Riverton City Newsletter - July 2020

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RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government


Independence Day: The Great American Experiment By Mayor Trent Staggs 244 years ago, the great American experiment of a republican form of government began with 56 patriots. They mutually pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to stand firm in declaring independence from a powerful king and country more than 3,000 miles away. The revolutionary ideals that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” expressed on that fateful day would have extraordinary effects on future generations. Every July as I ponder the wisdom and sacrifices of our founders, I find myself in a humbled state. It is difficult to imagine what life would be like


today had the original 13 colonies people need to continue to create a not unified and stood against tyran- world in which the American dream ny. The righteous design of self-gov- continues to be obtainable. ernment was blessed with a victory in the Revolutionary War, followed Benjamin Franklin once stated, “The by the miracle of unifying all the U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee states with a written Constitution that happiness, only the pursuit of it. You guarantees to all citizens those in- have to catch up with it yourself.” alienable rights. The 4th of July George Washis a celebration ington, who had of our Indepenevery opportudence but also nity to become the celebration “Our success as a king of the new of the American nation comes not in world, resigned dream. I recogguaranteeing equality in his commission nize our nation outcome, only equality at the conclusion has struggled in opportunity. And that of the war and to ensure equal returned to civilprotection of American dream is, more ian life. And, after those inalienable than ever, attainable by having been duly rights, resulting everyone and anyone elected as our in a civil war and willing to work towards first President, amendments to that pursuit.” chose to step our Constitution. down from that We have come office in 1797, a long way in therefore setthe realization ting an importof the ideal that ant precedent and proving that this every individual is born with the new nation would never be governed same God-given rights to life, liberby a single person, but rather keep ty and the pursuit of happiness. Our the power in We the People. We the success as a nation comes not in

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guaranteeing equality in outcome, only equality in opportunity. And that American dream is attainable by everyone and anyone willing to work towards that pursuit and catch up with it. On this day I pray we can all have gratitude for the rights and freedoms we have in this nation, recognizing that there are still many in the world who don’t have the liberties we hold dear. Or, as John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address “…the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe – the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.” Let us stand together to continue the progress made by those who came before us, live a life worthy of their sacrifice, and promote freedom and equality of opportunity to everyone. America the beautiful is full of possibility and together we can create a better world for our children and future generations. Happy Independence Day!



Riverton Will Prosper, Not Just “Return to Normal”

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 801-208-3125


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

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By Councilmember Tawnee McCay This pandemic was hard on a lot of business and families. It is difficult to see people in tears because their business had to lay off their hard-working employees. It is tough to hear from residents that are worried about keeping their home, because their livelihood was forced to close. It will take time to recover. But it is also an opportunity. This has allowed us to focus on what is necessary and important. Some people are curious how our city is being affected by the corona- One of the ways Riverton is set to prosper is Mountain View Village phase 2 & 3, which will virus. We are very fortunate that we feature new restaurants, a movie theater, around 90 additional retail stores, several lush parks with more than 1,700 newly planted trees and 10,000 plants. have not been hit as hard as some surrounding cities or the county. Cities that depend on sales tax revenue want to live, work and play. Please Visitors can expect to experience a from car dealerships, hotels and oth- help struggling business by eating new level of entertainment technoler tourism are being hit hard. After out, getting haircuts, buying building ogy in our fountain and light producmuch analysis, supplies, gro- tions.” It will feature new restaurants, our city estimates cery shopping a movie theater, around 90 additional we will have a and enjoying en- retail stores, several lush parks with 5% reduction tertainment with- more than 1,700 newly planted trees “Shopping in in our sales tax in our city. and 10,000 plants. It is welcoming Riverton helps the revenue this fisbest-of-class office space that you cal year. In RivI’m excited to can see rising up right now. city maintain roads, erton, some of support the busikeep utility fees our major sales nesses at Moun- Riverton has seen business and low, update parks tax generators tain View Village families innovate and be creative. are Home Deas they continue Our city is trying to postpone instead and playgrounds, pot, Lowes and building phase 2 of canceling our celebrations, for exand plan enjoyable Walmart, that all & 3. I hear pos- ample moving our rodeo from June activities to build a have done well itive comments to September. We appreciate those during the panfrom residents on the front lines that are working community where demic. about the attrac- to beat this virus. People are being we want to live, tive landscaping, selfless and serving their neighborwork and play.” Shopping in Rivarchitecture and hoods. We are learning and adjusterton helps the distinctive sculp- ing. I don’t want to just go back to city maintain tures. Fred Brun- “normal,” I want to see us thrive and roads, keep utiliing, CenterCal’s prosper. I love living in Riverton and ty fees low, update parks and play- CEO, said they are “pulling out all am excited to see what our future grounds, and plan enjoyable activi- the stops in experiential technology holds. Thanks for making Riverton ties to build a community where we for the final phase of development. great!


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Your Local Fire Engine By UFA Battalion Chief Wade Watkins In Riverton on any given day, your local firefighters are ready to respond to emergencies twenty-four hours a day, and these incidents have a wide range of challenges to address. The key to effectively addressing these challenging situations is having well-trained firefighters with the right tools to do the job. The community often sees fire engines, but have you ever stopped to think about all of the things that these machines do? Fire engines are amazing pieces of equipment that allow firefighters to perform their jobs and get to emergency scenes quickly. The important thing to know about a fire engine is that it is a combination of a personnel carrier, toolbox,

water tanker and first aid kit. All four components are essential to fighting fires and responding to emergency medical service (EMS) calls. The goal is to show up on the emergency scene ready to go to work on resolving whatever the problem is. The primary function of any fire engine is to get the firefighters to the incident safely. Secondly carry water and tools to the fire scene and on average; each fire engine carries 750 gallons. This water is an extremely valuable resource to address the dangers of a quickly growing fire, as fire doubles in size every minute. A typical modern fire engine will carry tools for a wide range of firefighting tasks, with common equipment including a pump, a water tank, hoses, ground ladders, hand tools, self-contained breathing apparatuses and medical supplies. Most importantly, the team to make the magic happen. Teamwork is a major part of any successful emer-

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“Firefighters are always happy to talk to members of the community about the incredible equipment serving in Riverton. So next time you see them in the community. Please do not hesitate to ask them questions.” gency incident. As each task on the fire or EMS, call depends on someone else completing another related task or tasks. Firefighters are always happy to talk to members of the community about the incredible equipment serving in Riverton. So next time you see them in the community. Please do not hesitate to ask them questions.

Be Sure You Get Counted!

Proper Firework Disposal

Properly dispose of all fireworks used during Independence Day and Pioneer Day celebrations. Douse burned out fireworks to prevent fires and throw away all trash. UFA recommends fireworks be soaked in water for at least 15 minutes before they are thrown away. Leaving them to soak in a bucket overnight is the best practice. For more information about the Keep Riverton Beautiful initiative, visit: rivertonutah.gov/beautiful Riverton is doing well at just over 75% completion rate but we still have a ways to go. Encourage your neighbors and friends to take the census because we all count! 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 If you have not received, or misplaced your census mailer visit: rivertonutah.gov/census

Medic Engine 124 proudly serves the Riverton community.


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Riverton Announces David Brickey as New City Manager Riverton City officials are pleased to announce that David R. Brickey has been appointed as city manager. The appointment was made official by the Riverton City Council on Tuesday, May 19. The approval of a contract of employment was unanimous. “Out of a pool of 90 candidates, David was a standout applicant,” said Mayor Trent Staggs. “We are glad to have him on board and know his great experience will help achieve the strategic priorities and execute the policy determined by the elected officials.” Brickey comes to Riverton after serving as city manager in West Jordan for the last two years, a role that was no longer needed as West Jordan transitioned to a new form of government with a full-time mayor. Prior to that role, he served for two years as West Jordan’s city attorney. He


served as county attorney in Summit County for 10 years. Preceding his time as county attorney, he worked as chief prosecutor and deputy county attorney in Summit County for eight years and as chief deputy county attorney in Iron County for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah and a juris doctor degree from Willamette University. “I’m honored to be able to serve as city manager in Riverton,” said Brickey. “Exciting things are happening in this city, and I’m eager to join and lead a dedicated group of employees. I look forward to helping our elected officials achieve the goals they have set for this city and help this community reach its full potential.” In Riverton, all 167 full-time employees ultimately report to the city manager. Brickey will lead an exec-

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Get your kids age 3-8 years old registered for Riverton City’s Fall Baseball league! Season includes 7 games. Learn more online at rivertonutah.gov/baseball • League Begins August 4


Flag Football The 5-on-5 flag football league is for children in 1st-6th grades. Season features 8 games and includes a jersey. Learn more online at rivertonutah.gov/football • League Begins September 8


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