Monday, February 27, 2012

Zip Code and 1300 West Updates

Zip Code Update:
Have you been frustrated as we've changed zip codes? We all have! It's not easy making address changes and it's been an interesting process, to say the least. We are hoping this year to see more businesses recognize the 84129 zip code in their systems. Just a reminder that you can put "Taylorsville" or "Salt Lake City" as the city on your mail. (We'd prefer "Taylorsville.") You can use either zip code until July 1, and then the US Post Office will require 84129 with the correct city. 
As a city, we are seeing some great advantages to having our own zip code. First, we are able to more easily track sales tax revenue. That helps all taxpayers as the city receives these funds. Secondly, it has been easier to market the city for economic development and to apply for grants. When businesses look to move here, they pull demographic information by zip code. The new zip code more accurately represents Taylorsville's demographics, as the other zip codes crossed city boundaries.
As always, if you have questions about this issue or any others, please don't hesitate to call us at City Hall - 801-963-5400.  

Why is 1300 West still closed?
Last summer when we had the intense rainstorms and flooding, sections of the 1300 West roadway, between 5400 - 5550 South, failed and was closed. Because of erosion of the canal bank and utility lines under the road, a geotechnical study was done to help us determine the best way to repair it. We are now ready to start repair and the road is scheduled to be completed this spring. Thank you for your patience!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Farewell to the Lions Club Building at Taylorsville Park

Several weeks ago, the small building on the corner of 4700 South Redwood Road, was demolished. This building, often known as the Lions Club building, served the community for many years.

It began life in the early 1940's as part of the military base at Camp Kearns. After being moved to the Taylorsville park location, it was remodeled and refurbished many times. Countless family reunions, club meetings and community activities were held there. The Taylorsville Lions Club was instrumental in its existence. 

Keith Sorensen, a Taylorsville resident, was the architect for several of the remodeling projects. "I am proud that my father and grandfather, as charter members of the Taylorsville Lions Club, played a role in its history," said Sorensen. "It lived its life well as a key social gathering place in the community. Farewell to a bit of our history."
Taylorsville Park is owned by both the city and county. North of the Skate Park is owned by Salt Lake County, and south of the Skate Park is owned by Taylorsville City. Many years ago the city commissioned  a master plan for the park before the Senior Center was built. This plan shows a berm going along 4700 South and down Redwood Road.
According to the Salt Lake County Parks department, the Lions Club building was demolished because it was in such poor shape. Concerns for public safety put this demolition on the top of the list. The department said the plans call for landscaping and a berm in this area, and they also want to upgrade the playground equipment. Unfortunately money is tight and they said it may be several years before this project receives funding from Salt Lake County. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Update on City Council Meeting - Feb. 15, 2012

Deacon George Sluga, a resident of Taylorsville and a Deacon from St. Vincent's, gave a beautiful prayer to begin the meeting.

Citizen Comments
A resident of Misty Hills (area that is in the south-west corner of the city), spoke on the flooding issues in that area. She asked the council to fund the storm drain fix for that area.

An attorney from the Fraternal Order of Police came to talk about the employee appeals ordinance. He was concerned about the new ordinance leaning too heavily in the city's favor. Since he did not have more than two minutes to speak, the chair referred him to speak with the city attorney.

A resident addressed the council about campaign contribution limits throughout the nation. He believes the Supreme Court has not said that limits are not allowed. His comments were in reference to the proposed ordinance change that would remove campaign contribution limits.

Mayor's Report
Mayor Russ Wall proposed a proclamation to honor Japanese-American soldiers who served in World War II. He declared Feb. 18, 2012 as Congressional Gold Medal Day.

Mayor Wall also mentioned that he presented to the Senate Republican Caucus about funding the proposed Taylorsville-Murray Bus Rapid Transit line. He is hopeful that the Legislature will allocate the $4 million to study the project.

Several appointments to the Planning Commission took place - Israel Grossman, Dan Fazzini, and Curt Cochran. Cathy Jeffs, Lynn Mackay, and Lee Ellen Stevens were appointed to the Ordinance Review Committee.

The United Veterans Council presented Mayor Wall and the City of Taylorsville a "Citation of Appreciation" for their outstanding service and assistance in putting on the Veterans Parade and Program and supporting Veterans programs and activities.

Other Matters
The council unanimously granted an exception to the standards of roadway development for an Ivory Home development at 5455 S. Harker Ridge Lane. This exception is to locate a street closer than would otherwise be required by ordinance.

The council discussed items in the budget. A few of the hot topics included - funding the difference in the salaries for the three employees who were rolled back, and purchasing an industrial lawn mower versus contracting for lawn care services.

The council tabled the discussion on the employee appeals board to the next work session.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Taylorsville Brings Back Unique Shopping Cart Race

Promising to be the most fun you will ever have with a shopping cart, the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod is back for its second year on March 3. The race is a way to promote health, fun and economic development for the city and is hosted by the Leisure Activities, Recreation and Parks (LARP) and Healthy Taylorsville committees. 
“The concept of an Urban Iditarod isn't new, in fact it has been done around the country in places such as Portland and Chicago,” said Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall. Teams dress in costume and decorate carts as they negotiate a course around Taylorsville businesses, participating in challenges along the way.
Several Taylorsville businesses will be participating, which makes this a unique way to integrate residents and businesses. Each business will sponsor a challenge and get a chance to highlight their business. ‘Bout Time Pub and Grub and Leatherby’s Family Creamery are two such businesses who are excited to be involved. “We look forward to this event as a way to show off our business and support the community,” said Leatherby’s General Manager Chris Cooley. Race organizers are looking for other businesses to participate. 
"Anyone can do a bar crawl, but we wanted this to be something Taylorsville could be proud of, and really help organizations in our area," said Rhetta McIff, chair of the Taylorsville LARP Committee. Proceeds from the race will be donated to local groups for health-promoting activities such as the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. In many urban Iditarods, raising money or food for food pantries is a driving goal. "We really want people to have fun and help our community, too," said McIff.
The starting point of the race will be just south of FYE in the Taylorsville Family Center at 10 a.m.
Teams can register and find out more information at Registration is $40 per team, and teams are made up of five members.

Here are some photos of last year's participants. Look at how much fun they are having!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Council Update - Feb. 8, 2012

The council had a brief discussion about the proposed mid-year budget adjustments. They discussed $25,000 for lawn mowing equipment and would like to weigh if it's cheaper to pay for equipment or have a contractor do the service and provide their own.

The council also discussed police overtime for traffic enforcement. They want to make the streets safer and looked favorably on adding this into the mid-year budget.

They also discussed the fund balance and what these changes would take the balance down to.

In conjunction with the re-write of the Land Use Development Code, a new zoning map was proposed. The council had discussion on different zoning designations and use of property.

The council discussed changing the election ordinance. The city recorder recommended a new ordinance to change the existing ordinance about requirements for campaign contributions. At the last meeting, the city attorney recommended the council remove campaign donation limits in order to avoid potential legal action in the future. The council is planning to vote on these ordinance changes at a future council meeting.

Council chair Rechtenbach suggested requiring a petition with 100 signatures for candidates desiring to run for office in Taylorsville. Since the cost of primary elections is significant, he felt that might be a way to make sure candidates are serious about running.

Council member Burgess suggested candidates receive more education when they file to run for office. He thought it would be good for them to understand the cost of a primary. He also thought it would be good for candidates to understand about how much it could cost to run a campaign and how much time it would take.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Taylorsville Youth Council does a Freeze Mob

On Sat., Jan. 21, 2012 at 1:11 p.m., the Taylorsville Youth Council and other Taylorsville High School students did a Flash “freeze” Mob at Wal-Mart highlighting pedestrian safety in Taylorsville.

If you have never heard of a Flash Mob there are basically two types - a Dance or a Freeze.  It is where a group of people will go to a predetermined location and at the same exact minute everyone will either freeze or break out in a choreographed dance. About 50 students were involved.

"It went well and many people stopped and took cell phone photos and asked the kids afterwards about it," said Jessica Springer, city council coordinator and advisor to the Youth Council. "We will most likely do more of these in the future!"

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.