Employee Spotlight-Kim Dabb

Kim Dabb is a building inspector for Syracuse City. Last summer, the City’s Chief Building Official was injured while on vacation and was on temporary leave due to a surgery. This left a big hole in staffing for inspections, especially during a time of immense growth in our City. Kim stepped up and filled in by working extra hours and weekends to ensure inspections were done on time, and consequently averted a crisis for the City’s inspection service. With his efforts, he was given the City’s Employee of the Month award in October. Kim loves the building industry and he is a fascinating character that adds a genuine flavor to our staff. He is extremely experienced and well trained. We are happy to have him on the City’s team.

If you happen to see him, be sure to ask about his hat collection and his experiences at the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Christmas delivery

What were you doing at 2:20 AM Christmas morning? Were you still wrapping gifts? Maybe you found yourself finally in bed, or maybe you had been sleeping for hours. Santa was still making his deliveries. At the Rupert home, a special delivery was on its way, but not from Santa.

Amy woke that morning at 1:00 am feeling contractions, but they were still too far apart. She got in the shower for pain relief. An hour after getting in the shower, their bundle of joy was born. 8 lbs 6 oz and 20.5 in long born entirely unassisted. Amy would describe it as “an incredible experience.” The Syracuse fire department responded to the call making sure all was well and transporting Amy to the hospital.

“The fire department was amazing. They came in and were so kind. They shoveled snow, dealt with the difficulties of a tiny home and even cleaned off Henry’s car so he could follow Amy to the hospital. They were truly a blessing.” To those who made the sacrifice to be in the fire station that Christmas morning the Rupert family says they are grateful.

Christmas Delivery, Syracuse Connection Magazine, Baby

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Precious Pets Chloe + Seamus

These Wheaten Terriers are living the good life with their owners.

Meet Chloe (left, age 10) and Seamus (right, age 6). They are both Wheaten Terriers, which is not a super common breed but should be! They are sturdy, medium-sized dogs (averaging 35 pounds) and are great family pets. Very fun-loving, they are known for their “Wheaten Greetin’” which usually includes an overly excited hug, tail wag and lots of licks. Wheatens originate from Ireland and are completely hypoallergenic. They actually have hair like humans, not fur, so no oils/dander and no shedding!

Chloe moved to Utah from the East coast with us seven years ago—1,800 miles in a U-Haul (we won’t be doing that again). She needed a buddy once we were settled, so we got Seamus to keep her company. They love going for walks, eating snacks and napping on our bed. They like to think they are lap dogs, especially Seamus, and are not shy to give up their bellies for a good scratch!

By Allie Brown

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Why Have Animal Requirements?

Regulations provide protection to individuals, property owners and animals. They also ensure the health & safety of the community, people and animals. Check out our “Farm Animals & Household Pets” brochure on our website under Planning & Zoning for more info and specifics.

SCC 10.30.040 Animals. www.codepublishing.com/UT/Syracuse/html/Syracuse10/Syracuse1030.html#10.30.040

Farm Animals Icon, Syracuse Connection magazine, Animal and household pets, Go Davis

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What’s your Earthquake protection?

Every Homeowners policy has an “Earth Movement” exclusion, which means damage from an earthquake is excluded on your home policy. The state of Utah has more fault lines than most of us realize, and when the big one comes are you covered? In 2015, a study predicted that when the big one comes, 84,000 households are expected to be displaced with 53,000 people seeking shelter in Utah.

Essential lifelines of water, electricity, gas, and sewer will likely be out for days, months and some even longer! More than 300,000 structures in 30 days will need to be evaluated for safe occupancy, which will require about 2,400 building inspectors.

Depending on the time of day, there will be an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 deaths, and the estimated number of people injured and needing hospital care ranges from 7,400 to 9,300. The number of available hospital beds will be reduced from 4,790 to 3,200. Another challenge will be the removal of debris generated by the earthquake–requiring over 820,000 truckloads at 25 tons per truck.

One of the biggest concerns in coverage will be “Loss of Use.” Where will you go to live if your home is unsuitable? These Earthquake Policies have coverage for this. No matter who you are insured with on your home, we can offer you an Stand Alone Earthquake Policy with either a 5% deductible that has a Masonry (Brick) exclusion or a 10% deductible without the exclusion. We can insure both the actual home itself and your personal property or just the home itself.

The rates for this are far more reasonable than you think. There are some underwriting requirements to review so contact us to see if you qualify.

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Arts Council

Enjoy a night of music on February 12, at 7 pm, in the Syracuse High School auditorium as the Symphony Orchestra presents Love That Jazz! The event is, once again, free to the public.

The Theater Committee is now accepting letters of interest for the production team of Hairspray the Musical. Please email volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org if you would like to serve as Assistant Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Set Designer, or Publicity Manager—or even just help in other areas of the production. Be sure to include some background, any experience, and dates of other commitments that might conflict with the production from April to July.

The Arts Council Board is always looking for fresh ideas and the hands to help make them happen. Plans are in the works to expand the opportunities for residents to enjoy participating and watching more programs this year by creating a choir, a junior theater program, and additional theater productions. The Board has three terms ending this June. If you enjoy the arts, are willing to serve your community, and would like a fun opportunity to interact with great people while promoting culture through the performing arts, email your interest to serve on a committee, such as sponsorships, junior theater, choir, etc., or on the General Board at the address listed above. Board meetings are usually held the first Wednesday evening of each month. These meetings are open to the public, and visitors and input are always welcome.



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DIY Photography

By Ryan Spelts

Scott Sneddon spent nearly 21 years in Air Force as a Military Police Officer. Even though he worked as an officer at his day job, Scott has always had a passion for photography. He would set up a photography studio where ever he was currently assigned around the world. He has had studios in California, Germany, Korea and finally he settled here in Utah.

The idea for DIY Photography Studio arose when he was looking for a local place to take maternity photos of his wife Aple in 2011. He couldn’t find a place that would take the quality of photos he wanted nor could he find a studio that would let him rent the studio to take the photos himself. He later managed a Target Portrait studio and was consistently asked by professional photographers if they could rent out the space which was against Target’s policy. With that in mind, Scott set out to create a photo studio for professionals and do-it-yourselfers to rent out and have the best in lighting and settings for their photo shoots. DIY Photography Studio was born in 2015.

Because of Scott’s background and experience in studio photography, he often trains professionals in studio photography. As he was training photographers and they were utilizing his state of the art facility he realized another need. Photographers were always looking for a place to have their photos printed. Many were opting for online sources but quality control was not the best and often the turn-around time was too slow. Scott purchased his first high end printer and started creating high quality prints for his students and friends. Word got out of his quality and attention to detail and within 2 months, the printing business was producing as much as his photo studio. He later expanded to the open office space next door and created a full featured photography printing business open to the public.

After attending a large format printing conference in Las Vegas, Scott learned about a new technology called Metal Sublimation. This process chemically bonds the colors of a photo to metal. It doesn’t fade, scratch and the colors just pop. They are really quite beautiful with much more clarity than printing on paper or canvas. Scott was offered a loan at his bank especially for Veterans that allowed him to purchase the equipment for creating metal sublimation prints and it is by far his favorite way to print photography.

Scott spent the first year, after purchasing the equipment, going around to photography clubs educating them on the process and showing them the results. Today the word is out and everyone is starting to realize how awesome metal prints are. He is one of only 3 studios in the entire state that can handle larger metal prints. In fact some of the larger photography studios fulfill their metal prints through DIY Photography because they cannot do it themselves. The nice thing is, his shop is just around the corner and you can go directly to his shop and have them done without the middle man.

DIY Printing prides themselves on quality. With the eye of a professional photographer, they turn out the very best quality and they can often do very quick turn arounds. Just the other day, they were approached by a wedding photographer who needed some photos printed for that evening’s reception and DIY was able to make it happen. It is great to have a such a stellar resource near by. We appreciate DIY supporting the magazine and recommend their services.

Scott met his wife Aple while serving in Korea and later married her in her home country, the Philippines. They have 2 children 6 year old boy, Dillon and nearly 5 year old girl Leianna.


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CodeRED Notifications

Syracuse City encourages every citizen to sign up for our CodeRED notification system. By simply entering your phone number into this service, we can notify you in the event of a city-wide or county-wide emergency. Please take a moment to fill in the appropriate information to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

Please got to www.syracuseut.com and follow the prompts to sign up. It is free to sign up, and takes less than five minutes.

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Space Heaters Need Space

According to the National Fire Protection Association and the United States Fire Administration, space heaters annually account for 40% of reported U.S. home heating fires.

Please practice extreme caution when using space heaters this season. Keep things that can burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters, and create a three-foot “kid-free zone” around them. Make sure to use equipment that has the label of a qualified testing laboratory, and have a qualified professional install stationary heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.


  • Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface, away from high traffic areas and doorways.
  • Turn them off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Use and purchase heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracks or damage, broken plugs, or loose connections; replace before using.

Winter fires are preventable! Visit www.nfpa.org/winter for more heating safety advice.


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Hike: The Frary Peak Trail

By Brody Bovero

One of the secrets about Antelope Island that only the locals know is that winter arrives late and it leaves early due to its lower elevation. While trails in the Wasatch Mountains and foothills are covered with two, three, or six feet of snow, many of the trails out on the island are still clear for a nice day hike. In early December, I was fortunate enough to tag along with my son, Miles, and his compadres from local Boy Scout Troop 882 (pronounced eight-eight deuce), on a day hike up to Frary Peak.

At an elevation of 6,569 ft above sea level, Frary Peak doesn’t catch the imagination of mountain climber types, but as the highest point on Antelope Island, it furnishes first-class views of the Wasatch Front and the Great Salt Lake.

The entire hike takes about 4 to 5 hours and has an elevation gain of 2,050 over 3.5 miles. According to the Antelope Island State Park trail map, the trail is 6.4 miles round trip. As peak-hiking goes, Frary Peak is one of the easiest in the Salt Lake area. Like many areas of the island, the best time to go is in the fall or early spring. Due to lack of shade, the trail can be a scorcher in the summer unless you attempt it early in the morning or late in the evening.

A trail map is available at the entrance gate of the state park. The hike starts at the Frary Peak Trailhead, which is located on the east side of the Island. At first, the trail climbs at a rather steep angle but there are several sections along the way that level off before the escalation continues. Our scouts easily handled the climb, although it might prove a little difficult for young children. Miles and his friends were soon on their way into the backcountry of the island, talking, kicking rocks, and taking pictures with their phones.

The trail takes several twists and turns which constantly gives new and interesting views of the island and the lake. In due time we made it to the top where we could look out upon both sides of the island. Our scouts were surprised to find an old mailbox that had been placed on the peak where past hikers have left messages and little odd trinkets for future hikers to enjoy. We stopped for a snack and took some time reading through the journal entries and checking out a Rubik’s Cube that someone had placed in the mailbox.

On a clear day, you can see mountain peaks from Juab County all the way up into Box Elder County from Frary Peak. On this day, however, there was fog and inversion down below. We climbed up above the inversion and into the warm, beautiful December sunshine. The views from above almost gave us a sense of floating on an island in the sky as the other mountain peaks jutted up above the inversion and into the blue sky.

The quietness of the island’s backcountry is also impressive. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle along the Wasatch Front, our little group was immersed in the quietness of nature. The breeze running along the grass. The wind flowing through the wings of a black bird that was gliding along the cliffs below, and the sounds of our shoes climbing over rocks.

If you are like me and you get cabin fever around this time of winter, just remember early spring is around the corner. This can be an excellent time to get out, stretch your legs, and enjoy some sunshine. For most of us in Syracuse, we can easily look across the lake to see the conditions on the island. If the snow is mostly gone, then it’s time for a day hike.


To Get There: Frary Peak Trailhead on the east side of the island

The hike: 4-5 hours, 6.4 miles round trip, elevation gain is 2,050

Peak fun: A mailbox at the mountaintop contains messages and fun trinkets

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