15 Jan SHCC January 2023 Minutes
SUGAR HOUSE COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
In Person at The Neighborhood Hive
1) Welcome, Fire Dept. Update, Highland High Fundraiser, Mark Issac
- Landon welcomed everyone to the meeting.
- Chris Burke, with SLC Fire, discussed the importance staying safe in winter, like listening to weather alerts, staying inside during storms, checking on neighbors, skipping driving, using public transport, and being careful walking. It is also a good idea to create an emergency plan: visit ready.gov. Saltlakecityfire.org also has a link to newsletters that contain updates. Salt Lake City has some upcoming retirements, some of whom have been in the Sugar House area for many years. In 2022, SLC Fire responded to about 36,000 calls. In Sugar House, they responded to 212 calls in December: 66 fire, 166 medical.
- Ben Raskin discussed a fundraiser for Highland High. It is a challenge grant for $5,000 to be matched by USANA. This is to help the Highland High food bank, which assists Highland students who are experiencing food insecurity. Ben will send out more information via email this week.
- Mark Issac discussed the 1000 E. Elm development. He presented a slide show that provided details about the project. The developers are trying to save the structure of the historic home near the project site. There will be ground floor access units all the way around. There are also good setbacks and plans to ensure the block is preserved. The old home will have a community center, as many old growth trees as possible will be preserved. The building will have about 210 units. Mark things there will probably be about 1.35 parking stalls per unit and will also have bike storage, washes, etc. (and pet facilities, too). Code requires 20% of all parking stalls have power (for electric vehicles).
2) Highland High Project
- Principal Chatterton reported there is a feasibility study to see what it would cost to rebuild Highland High. Current study looked at current building, goals for new building, etc. The building is old but not ideal for modern use. The study has looked at flexibility and sustainability in design and meeting the goals of the diverse student body. Also looking at spaces (front office, student services, etc.). The study has looked at various zones to construct the school on the current site with an eye towards not disrupting learning or sports, with building to the north looking to be the most feasible option. There are various initial building designs that the study committee has been looking at. One goal is to ensure the school does not continue to lose students to newer schools that are being built in the suburbs. The school is also taking steps to address the parking problems and problems with litter that accumulate around the school.
3) Treasurer’s and Secretary’s Report
- Mike could not make it but passed along his report. US Bank balance is $6358.87. No significant activity since mid-November when we paid Sites by Sara for the webpage hosting and maintenance. That cost was $954. The PayPal account balance is $968.33, all of these funds are marked for the Fairmont Glass Bin project. SLC recognized community organization renewal is due by the end of the month.
- No secretary’s report this month.
4) Legislative Town Hall with Sen. Nate Blouin, Sen. Stephanie Pitcher, Rep. Brian King, Rep. Joel Briscoe, Rep. Sahara Hayes.
- Rep. King discussed new district boundaries and his district. Nate Blouin is a new rep for Senate District 13. Stephanie Pitcher represents a portion of Sugar House but also much of the east side of the valley. Rep. Hayes represents the new house district 32. Rep. Briscoe represents district 24.
- The senators and representatives took questions about affordable housing, the widening of I-15, money for public transit (including connectors to Park City), the Great Salt Lake, women’s healthcare, plastic bags, “Better Boundaries,” laws applicable to HOAs (like condos), climate concerns, and the drought.
- There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 7 p.m. on Zoom