Focus A Monthly Newsletter for South Jordan Residents
Census 2020 – Prepare to Be Counted Every ten years, the United States Constitution requires a non-biased, non-political count of the nation's residents. Everyone counts equally, no matter where they live, their income level, or their citizenship/residency status. With 2020 only weeks away, every South Jordan resident should start thinking about how they make sure they get counted. South Jordan residents and others will be able to fill out the Census online for the first time starting March 23, 2020. The City will also offer a few ways for you to fill out the Census. 1. Starting in March, the City will have kiosks in city buildings where residents who don’t have access to the internet or web devices can go to fill out the Census. 2. Also starting in March, there will be booths at City events where residents can fill out the Census. 3. Residents can also use the computer lab at the South Jordan Community Center. Getting an accurate or complete census count is very important. Census data will guide decisions on how billions of dollars annually are distributed to support education, nutrition, social and workforce services for the next decade. The information will also help determine where to build homes and parks, establish new routes for public transit, build roads, prepare for emergencies, and assist businesses in determining where to locate and what types of products and services to provide. Each Utahn counted brings about $1,800 of federal money into the state. This money is used to support numerous programs that help those in need, including: • • • • • •
Medicaid and Medicare Part B Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Section 8 Housing and other housing assistance Special education grants (IDEA) Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Head Start
When Census data is not accurate, it means that not everyone is fairly represented and that voices are suppressed. Please be sure that you fill the Census for you and your family when the time comes. You Matter. Be Counted. Census: Did You Know? Did you know that your specific information cannot be released by law for 72 years? Once the information is released, it helps future generations of your family with genealogy tracking.
Why Does What We Can Recycle Change? The landscape of recycling is changing, both nationally and locally. Since the recent announcement about changes for what recycling materials can and can’t be placed in curbside recycle containers, the City has received many questions from residents. South Jordan is currently re-evaluating the current recycling program and are looking for ways to improve how it works. The City has created a new webpage that clarifies many of the questions residents have about the current program. Residents can access that at www.sjc.utah.gov/recycle. The most frequent question the City has received is “Why does the list of acceptable recyclable material change?” The following will answer that question. Why does the list of acceptable recyclable material change? The recycling industry depends on the current demand for certain products. What this means is that even though something has the recycling symbol on it, meaning it “can” be recycled, doesn’t mean it will be recycled. Regardless of changes to what you can put in your curbside bin, residents are able to drop off certain items like paper and glass at third-party locations. Items that are accepted in the paper drop off locations: Cereal boxes • Magazines • Office paper • Newspaper • Junk mail • Brown paper bags • Construction paper • Cardboard Paper Recycling Dop-off Bins: Jordan Ridge Elementary - 2636 W. 9800 S. Monte Vista Elementary - 11121 S. 2700 W. River's Edge School - 319 W. 11000 S. Day Break Elementary - 4544 W. Harvest Moon Dr. Bingham High School - 2160 W. South Jordan Parkway South Jordan Middle School - 10245 S. 2700 W.
Glass Recycling Dop-off Bins: Main City Park - 10960 S. 1850 W. (West of Tennis Courts) Daybreak, Soda Row - 4600 W. 11240 S. Shields Lane Park - 947 W. 9850 S.
Cold Weather Crimes As the cold weather sets in, the South Jordan Police Department begins to see an increase in different types of crimes. Auto Thefts - Never leave a car running unattended as a thief will just break a window out and take your car. Modern cars do not need the warm up time older cars need and will warm up to proper operating temperature before you leave your neighborhood. Save gas and the environment by not idling to warm up cars. (Also, please remember to scrape ice and snow off your windows – it’s illegal to have ice and/or snow on your windows while driving.) Package Thefts - As the holiday changes from spooks to cheers, more and more presents are delivered to houses. If you will not be home when packages are anticipated to arrive, please consider having packages shipped to your work, to someone who can accept them on your behalf, or schedule a pickup at an alternate location. Car/Home Burglaries - Anything visible inside a car while parked at church, the gym, or a shopping center is an open invite to a criminal. Put items in the trunk BEFORE you arrive so prowlers don’t see you moving something important to the trunk. Also, make sure you close your garage doors if you are not around and consider leaving lights on at night. To report a crime, you can file it through our online system by using this link www.sjc.utah.gov/police/report-suspicious-activity/, or by calling our dispatch center at 801-840-4000 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergencies).
City Event Calendar Dec 3
City Council Meeting
Light the Night
6:30 P.M. @ City Hall
6:00 P.M. @ City Hall
South Jordan City is updating their utility bill payment portal. Customers will be able to pay their utility bills by phone with an agent, after hours by phone, online, with a mobile device, text-to-pay or set up autopay.
What is reverse 911?
Reverse 911 notifies you of an emergency, evacuation or other public safety incident happening in your area.
What do I need to do? Reverse 911 automatically includes landlines into their database. Telephone numbers provided by a cable network provider, VoIP provider or cell phone provider must register those numbers with reverse 911.
How do I register my number? Visit the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center's website to register your telephone number and email. This system only services addresses that fall within the boundaries of Salt Lake County.
Register your number today!
Santa on Towne Center Drive Various Times & Dates in December @ City Hall www.sjc.utah.gov/upcoming-events/
The new South Jordan Leisure Guide is available online. The Leisure Guide features City events and programs for all ages including: youth, adults and seniors. www.sjc.utah.gov
Candy Windows Anytime @ Windows Along Towne Center Drive
Visit sjc.utah.gov for more information.
City Hall Hours Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon Saturday & Sunday Closed
LIGHT THE NIGHT, A SOUTH JORDAN FAMILY TRADITION “Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow…” We all know how accurate those famous Christmas song lyrics are. Nothing warms our hearts and puts a twinkle in our eye like holiday lights all around. The dazzling sight gets us into the holiday spirit and excited to spend quality time with family. South Jordan’s Light the Night tradition is designed to do just that. We invite residents and their friends and family to come out to enjoy the count down to the lighting of our approximate 30 ft. Christmas tree, the free hot chocolate and cookies, spectacular candy windows, and more. Here are the highlights of the holiday event you don’t want to miss. WINTER MARKET • FREE HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES • CANDY WINDOWS • GINGER BREAD HOUSES • HOLIDAY MOVIES SANTA CLAUSE • MRS. CLAUSE • WAGON RIDES • DRUM LINE PERFORMANCE • BATTLE OF THE BANDS WINNER PERFORMANCE
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a permit for a new water heater or furnace?
Yes, after installation contact the building department to set up an inspection and to pay the permit fee.
Snow Removal The Public Works Department operates snow plow crews throughout the winter. These crews are prepared to operate during snow events, 24 hours a day and seven days a week when needed. Crews will be called out after one inch of snow has accumulated on the roads. Generally all streets are plowed simultaneously, however during severe winter storms, main streets and hills may take precedence for safety reasons. • Service Level 1 - Main streets and hills • Service Level 2 - All residential streets and specific school routes • Service Level 3 - Cul-de-sacs and the drive-thru section of alley ways Parking During a Snow Event To make sure the roads are accessible and safe for the plow trucks, alternate parking restrictions will be enforced during snow storms. See City Municipal Code 10.20.010 for further details.
After a snowstorm if your area has not been plowed, call us at
801-446-HELP (4357) and we will make sure it gets plowed. City Hall | 1600 W. Towne Center Dr. | (801) 446-HELP (4357) | www.sjc.utah.gov | email@example.com
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