Positions and Opportunities
Cottonwood Heights and the surrounding Salt Lake Valley are consistently ranked as some of the finest places in the country to live. We enjoy low unemployment, low crime, excellent parks and recreational services, unmatched access to public lands, and strong public schools. But our population is growing. Residential population projections forecast an increase of as many as 15,000 residents in the next 20 years.* The increasing popularity of canyon ski resorts will put continuing pressure on our infrastructure in the coming years.
The current members of the Cottonwood Heights City Council have worked diligently and given their time and energy to make Cottonwood Heights a better city. As residents themselves, they fight to maintain the excellent quality of life that benefits each of us. Our police force and emergency services have an astonishing response time of 4 minutes, and the police who serve our community also feel a part of the community. City council members have worked closely with residents and private landowners to acquire property for our many parks and bike trails. I would like to continue the excellent work of the city council, but I also expect to bring a fresh, new perspective to city management. Indeed, more can be done: more bike lanes, more open space, improved traffic and safety especially during the busy ski season.
The opportunities for our future are as follows:
- Infrastructure and Services: How do we fund, improve and maintain our roads, sewers, parks, trails, and recreational and public services?
- Open Space/Public Access: As the City Between the Canyons, we want to ensure that we can work with private landowners to access our beautiful public mountain and canyon trails.
- Wasatch Boulevard Ski Traffic: All district 4 residents have experienced winter ski traffic along Wasatch Blvd. Winter tourism is playing an increased role in the Cottonwood Canyons, and we see between 5 million and 6 million visitors a year. We must be leaders on this issue and find solutions that anticipate future growth without diminishing our quality of life. We need to work together with other municipalities and the ski areas to find solutions that work for District 4.
- Gravel Pit: Over the next 10 years, the anticipated closing of the gravel pit at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon offers Cottonwood Heights an opportunity to lead the Salt Lake Area in responsible and sustainable future development. This is the gateway to our city and to the Cottonwood Canyons. As we attract new businesses and grow our residential base, we will need both short and long term creative solutions to make this area an example that other Utah cities want to emulate.
- Mass Transit Hubs: We need to look at other cities to learn how to manage our future growth and do it right the first time. There are no second chances.
- Maintain Safe Neighborhoods: We have an amazing community watch program, let’s continue to be good neighbors and help our police force.
* Source: Cottonwood Heights Community Profile
Tee Tyler, Current District 4 City Councilman:
Tee Tyler has been a resident of Cottonwood Heights for more than 33 years. After 8 years on the city council, Tee decided not to run again, but is endorsing Christine Mikell to take his seat. He is a 1972 graduate of BYU and has worked in the banking business since that time. He and his wife Debbie, who is currently a member of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Service Area Board of Trustees, have four children and ten grandchildren. Tee and Debbie recently completed three years of volunteer work with the Salt Lake Valley Youth Detention Center.
Rob Dahle, Mayor, City of Holladay:
Rob has spent the past 30 years in various management/leadership positions; six years as an officer in the U.S. Army, twenty as co-owner of a clothing retail chain and the past four in commercial real estate management. He has served on three Boards of Directors, with seven total years of experience as President. Along with my wife Joni, I have been actively involved in various church, community, and school organizations since returning to Salt Lake City in 1989
Chris Robinson, Chair, Summit County Council:
Chris is the CEO and co-owner of The Ensign Group, L.C., which (through its affiliates) owns, operates, and manages over 230,000 acres of real estate located in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and used either for production agriculture, mineral and resource development, wildlife, water resources, environmental values, investment and/or development.
Peter Corroon, Former Salt Lake County Mayor:
“Christine has been a leader in renewable energy in Utah and will be a great leader for Cottonwood Heights.”
Christine Mikell Bio
Christine Mikell moved to Cottonwood Heights 13 years ago with a desire to impact her community and to recreate in the Cottonwood Canyons. A CEO, wife, and mother to three children who attend local dual immersion public schools, Christine and her husband, Jeff, choose to call Cottonwood Heights home because of its magnificent quality of life and proximity to unrivaled public lands.
Christine graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she played and was captain of its women’s soccer team. After three years of teaching in Thailand and in Mt Pleasant Utah, Christine completed an MBA from the University of Utah and decided to forge an entrepreneurial path. In 2004, she joined Wasatch Wind as a project manager, eventually taking over the role of CEO. In 2015 she founded her own company, Enyo Renewable Energy, a wind and solar company that develops utility-scale energy projects throughout the Intermountain West. During her tenure at Wasatch Wind, Christine successfully developed the first wind farm in the state of Utah with enough energy output to power the city of Spanish Fork.
Under Christine’s leadership, the Spanish Fork Wind Park, a project that began with controversy and apprehension, ended up as a highly successful collaboration between residents, business leaders, and city officials. Christine was effectively able to bring together diverse interest groups with concerns ranging from environmental and aesthetic impacts to costs and concerns about reduced property values. She worked with the Mayor of Spanish Fork to negotiate responsible solutions for a win-win project that was on the cutting edge of energy development. The Spanish Fork Wind Park created local jobs and continues to provide a sustainable energy future to generate revenue for private landowners and the city. By 2015, Christine had developed two of Utah’s three utility-scale wind farms, and a wind project in Wyoming. All the energy generated from her Utah projects goes only to Utah customers.
Prior to her work as a wind developer, Christine was an Energy Engineer for the Department of Natural Resources. In 2002, air quality issues plaguing the Salt Lake Valley drove Christine to lead and manage the first renewable energy program for the state of Utah. She also established the first Utah Wind and Solar Conference and worked with state lawmakers to promote clean air policies through renewable energy legislation. Christine has spent countless hours educating and negotiating with state and local legislators on issues relating to land development, utility rates, environmental impacts and the cost effectiveness of renewable energy. For the past 10 years she has advocated for Utah to be a future leader in affordable, clean energy and was a founding board member of Utah Clean Energy. As a developer, mother of three, and resident of Cottonwood Heights, Christine has experience on both sides of city council negotiations.
Christine and her husband, Jeff - a project manager for W.W. Clyde a construction company - enjoy mountain biking, hiking, skiing and all-around healthy family living in their beautiful city. She is committed to Cottonwood Heights as a great place to raise a family and do business, and is working to ensure its future success.