Thursday, February 7, 2013

City Council Update 2/6/13

Mayor's Report
The Taylorsville City Council meeting began with a report from Mayor Rechtenbach. He reported that in the last UPD meeting Taylorsville was awarded additional funds for overtime for our officers. He also notified the council of Pastor Warren's Day of Service on March 9. Several community churches will be bringing volunteers to tackle city service projects. Rechtenbach also reported that Det. Scott Lloyd, will be receiving a Medal of Honor for valor from the Police Officer's Association convention, related to his actions that saved the life of a woman. Lastly, Rhetta McIff, a Taylorsville resident and city employee has won a Citizen Forester of the Year award, as she has been instrumental in obtaining trees and grants for the city and helping the city achieve Tree City USA status.

The council appointed Tyler Pearce as chair of the LARP committee and Howard Wilson as chair of the Arts Council.

Police Report
Police Chief Tracy Wyant gave his quarterly report about UPD matters in Taylorsville. In the past quarter the street crimes unit had nine search warrants, yielding 17 arrests, including one federal fugitive. Over $100,000 in U.S. currency was seized, as was 23 pounds of marijuana, two pounds of hashish, spice, Heroin, Meth and a firearm. Wyant said that SWAT had a record year in 2012 with 56 operations. Detectives worked countless hours on three major cases last quarter - an officer involved shooting at Workforce Services, a homicide when a man was stabbed by his stepson, and a suicide which occurred outside a local school.

Wyant recognized a team for their efforts in a police matter in December. Officers responded to a call involving an individual that was threatening to harm himself. The man retreated to the basement with a large kitchen knife. Officers formulated an action plan and were able to save the man. Those recognized were Dispatchers Bendixen and Sanders, Sgts Blanton and Allen, K9 Handler Barrett, Officers Durr, Colton, M. Mathews, Sanderson, and K. Mathews. The audience gave these professionals a standing ovation.

Sanitation Report
Pam Roberts, Executive Director for Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District, gave her quarterly report. The sanitation district's name changed to Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District. Residents will receive a bill in the mail rather than paying garbage/recycling fee with property taxes. Although fees will remain the same, Wasatch Front Waste is gearing up for great communication with residents and the cities they serve. The first bills will start going out next month. Residents can make one, two or six payments to cover the 2013 fee. Roberts reported that their customer satisfaction survey looks like it will be close to 98% satisfaction. She also said that glass recycling has gone up 300 percent over the past year.

Planning Matters
The council voted unanimously to uphold the Planning Commission's recommendation of denial for an amendment to property located at 4235 S. 2700 W. The request was to change the General Plan designation from professional office to medium density residential. 

Youth City Council
The City Council appointed the 2013 Youth Council. Youth Council members help with city events and participate in service projects for various organizations throughout the Salt Lake Valley, like the Walk for Autism and the Relay for Life Cancer Charity Walk event. During the holidays they give out Thanksgiving food boxes and Christmas gifts to families in need. Serving on the Youth Council also gives students an opportunity to learn about government and how to be effective community leaders. The 2013 Youth Council members include: Abigail Oligario, Adam Black, Andy Ho, Angelica Manuel, Aubree Newton, David Witt, Emmy Beck, Erin Penrose, Gabby Magallanes, Isabella Manuel, Janet Tran, Jasey Wyatt, Katie Clark, Kendra Peterson, Leticia Hansen, Marin McIff, McKenzie Miller, Nadine Edmunds, Sidnee Huff, Spencer Braithwaite, Taylor Moulton, and Tyler Newton. Youth Council members must be in 9th-12th grade and live in Taylorsville or attend a school in Taylorsville. They must have citizenship in good standing and a 2.5 minimum GPA. They also need two letters of recommendation.

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