RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government MAYOR’S MESSAGE
Southwest Communities Set Shared Legislative Priorities By Mayor Trent Staggs
While congressional policies and national elections tend to captivate the news, local and state politics have arguably a larger affect on our day-to-day lives. In fact, our state legislature reviews hundreds of regulations along with directing billions of dollars each year in infrastructure and educational costs, whereas local governments are responsible for the majority of your everyday essential services. This is why during the legislative session from late January to mid-March, it is important for state and local leaders to work together to address critical needs that appropriately address growth and ultimately improve our quality of life. Luckily, we have been able to build great relationships not only with our state senator and representatives that represent Riverton City, but also with other elected officials and legislators from the southwest Salt Lake County area and beyond.
The collaboration between state and local leaders begins well in advance of the session to outline priorities and needs. For the past few years, I have made it a priority to meet and work closely with other elected officials in the southwest Salt Lake County area, which is now culminating in a Southwest Visioning Plan. The Southwest Mayor’s Coalition, which is made up of elected officials from Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan, and West Jordan, has created a list of shared priorities for our legislative caucus that will benefit our communities. With the record growth our state is experiencing, there is open discussion that the state legislature is interested in bonding for upwards of $2 billion in transportation infrastructure needs this year. Many of our priorities are connected to infrastructure and connectivity projects that will help alleviate congestion in our surrounding communities. Our top priorities include: • Funding to support the completion of Mountain View Corridor. • Funding to fully convert Bangerter Highway into a freeway.
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2021 CALENDAR HAS ARRIVED!
The Southwest Mayor’s Coalition has created a list of shared legislative priorities that will benefit communities in southwest Salt Lake County.
• Improving and expanding capacity of 9000 S and 12600 S to improve east west connectivity. • Improving bus and transit options.
The new 2021 Riverton Calendar will keep you in the know on events and happenings this year. You should have received it in your mailbox already. If you haven’t received one you can pick one up for free at the Parks & Recreation window at Riverton City Hall.
All of these projects will play a role in decreasing congestion, increasing traffic flow and providing viable options for better connectivity throughout Salt Lake County. As the legislative session continues, it is my promise to you that we will continue to work hard with our legislators in putting the interests and needs of Riverton and the southwestern area of Salt Lake County at the forefront and encourage you to reach out and express your support for improved transportation connectivity during this session.
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By Councilman Claude Wells As we closed out the year 2020, I am reflecting on my first year of service to our citizens of Riverton City as a councilmember. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve our citizens in our great city! My first year was filled with formal training for (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency covering emergency management and preparedness in case of a major emergency. Other training included legislative training, budget review and time spent with department directors to discuss their needs and learn what each department does to support our city. All councilmembers serve on additional boards to represent our city’s interests like the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area, United Fire Authority, Riverton’s Redevelopment Agency, the South Valley Chamber of Commerce, and many more. I had numerous opportunities to see how roads are built, rode in
snowplows, toured fire stations and visited 16 water pump houses, all to learn how the city runs. The learning is ongoing and time consuming, but I believe the more you know the better decisions you make as a representative of our city. Councilmembers start off our year in January putting together our strategic priorities for the next year and reviewing how we did on the previous year’s goals for the city. This is mainly reviewing the budget to make adjustments to our projections against actual collections for sales revenue, impact fees, and other revenue sources needed. We review costs for culinary, secondary water, sewer, sanitation, recycling, and other services. We look at road projects, park projects, city events, and the resources we need to maintain our infrastructure while balancing the budget. Two of the best resources to keep up with city business, meetings, events, contests and other resources is the Riverton Connect app or the Riverton City website at rivertonutah.gov. Here you can report a problem in your neighborhood, check city ordinances or even check
Claude Wells (center) being sworn in as a new Riverton City Council member on January 7, 2020 at Riverton City Hall along with Troy McDougal (left) and Sheldon Stewart (right).
out the business directory by business type to find a business for a service you need. 2020 was a very challenging year for our city and our residents. We had to make a lot of adjustments to how we do business, conduct meetings, work, shop, and keep ourselves safe in a worldwide pandemic. Riverton residents are resilient. We will continue to move forward safely and productively through 2021.
Winter Parking Policy and Snow Removal Protocol The following snow removal protocol and winter parking policy is in effect in Riverton: • No vehicles may be parked on city streets during a snow storm or where snow has accumulated between November 1 and March 1. • Major roadways, high-traffic areas and school zones are prioritized in snow removal efforts as a matter of public safety. • Minor roads and cul-de-sacs are cleared if 4 inches of snow or more has accumulated once main roadways are clear.
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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
Engaging with Our Community By Chief Don Hutson In 1829, Sir Robert Peel established the London Metropolitan Police Force. He became known as the “Father of Modern Policing,” and his commissioners established a list of policing principles that, amazingly, are as relevant today as ever in our history. I have always been impressed with how perfect these principles capture what I believe is the concept of community-oriented policing, and I referred to these principles frequently when we were in the process of establishing the Riverton Police Department in 2019. It is my belief these tenets can only be applied if the officers who make up the department share the same philosophies. I believe the officers of the Riverton Police Department demonstrate these principles and truly embrace the idea found in Principle 7; “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with
the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police.”
secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.”
In short, we can only be effective as a police department when we are recognized as being one with the community and when we display our common values. Riverton is a great community, and I am thankful every day that we have been embraced by you and I am proud to be an integral part of what makes Riverton such a wonderful city.
PRINCIPLE 4: “The degree of cooperation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.”
That said, the following list is a summary of the founding principles espoused by Sir Robert Peel and the template utilized to form your Riverton Police Department: PRINCIPLE 1: “The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.” PRINCIPLE 2: “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.” PRINCIPLE 3: “Police must
PRINCIPLE 5: “Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to the public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.” PRINCIPLE 6: “Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.” PRINCIPLE 7: “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” PRINCIPLE 8: “Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.” PRINCIPLE 9: “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.”
Riverton Police officers (left to right) Todd Grossgebauer, Ryan Shosted, Michael Alcivar, and Chief Don Hutson along with Miss Utah 2020, Dexonna Talbot congratulate D.A.R.E. program graduates from Rose Creek Elementary.
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I look forward to continuing to engage with our community to ensure the Riverton Police Department accurately reflects the core principles and values of Riverton City.
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UPCOMING EVENTS Run the 2021 Riverton Half Marathon or 4Life® 5K You’ve made that resolution to be more healthy and get out more, so this is the perfect opportunity. 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. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Race: Saturday, March 28 Time: 9 a.m. (Half Marathon) and 9:15 a.m. (4Life® 5K) Location: Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S, Riverton, Utah Register: rivertonutah.gov/half
For details or registration information, visit rivertonutah.gov/recreation
Yvonne Cardwell Quilt Exhibition
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Art Submission: Not Your Parent’s Art Show
Town Days Parade Float Entries
Trans-Jordan Landfill Disposal Vouchers
Come view beautiful quilts made by Yvonne Cardwell at the Yvonne Cardwell Memorial Quilt Exhibition at the Old Dome Meeting Hall.
Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join Healthy Riverton for a FREE QPR class to learn how to respond to someone in crises.
Young artists and creators under 18 are invited to submit entries in the Not Your Parent’s Art Show. Show opens March 8.
Applications open this month for floats in the Riverton Town Days Parade. Floats are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Pick up a free voucher to the Trans-Jordan Landfill at the Utility Billing Office at City Hall when you begin your spring cleaning.
• Artwork Drop Off Period: February 16-26
• Applications Open: February 24, Applications Close: June 14
• Limit of two vouchers per household per year.
• Monday - Wednesday noon to 5 p.m., Show ends February 24
• Thursday, February 18 7 p.m., CR Hamilton Indoor Pavilion
Riverton City Events
Upcoming City Meetings CITY COUNCIL • Tuesday, February 2 & 16 at 7 p.m.
With the changing environment due to COVID-19, we recommend you regularly visit rivertonutah.gov to find the most recent event and meeting information. See Page 3 of this newsletter for more ways to connect with Riverton City.
PLANNING COMMISSION • Thursday, February 11 & 25, 6:30 p.m.
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