GARBAGE PICK UP DATE CHANGE
Garbage/Recycling collection day the week of Christmas and New Year’s will be moved to Friday. Please mark your calendars for pick up on December 28 and January 4.
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL SERVICE
During the month of January, you can leave your live Christmas tree on your curb for free pick up on any collection day - Jan. 4, 10, 17, 24 or 31. Please make sure the tree is bare of ornaments, flocking, tree stands, lights, etc.
ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSE TO RECEIVING “NO KILL” STATUS
In Mayor Russ Wall’s State of the City address this year, he urged the WVC/Taylorsville Animal Shelter to achieve a “no-kill” status by 2015. Thanks to help from Best Friends Animal Society, the shelter has gone from saving approximately 58 percent of the animals to over 82 percent. A 90 percent save rate would merit the shelter a “no-kill” status (shelters typically euthanize 10 percent of animals who are extremely aggressive, sick or badly injured). The partnership with Best Friends Animal Society involves a variety of programs intended to increase save rates. Adoption promotions, spay/neuter assistance, feral cat TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs and continued community engagement initiatives focusing on spaying and neutering, microchipping and licensing, adoption and responsible ownership are expected to further increase save rates. “We are thrilled with this progress and appreciate all those who have worked hard to make it happen,” said Mayor Russ Wall.
4100 SOUTH BLOCK WALL PROJECT
To aid in the safety of residents and to help with beautification, a block wall is being built along 4100 South just east of Redwood Road. The wall is moving along quickly and will be completed by the end of the year.
5400 SOUTH FLEX LANES UPDATE
To help motorists see the intersection signals better, UDOT has turned off the last two green flex lane lights before and after the intersections. They will also be dimming the flex lane lights so there is better differentiation between those lights and the traffic signals.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPEN HOUSE
On December 11, Mayor Wall and the city’s Economic Development Committee hosted the annual Economic Development Holiday Open House. This open house had information for residents, businesses, developers, and other interested parties on projects going on in the city and potential redevelopment areas. If you would like to see this information, please visit the city’s website at taylorsvilleut.gov.
COUNCIL APPROVES MID-YEAR BUDGET
During the mid-year budget review, the council unanimously voted to approve the mid-year budget adjustments, including a $1.3 million reduction of the city’s fund balance (savings account) to cover the $1.9 million shortfall caused by not joining the Fire District. The council postponed several studies and capital projects - including bike lanes and traffic safety projects, but found that the operational budget was extremely lean and decided that taking funds out of the fund balance was the most responsible option.