The Mayor gave his report that Jet Blue will be bringing 50-100 employees for a day of service on Arbor Day, April 28. They will be planting trees at City Hall and will be building the grow boxes for our community gardens at City Hall.
City Engineer John Taylor reported that the Food Pantry expansion is under construction. A new traffic signal is being installed at 5400 South, just west of Bangerter Highway. The 1300 West road reconstruction is ahead of schedule and is almost ready to receive water in the culvert. The road will be done by May 15. The Flex Lanes project is underway on 5400 South. We have been told by UDOT it should be operational by the end of summer.
Kristy Heineman, a new employee to replace Elaine Waegner, was unanimously appointed as a deputy recorder for the city.
A new chair for the Ordinance Review Committee was unanimously appointed by the council. Mitch Haycock has been serving on the committee and is the new chair of the ORC.
The city lobbyist, Dave Nicponski, gave a report on the legislative session. He reported that one of the city's top priorities was to secure $4 million from the state for the Bus Rapid Transit project. Those funds will be coming to the city in the summer of 2013. HB 140 was an attempt to eliminate vehicle checkpoints. That was defeated. HB 249 dealt with our Good Landlord program. There was an attempt to eliminate that altogether, but it did not happen. Another bill, dealing with fireworks, was passed that allows residents to use fireworks from July 1-7 and July 21-27 from 11 am -11 pm (until midnight on the 4th and 24th). Billboard legislation would've taken away rights as a council to decide what could be put in the city. A billboard could be converted to electronic without the city's permission, but it failed. Nicponski congratulated Taylorsville on bringing Wayne Harper into the Taylorsville family. He said having Rep. Harper will be a very good thing for the city. He ended by stating that he is still trying to get more BRT money.
Linda Hardman, representing the Taylorsville Exchange Club, spoke about the Pinwheel Gardens which will be on display April 7 at City Hall (see previous post for details).
Kevyn Smeltzer, from Public Works, gave his quarterly report. He said they inventory roads every three years to see what needs to be done. If we do preventative maintenance every 5-7 years, it helps extend the life of the road. By doing a chip seal or slurry seal, it helps get by. Doing an overlay helps get the roads back to 100 percent.
Pam Roberts, from Sanitation, gave her quarterly report. She said the weekly recycling collection wasn't as high as they had hoped. Overall they are hoping for a 30 percent recycling increase. Over 59 percent of Taylorsville residents said they want curbside green waste pick up. They had 35 percent that said they would be willing to pay for it (approximately $4.50 per month).
The city received an economic development grant from the Economic Development Corporation of Utah in the amount of $2,000. It is a 50/50 match grant and will be used to do some marketing videos to highlight the city for economic development. It was accepted unanimously by the council.
A resolution to approve an interlocal agreement with Jordan Valley Water district to exchange property located at 3200 W. 6200 S. and grant the district an easement for ingress and egress to its facilities, allow storm drain water draining, and construction of curb, gutter, and sidewalk and other improvements. It was approved by all council members.