Riverton City Newsletter - September 2020

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

Exciting Development Continues on Riverton’s West Side By Mayor Trent Staggs Over the last ten years, Riverton City’s elected officials have made several strategic planning decisions with the intention of spurring economic growth in our great city. Over the last few years, we have now seen the materialization of those planning efforts with some incredible new development. This development not only allows all of us to frequent great retail, restaurant and entertainment options closer to home, but it also keeps more of our sales tax dollars in Riverton, improving our financial position and allowing taxes and fees to be kept low. Just last month, we were able to announce that Costco Wholesale has officially submitted a formal commercial site plan application for a location at the northeast corner of 13200 S and Mountain View Corridor, just north of Mountain View Village. This project is situated on 19.19-acre property and will include a 160,000 square foot warehouse, Costco gas station and more than 800 parking stalls. No doubt this location will attract customers from all over the southwest valley including residents from Herriman, Bluffdale

and western South Jordan. The site plan has now been approved by the Planning Commission. Construction at the site will likely begin this fall. It is anticipated the store will open in summer of 2022. The addition of such a wellestablished and successful business will have a tremendous influence on our economic viability and future growth of the western commercial district for years to come. It is important to understand that a project of this size will have a considerable impact on future sales tax revenue and our ability to keep property taxes and other fees low for residents. We currently utilize a 0% property tax rate and our average annual utility fees remain lower than fees issued by our neighboring cities. This means less burden on Riverton taxpayers and more money that can be spent on essential government functions. With the inclusion of this newest project, our western commercial district will be anchored by Costco, Harmons and the numerous other shopping and dining options located within Mountain View Village


Costco Wholesale has officially submitted a formal commercial site plan application for a location at the northeast corner of 13200 S and Mountain View Corridor, just north of Mountain View Village.

phase I. We are also very excited for the completion of Mountain View Village Phase II, which will include first in-state shopping, entertainment and specialty retail opportunities. There is also approximately 480 acres remaining within the western district that is owned and operated by Suburban Land Reserve (SLR). Most of this land is designated as “mixed use” which means it

will include both commercial and residential housing developments. Our expectation is that most of this project area south of 13400 will be residential, while north of 13400 will be largely built out with commercial and office uses. As we move into the future, it is my intention to work alongside SLR to ensure this area reflects the desires of our residents and provides a safe and healthy mix of commercial and residential housing developments. This continued proper planning will allow our city to provide the very best services and opportunities for residents. Our city is financially secure, economically diverse, and I look forward to all the additional growth that will take place in the coming future.



What We’ve Learned in 2020 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


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By Councilmember Claude Wells 2020 has been a very challenging year where we have learned a lot about ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our community. We found out we didn’t have enough toilet paper (apparently) and that we didn’t know how important social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) would play in our lives. We have had a lot of challenges thrown our way trying to navigate through COVID-19 and learn how to keep our families safe while trying to keep some normalcy. High school graduations changed but ended up being fun and memorable. The way we shop, the way we work, and how we dine has changed. And, of course the way we interact with each other. The hardest for some is how we celebrated our independence day summer celebra-

tions. We made it through. A lot has changed. We are getting through these difficult times. More difficult for some than others because of job loss. Some lost loved ones and were not able to celebrate their lives like they would have chosen. We have had peaceful protests, riots, and unrest in our capital city. We had residents calling for the defending of our police departments in different parts of our state. Just like Salt Lake City is not New York City. Riverton City is not Salt Lake City. Our residents have reached out to show their love, concern, and support for our Riverton City police department. We have a little slice of paradise out here in the South Valley. Our people have handled some of the disappointments, changes and their own sacrifices with dignity, and we have come out well compared to many cities. We are a special city! We have resilient people. We will continue to get through our personal struggles and challenges together.

COVID-19 has taught us much about what we have, what we think we need and what’s truly important.

In our community we appreciate our police force, their sacrifices, their professionalism, and their commitment to our city. At the end of the day, we just want our officers to go home to their families safe. We will continue to support them, and budget as needed for their growth and needs to do their jobs. More now than ever we need to support our police department. One thing for sure is we will never forget 2020 and take the little things for granted any longer.

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Training and Preparation Key to Emergency Response By Battalion Chief Wade Watkins On any given day within Riverton City, firefighters respond to the emergency needs of the community. This comes with the responsibility to perform under challenging conditions with no room for error. The sudden, intense energy demand of an emergency scene requires the fitness to perform methodically under stress while communicating effectively with a unified team. Focusing on the safety of the community is what drives firefighters to stay physically and mentally fit for the challenge of the next emergency incident. Maintaining a strong aerobic capacity for the rigors of the everyday job is key, which can include running up stairs, climbing ladders and more. This is all while wearing up to 75 pounds of personal protective equipment (PPE), depending on the job. That is exactly why the Unified Fire Authority embraces fitness and is continually looking for opportunities to improve the readiness of our firefighters. The importance of assessing our collective and individual capability is the key in targeting where




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Learn more at rivertonutah.gov/september11

Riverton residents and neighbors are invited to come together to remember the fateful events that took place on September 11, 2001. A trifecta of free and educational events are planned to help the community remember the innocent people who lost their lives that day 19 years ago and to bring people together and remind them of the common ground we share as Americans.

qFlag Displays

911 flags will be displayed in Riverton in remembrance of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States of America from Monday, September 7 to Sunday, September 13. Distinct educational displays will be presented at each of five locations with a sobering fact about that fateful day 19 years ago. Locations include: • City Hall | 12830 S Redwood Rd • Spirit Corner | 12600 S Redwood Rd • Centennial Park | 13000 S 2700 W • Canyonview | 12600 S 4465 W • Monarch Meadows | 13600 S 4800 W Win a $500 Gift Basket! Take a photo of yourself or family at each location and email all five photos to recreation@rivertonutah.gov for a chance to win a family gift basket valued at over $500! A winner will be selected at random from submissions. Submissions due by September 14 at 5 p.m.

qFireworks Show

Riverton residents and neighbors are invited to watch a special patriotic firework presentation on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 9:11 p.m. as part of Riverton Remembers 9/11. Fireworks will be launched simultaneously from three different locations in Riverton so residents can see one of the displays near their home. The show will be synced with a special music soundtrack broadcasting live on 94.1 FM KODJ that will feature messages to help us remember those we lost in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Launch Locations Include:

qPatriot Day Car Show Join the Riverton community for a special Patriot Day Car Show Parade on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of interesting vehicles will drive through many Riverton neighborhoods along a 14-mile parade route. Residents and neighbors are invited to watch the car show parade anywhere along the route. Vehicles will move at street speeds and no candy will be thrown. All roads will remain open to regular traffic.

• City Park | 1452 W 12600 S • Monarch Meadows Park | 13600 S 4800 W • Centennial Park | 13000 S 2700 W Spectators are encouraged to gather in areas near the launch locations; however, no spectators are allowed at launch location parks due to the size of the fall out zone.


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