Riverton Review Print Newsletter - May 2021

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MAY 2021

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

Buy, Shop, Spend & Win in Riverton! How will it work?

By Mayor Trent Staggs

Every week, individuals can visit rivertonutah.gov/local to fill out a simple form, attach a picture of a receipt from any Riverton business and be entered to win. Ten random winners will be announced each week and awarded a $100 gift card. You may enter once per week, however, at the end of each sevenday period the slate will be wiped clean and you must submit a new receipt for each subsequent week. There is no limit on how many times you can win over the course of the four-month period. Be sure to visit our website for additional details and rules.

Exactly one year ago, in partnership with dozens of local businesses and community partners, Riverton City held the Riverton Business Blitz. With the effects of COVID-19 challenging the economic viability of our business community, we all pulled together to create a successful event to jumpstart our local economic recovery. The Business Blitz was paired with four other initiatives that kicked off efforts to help our business community stay afloat during the pandemic. While we were focused on holding steady, we are now turning our attention towards rebuilding. In March 2021, we announced our newest marketing and public education campaign called “Local First.” This campaign is geared towards helping our business community by emphasizing the benefits of shopping local and encouraging residents to frequent Riverton businesses. Today, I am excited to announce a new contest with our Local First

Every week, individuals can take a picture of a receipt from any Riverton business and visit rivertonutah.gov/local to fill out a simple form, and be entered to win! Ten random winners will be announced each week and awarded a $100 gift card. You can enter each week! See website for details.

campaign called, “Buy, Shop, Spend and WIN in Riverton!” Beginning May 3, and ending August 29, residents will be able to turn in receipts from Riverton businesses and be entered to win hundreds of dollars’ worth of local gift cards each week.


In addition to “Buy, Shop, Spend and WIN in Riverton,” we have also published a Riverton business directory on our website and mobile application that includes the hundreds of commercially licensed businesses located in our city. This platform will be a one-stop shop to browse businesses by category and find their contact information, address, website and social media pages. No matter the product or service, you will be able to find it right here with the business directory. Together, we can help our business community rebuild and thrive once again. Remember to think local first and buy, shop, spend and WIN in Riverton this year!

Just 3 Simple Steps 1. Make a purchase at any Riverton business 2. Take a photo of your receipt 3. Submit your receipt at rivertonutah.gov/local Ten $100 winners will be selected each week throughout the summer. One entry per person per week. You can enter every week! Visit rivertonutah.gov/local for contest rules and conditions.



What is Ranked Choice Voting? 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 801-208-3129

CITY OFFICES City Hall............................... 801-254-0704 Administration...................... 801-208-3129 Animal Control.................... 801-208-3108 Building............................... 801-208-3127 Cemetery............................ 801-208-3128 Code Enforcement.............. 801-208-3108 Fire Dispatch (UFA)............. 801-743-7200 Justice Court....................... 801-208-3131 Recreation & Events............. 801-208-3101 Planning & Zoning.............. 801-208-3138 Police.................................. 385-281-2455 Public Works....................... 801-208-3162 Recorder.............................. 801-208-3128 Utility Billing........................ 801-208-3133 Water................................... 801-208-3164

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By Councilmember Tawnee McCay Have you ever wanted to list your second-choice candidate, felt like your vote didn’t count, or wished an election was less contentious? I know I have. Riverton City is taking part in an innovative pilot project called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) this year for our city elections. RCV is an electoral system that allows you to vote for multiple candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. When you receive your ballot, you can list your first, second, third choice (or more) for each position. With RCV, if there are five candidates in the race, you can rank them 1-5, you can rank your top three choices or you can vote for only one, if you would like. If one candidate wins the majority (more than 50%) of the first-choice votes, that individual wins. But if for example, your first-choice candidate got the least votes, they would be eliminated, but your vote would still count, it would move to your second-choice candidate. This continues until a candidate has the majority of votes.

Ranked Choice Voting is an electoral system that allows you to vote for multiple candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one.

I like RCV for several reasons. By ranking the candidates, we are able to get more information from the voters giving you a stronger voice. It can also save the city significant time and money (around $20,000) by eliminating the need for a primary election so only a general election is needed. It also leads to more civil elections because even if a candidate finds they are not the voter’s first choice, they want to be their second, leading to less negative campaigning. Payson and Vineyard cities used RCV in their last municipal election and an exit survey found 82.5% of the voters liked RCV and wanted to

use it again. An increasing number of groups are using RCV including the Utah Republican Party, New York City, Maine and countries including Australia and New Zealand. Riverton’s general election for at-large Mayor and City Council members from District 3 and 4 will be on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The city will be sending a video and other content about RCV as the election nears. If you have changes to your voter registration or need to update your address, go to vote. utah.gov. Feel free to reach out to your council member with any questions or suggestions for our city. Have a great summer!

Riverton City Election Notice




On December 15, 2020, the Riverton City Council voted to participate in the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods pilot project for the 2021 Municipal Elections. This voting method is better known as Ranked Choice Voting. It eliminates the need for a primary election and pushes back the filing period from June to August. GENERAL ELECTION: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD: August 10-17, 2021 OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION: Mayor, City Councilmembers in District 3 and District 4

rivertonutah.gov/government/elections RIVERTON REVIEW | MAY 2021


UFA Spotlight: Captain Brian Beck By Chief Wade Watkins Captain Brian Beck has recently been assigned to serve Riverton City as the heavy rescue captain at Riverton’s Fire Station 121. He has replaced Captain Charles Dejournett who retired this past December after an incredible career. Captain Beck is known for his kindness and well-natured approach to serving the community and his fellow firefighters. His strong leadership and desire to look out for his crew members make him a standout. He has served as a firefighter, paramedic, captain and now heavy rescue captain. His new assignment will come with long training days and more

responsibility since Heavy Rescue 121 responds on low and high angle rope rescue, trench rescue, vehicle extrication and confined space rescue incidents, with the additional responsibility of responding as the rapid intervention team for firefighter rescue incidents.


Additionally, he serves as a flight paramedic for Life Flight. He has been a flight paramedic for the past eight years and truly enjoys responding across the west to perform emergency treatment and transport. Captain Beck is a dedicated father and enjoys traveling with his son Boston and fiancé Katie. As UFA’s Riverton liaison I absolutely enjoy working with Captain Beck. He’s fun to be around, and truth be known, really fun to tease. Please say hello to Captain Beck when you see him in the community.

Did You See This? You could win a $50 gift card if you did! Once again we are asking readers to send us an email telling us they saw this ad. Email bbowen@rivertonutah.gov, put $50 contest in the subject line, and tell us you saw this ad, that’s it! Contest ends Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. A random winner will be chosen from all submitted entries to receive a $50 gift card from a Local Riverton Business. Limit one submission per person. Ages 18 and older. Winner will be notified via email and must come to City Hall to collect the $50 gift card prize.

Upcoming City Meetings

UFA Captain Brian Beck with his son Boston and fiancé Katie enjoying some family time.

• Cardboard • Glass • Electronics * • Tires • Shredding * Visit rivertonutah.gov/beautiful for details on electronics recycling.

• Riverton residents only - must provide proof of residency. • No business recycling. • No hazardous materials. • Residents are responsible for emptying their own vehicles.

Thursday, May 20 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Located in the south parking lot at Riverton City Hall at 12830 S Redwood Road.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday, May 4 & 18 at 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Thursday, May 13 & 27, 6:30 p.m.


For more information, visit: rivertonutah.gov/beautiful




Town Days Parade Float Entries

Utah State Reflections Contest Exhibition

Old Farm Park Splashpad Re-Opening

2021 National Anthem Auditions

Applications are available online for floats in the Riverton Town Days Parade. Floats are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Details online. Apply early.

Come see some of the best work from young artists throughout the state! Finalist art pieces from the Utah State Reflections art competition will be displayed.

Bring the kids and come check out the brand new splash pad at Old Farm Park. Free snow cones provided. Open to all.

Interested in singing the National Anthem at Riverton Town Days or the Riverton Rodeo? Visit rivertonutah.gov/rodeo to express your interest.

• Applications Close: June 14

• Monday – Wednesday, May 17 – July 7

• Monday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Old Farm Park

• Tryouts: Wednesday, May 26

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

Utah Warriors Rugby Riverton Night

Deep Dish Volleyball Tournament

Register: Fall Baseball & Flag Football

Save the Date: Riverton Quilt Exhibition

Come watch Utah Warriors Rugby with other Riverton residents at a discounted rate. Tickets range from $12 to $35. Use promo code rivertoncity at checkout.

The Deep Dish Classic doubles volleyball tournament is one of the best tournaments of the summer. Cost is $20 for UOVA members and $30 for those not members of UOVA. • Saturday, June 12 Riverton City Park

Registration opens for Riverton City’s Fall Baseball and Flag Football leagues on Monday, May 10. Ages vary by sport. Register online.

Calling all quilters! The Riverton Quilt Exhibition will be in November and December. The quilt entry period will be held November 1-8. Free to enter.

• Fall Baseball Begins August 3, Flag Football Begins September 7

• November 15 – December 22 Old Dome Meeting Hall

• Saturday, May 29, 7 p.m. Zions Bank Stadium

Riverton City Events

Visit rivertonutah.gov to find the most recent Riverton City event and meeting information. PAGE 4


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