Monday, November 25, 2013

Farewell To Our Council Coordinator, Jessica Springer

By the Taylorsville City Council

Jessica Springer with the Youth Council
As City Council members we have one employee who takes care of our council needs. Jessica Springer is our City Council Coordinator and recently received a job offer in Washington DC. We will miss her bright smile at council meetings and wanted to give her a proper farewell in this month’s Council Corner.

Jessica handles all council administrative matters. She is always willing to help us and her great customer service skills have been invaluable. She oversees our Youth Ambassadors and Youth Council. She is a great example to these youth leaders and will be greatly missed!

Besides these duties, Jessica is also a deputy recorder for the city and handles proper processes and recording of our meetings when the city recorder is not available. She puts together the City Council agendas and packets to make sure our meetings run smoothly.

We want to tell Jessica how much we appreciate her and will miss her as she moves on to bigger and better things in Washington D.C.!

Your City Council Members,

Ernest Burgess (District 1), Kristie Overson (District 2), Brad Christopherson (District 3), Dama Barbour (District 4) and Larry Johnson (District 5)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

City Council Summary 11/20/13

At the City Council meeting Ruth Jacobsen presented 12 stuffed animals to the police department.

Board Appointments
Council members forwarded the names of Gary Swensen and Russ Wall to the Governor for consideration on the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Board.

UPD Presentations
Police Chief Tracy Wyant gave an award to Texas Roadhouse for their support of the precinct's breast cancer fundraising efforts. Texas Roadhouse and restaurant manager, Maci, were recognized for their efforts in supporting the city and this cause.

Chief Wyant presented Officer of the Month awards. Officer Jonathan Bushnell was recognized for his exemplary work ethic and attention to duty. He is proactive in patrol with continued arrests. He was able to gain confession from a driver who was in possession of narcotics. We appreciate Officer Bushnell for his efforts!

Officer of the month for September is Officer Orin Neal. He has earned a reputation as a steadfast patrol officer. He recently took a phone report of a Taylorsville business. Neal was able to search UPD databases to find the suspect and gained a full confession and multiple stolen items. He has the highest number of DUI arrests in the Taylorsville precinct.

City Has Clean Audit!
The 2012-2013 city audit was completed and the city received high marks for payroll controls, payment of goods to vendors, receiving of cash payments, etc., with no discrepancies. All state laws have been complied with. Auditors said they love working with Taylorsville. "Residents can sleep well. There seems to be no problems and the city is well managed," according to one of the auditors. Congratulations to Taylorsville CFO Scott Harrington, his staff, and department directors for their hard work to earn a clean audit! Councilmember Christopherson also gave a shout-out to our Budget Committee volunteers for their hard work.

Fire District Update
City Administrator John Inch Morgan gave an update on the move to the Unified Fire Service Area. Beginning in January, the Fire District will fund our services as we continue to receive services from Unified Fire Authority (UFA). UFSA is already looking at purchasing property to start building the new fire station. City Council members confirmed their desire to lower the city property taxes 50 percent next year.

Sanitation Fee Increase
A proposed fee increase was discussed for Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District. Although the District is a separate entity, by law the governing bodies within the District have to approve budget proposals. Taylorsville is one of six entities that is part of Wasatch Front Waste. The council passed this unanimously.

Economic Development Bond Passes
The City Council unanimously voted on a bond for economic development purposes, not to exceed $4,350,000. This bond will be used at Plaza 5400 on 5400 South Redwood Road.

Monday, November 18, 2013

60 Recycling Tips

As we see an increase in the landfill tipping fees, let's make a more concerted effort to recycle! It doesn't cost anything for a second recycling can, so call Wasatch Front Waste if you need one - 385-468-6325. You don't need to rinse out food containers, so recycling is easier than ever!

A new green waste subscription program begins next spring, for those who want a green vented can and weekly pick-up for yard waste. Email

·       Envelopes with plastic windows are recyclable
·       Recycling paper takes 60% less energy than making paper form raw materials. It also creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
·       Cardboard and paper waste makes up 41% of the municipal solid waste stream. All of that could have been recycled!
·       What paper cannot be recycled? Trick question... all paper can be recycled!
·       Paper towels are recyclable, as long as they are not wet or soiled. Basically, if there is a mess on the paper towel, that will in turn mess up the paper in the blue recycling can. Only lightly used and dry paper towels should be recycled.
·       Wet newspaper cannot be recycled.
·       Do you hate junk mail? Good news... you can recycle it! However, no scent strips or plastic cards, please.
·       Do you live in an apartment complex and have central mail box? Place a recycling bin at the mail box and voilĂ , all that junk mail is recycled with no hassle! Your neighbors will thank you!
·       Can you recycle hardback books? Yes, you can. Also, see if the local library needs donations.
·       Can I recycle magazines and books, even if the spines are bound by glue? Yes, you can!

·       Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Instead, use a metal or other reusable water bottle. This will also save you money!
·       Only about 25% of the plastic produced in the U.S. is recycled. If we recycled the other 75%, we could save 1 billion gallons of oil. That could have been very useful last time you filled up your car.
·       A plastic bottle of drinking water contains on average 4 cents worth of water. Use a metal or other reusable water bottle and stop being overcharged.
·       By using reusable drink containers, an average person can eliminate the need for 100 disposable bottles per year. That’s a lot of money you could be saving!
·       How do I know if a plastic item is recyclable? Look for a number, 1-7, within a recycling triangle. If it has a number, it is recyclable.
·       Is Styrofoam recyclable? Yes, as long as it is clean without food waste

·       Plastic films, such as tarps or plastic wrap, are not recyclable. Although they may be made of recyclable material, these things get caught in the machinery that process materials for recycling.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

City Council Work Session 11/13/13

The City Council meeting began with a report from Wasatch Front Waste Executive Director Pam Roberts. She informed the council of a $2 per month increase for sanitation services next year. Here are some slides from her report:

The City Council and Planning Commission examined a proposed trail system throughout the city to connect parks and open space.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Taylorsville Loves Veterans!

Today Taylorsville City and the United Veterans Council hosted the Veterans Day Parade and Program.

At 11 a.m. the parade began at the Rec Center. Special thanks to Brian Mullahy and Don Hudson who were the parade announcers.

We loved this second grade class from Vista Elementary who walked over to watch the parade. They chanted, "U.S.A." while the veterans walked past them.

Following the parade, a program was held at the Veterans Memorial on the south side of City Hall.

Congressman Jim Matheson spoke about his appreciation for veterans.

The Taylorsville High School Band, led by Doc Jensen, performed a medley of patriotic songs.

Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach presented our grand marshals with a commemorative flag.

Mayor Rechtenbach honored those who served in each branch.

What a wonderful tribute to our veterans and what a beautiful day! Thanks to the Veterans Day Committee for all their hard work, and thanks to veterans everywhere for their sacrifice!

Fun media coverage:

Salt Lake Tribune story

Deseret News story

TV Coverage:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

City Council Summary 11/6/13

The Taylorsville City Council meeting began with an election update by Council Chair Barbour: "Yesterday we had the municipal election and congratulations are in order to Councilmember Larry Johnson who is now Mayor-elect Johnson. Councilmember Brad Christopherson will continue to represent District 3, and I will still be representing District 4. We’d like to introduce our new councilmember-elect for District 5, Dan Armstrong. In addition to these seats, the annexation into the Unified Fire Service Area was approved by the voters. We will officially become part of the Fire District on January 1st."

Kendra Peterson from the Youth City Council reported on the recent Youth Council Bingo fundraiser for the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Council Coordinator Jessica Springer gave a report on proposed changes to the Volunteer Committee ordinance.

The city council approved an amendment to the land use and definition of glazing contractor in the Taylorsville Land Development code, and zoning map amendments at 2192 W. 5400 S. and 4840 S. 1250 W.

Changes were discussed to prohibit parking on the street overnight during winter months. This is so snowplows can plow the streets. If you have comments on this item, please email them to and they will be passed along to the elected officials.

The city newsletter was discussed. Currently the city purchases ad space from the Valley Journals for $1800 per month for the newsletter. The Taylorsville Kearns Journal was late last month, which created issues for advertising of events. Elected officials want to make sure the newsletter is timely and like supporting the newspaper because it saves money. (Cost to mail a newsletter to each resident would be over $6,000.) The publisher was at the meeting and said he was working to get financial issues resolved so they can publish on time.

During the council meeting the "Best of Taylorsville Award" was given for the best Halloween decorated house.

For the first time since the inception of the Best of Taylorsville award, which recognizes outstanding property care in the city, October will be dedicated to the residence or business with remarkable Halloween decor. And the inaugural winner is really something special.

Mike McKinnon, 2231 W. Tottenham Court Road (4520 South) has virtually re-faced his home for the freaky, creepy holiday. We won't tell you how he did it, but the effort was exhaustive and the illusion is stunning. With a vast array of strategically-placed Jack O'lanterns, gravestones, witches and string lighting, you can imagine why the McKinnon mansion is a favorite of neighbors and drive-by visitors.

Mike, his wife Rhonda and three sons, have created an unforgettable Halloween diorama nearly every one of the 17 years they've lived on Tottenham. Mike says he loves Halloween and enjoys kicking off the holiday season with something fun for the kids, even though the parents anticipate it even more. "If I can do just a little to lift someone's spirit then it's been worth it," said Mike.  And he really believes that.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Election Results are In!

Congratulations to Larry Johnson, Brad Christopherson, Dama Barbour and Daniel Armstrong. Residents voted in favor of the Unified Fire Service Area Annexation. (See below to find out what that means.) Thanks to all of you who ran for office!

Here are the results of the 2013 Taylorsville Election:

Number of Precincts42
Precincts Reporting42100.0 %
Times Counted5736/2459523.3 %
Total Votes5683

Write-in Votes340.60%

Number of Precincts11
Precincts Reporting11100.0 %
Times Counted1316/527425.0 %
Total Votes939

Write-in Votes101.06%

Number of Precincts10
Precincts Reporting10100.0 %
Times Counted1032/518419.9 %
Total Votes961

*WENDI WENGEL11211.65%
Write-in Votes28229.34%

Number of Precincts8
Precincts Reporting8100.0 %
Times Counted1312/531024.7 %
Total Votes1281

KEN ACKER58945.98%
Write-in Votes50.39%

Number of Precincts42
Precincts Reporting42100.0 %
Times Counted5736/2459523.3 %
Total Votes5527


To clarify the annexation into the Unified Fire Service Area... We will have the same firefighters/emergency medical professionals as we currently have. The Firefighters will not receive any additional income or benefits as a result of this vote.

If Residents Vote to Join UFSA                                                                     
·         UFSA purchases property and reconstructs fire station 117 in Taylorsville;
·         UFA will increase staffing in Taylorsville to the recommended levels;
·         City Council determines how far to reduce the City’s property tax rate to offset for not having to collect taxes for fire service.  Last year the Council passed a resolution to reduce the City’s rate by 50%; the current Council will make that decision;
·         By joining the UFSA, the combined tax rates of the service area and the City would amount to a $7.50 a month increase on the average home, assuming a 50% reduction in Taylorsville’s rate;
·         UFSA will collect property taxes to pay for fire/emergency medical services;
·         The City will have a representative on the UFA Board, and on the UFSA Board.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Burglary Prevention by Unified Police Department

Stop Home & Business Burglaries -- Don't Tempt a Thief!
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.  Even if it is for a short period of time, lock your doors and windows.
  • Fact:  Most Residential Burglaries occur between 10:00am and 5:00pm.
  • Leave lights on when you go out.  If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps with automatic timers to turn on in the evening and off during the day.  Also you can notify the Unified Police Department Taylorsville Precinct to request a property check while you are away.  (385-468-9435)
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked at all times!
  • Do not leave lawn mowers or other easily stolen yard items in plain view.
·       Secure vacant rental or foreclosure properties from air conditioning and copper thefts by using a padlock and chain security device or by caging in the unit so thieves cannot reach the valuable metal.
·       Do not allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers build up while you are away.  Arrange with the United States Postal Service to hold your mail or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick them up regularly. (
·       Arrange for your lawn to be mowed or your snow to be removed by a trusted individual while you are gone for an extended period of time.
·       Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them if necessary.
·       Push button locks on doorknobs to exterior doors are easy for burglars to open.  Replace them with deadbolt locks.
·       Sliding glass doors are vulnerable.  Special locks are available for better security.  Check with your local home improvement store for assistance.

Auto Theft & Burglary Prevention
Stop Auto Theft and Burglaries -- Don't Tempt a Thief!
FACT:  A car is stolen approximately every 25 seconds somewhere in the U.S.
FACT:  Most of these crimes are preventable!
Some criminals can take your car in less than 2 minutes.  You can use an anti-theft device to make your car less appealing to a thief.  Most of those devices cost less than the insurance deductible paid out if their car is stolen and there are discounts offered for using them.         
Late Model Honda’s and Saturn’s are some of the most stolen cars in Utah!

Vehicle Theft & Burglary Prevention Tips

  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Close all windows, lock all doors, and take the vehicle keys with you.  Over 25% of stolen vehicles had the keys in the car - most with the engine running!
  • Do not leave anything of value in plain view.  IF IT CAN BE SEEN IT CAN BE STOLEN!
  • Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on or near your car.
  • Never leave your car running.  Even if you'll only be gone for a minute.
  • Don't become complacent because you drive an older model car.  Older cars are often stripped for parts that are sold for two or three times the value of the vehicle.