Riverton Review Print Newsletter - September 2022

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

Innovating to Increase City Water Supply By Mayor Trent Staggs Improving and expanding our water resources has been designated as one of Riverton City’s top strategic priorities by our elected officials to ensure we have the water we need for our future. I’m pleased to announce an innovative project that will expand our culinary water resources. This project will allow us to 1) increase our culinary water supply in Riverton using a sustainable source, and 2) help us keep culinary water rates low in the years ahead for our residents. Made financially possible through a partnership with Salt Lake County, we will install a reverse osmosis filtration plant on the city’s best culinary water well, the Green Well. Reverse osmosis is a common process, used throughout the world, to purify water and improve overall quality. Since the city fully transitioned to purchasing water wholesale from Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) in 2015, the city’s culinary water wells have been unused. This presents us with an opportunity to reengage an asset that has tremendous potential. The reverse osmosis plant installed at the Green Well will improve the water produced to a quality that

Riverton City will install a reverse osmosis filtration plant on the city’s best culinary water well, the Green Well, which is located just north of Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park near the Jordan River.

meets or exceeds that of JVWCD water. Salt Lake County has provided $3 million in America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the county by the federal government to support the project. Riverton City is providing $600-$700 thousand in ARPA funds allocated to the city by the federal government, as well as providing the Green Well asset, which has received roughly $2.2 million in city investment to date since construction began on the well in 2011. Installation of the reverse osmosis plant on the Green Well will begin this fall. Riverton City has contracted with Total Water Management to complete the project. The Green Well building, located near Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park, will be expanded to house the plant


and a variable flow drive pump will be installed on the well to manage water pressure. We anticipate the project being completed by June 2023. Once complete, the water produced at the Green Well, and purified by the reverse osmosis plant, will be used to supplement the city’s culinary water supply. Given that quality will meet, and possibly exceed, the quality of water provided by JVWCD, residents can expect little to no change in their culinary water taste, hardness and overall quality. As part of the partnership with Salt Lake County, water produced at the Green Well will also be provided to the Riverbend Golf Course at a reduced rate, saving county taxpayers nearly $100,000 per year for the next 20 years.

It is anticipated that up to 1,300 gallons of treated culinary water will be produced per minute, totaling over 1.8 million gallons per day. This equates to filling a projected 30-45% of the city’s culinary water demand, depending on the time of year. The increase in culinary water supply will help us keep water rates for residents low in the future as our city approaches build-out in the next 10 years. Riverton City will continue to purchase water wholesale from JVWCD, but the addition of Green Well water will reduce the amount of water the city would otherwise need to purchase from JVWCD as the city approaches build-out, likely saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for Riverton residents. Please visit rivertonutah.gov/ well for a listing of Q&As and other information about the project.



Great Things Happening in Riverton 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 citymanager@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY HALL 801-254-0704

UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday, September 6 & 20, 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS Thursday, September 8 & 22, 6:30 p.m

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By Councilmember Tish Buroker Wow, what a summer! Riverton City has sponsored one great event after another. The Miss Riverton Scholarship Competition kicked off the summer event calendar, followed by the Memorial Day Program at the Riverton City Cemetery. Then came Riverton Town Days with the rodeo, parade, chuckwagon breakfast, fireworks and more. Finally, the entire month of August had Friday Fun Nights with music, food, vendors and a movie at Riverton City Park. Wonderful! These events are just the tip of the busy city iceberg. Here are more items: The Page-Hansen Park is complete, and a historical plaque has been installed. It is located at 12760 S Redwood Road. This property was in poor shape following the expansion of Redwood Road. It was recognized by the council that the location was not conducive for a typical park due to the size of the lot

and the location. I advocated for a localscape, and with the support of the council, and the expertise of the city staff for the design and implementation, the park was created. The Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission then suggested and supported the installation of a historical plaque on the site which tells the history of this property and nearby properties that were part of the historic Riverton downtown. If you are a descendent of the owners of the Page-Hansen store, please contact Jamie Larsen at recorder@ rivertonutah.gov or 801-208-3128. We would love to know more about the Page-Hansen store. In June, Riverton City passed an updated water ordinance that supports water conservation. The ordinance encourages developers and businesses to consider installing waterwise plantings instead of lawn. Riverton City officials attended the grand openings of Costco and Phase 2 of Mountain View Village. These businesses were the result of years of planning and work. The council has approved and supported an update of the Sandra

Riverton Historic Preservation Commission members (L to R) Jamie Larsen, Linda Abel and Councilmember Tish Buroker at the new Page-Hansen Park sign located at 12760 S Redwood Road.

Lloyd Community Center auditorium, specifically targeting the inadequate sound system and stage, while maintaining the historical elements of this space. This update in the auditorium should be complete this fall. Riverton City will sponsor several fun activities in the month of September. On September 12, the city will host Jordan River Night at Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park, where there will be activities and education stations to learn about the Jordan River Parkway. There will be free hotdogs for the first 200 attendees. The annual Day of Service on September 10 will include many service opportunities to help make Riverton a better place. On September 17, Constitution Day, there will be a unique opportunity to tour the Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit. Riverton applied for this exhibit over three years ago and we are honored that it will be coming to Riverton this year. There will also be a Bells Across America event with a bell ringing at 2 p.m. that day. We hope you and your families can join us at these fun activities this month.



Utah Task Force 1 By Chief Wade Watkins The Urban Search and Rescue Utah Task Force 1 (UT-TF 1) is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search & Rescue task forces in the United States. The task force is based in Salt Lake City and is managed by the Unified Fire Authority. Activation and rapid deployment of the task force is initiated by the State of Utah, or FEMA. The task force is self-sufficient for up to 72 hours and includes physicians, search dogs, heavy rescue technicians, firefighters and paramedics, and structural engineers. The task force manages $6.3 million in specialized vehicles and equipment that is maintained by personnel trained by FEMA. A great example of a UT-TF 1 team member is K9 Senka, a 5-year-old female Belgian Malinois. Her handler, Craig Orum, found her when she was 13 months old at an animal rescue in Ogden.

Flag Remembrance Display UT-TF 1 team member Senka, a K9 Belgian Malinois, really enjoyed showing off during Riverton Public Safety Night. She found a young volunteer who was hiding in the white tube.

As a team, they deploy nationally to disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Craig said, “If our dogs were to alert on a possible victim, other team members from UT-TF 1 would help with cameras and listening devices to support the rescue and removal of the victim.” Senka and Craig are just another

example of how teamwork helps when serving the community. Additionally, Senka really enjoyed showing off during Riverton Public Safety Night, as she was able to search out and find multiple residents in her live interactive search training. Please say hi to Senka and Craig at our next Riverton Public Safety Night in 2023!

Riverton residents and neighbors are invited to visit Riverton City Park from Thursday, September 1 to Monday, September 12 to remember the fateful events that took place on September 11, 2001. 911 flags will be displayed at Riverton City Park in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist attack. Educational displays will be presented around the park with sobering facts about that tragic day 20 years ago. • Riverton City Park 1452 W 12600 S

Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Riverton City Park The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit brings communities together and teaches patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Join us at 2 p.m. for a reading of a Constitution Day proclamation and Bells Across America bell ringing to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.





Live in Real Life: Transforming Trauma Into Triumph A Night of Motivation and Music | Monday, September 26 6 p.m. Doors and vendors | 7 p.m. Program Starts Join us at Live in Real Life for an evening of motivation and music to learn how to transform trauma into triumph. Shawn Vierra and Josh Downs from the Love Hard Foundation will speak to teens and their parents about transforming past challenges and setbacks into future opportunities and successes. Ofi, an American pop rock artist, will present messages of hope, inspiration and motivation through music.


Utah VW Classic Car Show

Riverton’s Finest Art Exhibition

Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament

Come enjoy Utah’s largest classic VW and early Porsche car show at Riverton City Park! Featuring classic Volkswagens from all years and models. This free event is Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Riverton City Park at 1452 W 12600 S in Riverton, Utah.

Come see beautiful works of art by artists that have a connection to Riverton. Exhibition opens Tuesday, August 30 and runs through September 28 at the Old Dome Meeting Hall at 1452 W 12600 S in Riverton, Utah. Visit rivertonutah. gov/exhibits for more information.

Pickleball players love Riverton’s Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament! The tournament features a pool bracket with various divisions. Join us on September 16-17 at Riverton City Park. Register online at rivertonutah.gov/pickleball.

Sign Up: Community Christmas Choir

Wreaths Across America

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

National Preparedness Month

Art & Yoga

Join the community choir to sing at this year’s Christmas Night of Music Concert on Monday, December 12, 2022. Practices held weekly in November.

Sponsor a $15 wreath to be placed at a veteran’s grave at Riverton City Cemetery this December.

Attend a free QPR suicide prevention class to learn how to respond to someone in crises. Classes occur monthly, excluding July and December.

September is National Preparedness Month, an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

Come enjoy a free yoga session and view the Riverton’s Finest Art Exhibition on Monday, September 26. There are two sessions 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.

• Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m. rivertonutah.gov/qpr

• For tips and resources visit: beready.utah.gov

• Register at artandyoga2022. eventbrite.com

• Sign up online today at: • Learn more by visiting: rivertonutah.gov/night-of-music rivertonutah.gov/wreaths