|COMMITTEE MEETING SUMMARIES Feb 17 The regular City Council meeting was cancelled on February 17th in lieu of the annual Sandy City citizen’s awards dinner to honor volunteers. This annual event is where we pay tribute to people in Sandy who have performed extraordinary acts of service and kindness and culminates with the prestigious Noel Bateman award. The following is a partial list of the recipients:
Sandy City Appreciation Awards Banquet:
City Council Employee Recognition of the Year Award – Van Midgley
Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year – Maggie Steele
Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year – Dean Coffey
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Dean Lang
Outstanding Citizen Contribution – Karen Thomas
Outstanding Service Award – Harold Haugen
Dick and Pat Adair Lifetime Achievement Award – Allan Setterberg
Humanitarian of the Year – Craig Bolerjack
Noel Bateman Long Time Service Award – Karin Johnstone
Congratulations to all – it’s the volunteers in our city that makes it great!
The City Council heard a report on the state of the City based upon surveyed response’s from you! The annual Sandy City pollsters asked over 400 residents questions on important issues, tasks, department performance and what people love about Sandy. The Council can then gauge where we need to work and place more emphasis to improve and maintain certain municipal amenities and programs. For example, in the survey safety through fire and police protection from undesirable elements in our neighborhoods rose to the top of the charts this year. Quality of life issues also stood out as a priority. Our employees’ performances were scored based upon a 1-5 ratio (one being poor and five rating as the highest level of service). Based upon our past 20 years of surveys, the employees ranked very well although conceding that there are always areas for improvement including communication at the Council and Administrative levels. As a separate item, we accepted an annexation application that when completed will welcome more of the residents located at the mouth of little cottonwood canyon into Sandy. By approving the resolution on the agenda, it starts that process. During the planning meeting we reviewed a video that is a summary of a book: For the Love of Cities by Peter Kageyma. Afterwards we discussed its content and ways to continue to improve Sandy. In the end however, our best ideas do not come from within the City council and administration, but from our residents. If you have an idea that would improve our city, please reach out to me, I would love to hear from you! Feb 3 The City Council saw a presentation on a new mixed use development including two large office buildings, a hotel and four restaurants. When completed, this will create an expanded skyline for the downtown Sandy area. The project is west of the Exposition Center and owned/developed by Workers Compensation Fund in partnership with Ron Raddon of Raddon Brothers Construction. See the No-kill Animal Shelter section below for other discussions we had this night. Jan 27 This City Council meeting was quite pleasant. The first event of the meeting was a presentation by Utah Transit Authority and how bus or rail systems through the business district in Sandy and then continuing into South Jordan could work to improve mass transportation in our area. A public hearing will be held on February 18 to work on the concepts and gather input from the residents. The second item that was well received by all in attendance at the meeting was our first “Spirit of Christmas” Award. The Mayor and Council recognized four homes (one was actually an entire circle/street of homes) where the owners decorated their homes in Christmas lights and broadcasted Christmas music over an FM station with the lights dancing to and fro based upon the musical number. We expect next year to make this award more formal and have specific entries. We had one citizen comment on our Police department response policies and the Council will address the questions he raised in our next planning meeting. Lastly, one of our firemen and fire department also received an award from a national insurance agency– our Sandy Fire Department is the best. Jan 20 This City Council meeting was packed with issues and discussions and it was a very lively event. Three of the topics were; first, discussion on the potential for a no-kill animal shelter policy (we have begun doing research on that topic which will be presented and deliberated upon at a future meeting). Second, a zoning hearing on a parcel near 1700 East which was remanded back to the planning commission for further deliberation and planning which will then result in the landowners and developer bringing the request back to the City Council for a vote in a few weeks. Third, we voted to approve of a voluntary owners application to annex into Sandy for a couple of areas. We adjourned the meeting about 9PM. More to come on the first two issues in the future! Here is a link to the Sandy City Council Agenda page to keep you updated: http://sandy.utah.gov/government/city-council/city-council-agenda-front-page/most-recent.html
Sandy Pride 2015 Sandy Pride Day is when a vast amount of energy is put forth from citizen and corporate volunteers. Numerous projects have been completed over the past 30 years from landscaping vacant hillsides to working on neighborhoods, helping disadvantaged families with home improvements and even mountain trailside construction. Summing it all up, it’s just a day to beatify and clean up the City. Sandy City helps sponsor some of the activities in concert with the Sandy Exchange Club. This year my focus on Sandy Pride will be Dimple Dell Canyon and the new trails and street side landscaping in Brandon Canyon. Brandon Canyon is the area south of Fire Station 33 at about 1900 East and 11400 South and Wasatch Boulevard. It’s a very unique 1.5 mile natural trail system that make a quiet loop through native vegetation and large cottonwood trees. Helping to improve the trail, provide cleanup and even some park strip landscaping is what is needed. Dimple Dell Park is located from Granite Park (about 3000 East) to the light rail train station at 150 East next to Dewey Bluth Park. This 650 acres of open space houses numerous people and equestrian trails and is owned and operated by Salt Lake County. But I am guessing most of its visitors are Sandy residents. This year, I hope to have tables, benches and hitching posts repaired and painted, garbage picked up along the streets and down inside the canyon and graffiti removed. If you would like to help sponsor a project or participate in either of the ones I mentioned, send me a note to email@example.com See Sandy Pride Flier below
I am the Sandy City Councilman for District Four. During the next six months, I will be serving as the Sandy City Council Chairman and I am committed to keeping you informed and will be sending you a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will provide you with updates on some of the pressing issues being discussed. Please contact me if there is anything that I can do to help you.
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I’d like to personally invite you to our weekly City Council meetings on Tuesday nights at 7 pm @ Sandy City Hall: 10000 Centennial Parkway. I’d enjoy meeting you so please make sure you introduce yourself if you attend. We usually only have a couple minutes before the meeting starts at seven so it’s better to meet you after the meeting. Also, here is a link to the City Council for more information: http://sandy.utah.gov/government/city-council.html
I will be posting weekly meeting updates on my Facebook and Twitter accounts so please like me in order to stay informed. Another way to stay informed on the local level is through my website. I am in the process of creating the webpage and it will be up and running in a few days. Feel free to visit it and let me know what you think: chrismccandless.me. To contact me through electronic media, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love to hear from you!
Please forward this newsletter on to any friends and neighbors in Sandy that may find it helpful in keeping informed.
Finally, I want to thank you for your involvement in our great city. Without our citizens getting and staying involved, communicating concerns and volunteering to help on issues that affect all of us, we cannot hope to improve the city to the highest level it deserves. Together, with your involvement, we can make a difference.
Councilman Chris McCandless has focused one of the city’s priorities on business growth and job creation helping to make Sandy one of the most financially stable in the state. The most pressing issue facing our City and Country today is the economy and the creation of new jobs. Chris provides 25 years of business experience which helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including a sporting goods store and Workers Compensation Fund. He supported construction of major community venues, which have brought in outside visitors. Chris founded the tourism committee to attract winter visitors to Sandy and advocates for the expansion of Sandy’s business district protecting the existing tax base and enhancing mass transportation systems.
Chris serves in civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, a Boy Scout/youth leader, Rotary Club member, Sandy Honorary Colonels, Sandy Sister Cities, Canyons Education Foundation and the Public Utilities Advisory Board.
A Sandy City Councilman for the last six years, Chris McCandless helped focus the city’s vision on business growth, job creation, and quality of life, while helping make Sandy one of the most financially stable in the state without raising taxes. As a private enterprise business owner, Chris provides 25 years experience in real estate development/management and community service to the City. He helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including a sporting goods store, (430 future jobs) and Workers Compensation Fund, (290 jobs). He supported the construction of major community venues, which have brought in outside visitors increasing the city’s stability.
Chris founded a tourism committee to attract winter visits to Sandy and is advocating for expansion of Sandy’s central business district protecting the existing tax base while enhancing mass transportation systems.
Chris serves in many civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, which seeks to complete the lake-to-lake trail vision. He served as a Boy Scout/youth leader for 20 years, been an active member of Rotary International, the Jordan Education Foundation, Sandy Honorary Colonels, and a founding member of the Sandy Sister Cities Committee and Canyons Education Foundation.
As a Sandy City Councilman for six years, Chris McCandless has helped focus the vision for the future on business growth, jobs, and quality of life, while helping Sandy be one of the most financially sound cities in the state.
As a business owner, managing large-scale real estate projects for 25 years, Chris understands the challenges of business. His expertise is pivotal, since he estimates that 70 percent of Council decisions involve real estate. This expertise has helped in the relocation of several businesses to Sandy, including Workers Compensation Fund (290 jobs), and a major sporting goods retailer (430 jobs). He has supported the construction of other significant community venues, which have brought visitors and increased the city’s tax base. Chris founded a tourism committee to attract winter visits to Sandy and is now advocating for expansion in Sandy’s central business district and enhancement of its mass transportation, which will protect the tax base.
Chris serves in many civic areas, such as the Jordan River Commission, which seeks to promote and preserve that natural resource. He served as a youth and Boy Scout leader for 20 years, and has been an active member of Rotary International, the Jordan Education Foundation, Sandy Honorary Colonels, and is a founding member of the Sandy Sister Cities Committee and Canyons Education Foundation. In 2002, he was named the Humanitarian of the Year, by Sandy City, and in 2009, received Sandy’s Noel Bateman Award.
An avid hiker, skier, and fly fisherman, Chris is passionate about protecting our parks and trails and preserving our canyons. He has lived in Sandy for over 35 years and is married to Susan McCandless, a teacher in the Jordan School District; they have two children, Meagan, who recently graduated from Utah State University, and Sean attending the University of Utah.