YNC Minutes June 2, 2021 Meeting

Minutes from June 2, 2021 YNC Meeting 
Toby Larson, Chair, welcomed everyone.
Yalecrest Fourth of July Parade on July 3. Amy Waltman, a Yalecrest resident, is organizing a Fourth of July parade in Yalecrest called “Laird Park Stars and Strips Parade,” Saturday July 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. It will start at 2000 East and Michigan, proceed to 1800. Parade entry forms can be obtained by contacting Amy at amyeredd@gmaill.com. The parade will honor our hometown heroes from all professions – healthcare, retail, teachers, local businesses, etc., as well as military veterans. The parade will also feature classic cars, kids on bikes, horse riders, as well as local businesses wanting to advertise with a creative entry. Families and friends are encouraged to ride decorated bikes and scooters to the park. More information can be found at instagram@paradesathepark.
Lynn Pershing, KEEP Yalecrest, historic vignette on Minnie Viele Miller, philanthropist of the Charles Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park in Yalecrest. Saratoga Springs, NY native Minnie Miller and her husband Charles lived in several places in Salt Lake, including a home at 1607 Yalecrest. In 1935, Minnie donated 2.3 acres of land that became part of the nearly 9-acre Charles Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park. After her husband’s death, she managed his company, which was the largest farm loan business in the U.S. and earned a reputation as a notable giant in commerce, livestock breeding, farming/ranching, public service, education and philanthropy and was called one of the 16 most famous businesswomen in the world by Fortune magazine. The full report can be watched at www.keepyalecrest.org.
Report from Salt Lake Police Detective Nathan Meinzer. Received feedback from Yalecrest residents about speeding and inattentive drivers on 1700 and 1900 East, as well as Sunnyside. There were 26 police reports in May pertaining to Yalecrest including five car prowls and four incidences of domestic violence. Regarding domestic violence, Meinzer said social workers can be called to the scene instead of police, if requested, and many community-based resources exist like hot lines and temporary housing. Domestic violence (fighting, shots, loud arguments) should be reported to 911. Two assaults, two thefts from buildings and two incidences of suspicious activities were also reported. Information gathered from the suspicious activity incidences led to credible leads that helped police work on other cases. Call the police department’s non-emergency number if you see something suspicious: 801-799-3000. To view neighborhood stats go to: http://www.slcpd.com/open-data/crimestatistics/ or contact Detective Meinzer directly at: Nathan.meinzer@slcgov.com or 801-799-3625 (work); 801-834-7733 (cell).Detective Meinzer asked residents to register their bikes online, which will make it easier to return stolen bikes to owners. The link for bicycle registration is: http://www.slcpd.com/bike-registration/.
Report from Jamie Stokes, Community Liaison, Salt Lake Mayor’s Office. Vaccinations. She reported that 57.51% of Yalecrest residents in zip code 84108 and 58% in zip code 84105 are fully vaccinated. 10% are partially vaccinated in 84108. Countywide in Salt Lake County, 40% are fully vaccinated. It is estimated that 70% is needed for herd immunity. Jamie said the state and county will offer free vaccinations at any event being sponsored by YNC or other organizations in the Yalecrest community. To arrange those vaccinations, please contact Jamie at: Jamie.Stokes@slcgov.com or 801-535-7110.Fireworks. Fireworks are prohibited in Yalecrest and all areas east of 900 East in Salt Lake City or in city parks. If residents see fireworks being illegally used, they should call the Salt Lake City non-emergency phone number: 801-799-3100.Foothill Trails Master Plan. Jamie urged residents to take the Foothills Trails Master Plan trail survey available at https://www.slc.gov/trailsurvey/. The new survey intends to gauge community attitudes about Phase One construction and changes made between August 2020 and May 2021 on the central foothills above the Avenues and how the changes are impacting them.Water conservation. Jamie reminded residents to conserve water during Utah’s severe drought with the aim of saving seven gallons a day per household. Conservation tips can be found at https://www.slc.gov/utilities/conservation/indoor-water-conservation/. She also recommended a reduction in lawn watering. Upon request, the city will come to a resident’s home and give advice about the best water practices. Contact the city at: https://www.slc.gov/utilities/conservation/indoor-water-conservation/ if you want this service.
YNC Officer Elections for 2021-22; Toby’s Report, August YNC Meeting; Etc.A motion was made by Stephen McKellar and seconded by Virginia Hylton to re-elect the current YNC board to a second term. The motion passed unanimously. Those elected were: Toby Larson, Chair; Rick Oliver, Vice Chair; Jan Hemming, Secretary and Libby Peterson, Treasurer.The YNC will meet in August to plan and discuss the annual September Yard Sale. Residents will be notified when that meeting date is determined. Toby also indicated he wants to have discussions with the board about the ideal day and time to hold YNC meetings in the upcoming year.City Council Meetings. Urged residents to “attend” City Council meetings via ZOOM to understand the issues that the city is currently dealing with. “If you aren’t heard, you aren’t known,” said Toby.Jolley’s Pharmacy at 1100 East and 1300 South. Toby congratulated the police and community for driving out drug dealers that frequented the area.
Report from Sixth District City Councilman Dan DuganCity Council meetings. The Council holds work sessions between 2-7 p.m. on Tuesdays. At 7 p.m., the main Council meeting begins where the public has an opportunity to comment on city issues and the council takes formal votes. Dan encouraged residents to “attack the issues or policies, not the person.”Update on the SLC Police Department. Dan reported that great strides are being made in the Police Department to bring in new recruits, as well as the work of the Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, but there are also a “lot of concerns.” The city lost 15 police officers to the City of Taylorsville, which is paying more per hour than Salt Lake. Of the 84 applicants for openings at the department, probably 10 will pass the physical and written tests. Dan said the city is focused on how to improve morale, the mental health of police officers, evaluation of compensation and understanding the extra pressures of working in the Capitol City. The aim is to protect the health and safety of the city. To alleviate pressure, the city is hiring social workers and civil service officers for specific assignments.Budget. The Council is examining Capital Improvement Projects, constituent issues, and how to use funds from American Rescue Plan Act. Dan said some aspects of how the ARPA funds will be allocated may not be finalized until August.Fire Department. The Fire Department has developed a non-emergency response team that doesn’t require sending big fire suppression equipment to a location. The team may also include social workers.5G wireless towers. No new updates, but on the radar.Street Calming. Dan is working with transportation on new initiatives.Elimination of nuisance auto stops. Police are being encouraged to change tactics away from stopping drivers for issues like a burned out light or expired registrations. Instead, the police will take a picture and send a ticket or warning to the driver.West Village at the University of Utah. Waiting for the RFP that will be released in the next couple of months.Research Park. A community meeting will be held this summer.Foothill Traffic and Foothill beautification. Being monitored.Call to Haul. New changes are coming that will allow a community, a block or a few neighbors to set out major refuse items for pick-up.Miller Park. A resident called attention to the dry brush and dead wood accumulating on residential properties that border the Miller Park boundary lines, underscoring how volatile it is for potential fires. Dan said he would alert the Fire Department.Residents thanked Dan for his service and support of neighborhood issues.
Street Lighting. Lynn Pershing, of KEEP Yalecrest, discussed repairs and upgrades to Yalecrest streetlights, including an emphasis toward a “dark skies” philosophy, part of the city’s Master Street Lighting Plan. Lynn surveyed all the streetlights in Yalecrest and created a map (see below: green- city owned, red-privately owned, purple-arterial) showing which streetlights are city-owned, privately-owned or arterial, and the condition of the poles. She noted there are 12 different light styles in Yalecrest – which should be more uniform. The city hired Black and McDonald to assist with lighting upgrades for city-owned lights and they are filling in concrete fissures and repairing some of the luminaires, cages, folium and finial. The city would like to replace original concrete poles, at a cost of $10,000, with cast aluminum poles, at a cost of $2,200. B&MC has the original mold for the light cages but has been unable to find anyone that manufactures them. Lynn stressed the need to bring awareness to privately-owned streetlights, especially what those responsibilities entail and maintenance. Many may not be aware of cost-sharing plans available through the city to help with repairs. Lynn praised David Pearson, the city’s new Lighting Program Manager, for his interest in assisting Yalecrest. Toby suggested the YNC and KEEP Yalecrest file a joint CIP application for street lighting improvements.
Cracked cage around the luminary. 
Original concrete poles.
New cast-aluminum poles. The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.