Thursday, December 12, 2013

City Council 12/11/13 - Morgan Resigns

Taylorsville City Administrator John Inch Morgan
Taylorsville City Administrator John Inch Morgan announced at the 12/11/13 City Council meeting that he will be resigning in January. Morgan will be taking a job with VECC (Valley Emergency Communications Center) as the new executive director beginning January 13, 2014. He has been the Taylorsville City Administrator for 17 years.

"This is a great loss to the city," said Council Chair Dama Barbour. "John has been such an asset to the elected officials, staff, and residents of Taylorsville for the past 17 years."

Other items of interest in the council meeting included a discussion of the city's Design Consistency Manual. Planning Commissioners and City Council members had a discussion on this item from the 10-year Strategic Plan. The Design Consistency Manual, which will be a new element of the General Plan, was given $15,000 of funding in the 2013-2014 city budget. The proposed Design Consistency Manual is described as follows:
Develop a design consistency manual for all gateways, parks, trails, streetscapes, signage, etc. The design manual would create a design "branding" strategy and should address:

  • General design guidelines
  • Landscape
  • Maintenance
  • Fencing
  • Lighting
  • Materials
  • Specific Sites
  • City Buildings
  • Street Furnishings

The council briefly discussed a proposed ordinance change to ban overnight on-street parking from November to March. It is problematic for the city to enforce the current ordinance which says there is no parking in anticipation of a snow storm. (People can argue that they didn't know a storm was anticipated and the city can't track when they parked there.) If the ordinance bans all overnight on-street parking, then our police officers can better enforce it and it saves money on snow plowing because the plows can get through on the first try. If this ordinance passes, the city will make sure information is communicated to city residents so they understand the new ordinance.

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