Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2015 Taylorsville Art Show




















On February 27th and 28th the Arts Council hosted the 2015 Art Show at the Taylorsville Senior Center. Over 200 people attended and there were 147 total entries.  Below is a list of the 1st place winners:

First Name Last Name Age Group Category Title Award
Anna Bjork Youth Acrylic Autmn Song 1st
Kiersten Gray Youth Colored Pencils Princess Anna of Arendelle 1st
Tmothy McAuliffe Youth Photography Tree of Light 1st
Kate Simmons Youth Watercolor  Undulating Translucence 1st
Kate Simmons Youth Watercolor  Florificent 1st
Ryan Simmons Youth Unique Medium Midnight Gaze 1st
Nathan Wickham Youth Graphite Pencil Baymax 1st
Adam Wickham Youth Colored Pencils Don’t Judge a Dragon by its Color 1st
Kamryn Blackburn Adult Clay Clay Figure Series  1st
Curtis Bullock Adult Metal Sculpting Airplane 1st
Colt  Herrea  Adult Photography  The Road to Hell 1st
Chris Wells Adult Acrylic Hidden Names 1st
Margo Nikolaisen Adult Counted-Cross-Stitch 259 1st
Shannon Moqhin Adult Charcoal Female Head Model 1st
Atwood Doyle Senior Wood Burning Big Bucks 1st
Donald Batie Senior Wood Carving Moses 1st
Jamie Chandler Senior Pastels Sunrise at the Pier 1st
Robert Eberly Senior Oils Ad Majoram Del Gloriam 1st
Dan  Jones  Senior  Needle Point Tissue Cover  1st
Frank Leavitt Senior Photography Autmn Colors 1st
Linda Lynch Senior Embroidery Time for Tea 1st
Linda Lynch Senior Crochet Good Morning 1st
Jean  Mackay  Senior  Crochet Pine Tree 1st
Jean  Mackay  Senior  Embroidery  Pat Flag  1st
Jean  Mackay  Senior  Other  Aniversery Inn  1st
Anna McCullough Senior Quilting  Fan Quilt 1st
Shannon Moqhin Adult Charcoal Female Head Model 1st
Stephen Morgan Senior Acrylic El Flamenco 1st
Betty  Morris  Senior  Watercolor  Iris  1st
Maxine Palmer Senior Counted Crosss-Stitch Spring Iris 1st
Don Pannier Senior  Other  Parrot walk stick 1st
Delbert Peterson Senior Wood Carving 1st
Diane  Peterson Senior  Crochet Baby Afgan 1st
Junie Pons Senior Ceramics Snowman 1st
Jerry Reed Senior Leather Bear 1st
Jerry Reed Senior Latch Hook Bears 1st
Sue  Shurtliff  Senior  Quilting  Red White Hawiiain  1st
Kate Simmons Youth Watercolor  Undulating Translucence 1st
Kate Simmons Youth Watercolor  Florificent 1st
Ryan Simmons Youth Unique Medium Midnight Gaze 1st
Gwen Smith Senior Oils Sarah 1st
Carolyn Smith Senior Ceramics Mushroom 1st
April Sproul Adult Bead Work  Swarousk: In Blue  1st
Chris Wells Adult Acrylic Hidden Names 1st
Nathan Wickham Youth Graphite Pencil Baymax 1st
Adam Wickham Youth Colored Pencils Don’t Judge a Dragon by its Color 1st
Howard Wilson Senior Knife Knife 1st
James Wind Senior  Scroll saw flying ducks 1st
Carla  Wind Senior  Crochet Original Scarf  1st
Robert Eberly Senior Oils Momento Mori Youth Council Award

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mayor's Town Hall Meeting - July 29, 2014


Mayor Johnson
Mayor Johnson hosts a Town Hall meeting every fifth Wednesday. This past Wednesday was a great meeting. If you were not able to attend, here are the highlights:

Mayor Johnson welcomed those in attendance and recognized City Council Members and City Staff who were present.

The UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant gave a presentation on law enforcement services provided in Taylorsville. He noted that many crimes are crimes of opportunity and can be prevented. He reviewed statistics on offenses committed in Taylorsville during the third quarter of the fiscal year. He cited an average of 40,000 to 42,000 cases in Taylorsville per year.

Chief Wyant reviewed statistics for traffic accidents and citations. He discussed the controversial flex lanes on 5400 South. He indicated  that since implementation of the flex lanes, data reflects an increase in traffic on 5400 South, but with a significant decrease in traffic accidents. Chief Wyant illustrated a map of narcotics activity and burglaries in Taylorsville. He presented an overall yearly comparison with last year's statistics. He discussed property damage offenses and cited the prevalence of graffiti during warm-weather months.

Chief Wyant noted that most auto thefts are preventable and cited safety tactics to help curtail crimes of opportunity which would include not leaving anything in sight in a vehicle (sunglasses, purse, checkbook, iPod, phone, etc). He stated that warming up cars and leaving them running unattended in a driveway or open garage is very enticing to an auto thief. He relayed that 20% of stolen vehicles have keys left in them.

The meeting was opened up for questions and comments from those in attendance.

One resident commented that his wife's purse was stolen when left unattended in a unlocked car for only a few minutes. Chief Wyant stressed the importance of not leaving valuables within view inside vehicles. He also suggested not leaving purses unattended in shopping carts.

Another resident asked for clarification on the types of narcotics being used. Chief Wyant confirmed that heroin use has increased, not only in the City but on a national level. He noted that there is a direct correlation between drug addictions and crimes of opportunity.

Council Member Barbour asked whether narcotic activity is higher in Taylorsville than in other areas. Chief Wyant confirmed that all areas across the valley have seen a level increase. He observed that dealing with narcotic use aggressively will result in the decrease of other criminal activity. He commended officers for aggressive enforcement efforts in regard to narcotics.

Mayor Johnson requested information regarding simple crime prevention practices.

Chief Wyant confirmed that most home burglaries occur during daytime hours. He suggested that knowing your neighborhood, communicating with neighbors, and being aware of suspicious neighborhood activity is very valuable. He talked about ways to protect your home while out of town, i.e. removing newspapers from porches, picking up mail, leaving a light on, and leaving a neighbor's car parked in the driveway.

One City Staff member cautioned against advertising on social media those times when a home is not occupied. Another staff member advised against leaving mail out in residential mailboxes for pick up. Chief Wyant agreed that mail theft is still prevalent and outgoing mail should not be placed in personal mailboxes. He also suggested picking up mail as soon as possible.

A resident described an incident when she had mail stolen. She commended Taylorsville officers for taking quick action, The benefit of a locked mailbox was referenced.

Mayor Johnson discussed the value of alarm systems or dogs in homes and encouraged residents to take extra safety precautions. He also noted that criminals often follow obituaries and prey on the empty homes of individuals attending funerals.

A daycare provider commented on the prevalence of purses being stolen from cars in her work parking lot. She stressed the importance of educating people on not leaving items in their cars. The Chief agreed that prevention education is vital. He also discussed the many ways that public safety education has been promoted in Taylorsville. Chief Wyant confirmed that officers are always willing and available to do public safety presentations at daycares, schools, etc.

Mayor Johnson expressed his concern for the safety of Taylorsville citizens and urged that individuals practice crime prevention. Chief Wyant concluded with citing the importance of recognizing that Utah is a relatively safe place to live. Mayor Johnson thanked Chief Wyant and commended the high caliber of law enforcement officers in Taylorsville. He thanked those in attendance and encouraged continued public safety awareness.

Minutes courtesy of Cheryl Peacock Cottle, City Recorder

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Taylorsville’s Second Annual Spring Cleanup Event!!






It’s that wonderful time of year again!!  Taylorsville’s streets, parks, and neighborhoods are up for another spring cleaning.  What better day to clean them than on Taylorsville’s 2nd Annual Spring Cleanup Day?  The event begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until noon on Saturday, April 26.  


At Taylorsville City Hall, the Taylorsville Green Committee has organized a "drop off" event. Residents may bring televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, cell phones and batteries for disposal. They may also bring antifreeze, paint, oil, furniture, clothing, and fertilizers/cleansers for disposal.  Documents may also be shredded at City Hall.
Why stop there though?  Clean out those medicine cabinets and drawers.  The Unified Police will be at City Hall collecting any unused or expired medications for disposal; medication may be prescriptions or over the counter.
Please keep in mind that this event will not be replacing the Taylorsville City's Neighborhood Dumpsters.  Those dumpsters will be put out in the neighborhoods beginning on May 29 and will run through June 19.

Come and join our community as we clean up to make our City just a little bit more brighter.

The event is sponsored by:  Salt Lake County's Health Department, Samsung, Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling and Metech Recycling. More information can be found on the city's website at http://www.taylorsvilleut.gov.

Information and facts provided by Rhetta McIff.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Taylorsville’s Many “Hopping” Easter Egg Hunts!!


Are you looking for some fun family Easter egg hunts?  Look no further because we have THREE egg hunts that are taking place this Saturday!  We have one sponsored by the Bennion Lions Club, another sponsored by the CrossPoint Church, and one presented by the Salt Lake County & the City of Taylorsville.  For times and more information check out the poster below.


Also, here are some fun crafts and activities for this Easter season.

If you’re bored with the same look of dying Easter eggs, then try these fun ways from FamilyCircle to dye your eggs!




And create your own Easter Basket with these easy steps provided by Living Locurto.




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Taylorsville’s Youth Council Attends the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute!!



Last week our city’s Youth Council had the opportunity to attend the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute held in Logan, Utah. This is an annual event in which youth get the chance to develop their leadership skills, foster a sense of personal achievement, and gain a better understanding of government.

One of the keynote speakers was Jason Hewlett, a popular entertainer and youth speaker. He talked about the importance of having confidence in yourself and to act with your heart and not your head. Another speaker was Jackson Carter who was a contestant in the Biggest Loser.  He reaffirmed through his personal experience the importance of staying positive, being focused, and achieving goals.




The highlight of the conference was participating in the “Legion of Zoom” council challenge. Our youth competed against 28 other councils and won FIRST PLACE! They had to work together to timely and accurately answer challenging questions. They went on an adventure through various classrooms on Utah State’s campus looking for clues to help them put together a puzzle. They had to drop an egg from a second story balcony which forced them to problem solve, brainstorm, and use limited resources to keep the egg from breaking.



On Friday night, there was a formal banquet where the Award of Excellence awards were given to the winners. Taylorsville received an honorable mention.  After the banquet, all enjoyed dancing, and eating ice cream.



We would like to thank Mayor Johnson and his wife Debra for participating in the conference with the youth. We would also like to thank Gary Penrose (the Carpet Guy) for letting us borrow a structure in which the youth displayed a yearbook of their accomplishments. It was an outstanding event in which our youth excelled!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Our 2014 Youth Ambassadors!!


By Kristie Overson



Even though they are two months into their term, Taylorsville City is excited for our Youth Ambassadors of 2014!  Our Youth Ambassadors are:

Katherine Ann Clark

Jasey Wyatt

Spencer Braithwaite

Tyler Newton


The Purpose of the Youth Ambassador Program is to bring together high school seniors and recent high school graduates with mentors from businesses and government entities across Taylorsville.  This provides mutual understanding, increases leadership skills and prepares youth to make a difference in their communities as they step into adulthood after graduation.

Youth Ambassadors learn first-hand how the city is governed, about the services provided to its residents and how each city department contributes to the quality of life for the city. They build knowledge about current issues facing the city, and develop leadership and personal skills.

The Youth Ambassador term is from January to August.  Youth who successfully complete their year as Ambassadors will receive a scholarship to their university of choice or as reimbursement for school expenses like housing and/or books.


Ambassadors are required to serve in several ways such as:

  • Intern for a day (or the equivalent of an 8 hour day spread out in 2-4 hour segments) in a city department, learning the workings of city government by participating in the process.
  • Work with the Economic Development Department in meeting with local businesses to find out how the city government works for them and gather input on how the government can do a better job.  Report on those findings in a City Council Meeting.
  • Volunteer at events, including parades and local ribbon cuttings as ambassadors of the city.
  • Plan and implement a service project to take place during their year as Ambassador, including coordinating with our Public Information Officer to ensure community awareness of the service project.
  • Work with their high school to promote government involvement at the youth level and submit a report on how this was done.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring at Youth Council Meetings, including arranging speakers and other presentations to educate the Youth Council in government processes. 

The City Council members would like to wish them all the best during their term as Taylorsville City Youth Ambassadors.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Taylorsville’s Famous Buttermilk Cookies by Our Historic Preservation Committee!





Clara P. Jones made these cookies famous in our community years ago. She, along with her husband, raised a family of nine children on the Jones Dairy property. She made nine loaves of bread each day, one for each hungry child.  She was a very hard worker, both in her home and in her church callings.  She was known for her dry humor, wit, and fun loving attitude.  She loved to recite poems for her grandchildren.  



Most of the nine children chose to build homes in the community of Taylorsville.  Some among her posterity are names such as Brown, Tye, North, McBeth, Steadman, Linthicum, Perrington and of course Jones. What a heritage to follow! Thanks, Clara Jones.


Grandma Jones’ Buttermilk Cookies Recipe:


Cream together 1-cup of butter and 2 cups of sugar. Then add:

2 cups of Buttermilk
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
5 cups flour
2 cups ground raisons
¼ tsp. allspice
2 cups chopped nuts (optional)


Mix well and drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 425° for 5-7 minutes.

(Makes around 6 dozen cookies)