Monday, July 30, 2012

Update on the WVC-Taylorsville Animal Shelter

Taylorsville contracts with West Valley City for animal services. Recently Best Friends Animal Society/No More Homeless Pets entered into an agreement with WVC to support the goal to become a no-kill animal shelter, which was also one of Mayor Wall’s goals in his 2012 State of the City address. 

Some of the things that this partnership will bring include marketing support for adoptions, mobile adoptions, free spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners, implementing a trap-neuter-return program, extended shelter operation times and Saturday shelter openings.
The goal is to achieve an 80 percent save rate for dogs and cats and to stabilize feral cat populations.
This joint venture is funded in large part by No More Homeless Pets, with contributions from West Valley City and Taylorsville City. 
The following are tips from the WVC/Taylorsville Animal Shelter to care for your animal when the temperatures are high:
  • Overheating (heat prostration) can kill an animal.  Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van quickly can become a furnace.  Parking in shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.  When traveling, carry a gallon thermos filled with fresh, cold water. 
  • Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside.  A properly constructed dog house serves best.  Bring your dog inside during the hot time of the day and let her/him rest in a cool part of the house.  Provide plenty of cool water.  Keep cats indoors.  
  • Be sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather.  Snub nosed dogs (especially bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston terrriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus) and those with heart or lung diseases should be kept in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.  
  • Keep a current license and identification (ID) tag on your animal and consider microchipping as a permanent identification.  
  • Avoid walking your dog in areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals, as poisonings increase during summer when gardens, lawns and trees are sprayed.  These chemicals can sicken or kill an animal.  Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, if you suspect that your animal has been poisoned.  
  • Be alert for coolant leaking from your vehicle.  Animals are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant and ingesting just a small amount can cause an animal’s death.  Try animal friendly products that use propylene glycol rather than those containing ethylene glycol.
  • Never tie an animal outside on a correction collar.  He can choke to death.  If you must tether him, use a buckle collar with ID tags instead (in all seasons).
  • Never let your animal loose outside.  An animal can contract a fatal disease, or be injured, killed or stolen.  Be sure there are no open, unscreened windows or doors through which your animal can fall or jump.   

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Economic Development Update

We are excited about some of the economic development prospects for the city. Conversations with business owners, developers, and retailers are happening more than ever. The hard thing about discussing economic development changes is the high level of confidentiality. The city cannot disclose names of businesses looking at Taylorsville or any in process until papers have been signed and permission has been granted by all parties involved.

We can discuss some of the infrastructure changes that are taking place. The first one is at the West Pointe Shopping Center at 5400 South Bangerter Highway (the old home to Kmart and Albertsons). We are putting a traffic signal to make it easier for traffic to enter and exit the center. We have been making arrangements with property owners and tenants and some of the preparatory work has already been done - acquiring property and removing two buildings. Construction on the signal will begin late 2012.

The signal alignment near Taylor's Landing at 4700 South 2700 West, is in its infancy. We've had great response from property owners and UDOT. We hope to have the signal realigned in 2013.

There are discussions with the owner of the Family Center to revitalize it. It's a very complex project. The developer and the city have spent hours figuring out how to renovate the center and make it something we can be proud of. Keep your fingers crossed. We expect to see more to come in 2013.

According to Taylorsville's Economic Development Director Donald Adams, "We've been working with restaurants and entertainment companies. There is great interest in Taylorsville, especially near 5400 South Redwood Road."

Both Adams and Wayne Harper have been on the hunt for good businesses to locate in our designated areas of concentration - 5400 South Redwood, 4100 South Redwood, 4800 South Redwood Road, 5400 South Bangerter Hwy, 6200 South Bangerter Hwy, 6200 South Redwood and 4700 South off I-215.

As soon as we can announce some of these new businesses and changes, we will!

If you are interested in more information and would like to view the May presentation given to the city council by Donald Adams, please click here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mayor's Message

By Mayor Russ Wall

I have been asked by many residents about the number of businesses that have been leaving our city. They ask why the businesses leave and what the effects are to the city.
Some of the businesses (K-Mart, Albertsons, Circuit City, etc.) left because of corporate downsizing as a result of the recession. The reason our stores were selected over others was that they were not performing as well as other stores in the chains. The performance is affected by Taylorsville residents not shopping in their Taylorsville stores.  
We are now faced with losing another large retail store. R.C. Willey recently announced that they would be closing their Taylorsville location. I met with the CEO to discuss the matter. He indicated to me that their data shows that Taylorsville residents tend to shop at their Murray store. If we do not shop at our Taylorsville stores, they will close. 
These closures greatly affect the city and you as a taxpayer. About one-third of the city's budget comes from sale tax revenues. If a person spends $100 in a retail store, 1 percent, or $1 of that expenditure comes back to the city. It may not seem like a lot but when you multiply that by the 19,000 families in Taylorsville, it adds up quickly.
The loss of a major retailer in the city can reduce the sale tax revenue by $300,000-$400,000. A loss of $400,000 in sales tax revenue would require a 10 percent increase in property tax to make up the difference. No one likes property tax increases but services like public safety and road maintenance need to be paid for and if we don’t have a strong business base, tax payers have to make up the difference.
The bottom line is to please shop at Taylorsville businesses. You will keep them healthy and also support our city's sales tax base rather than another city's. When we don’t shop in Taylorsville, it results in higher taxes.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good Samaritans in Taylorsville

A few weeks ago I was driving down 2700 West to City Hall from 6200 South. I had been noticing the weeds along 2700 West for several weeks and knew our budget for streetscape maintenance was depleted.

Imagine my surprise when on this particular day I saw this couple out cleaning up the weeds. I assumed they owned the home on the other side of the fence, but was grateful that the eye sore was gone.

I got into work and about 45 minutes later a resident, Dale Kehl, stopped in and found me. He said, "There's a couple down 2700 West who are working to clear the weeds. They don't own any of the adjacent homes, but are doing it to help the neighborhood look nicer."

I immediately jumped in my car and drove to the site. I found out that Peter and Tiffani Dean decided to help out their neighbors (and the rest of us) by spending the day clearing out the weeds. No one asked them to do it. They didn't wait to find out whose job it was. They saw a need and just did it.

We have other people in our city, like Dean Paynter, who also help clean up the streetscape on 2700 West. Again, he doesn't wait to be asked. He just does it. The Burnetts do a great job cleaning up between 5400-4700 South. We are lucky to have such great families here in Taylorsville!

They were there all day long! They cleared several blocks of weeds. It was amazing!

When I asked Tiffani why they did it, she said, "We could sit at home or come and clean up what needs to be done."

Next time you drive down 2700 West from 5400 South - 6200 South, take note of the cleaned up area and silently thank people like the Deans, Paynters, and Burnetts for their service.

Monday, July 16, 2012

"Annie" Coming Soon!

Wednesday night I found the cast of "Annie" rehearsing upstairs in our conference room. They sounded great! I'm excited to bring my family to see this show.

Wendy Dahl-Smedshammer, director of the show, leads the cast.

Arianna Bagley will be playing the part of Annie in the show.

Mark your calendars now for this excellent production!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Veterans Memorial at Taylorsville

Sat., June 30, 2012 was a monumental day in Taylorsville. After three years of collecting donations, the Veterans Memorial at Taylorsville was unveiled and dedicated.

 Deseret News story - "Taylorsville Honors Veterans with Memorial"


The Memorial includes flags representing each branch of the military.

Mayor Wall led the unveiling ceremony and remarks were made by General Peter Cooke and Congressman Jim Matheson.

The sculpture represents soldiers from different eras and their families.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Taylorsville Council Approves Police Chief

Tracy C. Wyant was approved by the Taylorsville City Council as the Chief of the Taylorsville UPD Precinct. 
After going through a hiring process that included a resume screening, hiring committee, and interview with the mayor and city administrator, Mayor Russ Wall selected Wyant to present to the council for consent. 
“Tracy is a hard worker. He was born and raised in Taylorsville and has spent his entire career in the Taylorsville area,” said Wall. “He’s worked in virtually every area of law enforcement in Taylorsville and is uniquely qualified to fill this position as we embark on our expanded partnership with UPD.”
Wyant has 15 years combined service in federal, state, and local law enforcement. He has managed personnel in patrol, investigations, specialty and administrative assignments. When the Taylorsville Police Department was absorbed into Unified Police Department, he was the Lieutenant and Division Commander of Patrol Operations. 
Wyant currently manages over 30 law enforcement officers and sergeants in the response, coordination and investigation of complex crimes and events throughout Taylorsville. In 2010 he was awarded Taylorsville’s Supervisor of the Year and the Taylorsville Exchange Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

"I am excited about the opportunity to move the new Taylorsville UPD precinct in a proactive direction,” Wyant said. “Being part of UPD will give us additional services and provide our officers additional opportunities and assignments.”
Wyant received an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration/Psychology from Columbia College in Salt Lake City. In his spare time he enjoys coaching basketball, as well as hunting and fishing.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Taylorsville Police Dogs Retire

At the Taylorsville City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the two K-9 dogs from the Taylorsville Police Department will be retired because of the department's change to Unified Police Department. 
Taylorsville's two Belgian Malinois dogs, "Joe" and "Hutch," have been working for the city for the past three to four years. Their supervisors, Officers Jeff Sanderson and Jake Elsasser are the handlers for the K-9 unit. 
"I'm going to miss the assignment," said Elsasser. "When you spend that much time with the dogs, you get attached."
The city council will be voting to surplus the K-9 equipment, which includes Joe and Hutch. The dogs will become pets for Sanderson and Elsasser. "Knowing he can be here with me where I can take care of him, is huge," said Sanderson.
Joe has been a police dog for Taylorsville for the past four years, and Hutch for three years. The breed is very prey-driven, which is why the dogs are so good at detecting narcotics. One night on a call Joe found five pounds of meth stowed inside the dash of a car. Even though the stash was wrapped in plastic, and covered with motor oil, mustard, and cayenne pepper, the dog was still able to recognize the scent. 
According to Sanderson, "The dogs can smell in layers." He likened it to humans who smell brownies baking. "It's like these dogs would smell each individual ingredient."
Hutch’s first find was a shooting suspect. The suspect took off on foot and Hutch was deployed. He found the suspect hiding a few blocks away in some bushes. “He led me right to him,” Elsasser said.
Sanderson said converting a police dog to a pet may be interesting, as Joe has never been able to sleep anywhere except his kennel. The Sandersons are excited to introduce Joe to their other dog and hope the two get along. "I am excited for my new responsibilities for UPD. It was a good move for the department," said Sanderson. "I am glad I have the opportunity to take care of Joe and make sure he is loved through his retirement."
According to Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall, UPD has its own K-9 unit which is why the dogs are being surplused. "Maintaining a K-9 unit is very expensive. This is one area where we save by going to UPD," said Wall. “We are grateful for the service these dogs have given residents of Taylorsville.”
The public will have an opportunity to show their appreciation to the dogs during the city council meeting on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. The dogs will be given a plaque for their community service and residents can greet the dogs in the lobby of City Hall following the presentation.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Taylorsville Dayzz!

July 1st marked the 16th anniversary of Taylorsville becoming a city. Taylorsville Dayzz is the city's birthday party and is fast becoming one of the best family-friendly parties in the state! Over 30,000 people attended the events this past weekend.

Thursday night the Utah Symphony and Wasatch Cannoneers performed. All of the concerts are free.

Carnival rides and booths added to the fun of the festivities.

Friday night the Taylorsville Symphony performed, as well as the Surf City Allstars. The audience enjoyed the performance celebrating the 50th year of the Beach Boys.

Saturday morning was the Lions Club Breakfast, 5K Fun Run, Parade, and Auto Show. Don't forget to check out the race results.

We've heard comments that the parade, hosted by the Taylorsville Exchange Club, was the best one yet! Here's a photo of our Taylorsville City float, celebrating veterans and their families.

Saturday night Jay White, sounding remarkably like Neil Diamond, performed many of Neil Diamond's classics. Nothing beats singing, "Sweet Caroline" with thousands of your neighbors and friends!

Four skydivers landed during intermission, the last one displaying the American Flag. It was a great event!

The evening ended with a fireworks show - choreographed to music. Sugarhouse used to have the valley's best fireworks show, but Taylorsville has now become known for the best fireworks show!

A very special thanks to Taylorsville Dayzz Chair Jim Dunnigan and Vice-Chair Steve Ashby for all their hard work! They have a committee that puts together Taylorsville Dayzz and then several hundred volunteers that work to pull off the fun event. THANK YOU to everyone who made this year's Taylorsville Dayzz possible!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Congrats to Taylorsville on our first set of bike lanes!

On Friday, June 29 at 7:30 a.m., elected officials and residents brought their bikes to the southern end of the city for a ribbon cutting. They were celebrating the first bike lanes ever to be striped in Taylorsville! 

The bike lanes start and end at 6600 South and 4100 South along 2700 West. 

Members of the LARP (Leisure Activities Recreation and Parks) committee and the Healthy Taylorsville Committee were there to support the bike ride. They were part of the driving force to get the bike lanes completed.

Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City joined Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall for the ride.

Here are some elected officials from Salt Lake City and Taylorsville -
Carlton Christensen, Dama Barbour, Mayor Becker, Mayor Wall, Ernest Burgess and Kristie Overson.

ChamberWest, Taylorsville's Chamber of Commerce had members there to help with the ribbon cutting. Costco was kind enough to provide water bottles and refreshments at the end of the ride.

Mayor Wall proudly and jokingly announced that he wanted to name the bike lane, "The Fazzini Expressway," after Taylorsville resident Dan Fazzini, Jr. helped urge the city to become more bike friendly. (Special thanks to Dan for letting us use his photos for this post.)

Wall hopes that West Jordan will continue the bike lanes down 2700 West to the south of the city, and that West Valley City will continue them to the north of the city.