Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Council Update for Jan. 18, 2012

The City Council meeting drew several people who came to share grievances with the WVC/Taylorsville Animal Shelter. Almost all the citizen comments were about this issue. Some of the concerns were with carbon monoxide euthanasia, management, inability to use volunteers, and lack of programs for adopting animals.

Chairman Rechtenbach made committee assignments to the council members for 2012. Here are the assignments:

Council member Rechtenbach: Youth Council, Budget Committee, Arts Council, ICSC, Taxing Entity Committee.

Council member Barbour: Economic Development Committee, Chamber West, SL Co. Sanitation Board, ICSC.

Council member Johnson: Cemetery Board, Historic Preservation Committee, Ordinance Review Committee.

Council member Burgess: Healthy Taylorsville Committee, Green Committee, LARP Committee.

Council member Overson: Public Safety Committee, Mosquito Abatement, Assoc. of Municipal Gov'ts.

Economic Development Director Donald Adams gave a compelling presentation on economic development efforts in the city. He presented information on each of the primary commercial areas of the city. He showed solutions to some of the issues and gave suggestions on some projects we can do in the future.

Judge Kwan reported the case filings and dispositions to the City Council. While traffic case filings have decreased, criminal and civil cases have increased. He also reported on the financial health of the Justice Court.

Proposed Ordinance 12-02 was introduced to the Council on Jan. 4 and then discussed in the Jan. 11 work session. This ordinance is intended to clarify the compensation schedule and processes used by the City to administer compensation for officers and employees of the City. Adoption of this ordinance does not apply to compensation of elected officials. This ordinance change was basically a clarification on the separation of powers with the Legislative and Executive branches. It passed 4-1 with Council member Johnson having the only dissenting vote.

The council considered a proposal to participate jointly with Rocky Mountain Power to construct a concrete wall at 2700 W. 5300 S. Rocky Mountain Power will be funding a major portion of the cost of the wall and has requested participation from the city. It was unanimously approved by the council.

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