Riverton City Newsletter | January 2023

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JANUARY 2023

RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government MAYOR’S MESSAGE

2022: A Good Year for Riverton By Mayor Trent Staggs

2022 was a good year for Riverton! Here’s a look back at some of the biggest things that happened in our city last year:

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Mountain View Village Phase 2 Opening

Phase 2 of Mountain View Village was opened to the public in July. This phase has brought dozens of specialty retail stores and new restaurants to Riverton, with more on the way. This phase is designed as a gathering place for the community.

2

Costco Wholesale Opening

Doors opened at Riverton’s new Costco in May, giving many southwest Salt Lake County residents a more convenient location to do large-scale shopping. Sales tax generated due to Costco will help the city keep fees and taxes low.

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Cinemark Opening

Though part of Phase 2 of Mountain View Village, the opening of a 14-screen luxury Cinemark theater is a major milestone for

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our community. The addition of a movie theater in Riverton means less people need to travel outside of our community to find entertainment.

4

Green Well Project Funding

Over $3 million in federal funding was secured through Salt Lake County to install a reverse osmosis plant on the city’s Green Well. This installation will take place in mid-2023. The project will allow the city to supplement water purchased from Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District to help keep culinary water rates low in the years ahead.

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Improved Riverton City Signage

New signage was installed to help enhance our sense of community, regardless of what part of Riverton our citizens live. This included monument signage at major entrances, city boundary signage at entrances to Riverton from other cities and wayfinding signage in the Riverton Town Center.

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Google Fiber Installation

Google Fiber began installation of their network in Riverton in the fall of 2022. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, giving many residents an additional option for high-speed internet access. Providing residents with additional broadband options has been a priority for the city.

7

RPD Substation Opening

A substation for the Riverton Police Department was opened in Phase 2 of Mountain View Village. This substation will help RPD have a larger presence on the west side of town.

8

Bangerter / 12600 S Interchange Completion

After nearly two years of construction, the freeway style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 12600 S was completed. This interchange has allowed traffic to flow more freely and has reduced congestion on 12600 S.

9

New Pickleball Courts

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Community Center Updates

To help accommodate fast growing demand, four new pickleball courts were installed at Riverton City Park. These new courts allow more players to play more often.

The auditorium in the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center has been updated with much-needed new flooring, new paint, new curtains and a new sound system. Updates will be made on the first floor of the building in 2023 through a Salt Lake County grant.

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COUNCIL MESSAGE

Voter Turnout Matters ELECTED OFFICIALS Trent Staggs - Mayor Sheldon Stewart - District 1 Troy McDougal - District 2 Tawnee McCay - District 3 Tish Buroker - District 4 Claude Wells - District 5

CITY MANAGER David R. Brickey

UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS CITY COUNCIL January 3 and 17, 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION January 12 and 26, 6:30 p.m.

By Councilmember Tawnee McCay It is important for all citizens to let their voice be heard and exercise their right to vote. With this belief in mind, Riverton City actively encouraged residents to vote in the November election. In reviewing the data after the election, voter turnout in Riverton was 67.08%. 17,227 Riverton residents voted in the election. An additional 8,453 residents are registered to vote but did not cast a ballot. Here are a few interesting facts: • Turnout in Riverton was 2.1% higher than overall Salt Lake County turnout. This table and data in the article were compiled by the Riverton City Communications Department using election data reported by the Salt Lake County Clerk.

• Riverton had a higher turnout percentage than Bluffdale, Draper and Herriman, but slightly lower than South Jordan. • Turnout on the “East Side” of Salt Lake County was 69.4%. Turnout on the “West Side” of Salt Lake County was 59.8%. We suspect this difference in turnout had an impact on the result in the County Council AtLarge race and other races.

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It is my hope that more eligible voters choose to vote in future elec-

tions. Communities with higher voter turnout like Cottonwood Heights, Holladay and Millcreek have much more influence on the results of countywide elections than communities with lower voter turnout. Consider this. If turnout in cities on the west side of Salt Lake County matched that of Holladay at 76% turnout, there would have been an additional 43,315 votes cast. An additional 20,962 ballots would

have been cast on the east side if all communities matched the 76% turnout. An extra 64,277 votes cast in any county election would have had a significant impact on race outcomes. That’s why it’s always important to never discount the value of a single vote. Single votes add up and decide the outcomes of elections, and by extension, how our government operates.

Christmas Tree Recycling Properly dispose of live Christmas trees at one of three free drop-off locations through the end of January. Centennial Park 13000 S 2700 W

Monarch Meadows Park Rodeo Arena 13675 S Monarch Meadows Pkwy 12800 S 1300 W

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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

Create a Family Emergency Plan Unexpected disasters come in a myriad of ways. Whether the disaster is a house fire or flood, earthquake or tornado, every day, thousands of families are forced to make quick decisions that can have lasting consequences. Having an established family emergency plan can save critical time and allow the members of your family to remain safe and calm in tense situations. There are three things you can do today to help your family prepare for an emergency: 1) consider the specific needs of your household, 2) fill out a Family Emergency Communication Plan, 3) practice your plan with your household. Consider the specific needs of your household. Some families have young kids, others have teenagers. Some families have pets while others live with grandparents. Whatever your daily needs and responsibilities involve, be sure to include them in your plan. Here are other factors you may want to consider: • Different ages of members within your household • Responsibilities for assisting others

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• Dietary needs • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment • Disabilities • Pets or service animals Fill out a Family Emergency Communication Plan. Ready.gov has a ready-to-fill-out online form that you can submit to receive an emailed PDF copy. The plan includes important information such as home address and phone number, names of family members, emergency contacts and medical information. Fill out your own form by visiting ready.gov/plan-form.

Practice your plan with your household. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations. It is also a good idea to go over escape routes, meeting places and simple firstaid. Make sure questions are being asked to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

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Get emergency alerts and notifications on important city updates on your cell phone 3-4 times per month.

Additional information on family emergency preparedness can be found at rivertonutah.gov/ preparedness.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Submissions Wanted

Couch to 5K Training Program

Young artists and creators age 18 and younger are invited submit artwork entries in the Not Your Parent’s Art Show. • Artwork Entry Period: January 17-31 • Find details at rivertonutah.gov/exhibits.

Have you ever wanted to start running, but just aren’t sure how? Join us for a Couch to 5K program to gradually build up your running ability in just eight weeks. This program is for people looking for a structured introduction to running with support along the way. Cost is $30. Includes free entry in the 4Life 5K on March 25, 2023, a race t-shirt, training support and much more. Register at: rivertonutah.gov/couch-to-5k

F E A T U R I N G

Justin Osmond Monday, January 23, 7 p.m. Riverton High School Auditorium 12476 S Silverwolf Way Riverton, Utah 84065 Join Riverton City and Jordan School District for an evening of motivation and inspiration with Justin Osmond.

Half Marathon & 4Life 5K Be part of a Riverton tradition and come participate in one of the valley’s best races. The race is designed for all ages and abilities with medals and prizes awarded for participants and winners. General registration opens January 2 for the Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Races begin at 9 a.m. at Riverton City Park. Register at: rivertonutah.gov/half

Riverton Hope Walk

Register: Just You & I Daddy-Daughter Date

PBS Kids Writers & Illustrators

Join Riverton City and Riverton High School in this annual event as we walk in solidarity with those impacted by suicide and to promote suicide prevention.

This daddy-daughter date night near Valentine’s Day is a hit and sells out early! Suitable for girls ages 3-12. Register at rivertonutah.gov/ date-night.

The PBS Kids Utah Writers & Illustrators Exhibit celebrates 20 years of fostering creativity in young kids. Visit Monday – Wednesday, Noon to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m., Riverton High School

• Friday, February 10, 6 p.m., Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center

• Monday, January 9 - Wednesday, February 1, Old Dome Meeting Hall

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