2017 Mayoral & Council Candidates

2017 Mayoral Candidates

  • Michael Love
    2393 N 350 W

  • Laura Penman
    1476 N 125 W

  • D. Howard Madsen
    1874 N 300 W
2017 Council Candidates

  • Austin-Arlo Doyle
    1959 N 350 W

  • Nancy Greco Smalling
    2446 N 475 W

  • Steven W. Pease
    1333 N 250 W

  • Scott Wiggill
    1777 N 350 W

  • Jake Peterson
    2114 N 450 W

Sunset City Fire Department

Dear Citizens of Sunset City,

By now you may have either received a notice at your home or have seen on the evening news that Sunset City is weighing it options to either keep the Sunset Fire Department or request annexation into the North Davis Fire District. We would like to provide you with some information in regards to that decision.

Sunset's cost of the Fire Department as it is presently is $156,538 ($123,053 average revenue minus the fire dept. expense of $279,591= $156,538). The amount Sunset residents would need to pay is the difference between that total and what the District will be taxing the residents, which is approximately $169,067. Therefore the total estimated increase cost for the residents is $12,529 per year. There would be no increase in the near future for a new fire station, fire truck, etc., which will be needed if the Fire Department is kept. The estimated property tax stated is just that, an estimate based on 2016 home values and tax rate. It could be lower or higher by roughly 10%.

This year, the Fire Department requested for FY18 a budget of $565,425 for a Part-Time Department instead of the Volunteer Department it is now. The City realizes it cannot continue to expect the firefighters to do the job they are doing for the $2.00 or less an hour, which they are currently being paid. The only way this should occur is if it goes back to a Volunteer Fire Department being called in as needed, without an ambulance service because the ambulance service requires the station to be manned 24/7. Going to a Part-Time Department would require an increase of $285,830 which would mean a substantial tax increase to the residents of Sunset City.

Sunset City does not take this decision lightly and is taking all options into consideration to make the best possible decision for it residents.

We welcome you to give your input at the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m., just as we welcome you to all of our City Council meetings.

All agendas can be found on our website, www.sunset-ut.com, on our Facebook page, @sunsetcitycorporation or on the Utah Public Notice website, pmn.utah.gov. You can also find the written minutes as well as audio of all meetings on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Mayor Beverly Macfarlane - 801-784-7150
Council Member Chad Bangerter- 801-809-0652
Council Member Norm Noyes - 801-776-3393
Council Member Ricky Carlson- 801-825-9374
Council Member Scott Wiggill- 801-814-7705
Council Member Jake Peterson - 801-645-1717

Youth City Council Car Wash

Sunset City Youth Council Car Wash- May 20, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lower Field of Central Park: 85 West 1800 North, Sunset.

Truck For Sale

Truck for Sale: Year 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4X4, Mileage: 97,847

Sale is as is, there are some issues, check engine light comes on etc. Vehicle is located at 468 w 1800 N. You may come look at it from 7am -4:30pm Monday thru Friday. No test drives. Starting the vehicle is permitted.

Process is: Turn in a sealed bid to the Sunset City Office at 1300 N 200 W Sunset Ut. Closing date is Friday May 5th at 5pm. Bids will be opened Monday the 8th of May at 8am.The highest bidder will be notified and must have funds to the city by 4 pm that day. In the event highest bidder can not produce funds the second highest bidder will be notified with same rules, funds by 4pm the day notified, this will continue until vehicle is paid for.

truck truck

Join Youth City Council

Closure of Burn Plant

Special Meeting with Davis County Commission

Neighborhood Dumpster Program

Neighborhood Dumpster program beginning March 16th:

In addition to the automated garbage collection service, Sunset City offers its residents the Neighborhood Dumpster program. Residents may request a dumpster free of charge up to 2 (two) times per year per household depending on availability, delivery and pickup of 15 C yard dump trailer for their neighborhood cleanup project. The City will provide the dumpster and pay landfill charges. This is for residential use only, no businesses, owners of rental properties or commercial contractors. Drop off will be on Monday - pick up on Thursday or Drop off on Thursday- pick up on Monday. If you would like to sign up, please come into the offices.

Fire Safety

fire safety

Poison Prevention Week March 19-25th

poison prevention

Notice of Election

Notice of Election



Improvement Project on 650 North and I-15

650 North Project

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises residents, businesses and motorists of an improvement project to address increasing traffic demands and declining levels of service at the I-15/650 North interchange in Clearfield. The planned improvements are intended to improve traffic flow and reduce accident potential on the freeway ramps, 650 North, and the 650 North/Main Street (SR-126) intersection.

SCHEDULE: Please note that due to weather conditions, emergency situations or equipment/supply issues, schedules are subject to change. January 30 - Early April (daytime work): Phase One - Construction will begin on the dedicated left-turn lane under I-15. Early April - Late July (night-time work): Phase Two - Rotomill, pave, surface seal 650 North and Main Street areas, place pavement markings and messages, install roadway signs, etc. More information will be available on the phase two schedule as we approach early April.

The project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase crews will be working under I-15 during daylight hours, seven days a week. Minimal traffic impacts are expected as all travel lanes will remain open during phase one. More information on phase two traffic control and construction impacts will be available as we approach early April. Residents and businesses should expect noise and lighting impacts during night-time operations throughout the duration of the project.

MORE INFORMATION: Clearfield 650 North Project Public Information Team

Phone: (801) 699-6066 Email: clearfield650north@utah.gov Web: www.udot.utah.gov/go/clearfield650north

Judge Jensen Retires

After 14.75 years of serving as the Justice Court Judge in Sunset, Judge Jensen has retired. We appreciate the excellent job that he did for Sunset City.

New Sunset City Council Member

We would like to welcome Jake Peterson as our newest City Council Member.

Sunset City Council Position

Applications are being taken to fill a vacant Sunset City Council position. Applications will be taken from Sunset City residents only. Submit applications to Recorder Hale at the Sunset City Office Building, located at 200 W. 1300 N., Sunset, by Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The interviews will be held for the position and the appointment made during the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Office Building. The applicant chosen by the Council will preside until the first Monday in January, 2018. Call the City Recorder, 801-614-9103, for more information.

Application to Serve as Council Member

Accepting Sealed Bids on Used Police Cars

Sunset City is accepting sealed bids on two used police cars.

#1 2003 Crown Vic (Blown Motor) this car has been sitting for years and does not run.
#2 2006 Crown Vic This car runs, it has 116,000 it has been well used.

If you are interested the cars can be seen at 450 W 1800 N public works shops.
If interested put your name, phone number and the amount you are willing to give for each car, bids will be opened at the end of November.

Air Force to Offer Air Sampling in Sunset

Hill Air Force Base has begun its annual indoor air sampling program for the 2017 sampling season. The purpose of the program is to test the air inside homes near areas of groundwater contamination from Hill and determine if chemical vapors from the groundwater are entering homes. If vapors are found above established action levels, the Air Force will take action to prevent those vapors from entering the home. The drinking water has not been affected by the contamination.

The sampling is free, as are all future remediation efforts. To check your eligibility for sampling, please call 385-474-8577. Information about the program, including maps showing the areas eligible for sampling, are available at www.hill.af.mil/IAP.

ULCT Youth Essay Contest

The Utah League of Cities and Towns encourages the youth of our state to become more aware of their communities. An annual essay contest, "Why I Like My Community," is open to students in fourth and seventh grades. Many teachers have commented that the contest enhances the social studies curriculum for these two grades by giving students an opportunity and some encouragement to look at their communities in new ways. Others have used the contest as a concrete way to use the writing process.

Cash prizes will be awarded to students and their schools. First place winners will receive $100 and the school will receive $1000; second place, $75 and $750; and third place, $50 and $500.

We encourage you to share the "hometown pride" held by members of your community by inviting principals, teachers and students in your to participate in the 2017 ULCT Essay contest.


Sunset City Veterans Day Program

Youth Council Christmas Tree

Jr. Jazz Registration

You can now register for Jr. Jazz either at the Sunset City Offices or through Clinton Recreation

Caution with Bats

In the past 3 weeks, Davis County Animal Control has had 3 bats test positive for rabies. They are asking that you not touch any bat that you might see. If you do find a bat, safely contain the bat by placing a jar or a box over the bat and an officer will pick it up. We also encourage pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies.

You can contact their department at 801-444-2200 with any questions.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Sunset City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunset City Council Chambers, 200 West 1300 North. The purpose of this hearing is to solicit input from Sunset City residents on amending the FY2017 budgets: 1) to fund an employee accrued vacation payout policy in the amount of $26,730, and 2) for a down payment of $60,100 on the lease/purchase an ambulance consisting of Sunset's 2006 ambulance box being refurbished and placed on a new chassis, along with a new gurney totaling $120,200, plus interest. The budget amendments are available for inspection at the City Offices.

Susan R. Hale Recorder, Sunset City

2300 North Now Open

2300 North is once again open for traffic. We appreciate your patience while this project was being done.

Notice of Road Closure

Starting Monday, August 29th, 2300 North will have road closures for the next 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Crews will repairing and upgrading the road. This will be from Main Street to the Railroad tracks at approximately 500 West. You may want to plan alternate routes of travel.

We appreciate your patience while we work to better your community.

Meet the Candidates For North Davis County

New Central Park Restrooms

Sunset City is proud to announce that the new restrooms in Central Park have been installed today. The finishing touches are being taken care of and we will let you know when they will be open for use.

Movie Night in the Park

New Pickleball Courts

We now have new Pickleball Courts open at Rachael Runyan Memorial Park

Sunset City Fun Days 2016

Neighbor Thanking Neighbor

Sunset City has implemented a new program. Neighbor Thanking Neighbor. You may have already received one of these or you may know someone that deserves one. You can pick them up at the city offices and you fill in the purpose that you want to recognize your neighbor for.

Road Construction on 5600 South, Roy

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) plans to begin construction May 9th on a roadway improvement project on 5600 South (SR-97) between 1900 West and 2200 West in Roy. The project will improve roadway safety and traffic flow by widening and adding an additional westbound travel lane in project limits. (Click here for map showing planned improvements) SCHEDULE: Please note that due to weather conditions, emergency situations or equipment/supply issues, schedules are subject to change.
May 9: Road work begins
May 10: Night work begins (culinary waterline installation), continuing through approximately May 21
May 16: 1900 West traffic signal switch-over to new signal during night-time hours
Late May - Early June: Surface seal of new pavement
June 7: Construction completion

Crews plan to work Monday through Saturday, with both daytime and night work planned. Travel lanes will be maintained along 5600 South and at cross-streets, however, they may be narrowed and lane shifts are possible. Motorists should expect travel delays between I-15 and 2200 West, especially during peak commute times, and are advised to consider alternate routes when travel is time-sensitive. Business and residential accesses will be maintained. Sidewalk closures are possible. Student walking routes may be modified to facilitate construction and are being coordinated with school officials, who will coordinate changes with affected residents. Garbage pick-up and mail delivery will be maintained and coordinated by the contractor. Utility service interruptions are not planned but due to the nature of roadway excavation, unplanned service interruptions are possible. The contractor will provide advance notice of any planned service interruptions. Every reasonable effort will be made to minimize construction dust, noise and vibration. Night work will help expedite project completion. Residents should expect noise and lighting impacts in the work zone during this work. Drivers are advised to reduce speeds and use caution in the work zone. Fines for traffic violations through construction zones are significant.

Installation of new traffic signal equipment at 1900 West to improve signal efficiency.
Roadway widening on north side of 5600 South between 2000 West and 2100 West for additional westbound through-lane.
Roadway restriping within project limits (to include extension of another westbound through-lane to 2200 West).
Restriping of school crosswalks and updating of signage within project limits.

Tour of Mixed Waste Facility at Wasatch Integrated Waste

Mayor Beverly Macfarlane took Council Member Scott Wiggill, Council Member Ricky Carlson and Council Member Chad Bangerter on a tour of the mixed waste facility at Wasatch Integrated Waste last night. This is where all of Sunset City garbage is taken. Nathan Rich who is the Executive Director is shown in one of the pictures showing the Council Members the new system that separates the garbage.

Update On What Is Happening In The City

An update on what's been happening in the city:

New bike racks have been installed at the City Offices to encourage bike riding around the city. We appreciate Public Works for installing these.

Allen Burch with the CERT team was able to get a great deal for the City and purchased two EMS trailers. This gives us the ability to get services to all points in the City in the event of an emergency.

As a final reminder, the Public Works building is open if you have items that need to be dumped in the dumpster. They have someone available there until 5 on weekdays and until 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, through the end of April. It's a great time to get your yards spring cleaned.

Medicare 101 Classes

Davis County Health Department's Senior Services offers a 1 hour free class to inform persons about Medicare options, enrollment and benefits. Please join us at one of the following classes: Wednesday May 11th at the Clearfield Library 562 S. 1000 E. Clearfield, 84015. Tuesday May 17th Farmington Library - 133 S. Main St. Farmington, 84025 or Wednesday June 15th Syracuse Community Center - 1912 West 1900 South, Syracuse, 84075. All classes start at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Marie Jorgensen @ 801-525-5086

Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service

April 5th is the Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. Sunset City would like to recognize and thank the Foster Grandparent Volunteers & Retired Senior Volunteer Program Volunteers serving in our community. As well as the national service participants serving with literacy comprehension at Sunset Elementary School.

We appreciate each and everyone of you!

Green Waste Can

Just a reminder that Wednesday, March 30th will be the last time to use your Green Waste can as a second garbage can. As of April 1st it goes back to be strictly Green Waste.

Sunset City Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 26th at 9:00 a.m. at Central Park. We hope to see you there!

Recycling Information

Recycle List

Road Closure at 650 North in Clearfield

650 North Road Closure

Neighborhood Dumpster Program

Neighborhood Dumpster program beginning March 15th:

In addition to the automated garbage collection service, Sunset City offers its residents the Neighborhood Dumpster program. Residents may request a dumpster free of charge up to 2 (two) times per year per household depending on availability, delivery and pickup of 15 C yard dump trailer for their neighborhood cleanup project. The City will provide the dumpster and pay landfill charges.

This is for residential use only, no businesses, owners of rental properties or commercial contractors.

Drop off will be on Monday - pick up on Thursday or Drop off on Thursday- pick up on Monday.

If you would like to sign up, please come into the offices.

Sunset Winter Fest

Sunset Winter Fest will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 11:00 a.m. until around 1:00 p.m. here at the City Offices.

Winterfest Flyer

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The city offices will be closed at noon on December 24th and all day on December 25th. They will also be closed on January 1, 2016.

All Night Parking Regulations

The overnight parking ordinance is now in effect and has been for a couple of weeks.

As per 6-1-3: All Night Parking Regulations- No overnight parking on the street from November 15 to March 15 from the hours of ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. to six o'clock (6:00) A.M.

There have been many warnings issued, so please make arrangements to park your vehicles somewhere other than the street during these hours. We appreciate your assistance with following this City Ordinance.

Santa Visting on the Fire Truck

Santa will be coming around town on Saturday, December 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the fire truck.

Senior Christmas Luncheon

We would like to thank those citizens who came out and enjoyed lunch with us at the Annual Senior Luncheon. We would also like to thank Arby Medsource and Symbii Home Health & Hospice for donating the gift baskets that were raffled off.

Veterans Day Celebration

There will be a Veteran's Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunset Room. All Veterans and the public are invited to attend.

2015 Unofficial Election Results

Notices on Garbage Cans

It has been brought to our attention that a private company has been going throughout the city placing notices on garbage cans regarding curbside painting. This has nothing to do with Sunset City, it is a private entity.

City Clean Up

Fall City Clean up will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 8:00 a.m. until Noon at the City Shops. If you have any tree limbs or yard waste that needs to be disposed, you can bring it to the city shops on that Saturday.

Meet the Candidates Night

The Sunset City Fire Department will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Night, on October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. This will be held here at the city offices in the Sunset Room.

Upcoming Road Closures

Please be aware that the Railroad will be performing work over the next couple of weeks that will result in some road closures. You will want to make arrangements to take alternate routes.

September 13-16th : 2300 North at the Railroad tracks will be closed both directions.

September 20-23rd: 1800 North at the Railroad tracks will be closed both directions.

2 Year Council Term

Dan Ripple has withdrawn his candidacy. Scott Wiggill will be running uncontested for the 2 year Council Term.

Dogs in South Park

Just a reminder that if you are walking your dogs on the trail in South Park, that you may only walk them on a leash. Also dog handlers are required to clean up and properly dispose of any waste left by their animals.

Please help us keep this park nice & safe for all citizens to enjoy.

Bathroom Closure

The restrooms at Central Park will be closed for the next couple of days due to plumbing issues. We have two porta potties in the park as a substitute until we can get the necessary repairs made.

Youth Council Leader Needed

Sunset City is in need of an adult leader for our Youth Council. If you enjoy working with teens, we encourage you to apply. This position is a volunteer position only.
For more information, please contact the City Offices at 801-825-1628

Possible Road Closure

1300 North and Main Street will be closed off and on for the next week and a half as repairs are being done on a water main. Please keep this in mind as you go about your travels. You may want to avoid this area.

Sunset City Primary Elections

Shalon G. Baty has filed an Affidavit for Withdrawal of Candidacy and there will NOT be a Primary Election for the 2-year Council seat in Sunset City.

Sunset City Fundays July 17-18, 2015

Thursday, July 16th,the carnival will open at 4:00 p.m @ Central Park

Friday, July 17th :

  • 4:00 p.m.- Carnival Opens @ Central Park
    Vendor Booths open @Central Park
  • 6:00 p.m. - Skate Contest @ North Park: $10 Entry
    Baby Contest @ Central Park: $10 Entry
  • 9:30 p.m - Movie in the Park: "Big Hero 6" @ Central Park

Saturday, July 18th:

  • 6:30 a.m. - 5K Sign Up @ Central Park in the west parking lot: $15 Entry
  • 7:00 a.m. - D.A.R.E. to Run 5K @ Central Park, in the west parking lot
    Breakfast @ Central Park: $3.00 per person
  • 10:00 a.m - Parade on 250 West
  • 11:00 a.m -3:00 p.m. - Car Show @ Central Park
  • 11:00 a.m. - Carnival Opens @ Central Park
    Vendor Booths Open @ Central Park
  • 12:00 p.m. - Kids Corner Make & Take @ Central Park Bowery
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mud Volleyball @ City Offices Click here for more information
  • 2:00 p.m. - Fire Department Tractor Pull @ Central Park Tennis Courts
  • 3:00 P.m. Party Animal Photo Booth @ Central Park Bowery
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Live Performances @ Central Park Stage
  • 6:00 p.m. - Live Band: The Polluters @ Central Park Stage
  • 7:00 p.m. - Taekwondo Demonstration by M.O.D. @ Central Park stage
  • Dusk- Sky Divers: Sky Dive Ogden @ Central Park
    Fireworks @ Central Park

Entry forms can be picked up at the Sunset City Offices located at 200 West 1300 North
Central Park located @ 85 West 1800 North
North Park located @ 200 West 2400 North

Gas Can Exchange

Davis County Hazardous Waste facility in Layton on June 13th starting at 9:00 AM is having a having a gas can exchange event until supplies last.
You can exchange your old gas can (pre 2008) for a free, air-friendly can. Bring your old, gas can and exchange it for a brand new SureCan while supplies last. There are a little over 1,200 to give away that day.

Sunset City Candidates for 2015

Three 4-Year Council Terms:

  • Carl E. Anderson
  • Norm Noyes
  • Ricky Carlson
  • Ryamond H. Chapman, Jr.
  • Chad Bangerter
  • Cheyrl Budge
  • One 2-Year Council Terms:

  • Scott Wiggill
  • Dan Ripple
  • Shalon G. Baty.
  • A Primary will be held on August 11, 2015 on the 2-year Council seat.

    Water Restriction in Clinton City

    Clinton City is currently under a water restriction. This water restriction does not affect Sunset City. Both cities are on separate water tanks. Secondary and Culinary water systems are completely different systems and you cannot hook one to the other. Sunset City does not have secondary water and so we do not run the risk of this cross contamination. Your water is safe to use & drink if you are in Sunset City.

    2nd Annual City Clean-Up Event

    Saturday, May 2nd will be the 2nd Annual Spring Clean-Up Event. Public works will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will be available at the city shops to help you unload your debris from your yard. Please take advantage of this program if you are in need of cleaning up your yard. Because this clean-up is city sponsored, you will need to bring ID proving your residency.


    New Maverik Project

    You may have noticed that things are looking a little different at the top of 1800 North and Main street. Several houses that were once there are now gone. This is all in preparation of Maverik building its newest store in our town. We are excited to watch the progress of this project and you can see it's progress as well on our Facebook page.
    New Maverik Project Photos


    Night of Hope


    Kids Club Registration

    We are now accepting registrations for the Kids Club. This is for kids ages 12 and under. Each child will recieve a club t-shirt and get to particpate in field trips, Fun Days parade and lots of fun activities. For more information please see our flyer Here

    Green Waste Program


    Green Waste cans have now reverted back to being strictly green waste. This will continue until November. Please do not put garbage in these cans until then.

    The Mayor & City Council would like to let you know of a program called Utah Honor Flight. This is a non-profit organization that takes our heroes to our nation's capitol to see their memorials which were built in honor of their service and sacrifice.
    If you would like more information on this program or would like to help them out, please visit their website at www.utahhonorflight.org

    Sunset City Council Position

  • Applications are being taken to fill a vacant Sunset City Council position.
  • Applications will be taken from Sunset City residents only.  Submit applications to Recorder Hale at the Sunset City Office Building, located at 200 W. 1300 N., Sunset, by Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
  •  The interviews will be held for the position and the appointment made during the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Office Building.
  •  The applicant chosen by the Council will preside until the first Monday in January, 2016.
  •  Call the City Recorder, 801-614-9103, for more information.
  • Qualifications

    Be a registered voter

    Been a resident of Sunset for the 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of appointment

    Not be mentally incompetent and have not been convicted of a felony, treason or a crime against Sunset In accordance with Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any mentally incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to hold elective office is restored under Section 20A-2-101.3 or 20A-2-101.5.

    Application to Serve as Sunset City Council Member

    Easter Egg Hunt

    The Annual Sunset City Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. @ Central Park. This park is located at 85 West 1800 North, Sunset. Come out and have some fun with us.

    Welcome New Public Works Director & New Fire Chief

    We would like to welcome the new Public Works Director Jason Monroe and the new Fire Chief James Weston. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you.

    Appreciation for D.A.R.E. Donations

    Thank you to Ryan Asmussen the owner of Pillar To Post Home Inspections for his recent donation to D.A.R.E.
    Pillar To Post also provided pizzas for a D.A.R.E. graduation.

    Other donors to D.A.R.E.:

    Sierra Rv
    Doxey Elementary PTA
    Sunset Elementary PTA
    Fremont Elementary PTA
    Charlies Service

    Honorary Commander for the 388 Fighter Wing

    We would like to congratulate Mayor Macfarlane for being installed as the Honorary Commander for the 388 Fighter Wing with Colonel Todd Murphy.

    Sans prediction, Sunset Sam Winterfest is a success

    By JENNILYN E. WILLIAMS Standard-Examiner correspondent

    SUNSET - Hot chili, hot chocolate, doughnuts, face painting, and art projects. It was all there at this year's Sunset Sam's Winterfest.

    Perhaps the only thing missing was a prediction - from the guinea pig named Sam.

    Linda Watts has attended the event annually for the last five years. "It's a fun tradition, and it breaks up the monotony of January," Watts said.

    "It's our first year attending Sunset Sam's Winterfest," said Keri Lewis, who brought her three kids, ages 5 years through 7 months old. We have lived in Sunset for five years, and in the past, we have been driving home, and seen people over here, and thought, 'Oh well, we missed it.' But this year we put it on the calendar, because we didn't want to miss it again. We are having a great time." .

    "I have been to all of the Sunset Sam's, except for the first two. In the beginning, it was just a small group. I enjoy judging the chili cook off, there is some pretty good chili," said Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn.

    "Being with friends and family is my favorite part of Sunset Sam's Winterfest," said Sara Feik, who brought her four children. Her oldest, a member of the youth council was helping by painting faces. Her 11-year-old son Noah, took third place and People's choice award in the chili cook off. The other winners of the chili cookoff were Sandy Bybee, 2nd place, and Christina Arbogast, who took first place.

    "Sunset Sam" the guinea pig was in attendance, but he did not make a prediction this year.

    Event organizer Joe Maylin wanted to focus on the Winterfest, but not be limited to having the event on Groundhog Day. He wants to keep the tradition alive and still have a guinea pig in attendance, more as a mascot, so people can remember the tradition.

    The Winterfest grew from an event started almost 20 years ago when Brent Andrews lost his 6-year-old son Jeremy, the youngest of six children, to a bicycle accident.

    "I started this tradition because we lost our little Jeremy in a bicycle accident just north of our house. The girl who hit him didn't even have a driver's license, or any insurance," Andrews said.

    "I started this event for my kids, so they would have something to take their minds off the loss of their youngest brother. I went on an LDS Mission to Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog makes a prediction for a longer winter, or an early spring, on Groundhog day," Andrews said.

    "We started keeping track and figured out that our predictions were accurate more often than those of Punxatwaney Phil," said Neil Koker, a retired Fire Chief from Sunset.

    "When Brent Andrews was on the City Council a few years ago, they worked out a deal for the city to take over the event."Koker said.

    "Last year, the city expanded it to a Winterfest," said Beverly McFarlane, Mayor of Sunset.

    "Last year we added the chili cook off, had snow painting and some other snow activities, but this year, since there is no snow, we have sidewalk chalk, and poster making," McFarlane said. "We are hoping to expand it more each year," McFarlane said.

    Brent Andrew's daughter Heather, and granddaughter Kayla (Heather's daughter) came along and brought their guinea pig Rosie, who played the part of "Sunset Sam" for the afternoon.

    "I heard that they weren't going to have a guinea pig at all, last year, so I brought mine, so we could keep the tradition alive. I plan to bring my guinea pig every year," said Heather Andrews.

    Sunset City Municipal Election

    Sunset City will be voting for three 4-year Council terms.

    The filing dates for Declaration of Candidacy are June 1 through June 8, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each person seeking to become a candidate must file in person with the City Recorder no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015.

    A candidate for an elective position must be a citizen of the United States, a registered voter at the time of filing and have resided in the City of Sunset for the 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of Election. Any person who has been convicted of a felony, treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold any office in the State of Utah until their right to hold office is restored.

    The City Offices do not open until 9:00 a.m., however if you wish to file a Declaration of Candidacy between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., please contact Recorder Susan Hale at 801-614-9103 or shale@sunset-ut.com.

    Sunset Sam's Winterfest

    Sunset Sam's Winterfest will be held on Monday, February 2nd at 4:30 p.m. here at the city offices.
    We will have snow painting and a chili cook off. If you'd like to participate in the chili cook off, entry forms can be obtained at the city offices or you can contact Joe at 801-614-9105.
    The Youth Council will also be hosting a food drive at this time as well: bring a can(s) of food and get your face painted for free.
    Come out and enjoy some hot cocoa and doughnuts!

    Happy New Year!

    Christmas tree pickup will be on Wednesday, January 7th. Please have your trees out at the curb Tuesday night for pickup Wednesday morning.