The transition to fall means cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Though fallen leaves are a pleasant staple of autumn, they can also create a hazard in the form of clogged storm drains.

When too many leaves pile up in a storm drain, it can be difficult for water to pass through. This can cause flooding in yards and basements and may even lead to a decline in water quality.

“We’ve had isolated street flooding from leaves backing up or plugging the drains,” says Larry Diamond, Storm Water Supervisor.

Eagle Mountain City seeks to alleviate these problems by providing a leaf pick-up service each year, called “Bag the Leaf.”

Beginning Oct. 25, residents can place bags of leaves on the curb for the City to pick up and dispose of.

Free bags are also available for pick-up from City Hall or the Community Development Building, while supplies last.

The pick-up service is for leaves only and residents should not leave bags of branches, dirt, animal waste or other trash. Residents are also asked to limit bags to 40 lbs. each.

“We do the fall leaf clean-up to prevent localized flooding conditions during the fall and the winter,” says Diamond. “It also helps prevent organic pollutants from entering the storm drain system.”

In addition to keeping the streets and storm drains clear, Diamond says Bag the Leaf is also a service to homeowners, providing a free method of disposing of leaves properly.

The City will perform street sweeping and mulching services to keep storm drains clear, and residents can help by taking advantage of the Bag the Leaf program.

Together, these efforts will prevent clogged storm drains and floods that can be labor-intensive and costly to repair.

Leaf collection will begin Tuesday, Oct. 25, and conclude Friday, Dec. 2.

To report leaves for pick-up, or if you have questions, please contact Larry Diamond at ldiamond@emcity.org

Fall temperatures have begun after a summer of successful water conservation.

Eagle Mountain this year has reported relatively strong conservation numbers. The community saw a 12.46% decrease in water usage over the same period in 2021 (2nd quarter – April through June) and expect that the following quarter (July through September 2022) will show similar results when that information becomes available.

Eagle Mountain residents have frequently wondered about the status of the Cedar Valley’s aquifers — permeable rock that contains groundwater beneath the valley floor.

According to Jordan Nielson, Eagle Mountain City Water Conservation and Quality Control Specialist, the City draws water from not just one aquifer, but multiple.  

“At each of our source locations there is specific instrumentation that measures the aquifer level from which that particular source is drawn,” says Nielson. “Nothing from those measurements would indicate that we will not have adequate aquifer levels well into the future even with population growth and during periods of extended drought.

Nielsen says those levels are remotely viewable by water department employees at any time and constantly recorded by our City’s SCADA (Supervisory Control and Date Acquisition) system.

According to the Utah Geological Survey, about 90% of the content of our local aquifers emanates from precipitation in the nearby Oquirrh Mountain Range west of the Cedar Valley. That water subsequently flows underground in an easterly direction under the valley.

This has been happening for thousands of years before the current population of Eagle Mountain came on the scene. Additionally, local precipitation, unused irrigation water and other water sources eventually work their way into the aquifer system.

Eagle Mountain City’s data reveals that 75% of the water used is supplied by these aquifers and the other 25% is supplied by the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

City Public Utilities Manager Mack Straw says he’s grateful for the effort during the summer months.

“We would like to thank the residents of Eagle Mountain for their conservation efforts.”

Eagle Mountain City experienced several downed water wells during the summer months that required time and resources to fix. Resident’s conservation efforts were critical when balancing water availability while repairs were being made.

Since new development and higher population increases water usage, the City requires developers to turn over the water rights for their property and pay infrastructure costs in the form of impact fees for extracting that water. This allows the Water Department the ability to extract more ground water for City use as needs arise.

Though Eagle Mountain is in a relatively good position water-wise, the City encourages residents to continue their conservation practices. This way Eagle Mountain can be confident that water needs are sustainable.

In just under a decade, the population of Eagle Mountain grew by 75% – or more than 16,000 people.

It continues to grow every year. By 2060, Eagle Mountain is projected to expand to a population of over 150,000.

To keep up with the growth, Eagle Mountain City has developed a Transportation Master Plan. This plan will help implement an efficient and seamless roadway system throughout the city as it continues to expand.

The Transportation Master Plan provides insights and analysis for the next 10 years. Up until 2050, the plan will help determine which projects should be prioritized to most efficiently grow the community’s roadway network.

Chris Trusty, city engineer, explained how the Transportation Master Plan will help resolve traffic congestion issues.

“We work with a consultant so we can identify where best to locate roads and what sort of classification to help keep traffic flowing,” said Trusty. “Based on densities that we have throughout the city, we try to identify how big the roads need to be to get people where they need to go.”

The Transportation Master Plan analyzes city roadways and assigns each road a grade for traffic flow. In their current state, most city roadways operate at an acceptable level. Based on projected population growth, 14 of the city’s major roads will be at an unacceptable level by 2050 if no action is taken to expand their capacity.

“It’s a safety issue as well as a practical one,” said Mayor Tom Westmoreland. “We need to keep traffic flowing where it needs to go and do it in a safe, timely manner.”

While the Transportation Master Plan is a long-term comprehensive plan, City engineers are developing detailed plans for near-term projects as well.

“We take that [Transportation Master Plan] and we look at a six-year window and what projects need to be done within those six years,” said Trusty.

Trusty would like to assure Eagle Mountain residents that the Engineering department is aware of the growth the community is experiencing. That the Transportation Master Plan will help the city keep up with that growth.

“It is at the heart of life,” said Westmoreland. “Everything relies on transportation, whether you’re going to work or the store, or promoting a business.”

“And,” the Mayor added, “no one likes being stuck in traffic.”

At a public hearing on the Transportation Master Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 20, City Council voted to table the Transportation Master plan for a later date.

Read more for a more comprehensive overview of the Eagle Mountain Transportation Master Plan. 

Eleonore McLain volunteers as a Senior Companion with Senior Companions Serving Utah & Wasatch County. She was presented an award on Aug. 26 recognizing her three years of service in the industry.

Throughout her time as a volunteer, McLain has provided 2,631 hours of community volunteer service to seniors in Eagle Mountain and in the surrounding communities.

“She is a companion to some of our seniors that can’t drive, can’t take themselves places,” says Joye Roberts, board member on the Eagle Mountain Senior Citizens Advisory Council. “She takes them to lunch here, she sometimes takes them to doctor’s appointments… She goes and plays cards with them.”

McLain enjoys her work as a volunteer because it gets her out of the house and interacting with others.

“If I wasn’t driving them, I’d just be home doing nothing,” McLain says.

The Eagle Mountain Senior Center is currently in need of senior companion volunteers. This is so more seniors in Eagle Mountain can get out and enjoy the services offered by the Senior Center.

“We need more seniors that are willing to volunteer for things. …We operate on a volunteer basis,” says Roberts. “We need more people like Eleonore.”

Volunteers for the Senior Companion program must be at least 55 years old and willing to serve 15 hours a week, according to Roberts. Volunteers will receive reimbursement for meals, transportation, plus an hourly wage.

“You don’t have to work more than you can,” says McLain. “If you can only take one person, that’s OK.”

In addition to encouraging more people to volunteer, McLain also encourages individuals to take advantage of the services offered by the Senior Companion program.

“We should have more people taking advantage of it, especially here in Eagle Mountain,” McLain says. “They don’t have to stay home because they can’t drive.”

Individuals who would like to attend events at the Senior Center but are unable to without assistance should contact the Senior Center at (801) 789-6660 or send an email to seniorcenter@emcity.org.

The Senior Center is open for free meals for seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays and for occasional Monday night activities.  

Those interested in volunteering should contact the Mountainland Association of Governments at (801) 851-7767 or visit www.mountainland.org.

Margery J. Peterson, sitting on a chair with a book

Margery J. Peterson, longtime Cedar Fort farm owner, has spent thousands of hours compiling the history of the area – especially the area that now includes Eagle Mountain.

These endeavors include an extensive overview of everything from the area’s beginnings under the waters of Lake Bonneville, wherein the indigenous people who inhabited this area told legends of their forefathers who would cross the valley in boats and mine silver and gold, to the present-day formation of Eagle Mountain.

Tireless in this endeavor, Peterson’s labor of love was published as a sizeable volume, “Our Roots Grow Deep – A History of Cedar Valley.”

The work contains information about the early cities of the Cedar Valley.

Much of the work includes experiences with the indigenous peoples that lived here, town maps, schools, exploring for water, economic development, wars, military involvement, cemetery records, the Pony Express Route, electricity, communications, recreation, local stories and biographical sketches.

Peterson, who passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, graduated from Dixie High School and Dixie College.

She then attended Utah State University where she obtained a degree in elementary education. Following her marriage to Paul Peterson in 1960, she studied at the graduate level at the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, Michigan and California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, California.

Her husband Paul, now deceased and also a long-time Cedar Valley resident, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Agriculture Education.

Paul worked as Agriculture Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education in Salt Lake City. Prior to his retirement he was also Director of Ranch and Farm Management at Utah Valley Community College.

Paul and Margery Peterson worked a dry wheat farm in the Cedar Valley with their family after their normal office hours, during summer vacation and on Saturdays.

In the Preface of her book, Margery Peterson said “It [the farm] has been a great blessing to teach our children to work and has also provided relaxation for Paul.”

Margery’s book can be found at our Eagle Mountain Library. It is also available on Amazon.

A project designed to increase infrastructure and improve access for residents and businesses is anticipated to begin in the next year or so.

Earlier this year, Eagle Mountain City pursued, and received funding for, the extension of Old Airport Road to SR-73. The project, once completed, is designed to act as another east-west arterial road and will alleviate traffic volumes on existing roadways.

Bryce McRae, engineer in training with Eagle Mountain City, says the project has been in the works since before his time in his current position.

“Like with any project, there’s a lot of coordination that needs to be done … so it has been in the works for a while,” says McRae.

Currently, Old Airport Road runs perpendicular from Pony Express Pkwy into the Overland subdivision and development, ending its service well before connection with SR-73.  

McRae says plans have been developed for a specific route that will complete the roadway.

“Eventually Airport Road, as it’s designed, is going to punch from where it is currently, wrap around, continue north, and will ultimately tie into SR-73 up at the north” McRae says.

The expansion is anticipated to save motorists several minutes of driving time and will allow easier access in and out of Eagle Mountain.

“It’s going to allow for more east-west access and help with the north-south access in town as well,” says McRae.

Residents can expect to shorten their drive time to northern Utah and Salt Lake counties by several minutes by avoiding Pony Express Pkwy once the extension has been completed.

As Eagle Mountain’s population grows, the extension of Old Airport Rd is designed to accommodate an influx of residents and business activity.

McRae says that the extension is part of the City’s larger Transportation Master Plan  

“It has been part of the design,” says McRae.

In addition to providing easier access to City Center, the Old Airport Rd. extension will also allow for greater residential and economic development in the area.

While the project is an exciting development for Eagle Mountain, McRae says that this is a future project, and a specific date has not been set for construction to begin.

The City’s Engineering Department, however, is hopeful to move forward with the extension plans in 2023.

ShopFest Utah Logo - red shopping bag

This Saturday, Sept. 10, nearly 300 small businesses from more than 30 cities across Utah will gather at Cory Wride Park for ShopFest Utah, hosted by the Eagle Mountain City Chamber of Commerce.

Initially organized as the Eagle Mountain Street Fair, ShopFest Utah has exponentially grown over the past six years, eventually outgrowing its birthplace at Peregrine Rd.

In 2019, the Fair was moved to Cory Wride Memorial Park and became known as ShopFest Utah. In 2016, the Street Fair hosted just 100 local businesses. That number has grown to nearly 300 in 2022.

In addition to providing small businesses with the opportunity to grow, ShopFest Utah encourages its thousands of annual attendees to shop local.

“Small businesses are such an important part of Eagle Mountain,” says Aaron Sanborn, Director of Economic Development for Eagle Mountain. “About 80% of our businesses are small, home-based businesses.”

When residents patronize small businesses, they contribute to the growth and success of the Eagle Mountain community. ShopFest Utah is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

No matter your interests, there will be something for everyone at the ShopFest Utah market.

ShopFest Utah will host booths featuring arts & crafts, books, pet supplies & care, and many more categories.

This year, ShopFest Utah has the special privilege of partnering with Children’s Entrepreneur Market, a farmers market run entirely by kids.

The Children’s Entrepreneur Market provides Utah’s kids with the opportunity to hone their business skills they need to one day achieve their goals and build their own companies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during ShopFest, patrons can support children and their small businesses at the Children’s Entrepreneur Market.

In addition to the best shopping Utah can offer, patrons can also expect to experience live entertainment and plenty of food trucks. The splash pad at the park will also be turned on for the event, weather permitting.

ShopFest Utah would not be possible without the Eagle Mountain City Chamber of Commerce and their generous sponsors.

“The Chamber feels strongly about promoting local businesses,” says Jenny Humes, Event Director for the Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal is to support our local businesses in every way possible. … We are excited to provide an opportunity for local businesses to sell their merchandise, show off their talents on the stage and market their business. We expect ShopFest to be a huge success and to continue for many years to come.”

ShopFest Utah’s operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Cory Wride Memorial Park.

View the complete list of vendors for ShopFest Utah 2022.

It’s Thursday morning in Eagle Mountain’s City Center. Back-up beepers from construction equipment can be heard for several blocks.

On this first day of September with temperatures in the low 70s, four Eagle Mountain City Water Department employees find themselves loosely gathered around some dug out dirt on West Pinion Circle in The Landing subdivision.

They’re working to make final repairs to a water main break in the area. Water has been shut off for about one hour to 45 homes, but some additional time is needed to complete the work effectively.

“We cleared out the sand, cleaned around it, and then we were able to just take the four bolts off and take the old top off because there were some bolts eroding on the operating nut,” said Water Department Supervisor Matt Mortensen. “It was just a matter of time. Instead of putting a band-aid, we wanted all new.”

Eagle Mountain’s soil is innately acidic. In prior decades, equipment manufactured for use in utility infrastructure was relatively susceptible to degradation. A couple of times every year, this material erosion shows itself in the form of cracked pipes and damaged bolts and valves.

The modern era affords the City’s Water Department parts and materials that are far less affected by the natural make up of the soil. This is what the City’s Water Department is working to upgrade today.

Having just hopped off the phone, Mortensen — donning a yellow safety vest, sunglasses and sporting some facial hair on his chin — points to the hydro-excavation truck being used to access the valve under the ground.

“When you’re digging, you need to do a blue stake. It verifies where the power is, the gas is, the communication, the water line, sewer line. So that’s what’s nice about this truck,” says Mortensen. “A lot of times, when we respond to stuff like this, we will use the excavator just to pull up the asphalt. Depending on the material…with this, it doesn’t rip and tear gas lines in the ground.”

Thursday’s work is a follow-up to a sudden break in the water main in the same location on Monday.

Residents of The Landing notified the Sheriff’s Office and, subsequently, the City of the issue but not before a City employee was on scene through sheer happenstance.   

Water operator Derrick Rowberry was walking his Labrador, about five months old, near Skyline Drive on Monday around 8:45 p.m.

“It was just starting to get dark outside, and I saw a couple residents with flashlights. And I looked over and could see the sheen in the road. I was like ‘oh no,’” said Rowberry referring to Monday night’s incident. “I wasn’t sure if it was a sprinkler break. I could see water bubbling where this valve was, so I knew it was centered here.”

One Eagle Mountain resident was able to park his vehicle in front of the leak site to prevent traffic from driving over the area.

“The first thing is to make sure no one gets hurt,” says Rowberry. “So, I’ve got to commend the residents for stepping up and making sure it’s safe.”

Water main breaks are of particular concern to the Water Department. In part, this is because there’s a heightened risk for dangerous accidents.

Without prior knowledge for just how long the leak has been running, entire sections under the roadway may have been washed away. Crews recalled that very thing happening several years ago near The Ranches. Luckily, that was not the case with this break in the water main.

Water was shut down in the area for several hours Monday night, but service was restored around 1 a.m. on Tuesday with crews continuing to work until 3 a.m.

“It’s a relatively easy fix if you can shut the line down and have the parts to fix it,” said Rowberry.

A temporary fix in the form of a rubber gasket City crews fabricated from sheet rubber on hand was used to make a seal on Monday night. A new valve was ordered to make a replacement for Thursday.

“We used [the rubber] to make gaskets for numerous things,” says Rowberry. “We made that temporary gasket to get the residents back their water. Of course, that’s our first priority. One, for fire flow. Then, for the residents.”

Rowberry has worked for Eagle Mountain City for more than 11 years in total, working for other city governments in the area between stints with Eagle Mountain. He says other places just aren’t the same.

“I have a lot of heart, blood and sweat into Eagle Mountain and it’s where I live,” said Rowberry.

The tapping of the excavator removes some additional asphalt on Thursday morning. City Water Department crews want to ensure they’ve reviewed everything near the valve on the water main.

Once the valve is replaced, the hole in the ground will be backfilled and eventually covered with road base and asphalt by the City’s Streets Department.

Percolating water was at the surface within minutes Monday night due to the depth of the valve. Usually, the pipes are buried at a depth of four feet. This one, about three.  

“It’s gonna keep happening until we get to everything,” said Mortensen, referring back to the older models of the utility infrastructure.

Residents of The Landing saw water service returned within a couple hours on Thursday before City Water Department crews were off to oversee more projects.

Work to restore the roadway is anticipated for completion within several days.

Photo of the Glass Recycling drop-off dumpster in Cory Wride Park.

In late July, in coordination with Momentum Recycling, Eagle Mountain City unveiled a new glass recycling drop-off center in Cory Wride Park.

If you’ve recently driven past the park, you may have noticed the new dumpster ­– it’s rather hard to miss. It’s painted with vibrant hues of blue, orange, and yellow, with silhouettes depicting various outdoor activities home to Eagle Mountain, courtesy of local artist Bill Louis (@biltslouisart).

Evan Berrett, Management Analyst for Eagle Mountain City, spoke about how the location of the glass recycling dumpster was carefully selected.

“We wanted it to be highly visible, so we wanted it to be somewhere where people would not forget about the fact that we have recycling…a constant reminder to them to recycle their glass.”

In addition to serving as a reminder to Eagle Mountain residents to recycle, the dumpster also provides beautiful art for the public to enjoy.

“Because it has a mural on it, it’s a public art piece now,” said Berrett. “We wanted to make sure that got plenty of visibility, not just for the sake of the artist, but so that we could have something to beautify or bring something unique to the city. We don’t want to hide that away.”

The mural on the dumpster also represents what we protect when we recycle: wildlife, landscape, and outdoor recreation.

The recycling drop-off was made possible in coordination with Momentum Recycling, the only major glass recycling center in Utah.

The dumpster at Cory Wride Memorial Park is the latest of over 50 drop-off centers located all along the Wasatch Front provided by Momentum Recycling. Berrett, who was instrumental in bringing the drop-off center to the city, has visited the recycling center in Salt Lake City.

“A question a lot of people have right now, as far as recycling in general goes, is ‘is my recycling actually being recycled, or is it just going to a landfill?’”

Though he can’t speak to the story of cardboard, plastic, or other types of recycling facilities, Berrett says, “The glass recycling is one thing that we can for certain say that, yes, it is being recycled. And not only is it being recycled, but it’s being recycled into materials that we need here in Utah.”

Glass that is processed by Momentum Recycling is recycled into materials for sand-blasting or into fiberglass insulation for homes. “With how many homes are being built in Utah, there’s definitely a huge demand for that,” says Berrett.

In order to recycle responsibly, it’s important to be aware of what materials can and cannot be recycled through the drop-off center. The following materials cannot be recycled at Momentum Recycling and should not be placed in the dumpster:

  • Automotive Glass (i.e. windshields)
  • Ceramics (i.e. plates & dishes)
  • Light Bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Porcelain (i.e. plates & dishes)
  • Pyrex
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic (including plastic trash bags)

Berrett considers the drop-off center a big win for Eagle Mountain City and encourages all Eagle Mountain residents to use the drop-off center as frequently as possible.

Recycling glass is the easiest and most rewarding form of recycling, and provides each of us an opportunity to protect our planet and the natural resources we enjoy in Eagle Mountain.

For a comprehensive list of where to recycle items Momentum Recycling does not accept, visit the Momentum Recycling Website.