Many Reasons to be Thankful

As the year is winding down and the reality of single digit temperatures will soon be here to stay, I find myself reflecting on the year gone by. As I reflect, I am filled with gratitude for so many reasons. I am in a word, thankful. For those who know me best, it will go without saying that I am eternally grateful for the patience and understanding of my amazing wife and my precious daughters as this “job” of Mayor has demanded so much of my time over the last three years. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity you, the public have provided me to serve you. People often ask me how I like being mayor, and my response is always the same. I tell them “This is the most challenging position I have ever held. It is the most gratifying position I have ever held. It is a labor of love.” I don’t mind sharing with you that this position can at times exact a heavy toll from my personal life. At the exact same time, this position encourages and nourishes my soul in far too many ways to recount.

Eagle Mountain City has come so far since the year of our incorporation in 1996. I believe that today, we are the absolute best version of Eagle Mountain that has ever existed. Which leads me to one of the many reasons I am thankful this Thanksgiving Eve. My role of Mayor of Eagle Mountain has provided me with so many unique experiences and opportunities. I am one member of an organization of amazing people who love the work they do and who more often than not, go above and beyond in an effort to serve the public. The work is seldom easy, the recognition seldom forthcoming, though the pride of knowing we have done our absolute best to serve the public is reward enough.

We have worked very hard over the last three years to place ourselves in a position of financial strength. I am grateful that today we are able to enjoy the fruits of those labors. This year we have seen the completion of many long desired projects which would not have been possible only a few years ago. The best part is that we are just getting started and we now have the resources to see the work continued. Rather than rely on words, perhaps pictures can tell the story better.

In the top row you will see pictures of the new restrooms installed at Walden Park and Pioneer Park. Though not pictured, one additional restroom has been built at Smith Ranch. The top center picture is looking down the brand new extension of Bobby Wren Blvd. on the east side of Pony Express. This project also included completion of a trail along the entirety of Bobby Wren from Pioneer Addition to Eagle Park on the west side of Pony Express.

The bottom row pictures start with the brand new (and beautiful) infield dirt at the Cory Wride Memorial Park baseball complex. You will also see a picture of the trail along Pony Express. Every square foot of trail in City Center and The Ranches has now received seal coat as a preventative maintenance measure.

You will also see a shade structure which has been built at the bike park. An identical structure has been built at Nolen Park.

Of course there has also been plenty of road improvements this year as we continue working our way through our preventative maintenance plan.

Stone walls, pillars, and iron fencing are under the final stages of construction at the cemetery, and work is now starting on the center medians to convert all spray irrigation to drip along Pony Express. This project has been in the planning stages for quite some time and will see the first phase which will cover the majority of the center medians along Pony Express in The Ranches, completed in the late spring. This design will be a step in the right direction toward water conservation while maintaining a high aesthetic standard.

We are now working on identifying a contractor to build phase 1A of Cory Wride Memorial Park. This build will include ample parking, completion of the baseball complex with shade sails, grandstands, restrooms, snack shack, maintenance shed, announcers booth, playground, and landscaping.

Planning is well underway for phase 1B of Cory Wride Memorial Park which will include multiple play structures for children of all abilities. Here is the best part of it all. The entirety of these projects and many others already planned will be paid for in cash. That’s right, all cash, no debt!

Our current circumstances didn’t happen on accident. It has taken a tremendous amount of intentional effort. For all the staff, council, and community volunteers that have helped get us to this point, I am thankful.

God bless you and may you have a most thankful thanksgiving!

10 thoughts on “Many Reasons to be Thankful

    • Jacob,

      I just went to the website to look for it and I couldn’t find it. That doesn’t mean it isnt there, only that I can’t find it at the moment. We did have an open house for to solicit feedback on the park and we presented the existing plans at that meeting. I’m certain the plan will come back before City Council before, or when we get ready to award bids for construction.

  1. I would love to see some much needed improvements at the skate park (by that I mean scrapped and re-done in concrete). I am greatful to see some attention being paid to City Center, long over due in my opinion. Hope to see more business growth here also hope to see more power given to the people who actually live here so we can continue to try and pursue happiness and prosperity.

    • Evan,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We did invest funds in maintanence for the skate park. We don’t have any plans to replace the skate park with a concrete one on the horizon. Additional investments will be made in both City Center and the Ranches. I’m glad to report that there is more businesses coming to City Center which I think will be positive. As far as more power being given to the people, I’m happy to entertain thoughts you might have. What would you like to see happen in Eagle Mountain in either process, policy, or product that we are delivering? I love hearing residents perspective.

      • Sad to hear the skatepark wont be upgraded. Im an old skater who believes very strongly that good skateparks are needed for our youth as they kept me out of trouble in my own youth and as you know Eagle Mtn has a very large youth population. Poorly built/designed skateparks do not attract kids and dont allow them to progress and expand their skill there for they get bored and bored youth are likely to cause trouble. I must say what we have is better than nothing but at the very least it could benefit from some upgrades/expansion of some kind. I am thrilled about the growth that is taking place, not sure if it’s coincidence of time or you your self but am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt considering what Ive learned about the previous Mayor’s of Eagle Mtn. In regards to power belonging to the great people who make up our city its plain and simple, the wellbeing of Eagle Mtns residents is more important than playing politics to stay in favor of wealthy crony capitalists. Not to insinuate you take place in such behavior but long time residents of our city have shared some pretty displeasing stories with me about passed events, of which also took place under the guidance of previous Mayor’s. I think with a little more time and a city counsel that can work together to put the peoples best interests to heart great things will take place in our fast growing city. I wish you luck in your continued Mayorship and am thankful for the good that has come about this past year. Thank you for listening, Mayor.

  2. We’ve spoken before about our police presence out here and while I agree we have an amazing community, there are problems within it. Many of the problems are troubled youth causing a raucous that goes unchecked by parents and certainly our cops.

    I love and appreciate law enforcement generally but honestly not impressed with our speeding ticket writing force. We need those guys driving up and down every street in the city at ALL hours of the day and night. We don’t need them sitting on the highways, Mavrick or Eagle Mtn blvd. We need them protecting our families. Neighbor just had they’re Christmas lights burglarized last night. 4 wheelers rallying the parks at night.

    I wonder if we’d be better off looking into Saratoga Springs to contract our city like they do Bluffdale.

    Talking to their supervisors fixed the problem for a few weeks, then we had local vandals defacing city property and throwing items at cars and their homes. Don’t you think if there were police driving throughout the neighborhood at random times, this might stop some of this?

    Mayor we all appreciate the many hours and effort you put in each month. Your work is evident every year. Thank you for listening.

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