How Syracuse Got Its Name

By Christy Frazier

 Have you ever wondered where cities get their names? Some cities are named after people, landscapes or other places in the world. For example, the city of Ogden, Utah, was named after the famous explorer Peter Skeen Ogden. Some are named after experiences or even emotions. Take the area of Death Valley, California. Its landscape is dry and barren, living up to its name. So where did the city of Syracuse, Utah get its name? Let’s step back in time to the late 1800s and find out.

The Homestead Act of 1862, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, made a lot of land available out west. This encouraged many people to relocate to the untamed west who wanted to make a better life. In 1880, twenty-five-year-old William Galbraith and his wife Phebe traveled across the plains and settled in a small area by the famous salty lake. Most settlers in the area were farmers, but William Galbraith had other dreams. The Great Salt Lake fascinated him so much that he decided to harvest salt from it and sell it. He printed the name Syracuse on his salt bags, which was the name of a salt company he knew of in Syracuse, New York. For many years he harvested salt from The Great Salt Lake and sold it to customers spanning from the West coast all the way to the Mississippi River.

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Later in 1887 a bathing resort was built next to the lake and took on the name of The Syracuse Bathing Resort. The resort became a famous recreation place for locals and tourists to visit regularly. During this same year, the Union Pacific Railroad built the Ogden and Syracuse Railway. The railway linked the Syracuse Resort to the railways main line between Salt Lake City and Ogden. Due to the railway link to the resort and the salt company, the name of the small settlement became known as Syracuse. On September 3, 1935, Syracuse was officially incorporated as a city in the state of Utah.

(Syracuse, New York was named by Sicilian immigrants that settled in New York)

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Community Question Corner Secondary Water Charges

By Paul Roberts, City Attorney

Question: Why is the City charging me for secondary water during the winter, when the secondary water system is turned off?

Answer: Syracuse’s secondary water system (sprinkler water) includes about 120 miles of pipe, 8000 service points, and other infrastructure, delivering about 2.6 billion gallons of water each year.

The largest costs of the fund are: (1) water supplier assessments, (2) administrative and employee compensation, and (3) capital projects. New development pays impact fees to expand the system, and costs to operate and maintain the system are relatively predictable.

With predictable costs, the City assesses a predictable fee that can be budgeted for throughout the year. When we pay our secondary water bill during the winter, we are ensuring that the bill remains steady year-round, rather than fluctuating upward during the summer months. If we only charged when the water was on, secondary water fees during the six-month irrigation season would double, and then return to zero during the off-season.

For the sake of predictability on the part of the user, and for uniformity in administration, our Council has opted to have a uniform fee assessed throughout the year. We hope this is helpful for budgeting and for those who are on a fixed income.

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Students Of the Month

 

Gavin Reynolds, Gavin Reynolds, Syracuse Connection Magazine

Gavin Reynolds

Syracuse Junior High

Gavin is an outstanding student. In an email sent to teachers of ninth grade students, many teachers stated what a positive influence Gavin has had on our school since enrolling at Syracuse Junior High this year. As reported by Mrs. Stone: “Gavin is independent. He does not require the approval of others and is his own person. He digs in when school gets tough, he is honest about his abilities and a great help to many of his peers. Gavin has been cast as Prince Charming in our school play The Brothers Grimm. Quite a few girls are excited about this.”

Gavin is also looking forward to being a member our Syracuse Junior High’s wrestling team. Last summer he spent time at a Junior Leadership Summit and is an active member of his local scouting group. Gavin was the Student Council President of his previous school and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

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Parks and Recreation

March 31st – Easter Egg Hunt | FREE |10AM

The annual Syracuse Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Founder’s Park on Saturday, March 31, at 10 am SHARP! Children 11 years of age and younger are welcome to participate. The Easter Bunny will be available for picture-taking with the children. Accommodations for special needs children will be available. Volunteers are needed to help stuff eggs. If you are interested, please call the Syracuse Community Center at 801-614-9660 opt. 1

June 23rd – 30th Syracuse Days

Volunteer Opportunities

Egg Stuffing – must be completed and dropped off by Friday, March 30th

For more information, visit syracuserecreation.com or call 801-614-9660

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Feb. 1

Syracuse Jr. High: Girls Basketball Playoff Quarter Finals at TBD at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Feb. 2

Syracuse High: Girls Basketball at Davis @ 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Syracuse High: Boys Basketball at Davis @ 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling Tryouts

Feb. 5

Syracuse Jr. High: Girls Basketball Playoff Quarter Finals at TBD at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Feb. 6

Syracuse High: Girls Basketball at home vs Layton @ 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Syracuse High: Boys Basketball at Layton @ 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Feb. 7

Syracuse High: Wrestling 5A State Classification Tournament at UVU

Antelope Jr High: Parent- Teacher Conferences (early out)

Syracuse Jr. High: Girls Basketball Playoff Quarter Finals at TBD @ 3:15 PM – 5PM

Feb. 8

Syracuse High: Swimming State Championship meet at BYU

Syracuse High: Wrestling 5A State Classification Tournament at UVU

Antelope Jr. High: Parent- Teacher Conferences (early out)

Feb. 9

Syracuse High: Swimming State Championship meet at BYU

Antelope Jr. High: Teacher Comp Day/ No School

Feb. 13

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling at Kaysville @ 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Feb. 15

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling at home vs. Mueller Park @ 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Feb. 16

Syracuse High: Boys Basketball at Fremont @ 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Feb. 17

Syracuse High: Wrestling Super State at Corner Canyon

Feb. 19

Syracuse High: No School for Presidents’ Day

Syracuse High: State 5A Girls Basketball Tournament at SLCC

Antelope Jr. High: No school for Presidents’ Day

Syracuse Jr. High: No school for Presidents’ Day

Syracuse Academy Jr. High: No school for Presidents’ Day

Feb. 20

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling at Centerville @ 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Syracuse Academy Jr. High: No school for Winter Break

Syracuse Academy High School: No school for Winter Break

Feb. 21

Syracuse High: State 5A Girls Basketball Tournament at SLCC

Syracuse High: Boys Basketball at home vs. Weber at 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling at home vs West Point @ 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Syracuse Academy Jr. High: No school for Winter Break

Syracuse Academy High School: No school for Winter Break

Feb. 22

Syracuse High: USA Cheer Nationals in Anaheim, CA

Syracuse Academy Jr. High: No school for Winter Break

Syracuse Academy High School: No school for Winter Break

Feb. 23

Syracuse High: State 5A Girls Basketball Tournament at SLCC

Syracuse High: USA Cheer Nationals in Anaheim, CA

Syracuse Academy Jr. High: No school for Winter Break

Syracuse Academy High School: No school for Winter Break

Feb. 24

Syracuse High: State 5A Girls Basketball Tournament at SLCC

Syracuse High: USA Cheer Nationals in Anaheim, CA

Feb. 26

Syracuse High: USA Cheer Nationals in Anaheim, CA

Syracuse High: Boys Soccer Tryouts at 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Feb. 27

Syracuse High: State 5A Boys Basketball Tournament first round @ TBD

Syracuse High: Boys Soccer Tryouts @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Syracuse Jr. High: Wrestling at Legacy at 3:15 PM

Feb. 28

Syracuse High: Boys Soccer Tryouts @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Feb. 2

Utah Opera -at Ed Kinley Amphitheater at 7:00 PM

Feb. 3

South Davis Sweethearts 5K – southdavisraces.com/sweethearts/

Bountiful – $30

9:00 AM

Feb. 10

Bald Eagle Day at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area at 9:00 AM

Feb. 22

2017 Student Art Show – 8 AM – 8 PM @ Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT

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Students of the Month

Syracuse City Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence”

In order to recognize outstanding students and athletes in Syracuse, the Community and Economic Development Department have developed the Syracuse City Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence. This monthly award recognizes the outstanding performance of male and female students who excel in athletics, arts and/or academics. The individuals selected for this award will be identified by Syracuse City in partnership with representatives from local elementary, junior high, and high schools.

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Jackson Lucas

Buffalo Point Elementary

Jackson is very kind. He is honest and cares about doing the right thing. Jackson works hard in class and strives to do his best. Jackson works hard to make sure he never has missing assignments. He is on time to class, gets along with others and is very respectful.

Jackson is a great example of what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. Jackson is a great student and excels at everything he puts his mind to. Jackson is truly an amazing young man!

~ Emily Manscill 6th Grade Teacher Buffalo Point Elementary

 

Masie Merino pic,Students of the Month

Maisie Merino

Buffalo Point Elementary

Maisie is an outstanding student in many ways. She is a hard worker and always does her personal best with whatever she is working on. If she doesn’t understand something she will persevere until she does. One of my favorite things about Maisie is how kind and caring she is. She also notices when another student needs help and will offer to help them out. She never gets frustrated when she is helping someone, but is very patient. Maisie is also a fantastic soccer player and is able to balance her soccer practices with her schoolwork. I never see Maisie without a smile on her face. She is a friend to everyone. She is truly an outstanding student. Maisie is unique in that if she is struggling with something she doesn’t give up. For example, sometimes she has a hard time understanding our new way of doing math. Instead of giving up, she is determined to ask questions and get help until she has a clear understanding of the concept. Another unique attribute about Maisie is the fact that I have never heard her say a mean comment about anyone. Maisie is involved in soccer. She is an excellent player and plays on a comp team. Maisie also received the Student of the Month award in September at Buffalo Point Elementary for being an outstanding student. Maisie has received excellent grades on her report cards.

~ Jayne Barton 4th Grade Teacher Buffalo Point Elementary

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Fix It Requests

We appreciate our citizens helping the City be aware of issues that need to be addressed throughout the city such as road repairs, street light/sign repair, park maintenance, water problems (culinary & secondary), garbage can pickup, code ordinance enforcement, and even employee feedback. The City website is a great tool for providing us with notifications. The Fix-it Request link can be found on our homepage at the top left hand side under Popular Pages.

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Syracuse Library

Location:

1875 South 2000 West Syracuse, UT 84075

Telephone number:

(801) 451-1850

Library Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm

Passport Applications

Passport application processing services are offered at City Hall between 9 am- 4 pm, processing takes approximately 20-30 minutes per application. Walk-ins are served in the order of arrival, multiple applications and/or photos wait times may be longer. All required forms, photos, and payment must be completed prior to 4 pm to be accepted the same day. Applications can be found on the www.travel.state.gov website. Application fees must be paid with a Check or Money Order made payable to the U.S. Department of State. www.syracuseut.com/Passports.aspx

More info available on our website www.syracuseut.com/Passports

http://www.daviscountyutah.gov/library/locations/syracuse-branch

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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, www.syracuseut.com. following is a summary of major actions taken at the meeting:

New Exhibit at the Syracuse Museum

The Syracuse Museum and Cultural Center has recently welcomed a new exhibit for the fall: The Cecelia Ellis Collection of Dolls. The museum was a recent recipient of an extensive doll collection of collectors’ dolls (over 300) and a partial selection of the dolls is now on display in the museum. It’s a little girl’s dream! We promise to have a feature exhibit that may interest boys in the future.

Please stop by and treat yourself to lovely display dolls of all sizes and dress. The museum’s hours are still T-W-Th from 2-5 pm or by special arrangement for larger groups. The museum will be closed from Dec. 15 to Jan. 8 and will reopen on Jan 9. 2018. For additional info, please call 801-825-3633 during museum hours. The museum is on the south side of Antelope Drive (1700 S) just east of 2000 W.

 

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