Wednesday, September 21, 2011

City Council Update for Sept. 21, 2011

Tonight at the City Council meeting, there were no citizen comments.

Mayor Wall gave his report, and reported that construction has begun on the Veterans Memorial Project. The current work and some future work will be done with donated labor and equipment from some local labor organizations including Operating Engineers Local #3. He invited the public to put November 11th on their calendars for the Veterans Parade and Program, including the unveiling of a portion of the statue display.

The Green Committee presented their GIFT awards (Green Ideas For Taylorsville). Several students were recognized and were given gift cards (no pun intended) for their projects.

Nicole Peterson was unanimously approved as a new member of the city's Budget Committee.

Pam Roberts, Director of Salt Lake County Sanitation gave her quarterly report. She showed that 66% of Taylorsville residents supported weekly recycling. Weekly recycling began on Sept. 1.

Judge Michael Kwan gave his court report. The court is under budget by $22K.

The Council reviewed the proposed Land Development Code, chapters 15, 16 and 17. There was relatively little discussion on those particular chapters.

An ordinance to adopt Taylorsville Cemetery rules and regulations was passed.

A discussion on changes to the Employee Appeal Board ordinance were discussed. The ordinance basically puts the burden of proof on the employee and gives advantage to the employer. City attorney John Brems said the appeal board members have been frustrated because they do not know what the "standard" is for basing their decision.

Mayor Wall said, "The city has a right to discipline employees. If an employee feels like they have been singled out or discriminated against, it should be the employees' burden of proof to have that overturned. You have to have a standard."

Council member Morris Pratt said, "This ordinance has come prematurely and unfairly. I want to hear from the previous appeal board before we make a decision."

The council gave direction to tentatively hear this again on Oct. 12. They will be inviting the previous appeal board members and others to give input.

Taylorsville ordinance enforcers have identified over 185 vacant homes in the city. Tonight the council approved an ordinance regarding abatement of weeds, garbage, etc. Taylorsville will be abating some of these homes that are out of compliance.

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