Keep Warm, Stay Active 


Winter is upon us, and with it the urge to hibernate and avoid getting out and getting involved. But this week, you can shake off the chill of apathy by donating warm clothes for the homeless, who are fighting the actual chill of the weather. Later, warm yourself at a couple of public meetings, like the Salt Lake County meeting to approve the 2014 county budget. Also, swing by the Salt Lake City Planning Commission as they discuss allowing projecting signs in Sugar House and propose a comprehensive master plan for the west side.

Operation Cover Up
Through Dec. 31

Through the end of December, you can drop off gently used coats, hats, gloves and blankets at fire stations, which will then help get them to homeless residents in need of warm clothes. Besides all Salt Lake City locations, fire stations from Ogden to Payson and Park City to Tooele will also be participating.
Multiple locations,

Salt Lake County Budget Hearing
Tuesday, Dec. 10

County residents have another opportunity to sound off on the proposed 2014 budget. The $870 million budget proposed by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will come with no new tax increases. Among other provisions, the budget will provide for a 2.5 percent pay increase for county employees, help fund trails and bike routes in the county and boost preschool and after-school programming in the county. Visit to take a gander at budget.
Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 S. State, 801-468-2930, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.,

Salt Lake City Planning Commission
Wednesday, Dec. 11

At this meeting, Salt Lake City planners will roll out the blueprints for changes that could affect your neighborhood. The meeting will cover plans to reduce the 300 South right-of-way between 500 and 600 West, possible amendments to the Jordan Canal Master Plan, a proposal to allow businesses in Sugar House to use projecting signs (signs hung at a perpendicular angle to the building), and a proposal to initiate a comprehensive West Salt Lake Master Plan to develop areas between Interstate 80 and State Route 201, and Interstate 15 and Interstate 215.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7700, Planning

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