RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government MAYOR’S MESSAGE
Legislative Session Sees Big Wins for Southwest Salt Lake County By Mayor Trent Staggs For the last twenty years, Riverton and the southwest corner of Salt Lake County have accounted for approximately 70% of all the population growth in the county. However, the infrastructure needed to keep up with this growth has not kept pace. In an effort to create a single, unified voice, I partnered with elected officials from the communities of Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan to create the Southwest Mayor’s Coalition. Over the last three years, we have worked tirelessly to lobby our state, local and community leaders to better recognize the extensive growth taking place in the southwest region and to push for the transportation and infrastructure funding that we desperately need.
These last three years of strategic collaboration have been successful as state and county leaders are beginning to take notice of our needs and are working to ensure funds are appropriated to help us manage our growth. This year we have seen freeway style interchanges being constructed at 12600 S, 10400 S and 6200 S and Bangerter. And over the past couple of years, Riverton has received millions of dollars in other state appropriations for key roadways in our city. This 2021 Utah Legislative Session saw even more significant investments to infrastructure, thanks in large part to our local legislators, Senator Dan McCay, Representative Candice Pierucci and Representative Mark Strong. Riverton will now be the beneficiary of a $75 million project for the construction of a freeway style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 13400 S. In addition, with the passing of H.B. 244, Riverton will be receiving $700,000 every year for fifteen years for “...priority projects to mitigate congestion and improve transportation safety.”
The Southwest Visioning Study will provide data-driven solutions to effectively identify regional transportation needs in the southwest part of the valley.
I am also excited to announce that the Southwest Visioning Study was completed in March. This in-depth study will provide data-driven solutions to effectively identify regional transportation needs. With this critical information, we can more appropriately respond and plan for additional growth in our area.
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Five Benefits of Shopping Local It stimulates the local economy and keeps more money in the community.
With the passing of H.B. 244, Riverton will be receiving $700,000 every year for fifteen years for “...priority projects to mitigate congestion and improve transportation safety.”
More work is still needed to fully transition Bangerter Highway into a freeway, but we have made significant strides and could now be in a position to finish this in the next 5-7 years. Once finished, UDOT projections show commute times and connectivity will dramatically improve not just in the north-south direction, but also east-west. The widening and completion of Mountain View Corridor is an essential project that will also need funding. This will only get done through increased collaboration and maintaining and improving relationships with other government and community partners. With a united voice, we can find solutions to our toughest challenges and ensure we improve the quality of life for our current and future residents.
It creates and sustains employment for residents to work closer to home. It allows goods and services you need and want to be offered nearby.
It keeps fees and taxes low by keeping sales tax dollars local.
It fosters a community that cares about and invests in itself.
Thanks to Our Retiring Employees MAYOR Trent Staggs email@example.com 801-208-3129
CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-953-5672 Troy McDougal - District 2 email@example.com 801-931-9933 Tawnee McCay - District 3 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-634-7692
By Councilman Troy McDougal Spring is a time of change and it has brought change to Riverton City this year. This spring we had four wonderful employees make the decision to retire. Most of these employees have been long-time fixtures in our city and have been critical in helping us grow from a small agricultural community to the
vibrant city we are today. It is the hard work and sacrifice of city employees which make Riverton such a great place to live and yet they often go unnoticed. Virginia Loader and Joy Johnson retired from our city recorder’s office. They were the friendly faces and force behind elections, city meetings, legal transactions and a host of other areas. Duane Green retired from our water department, he was the guy making sure that when you turn on the tap, water comes out. When a geyser erupted in your
neighborhood, he was on the scene working to make repairs. Marty Scheide retired from our parks department. The hours Riverton residents have spent on green fields, beautiful walks, and family activities have his mark on them. Congratulations to each of them for their years of service. Thanks to all those who they left behind who continue to work so hard to build our community and make it a place where we can say, “We love where we live!”
Tish Buroker - District 4 email@example.com 801-673-6103 Claude Wells - District 5 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-875-0116
CITY MANAGER David R. Brickey email@example.com 801-208-3125
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Virginia Loader - Retired City Recorder, 13 years
Joy Johnson - Retired Deputy City Recorder, 16 years
Riverton City Election Notice
PRIMARY ELECTION: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 GENERAL ELECTION: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD: June 1 – June 7, 2021 Offices up for Election: Mayor City Council – District 3 City Council – District 4
For additional details, visit: rivertonutah.gov/government/elections
Upcoming City Meetings CITY COUNCIL • Tuesday, April 6 & 20 at 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION • Thursday, April 8 & 22, 6:30 p.m.
Duane Green - Retired Water Director, 34 years
Marty Scheide - Retired Parks Operations Manager, 6 years
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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
Springtime Driving and Safety By Chief Don Hutson As we emerge from the depths of the pandemic, we are all filled with anticipation and excitement as the weather warms and we can actually see hope on the horizon to resume many of the activities we have not been able to do during the last year. Flowers are blooming and the young, as well as the young at heart, are spending much more time outside enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. Pedestrian traffic and bicycle riding increase dramatically for obvious reasons, and motorcycle riding is far more enjoyable and prevalent. These changes in the traffic dynamic on our roadways make visibility more of a challenge and cause us concern as public safety officers. It is important for all of us to be aware of this changing traffic landscape and be more vigilant in identifying
potential hazards as we travel on our streets.
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Additionally, some in our community, who are inclined to victimize others by stealing their property or burglarizing their homes, take advantage of the milder temperatures. Criminals are aware we are approaching vacation season and they are always looking for an opportunity to break into an empty house or business. It is also easier for them to hide or avoid us tracking them with additional foliage and no snow to leave footprints. For these reasons, it is a good time for all of us to assess the security of our property and be reminded of how to minimize risk. First, always lock your doors and keep your external lights on at night. If you are leaving town, let your neighbors know who should or should not be at your home so they can keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles. Have someone retrieve your mail and ensure papers or flyers don’t accumulate on your porch.
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EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS With warmer weather pedestrian traffic, bicycle riding and motorcycle riding is far more prevalent. It is important for us to be aware and be more vigilant in identifying potential hazards as we travel on our streets.
As always, please don’t hesitate to call the Riverton Police Department if you see something suspicious. Stay safe and enjoy our beautiful city as we transition from soggy spring to hot summer.
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NOTICE Riverton City has begun maintenance on the secondary water system.
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Spring Cleaning Days Dumpster Drop
FREE Tree Planting Workshop Come learn the ins and outs of proper tree planting from an expert. Saturday May 1, 2021, 9 a.m. at Centennial Park, 13000 S 2700 W, Riverton, UT. Enter a raffle for a free tree donated by Arbor Day Nursery.
FREE Community dumpsters for trash, cardboard and tree branches will be available for two Saturday’s in April. Dumpster use is for residential use only. For details on what can and can’t be droped off, please visit rivertonutah.gov/beautiful. Saturday, April 17 and 24, 2021 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Two Locations: Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S, Riverton Western Springs Park, 4570 S Goshute Drive, Riverton
Secondary Water Turning On May 1 Secondary water will be available for use on May 1 and will be on through mid-October. Please do not begin using the water until May 1 to ensure the system is able to fully pressurize.
Riverton City Events With the changing environment due to COVID-19, we recommend you regularly visit rivertonutah.gov to find the most recent event and meeting information.
Register: Start Smart Sports
Not Your Parent’s Art Show
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Register: Tennis League Registration
Town Days Parade Float Applications
Registration is now open for spring Start Smart Sports programs for kids age 3-5, including Baseball, Soccer and MultiSport. Register online.
Come see original art pieces created by young local artists at the Old Dome Meeting Hall. Free and open to all.
Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join Healthy Riverton for a FREE QPR class to learn how to respond to someone in crises.
Riverton City’s flexible tennis league is for all abilities, with one match played per week. Register online at rivertronutah.gov/recreation
It’s your chance to get your business or organization signed up for a float in the Riverton Town Days Parade. Details at rivertronutah. gov/towndays
• April 15, 7 p.m., CR Hamilton Indoor Pavilion
• Offered Monthly, May-August
• Applications accepted now through Monday, June 14. Parade is July 2, 6:30 p.m.
• Registration is now open Programs Begin May 4
• Show Ends April 28, Open Monday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m. & other times by appointment.
For details or registration information, visit rivertonutah.gov/recreation
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