Fourteen individuals and five organizations, including the Deseret News, were honored as "good neighbors" by the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils and Key Bank.
The Good Neighbor Awards were presented as part of the Salt Lake Neighborhood Conference to honor individuals and organizations that have helped improve the quality of life in Salt Lake City's neighborhoods.Individual awards:
Norma Amodt, West Central City, was nominated by the People's Freeway Community Council for her 40 years of service on the council. She serves on the Multiethnic Board and was the community's representative on the Mayor's Baseball Task Force. "She is capable, dependable and very dedicated," a nominator wrote.
Terry B. Becker, Avenues, was honored for establishing the University Neighborhood Alliance to work out concerns between neighbors and the University of Utah. "It has resulted in cooperation and renewed spirit," the nomination said.
Lynn Beckstead, Rose Park, was cited for his efforts to resolve a controversial expansion of a parking lot at Smith's, 600 North and 1200 West. Beckstead held a number of meetings and in the end Smith's converted five duplexes into homes and the store got more parking. "What was accomplished was better than anyone could have hoped for," the nomination said.
Dan Bethel, West Salt Lake, was honored for his voluntarism and work as a professional architect and contractor. On one occasion, the former member of the Salt Lake Planning Commission produced a design to save a home from demolition by Mountain Fuel. "Dan donated many hours of his time as a professional architect to make the closure of 1100 West a win-win proposition for Mountain Fuel and the neighborhood," the nomination read.
Lumi Bradford, Central City, was nominated by 20 neighbors for his efforts as a Neighborhood Watch block leader in an area bordered by 500 and 600 East and 600 and 700 South. "As a result of Mr. Bradford's starting the Neighborhood Watch Group in this area almost two years ago, participation reached 95 percent, while the neighborhood experienced its most productive and safest growth," the nomination said.
Fred Fife, West Salt Lake, was honored for spearheading environmental projects in the area. Included in his work was planting and maintaining the Alzheimer's Nature Park at 200 South and the Jordan River and the Native Plants Project on 900 South between 800 and 900 West. He has also worked tirelessly to develop the Jordan River Parkway, a nomination said.
Frank E. Jacobsen, Fairpark, was honored for his work in behalf of five widowed neighbors. Jacobsen cuts their lawns in the summer and shovels their walks in the winter. "Most of the time Frank was outside by 6 a.m. shoveling snow so that people going to work and children walking to school would have a dry path to walk on. This is all done in addition to taking care of our home and yard," wrote the nominator, Jacobsen's wife, Yvonne.
Stephanie Harpst, who is leaving the city's Capital Planning Department, was given a "Special Award" for her concern with neighborhood issues. "She has been instrumental in organizing the community development advisory committee for Salt Lake and taking that process to neighborhoods," the nomination said.
Pam Heal, the immediate past president of the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils, was given a special award. "She brought cohesion to SLACC at a critical time in our history," the citation read. "Her leadership, grace, fairness and attention to issues has marked her administration in a positive way."
Heal has been active in the East Central Community Council representing the Gilmore Park area. She has been an active member of the national Neighborhoods USA organization.
Steve Lester, Sugar House, has been active in the Sugar House Community Council and on the Salt Lake Association of Community Council Board. He is also the driving force behind the "Friends of Irving,' a group seeking to restore the fire-damaged Irving Junior High School. "Steve is working tirelessly to transform what is now an eyesore into an attractive, functional building for the community of Sugar House," a nomination said.
Mike Maltby, Capitol Hill, was honored for his efforts in keeping his neighborhood clean. "He is always busy picking up, sweeping, trimming, raking, mowing and, in general, making things neat and clean for this part of town. . . . He makes our area a nice place to live and be. He never waits for thanks and some people really don't know who does it," a nomination read.
Nancy Saxton, East Central City, has chaired the Salt Lake County Crime Prevention Task Force and helped organize the countywide "Night Out Against Crime." She also involved with many other issues in her neighborhood including the the Block 42B Master Plan, helping neighbors remove snow from their roofs, developing three small area master plans and instituting a program to regularly honor residents and businesses. She also serves as the chairwoman of the East Central Community Council and the Mayor's Community Development Advisory Committee.
Victoria Shores, Poplar Grove, has an endless list of contributions to her neighborhood, including member of the West Salt Lake Community Council, helping open a neighborhood police station, volunteer in graffiti paint-out projects, participant in a neighborhood watch patrol, worker in the federally sponsored "Weed and Seed" program in her area and a citizen forester. Along with that work, she makes special efforts to help children and needy families. She has purchased clothing for children, paid medical bills and donated food to hungry families.
Marion Willey, West Central City, was honored for extensive community council involvement both in the People's Freeway Community Council and in Salt Lake Association of community councils. He has rehabilitated an entire block of homes in his neighborhood. He was also instrumental in starting the "Good Neighbor Award" program and gaining support from his employer, Key Bank, for the awards.
Organizations honored included:
The Alzheimer's Association, Northern Utah Chapter, was cited with a special award for developing a section of the Jordan River Parkway as the Alzheimer's Wildlife Grove. The project was completed with volunteer help and donations. It was planted with Utah native trees, plants, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. "A beautiful bench and dedicatory plaque enhance this beautiful little park," a nominator wrote.Comment on this story
The Deseret News was honored with a special award for its ongoing coverage of issues affecting neighborhoods. Specifically, the newspaper was cited for its weekday "In Your Neighborhood" column that focuses on issues and coming events in neighborhoods. "This column helps to bring important information, concerns and challenges into the home," a citation said.
The South Central Community Council nominated the "Pride on Our Neighborhood Alleyway Cleanup" group for a "Good Neighbor Award." The group, which includes Leona Winger, Margaret Trane, Dyann Mauchle, Kathleen Moffat and K. Anne Saint Hilaire, researched how to clean up alleyways in the area. They received permission of property owners and then cleaned graffiti and trash from alleyways.
Members of the Salt Lake City Council were honored for their continuing support of the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils and policies that protect the city's neighborhoods.
Utah Power was given a special award for its help in facilitating a strategic plan for the northwest quadrant of the city. "They were able to get a cross section of residents and businesses to spend more than 40 hours identifying all the pluses and minuses in the area. When it was finished the northwest section of Salt Lake had a plan and committees to work on problems," wrote City Councilman Ron Whitehead in his nomination.