Riverton City Newsletter - February 2020

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

Big Progress Made on City’s Strategic Priorities By Mayor Trent Staggs When assuming the office of mayor in January of 2018, my first priority was to make sure our city had a coherent vision with an accompanying strategic plan. As a result, our governing body convened our first ever strategic planning session that month. A vision and plan were put in place, taking into account not only our own experience, but perhaps more importantly our personal interactions with and survey responses from hundreds of you our residents. By the end of that daylong meeting, the governing body adopted not only a vision and mission but also eight strategic priorities with corresponding initiatives that we felt represented the will of our citizens, setting the agenda for the next four years of our city government. The priorities included: 1. Promote safe and healthy neighborhoods that foster a strong sense of community, with balanced opportunities to live, work and play.


2. Facilitate a thriving business climate that supports the needs of our residents. 3. Create a welcoming, historic downtown destination. 4. Establish vibrant parks and recreational events that build bridges within the community. 5. Build a connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure. 6. Highly engaged and informed residents. 7. Establish operational excellence in city government. 8. Promote fiscally responsible governance.

Your city government has accomplished a lot over the last two years. We have also seen great growth which has brought about new opportunities and challenges. As mayor, I view it as one of my greatest responsibilities to be proactive, try to identify the challenges coming around the bend, and plan with our city council to account for those challenges and addressing the needs of our city and residents. To that end, your city elected officials met again on January 25 for our annual, all-day strategic planning session. The 10-hour planning meeting provided ample opportunity to re-evaluate our current strategic priorities to make sure they still met the needs of our city and residents. It also gave us an opportunity to look out for the next several years, trying to identify, prepare for and address these challenges.

Over the last two years our elected officials and “Although amazing staff initiatives were planned have worked to be completed by 2022, Rest assured, your tirelessly to I am proud to announce elected officials and make sure we accomplish all of that after only two years city employees are the initiatives tied we have accomplished hard at work and we to each strategic appreciate all of the approximately 75% of all input we receive from priority. Although the initiatives.” these initiatives you. Please review our were planned revised strategic plan to be completed and initiatives on the by 2022, I am proud to announce city website. As always, if there is that after only two years we have ever anything you need please don’t accomplished approximately 75% of hesitate to reach out to me, your city all the initiatives. council member or our city staff.


All Riverton Residents MUST Be Counted! The U.S. Census Bureau will begin the 2020 Census in March and will officially kick off efforts on Census Day, April 1. It is vital that every person living in Riverton be counted. The Census is critical to: • Measure Riverton’s growth • Determine political representation • Plan for the city’s future • Ensure federal and state resources are appropriately allocated For more information, visit: rivertonutah.gov/census



Beware of Phone Scammers By Chief Don Hutson

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 Konrad Hildebrandt khildebrandt@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3125


City Hall............................... Cemetery............................ Animal Control.................... Building............................... Code Enforcement.............. Fire Dispatch (UFA)............. Justice Court....................... Parks & Recreation............. Planning & Zoning.............. Police.................................. Public Works....................... Recorder.............................. Utility Billing........................ Water...................................

801-254-0704 801-208-3128 801-208-3108 801-208-3127 801-208-3174 801-743-7200 801-208-3131 801-208-3101 801-208-3138 385-281-2455 801-208-3162 801-208-3128 801-208-3133 801-208-3164

FIND US ONLINE! @rivertonutahgov www.rivertonutah.gov PAGE 2

The Riverton Police Department has received several complaints recently from citizens who have been victimized by “phone scammers” and have had their identities potentially compromised, or even been bilked out of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, Utah has historically been a very popular state for these types of crimes and many of the residents of Riverton fit the perfect demographic profile to be targeted. I could spend a lot of time trying to describe all the different “scams” which have been perpetrated, but I prefer to provide some tips which will work to protect you from most of the schemes. The common thread among all of these “phone scams” is the attempt by the caller to steal your money or steal your identity. They do this through scare tactics, false grandiose claims, or deceit. They may claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service, the local

police department, or even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They may even claim to be a distant relative. No matter what story they concoct, their ultimate goal is to gain access to your information, your bank accounts, your computer, or have you send them money directly.

NEVER provide anyone with any personal information or financial information over the telephone.

The best advice I can give to anyone to avoid being victimized by these unscrupulous criminals is to NEVER provide anyone with any personal information or financial information over the telephone. If you have any thought there may be some legitimacy to the phone call, tell the caller you will not conduct business by telephone and to send you information in writing, but don’t give them your address. They should have it if they are a legitimate vendor and don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller you don’t trust. Any reputable company or organization will have mechanisms in place to verify their legitimacy if

New Riverton City Website rivertonutah.gov

it is necessary for them to conduct business on the telephone. Don’t always trust caller identification because there are a variety of ways to misrepresent where the call is actually originating. Finally, please feel free to call the Riverton Police Department whenever you receive a call you believe may be suspicious and we will help you to determine its validity but do this before giving any information. The more difficult we make it for these types of criminal enterprises, the less likely we will be targeted in the future.


Riverton City has a new look and new home on the web! Your new official source for city information, online services and news.

City Council Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m. Planning Commission Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.




Consider New Landscaping to Save Water

Save 130,000 gallons per year!

* Typical use of 40” of water per season on a quarter acre lot, applied with automatic sprinklers.

By Councilwoman Tawnee McCay

We installed a smart water controller that reduces watering when it rains, put stone, trees and bushes in our park-strip instead of lawn and Spring is right planned deep flowerbeds utilizing around the drip-lines. We’ve received a lot of corner and as compliments about our landscaping residents in one and most are surprised to hear it is of the 3 driest water wise. Did you know if you “Flip states in the Your Strip” from grass to waterwise country, it’s critical that we find ways plants, mulch or stone you can save to be more water wise. Last suman estimated 5,000-8,000 gallons mer, in preparation for installing new of water a year and get a rebate landscaping, I for doing it? All attended the Lothese upgrades calscape Univeralso save money sity class at the on your water “Did you know if you bill. Water Conservation Garden (Lo“Flip Your Strip” from calScapes.com) More than 60% grass to waterwise to learn more of Utah’s culiplants, mulch or stone nary drinking about water wise landscaping. It water is being you can save an was enjoyable used on outdoor estimated 5,000-8,000 landscapes and learning about the five-step gallons of water a year water shortages approach to are expected. and get a rebate for create beautiful With the large doing it?” landscapes that population use local plants growth in our and conserves area, water is water. They one of the most have sample landscape plans and important issues facing Utah’s fua plant viewing garden to get ideas. ture. In Riverton we are fortunate to



have secondary water which helps save money and culinary water, but comes from the same supply sources and still needs to be used thoughtfully. We are excited to announce that we will be holding two classes in Riverton to teach the principles of Localscapes and help you create a landscape design to help conserve water and money. They will be held Wednesday evenings in March at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center from 7-9 p.m. The first class will be March 4 and March 18 and the second class will be March 11 and March 25. The Water Conservation Garden is providing the instructors for the class. The class is free, but space is limited. You can sign up on Riverton City’s website on the Keep Riverton Beautiful page.

Source: localscapes.com


Tire Recycling

Drop off old tires at the Riverton Rodeo Arena on Wednesday, February 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free disposal. Limit of 8 tires per vehicle drop off. For Riverton residents only -- no commercial businesses. • Riverton Rodeo Arena 12800 S 1300 W

It is critical that we all do our part to conserve water. Visit UtahWaterSavers.com to learn about rebates for toilet replacement ($100), smart controllers (1/2 cost, up to $150), localscapes, flip your strip ($1-1.25 per square of replaced lawn) and free landscape consultations. Happy planting!

For more information, visit: rivertonutah.gov/beautiful


RECREATION & EVENTS This is Your Year! Come Run the Riverton Half Marathon and 4Life® 5K You’ve made that resolution to be more healthy and get out more, so this is the perfect opportunity. Come participate in one of the valley’s best races. The race is designed for all ages and abilities. 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: runnercard.com or in person at Riverton City Parks and Recreation

Through Toil and Labor Art Show

Register: Pickleball League

Register: Tennis League Registration

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Riverton City’s flexible tennis leagues are mixed and based on ability, with one match played per week. Register online.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join Healthy Riverton for a FREE QPR class to learn how to respond to someone in crises.

Healthy Living Workshop - Yoga

Come see the forgotten history of Utah’s Chinese railroad workers at this special art show at the Old Dome Meeting Hall.

Join Riverton City’s pickleball league for play in a fun, social and competitive environment. Partners rotate weekly. Register online.

• Visit Monday-Wednesday, Noon-5 p.m., Ends March 16

• Sessions Begin in April, Registration Opens, Feb 2

• Offered Monthly, May-August, Registration Opens, Feb 2

• Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., UFA Fire Station #124

• Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. @ Community Center

A great way to learn the basics and benefits of a yoga workout in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment. Sponsored by Healthy Riverton.

For more details, or to register for any Riverton City event, go to rivertonutah.gov/recreation

UPCOMING RIVERTON CITY EVENTS February 1 February 2 February 2 February 2 February 3 February 3 February 4 February 7 February 13 February 17 February 18 February 19 February 20 February 27 February 28

HOPE Walk, 9 a.m. @ Southland Elementary School Pickleball League Registration Opens Tennis League Registration Opens Town Days Country Mile Races Early Registration Opens City Event Vendor & Sponsorship Applications Open Healthy Living Workshop, 7 p.m. @ Community Center City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall Just You and I: Daddy-Daughter Date Night, 6 p.m. @ Community Center Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall Presidents’ Day - City Offices Closed City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall Town Days Parade Float Applications Open QPR Suicide Prevention Training, 7 p.m. @ Fire Station 124 Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K General Registration Closes

Find full event and registration details at rivertonutah.gov/calendar PAGE 4



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