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NOVEMBER 2021

RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government

MAYOR’S MESSAGE

Salute To Our Veterans By Mayor Trent Staggs

On November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., armistice was officially called marking the end of World War I. Having been deemed “the war to end all wars,” people from all around the world rejoiced and celebrated. Shortly after, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice Day. Then in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to honor all those who have

served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Today, there are approximately 19 million U.S. veterans which represents less than 10% of the U.S. adult population. These brave men and women selflessly place their lives on the line for our freedom, often leaving their families and comforts behind. They recognize that sacrifice and struggle is necessary to protect the American way, freedom, and our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we give thanks and honor their service, we must also be willing to continue their fight and share in the responsibility of protecting freedom here at home. We can do this by voting in elections, providing service to others, and speaking out against those that would undermine our

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American culture, our Constitution, and the ideals upon which this great country was founded. As a sign of reverenced appreciation to our Riverton veterans, the city has recently established a veteran’s memorial at the Riverton City Cemetery. The name of every veteran buried there has been indelibly etched into these magnificent granite markers. Additionally, each year we pay tribute to those who have served our nation in our annual Veteran’s Day program. It will be held this year on November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center. In recent years, we have started a new tradition by participating in the Wreaths Across America program each December. It provides residents with the

opportunity to sponsor decorative wreaths that will adorn the gravesite of every veteran buried in the Riverton City Cemetery. If you’d like to sponsor a wreath for a veteran’s grave, visit rivertonutah.gov/ wreaths. As Veterans Day approaches, and as we enter the holiday season, I pray that we can all reflect on our blessings and freedoms which are protected by those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is on their watch that we are able to relax, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy peace. To all the veterans that call Riverton home, and even those that don’t, thank you for the sacrifices you have made. You are owed a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Your services have not been forgotten and they shall never be. God bless you all.

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COUNCIL MESSAGE

Participation in Local Government MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertonutah.gov 801-953-5672 Troy McDougal - District 2 tmcdougal@rivertonutah.gov 801-931-9933 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertonutah.gov 801-634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertonutah.gov 801-673-6103 Claude Wells - District 5 cwells@rivertonutah.gov 801-875-0116

CITY MANAGER David R. Brickey dbrickey@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY OFFICES City Hall ................................801-254-0704 Administration ......................801-208-3129 Animal Control......................801-208-3108 Cemetery ..............................801-208-3128 Code Enforcement ................801-208-3108 Development Services ..........801-208-3138 Fire (UFA) ..............................801-743-7200 Justice Court .........................801-208-3131 Recreation & Events .............801-208-3101 Police ....................................385-281-2455 Public Works .........................801-208-3162 Recorder ...............................801-208-3128 Utility Billing .........................801-208-3133 Water....................................801-208-3164

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By Councilmember Tish Buroker Greetings fellow residents. What a beautiful fall we have enjoyed. I hope you have all had a chance to walk in your neighborhoods, or on one of the trails we have here in Riverton and relished in the beautiful area in which we live.

the majority – we have government by the majority who participate… All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Therefore, I encourage you to vote as an active step in government participation. Next, if you are interested in being more involved, please contact your councilmember either by phone, text or email and let them know of your most pressing concerns or to share ideas for the coming four years.

Each year at the mayor’s You should have direction, we received your meet for a full ballot for City day of discusCouncil members sion creating a in Districts 3 and strategic plan 4, and for Mayor. for the coming You will notice year (the public that myself, counis invited to cilmember representing District observe). Some of the topics we 4, Councilmember McCay, reprewill discuss, which we would love senting District 3, and Mayor Trent your feedback on, are as follows: Staggs are all running unopposed. What is your opinion regarding our Though there parks and is not a choice trails? Do we in who to vote need more? “We in America do not have for on your Should more government by the majority ballot, Thom– we have government by the money be as Jefferson spent to mainmajority who participate… provided the tain them? All tyranny needs to gain a correct course How about of action with foothold is for people of good our roads? these words: conscience to remain silent.” Are they well “We in America maintained? - Thomas Jefferson do not have What about government by our storm

water system? Is it doing the job where you live? I know in my district there are some areas which would benefit from improved drainage. What about the city’s current IT connectivity. Should we invest in a fiber optic network? These issues and more will continue to engage and challenge your elected officials and city employees. It continues to be a pleasure to serve. Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Upcoming City Meetings CITY COUNCIL • Tuesday, November 16, 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION • Thursday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.

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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

Medic Ladder 121 Serving Riverton By Chief Wade Watkins Medic Ladder 121 serves Riverton City daily and responds from Riverton’s Fire Station 121 at 4146 W 12600 S. This piece of equipment is extremely important in effectively addressing the challenges of responding to the community’s needs. Staffed four-handed with a captain, engineer, paramedic, and firefighter/EMT, the ladder truck is a moving solution for many different types of emergencies to include fires, medical, and everything in between. Typically, ladder trucks like Medic Ladder 121 have specific responsibilities on fires. Responsibilities include to perform truck company size-ups, force entry for search and engine operations, perform any immediate rescues, interior search, ventilate for engine company operations, ladder for access, egress, and ventilation, open up and overhaul for the engine company (including salvage work) and cover the utilities based on need. One of the main

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TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS features of the tiller truck is its enhanced maneuverability. This specific style of ladder truck is known as a tractor-drawn aerial, tiller ladder, or hook-and-ladder truck. It has a specialized turntable ladder mounted on a semi-trailer truck. Unlike a commercial semi, the trailer and tractor are permanently combined and would require special tools to separate them. It has two drivers, with separate steering wheels for front and rear

wheels enabling it to navigate apartment complexes and other narrow roadways. Next time you see Medic Ladder 121 driving around Riverton watch the engineer and tiller operator work in concert to safely travel the roadways. Unified Fire Authority takes great pride in serving Riverton and doing so with this amazing piece of equipment helps equip the firefighters with the right tools to be effective. Please don’t hesitate to take a closer look when you see Medic Ladder 121 in the community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Santa’s Arrival

Holiday Donation Drive

Christmas Card Contest

Bring the kids to see Santa Claus arrive in Riverton! Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the park on a bright red fire engine. Children can greet Santa to make their Christmas requests and also write their letter to Santa that evening. There will be free scones, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, cookie decorating, crafts, and entertainment.

Riverton City is collecting holiday donations for The Christmas Box House – an organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter to children in need. Donations will be accepted from November 8 to December 10 at Riverton City Hall. Donated items must be new and unwrapped.

Riverton City is again holding a design contest to select the city’s official Christmas card! Children enrolled in an elementary school in Riverton OR who are of elementary school age who live in Riverton are invited to submit a card design in the contest.

Monday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. Riverton City Park For more information visit: rivertonutah.gov/santa

What to Donate: • Baby Wipes & Diapers • DVD Movies (G/PG) • Children’s Clothes • Children’s Sneakers

• Alarm Clock Radios • Educational Toys • Hair Brushes • Body Lotion

For a list of more items to donate, visit: rivertonutah.gov/holiday-donations

The creator of the winning Christmas card will receive a $100 Walmart gift card. Submission Deadline: November 18, 2021 For more information visit: rivertonutah.gov/christmascard

‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas

Christmas Night of Music Concert

Register: Mission Slim Possible

Register: Start Smart Basketball

Come walk through Riverton City Park to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and see the fun lights! Free and open to all.

Come enjoy all your favorite Christmas songs at Riverton City’s annual Christmas Night of Music Concert! Free and open to all.

Join Riverton City’s Mission Slim Possible weight loss challenge to lose weight and start next year off right. Register online.

Children ages 3-5 learn the basic skills needed to play basketball in a fun, positive environment. No equipment necessary. Register online.

• November 30 - December 31, 6-9 p.m., Riverton City Park

• Monday, December 6, 7 p.m. Riverton High Auditorium

• Begins Wednesday, January 5, 2022

• Begins Tuesday, January 11

For details or registration information, visit rivertonutah.gov/recreation

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