August 2019 Meeting Minutes

PRATT Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 14, 2019

Attendance: Juan Arce-Larreta, Meggie Troili, Andrea Sorensen, Sally Barraclough, Ken Jones, Taylor Greenwell, Becka Roolf, Soren Simonsen

Excused: Collin Dumke, Suzanne Weaver, Dave Foster, Jeff Atterman

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Juan Arce-Larreta, PRATT Board Chair opened the meeting at 11:44.

Secretary Report – Sally Barraclough, Secretary

Meggie made motion to approve the May minutes.  Ken seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.  We did not meet in June.  July and Aug. meeting minutes will be reviewed in Sept.

 

Sally presented an invoice to be reimbursement for payment for 6 months for the post office box.  Ken paid Sally with a check from the account.

 

Project Updates

 

The Draw

There are plans to have a weed cleanup project in the next few weeks.  The county plans to weed and replant the east petal.  George Sumner, Sugar House Park Authority Board and Wayne Johnson SL County Parks representative on the board will discuss future responsibilities in regards to maintenance of the Lily.

 

Sugar House Business District

Sally reported that construction on the Boulder Ventures project has stopped.  Big D Construction will be taking over construction soon. 

 

The private street that connects Wilmington across Highland Dr. to McClelland/Elm is open and makes a nice bike path through the block to connect to the S-Line. Ken pointed out that because the street is privately owned, the owners may not be willing to provide a permanent easement for the trail (including signage).  He thinks we should engage with the owners to ask for a temporary easement that could be revoked if it doesn’t work out.

 

Becka will investigate who we would need to approach to make pedestrian/bike improvements to the private street.  PRATT will continue to support the trail being designated on Sugarmont south of the Boulder Ventures building.

 

Soren pointed out that at this point there is no comprehensive plan for how the trail connects through the Sugar House Business District. He would like us to advocate for a permanent solution for the last two blocks of the trail that are between Hidden Hollow and the S-Line prior to placing any signage.  There is an adopted circulation plan that is not being followed.  The plan is located on the SLC website.  Meggie will talk to the SHCC Transportation Committee about the need to study the plan and stay engaged as the plan is being updated.

 

McClelland Street will be receiving CIP funds for redesign/rebuild for the section from Sugarmont to 21st South.  Boulder Ventures and the Lowe Bros projects on McClelland have agreed to help pay for curbs and gutters.  There will still be a trail right-of-way under the southwest corner of the Boulder Ventures building on the corner of McClelland and Sugarmont.

 

State Street to 300 West

There is still a sign saying this section is closed because UTA and the County are still working on the licensing agreement. 

 

900 West to Jordan River Parkway

Funding will most likely come from the Transportation Choice Fund.  We still need one million dollars.  Juan will speak with Erin Litvack to get the application schedule.  The application will be made by SL County Parks and Recreation.  Andrea is planning on having all the bid documents and construction designs done in October. Hopefully the funding will be available in early January. At that time, Juan will reach out to private donors.  

 

500 East

The small parcel at 500 East on the S-Line is surrounded by chain link fencing.  RC Willey is providing volunteers for the construction of a small pocket park.  Sharen Haurie is in charge of the project. 

 

Board Business

Andrea announced that Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation is updating their countywide Regional Trails Master Plan.  This plan has been in place 20 years and needs to be updated.  Sally attended one of the open houses held at the Northwest Recreation Center and advocated for completion of Parley’s Trail and improved connectivity of trails that intersect with Parley’s Trail. The County is taking comments regarding regional trails at www.recreation.slco.org/planning.  Andrea stated that individual cities are working on their own trail master plans.

 

Wasatch Regional Council also held a public input meeting last month at the Intermodal Hub Station in downtown SLC.  Sally attended to again advocate for bike trails but they were mostly getting input on new Trax preferred routes.

 

The board had a discussion regarding the rebuild of the 13th East Bridge over I-80.  At this time, UDOT is not planning to widen this bridge to accommodate a bike lane.  Becka recommended that a letter be written either from the PRATT Board or the Sugar House Community Council to Carlos Braceras, Director of UDOT to make him aware of our concerns.  UDOT needs to consider the rapid growth in Sugar House due to all the new high density housing and the fact that the new Millcreek City center will be located less that one mile from the Sugar House business district.  Soren recommended that the letter be copied to Heidi Goedhart, the Active Transportation Manager for UDOT. Sally will write the letter.

 

Becka reported that there are large sections of the trail that have massive amounts of goat heads.  The section from Main St to West Temple is particularly bad because the soil was disturbed during construction.  Volunteers are needed to conduct a weeding project to take out goat heads, especially in South Salt Lake.  Soren said that they are conducting a Goat Head Bounty Program on the Jordan River Parkway.  Volunteers are paid $2 a pound for pulled goat heads.  Ken said we need to get started on the Parley’s Trail goat head problem right away.  Soren said in Oct there is a cycle of funding that starts for noxious weed removal.  It’s through the Dept. of Agriculture.  These are matching funds. Soren will keep the board appraised when the application process opens. 

 

There is a dedication planned for Ty’s Garden on Oct 11th.  A stone marker that recognizes his life-long work will be placed near the garden.  We will schedule a cleanup project prior to the event. Sally will send an email to determine the best date.

 

Snow barriers for the tennis club roof – no action.

 

Ken made a motion that we move the monthly PRATT Board meeting to the first Wednesday of the month because too many board members have conflicts with the second Wednesday.  Soren seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. 

 

Financial Report – Ken Jones, Treasurer

The past month’s expenses included $742 for Beehive insurance, reimbursements of $799 to Juan for insurance and last year’s Dodo Dash park fee.  There is a balance of approximately $25,000 in the account.

 

Larger Area Circulation Plan – Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City Transportation

Becka brought City/County bikeway maps for all the board members.  The map was a collaborative effort between SL County and all the county municipalities.  It shows trails and streets that are available for riding based on the comfort/safety level of that route.  

 

Becka also brought maps of the area that is being looked at for the Larger Area Circulation Plan.  These included aerial maps.  She is asking that we make notes regarding the trails and connectivity of those trails so that she can provide feedback from PRATT to the committee that is determining the parameters for an extensive multi-city circulation plan.  The timely input is very important as many of our streets are scheduled for reconstruction which will provide an opportunity for pedestrian/bike transportation improvements.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:10

Next Meeting will be on Sept 4th

July 2019 Meeting Minutes

PRATT Board Meeting Minutes

July 10, 2019

Attendance: Juan Arce-Larreta, Meggie Troili, Andrea Sorensen, Sally Barraclough, Ken Jones, Taylor Greenwell, Becka Roolf, Jeff Attermann

Excused: Collin Dumke, Suzanne Weaver, Soren Simonsen, Dave Foster

Guests: Sharen Haurie, South Salt Lake Urban Design Director  

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Juan Arce-Larreta, PRATT Board Chair opened the meeting at 11:38.

Board Business

Funding for 900 West to the Jordan River Parkway

The meeting opened with a discussion regarding funding for the last section of trail (900West to the Jordan Canal Trail).  We need approximately one million dollars to complete the trail. 

Andrea suggested that now might be a good time to start lobbying the state legislators. Sally suggested that we may want to send formal letters requesting the final amount.  We may also want to send letters to large donors.

 

Becka explained that funds from the “4th Quarter” Transportation Choice Fund may be available to complete the project. SL County received 40 million last year to distribute among the municipalities for various transportation projects, which included trails. The funds come from the one quarter of one percent sales tax increase approved by the county voters for spending on trails/transportation projects.  PRATT got 3.8 million from that fund.  This year SLC will receive a much smaller amount.  SLC is planning on using approximately 25% of their allocation on trails.  This would have to be approved by the city council during the budget process.

 

Andrea submitted an application to the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program and was awarded $150,000.  She has also applied to the state for a RTP grant. The grant awards are announced in August.  If the funding is secured, Andrea will put the project out to bid this fall, possibly October.

 

Becka said there might be time to submit to the County Active Transportation Fund (CATF).  This is local money that doesn’t have federal strings attached. The current period to file a letter-of- intent is over, but none of the funds were released for full applications. It seems to be in a holding pattern. There may be an opportunity to file for the fourth quarter time frame.

 

Total project cost is 5.2 million estimated factoring in inflation.  

$400,000 was awarded for project design.

3.8 million has been secured from the Transportation Choice fund

$150,000 from the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant

 

 

 

Project Updates

 

The Army Corp of Engineers is requiring a 404 form from the county.  UDOT has already signed off on the plan.  Andrea feels certain that the approvals will be completed soon.  They are proceeding with construction documents.

 

Sharen raised concerns regarding emergency access for the section from 300West to 900West.  Andrea said that in event of an emergency, an ambulance would have to use the UTA Trax access.  Fire vehicles will access 900West to the Jordan Canal Trail using the same access as flood fighting vehicles from SL County Public Utilities.

 

Main St to West Temple landscape project is still under review.  A building in the area is slated to be torn down in the next 3-4 yrs which will affect the drainage.  Sharen is hesitant to conduct a large landscape project that ultimately will fail until irrigation and drainage can be established.  The area needs soil and rock removal and new soil brought in.  She has $200,000 for this project as soon as the issues are resolved.

 

Art installation for the north wall of the Draw is not funded. 

 

Sugar House Business District – Meggie is working on a public art installation for the north wall of the Springhill Suites Hotel.  It is a partnership with artist Chris Henderson.  There may also be a mural on the east wall of the Nordstrom Rack building.  The Colmena Group is funding the installations.   

 

Larger Area Circulation Plan – Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City Transportation

 

This is a collaboration project between SLC, Millcreek City, South Salt Lake and Holiday.  It is being paid for with Transportation Choice funds.  SLC would like to broaden the Sugar House Circulation Plan that was adopted in 2013.The massive amount of street reconstruction is providing an opportunity for improvements to the circulation plan.  This is a million dollar study.

 

Becka brought area maps and requested that the board make suggestions for better connectivity between various trails and areas that are designated for more intensive development.

 

The circulation plan recognizes that there is a general area that includes Highland Drive, 2100S and S-Line where a major portion of circulation is taking place.  For this reason the plan is being called the Greater Millcreek / Sugar House Circulation Plan but it includes areas of South Salt Lake and Holiday. 

The heart of Sugar House and downtown Millcreek City is only one mile apart.  South Salt Lake is working on sections of the Millcreek Trail that run through SSL.

 

Streets that are being reconstructed in SLC include:

2021    9th East from just north of 21st South to 30th South (city limits)

2023    11th East/Highland to 30th South (city limits)

????     13th East 21st South to 30th South (city limits)

 

Becka needs feedback from us regarding our “wish list” for various trail connections and street improvements to enhance all types of transportation.

 

Sally reported that she and Landon Clark met with the UDOT engineer who is designing the bridge rebuild on 13th East.  They have plans to only replace the decking.  They will not be adding more lanes or bike lanes, and they will not change the 1-80 ramps in this area.  To do a more extensive rebuild will require that the project be placed on the Wasatch Regional Council long term plan and will also require an environmental impact study.  Becka suggested that in light of the substantial growth in Sugar House and the plans for a city center in Millcreek, a letter/meeting be arranged to the Director of UDOT, Carlos Braceras.  She feels the letter should be sent from the SHCC.

 

Sharen said that South Salt Lake needs a Millcreek Trail crossing at I-15.  She also said 39th South is having a reconstruction project that needs a better bike crossing at 1-15.

Becka will bring maps with overlay of trails to our next meeting. 

 

Announcements

 

Sally announced that Wasatch Front Regional Council will be holding an open house for input regarding transportation plans for 2020-2025. The meeting is at the Intermodal Hub Station tomorrow from 4-6:30pm.  This will be a good opportunity to express how close we are to finishing Parley’s Trail and our need for the rest of the funding.  We are also advocating for trail connectivity.

 

Sharen confirmed that the RC Willey volunteer project on the parcel located next to the S-Line at 500 East is on schedule for this fall.

 

Juan announced that Stacey from the Dodo restaurant is no longer with the establishment.  They have a new director who is not ready to sponsor and help with the race so the Dodo Dash is cancelled this year.

 

There is going to be a dedication of Ty’s Garden with a stone sign sometime in October.

 

Ken stated that PRATT should start to look at making an amenities list for future donations to PRATT.  This is something that could be put on our social media accounts.

 

Lynne Olson is looking for volunteers for a work project in the Draw and Hidden Hollow.  There will be another work project in the future.  The planting pockets in the Echo Canyon wall need to be cleaned out.

 

Meggie requested that we put a news article about the Eco Tones Exhibition on our social media accounts. 

 

Financial Report – Ken Jones, Treasurer

Ken now has control of the bank accounts.  In the future he will send out e-mail statements from the bank for our review.  Ken issued a $200 check to Meggie for the donation from PRATT for the ECO TONES Exhibition in Hidden Hollow.  He also has checks for Juan to reimburse for insurance premiums.

Balance in the account is approximately $27,000.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:00

September 2018 Meeting Minutes

PRATT Board Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2018

 

Juan Arce-Larreta, Chair of the PRATT Board opened the meeting at 11:30.  He made motions to add two new members to the board. 

The first was for Meggi Troili, who is currently working on an advanced degree from Westminster College.  Sally seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

The second motion was made for Collin Dumke, who recently returned to the board meetings after completing an advanced degree from Duke University. Sally seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

Juan also made a motion to make Sally Barraclough secretary for the board.  Ken seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Welcome new board members.

Andrea Sorensen reviewed the following Parley’s Trail construction phases:

Phase 3: 2500 East to 1700 East

·         The “one year after completion” walk through by the contractor will take place next month.

·         Walt Gilmore, SL County Planning has forwarded information regarding the roof snow guards for the Tennis Club.  Ken will make a follow-up visit with the owners of the tennis club.

·         The contractor is procuring a convex safety mirror to be installed at the Crystal Ave location.  The county has funds to pay for the mirror.

Phase 4b: The Draw

·         The county parks department will replace the tree that has died in the south petal of the lily.

·         An underground drain will be installed near the east lily petal.  This area is always soggy because of the clay subsoil. 

Phase 4c: Sugar House Business District

·         This section of the trail is still mostly “on street”.  Members were encouraged to take the survey on the SL City website regarding the new scooters that are on the streets, sidewalks, and trails.  Report abandoned scooters at www.dockless@slc.com.

 

 

Phase 5a: State Street to 300 West

·         Construction drawings are 60% complete.  Construction will start immediately after the drawings are complete.  South Salt Lake City is working on funding for landscaping.

Phase 5c:  900 West to the Jordan River Parkway

·         The US Army Corp of Engineers will review the 408 levy plans for the bridge.  This could take a year.  UDOT has already approved the plan and UDOT is still reviewing the plan.

 

Board Business:

County Funding – Funding for the completion of the trail may be spread over two budget cycles but the preference of the board is to submit for the full amount in the next budget cycle.

Patricia Johanson - The environmental artist who designed the Sego Lily Plaza and the Echo Canyon Wall at the Draw, will be in Salt Lake Oct 9-11th. Events surrounding her visit are yet to be announced.

Website Updates – Juan will survey board members seeking suggestions for updates and improvements.  Collin Dumke will be in charge of making updates and improvements to the website.

Dodo Dash- The 5K fun run sponsored by the Dodo Restaurant to support Parley’s Trail will be on Sat Sept 29.  Yard signs were distributed for members to place in strategic places to advertise the run.  Sally is going to get it posted on the Sugar House Community Council website.

Trail Signage - A meeting to discuss “user friendly” signage for the trail will be on Sept 17th from 9-10am.  Meggie and Juan will attend to provide input regarding the new signs.

Treasurers Report: Suzanne Weaver

The financial report shows a balance of $1,344.93 in the checking account, $23,791.95 in the money market account, $5.58 in the business savings account, for a final balance of $25,142.46.  There was a deposit of $1,500 from Williams Company for a matching employee donation. 

Suzanne announced that she is retiring from the Treasurer’s position.  Juan thanked her for her years of service and is requesting another board member volunteer for the position.

 Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm

February 2018 Meeting Minutes

Parleys Rails Trails and Tunnels (PRATT) Agenda

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Salt Lake County Govt. Center, 2001 South State St., Rm S4406

 

 

1.     Welcome and introductions

2.     Minutes – new secretary

3.     Project Updates (Andrea /Walt) -

 

Phase 3:  2500 East to 1700 East 

Phase 4b:  The Draw at Sugar House

Phase 4c:  Sugar House Business District

Phase 5a:  State Street to 300 West

Phase 5c:  900 West to Provo-Jordan River Parkway

 

4.     Financial Report - Suzanne 3 min

 

5.     Board Business

a.      Earth Day planting event.

b.     Ribbon Cutting event planning

i. Sego Lily Plaza

c.      Transients camps in the Draw and along Trail

d.     Adding Board members

 

6.     Follow-up

a.   Signage on bridges where trail crosses roads

b.  MBAC grant

c.   Website updates

d.   Handout to be subbed with website card

e.  Salt Lake City representative

f.  Veterinary clinic property near Fairmont Park

 

7.     Other Business

 

PRATT Mission Statement

The mission of the Parley’s Rails Trails and Tunnels (PRATT) Coalition is: To assist city, county, state, federal agencies and other public and private partners in completing a shared use path along I-80 via Parley’s Creek Corridor and the Sugar House and South Salt Lake S-Line Streetcar Corridor to connect the Bonneville Shoreline Trail with the Provo/Jordan River Parkway.