Thursday, July 11, 2013

Council Summary 7/10/13

The Mayor's Report included information on the Bennion Park playground. Mayor Rechtenbach also reminded residents of the annual neighborhood clean-up dumpsters. To find out when the dumpster will be in your neighborhood, please go to Wasatch Front Waste's website and fill out the form at the top of the page asking, "Which days are we in your neighborhood?" Lastly, the Mayor commended those involved with Taylorsville Dayzz for all their hard work. We estimate 20,000 attended Saturday night's festivities. Fireworks at Taylorsville Dayzz are not funded using taxpayer dollars, but are funded each year by sponsors. (Les Schwab, Walmart, and other businesses and individuals)

Chief Tracy Wyant gave a quarterly report highlighting that calls for service have dropped 4.3 percent versus this same time last year. 

Officer Nathan Beckstead gave a quarterly report on the West Valley/Taylorsville Animal Shelter and our animal services contract with West Valley City. They have lowered euthanasia significantly, and their plan is to do more community education and training. 

Kevyn Smeltzer from Salt Lake County Public Works gave his quarterly report. He spoke about reflectivity requirements for street signs and their plan to transition our street signs to meet those requrements. We have 1,405 highway signs, 1,147 street markers, and there are 75 left to do over the next year.

Fire District Report
Janice Auger Rasmussen, chair of the ad-hoc committee to study fire services, kicked off the presentation. The committee spent between 500-600 hours to study this issue. Their charge was to study this issue, put biases aside, gather data, and provide voters with the pros and cons of joining the Fire District. This issue is on the November ballot.

Taylorsville averages 3,945 per year with fire and medical calls. Of those calls, about 15 percent are fire calls and 85 percent are medical calls. Of those fire calls, 55% are false alarms, 12% are assistance, 15% are actual fires, 10% are potential fires, and the other 7% is medical, police/accident, lock in/outs. This exhibit references how firefighters do more than fight fires and the cost to drive both an engine and ambulance to medical calls.

For the powerpoint presentation that shows data on our fire and medical calls, please see this webpage. (If the presentation is not on the site yet, check back later.)

The Fire District is a taxing entity that funds fire services. See this exhibit for a list of cities who belong to the Fire District.

The committee said it is cheaper to build our own fire station than to have a station built by the Fire District. See this exhibit for data.

This exhibit shows what Taylorsville has paid to UFA for the past eight years and compares that number to the cost to belong to the Fire District over that same period of time.

The committee lists reasons other cities said they have not join the Fire District.

West Jordan's alternate response vehicle proposal was referenced as a possible alternative to save money on sending fire engines to all medical calls.

To read arguments for and against joining the Fire District, see this webpage.

To read arguments for and against contracting with UFA for fire services, see this webpage.

To read arguments for and against creating an independent fire department, see this webpage.

The committee created a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which can be viewed here.

For more information on the committee report, you can visit

Special thanks to the 10 member committee who spent so much time to get all this information:
Janice Auger Rasmussen, Jerry Fullmer, Tifanie Pulley, Blaine Awerkamp, Justin Perkins, Jim Haslam, Wendi Wengel, Talmage Pond, Wes Fulton, and Brent Garside.

Unified Fire plans to respond to this information next month at a city council meeting.

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