November 2015 Around Town

Memorial and Bench 
Honor Sgt. Derek Johnson

Law enforcement officers, city officials and community members gathered September 1 at Ballard Corner Memorial Park to remember Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson and to dedicate a park bench and stone memorial in his honor.

“We are here to remember and honor Derek in an uplifting way,” said Draper City Police Chief Bryan Roberts remarking on Derek’s infectious smile and upbeat nature.

Draper Mayor Troy Walker spoke of a great young man who loved his job, his family and his community. “He was a fine example of what a community would want from a police officer.”

Walker thanked the city council members and the Ballard family for their efforts in creating the memorial park at 132nd South and Fort Street. “Out of a tragic event we have created a park, and what a beautiful place it is.”

Shante Johnson spoke last saying her husband made an oath to protect and serve and did so even in his dying moments. The memorial is a way to remember him forever, she said, and commented how she loves the large tree that shelters his bench. The Mayor dedicated Sept. 1 as “Sgt. Derek Johnson Day” and his wife joked, “Babe, you have your own day!” She concluded by asking the audience to remember those who continue to serve our community. “Please remember the sacrifice,” she said. “Because when we are in trouble, the police come.” Article and Photography Linnea Lundgren

Geneva Rezone Public Hearing Scheduled in November

Geneva Rock has filed an application with Draper City to rezone a portion of its property located at the Point of the Mountain from an A-5 (agricultural) zone to an M-2 (manufacturing) zone that would allow Geneva to expand its excavation on this property. A number of issues have been raised regarding this rezone. Information will be presented at the public hearing on the following items, among others: air quality, conservation easement for the preservation of land, historical rights to run a sand and gravel operation, and potential impact on wind patterns.

The application has been reviewed by the planning commission and is now ready for the city council to review. Shortly after the planning commission meeting, Draper City received requests from the public to hold an informal or town hall meeting to discuss this rezone. However, since an application had been filed, the next step is to schedule a public hearing so that all parties can be present at the meeting.

Draper City invites all those who have an interest in this application to attend the upcoming meeting at 7 p.m. on November 10 in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 1020 East Pioneer Road in Draper. Anyone who wants to submit a comment, but is unable to attend the meeting, may send their written comments to the Draper City Recorder at prior to the scheduled meeting.

Draper City Messiah

With a 36 year history, Draper City’s Messiah is one of the longest running Messiah performances in Utah. Especially exciting this year is that the Messiah is welcoming back its original director, Layne Wright, from a three year stint in Brazil. The sing-in is scheduled for December 6th at 6 p.m. and everyone in the community is invited to participate. The performance is December 13th at 7 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center at 1300 East 13400 South.

Twelve CSD Students 
Are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists

The sky is the limit for the Canyons District high school students who are rocketing toward their scholastic goals. Twelve CSD students have been named as semi-finalists in the 2015-2016 National Merit Scholar competition, and three of those students are from Corner Canyon: ​Mitchell Hilbig, Jacob Perry and Joshua Petersen. The high-achieving students represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. They were selected based on their scores on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The list of finalists will be released in February. Winners of this year’s scholarships will be announced in the spring.

Students Win International 
Woodworking Awards

Three Corner Canyon student guitar-makers won international awards and cash prizes at the Freshwood Student Competition at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) convention. The winners are: Sadie Chidester, first place and $1,000 for Featherprint; Jacob Rubisch, second place and $500 for Mahogany Gem, and Porter Thorkelson, honorable mention and $250 for Sun Burst. Chidester, Rubisch and Thorkelson are among six students from Corner Canyon, and 19 high school students nationwide, who were selected to compete at Freshwood.

Run with an Attitude 
of Gratitude

Enjoying Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to mean gaining a few extra pounds. Come burn a few calories, make room for Thanksgiving dinner, and create lasting memories at the 10th annual Utah Human Race, benefiting Utah Food Bank, on November 26 at the Draper VF Outlets, 12101 South State Street. The Utah Human Race is one of the largest 5K/10K events in the state—with 5,900 participants in 2014. This family-friendly race is held every year on Thanksgiving morning in conjunction with Utah Food Bank’s statewide Holiday Food and Fund Drive. All proceeds benefit Utah Food Bank.