Cedar Hills is built upon an alluvial fan, or bench, created thousands of years ago when it was a shoreline of Lake Bonneville. Early settlers referred to the area as “The Bench.” Because of the growth of cedar trees, the area was later referred to as Cedar Hills. The bench provides a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, Utah Lake, and Utah Valley. Cedar Hills was established as a community in 1977.

Native Americans

The dry bench upon which Cedar Hills is located provided little attraction to Native Americans. They preferred camping near streams, such as in American Fork Canyon. Several Native American artifacts were found upon the bench, however, including an Indian bowl (found by Paul Adams and currently on display at a Brigham Young University museum) and numerous arrowheads. The arrowheads were probably dropped during skirmishes between the Utah Valley Indians and the Shoshones.

Wildlife

Various forms of wildlife flourished in the area. Coyotes prowled along the bench. Wild cats, red foxes, bears, deer, skunks, and rabbits also lived in the area. Some deer, skunks, and rabbits can still be seen around Cedar Hills.

Early Settlers

Early settlers began to make their homes in settlements around the area of what is now Cedar Hills. The surrounding cities of Pleasant Grove and Alpine were settled between 1849 and 1850. Later, a large portion of the area was used for dry farming, which proved to be unsuccessful. A few planted plots existed among the sage brush, but much of the area was used to pasture livestock. Other forms of livelihood among early settlers included trapping and turkey farming.

Turkey Ranch

The area where Cedar Hills now sits was once home to a nationally recognized turkey ranch. According to the Utah State Historical Society, Effie Warnick Adams and her husband Azra settled the area north of Pleasant Grove and developed a turkey ranch in the depths of the Great Depression.

The Utah State Historical Society says that the turkey ranch gained national publicity as Azra Adams served as the President of National Turkey Federation in 1956.

“That year the Adamses presented one of their large turkeys to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson for Thanksgiving dinner,” the Utah State Historical Society wrote.

The David Evans Company Advertising Agency, advertiser for the National Turkey Federation, would take pictures of the Adams turkey ranch because of its impressive mountain background. In 1939, the National Poultry Congress in Cleveland, Ohio, displayed photographs of turkeys raised on the beautiful bench upon which Cedar Hills is now located. And, as NBC ran a news story about turkey farming on the bench, the photographer was taken back by the beauty of the bench and continued to say, “beautiful, beautiful.” In 1962, the Saturday Evening Post also ran stories about turkeys still living upon the bench.

The ranch began to struggle in the 1960s as the area became more populated and residents complained of dust and noise caused by the ranch. The ranch also struggled with increases in wages for hired help and heavy losses. The ranch was put up for sale in 1971 and the Cedar Hills community would later be built on the land.

Historical Highlights

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2018

January

  • Brian Miller appointed to City Council
  • Councilmember Ben Bailey appointed as Mayor Pro Tempore
  • “Light up Cedar Hills” winners announced
  • Flag pole at city office installed for Eagle Scout project

February

  • Kylee Wunder recognized as the recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • Jill Olsen appointed to the Family Festival Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Jennifer Lamoreaux and Jordan Long appointed to the Cultural Arts Citizens Advisory Committee
  • State considers legislature to financially penalize cities not having adequate affordable housing

March

  • Multi-city Family Preparedness Expo held March 12
  • “Hoedown of Fun” dinner and line-dancing instruction for adult couples
  • YCC hosts Easter Egg-Stravaganza for kids age 10 and under
  • YCC hosts Flashlight Candy Dash & Pizza Party for tweens

April

  • City provides dumpsters for Spring Cleanup
  • Beautification Committee held soils seminar, a hands-on demo by Barry Hallsted
  • City honors military personnel with free round of golf
  • 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report released
  • Landscape watering restrictions enacted
  • Residents encouraged to celebrate Arbor Day with prize for planting a tree

May

  • Annual Service Day held
  • Council approves an agreement to allow a Farmers Market at Heritage Park

June

  • Annual Family Festival held June 4-9
  • First Garden Tours of Cedar Hills held
  • Fireworks and fire restrictions enacted
  • Cedar Hills Theatre Fest stages three shows
  • Weekly Food Truck Rally begins
  • Council approves creation of the PD-1 Planned Development Zone
  • Council approves re-zoning of certain portions of area in the SC-1 Commercial Zone to the PD-1 Planned Development Zone
  • Council approves preliminary plans for the Cedar Canyon Subdivision

July

  • Yards of the Month recognitions begin
  • Sunset Farmers Markets begins weekly market at Heritage Park
  • Hillside homes threatened by wildfire
  • City Council updated and approved ordinance allowing Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Council approves preliminary plans for the Cedar Hills Gateway Commercial Subdivision

August

  • Annual pancake breakfast held at the community center
  • Park curfew hours encouraged and enforced
  • Council approves final plans for the Cedar Hills Gateway Commercial Subdivision

September

  • County’s Reverse 911 Emergency Alert Notification System implemented
  • Residents reminded of door-to-door solicitation laws
  • “Recycle Often, Recycle Right” campaign implemented
  • HIGH Fitness® classes begins
  • Mommy and Me Music Makers begins
  • Marie Kraft and Eric Schloer appointed to the Planning Commission

October

  • ADA sidewalk improvements completed on Cedar Hills Drive and 4600 West
  • Spooky Yards of the Month recognized
  • Residents reminded to license dogs
  • City’s passport facility reaches two years of service with over 6,158 passports processed
  • Council approves an Interlocal Agreement with the Utah Lake Commission

November

  • City acts as voter service center on Election Day
  • Crack sealing and street sweeping overseen by Public Works Department
  • Happy 41st birthday, Cedar Hills—incorporated November 2, 1977, with 30 inhabited homes.
  • YCC members take Oath of Office

December

  • “Light Up Cedar Hills” winners announced
  • “Night with Santa” enjoyed by all!
  • Annual Story Time reading of The Polar Express at the Community Center
  • Eagle Scout project reminds residents of leash laws
  • Council approves a resolution supporting and encouraging the Utah County Commission to implement the Fourth Quarter Cent Sales Tax Option
  • Tracy Lieberman and Minnette Olsen appointed to the Family Festival Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Council approves awarding the bid for Harvey Park Phase 1 to Keller Construction
  • Council approves a Moderate Income Housing Element amendment to the City’s General Plan

Recreation Programs Provided in 2018 by the Community Services Department:

Ski Bus, Night Out with Utah Jazz, Indoor Junior Golf Lessons, Tot Soccer, Soccer League, Co-ed Teen Soccer League, Bingo, Football Skills Camp, T-Ball, Coach Pitch, LEGO Workshop, LEGO Camp, Computer Coding, Game Design Camp, Utah Elite Soccer Camp, Damsel in Defense classes, Lacrosse, Jr. Golf Camps, Bowling Lessons, Karate, Flag Football, Teen Flag Football, HIGH Fitness® Classes, Mommy and Me Music Makers, Pickle Ball Tournaments

2017

January

  • David Bunker resigns as city manager and city engineer, effective December 30, 2016. Chandler Goodwin appointed interim city manager.
  • Councilmember Mike Geddes appointed Mayor Pro Tempore.
  • City council approved a resolution supporting the Murdock Connector Road between American Fork, Highland, and Cedar Hills.

February

  • Candidate filing period announced.
  • Six Sisters Deli awarded contract to operate grill at the community center.
  • City’s fee schedule updated to recover costs associated with building plan-check fees.
  • Discounted resident rates updated for Vista Room rentals.
  • David Bragonje appointed to the Beautification, Recreation, Parks & Trails Citizens Advisory Committee.

March

  • Chandler Goodwin appointed as city manager.
  • American Fork Police Department holds Community Partners in Policing public meeting at the community center on March 8.
  • Fifth annual, multi-city Family Preparedness Event held March 14 with over 500 attending.
  • Water conservation emphasized in newsletter.
  • Bid awarded to In-Site Design Group to create a Parks Master Plan.
  • Municipal Wastewater Planning Program adopted.
  • Test findings on secondary water samples published after unplanned sediment release from Tibble Fork Reservoir into the American Fork River on August 23, 2016.
  • Parks, trails, and aquatic master plan survey sent to residents.

April

  • Outdoor watering restrictions implemented.
  • City sponsors 19th annual Spring Clean-Up.
  • Beautification Committee spearheads Cedar Hills Service Days.
  • City celebrates Arbor Day.
  • YCC holds Easter Egg-stravaganza for children under 11 and Teen Candy Hunt for kids 11-13.
  • Cedar Hills Youth Theater presents School of Rock, April 13-15 & 17.
  • Marco’s Pizza opens for business.

May

  • Golf Club honors military personnel with free golf during week of Silver Star Day.
  • Family Festival held May 30 through June 3.
  • Residents reminded of street parking for boats and trailers, etc; installing fences, sheds, or retaining walls; putting up signs; and keeping weeds and vegetation under control.
  • License code updated to reflect changes by State, resulting in non-impact home businesses being exempt from paying city licensing fees.
  • Certain volunteer committees dissolved.
  • Interlocal Agreement made with Utah County to conduct vote-by-mail elections.
  • Resolution approved to include a general ballot opinion question for a PARC tax.
  • City transcriptionist Courtney Hammond recognized for her service since 2004.

June

  • Denise Andersen appointed to city council.
  • Ernie’s Sports Deli opens at community center.
  • Creekside Theatre Fest presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Shanahan’s Oz in repertory.
  • Recognition for Yards of the Month begins and continues through September.
  • City Council notifies Lone Peak Public Safety District of intent to evaluate continued participation in district.

July

  • Culinary water rates adjusted effective July 1.
  • Ordinance created to restrict aerial fireworks east of Canyon Road and in undeveloped areas in the city.

August

  • Annual breakfast served to residents August 19.
  • Staff decorates two-dimensional, life-sized, plywood bull with photos of “faces” of Cedar Hills for Utah County Fair contest.
  • Kylee Wunder named Cedar Hills Champion for creating soccer camp for autistic children.
  • Brad Freeman, retired chief of Lone Peak Fire Department, recognized for service.
  • City finance director Charl Louw appointed to the Beautification, Recreation, Parks & Trails Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • Coverage approved for homes that were flooded in a pressurized irrigation mainline break on Morgan Blvd. on May 11.

September

  • Utah County Bookmobile service discontinued due to county funding changes.

October

  • City celebrates 40 years of incorporation with a historical open house on October 16.
  • Passport facility accepted over 2,900 applications since opening October 10, 2016.
  • Vic White and Steve and Sue Mastin appointed to Beautification, Recreation, Parks and Trails Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • Spooky Yards of the Month recognized for Halloween decorations by Beautification Committee.
  • Ordinance updated to restrict commercial solicitors from leaving flyers at homes where a no-soliciting sign is visible.
  • City created a no-fault insurance policy for flooding assistance in residential utility line failures.

November

  • Cedar Hills Youth Theater presents James & the Giant Peach.
  • A general election was held to elect a mayor and two councilmembers to four-year terms: Jenney Rees as mayor and Denise Andersen and Ben Ellsworth as city councilmembers.
  • Cedar Hills PARC Tax proposition on General Election ballot approved by voters.

December

  • Santa Party held on December 4 at the Community Center attended by over 500 residents.
  • Annual Light Up Cedar Hills contest sponsored by the city’s Beautification Committee.
  • Annual Story Time reading of The Polar Express at the Community Center on December 12.
  • Youth City Council conducts annual Santa’s Workshop to help Cedar Hills families in need.
  • City provides recycling drop-off locations for live Christmas trees.

Programs provided in 2017 by Cedar Hills Community Services Department

T-Ball, Coach-Pitch Baseball, Co-ed Soccer, Tot Soccer, Cedar Hills Soccer League, Karate classes, Lacrosse, Teen Flag Football, Flag Football, Women’s Golf Clinic, Jr. Golf Camps, Rookie Rugby League, Bowling Lessons, Computer Camps for Kids, Lego Gear Car Workshop, Lego Summer Camp, InMotion Indoor Golf, Club V Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Couples Paint Night, Story Time, Mommy & Me Music Makers, Weekly Food Truck Rally.

2016

January

  • Councilmember Rob Crawley was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore.
  • The City Council approved a resolution concerning the environmental stewardship of American Fork Canyon.
  • Jared Anderson, Brian Miller, and Steven Thomas were sworn in as alternate members of the Planning Commission.
  • City implemented SeamlessDocs to generate digitized, automated forms.

February

  • City’s annual Ski Bus program provided transportation, instruction, and free time at Snowbird on three Saturdays for youth 7-17.
  • The City Council approved an ordinance to update the policy related to non-flash, still photography and video recording of public meetings.
  • The city welcomes Leah Galloway as an assistant supervisor in the Recreation Department.

March

  • Fourth annual multi-city Emergency Management Town Hall Meeting: Be Ready Utah held on March 8. Emphasis on preparing for disasters. Over 400 participants attended.

April

  • Water conservation practices encouraged for outside watering.
  • City provided dumpsters for annual Spring Cleanup.
  • Celebrated Arbor Day by offering residents free admission to Thanksgiving Point Gardens for planting a tree.
  • Cedar Hills Youth Theater presented The Little Mermaid Jr. at Lincoln Academy.

May

  • Free round of golf offered during week of Silver Star Day to honor military personnel and veterans.
  • Annual “Day of Service” sponsored by the Beautification Committee held May 14 to plant trees, clear debris, plant flowers, and beautify east entrance to city.
  • The City Council approved a resolution adopting amendments to the Land Use Element of the Cedar Hills General Plan.
  • The City Council approved an ordinance adopting amendments relating to Conditional Use Permits.

June

  • Family Festival held May 31 through June 4. Parade Grand Marshal Jeremy Brunner, principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary. Pickleball Tournament, 3V3 Soccer Tournament for kids 10-17, Family Swim Night, Firecracker Golf Tournament, Vintage Car Show, Carnival, Dinner & Outdoor Movie Night, Baking Contest, Fireworks!
  • Golf camp offered at Cedar Hills Golf Club for junior golfers
  • Speed and agility camp for runners, ages 9-18, offered in Cedar Hills by Utah Speed Academy.
  • The city welcomes new community events manager, Becky Galloway, and events coordinator, Robyn Stulce.
  • The city welcomes Tanner Henriksen and Kelly Carter as technicians in the Public Works Department.
  • Creekside Theatre Fest, sponsored by Cedar Hills and Highland City arts councils, presented inaugural shows in repertory: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Once on This Island at the Heritage Park amphitheater June 15-27.
  • Residents reminded that the City Code restricts discharge of firearms within city limits.
  • City Council implemented restrictions on aerial fireworks and open fires east of Canyon Road.
  • The City Council approved a resolution that places a CARE Tax opinion question on the 2016 General Election ballot.

July

  • Beautification Committee recognized recipients of Yards of the Month awards between June and September.
  • The City Council approved an ordinance to update the policy related to smoking in city parks.
  • The City Council approved an ordinance to update the city’s records access and management plan and adopt a records retention schedule specific to records maintained by the City of Cedar Hills.

August

  • Annual pancake breakfast held in the Vista Room August 13.
  • Utah County Health Department encouraged residents to test for radon.
  • Residents encouraged to review booklet, “Firewise Landscaping for Utah,” published by extension services of Utah State University.
  • City-sponsored Concert in the Park with Pete Conder held August 13 at Heritage Park Amphitheater.
  • Road repairs and surface treatment projects were performed on Cedar Hills Drive and Box Elder Drive.
  • The city welcomes Zach Peay as a recreation coordinator in the Community Services Department.

September

  • Residents Spencer and Connor Kelley honored at City Council meeting on August 17 as Cedar Hills Champions for Spencer’s bravery in rescuing his son, Connor, from their burning home.
  • Department of Environmental Quality water samples show metals contamination in American Fork River; public cautioned to avoid sediments.

October

  • “Talk Shop with a Cop” held October 7 in Vista Room.
  • City becomes official passport application acceptance facility.
  • Haunted Creek and Trick or Treat hosted by Youth City Council on October 24 at Heritage Park. All proceeds went to YCC’s annual Santa’s Workshop program.
  • Second grade co-ed teams added to Jr. Jazz program.
  • City Recorder Colleen Mulvey received the 2016 Excellence in Information Governance Award from the Utah State Division of Archives and Records Service.
  • The city welcomes Tyler Gabbitas as a technician in the Public Works Department.

November

  • Cedar Hills Youth Theater presented Hairspray Jr. November 7-9.
  • CARE Tax initiative included on General Election ballot was rejected by voters.
  • The City Council approved a resolution proclaiming November 12-18 as Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Week in Cedar Hills.
  • The City Council awarded a contract to S & L, Inc. for the construction of Bayhill Park.
  • The City Council awarded a contract to Big-B Construction for the construction of the city’s golf maintenance building.
  • The City Council approved an ordinance to update the policy related to renewable energy systems.

December

  • Night with Santa party held on December 5 at the Community Center. Over 500 attended.
  • Annual Light Up Cedar Hills contest sponsored by the city’s Beautification Committee.
  • Douglas Fillmore, Craig Hansen, and Bill Knowlton were appointed to the Board of Adjustment.
  • City welcomes new events and recreation coordinator Brooke Bradford.
  • Annual Story Time reading of The Polar Express by Marisa Wright and Stephanie Martinez in the Vista Room on December 14.
  • Youth City Council conducts annual Santa’s Workshop, helping Cedar Hills families at Christmastime.
  • City provided recycling drop-off locations for live Christmas trees.
  • David Bunker resigned as city manager on December 30. Chandler Goodwin was appointed interim city manager.

Programs provided by the Cedar Hills Community Services Department in 2016: T-Ball (4-5 year olds), Co-ed Soccer (Grades 10-12), Tot Soccer (3-4 year olds), Cedar Hills Soccer League (K through 2nd grade); Karate classes; Lacrosse for boys, grades 3-8; Teen Flag Football, Flag Football (2nd through 9th grades); Computer Camps for Kids: Computer coding and game design; InMotion Indoor Golf; Story Time; Weekly Food Truck Rally

2015

January

  • Councilmember Daniel Zappala was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore.
  • Cedar Hills and Highland City Youth Theater presented Annie! Jr.—The Musical.
  • City offered indoor golf instruction for youth.
  • Utah County Bookmobile began every-other-week visits to Cedar Hills on Jan. 12.

February

  • Annual town hall meeting on February 12 focused on earthquake emergency preparedness.
  • Government Finance Officers Association presented Cedar Hills with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
  • Co-ed teen soccer league formed for high school students.
  • YCC hosted teens for dancing and gaming at first “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Community Services Department celebrates another successful Jr. Jazz season.
  • Philip Barker was appointed to the Board of Adjustment.
  • The city council requested and reviewed proposals for all professional services contracted with the city.
  • The city council approved a concessions agreement with Vista Pointe, LLC to operate the grill at the Community Recreation Center.

March

  • The city council unanimously authorized an all vote-by-mail system for the 2015 primary and general elections.
  • Superheroes Day activity held for children on March 14.

April

  • The city council approved a secondary watering schedule to help maintain an adequate supply during peak usage periods.
  • Monthly lawn watering guide published in April newsletter.
  • Annual Easter egg hunt for children and flashlight Easter egg hunt for teens held.
  • City’s Jr. Jazz program receives award for 770 total participants among cities with a population of less than 15,000.
  • City sponsored 17th annual “Spring Clean Up.”
  • City celebrated Arbor Day with prizes for first 25 photos of residents planting a tree.
  • Free gardening classes were offered at the community center during spring and summer.
  • Coupons for free golf or a discount on a full Vista Room rental inserted into April utility bills.
  • Resident Appreciation Day provided free golf at the Cedar Hills Golf Club.

May

  • Voting procedures were outlined in the May newsletter for the city’s new all vote-by-mail 2015 elections.
  • Residents encouraged to “go paperless” on monthly water bill.
  • Residents encouraged to update email addresses to receive city’s monthly newsletter by email.
  • Beautification Committee involved over 50 residents in a service day to make improvements in the city.
  • The city council approved an ordinance to update and modify xeriscaping requirements in an effort to promote water conservation.

June

  • City’s Family Festival held June 1-6.
  • Children’s art show held June 4 at community center in conjunction with Family Festival.
  • First “Festi-Frenzy” for teens held at Heritage Park on June 4.
  • First Family Festival vintage car show held on June 3. Will return by popular demand.
  • Series of monthly plants and soils classes offered by Dr. Dianne Farrer.
  • City’s summer concert series held monthly in June, July, and August.
  • City implemented outdoor watering restrictions.
  • Lone Peak fire chief implemented restrictions on fireworks and open fire.
  • Cedar Hills and Highland City arts councils presented youth musical HONK! The Musical.

July

  • City’s Beautification Committee recognized Yards of the Month during summer months.
  • The city council authorized a food truck rally on Thursday nights at Heritage Park.
  • The city council approved a resolution affirming the city’s commitment to exercise environmental stewardship of American Fork Canyon.

August

  • City’s annual pancake breakfast held August 15.
  • Lakeshore Trails residential development begins utility installations on 22 lots east of Canyon Road.
  • Amsource received approval to build an America First Credit Union and two commercial buildings at the corner of Cedar Hills Drive and North County Boulevard (4800 West).
  • Open fires banned east of Canyon Road within city limits.
  • Extensive plan implemented to eliminate discharge of firearms east of Canyon Road within city limits.
  • New four-way stop signs installed at the intersection of Harvey Boulevard and 4600 West.
  • The city council recognized Cedar Hills Champion Joseph Chou.

September

  • City’s first all vote-by-mail election produces record 27% voter participation for a primary election.
  • YCC held Hillbilly Day at Heritage Park on September 26.
  • CERT training classes for basic disaster response skills were offered for adults and Scouts.
  • The city council approved a concessions agreement with Cameron Burr to operate the grill at the Community Recreation Center.

October

  • Resident rental rates for the Vista Room at the community center were lowered to $20 per hour on Mondays and Tuesdays for a trial period.
  • The city council approved a resolution creating a golf course finance citizens advisory committee.
  • The city council authorized a food truck rally on Tuesday nights at the Community Recreation Center.

November

  • A general election was held to elect three candidates to four-year terms to the City Council: Jenney Rees, Mike Geddes, and Ben Bailey.
  • The State of the City Report was emailed to residents.
  • Cedar Hills Youth Musical Theater presented Disney’s Mulan Jr. to sold-out audiences.
  • Golf Course Finance Committee presented research of financial performance of the Cedar Hills Golf Club.
  • The city council approved, with numerous conditions, the Rosegate development site plan.
  • The city council approved an ordinance enacting a temporary land use regulation for the SC-1 Zone.

December

  • Councilmember Trent Augustus finished a four-year term serving on the City Council.
  • Glenn Dodge concluded service as member of Planning Commission since April 2008 and as chair since September 2012.
  • Donald Steele concluded service as member of Planning Commission since February 2005 and as vice-chair since September 2012.
  • “A Night with Santa” was held on Dec. 7 at the community center. Over 600 people attended.
  • YCC’s 18th annual Santa’s Workshop helped brighten the Christmas mornings of four Cedar Hills families.
  • The Beautification Committee sponsored the annual “Light Up Cedar Hills” contest.
  • Halloween, Thanksgiving, and The Polar Express reading story times were held in October, November, and December.
  • Beautification Committee installed holiday light display in the Cedar Hills Drive roundabout.
  • Sports programs administered throughout the year by the Community Services Department: Tot Soccer, Cedar Hills Soccer League, Karate classes, Teen Co-ed Soccer, T-ball, Jr. Jazz, Lacrosse, Youth and Women’s Golf Clinics, Ultimate Frisbee League, Flag Football, Teen Flag Football, Pickleball equipment rentals, Ski Bus, Youth Theater classes.
  • The city council adopted a resolution declaring support of Utah County law enforcement officers and officers nationwide.
  • Population of Cedar Hills: 10,261 with 2,558 households.

2014

  • Business license requirement enacted for non-owner-occupied residential rental properties.
  • Citizens asked to help with K-9 service dog replacements.
  • Councilmember Trent Augustus appointed Mayor Pro Tempore.
  • Mayor Gygi created a volunteer cultural arts citizens advisory committee to plan, prepare, and implement various cultural arts events and opportunities.
  • Clayton Hinds and Miranda Swenson organized a humanitarian project to aid orphans in Peru.
  • Second annual Emergency Management Town Hall Meeting held Feb. 13.
  • Valentine party and bake off held Feb. 7 to raise funds for YCC projects throughout the year.
  • On Jan. 23 concept plans from Cedar Hills Farm Land LLC/Blue Line Designs and Amsource were presented to the Planning Commission for proposed development in the commercial zone.
  • Youth City Council presented annual Easter egg hunts for children and youth.
  • City sponsored its 16th annual Spring Clean-up blitz on two Saturdays in April.
  • Primary and general elections held for federal, state, and county officials; local school board; judicial retention.
  • The city council proclaimed May as National Military Appreciation Month in Cedar Hills.
  • Residents encouraged to abate weeds and overgrown or uncultivated vegetation.
  • Mayor created the Water Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee to implement voluntary city water conservation guidelines.
  • City recognized by Utah Jazz for having the most Jr. Jazz players (715) in the category of cities with less than 15,000 residents.
  • Decisions 2014, a city-wide informational survey, was reviewed by the city council.
  • Road asphalt removal/replacement and micro-surface projects conducted in May, June, and September.
  • The city council proclaimed the Week of June 30 – July 6, as Utah Local First, encouraging residents to strengthen the local economy and to shop local and independently owned businesses first.
  • City receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
  • Residents invited for free round of golf at the Cedar Hills Golf Club on May 10.
  • Annual Family Festival was held June 23-28: Family Swim Night, Firecracker Golf Tournament, Community Service Project, Rocky Rhiddlehoover Memorial Fun Run & Bake Sale, Dinner and Movie in the Park, Concert in the Park with Nathan Osmond, carnival, parade, children’s games, baking contest, fireworks. Herb Wilkinson was the grand marshal in the parade held on June 28.
  • Due to restricted fireworks east of Canyon Road, all residents were invited to light aerial fireworks at Mesquite Soccer Park on July 4 and 24.
  • As recommended in a commissioned study, some utility rates were raised effective July 1.
  • City hosted Summer Concert Series held once a month July through September.
  • Residents asked to watch for vandalism and report suspicious activities to the police.
  • City Council recognizes Cedar Hills Champions: Crossing guards Lois Moessinger and RaLynn Hansen; John D. Lamb; Chad Lewis; Priscilla Leek; Jerianne Conroy.
  • A free pancake breakfast was held for residents at the Community Recreation Center on August 16.
  • Story Time continues at the Community Recreation Center for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver.
  • Crosswalk, parking lot, and street striping conducted throughout city.
  • Boy Scout troop 1138 with leaders Keith Gwilliam and Phil Smith volunteered to pick up trash along Forest Creek.
  • Town Hall meeting held August 15 to evaluate capacity and performance of the pressurized irrigation system.
  • Nathan Kaylor organized an Eagle project conference to help those affected by depression and anxiety.
  • Yard of the Month winners recognized on city website with photos of featured homes.
  • Mayor Gygi created a volunteer citizens advisory committee to review and revise the city’s current General Plan as mandated by state code.
  • Haunted Creek and Pumpkin Walk held on October 27 to raise funds for YCC projects throughout the year.
  • YCC’s first Hillbilly Day canceled due to inclement weather.
  • Coach Tim Pew’s flag football team won the city’s championship game on October 11.
  • State of the City Report mailed to every home in the city in October.
  • Cedar Hills Farm Land LLC/Blue Line Designs met with the Planning Commission and City Council to discuss a new proposal for a congregate care facility in the property across from Walmart.
  • City Council approves Amsource’s final plat for the Cedar Hills Retail Center and America First Credit Union Cedar Hills Branch located in the commercial zone at 4800 West and Cedar Hills Drive.
  • City receives two sizeable government grants to supplement city expenses in forestry and emergency management.
  • City Recorder Colleen Mulvey receives Master Municipal Clerk Designation.
  • On October 29 the city refinanced its 2006 Utility Revenue Bond.
  • City’s recreation programs continue: Karate for kids, Ski Bus, Tot Soccer, indoor lessons for junior golfers, Hooked on Fishing, T-Ball, Cedar Hills Soccer League, Lacrosse, Summer Youth Golf Camps, Flag Football, Creative Dance, Fitness BOOTCAMPS, Celebration Performers, Jr. Jazz, Night out with the Utah Jazz, Cedar Hills Night with BYU Men’s Basketball.
  • Cedar Hills/Highland City Youth Theater instigates new theater program for kids.
  • Residents apprised of winter on-street parking regulations.
  • New Youth City Council members chosen, with Kyle Schvaneveldt, mayor, and Courtney Anderson, mayor Pro Tempore.
  • The city welcomed new staff members: Dave Griffin (Public Works Technician); Jadee Adams (Public Works Technician); Colleen Sidwell (Business Licensing).
  • The three LDS stakes in Cedar Hills sponsored the annual Veterans Day service program on November 9. Retired U.S. Air Force General Robert Charles Oaks was the keynote speaker.
  • Annual City Santa Party was held on December 8 at the Community Recreation Center.
  • Annual reading of the children’s holiday classic picture book The Polar Express was held on December 10 during Story Time at the Community Recreation Center.
  • Light Up Cedar Hills contest held December 15.
  • YCC’s annual Santa’s Workshop was held to provide gifts for struggling families in Cedar Hills.
  • City offers Christmas tree recycling service.
  • City announces Utah County Bookmobile service in Cedar Hills.
  • City requests photos for use on the city’s website and in city literature.

2013

  • The Cedar Hills Champions program continues, recognizing outstanding citizens.
  • Councilmember Jenney Rees was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
  • The city hosted a Lego League Regional Qualifier.
  • An ordinance was approved restricting the purchase or construction of public buildings in excess of $400,000 without the approval of the voting majority of registered Cedar Hills residents.
  • Largest participation in the Jr. Jazz basketball program with 760 participants.
  • A public relations firm is contracted to assist the city with a proposed branding campaign.
  • A Town Hall meeting focusing on Emergency Management was held; speakers included city officials, Lone Peak Public Safety District personnel and members of local LDS stake presidencies.
  • An ordinance was approved, regulating and allowing residences to operate cattery businesses.
  • The Government Finance Officers Distinguished Budget Presentation Award was presented to the city’s Finance Department.
  • Story Time at the Community Recreation Center continues Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
  • The Beautification Committee and the Parks and Trails Committee were combined, creating the Beautification, Recreation, Parks and Trails Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • Mayor Gary Gygi participated in the Mountainland Association of Government Meals-on-Wheels third annual Mayors for Meals Day.
  • The board of the Lone Peak Public Safety District selected Mayor Gary Gygi to serve as chairperson.
  • Resolutions declaring March 26 as Worldwide Epilepsy Awareness Day, April 25 as Autism Awareness Day, and April as Child Abuse Prevention Month were approved.
  • The city refinanced its 2009 Utility Revenue bonds to reduce the interest rate from 5.99% to 3.02%, amounting to a total savings of approximately $236,000 over the life of the loan with a net present value of savings in the amount of $195,000. The savings realized in the first year will exceed $25,000.
  • The Youth City Council presented the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children and the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for youth, ages 11-15.
  • The city’s 15th annual Spring Clean-Up was held on April 13 and 20.
  • The city celebrated National Arbor Day on April 26.
  • Tot Soccer and T-Ball for four and five year olds begin.
  • A concessions contract was awarded to Sammy’s Cafe to operate in the grill location at the Community Recreation Center.
  • A construction contract was awarded to Webb Brothers Construction to complete the Community Recreation Center basement and addition.
  • Silver Star Day (May 1) was observed from April 29 through May 1 with free rounds of golf at the Cedar Hills Golf Club for military personnel, including veterans.
  • A Family Festival Citizens Advisory Committee is created to oversee the annual festival.
  • The Lone Peak Fire District holds an open house on May 4 and unveils their brand new transport engine.
  • The Murdock Canal Trail grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration takes place on May 18.
  • An ordinance is approved requiring a Rental Property business license, including fees and contact information, for non-owner occupied rental properties.
  • Councilmember Zappala created a new budget app, which provides detailed financial data from over ten years of city financial statements.
  • Participation in the LEGO League continues for ages 9 to 14. Lacrosse begins in June. Summer Golf Camps for Youth and Women begin in July. Flag Football begins in August.
  • New Cedar Hills Soccer League for youth begins.
  • The annual Cedar Hills Family Festival was held June 3-8. Lone Peak Basketball Coach Quincy Lewis is the grand marshal in the parade on June 8.
  • The city’s annual Firecracker Golf Tournament was held on June 4.
  • Declaration of Candidacy forms are accepted for the four-year term of mayor and council members and also for a two year council member term.
  • Due to extreme dry conditions during the summer, the fire chief restricted use of fireworks and open fires.
  • First free city pancake breakfast hosted on July 13 at the Community Recreation Center.
  • City begins free Summer Concert Series in the park on the second Saturdays from July through October.
  • The city contracts with Tree Fitness for recreational fitness programs and activities at the Community Recreation Center.
  • Municipal Primary Election held on August 13.
  • The Youth City Council takes their oath of office. High school senior Jordan Anderson was announced as mayor.
  • Water, sewer, storm drain, and pressurized irrigation usage rates were increased to continue the city’s high level of service and to maintain the infrastructure.
  • The State of the City Report, which covered a variety of topics and issues that face the City of Cedar Hills, was created and mailed to residents.
  • Mayor Gygi appointed Jeff Dodge as an alternate member of the Planning Commission.
  • Because the level of water consumption through the pressurized irrigation system is higher than anticipated, the city asks all residents to voluntarily reduce outdoor watering.
  • An ordinance is approved setting park curfews and regulating the hours that amplified sound will be allowed.
  • The Youth City Council hosted a Pumpkin Walk and bake sale on October 28.
  • Registration for Ski Bus 2014 begins, offering opportunities for ski and snowboarding lessons for youth ages 7 to 17 at Snowbird Ski Resort.
  • The city welcomed new staff members: Natalie Scott (Events Manager), Becky Galloway (Events Coordinator), McKay Monson (Public Works Technician), and Jennifer Peay (Code Enforcement Officer).
  • A general municipal election was held on November 5 with the following results: Gary R. Gygi elected as mayor, Daniel Zappala and Rob Crawley elected as Councilmembers (four year terms), Mike Geddes elected as Councilmember (two year term), and Ballot Proposition #4 rejected.
  • A resolution was approved declaring November 25–29 as National Family Week in Cedar Hills.
  • The third annual Veterans Service was held at the Community Recreation Center on November 10.
  • The annual Prince and Princess Party was held at the Community Recreation Center on November 16.
  • A resolution is approved creating the Water Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • The second annual “Visit with Santa” event was held on December 9, a free community event at the Community Recreation Center with hot chocolate, Christmas music, and a photo with Santa.
  • Story Time featuring the fourth annual reading of The Polar Express was held on December 11.
  • The Youth City Council held its sixth annual Santa’s Workshop to help brighten the holidays for many Cedar Hills families.

2012

  • Donald Steele and Daniel Zappala were appointed to three-year terms on the Planning Commission, with David Driggs as the first alternate. Darin Lowder and Randy Gehring were appointed to the Board of Adjustment. Stephanie Martinez was appointed Mayor Pro Tem.
  • City begins offering dog licensing at the city office.
  • An ordinance was approved, allowing temporary businesses to do business in the commercial zone during the spring and summer months.
  • The City Council met with the Pleasant Grove City Council to discuss sewer line access on 9600 North in Cedar hills (4000 North in Pleasant Grove), as well as public safety issues in this area.
  • The city announced release of a newly designed and updated website with improved navigation and new features, such as Transparency, Council Corner, and an opinion poll page.
  • The prestigious Government Finance Officers Association (2011) Budget Award was presented to the city for the tenth year.
  • An open house was held to celebrate the one-year anniversary of having full-time firefighters and medics stationed at the Public Safety Building.
  • The city’s 14th annual Spring Clean-Up was held on April 14 and 21.
  • Due to redistricting, the city received a new fifth voting precinct.
  • Standard & Poor’s ratings services increased its rating on the city’s series 2005 general obligation refunding bonds up one notch to an A+.
  • The Youth City Council presented the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
  • The Community Services Department introduced FIRST LEGO League to kids ages 9 to 14.
  • A grand opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony were held on May 5 for the opening of the Cedar Hills Community Recreation Center.
  • City officials and local businesses signed a commitment to the Community Covenant, supporting military service members and their families in the City.
  • On March 20 the Sutherland Institute gave the city an A+ Website Transparency Award.
  • A city’s Beautification Committee of volunteers was organized to increase community involvement. Programs such as Yard of the Month, Light Up Cedar Hills, etc. were instigated.
  • Silver Star Day (May 1) was observed from April 30 through May 3 with free rounds of golf at the Cedar Hills Golf Club for military personnel, including veterans.
  • Effective May 1, City Manager Konrad Hildebrandt, Recorder Kim Holindrake, and Building Official Brad Kearl resigned from city staff.
  • National Trails Day was observed on June 2.
  • The Cedar Hills Grill at the new Community Recreation Center opened for business in May.
  • City encouraged residents to clearly and accurately mark their homes with address numbers.
  • The 17th annual Cedar Hills Family Festival was held June 9-16, including a parade, carnival, and fireworks.
  • On June 16 Detective Russell Anderson of the American Fork Police Department was grand marshal in the Cedar Hills Family Festival Parade.
  • The city’s Firecracker Golf Tournament was held on June 13 & 14.
  • On June 21-22, the city offices were merged into one location at the Public Works Facility, 10246 N Canyon Road.
  • A variety of weekly fitness and recreational classes began at the new Cedar Hills Recreation Center.
  • Due to extreme dry conditions during the summer, the fire chief restricted the use of fireworks and open fires.
  • Water, sewer, storm drain, and pressurized irrigation usage rates were increased to continue the city’s high level of service and to maintain the infrastructure.
  • On June 25 Eric Richardson resigned the office of mayor. The City Council appointed Gary Gygi as mayor on July 19.
  • Brenna Bergeson and Mark Schvaneveldt were elected as mayors for the Cedar Hills Youth City Council.
  • An external review was performed by Squire & Company to determine if city funds were properly safeguarded against misappropriation during Eric Richardson’s term as mayor. No misappropriations were found.
  • The city paid off Series 1999 Lease Revenue Bonds (encumbered for the Public Safety Building) six years early, saving over $50,000 in interest and fees.
  • As additional ways to communicate information to residents, the city opened Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • The city declared August 8 as Arielle Martin Day.
  • On August 14, Daniel Zappala was appointed to serve on the City Council to fill the vacancy left by the mayoral appointment of Gary Gygi.
  • David Bunker was appointed City Manager on August 14.
  • Mayor Gygi created an ad hoc resident advisory committee to arrange regular town hall meetings to help keep residents informed on city issues.
  • The City Council voted unanimously provide a technology allowance for each elected official to purchase a tablet of their choice on which they will receive electronic copies of the agenda packet. The decision came after a detailed review of the cost benefits.
  • A free weekly story time began for children at the recreation center.
  • Osmond Senior Living began business with an open house on Sept. 15.
  • A State of the City Report, which covered a variety of topics and issues that face the City of Cedar Hills, was created by the City Council and mailed to residents.
  • A city-wide contest was held to gather resident e-mail addresses for quick and timely communication of pertinent information.
  • The city welcomed new staff members: Charl Louw (Finance Director); Colleen Mulvey (Recorder); Laurie Petersen (Administrative Analyst); Wade Doyle (Golf Operations Manager); Katherine Murdoch (Business Licensing); Scott McMahon (Code Enforcement Officer); Lauren Jasper (Accounting Assistant).
  • Harts Gas and Food opened its doors for business on Oct. 4 and had a grand opening on Oct. 19 & 20.
  • On Sept. 18 Mayor Gygi appointed three new alternate members to the Planning Commission: Bradley Weber, Michael Geddes, and Emily Cox. Tonya Edvalson succeeded from an alternate to a regular member. Former vice-chair, Glenn Dodge, succeeded to chair, and commission member, Donald Steele, succeeded to vice-chair for the remainder of the term.
  • The Community Services Department sponsored ‘Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk’ in October and ‘Princess Day’ in November.
  • The city celebrated its 35th anniversary of incorporation on November 2, 1977. At that time there were 31 occupied homes.
  • On November 15 the City Council unanimously agreed to approve a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit with the Utah Valley Homebuilders Association, regarding the collection and use of impact fees for recreation facilities.
  • Various youth sports programs were offered throughout the year by the city: Lacrosse, Tot Soccer, Flag Football, Jr. Jazz Basketball, FIRST LEGO League, and the Cedar Hills Ski Bus.
  • City shaves nearly $500K from golf course bond by refinancing to a lower rate of 2.47 percent.
  • The Youth City Council held its fifth annual Santa’s Workshop to help brighten the holidays for many Cedar Hills families.
  • Current city population: approximately 10,066 with 2,510 homes @ 4.01 persons per household.

2011

  • The Year of Emergency Preparedness (YEP11) offered residents access to emergency preparation instruction and information.
  • Decisions 2011, a city-wide informational survey, was reviewed by the City Council.
  • The prestigious Government Finance Officers Association (2010) Budget Award was presented to the city for the ninth year.
  • The city received a certificate from Rocky Mountain Power for supporting Blue Sky renewable energy in 2010.
  • A construction bid for the Community Recreation/Events Center was awarded to Peck Ormsby on April 19.
  • Youth City Council hosted the city’s annual Easter egg hunt on April 23.
  • An open-house was held at the Public Safety building on April 23 to celebrate the full-time status of Lone Peak firefighters and medics in Cedar Hills.
  • The annual spring clean-up was held April 30 through May 7.
  • Students of Deerfield and Cedar Ridge Elementary Schools were invited to participate in Utah’s Arbor Day poster contest, “Trees Are Terrific…Where You Live and Play!”
  • Scout leaders from Cedar Hills Troop 1183 organized a flag replacement ceremony at the Public Safety building on May 24.
  • The annual Cedar Hills Family Festival was held June 17-25.
  • The city’s Firecracker Golf Tournament was held on June 22 & 23.
  • Funds in the amount of $2,511 were raised through the Family Festival 5K race and were presented to the Reynolds family to help with medical expenses for two-year-old Jessica Reynolds, who has battled leukemia.
  • Mayor Richardson declared July 12 as Jessica Reynolds Day.
  • The City Council voted to adopt a lower property tax rate than suggested by the county.
  • The city teamed up with Parlant Communications to create a city-wide notification system to send e-mail and/or voice messages to individual residents or to the entire city.
  • The city held a primary election on Sept. 13. Six candidates were elected to run in the November general election to fill three city council positions (4-year terms).
  • Miss Utah and other local royalty came to Cedar Hills on Sept. 24 for a Princess Day activity held at Heritage Park.
  • An ordinance was approved relating to the designation of streets and highways as open to street-legal all-terrain vehicle use.
  • Cedar Hills was again recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA.
  • The city-wide Pressurized Irrigation System pumped and delivered over 583.4 million gallons of secondary water during the April-October 2011 irrigation season.
  • The Public Works Department installed over 1,360 lineal feet of curb or curb/sidewalk combinations, 1,481 feet of sidewalk, and 10 ADA curb ramps.
  • The city held a general election on Nov. 8 to fill three city council positions. Gary Gygi, Trent Augustus, and Jenney Rees were each elected to four-year terms, which begin Jan. 3, 2012.
  • Various youth sports programs were offered throughout the year by the city: Lacrosse, Tot Soccer, Flag Football, Jr. Jazz Basketball, and the Cedar Hills Ski Bus.
  • The Youth City Council held its fourth annual Santa’s Workshop to help brighten the holidays for many Cedar Hills families.

2010

  • Newly elected officials—Mayor Eric Richardson and Council Members Scott Jackman and Stephanie Martinez—were sworn in.
  • The 2009 Fiscal Year Audit was accepted.
  • The auditors reported they had never seen a better municipal audit, and city staff was thanked for their diligence and expertise.
  • The Provo Reservoir Canal Greenway Interlocal Agreement was entered into with Utah County for the development and maintenance of a trail system over the Murdock Canal.
  • The Blue Ribbon Recreation Committee was created to assist and give input to city officials regarding the potential of a city center. Download the Blue Ribbon Recreation Committee Report.
  • The Beautification Committee was created to increase beautification and community involvement.
  • The Recreation, Parks, and Trails Committee was created to help facilitate parks, trails, and recreational events.
  • Free golf was offered to Cedar Hills residents during the first three weeks in March.
  • The Youth City Council hosted the Cedar Hills Easter Egg Hunt on March 27.
  • 2010 Census percentages came in with Cedar Hills at 82% participation, compared to the State of Utah at 75% participation.
  • All military personnel and veterans were honored with a free round of golf at the Cedar Hills Golf Club during the week of Silver Star Day.
  • The prestigious Government Finance Officers Association Budget Award was presented to the city.
  • National Trails Day was observed on June 5. The city participated in the centennial celebration of the Boy Scouts of America by doing clean-up and maintenance projects.
  • Cedar Hills was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA.
  • The Beautification Committee invited residents to a Trash Pick-up Night on June 14.
  • Another great Cedar Hills Family Festival was held during the last week in June.
  • A beautiful new McDonald’s restaurant opened its doors in Cedar Hills on July 26.
  • Various youth sports programs were offered through the city, such as Lacrosse, Tot Soccer, Cedar Hills Flag Football, Junior Jazz Basketball, and Cedar Hills Ski Bus.
  • The City Council announced the approval for the development of a 16,000 square-foot community events and recreation center in the City of Cedar Hills. The new facility will be located at the current golf course clubhouse site and will be built with recreation funds that the city has saved over the last six years from developer impact fees.
  • The city adopted a Storm Water Management Program, as part of the updated EPA-enforced Uniform Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES).

2009

  • $10M 2009/2010 fiscal-year budget adopted.
  • City Council lowered property taxes for third consecutive year.
  • Resident Chris McCullock recognized by City Council as hero for saving life of neighbor.
  • Routine cleaning conducted by TSSD (Timpanogos Special Service District) to ensure proper maintenance of the city’s sewer lines.
  • Walmart Supercenter ribbon cutting and grand opening held March 18.
  • City receives Distinguished Presentation 2008 Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association.
  • Youth City Council completes service projects, including fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt and food and toy drives.
  • Council adopts April 24 as Arbor Day.
  • As part of a neighborhood beautification project, city provides hundreds of shade, flowering, and pine trees for residents at minimal cost.
  • Annual Family Festival held June 20-29 with 5K and mile races, Firecracker Golf Tournament, dinner and movie in the park, carnival, and fireworks.
  • Kim Holindrake, city recorder, designated as Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) from International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
  • Council adopts ordinance to govern special events within the city.
  • Council declares September 6-13 Childhood Cancer Awareness Week.
  • Cottonwood Culinary Well Project completed, providing city with more than a fully redundant water source.
  • Municipal primary and general elections held.
  • Chase bank opens Cedar Hills/Lone Peak branch November 17.
  • Official proclamation declares November 23 as Feed America Day.
  • McDonald’s (restaurant) concept and preliminary plans approved.

2008

  • $12M 2008/2009 Fiscal-Year budget adopted
  • Youth City Council completes many service projects, including 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,200 participants, and food and toy drives
  • City declares May 1 as Silver Star Day, honoring armed forces men and women
  • Parks and Trails Committee hosts National Trails Day and creates Adopt-a Trail program
  • 13th annual Family Festival held
  • Creation of 22 paper lots to help write down city’s bonded indebtedness
  • Cedar Hills Golf Club hits break-even mark on operations
  • New redundant well installed to pump 1500-1800 gallons of culinary water per minute
  • New home construction rate drops from 280 homes built in 2005 to seven in 2008
  • Over 260 home-based business licenses issued
  • City constructs Mesquite Soccer Park, bringing total city parks to seven
  • Upgrades installed at Heritage Park, including new picnic tables, playground equipment, and security lighting
  • Cedar Hills along with American Fork and Highland, acquired debris basin at the mouth of AF Canyon, giving all three cities the ability to control storm waters and run off to reduce flooding
  • Interlocal Library Cooperative formed with North Utah County libraries. City continues to reimburse residents for non-resident library card fees
  • City participates in County-wide dispatch system. Mayor McGee appointed to represent Cedar Hills
  • Boundary adjustment with Pleasant Grove brings 14 new residences into Cedar Hills
  • City becomes an official “Tree City USA” member and creates a city Tree Board to advise the City Council
  • CARE tax adopted to bring additional arts and recreation funds to city
  • Fiscal year audit brings no State compliance findings—excellent for any city
  • Commercial zone anchored by Wal-Mart set to open March 2009
  • Year-end estimated population: 9,777

2007

  • City saves $$ and increases service with in-house management of golf course
  • Wal-Mart’s plans approved—ground breaking Spring 2008, grand opening Spring 2009
  • New Public Works facility opens to provide multiple new services
  • Frisbee course installed at Heritage Park by Eagle Scout
  • Gary Maxwell and Joel Wright serve as appointed members of the City Council
  • City-wide Easter Egg Hunt held—highest attendance ever
  • City updates capital facility plans and impact fees
  • Cedar Hills and Pleasant Grove continue boundary discussions
  • Water rate structure modified to ensure long-term water needs are met
  • Golf course works closely with neighboring residents to save cedar tree grove
  • City Council’s pay rate increases—remains lowest paid in county
  • Another Family Festival success!
  • City bids fond farewell to long-time planner Rodney Despain
  • City approves dynamic steps to improve golf course operations and decrease overall golf course debt
  • 25% boost in attendance at golf course brings in the “green”
  • City Council passes family-friendly commercial resolutions
  • City opts to maintain current tax rate
  • Timpanogos Cove Park ribbon cutting and dedication
  • City clarifies its annexation policies
  • Deputy Recorder Gretchen Gordon honored as a Certified Municipal Clerk
  • City creates Traffic Safety and Livability Committee
  • City becomes first Blue Sky Community in Utah County
  • Amsource makes plans for further commercial development in Cedar Hills
  • Youth City Council sponsors first Pumpkin Walk
  • Jim Perry re-elected and Ken Kirk and Marisa Wright elected to City Council
  • City celebrates 30-year anniversary of its incorporation. In 1977 there were 31 households—in 2007 there are 2,188
  • City creates Cedar Hills Community Development and Renewal Agency to manage reconfiguration of golf course
  • City constructs second culinary well
  • City curbs vehicle access to east bench
  • City receives “A” rating in bond market
  • Year-end estimated population 9,657

2006

  • Standard & Poors gives the City of Cedar Hills an “A” credit rating prior to golf course refinancing.
  • Joel Wright and Gary Maxwell are appointed to fill vacancies on City Council.
  • Curbside recycling program implemented.
  • Two new snow plows are purchased to eliminate the need to contract for plowing services.
  • Two new pressurized irrigation wells go on-line in April 2006.
  • $15 million 2006-2007 fiscal year budget adopted.
  • Full-time community services director is hired and implements city-sponsored events: Jr. Jazz, Flag Football, Easter Egg Hunt, Extreme Scarecrow Makeover, and Ski Bus.
  • Construction and bonding for a public works facility.
  • 11th annual Family Festival held in 2006, capped by the best fireworks ever!
  • Recreation task force created to review needs for multi-city recreational facility.
  • Wal-Mart proposal announced.
  • 2006 year-end population estimated at 9,257.

2002 – 2005

  • Pressurized irrigation contract awarded to Xcavate in the amount of $222,652.96.
  • Bid awarded to Sterling Codifiers.
  • Preliminary study funds appropriated for participation in UTOPIA.
  • Lease of golf course reviewed.
  • Sunset Park bid awarded to Premier Excavation.
  • Water conservation ordinance adopted.
  • Grant approved for matching funds to construct a portion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
  • Cedar Hills awarded the Distinguished Budget Award from the GFOA.
  • Harvey Boulevard West bid granted to Premier Excavation in the amount of $56,647.
  • Final approval granted to the Lexington Heights Office Park/Assisted Living Center, the city’s first commercial buildings.
  • Citizen initiative petitions placed on the ballot.
  • Traffic calming improvements along 4600 West approved in the amount of $60,631.
  • Contract awarded to Jay Diggs to construct the pressurized irrigation project in the amount of $1,260,254.
  • Public hearing set for Wal-Mart proposal.
  • Youth City Council formed.
  • Cedar Hills appropriates funds to participate in the North Utah County Choir.
  • Utility fee waiver for active military personnel approved.
  • Allocation of funds and matching grant approved to construct portions of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
  • Funds allocated to participate in Alpine City Family Focus Days.
  • Premises occupations approved.
  • Purchase of five acres of park land in Canyon Heights.
  • City continues participation as a non-pledging city in UTOPIA.
  • Issuance authorized for $6 million water revenue bond.
  • Proposal for secondary water feasibility study accepted from Gilson Engineering.
  • Utah Power requests conditional use to install electrical substation.
  • Initiative petition regarding bonding put on ballot for public vote.
  • Initiatives regarding 2002 tax rate and certified tax rate put on the General Election Ballot. Later, 2002 Tax Rate Initiative removed from consideration.
  • Golf course clubhouse site work started by Layton Construction.
  • Design and construction of Forest Creek Trail begins.
  • Jay Diggs Co. begins construction of Pressurized Irrigation Project 2003.
  • Development of new city Web site funded.
  • Harvey Boulevard East construciton approved.
  • Site plan for LDS stake center at 4600 West/Cedar Hills Drive granted.
  • City Recorder Kim Holindrake receives Certified Municipal Clerk designation.
  • City Council drops community services. Sports and youth programs must be privately funded.

1997 – 2001

  • Transportation and Non-Motorized Trails elements approved in the General Plan.
  • Commercial Development Standards and Resolution approved.
  • Letter of intent drafted to acquire property at the corner of Cedar Hills Drive and Canyon Road for a Public Safety Building.
  • Heritage Park improvements completed.
  • Public Safety Master Plan started.
  • Police report stated 213 calls from Cedar Hills in 1998.
  • Parks/Trails Advisory Committee bylaws and charter adopted.
  • Cedar Hills unanimously approved to become part of the Public Safety District with Alpine and Highland.
  • Full-time building inspector position hired.
  • Contract with American Fork police authorized.
  • Land Exchange Agreement signed for Public Safety Building property.
  • Additional council seat filled due to Cedar Hills becoming a third-class city.
  • Public Safety Building construction begins.
  • School marquee approved at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
  • Hubble Design Group accepted to complete the Commercial District Master Plan.
  • Cedar Hills library committee established.
  • Lone Peak Public Safety District makes application for paramedic-level service.
  • American Fork City extended invitations to Cedar Hills, Highland and Alpine to participate in a library district.
  • Resolution approved creating a citizen advisory technology committee.
  • Lease/financing approved for the Harvey Well and sewer improvements.
  • Review of THK, Inc. feasibility study relative to the golf course.
  • West Cedar Hills Drive improvement project approved in the amount of $545,931 ($372,000 Class “C” road funds and $89,000 of street impact fee).
  • Hiring approved for paramedics for Lone Peak Public Safety District.
  • Authorization given to move forward relative to the MBA golf course bond election.
  • Funds to pay for 1/3 cost of the traffic light at 4800 West and Cedar Hills Drive approved.
  • Hiring of city engineer approved.
  • Golf Course Lease Revenue Bond Election results reviewed. Fift-six percent in favor of proceeding with the city owning the golf course.
  • Ordinance adopted establishing campaign financial disclosure requirements for candidates.
  • New England style approved for the LDS church located at 4600 West Cedar Hills Drive.
  • “Historic Manila Days” name changed to “Family Festival” for the town’s fifth annual celebration in 2000.
  • Participation offered to Cedar Hills in the Miss Timpanogos Pageant, to include Alpine, Highland, and Cedar Hills.
  • Resolution adopted to participate in UTOPIA (fiber-optic system) preliminary study.
  • Completion of Cedar Hills Golf Club, a 6,700 yard, 18-hole, par 72 golf course situated at the mouth of American Fork Canyon.
  • Pressurized irrigation implemented, bringing city’s storage of water from 1.5 million gallons to over 13 million gallons.
  • Clafin Associates approved to complete design and construction documents for Sunset Park and Forest Creek Park, Phase 1.
  • Hayes annexation agreement approved.
  • Funds approved to pay for 1/3 of the cost of the traffic light at 4800 West/Cedar Hills Drive.
  • Special Golf Course Lease Revenue Bond election held. 56% voted in favor of proceeding with the city owning the course.
  • Public Safety Building park name approved as Heiselt’s Hollow Park.
  • Sear-Brown approved as traffic-calming consultant for 4600 West neighborhood.
  • Library card reimbursement approved.

1992 – 1996

  • Manila Water issues – Town intends to stay with 300 connections but maintain the philosophy to have their own system at some point.
  • Trash recycling reviewed.
  • Town to be annexed into district for UTA.
  • 20% of law enforcement calls are dog related.
  • Youth Council sworn in.
  • 76-lot subdivision proposed.
  • Park to be completed by June 1994.
  • Moratorium lifted on water with work proceeding on new tank.
  • Park completion eminent with Mayor heading the volunteers and mowing the grass.
  • Planning Commission begins work on Street Plan.
  • Concern of having an east-west corridor in the town.
  • First full-time employee hired.
  • Timpanogos Special Service District (sewer treatment) considers conditions for Cedar Hills becoming a member.
  • Support in creating Parks/Trails Master Plan.
  • Alpine School District requests Lone Peak High School water and sewer connection, which was to go out to bid in January 1996.
  • Agreement signed to join with Alpine and Highland in establishing Mountain Ridge Community Library.
  • Magnolia tree planted in the park in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing victims.
  • Discussion about implementing impact fees.
  • Joint meeting with Pleasant Grove City Council regarding common boundary.
  • Development of the Bonneville Trail.
  • Discussion of construction of an additional one-million gallon water tank.
  • Cedar Hills General Plan and zoning ordinances approved.
  • Discussion of construction of an elementary school on Cedar Hills Drive.
  • Office trailer suggested.
  • Water tank nearly completed.
  • Town is accepted as member of Timpanogos Special Service District.
  • Consider change in Town logo.
  • “Historic Manila Days” town celebration was held for the first year on July 24, 1996. Name of celebration was changed in 2000 to “Family Festival.”

1987 – 1991

  • Resident expresses dissatisfaction with the Town meetings as being uninteresting, tedious, and generally not inviting to the citizenry.
  • Installation of clustered mailboxes completed.
  • North Meadows annexation approved.
  • Resident suggested that Town needs to have newsletter, flyers, publicity, welcome wagon, and Town hall.
  • Presentation of $1,000 check given to Pleasant Grove Library. Mayor expressed pleasure in the reception and felt this to be a turning point in the Town’s relationship with Pleasant Grove.
  • Interlocal agreement signs for county-wide funding of the enhanced 9-1-1.
  • Request was made to allow horses to be kept in the lagoon area. The request was denied unless approved by the State Health Department.
  • Discussion of mandatory garbage services was adopted at a cost of $9.50 per month.
  • July 24th celebration to include: flag raising, continental breakfast, speeches and songs, hot air balloon, golf tournament, parade, pie-eating contest, games, bake sale, pony rides, melodrama, and street dance.
  • Resident concerns voiced regarding vacant lots, motor bikes being driven on vacant lots, loud music, and watering restrictions due to a broken pump.
  • Secondary irrigation system discussed.
  • Review of whether or not to install street lights.
  • Funds approved for city computer and software.
  • Law enforcement and animal control approved through County.
  • Cable TV franchise lease dissolved.
  • National Guard continues grading of park.

1982 – 1986

  • Discussion regarding a fire station.
  • Considerable discussion regarding extending Cedar Hills Drive to the Training School Road to facilitate contract for Town fire service.
  • Discussion of removing existing speed bump on Cedar Hills Drive and installing stop signs. Extensive concern about children playing in the street; discussion of installing speed limit signs. Sheriff was asked to ticket speeding on Cedar Hills Drive twice a month.
  • Citizens raised concerns about burning of weeds and grasshoppers. Later decided that burning of insects is no longer permitted.
  • Consideration of General Obligation Bond for Proposition #1: $80,000 for a firehouse/Town hall; and Proposition #2: $50,000 for completion of Cedar Hills Drive. Proposition #1 vote: 49 For, 97 Against – vote failed. Proposition #2 vote: 67 For, 80 Against – vote failed.
  • Town clerk requested that the records of the Town be prepared to be on the computer and also microfilmed in the State microfilming program.
  • Town considered purchasing a vacant building in Lehi and relocating it to Cedar Hills to be used as Town hall.
  • Request from Mayor Wilson of Salt Lake City was denied for funds to study whether the Winter Olympics would be held in Utah.
  • Council authorizes Mayor to purchase typewriter, not to exceed $400.
  • Petition submitted by residents to request that 9600 North remain unsanded on icy days to allow for sleighing. The petition was refused.
  • Mayor requested that elected official compensation be voluntarily forfeited until March 31, 1986, and donated back to Town funds to maintain a balanced budget. If funds were not needed they would be designated for the Capital Improvement Funds.
  • Mr. Smart approached Planning Commission regarding a request for rezoning of 47 acres west of the lagoons to Training School Road. Council approved property zone as SC-1 Commercial Zone.
  • Due to lack of support, the proposal to hold two Council meetings per month was dropped.
  • Residents asked Town Council to review options for recreational programs for Cedar Hills children.
  • County resident asked if annexing into Cedar Hills would allow her home to be re-zoned for a mini-mall.

1977 – 1981

  • Cedar Hills incorporated November 2, 1977. Thirty-one occupied homes at the time.
  • Concern regarding sufficient water supply for the future.
  • Council urged to adhere to high building standards and wise planning.
  • Pleasant Grove City offers use of their city council room for meetings.
  • Discussion of need to hire part-time secretary and establishing regular office hours.
  • Issues which were discussed: police protection, water wells, water problems, street maintenance, crushing plant at the mouth of American Fork Canyon.
  • Discussion of mayor and council salaries to be $1.00 per year.
  • Rumors circulating about law suits.
  • Animal control officer hired and his pay was raised to $5 per hour. Tranquilizer gun purchased. Position was terminated one month later.
  • Adverse feelings from area and townspeople to change the name of Cedar Hills to something else to rid city of stigma.
  • Highland rejects proposal to adjust annexation declaration to consider matching Cedar Hills’ north border; law suit by lower Manila residents; American Fork considers annexations at south border.
  • Borrowing money from Water/Sewer fund for General Fund opposed by residents.
  • Pro’s and con’s of small town discussed.
  • Discussion of proposed annexation to American Fork.
  • Town’s “War on Weeds” foiled by rain.