As Andy Williams sang in the well-known Christmas classic, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” I truly believe that. It’s that time of year when we eat like we’ve never seen food before, consider our many blessings, and look for opportunities to serve one another.
A lot of people from around the world would be happy to have our table scraps, but we tend to take it for granted. When we put the food aside and start to count our blessings, it’s pretty easy to see that we have so much to be grateful for. Don’t be afraid to share your blessings and your table this year with someone that may not have it as good.
With the cold weather in the air and the snow hopefully falling soon, it’s hard to believe that we are thinking ahead to next year’s road construction projects. UDOT has recently chosen a contractor for the I-15 Tech Corridor project. Construction will begin in a few months and is expected to last a couple of years. We have worked seven years to get this project moved up on the schedule. It will be two years ahead of plans and, if you ask me, several years too late. However, $450 million does not come easy for the state and it took some real effort from the governor and legislature, and countless hours of meetings with city officials, to get it going. Thank you to all of those who worked on this project.
We have a few other projects beginning next year. Construction will begin on 1200 West, which will be built to a five lane road. Main Street to the east and west will be widened to improve traffic flows. While these projects will be an improvement, traffic will continue to be an issue. As the cities to the west of us grow, more and more commuters will pass through Lehi to get home. Traffic will be something that we will all be dealing with for a long time.
It will soon be that time when Santa comes and brings all the goodies. Remember, often times small kids would rather play with an empty box than an expensive toy. There is nothing like the thrill of paying for Christmas several years after it’s over, so avoid debt and live within your means. Christmas is not about how much we receive but what we give of ourselves that counts.
From my family to yours, have a great holiday season. Be kind to one another. Love is not a dirty, four-letter word, so use it more often. Remember those Vets who gave us our freedoms, share what you have, and be grateful you live in the best city in America where we are all like family.