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G O OD NE IG HBOR

NEWS

MARCH 2021

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E Warmer weather is ahead! Spring is a great time to take your family and get outside. West Jordan has many outdoor shopping opportunities at Gardner Village and Jordan landing, several miles of trails for biking and walking, and more than 40 parks with amenities to keep your children entertained. The city’s GIS (Geographic Information System) team has created a map showing all the parks and trails within our city. Visit the website west-jordancity.maps.arcgis.com to see all of our parks that have pavilions, bathrooms, basketball courts, and newly added pickleball courts. Years past, West Jordan has held spring clean-up days. Due to COVID last year and this year, we will not be holding the clean-up event. Instead, we ask that you take some time to pick up trash in your neighborhood and nearby park. If you need trash bags for this, we are happy to supply some. Contact Keenan by calling 801-569-5100 or via email at Keenan.Price@WestJordan.Utah.gov We are also doing something different with the dumpsters this year, we will place them at the Public Works Building, 7960 South 4000 West, on the dates below. You may drop off the garbage you picked up on your walks, or trash from your residence during your personal spring cleaning at no charge. (You may still have dumpsters delivered to your house, at a reduced cost.) Green waste and trash dumpsters will also be on site.

Salt Lake County Health Department Distributes COVID-19 Vaccines in West Jordan

The Salt Lake County Health Department distributed COVID-19 vaccines to residents 70 and older at the West Jordan Senior Center. In late February, the state of Utah announced Utahns between the ages of 65-69 are eligible to register for their vaccine. Starting March 1st, residents of any age, with underlying health conditions will be able to register for their appointment. Mayor Dirk Burton volunteered at the Rec center where he received a tour and was able to sit down and talk with some of the recipients. Many of them were there for their first shot and will be returning in a few weeks for their second dose. The state of Utah has administered more than 500,000 vaccines to residents and are pushing to double that number by the summer. You can keep up to date with the county’s vaccination efforts by visiting slco.org.

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• October 9, 2021 | 7 AM – 3 PM For more information, visit the city’s website: westjordan.utah.gov Let’s work together to make West Jordan a great and clean place to live and play. I look forward to seeing you outside! Sincerely,

Mayor Dirk Burton

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Jordan School District Announces New Learning Opportunities for Students in 2021-2022 School Year The Jordan School District is preparing to open three new and unique schools. Kings Peak High School, Kelsey Peak Virtual Middle School and Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary School are part of the Jordan Virtual Learning Academy. The schools will give students the option to learn virtually starting next year. “These opportunities will give students more options in the way in which they learn,” said Jordan School District Superintendent Dr Anthony Godfrey. “It’s a big leap for us to move to having three separate online schools.” Ross Menlove is the new principal of Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary, with a background in teaching and instruction, Menlove said he’s excited to offer parents more options when it comes to their child and learning.

“Currently all of our online program is synchronous, live with the teacher. What we’re going to be offering next year is asynchronous, meaning that the student can log in and they can complete their coursework for that day, any time, any place, any pace,” Menlove said. All three schools fall under the Jordan Virtual Learning Academy, but they are individual schools, and they are currently hiring. For parents with middle school aged children, Principal of Kelsey Peak Virtual Middle School Spencer Campbell said you can expect flexibility and predictability. “Currently, we have students in a variety of situations throughout the District. For example, we have a student that has high anxiety and coming to school is difficult for them. Or maybe they want to take their core classes online and they want to take their extracurricular or their elective classes at the school. They have that option,” explained Campbell. Ammon Wiemers, principal of Kings Peak High School, said this new option of learning gives students the opportunity to show they can work independently. “This is a decision that parents need to make with their students. And while it is a new high school, we have some idea of who might be successful here,” said Wiemers. “They can work at their own pace and make good choices on their own.” You can hear more from the newly appointed principals for each school by listening to the districts podcast: “Supercast.” Visit: supercast.jordandistrict.org

Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster? West Jordan Fire Department is holding CERT, an emergency preparedness course, once again. In this class, you will learn how to develop preparedness plans and mitigate risks for any disaster. You will also gain skills in first aid, fire suppression, as well as search and rescue. Join us to better prepare your family and your community! Class Fee: $35 To view schedules and register for the class, visit: www.westjordan.utah.gov/public-education


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The next City Election will be held in 2021

THE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION ARE: • City Council At-Large • City Council At-Large • City Council At-Large

ELECTION DATES: • The Municipal Primary Election will be held on August 10, 2021 • The Municipal General Election will be held on November 2, 2021

DECLARATION AND NOMINATION DATES: • An individual seeking to become a candidate for a municipal office shall file a declaration of candidacy, between June 1 and June 7 of any odd-numbered year and pay the filing fee, if one is required by municipal ordinance.

COUNCIL CORNER The public are invited to City Council! Council Chair Zach Jacob is inviting the public to return to City Council meetings in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Citizens can still view the meeting streamed live on YouTube or participate live via Zoom Webinar as residents have been able to the past year. Citizens and interested parties can once again participate in person in the Council Chambers. It should be noted that the State of Utah has a health order that governs in-person events such as a city council meeting. This health order requires that masks be worn and attendees must maintain 6’ physical distancing throughout the duration of the meeting. Council Chair Jacob stated, “It is important to us that residents participate in the business of the city, and now they can in any way they choose. Some will watch the meeting on YouTube, some will attend and offer comments via Zoom, and hopefully more than a few will be interested to come and participate in person.” Council Member Chad Lamb said, “Council Members may also attend council meeting via Zoom or in person. This way, business brought before the council can be conducted more openly and transparently.” We hope residents will consider attending in

person again, and if not, will participate by watching the meeting on YouTube or Zoom whichever way you prefer.

Other ways to contact the City Council: • Send an email to councilcomments@ westjordan.utah.gov • Call the 24-hour comment line:(801) 569-5052 • Follow us on Facebook at: facebook.com/WestJordanCityCouncil • Follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/ WJCityCouncil

City Council Agendas can be found at: • westjordan.utah.gov/agendas Lastly, anyone can view previous city council meetings on YouTube at bit.ly/WestJordan. For example, at the last council meeting, the City Council received an update on the city’s Economic Development efforts, and preliminary revenue projections for next year’s budget. The City Council is also regularly monitoring bills being considered at the Utah legislature that could have impact on the city.

Salt Storage and Use in West Jordan

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The City of West Jordan uses two types of salt for snow removal: Type “C” (white) road salt and Redmond (a reddish in color) high performance road salt. Both types of salt are on the State of Utah’s cooperative contract. The quantify of salt distributed with storms varies, as does the material the city uses. Storms warmer or closer to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and above, the city uses straight Type “C” road salt. For storms which are in the mid 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the city uses a mixture of Type “C” salt and Redmond salt. “I compare it to ‘hamburger helper’ as the Redmond activates faster and is more effective with the colder temperatures – yet we can mix it with the Type ‘C’ salt to make it go further,” Tim Peters, West Jordan Public Services Manager, said. When it comes to very cold temperatures, the city will need to use Redmond salt because the Type “C” salt becomes less effective. Redmond salt’s unique composition is designed to penetrate and dis-bond better than white salt. Pound for pound, Redmond is naturally equipped to melt more, melt faster and last longer on the road. Redmond salt doesn’t come from Utah’s Great Salt Lake, it comes from an ancient salt deposit near the small town of Redmond, Utah, which is more than 150

miles south of the Great Salt Lake. More than 60 trace materials and micro-nutrients give it a reddish color. That color provides several benefits when dropped on the road. Having a red hue enhances performance. Studies show it can absorb up to 50% more heat from the sun, allowing it work better than white salt. To learn more about snow removal in West Jordan visit: westjordan.utah.gov/snow-removal

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Public Meetings in March The City of West Jordan has two public meetings coming up – residents are welcome to join and weigh in with any questions.

1300 WEST BETWEEN 6600 SOUTH AND 9400 SOUTH A virtual (Zoom/Facebook) public open house is planned for March 11, 2021 at 7 PM. The meeting will inform area residents, drivers and business owners about the project plans. The city plans to improve 1300 West from 6600 South to 9400 South by adding bike lanes, new storm drains, sidewalks, and lighting. Construction is currently estimated for 2023 and 2024.

7800 SOUTH BETWEEN HIGHLANDS LOOP ROAD AND U-111 West Jordan plans to improve 7800 South from the Highlands Loop Road roundabout to U-111 by adding lanes, storm drainage, water system improvements, sewer upgrades, curb and gutter and sidewalk, and lighting where none exist. The roadway surface will also undergo a resurfacing treatment. A virtual (Zoom/Facebook) public open house is planned for March 18, 2021 at 7 PM. The meeting will inform residents, motorists and business owners about the project plans. Construction is estimated to occur in 2022 and 2023. Stay informed: These projects have a dedicated public information team to keep residents and stakeholders in the loop. Stay up to date on construction progress and impacts at westjordan.utah.gov.

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