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City Holidays

Feb. 19th – Presidents’ Day

Planning Commission

Feb. 6

Feb. 20

City Council

Feb. 13

Feb. 23

Justice Court: (may be canceled due to holidays)

Held every Wednesday at 9 AM inside City Hall Chambers

Syracuse City Arts Council: First Wednesday of each month

Feb. 7

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From the Mayor

I was a Syracuse boy. When attending reunions or other City functions, I loved the activities planned for youth. But as I grew, I developed a fascination of sitting with the older folks to hear the stories people tell. I’d like to share a story from boyhood.

Syracuse boys knew nothing of video games or other electronic devices. Our first toys were rocks! We built with them. We threw them, hit them with slats from tomato boxes, shot them in flippers and slingshots. We flung them at birds, dogs, cats and on occasion at each other. At eight years, most graduated to BB guns.

One afternoon as I departed on my daily bird hunt, I spotted a feral chicken roosting in the old coal shed behind our home. To my boy mind, the hen was simply a bird, but a bigger, grander trophy. I shot her dead! Mother would be proud. It would be my favorite tonight for supper, chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes!

When I lifted my dead prize from her roost, I discovered a clutch of six chicks she’d been guarding. Suddenly, I felt sick. My boyish mind didn’t know what to do. I did the only thing I trusted in. I found Mother and showed her what I’d done. I knew she’d know the right thing to do.

We did have chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes. But I was charged with building a brooder and watching over six chicks until they were self-sufficient. Mom made me the dead hen’s surrogate.

My mother taught me a life-lesson that day. Her teaching is contained in a statement by US Chief Justice, Potter Stewart:

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.”

It’s arguable, that I had done nothing wrong! The hen belonged to no one. Feral chickens were common in the day. Perhaps I had a right, after all her sacrifice did feed our family.

After listening to Mother’s counsel, I learned the truth. Given the circumstances, what I did that day was not the right thing to do. I love this quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” I had not been kind.

I am delighted to serve with a City Council that each loves this city and seeks the best interest of its populace. I have great respect for them. Each brings strength to that body. It’s also clear they subscribe to Mother’s teachings.

It has been my pleasure to serve the community the last four years as a member of the City Council. I’m now deeply honored to serve as Mayor. Thank you for your confidence. The next four years are going to be critical in what Syracuse becomes as the West Davis Corridor changes Syracuse from the cul-de-sac community it’s been, to the crossroads it will become.

I loved my mother’s preserves, especially apricot. Gone are the days when I could sample them. Luckily, she preserved more than fruit. In my mind, preserved forever, are stories that smack of what used to be. You old-timers: help others acquire the taste of our community. They will only know what was via the stories you will tell.

Michael Gailey,

Mayor of Syracuse City

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City Council Meeting

The City Council met in a business meeting December 12, 2017. Detailed council packets concerning further information about the presentations that were made to the council are available on the City’s website, Following is major actions taken at the meeting:

December 12 Business Meeting:

The Council adopted a resolution imposing the .1% Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) tax approved by the voters at the November 7, 2017 Municipal General Election. The sales tax will be assessed starting in the spring of 2018 with revenues passed along to Syracuse City starting in June.

The Council granted preliminary subdivision approval for the Stonefield Estates project, located at approximately 2650 Alison Way. The project is 7.03 acres in size, would be assigned the R-2 zoning, and would contain 15 building lots.

The Council authorized a contract with Silver Spur Construction, LLC for the Ranchettes Improvement Project; the project includes work on 3300 West, 3400 West, 3385 West, 1850 South, 1950 South, 2050 South, and 2200 South. The scope of work includes replacement of existing concrete sewer with a PVC main; replacement of six-inch cast iron culinary water mains with new 10-inch and 8-inch C-900 mains; add additional fire hydrants for improved fire protection; install storm drain pipes, manholes, and inlets; replace ramps to comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and replace the full-width of the paved asphalt area. Construction will begin in late winter/early spring and will be completed by the end of 2018. The total project cost is $2,840,903.73.

The Council authorized execution of a contract with J. Lyn Roberts & Sons, Inc. for the construction and management of the Centennial Park Splash Pad and Pavilions project. The contract includes a maximum project amount of $1.5 million and design work for the project will commence in early 2018.

Finally, the Council adopted an ordinance amending the land use code of the City pertaining to requests for reasonable accommodations. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act Amendments (FHAA), those with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations from government zoning regulations if they can demonstrate certain conditions and the proposed ordinance will offer compliance with both the ADA and FHAA


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Green Waste Service

Just a reminder that during the months of December through March, the green waste cans may be used for regular household waste. The green waste program will begin again starting April 1, 2018. For more information, contact the utility department at 801-825-1477, option 2.

The City Council met in a business meeting on December 12, 2017. Detailed Council packets containing further information about the presentations that were made to the Council are available on the City’s website, following is a summary of major actions taken at the meeting:

Mayor’s Message

This will be my final letter. Thank you for giving me the privilege to serve you. Having had no experience in government, I needed to work hard in two areas: using my experience as a business owner to apply common sense leadership, and then spending extra time at the city learning from the professionals.

I learned from working with the different departments in the city and with mayors of other cities that we have the finest employees in Davis County. In every department, from top to bottom, we excel for the benefit of our citizens. I got out of the way and allowed the professionals to do their jobs.

I learned that there are those who seek power, even at the local level, and in every instance, people are hurt and teamwork is destroyed. We want a government with enough power to protect our rights, but not too much power so that we lose our rights.

I learned that taxes, when used properly, create a better life. Taxes provide safety through our police and firefighters. Taxes bring clean water into our homes and take the dirty water and sewage out of our homes. Taxes provide roads that help us commute to our work, schools, and recreation. Taxes create parks, recreation, and planned neighborhoods.

We have the best city council. Their desire is to serve the citizens and to make the city a better place to live and work.

When I first came in as mayor, I set up the Disaster Preparedness Committee with the idea that at some point in time we could have a major disaster and we should be prepared as individuals and as a city. This committee is functioning well and working with different sections of the city, such as businesses, religious organizations, and ham radio operators.

I set up a new program called “Lunch with the Mayor.” Each month a school with students in Syracuse sent 12 students to city hall to have lunch with me and some of the department heads. They learned how the city is a part of their life every day because of taxes. The students played the roles of mayor, city council members, and leadership staff. I enjoyed this experience that I had with your smart and talented children.

I came into the role of mayor believing that the purest government is the government closest to the citizens. When our founding fathers set up the balance of power between the federal government and the local government, they recognized that power on the federal level must be limited and the rest of the power should be given to the states and the people. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you as mayor on that important local level.

Terry Palmer,

Mayor of Syracuse City

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