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.

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