CO poisoning.

Dimple Dell Regional Park Update: Anna McNamer

A number of Dimple Dell Advisory Board (DDAB) members are leaving.  Anyone interested in applying for a seat on the Board should contact Anna.  Michael offered to put an advertisement to this effect on the GCC website.

About two thousand homeless people have been displaced due to the Rio Grande project, and many of them are expected to move to Dimple Dell.  Anna said that people should contact the authorities if they spot any camps in the park.  She said the anti-camping ordinance won’t be enforced during the winter.

UPD Det. Paula Stinson advised that homeless encampments cause crime rates in nearby neighborhoods to skyrocket.  [Update: We’ve had as yet unconfirmed reports of vehicle burglaries at TRAX stations in Sandy. Kevin Thacker, Sandy PD Chief, has investigated, found no such reports, and is checking with UTA.]

Anna reported that woodchips are being spread on the main trails.  The DDAB is also planning spring cleanup and fall cleanup activities.

Also, the DDAB is pushing for better maintenance of the Poulson House.  Mary asked Anna to provide details to her and she will then send a letter to Rick Graham, SLCo Deputy Mayor Operations, asking him to help stabilize the Poulson House.  Greg suggested installing a cellular camera at the site.  He will contact a cell company and confer with Anna about this.

League of Unincorporated Community Councils Update (LUCC): Mary spoke about the recent LUCC meeting, in which she learned that we’re on track for Granite to get 90% of the funding for the unincorporated areas this year.  These include major funding for the 10000 S. sidewalk, Little Cottonwood Road (from 3000 E. to 3100 E), and the Grit Mill project, and possibly some improved bike lanes on Wasatch.

Minor changes are expected to be made in the law regarding metro townships.

Sam Klemm, who attends LUCC meetings, was formerly with Wasatch Front Regional Council and has ideas for ways to get funding.  Sam said that there is a source of funds for bridges.  Mary has asked the University of Utah Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering to do a study of Little Cottonwood Canyon, similar to the study they did of Big Cottonwood recently.  The department told her that this request is in the queue.  She would like such a study to include research into the origins and ownership of the Wasatch Resort Bridge (also, the study would be free and could be used to incorporate issues into the County’s Canyons Master Plan).

Sam had said that funding available for bridge repair and construction might not last long, so it would be good if we could establish county responsibility for the bridge sooner rather than later.  Bill said his neighbor at Wasatch Resort had volunteered to look through the county archives for “smoking-gun” proof that the county built and improved the bridge.   Mary said that any such documentation that is found should be forwarded directly and immediately to Sam.

Discussion of Granite’s Internet Service Problems: Mary has collected complaints about internet service in Granite.  Kimi Barnett, SLCo Deputy Mayor, hopes to set up a meeting or at least work with us to address this problem, which affects other areas of the County.  New GCC member Greg has agreed to be the technical lead on this effort. Bill mentioned that Century Link told him a few years ago that they own an active fiber-optic line under Wasatch Blvd. along the west side of the Triangle, and that they could provide much-improved DSL service to Triangle residents over existing copper-wire phone lines by interfacing those existing lines to the existing fiber using appropriate hardware at the base of a utility pole along Wasatch.

Discussion of GCC Facebook Page: Nycha spoke about resurrecting GCC’s Facebook page.  She suggested asking people to like the GCC FB page.  Nycha will add a link to the GCC website on the FB page.

Unified Police Department (UPD): Det. Paula Stinson reported that crime has gone down both in east and west areas of Granite, including vehicle burglaries.  Three out of four burglaries this month were solved.  Paula sent a signup sheet for the UPD Citizens’ Academy to Mary, who distributed it last week.

Precinct Chief Mazuran of UPD spoke briefly and said that he will be transferring to a new position.  Council members thanked him for his service to our community.

UPD Canyon Sgt. James Blanton spoke about Operation Shop with a Cop, which has raise $30,000 to help needy families.  He informed us that the annual Little Cottonwood Canyon Road meeting, regarding planning for avalanche-related canyon closures this winter, will be on the 15th at Alta.  All agencies and resorts will be there.

Sgt. Blanton explained that limited staffing is available for the Canyon Patrol, and that canyon patrol can’t always enforce the snow-tire rule in the winter.  The Canyon Patrol is responsible for a total of nine canyons in the county.

Sgt. Blanton said that he opposes the idea of double-stacking cars during canyon road closures, and he expects that staged single-stacking will be employed this winter.  He also said that a new and improved canyon avalanche alert system is being implemented.  He also mentioned that the Forest Service’s long-time law-enforcement agent for this area, Brandon Robinson, has left for a new assignment and is being replaced with a new agent who has K9 training and a dog.

Sandy City Police Department: Bill O’Neal, Deputy Chief of Sandy PD, spoke and said that Sandy will be in charge of managing traffic during canyon closures.  He said that they have a better traffic-flow plan for the coming season.

Chief O’Neal said that the speed signs on Granite Hill are needed because it’s a dangerous high-speed segment in both directions (uphill and downhill).  Such signs are placed based on traffic surveys.

In response to questions about speeding in residential areas, Dep. Chief O’Neal said that people can call Chris Tyson at 801-568-7248 to report such problems.  He said that the majority of speeders in any given neighborhood tend to be residents of that same neighborhood.

Resident Farah Crawford asked the police officers present for their opinion about the new intersection at Wasatch Blvd. and North Little Cottonwood Road.  She advised that both she and other residents have felt extremely unsafe while sitting at the light to turn left onto northbound Wasatch, due to high-speed vehicles making the now very tight right turn. One can see skid marks on the small curb between lanes, where turning drivers have slopped out of their lane. Chief O’Neal suggested that because the intersection is in Cottonwood Heights, CHPD could do a traffic study to determine whether any modifications might be in order.

Michael Braun speculated that the new permanent traffic signals and signage should improve the driver experience.  He also suggested improving the signage.    Mary will contact Cottonwood Heights and UDOT to have them look at the situation. [Update: Mary contacted Brian Berndt of CH and Amalia Deslis, for UDOT, complained about the problems and recommended a traffic study. Brian advised that he’d forwarded the concern to CH PD. Amalia indicated that she would look into the problem. No other response has been received.]

Farah also expressed concern about CH’s plan to change their ordinance on accessory dwelling units (ADU’s). The council asked Mary to invite someone from CH to attend our December meeting. [Update: Mary contacted Brian Berndt on this subject, was informed that they planned a public hearing which Tod ended up attending and learned that this does not affect short-term rentals, which has been many residents’ concern in Granite.]

 Discussion of Little Cottonwood Canyon Graffiti Patrol: Mary reported that the Forest Service has removed the Grit Mill and pavilion, which were graffiti magnets.  She advised that Beckee Hotze, US Forest Service District Ranger, has contacted her, and she thinks a graffiti patrol would be appropriate now.  Bill explained that such a patrol had been discussed a couple of years ago, and that a meeting had been proposed with the USFS, UPD, and local volunteers to lay out the ground rules for such a patrol.  This meeting never materialized, but Bill said that such a meeting would be a good idea if a volunteer graffiti patrol system were to be implemented next spring.  [Update: USFS and UPD persons involved in this expected that removal of the magnets would greatly alleviate the graffiti problem. Instead taggers have expanded their efforts on the rocks in those and other areas. A group of USFS and other organizations and volunteers, including Granite residents, is being formed and will meet in December. Persons interested can contact Mary at tmayoung@xmission.com. She will report on these efforts at future meetings. More information on this summit is reproduced below from the recent invitation sent out to organizations and community leaders.]

Canyon Graffiti Summit

Graffiti in the canyons is a concerning criminal and environmental issue. With the recent removal of the pavilion in lower Little Cottonwood Canyon, those performing graffiti are moving to other locations and stepping up their destructive work. This is dangerous to the sensitive environment of our watershed and attracts some pretty unsavory secondary issues.

Groups of concerned citizens have reached out to the Salt Lake Ranger District with a desire to help with abatement efforts. Cottonwood Canyons Foundation has taken an interest in working on this issue and is therefore participating in a broader discussion of: 1) defining the problem, 2) addressing the potential ways to abate the problem and 3) identifying which entities and groups would be willing and able to participate in a graffiti abatement initiative for the canyons.

Treasurer’s report: Drew reported on our current finances, which include: Checking— $278.84; Savings—$13,838.02, for a total of $14,116.86.

Drew advised that historical research (regarding the Wasatch Resort Bridge or the Poulson House) is not an approved expense unless the funds used to pay for it are at least 5-year-old funds.

Other business: Mary will talk to Sandy City about removing construction debris from alongside Wasatch Blvd. near the GK Gilbert Geologic Viewpark. [Update: Since this parking area is mostly UDOT right-of-way, there has been no way to force them to remove the debris until they’ve completed all their road projects. This finally seems to be completed.]

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 pm.