Riverton City Newsletter - January 2021

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RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government


Top 10 Biggest Impacts of 2020 By Mayor Trent Staggs

Riverton Police Department’s of temporary signage restrictions, 1 1 Year Anniversary The an eat/shop local campaign, Riverton Police Department and the first ever drive-thru completed their first full year Business Blitz where hundreds of service. They have worked of businesses and thousands of I want to diligently to generate positive residents participated. thank our citizen-officer interactions and a elected high level of service in meeting Sales Tax Records and Low officials, city 5 Fees We had a record-breaking the needs of our residents. This employees move to our own department year of $8.3 million in sales and you, has brought in nine more officers tax revenues. This economic our amazing for the same amount we paid development not only allows residents that have all contributed previously while saving taxpayers residents to shop closer to home, The Riverton Remembers 9/11 initiative to our success this year. Despite over $1.3 million annually. but the added sales tax revenue included 911 US flags displayed at five the incredibly challenging in our city allows us to keep our locations in the city. circumstances that 2020 presented Mountain View Village Phase taxes and utility fees amongst the us with, together we were remember the innocent lives that 2 2 Construction Begins lowest in the entire valley. able to make some significant were lost during the tragic events CenterCal Properties began accomplishments and advance our on September 11, 2001. Events construction on Phase 2 of Creation of the Riverton Fire position as a great community in included: flag remembrance 6 Mountain View Village. Phase 2 Service Area The process to which to live, work and play. Here displays, a car show parade and will include a luxury 14-screen replace the Unified Fire Service is a brief recap of some of the a multi-location patriotic firework movie theater, specialty retail Area (UFSA) with the Riverton highlights from 2020: show featuring a special audio stores and several dining options. Fire Service Area (RFSA) was soundtrack. We anticipate Phase 2 opening in initiated as the means for paying 2022. for fire and emergency services Infrastructure Projects & provided by Unified Fire Authority 9 General Plan Update UDOT Costco Wholesale Announces (UFA). This change is anticipated started construction of a freeway3 New Riverton Location to save property taxpayers style interchange at Bangerter Costco Wholesale submitted a money in the future. Highway and 12600 S. Riverton commercial site plan for their City also began construction of next store to be built at the State of the City & Peak Old Liberty Way at 4150 W and 7 northeast corner of 13200 S Awards In partnership with the 4050 W and updated the city’s and Mountain View Corridor. South Valley Chamber, Riverton General Plan. Construction at the site has City sponsored the Riverton begun, with their 160,000 square Peak Awards alongside the Two New Council Members foot warehouse and gas station annual State of the City address, 10 Sworn In Troy McDougal scheduled to be opened in 2022. to recognize outstanding (District 2) and Claude Wells businesses and individuals for (District 5) were sworn-in as Economic Recovery Initiative their success and contributions to 4 newly elected Riverton City The Economic Recovery Initiative the community. councilmembers in January was unveiled to help local 2020, along with Sheldon Stewart businesses face the challenges 9/11 Remembrance Events who was re-elected. They 8 stemming from COVID-19. The The Riverton Remembers 9/11 The new Riverton Police Department join Councilmembers Buroker initiative included: the elimination initiative brought the community celebrated its first complete year serving the and McCay in comprising the of business licensing fees, easing together for a day of unity to citizens of Riverton with great success. legislative body of the city.




New Sign Helps Preserve Our History 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

By Councilmember Tish Buroker What do you know of Riverton? When was it first settled and by whom? Where did the original settlers live and why? When I travel, I love to read the historic signs and markers and learn about the places I am visiting. These signs enhance the sense of community, pride and belonging that is important to residents, and to a city. However, in Riverton we have not had any historical signs that tell the Riverton story. Now we finally have our first historic sign. It is located at the pedestrian bridge in Roi Hardy Park, located at 12400 River Vista Drive, and it tells the story of the

original bridge that crossed the Jordan River from Draper to Riverton. This sign was built and installed at no cost to Riverton residents. Riverton City obtained a grant from the Jordan River Commission for the materials and installation of the sign. With the design help of Riverton City’s graphic designer, Brook Bowen, and the input and review of Scott Crump to ensure historical accuracy, we now have our first historical sign. During the process, Draper City was contacted about the project and they were so enthused with the idea that they paid for a duplicate sign to be placed on the Draper side of the river. These signs tell the story of the original wooden bridge built in 1865 that crossed at this location and the steel bridge that replaced

CITY MANAGER David R. Brickey dbrickey@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3125


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Councilmember Tish Buroker spearheaded efforts to install a sign at the bridge crossing the Jordan River detailing the historical significance of the bridge at that location.

it in 1909. This original steel bridge was deemed unsafe and closed to all traffic in 1981. There is a great picture on the sign from 1910 that features an early motorized car followed by two wagons crossing the bridge. In 2001, an exact replica of the steel bridge was installed and is currently a walking bridge on the Jordan River Trail, allowing the river to be crossed once again at its original location. Riverton has many more stories to tell. Over time I hope that with the aid of the Riverton Historical Preservation Commission, Riverton residents, and the support of the Riverton City Council and Mayor, more signs may be placed which tell the story of this wonderful community we call home.

Christmas Tree Recycling Properly dispose of live Christmas trees at one of three drop-off locations through the end of January. Monarch Meadows Park 13600 S 4800 W

Centennial Park 13000 S 2700 W

Riverton Rodeo Arena 12800 S 1300 W



Leaving It Better Than He Found It By Chief Wade Watkins The accompanying picture is of UFA Captain Charles Dejournett, he has served Riverton City since 2006 with a total of 29 years of service. He has been many things in his life from cowboy to fire captain and many things in-between. Captain Dejournett

UFA Captain Charles Dejournett served as a rescue officer with Utah Task Force 1 following the 9/11 terrorist attack.

has just retired as of December of 2020 and has left a legacy within the fire service and community. He has served in many capacities from rescue officer with Utah Task Force 1 (UT-TF 1) during 9/11 to training more firefighters than any other fire officer in Utah through his efforts at the Utah Fire Rescue Academy. His balanced approach to leading firefighters and responding to the community’s needs is an example for us all. He is known for kindness and a commonsense approach when leading firefighters and interacting with the public. He naturally creates a positive environment for all that are around him. His specialty at the firehouse includes Charlie’s fried chicken and Charlie’s popcorn. It is commonly known with the firefighters, that if dinner isn’t ready by 5:30 p.m., Captain Charlie Dejournett will be serving up a tune up. Captain Dejournett is one of the hardest and smartest working firefighters around. He is also one of the hardest playing firefighters around. He is notorious for working day after day in an effort to spend quality time with his family and friends and to work on his mediocre

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golf skills in Star Valley Wyoming during the summer months, often referred to as the “Summer of Charlie.” Leaving it better than he found it, is exactly what he is doing. Captain Dejournett has touched so many people through being genuine and kind. The legacy of his service is reflected in the firefighter community and especially the firefighters serving Riverton City and surrounding areas.

Winter Parking Policy and Snow Removal Protocol The following snow removal protocol and winter parking policy is in effect in Riverton:

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• 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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Register: Riverton ½ Marathon & 4Life 5K

Yvonne Cardwell Quilt Exhibition

Register: Start Smart Basketball

Live in Real Life: We Can Work It Out

Riverton HOPE Walk

General registration for the Riverton ½ Marathon & 4Life 5K opens January 1. Come run for fun or run to best a personal record. Register at runnercard.com.

Come view beautiful quilts made by Yvonne Cardwell at the Yvonne Cardwell Memorial Quilt Exhibition at the Old Dome Meeting Hall.

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

Join us for a night full of music, positive messages and to listen to keynote speaker Nathan Osmond. Attendance free but limited. RSVP online.

Join Riverton City and Riverton High School as we walk for those impacted by suicide in our community and for suicide prevention.

• Race is Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m. (Half), 9:15 a.m. (5K), Riverton City Park

• January 11 - February 24, Open • Begins Tuesday, January 12, San- • Monday, January 25, 7 p.m., House: Monday, January 11, RHS Auditorium dra N. Lloyd Community Center 6:30-8 p.m.

• Saturday, January 30, 9 a.m., Riverton High School

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

2021 City Park Pavilion & Facility Reservations In-person reservations begin January 4 at 8 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office. Online reservations begin, January 5 at rivertonutah.gov/reserve. Park Pavilions are available for use between Apr. 1 - Sept. 30, 2021. Community Center, CR Hamilton Pavilion & Old Dome Meeting Hall are available for use between Jan. 1 - Dec. 30, 2021. No phone reservations for any facility will be accepted. Reservations must be online or in-person.

2021 Calendar Has Arrived! 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.

Upcoming City Meetings CITY COUNCIL • Tuesday, January 5 & 19 at 7 p.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION • Thursday, January 14 & 28, 6:30 p.m.

Riverton City Events

With the changing environment due to COVID-19, we recommend you regularly visit rivertonutah.gov to find the most recent event and meeting information. PAGE 4


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