|May 5, 2021 Meeting|
YNC Toby Larson Chair opened the meeting with a few announcements. The annual Yalecrest yard sale will be held in September – with the caveat that COVID
numbers are low.
He urged residents to conserve water after attending SLC Mayor Eric Mendenhall’s quarterly meeting where public works and water issues were featured. Salt Lake is in Stage One Conservation because our water status is low. If the problem worsens there may be restrictions placed on commercial and residential watering.
1. Toby then introduced State Senator Jani Iwamoto who discussed some of the 18 bills she sponsored or co-sponsored.
Police reform bills. One is aimed at greater campus safety and would create a statewide student commission as well as make crime data gathered from off-campus housing public so students and parents can make informed decisions. The other would ensure that once an internal investigation of a police officer begins, it will be finished, even if the officer resigns. A companion bill removes the “fear factor” from police disclosing important information about a crime or crime-related problem so they can speak candidly and freely without threat of unreasonable legal action.Domestic violence. The bill strengthened the penalties for repeat offenders including a charge of felony.Air Quality. Changes were made in the advisory board to increase oversight.Commission on Aging. The membership was changed to reflect representation of rural and communities of color.End of Life. Created new provisions for those with advanced healthcare directives so authorized legal and familial designees could honor the person’s wishes. During COVID, some Utahns who were at end-of life were placed on ventilators beyond their wishes.Name Place Amendment. Creates ethnic, racial and gender sensitivities regarding names of cities and places that may carry a derogatory meaning to an affected group. This impact words such as squaw which is derogatory to Native Americans.Vehicle Registration Notification. Restores notification of impending registration expiration via mail.Basement Rentals. She fought valiantly to represent Yalecrest concerns leading to modifications in HB82.Senator Iwamoto was asked by Toby to address Asian-American hate crimes which have become more pronounced in 2021. Asian-Americans represent over 50 ethnic minorities, so using slang terms, threats or violence when encountering an Asian person is completely wrong. She is pleased the new Utahraptor State Park just north of Moab which will include an education center where the history of Japanese internment camps in the area will be described and explained. She related how her grandfather was removed from his home and incarcerated during WWII.She will be attending a special legislative session scheduled for May 18 to determine how federal monies granted by Congress will be spent in Utah. Bills are already being drafted for the 2022 legislative session and she encouraged citizens to make recommendations to her. She responded to questions about whether the boundaries for her district might change, stating that the growth is toward the south end of the district and could result in some revisions. She also fielded questions about the UDOT budget and police reform.She accepted Toby’s request to help broker communications between the YNC and U.S. Representative Chris Stewart so a meeting or conversation can take place.
2. KEEP Yalecrest Historic Presentation. Virginia Hylton, Second Vice President of KEEP Yalecrest, presented an informative PowerPoint presentation of two famous Utah architects – Taylor Woolley and Lorenzo Snow Young – who both built homes and buildings in Yalecrest. Woolley designed homes at 1430 Yale Ave.,1330 Yale Ave., the William W. and Leda Ray House in 1915, and 1302 Yale Ave., the latter which became the home George A. Smith, eighth president of the LDS Church. He worked for Frank Lloyd Wright and introduced Prairie style architecture to the state.Lorenzo Snow Young was the grandson of two LDS presidents, and designed the home at 1608 Michigan Ave., as well as the Bonneview LDS chapel at 1535 Bonneview Drive. He designed many other prominent buildings around the state including Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. The full presentation can be found at www.keepyalecrest.org.
3.Salt Lake City Police Updates. Detective Nathan Meinzer reported that Yalecrest had two burglaries and four car break-ins during the last month. None were forced entries, underscoring the need for residents to keep their car and home doors locked at all times.The Police Department has ordered 14 large construction plates that will be placed in streets where speeding has been reported. The plates will cause damage to a car if the speed is excessive. One resident asked if the police could patrol 1300 East – especially during morning and commute hours because of speeding. The police are also taking a closer look at the 900 East construction project to reduce flow of traffic into neighborhoods.
4. Sixth District City Councilman Dan Dugan. Reviewed highlights from the mayor’s proposed $350 million 2022-22 budget.$450,000 for 6 new social workers to assist police with crisis intervention.$20,000 for police inclusion training.$20,000 Peer Court where juveniles arrested have a chance to face their peers who have also had troubled pasts and get back on the right road.$11 million for affordable housing. New funds for police training that will include lateral moves and new hires.Funds for a 160 tiny-home village in Salt Lake to combat homelessness. It’s tailored to provide a sense of community and outside services. Residents will also fulfill work requirements.
5. Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. Jamie Stokes, community liaison from the Mayor’s office.Future Her appearances before the Yalecrest YNC will be adjusted because of expanded responsibilities, so she may not be at every meeting. The same will hold true for Detective Meinzer.Jamie elaborated on some highlights from the mayor’s budget including a link to the presentation May 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwWQsi7-PkU. Recommendations from the Commission on Racial Equity and Policing will be implemented and funded.There is a proposal for a Community Re-Investment Sales Tax Bond that will not raise taxes on city residents. The money will fund $50 in new capital improvements.The Water Park on the west side will be converted to a regional park like Liberty and Sugarhouse. Click here for updates: https://www.slc.gov/can/cares/waterpark/. Historic buildings such as the Fisher Mansion, will be revitalized.
An “artist-in-residence” will be hired at Allen Park which is located on 1300 East along Emigration Creek.New quiet zones will be created on the West side by the railroad tracks.The City will work with the University of Utah to set up a system of monitors to assess air quality.The 160-apartment tiny home project will provide a sense of community for the homeless residents. You can learn more about it through this link: https://www.slc.gov/mayor/2021/04/29/mayor-mendenhall-the-other-side-academy-to-partner-on-tiny-home-pilot-this-winter/
A new initiative called “Salt Lake Corps” will be unveiled to tap into community service and generosity by encouraging individuals and/or groups to make and donate kitchen kits for underserved who will be existing long-term homelessness and moving into the Magnolia Apartments. You can learn more about it here: https://stewardship.slc.gov/opportunities/oJRyBRHeep?_branch_match_id=768170072634024685The city is accepting applications for micro-grants to communities. The deadline is tomorrow, May 7 at 5 p.m.One resident expressed dismay about demolition of the Water Park on the West Side, recalling many childhood memories. The public works department determined that the 20,000 gallons a day needed to keep the park operating was too excessive a drain on the city’s water supply.
To participate in the city’s “reimagine nature” initiative, go here to take the survey: here: https://www.reimaginenatureslc.com/
The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
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