Thursday, January 3, 2013

City Council Update 1/2/13


Mayor Wall gave his final Mayor's Report at the City Council meeting. He said, "I leave this position with mixed feelings. It has been a good ride."

Wall also mentioned that he has "worked with city council members whom I agree with on many things and some that I agreed with on very few things. I do believe that all of them were looking out for the best interests of the city."

Here is a list of items that the city has accomplished during Mayor Wall's service as mayor:


  • 7.5 million dollars in storm drain improvements
  • 1300 West road reconstruction and bank stabilization
  • 2 Pedestrian overpasses at elementary schools
  • 6200 South Redwood Road Continuous flow project
  • UTA Bus Rapid Transit environmental and engineering entitlements and costs
  • Complete modification of the City Development Code
  • Good Landlord policy
  • Funding and construction of Veterans Memorial
  • Beautification Projects - I-215, 5400 South Walls, 4100 South Walls
  • Partnership with West Valley City on new Animal Shelter
  • Commitment to make shelter "no-kill" by 2015
  • Full Partnership with Unified Police Department
  • Parks - acquired UDOT property park (no cost to city), acquired Labrum Park (no cost to city), started improvements at Labrum Park
  • New baseball fields on 2200 West
  • Millrace Bass Pond construction
  • Jordan River Cleanups
  • Canal/ Bike paths from Senior Center to Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center
  • Privatized the City Engineer 
  • Sidewalk construction
  • Landscaping services
  • Expanded Food Pantry
  • Partnership with YMCA/ Granite School District to build Community Center
  • Created Economic Development "Dream Team"
  • Hired additional economic development professional
  • Added two code enforcement officers- Made them part of the PD for better enforcement
  • Added communications director
  • Re-branded the city with a new logo


Other city business:

Monnica Manuel was appointed as the Chair of the Ordinance Review Committee.

The process to choose the new mayor is based on a state statute and cannot be changed. The statute says the city council will be voting to fill the vacancy. The law also says the council cannot have a closed meeting to determine this, and all discussions and votes must be done in public.

A letter to the candidates will be emailed to them and is on the city website. This letter outlines exactly what will happen at the council meeting on January 9th. Click here to read the letter.

The last item on the agenda was to elect a new council chair and vice-chair to serve for 2013. Dama Barbour was elected chair and Kristie Overson was elected vice-chair.

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