Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feb. 1, 2012 Council Meeting and State of the City Address

Tonight Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall gave his annual State of the City address. Wall said tax revenues were up 3.5 percent over the prior year and the city has maintained its AA+ bond rating, one of the highest in the state. 

The mayor said economic development is a priority and the city is currently working with 48 new potential businesses. "City research has shown that Taylorsville residents have more disposable income than most communities. Since Taylorsville is the most densely populated city in Utah, and located in the center of the Salt Lake Valley, we have an edge that is unmatched," said Wall.

He urged funding from the state to begin engineering work on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on 4700 South. He is also planning a focus on neighborhood revitalization, both through enhanced code enforcement and through investments in beautification projects.

Wall mentioned that property crimes in Taylorsville were reduced by 21.8 percent in 2011, which is the most significant reduction of any municipality within Salt Lake County. 

In his address, Wall challenged the West Valley City/Taylorsville Animal Shelter to certify as a no-kill animal shelter by the year 2015.

He also asked the city council to consider a budget line-item to save funds for an arts multi-purpose center. 
The Mayor spoke about the various accomplishments of our citizen committees including becoming a "Tree City USA" city, being awarded the Gold Level Healthy Community Award, assisting passage of a no-smoking on city property ordinance, promoting recycling, and putting on events and activities. 
He also recognized city employees who work so hard to make life better for residents. 
Taylorsville Mayor Looks to Build on 'Excellent' 2011 - Deseret News

Here is a copy of the Mayor's 2012 State of the City Speech

Other Council Matters:

The 11-year-old Cal Ripken team and 13-year-old Babe Ruth team were the 2011 State Champions. The team and coaches were recognized and trophies were presented to the city.

Tyler Pearce was appointed to LARP committee.

The 2012 Youth Council was presented. This group of 20 teens helps put on city events, learns about municipal government, and performs service throughout the city.

The current Youth Council reported on their Day at Legislature, at the Capitol. They are also helping with the city Art Show at the end of February.

Community Development Director Mark McGrath presented a new proposed zoning map for review. It will be discussed in the next work session.

Police Chief Del Craig presented a resolution to accept a Violence Against Women Act grant. It funds one-half of an investigator and training.

The mid-year budget was presented with recommended amendments. City Administrator John Inch Morgan and CFO Scott Harrington gave an overview of proposed changes. They described the process of reviewing, holding a public hearing, and then approving the mid-year budget. The budget is balanced as presented and the council acknowledged receipt.

A proposed ordinance on elections was discussed. The state changed filing deadlines, so the council had to change the city ordinance to match the state statute. On recommendation by the city attorney, the council was asked to look at removing part of an elections ordinance that limits campaign contributions. He said it could be deemed unconstitutional. The current limit is $1500 for one individual or business. If someone challenged that, the city attorney was concerned that we would not win in court.

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