|Councilman Chris McCandless
July Re-Cap 2015
Sandy City, Utah
|Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I took a few days off and explored three national parks this month, the best was Glacier National Park. The funny thing is, I went backpacking with Susan looking for bears and the only two bears we saw were on the road and in a parking lot. I’m now back to Sandy City Council stuff and weekly updates.
I am sure that you are aware campaign season is upon us. I am looking for locations to post my yard signs and would appreciate your help. Please respond to this email with your address if you’d like to support me. We’ll come post the sign at the end of August and it is an easy way to be involved. Thank you in advance!
Finally, I want you to know that I enjoy serving Sandy and take my opportunity to be on the City Council seriously. I have updated my website with a section titled: What Have I Done for You Lately and I invite you to visit and see the progress. Click Here.
As always, feel free to contact me if there is anything that I can do for you.
As a member of the Sandy City Council, I have received enormous trust from my fellow citizens. I want to be accountable with this privilege, so I frequently ask myself: What have I done for you lately?
Sandy After School Programs
January 2014: Facilitated the opening of after-school programs for Sandy school children.
“Chris McCandless recognized the great need for an after school program for Bell View/Edgemont Elementary Schools and brought together a partnership with the school district, city, non-profit organizations, and county. This program has had an enormous impact in the community by bringing together two different schools and creating a Club where kids now know their neighbors and have created relationships with one another.”
—Bob Dunn, Exec. Dir., South Valley Boys & Girls Club
City Council Meeting was a bit light. With that said, the following items were addressed:
1. A presentation was given by the Wasatch Front Regional Transportation Council and their plan with regards to our local and state roads. The conclusion, we need lots of support and funding in order to keep up with improvements and maintenance.
2. Community Development Block Grant (CDBD) funding was discussed for next year. With the Section 208 loan (used to fund the Senior Center) being paid off this year, it will free up about $300,000 per year in funding that can be used in various ways to fund more community based projects.
3. Hale Centre Theatre update. The subdivision plan for the site (west of City Hall) was approved and recorded by the City and that along with finalizing the bonds last week makes the Hale Centre Theatre (approvals and funding) about 98% complete. The final items needed prior to a ground will be to complete and sign the agreements between the architects; Beecher Walker and the contractor; Layton Construction. The projected completion of the theater is January 2017 (soft opening) and the grand opening in July 2017.
4. An additional sister city relationship was discussed in Cuba! More to come as we think about which city and if it serves a purpose in the future. Presently we have two Sister City relationships in Piedras Negras Mexico and Riesa Germany.
5. Lastly a rezone of property on 1611 East 11400 South to allow for four lots with three new homes was approved.
The Council heard a few items on activities that are planned for Sandy, Utah and even national participants at a couple events.
4TH OF JULY: If you have not attended this daylong event, you should. The day starts with a flag raising event at 6:50 in the South Towne Promenade. Immediately after there is a 5K race and events go on all day until the best fireworks show in the west and free concerts at 10PM. Stop by my “ChrisMcCandless for City Council booth” for a free cold drink.
RUN ELEVATED: This is a half marathon run from Alta to Sandy down Little cottonwood Canyon! We close the canyon to traffic and it’s a phenomenal run. The race is scheduled for August 22, 2015 and is limited to the first 2,000 runners, we have even had advance registration from several states outside of Utah.
ADVENTURE WEEK: This event was presented and will be (spring of 2016) the third annual. It’s a week-long event of trade shows (outdoor retailers for the public), races, climbing, service projects and other out activities that celebrate the great outdoor assets we have here in Sandy.
During the formal portion of the City Council meeting we saw a power point show summarizing all of the Sandy Pride projects where Sandy residents helped clean up and improve our parks, trails and even some homes for folks who don’t have the health and resources to help themselves. It’s estimated that over the 30 years of Sandy Pride projects performed by residents, it has saved us millions of dollars and helped make Sandy City what it is today.
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