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Bond talk

The first two of six community meetings to discuss Salt Lake County’s proposed $47 million bond for regional park and trails work have been scheduled for:

Sept. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. at Magna Recreation Center, 3270 S. 8400 West

Oct. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. at Lodestone Park, 5980 S. 6300 West

In other Salt Lake County business

Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw was only 11 years old in 1992, but already sensing he might be gay when Salt Lake County became Utah’s first government to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance.

Without that action, Bradshaw said he might not be where he is now, able to serve on the County Council as an openly gay man.

“I noticed at a young age efforts such as this by great leaders,” Bradshaw said Tuesday when the council approved a commemorative resolution honoring the 20th anniversary of the ordinance’s adoption and the man who fought to get the county to adopt it, David Nelson, now 50, of Millcreek.

“It gave me a lot of confidence through this life,” Bradshaw added. “It gave me confidence to know that I could live in a world where perhaps sexuality wouldn’t be used to discriminate against me. I could pursue a life in public service as an elected official. So it was very significant to me and thousands upon thousands of Utahns to feel welcome.”

Besides Nelson, the resolution also praised two county commissioners who originally approved the ordinance — Bradshaw’s current fellow councilmen Jim Bradley and Randy Horiuchi — and a third commissioner, Brent Overson, who defended and extended its provisions in 1995.

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