City Council Corner

  • Why Vote-by-mail?
    08/01/2017
    In 2013, Cottonwood Heights became one of the first Utah cities to go to a vote-by-mail system for our municipal election. The right (and duty) to vote is fundamental to our chosen form of governance. Ensuring the best opportunity to cast a ballot by every registered voter is essential.
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  • Inspiring a New Generation of Public Servants
    07/03/2017
    Are we encouraging good men and women to pay the price of politics to participate in government? I fear that the way we talk about politics and politicians in this country discourages good men and women from being willing to direct the affairs of government by seeking elected office.
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  • Everyone Can Be In-the-Know  on City Issues
    06/01/2017
    Only by knowing what is going on around us are we able to make certain that our communities are functioning as we want them to. Armed with information, we are also able to bring about change and improvement if we deem that necessary.
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  • Thanks For Your Support
    05/01/2017
    It has been my honor and privilege to represent District 4 of Cottonwood Heights for a good part of the past decade. As I enter the final year of my second term, I have decided not to seek re-election. My reasons for this decision are personal, and do not take away my feelings of appreciation and love for this great city we all call “home.”
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  • D.A.R.E. … Caring About the Youth of Our City
    04/03/2017
    As a city councilman, a father, and a grandfather, I applaud the efforts of our local police department for sincerely caring about our youth and being proactive in implementing the D.A.R.E. program. This program curriculum not only addresses drug abstinence, but also how to cope with violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk behaviors.
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  • Funding City Infrastructure
    03/01/2017
    As I meet with other mayors from around the state of Utah, one of the things we all have in common is the growing demand on our limited resources to fund transportation and infrastructure needs in our communities. Of course, the specific needs vary widely from community to community. But the bottom line for all of us is the same: We have growing needs but a flat revenue source.
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  • Heading in the Right Direction
    02/03/2017
    A couple months ago, the city conducted a community survey. I took a few minutes to review comments and suggestions that were made. As has been previously reported, the overall feeling in Cottonwood Heights is that the city is going in the right direction, with four times as many agreeing with that statement as those who disagreed.
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  • Love is Our Best Hope
    01/03/2017
    We live in a time when we have serious disagreement all around us. We live in a country that has a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions. While there is much about the world that I fear, the thing that I fear the most is to live in a world without tolerance, mutual respect and love.
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  • Let Us Pause...
    12/01/2016
    Whatever your holiday traditions, may you pause to enjoy this most unique time of year and celebrate with family and friends. From the Mayor, Council and city staff, we wish you a very Happy Holiday Season.
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  • Thank you...Thanksgiving!
    11/02/2016
    This Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you, my neighbors, and the citizens of Cottonwood Heights. They say that who you “hang out” with defines you. Well, I feel very fortunate to have hung out with all of you these past 40 years. Thanks for being truly great neighbors.
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  • Victim Advocacy: The Softer Side of Law Enforcement
    10/05/2016
    For many victims, it can be very difficult to reach out for help. Victim advocates offer information, support, and helpful services. Victims are often relieved to know that agencies in their community want to make sure they are safe and can provide the help they need to recover from the impact of a crime.
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  • CH Tax Burden Still Among Lowest in The State
    08/31/2016
    Every August, Salt Lake County sends out tax notices to property owners in the county. As a result, I usually take this opportunity to address property taxes as they pertain to residents of Cottonwood Heights. I hope to educate and provide perspective relative to the property taxes you pay.
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  • Making Neighborhoods Better
    08/01/2016
    I want to thank all volunteers in the city, not just those that do things for the city. Coaches, teachers, mentors, senior citizen service providers, babysitters, helpful neighbors and litter-picker-uppers all contribute. Your efforts are appreciated, and make Cottonwood Heights a great place to live.
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  • Loving Where We Live, One Power Pole At A Time
    07/01/2016
    The city and the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council are beginning a project to solicit submissions from artists to transform what is currently a liability into a community asset. City officials recently approached Rocky Mountain Power with a unique proposal to allow artists to paint the bottom section of the large poles running down Fort Union.
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  • Improving Our Public Works Services
    06/01/2016
    After three years of working with a contractor to provide snow removal and public works services, the city council decided on April 12 to terminate that contract in favor of providing all public work services, including snow removal, using direct city employees. We are confident that bringing public works under local control will result in better outcomes and better cost control.
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  • The Case For Shopping Local
    05/02/2016
    We have quality grocery stores, shops and restaurants, diverse housing choices, a wealth of career opportunities and access to some of the most beautiful recreation spots in the country located in our own backyard.
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  • There’s a New Game in Town
    03/29/2016
    Residents of Cottonwood Heights have always prided themselves in being healthy and active. Our community offers wonderful opportunities from running to swimming and everything in between. But now, there’s a new game in town. It’s sweeping the country and has drawn thousands of people, young and old, off the couch and has given them the opportunity to become more active in a social environment.
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  • Caucus Meetings – Your Participation is Requested
    03/01/2016
    Caucus meetings are the grassroots level of political involvement and the very spirit of self-government. Regrettably, these meetings are often poorly attended. Caucus meetings are the simplest way to exercise your rights to be involved in the democratic process.
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  • New Municipal Center Taking Shape
    02/01/2016
    For the last few months, I’ve made it a weekly practice to visit the new city hall construction site to observe the progress being made and to learn in detail all that goes into a construction project of this size. It’s been very interesting to see how things change, and how my perception of things changes as I’ve watched the construction progress.
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  • Of Neighbors, Nuisances and the Law...
    01/04/2016
    As a new year begins, we often resolve to become better people. I hope that this year we add to our list a resolve to be better neighbors.
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  • Goodwill To All...
    12/02/2015
    The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving recently gave us an opportunity to ponder our blessings and to take stock of the people and events in our lives for which we should express gratitude. I am grateful to live in this city we all call home. I am grateful for wonderful citizens who care about our community and work hard to make this the best city in the state.
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  • Did You Know CH Has A Business Association?
    11/02/2015
    Cottonwood Heights is home to many successful businesses. These businesses are large and small, local and international in sales and scope.
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  • Municipal Tax Burden On CH Residents Among the Lowest in the State
    10/07/2015
    We are pleased to report that for the eleventh straight year (since we incorporated) there will be no increase in property taxes imposed by Cottonwood Heights.
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  • Volunteerism Alive And Well In Cottonwood Heights
    09/02/2015
    Shortly after Cottonwood Heights became a city a little more than ten years ago, I realized the overwhelming importance of volunteerism in shaping and defining the city’s values. I’ve seen it even more clearly during the last four years while I’ve served as a city councilman. It’s not just those who support and volunteer in various capacities directly related to the city that make such an impact, but also the thousands who volunteer throughout the community. Unpaid volunteers are said to be the glue that binds a community together, and I believe it’s true.
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  • Citizen Communication
    08/04/2015
    One of the most important duties we perform as elected officials is to communicate with our constituency. We seek out the practical information as we perform research required to make informed decisions. Distilling and sharing all pertinent information is a significant task.
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  • Cottonwood Heights' First New Tax Since Incorporation
    06/29/2015
    In June, the Cottonwood Heights City Council adopted the municipal budget for fiscal year 2015-16. This was the 12th city budget adopted since incorporation. For the first time, it was necessary to adopt a new revenue source to meet present and future budgetary demands. That new revenue source is a municipal energy tax.
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  • Transportation Issues Facing Cottonwood Heights
    06/01/2015
    Each January, as the Utah Senate and House of Representatives convene, they consider over 1,000 bills or potential new laws, many of which impact the government of our city. There are changes to water laws, annexation laws, record-keeping and reporting, health care laws and taxation, just to name a few.
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  • Mike Peterson
    Signs Of The Times: The City's Historic Committee Hard At Work
    05/01/2015
    By Mike Peterson - City Council Member The Historic Committee of our city is currently made up of nine dedicated members. Each month, they meet to gather and preserve information in order to provide future generations evidence and understanding of our city’s cultural foundation. Each generation must do its part to preserve and protect the local history.
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  • Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr.
    To Our Legislators, Thank You
    04/01/2015
    By Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. At midnight on March 12, 2015, the Utah Legislature concluded their constitutionally-allowed 45 days in session. I had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill many times and talk to the legislators who were elected by the citizens of Cottonwood Heights. Those who represent Cottonwood Heights in the House of Representatives are Marie Poulson, Robert Spendlove and Steve Eliason. In the Senate our city is represented by Dr. Brian Shiozawa and Wayne Niederhauser, who serves as the President of the Senate.
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  • Scott Bracken
    Youth City Council Day With the Legislature
    03/04/2015
    As many of you know, the city sponsors a Youth City Council (YCC) comprised of High School students in Cottonwood Heights. On January 28, the YCC participated in a "Day with the Legislature," sponsored by the Utah League of Cities and Towns. We met at City Hall early that morning and carpooled to the Capitol. Only one of the students looked like they’d only been up for five minutes.
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  • Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr.
    Addressing Transportation Funding Needs
    02/23/2015
    As I meet with other mayors from around the state of Utah, one of the things we all have in common is the growing demand on our limited resources to fund transportation and infrastructure needs in our communities. Of course, the specific needs vary widely from community to community. But the bottom line for all of us is the same: we have growing needs being funded by a flat revenue source.
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  • Mike Shelton
    Giving Due Respect To Our Officers
    02/02/2015
    National and local news stories have created a very difficult environment for police officers. My friends in the law enforcement profession tell me that we may now be at a generational "low" in terms of the respect and civility that we show our officers. My experience with the police has been very different from the stereotypes they are so often painted with today.
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  • Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr.
    Yes, It Has Been 10 Years
    01/05/2015
    At a recent meeting, someone mentioned Cottonwood Heights was a new city. I agreed that statement was relatively true, but when I commented the city was ten years old, everyone acted shocked as though it couldn’t be 10 years already. But indeed it has been. Cottonwood Heights has now been a city for a full decade.
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  • Online technology shapes lives of young and old
    11/03/2014
    The Internet and social media outlets such as Skype, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are all great ways for older adults to stay connected with friends and family. A 2013 report released by Pew Internet Research Project, notes that 77% of those aged 50 to 60 are online and 54% of those 65 and older are online.
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  • It’s time to vote!
    10/21/2014
    Early voting began in Salt Lake County on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at several locations, including the Cottonwood Heights City Offices. Voters can cast their ballots through voting machines at the polling station on the first floor at City Offices (1265 E. Fort Union Blvd.). They can also deliver their mail-in ballots to a drop box at the main office on the 2nd floor.
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  • Make fireworks safety a priority
    06/19/2014
    Summer 2014 is off to a hot—but wet—start, meaning there is a likelihood of serious fire danger as excess vegetation dries out. While you’re planning your summer holidays and celebrations, keep in mind that the city’s municipal code restricts the use of fireworks in or near designated “wildland interface” areas and public parks.
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  • City council appoints new district three councilman
    10/05/2011
    After soliciting letters of interest from residents and conducting thorough interviews of all the candidates, the Cottonwood Heights City Council has indicated they will appoint Mike Peterson to fill the vacant District Three city council seat. The position was left vacant after former Councilwoman Nicole Omer resigned the post in order to pursue an employment opportunity in Colorado. Peterson will take the oath of office at city council meeting on Oct. 11.
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  • Tee Tyler
    Three People You Should Know...Who Work For You
    Three People You Should Know…Who Work For You By Councilmember Tee Tyler Cottonwood Heights is a great place to live; some would say it’s because of our unique location. Positioned between the amenities of a million or more people and the beauty and serenity of the most amazing mountain range in North America, we enjoy entertainment, restaurants, educational opportunities and outdoor recreational activities second to none. Cottonwood Heights enjoys a location that enriches any and all who call it home. But our city is more than a great spot on a map. Our community benefits every day from people who have offered constant contribution to the city. This month, I want to highlight three Cottonwood Heights employees who do so much for our government.
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