Riverton City Newsletter - November/December 2018

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It’s been a busy 10 months here in Riverton this year. Our city government has been moving forward with projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live, work, and play. Given all that has happened, I thought it appropriate to recap the work that we’ve done and are doing on behalf of Riverton residents:

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Created the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA) taxing district, saving Riverton property taxpayers nearly $700,000 this year in what would have been paid to the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) for law enforcement services. Established city’s strategic priorities and adopted vision and mission statements. Conducted a city-wide survey. Began operations of a re-established animal control department; saving the city well over $200,000 per year. Hired a new city manager, director of communications, and community outreach coordinator. Established a twice-monthly email newsletter, reaching over 9,000 people per month. Brought back the print newsletter and have recently began publishing

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it as part of the South Valley Journal six times per year. Adopted a new logo that represents both the community and city government. Launched the Riverton Connect mobile app for residents, with a “report a problem” feature. Opened the new Western Springs Park playground and splash pad. Participated in the opening of Phase 1 of Mountain View Village. Fought back on the Olympia Hills high-density housing proposal outside the city’s western border. Brought back the Town Days carnival. Finalized the connection of 4570 W from 12600 S to 13400 S. Began expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery, which will add nearly 1,000 new burial plots. Eliminated business licensing fees for commercial businesses. Conducted a financial analysis and feasibility study of law enforcement service for self-providing our own department vs. contracting with the Unified Police Department. Established citizen-led volunteer committees to advise city leaders in the areas of economic development, transportation, parks/recreation/trails, community events and emergency preparedness.

Councilmembers Brent Johnson, Tricia Tingey, Tish Buroker, Sheldon Stewart, and Mayor Trent Staggs at the Mountain View Village grand opening in June. Not pictured: Councilmember Tawnee McCay.

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Held a social media awareness event for parents; attracting over 1,500 attendees. Began work on City Hall frontage improvements. Grew social media audience by nearly 100% in effort to reach more residents with key information. Added an additional full-time police officer to Riverton middle schools. Added a Mayor’s Minute and LIVE with the Mayor segments to keep

residents informed. Working to provide more self-service opportunities online (reservations, etc.).

As we continue to work to make life in our city better and make our city government more efficient and effective, we want your feedback and your input. I know for a fact each city council member, and myself, value your feedback very much, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Our city’s future is bright.

Get registered!


Saturday, November 2 9 a.m. (5K start) 9:45 a.m. (1-mile start)


Riverton City Park 1452 W 12600 S Riverton, Utah 84065

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COST: $20 5K, $10 1-Mile Register online at:

rivertoncity.com/holidayheroes **Same-day registration is accepted at the event.

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A SEASON OF CHANGE By Councilman Sheldon Stewart

MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertoncity.com (801) 208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertoncity.com (801) 953-5672 Tricia Tingey - District 2 ttingey@rivertoncity.com (801) 809-1227 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertoncity.com (801) 634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertoncity.com (801) 673-6103 Brent Johnson - District 5 bjohnson@rivertoncity.com (385) 434-9253

CITY MANAGER Konrad Hildebrandt khildebrandt@rivertoncity.com (801) 208-3125

CITY OFFICES City Hall...............................(801) 254-0704 Cemetery.............................(801) 208-3128 Animal Control....................(801) 208-3108 Building...............................(801) 208-3127 Code Enforcement..............(801) 208-3104 Fire Dispatch (UFA).............(801) 743-7200 Justice Court.......................(801) 208-3131 Parks & Recreation.............(801) 208-3101 Planning & Zoning..............(801) 208-3138 Police Dispatch (UPD).........(801) 743-7000 Public Works.......................(801) 208-3162 Recorder..............................(801) 208-3126 Utility Billing........................(801) 208-3133 Water...................................(801) 208-3164

FIND US ONLINE! @rivertoncityutah @rivertoncity @rivertoncityutah rivertoncity.com

The structure of our community has changed and adapted with growth from the time when I was a kid growing up in Riverton to today. Our city will soon exceed 50,000 residents and we will be faced with many new and ongoing challenges if we are not smart in the decisions we make today. With the future in mind, the council and mayor adopted eight strategic priorities this year to help guide us as we face the future. I would like to provide updates on progress that has occurred, and actions taken, in three of the strategic priorities: •

what it would take stand up our own police department, it has become clear that staffing levels could be increased significantly if we were to provide our own law enforcement service. The analysis shows that we could increase the staffing of officers in Riverton quite significantly over what we receive with UPD for the same or lower cost. This potential increase could have a dramatic effect in community safety and could help us more fully achieve our goal of promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods.

Promote safe and healthy neighborhoods that foster a strong sense of community, with balanced opportunities to live, work and play: As we have continued negotiations with the Unified Police Department (UPD) and conducted a financial analysis into

Facilitate a thriving business climate: Mountain View Village celebrated the opening of Phase 1 with events in June, August and September of this year. During the past few months, we have seen many small businesses open throughout the city and we are looking forward to many more in the near future. We have also eliminated business

licensing fees for commercial businesses.

Build a connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure: As a city, we are in the final stages of completing the process to identify a firm/company to assist us in identifying what it would take to increase Internet access, speeds, and availability at lower costs to residents and businesses alike.

As councilmembers, we are open to any feedback that you have and appreciate the confidence and support you place in us as your elected representatives.

Elementary School Students Invited to Participate in Riverton City’s Christmas Card Design Contest Students enrolled in elementary schools in Riverton are invited to participate in Riverton City’s Christmas Card Design Contest! The winning design will be used as the official Christmas card for Riverton City. The winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card. Contest Rules • Must be enrolled as a student at an elementary school in Riverton

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Design must be in landscape / horizontal format Design must be able to fit/shrink to a 5x7 inch style

How to Submit Option 1: Hard-copy artwork can be submitted at Riverton City Hall in the box located outside the Mayor’s Office on the second floor at Riverton City Hall, 12830 S Redwood Road, Riverton,

Utah. The submission should include the information on the cut-out form below. Option 2: If the design can be submitted electronically, please email the design, along with the information found on the submission form below, to Anna Murphy at amurphy@rivertoncity.com.

Christmas Card Design Contest Submission Form Student Name:_________________________ Parent / Guardian Name:____________________ Student Grade:_________________________ Parent / Guardian Email:____________________ Student School:________________________ Parent / Guardian Phone:____________________ Student Address:_______________________ ____________________________________ City:__________ State:_______ Zip:_______

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Contest submissions should be dropped off with this form at the Mayor’s Office on the second floor at Riverton City Hall, 12830 S Redwood Road, Riverton, Utah.

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Night of Music Concert Saturday, December 15, 6 p.m.

Riverton High School Auditorium | 12476 S Silverwolf Way, Riverton, Utah FREE | Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S, Riverton

WANT TO SING IN THE CHOIR? Individuals interested in singing in the Christmas Night of Music Concert should contact Vicki Wartman at vickiwartman.rtc@gmail.com OR (801) 870-7416. Choir practice is held on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center starting on November 13.

Free and family-friendly: visit Santa Claus, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, entertainment, crafts, cookie decorating, and more!

Holiday Heritage

Candy Cane Corner

Show off your heritage by decorating a Christmas tree to show off in Riverton City’s Holiday Heritage event! Whether you show off your “Scandinavian Roots” or do a “Utah vs. BYU” or “John Deere” tree, the choice is yours! If you’re interested in decorating a tree, please contact Bradley Dance at bdance@rivertoncity.com. Lighted trees supplied for decorating.

Donate items to help those in need for the holidays! Visit candycanecornerslc.org for a list of items to donate. Donations may be dropped off at the Recreation Department at Riverton City Hall until Dec. 10. Items may also be donated at Holly Days and Santa’s Arrival. All items must be new and unwrapped.

The Holiday Heritage tree display is open to the public from November 28 to December 19 at the Old Dome Meeting Hall, Monday-Wednesday, noon-5 p.m.

Candy Cane Corner is an annual holiday donation drive sponsored by The Road Home, Volunteers of America - Utah, and YWCA.

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Upcoming Riverton Events November

November 1 – Half Marathon Early Registration Begins November 1 – Start Smart Basketball Registration Continues November 1 – Volleyball Buddies Registration Continues November 1 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall November 3 – Holiday Heroes 5K & 1-Mile Race – 9 a.m. – Riverton City Park November 6 – Election Day November 7 – Hunter Education Class Begins – 6 p.m. – Community Center November 8 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall November 12 – Veteran’s Day Program – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center November 13 – City Council Meeting – 7 p.m. – City Hall November 13 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 14 – Pop & Picasso Paint Night – 6-8 p.m. – Old Dome Meeting Hall November 15 – Healthy Riverton QPR Training – 7 p.m. – Fire Station 124 November 16 – Submission Deadline for Riverton City Christmas Card Design November 19 – Holiday Heritage Christmas Tree Decorating Submission Deadline November 20 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 22 – Thanksgiving – Riverton City Offices Closed November 23 – Riverton City Offices Closed November 26 – Santa’s Arrival – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park November 27 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 28 – Holiday Heritage Begins – Old Dome Meeting Hall November 30 – Holly Days in the Park – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park

REMEMBER TO VOTE General Election: Tuesday, November 6

Ballots must be postmarked by November 5 or be dropped off at a ballot drop box by November 6.


December 1 – Holly Days in the Park – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park December 4 – City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – City Hall December 4 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center December 6 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall December 11 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center December 13 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall December 15 – Christmas Night of Music – 6 p.m. – Riverton High School Auditorium December 19 – Holiday Heritage Ends – Old Dome Meeting Hall December 24 – Christmas Eve – Riverton City Offices Closed December 25 – Christmas – Riverton City Offices Closed December 27 – Just You & I Daddy Daughter Date Night Registration Begins December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Find full event and registration details at rivertoncity.com/calendar!


All Riverton City park pavilion and facility reservations for January to December 2019 can be scheduled beginning January 2, 2019.

In-Person, Election Day Voting Location: Riverton Senior Center 12914 S Redwood Rd Riverton, Utah 84065

BE IN THE KNOW! Subscribe to Riverton City’s e-newsletter and important email updates at:

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Santa’s Arrival

Monday, November 26 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bring the kids to see Santa Claus arrive in Riverton on his bright-red fire truck! Event is free. There will be snacks, crafts and entertainment.

REMINDER Now that Riverton City’s secondary water system has been shut-off for the season, make sure to winterize your sprinkler system to protect it from cold temperatures. Page 4

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