2023 Legislative Town Hall, Trails Update, New State Office Building

Come to our 2023 Legislative Town Hall

The 2023 legislative session will be starting in 2 weeks on Tuesday, Jan 17th.

The South Davis County legislators are hosting an in-person Town Hall next week and we hope you can attend.

Hosting: Rep. Melissa Ballard, Rep. Paul Cutler, Rep. Ray Ward, and Sen. Todd Weiler.

When: Wednesday, Jan 11th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Where: West Bountiful City Hall at 550 North, 800 West in West Bountiful.

What: A chance to get to know your local legislators, tell us what you are hoping, ask questions, and hear what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming session.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday Morning Online Chats
As we have done in recent years, the South Davis legislators will again be hosting Saturday Morning Chats online each Saturday Morning (except the President's Day weekend) during the Legislative Session.

The meeting will stream live on the South Davis Community Facebook page and we will take questions from the Facebook comments. We are looking forward to also including Newly-Elected Representative Paul Cutler in our discussions this year as well.

It's early - 8:30 A.M. on a Saturday morning - but you don't even have to get out of your pajamas. You just need to get to your nearest computer screen to participate.

Where to access the meetings: South Davis Community Facebook Group

Dates and Times:

Sat Jan 21st 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

Sat Jan 28th 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

Sat Feb 4th 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

Sat Feb 11th 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

NO Meeting on Sat 18th - It's Presidents Day weekend. Go do something fun!

Sat Feb 25th 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.
Great Progress on New Trails
up Mueller Park Canyon
There has been talk for many years about adding some new trails for hiking and biking and the last few years have seen significantly more planning and progress. This last month, bids were awarded (for construction that will start this summer) for 3 additions that will give significantly more options along the Mueller Park-Elephant Rock-Rudy's Flat loop.

The first trail (marked in yellow on the first map below) will be a downhill-only trail for bikes descending from Elephant Rock. It drops down into the canyon much quicker, crosses over the Mueller Park stream, and then comes the rest of the way down the canyon on the north side of the stream. It will take some of the pressure off the Elephant Rock Trail and make it much safer by avoiding collisions between down-going bikes and folks headed up the trail.

The second trail (which is the upper of the two yellow trails on the second map below) will cut off just a little bit past Elephant Rock, head further east up the canyon, but drop down towards the creek, cross over the creek, then head back down the canyon, hook up with the first trail (described above) and come back to the trail starting point from the north side of the canyon.

The third trail (which is the lower of the two yellow trails on the second map below) will branch off just a little bit below Rudy's Flat, take you out to Cave Peak for a great view of all of south Davis County, and then drop down the mountain on the north side of North Canyon and meet back up with the existing North Canyon Trail about where the dirt road ends and turns into trail.

A special thanks to Bountiful City Councilmember Kate Bradshaw who has been working with our trails committee and the vendors and the Forest Service for some years to get us to this point.

And if you really want to see the nitty-gritty details, you can see the maps in more detail and the descriptions of the bid and other trail plans in the Dec 13 Bountiful City Council packet materials pages 89-96.

State Office Building Demolition and

If you have reason to come to the state capitol complex, you will easily notice the big construction changes going on with the recent demolition of the north building.

The demolition just finished recently and the construction will be going on over the next couple of years.

The new building will be a great improvement for what is available at the state capitol site. The important additions will be:

  • The building will meet current code with respect to earthquakes and fires.
  • There will be additional, needed, parking.
  • There will be increased space and more usable space for state employee offices and there will be meeting rooms that will be able to be scheduled both by state employees and by community members bringing a group to the capitol for a visit.
  • Best of all - The lower levels will host a Museum of the History of Utah. The state has a sizable collection of documents and objects important to our state history. Some of this collection was being displayed in the Rio Grande Station down on 3rd West, but that building was significantly damaged in the earthquake of March 2020 and repairs are still pending, so the exhibit had to be closed.

Having a great museum will be another great attraction to draw people to the capitol and help connect us to our past and to each other as a community.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, here is a link to a short podcast with the Head of the Capitol Preservation Board discussing the construction and what we hope to show in the new museum and here is a link to a 3-minute video showing some of the recent building demolition.
Artist's Rendering of the planned
North Capitol Building
Paid for by Ray Ward. Not produced or distributed at taxpayer expense.
Ray Ward Contact Information:
Mobile: (801) 440-8765
Ray Ward was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in November of 2014. He currently serves as the House Chair for the Social Services Budget Committee, and believes that we will be better off if we treat each other with respect and talk through difficult issues carefully.