Monday, September 30, 2013

CERT Teams Train for Emergency Response

Last Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, the Taylorsville Senior Center turned into a building with a 7.0 earthquake and mass casualties. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from over 15 Utah jurisdictions participated in the 2013 Multi-CERT Event and practiced their disaster response skills.

This exercise provided each CERT member to have hands-on training and simulated disaster experience in three areas: Search & Triage, Rescue & Transport, and Disaster Medical Training.

Participants had to use their best acting skills to simulate injured victims.

Teams also practiced inter-operations with other response groups such as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The Salt Lake County MRC has been integrating into the exercise and will be receiving rescued patients from the CERT teams.

Here is the cultural hall of the Senior Center - it looks like a cyclone hit it! (Or an earthquake!!)

This event was planned over a five month period by a multi-jurisdictional committee and was hosted by Taylorsville City.

Participating teams and organizations include: Taylorsville, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, Judge Memorial, Lehi, Murray, Pleasant Grove, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake County, Sandy, Saratoga Springs, South Salt Lake, Stansbury Park, Unified Fire Authority, West Valley City, Brothers Grimm, SL County MRC, LDS Church, Southern Baptist Church, and the Utah Division of Emergency Management.

The LDS Church donated food for participants and the Southern Baptist Church prepared it.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT members assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available.

If you would like more information or to get involved in CERT, please contact Lisa Schwartz at

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Open Streets" Concept Encourages Healthy Communities

Another Utah city has taken the Open Streets plunge, with Taylorsville joining Salt Lake City as streets are returned to people in a community event. On September 28th, from 11 am to 4 pm, 2700 West between 4900 and 5400 South will be closed to motorized vehicles to provide an opportunity for people to explore their community safely.

Open streets are not a new concept, events such as these happen all over the world as a way for communities to connect with each other.  In Bogota, Columbia, over 20 miles of roads including highways are closed each week to permit residents the opportunity to explore their city on foot or by bicycle.  From San Diego to Washington, D.C., more cities are seeing the benefits of providing a place for communities to gather together to ride, dance, and talk, strengthening social connections. 

Taylorsville is a prime location to hold an Open Streets event. Located in the center of the valley, Taylorsville is often seen as a pass-through community where commuters spend a lot of time on their way somewhere else. Because of the high traffic volume a significant amount of money and effort has been placed by UDOT in developing roadways to accommodate vehicles. A recent shift has been underway to provide more options for pedestrians and cyclists. A good example of this is 2700 West, a designated bicycle route North/South through the city that has been recently painted and signed for bicycles. This route connects Taylorsville to West Jordan and West Valley City, and provides a safe connection to those seeking to incorporate more active transportation as part of their day. 

What can you expect at Taylorsville’s Open Streets event? A stretch of wide-open road where bikes, rollerblades, and scooters can freely ride. Zumba, soccer, and slack-lining will be available to try. Music listening and music making will take place among market vendors and tasty lunch options. 

Entertainment will vary through the day so be prepared to play!

Taylorsville has hosted a number of events that promote healthy communities through unique approaches such as the Taylorsville Urban Iditarod, bringing people back to the streets under their own power.  An added benefit of events such as these is bringing the community together in a safe and entertaining environment to support social cohesiveness. 

Come visit our Open Streets event and see why Taylorsville is a great place for people to live, work, and play.  

To find out more about the Open Streets concept, or Ciclovia, see this article.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Historical Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center Gets Ready for Museum Day

By Ariel Maikowski

Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center is a museum like no other. It deals with everything in the community. It is filled with the community’s historical artifacts, and is completely staffed by our city residents. They volunteer their time to collect historical artifacts, and information to help preserve our city’s proud history.

The home itself was built in 1906 for Thomas and Jennie Bennion Gerrard. The home later belonged to the Jones Family, who was a family of 11 that took care of their home and the farm that covered miles of land at the time. Now it is our Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center, and is decorated to show the public what a home would look like in the early 1900s. Its collections include aspects on cultural, family, and agricultural life.

Here you can see the historic home, a one-room schoolhouse, farm animals, a blacksmith shop, a garage filled with all sorts of different antiques, and the Taylorsville Community Garden. You can also see furniture and antiques that were popular in the early 1900s. The fireplace, bathtub, and the master bedroom's dresser are the only artifacts inside the museum that are the original pieces of the house. The museum is always improving and adding new exhibits. Right now they are working on a carpentry corner that will be up soon.

The Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center is also getting ready to participate for the Smithsonian’s national event Museum Day.  Museum Day is this Saturday (September 28), from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge.

"We are pleased to be participating in Museum Day again this year,” says Historic Preservation Committee Chair Joan White.  “We look forward to having visitors who have not been to our museum before, and to welcoming those who have visited before and are returning to see what's new."

Bring your family on Saturday and tour the amazing museum located at 1488 W. 4800 S.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

City Council 9/18/13

The City Council heard a report from Salt Lake County Firefighters Local 1696. Cliff Burningham spoke about the duties of a firefighter. He said that they respond to medical emergencies, fire, traffic accidents, flooding, and other emergencies.

Other community activities that firefighters participate in include: adopt-a-school, grade school fire safety education, UFA fire safety trailer, CERT courses, fire station tours, talk and demos, ride alongs, CPR, first aid and merit badge education. They also participate in community events such as Taylorsville Dayzz, fire hydrant inspections, blood pressure and wellness checks for senior citizens, business fire safety inspections, daily equipment check offs, cleaning the station, medical and fire training, station laundry, station yard work, and preparing meals.

Data shows Taylorsville is the most densely populated city in Utah and has approximately 400 calls per month, 11-13 calls per day.

To save the life of a critical medical patient:
Paramedic A - Patient care
Paramedic B - Airway Management
Firefighter - Patient care assistant
Engineer - Equipment and patient care
Captain - Safety and charting

For first alarm residential structure fire:
Fire Engine 1 - Initial incident command, pump attack lines
Fire Engine 2 - Water supply, fire attack
Ladder truck - Ventilation, access, utilities, rescue, ladders
Fire Engine 3 - Fire attack and search
Heavy rescue - Rapid intervention crew
Medic ambulance - Medical care
Battalion Chief - Incident command

Burningham said that they believe Taylorsville needs to increase fire and EMS services because twice a day, every day, other crews respond into Taylorsville to help.

Their recommendation is to have one additional fire company to handle call overlap in Taylorsville. Neither of the existing fire stations can house an additional fire company, including needed response vehicles or staff. Fire station #117 on Redwood Road is aging, obsolete, unsafe and must be replaced.

They believe this could be funded by joining the Fire District, which would increase the number of personnel on duty starting January 2014. It would replace station #117 immediately.

Currently UFA is modifying response models for better efficiency. They are exploring opportunities for community medic programs and looking for ways to be more innovative.

Burningham said that Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore from Cottonwood Heights said if he was in Taylorsville's shoes, and if Taylorsville does need to add additional staffing, he thinks joining the Fire District would be the best option.

Burningham invited all residents to come tour fire stations and they can contact him at

Officer Richard Bullock received an award from UPD Taylorsville Chief Tracy Wyant. "His attention to detail as well as his attention to his duties is inspirational," said Wyant.

Louie Muniz also received an award in giving critical information which led to the arrest of a serial bank robber. "We are grateful for his attentiveness and willingness to share his insight, plus his decades of experience," said Wyant.

Chief Wyant gave his quarterly report. Four of the five city council districts saw a small increase in overall incidents for fourth quarter. District 3 was the only one which saw a decrease. Wyant said they are having great success with the bicycle patrols and have added three additional bicycles.

Detectives had information that a parole fugitive was staying at an Extended Stay. They were able to arrest 10 individuals for warrants and drug-related crimes.

Monday, September 16, 2013

“Taylorsville’s Got Talent” Wows the Judges with Amazing Talent

by Ariel Maikowski

“Taylorsville’s Got Talent” had their annual talent show on September 6, 2013 at Taylorsville High School.  Residents showed off their amazing talents to hopefully win the cash prize.  Contestants were divided up into three groups:  Youth (age 15 and under), Junior (age 16-25), and Adult (age 26 and older).

The wonderful Mistress of Ceremony was Wendy Dahl-Smedshammer.  She kept the audience engaged with her witty charm and sense of humor.  The judges were James Crane, Rebecca Schreiner, and Adam Larson.  These three judges had the hardest job of deciding who would win in each category.  The talent was just that great this year!

All of the contestants performed some sort of musical talent.  Most sang songs, and a couple played instruments.  To start the show off right, there was a special performance by the Mayor and Council Members.  They sang “I’ve Been Working for the City,” which was written and accompanied by Council Member Kristie Overson.  There were other special performances throughout the show including Ms. Wendy’s Ensemble, and last year’s Adult winner, Dennis Sterling.  After watching all of the contestants and having the judge’s tally up their points, it was time to announce the winners.

The winners were:

            Youth – Sydney Livingston
            Junior – Amanda Mae Hancock
            Adult – Cassey Matern
                         Sarah McDonald

It was a surprise this year to not only have one Adult winner, but two! 

Each winner will be invited to perform at our 2014 Taylorsville Dayzz.  Make sure to come out and watch their performance.

A special thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially the Taylorsville Arts Council.  Also a special thank you to our sponsors:  Leatherby’s Family Creamery, and Great Harvest Bread Co.

Good job to all of our amazing, talented contestants.  We hope to see you again next year!

Here are the highlights on YouTube:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Taylorsville's Social Media

Taylorsville City uses social media to help disseminate information to residents and other interested parties. We also use social media to hear ideas from residents and to connect as a community.

One of the main things Taylorsville uses social media for is to put out information in case of a citywide disaster or emergency. We will specifically use Twitter and Facebook to notify residents of power outages, boil alerts, evacuations, emergency plans, closed roads, etc. Using social media is where mainstream media will also get their information, so it is a vital part of our emergency management.

If you have not yet "liked" our Taylorsville City Hall page, please visit us at On Twitter you can follow us @TvilleUT.

The city has a Flickr account for photo sharing and a YouTube channel to share videos.

The city has also reserved names for Google Plus and Pinterest, but we are not yet actively posting to those sites.

We welcome ideas from residents on things they would like to see on our social media! Please email Aimee Newton at if you have suggestions.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Slurry Seals on Taylorsville Roads

 Throughout the city, many streets are receiving a slurry seal. Some residents have asked us why we are repaving a perfectly good street, so we thought it would be good to explain why we take the preventative measures that we do.

Roads are our largest asset in the city. Elected officials and staff feel strongly that roads need to be well-maintained. No one likes potholes, and the less you maintain roads, the more expensive they become later on. We contract with Salt Lake County Public Works to provide our road maintenance.

A slurry seal is a thin maintenance treatment. It is a mixture of asphalt emulsion, graded aggregates, mineral filler, water and additives. When placed on the pavement surface the mixture breaks and cures creating a new wearing surface.

Doing a slurry seal extends the life of the road and is the most cost effective way to maintain our roadways. It minimizes oxidation and aging, reduces water infiltration, provides skid resistance, improves aesthetics, and corrects raveling and weathering.

Slurry seals last about five years, so a small percentage of the city's roads will be done this year. If your road is going to be done, you will receive a flyer on your home detailing the specifics. For other questions, please don't hesitate to call City Hall at 801-963-5400.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Council summary 9/4/13

Mayor Rechtenbach read the following Proclamation:

WHEREAS, Airman Basic Jackson J. Stumph was raised in Taylorsville, Utah, and attended Taylorsville schools; and

WHEREAS, Airman Basic Jackson J. Stumph is enlisted in the United States Air Force and is a member of the 737th Training Group located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; and

WHEREAS, Air Force Basic Military Training is a life-changing event both to the Airman and their families.  Ordinary American citizens transform to extraordinary Airman, ready to serve our grateful nation in the United States Air Force; and

WHEREAS, Airman Basic Jackson J. Stumph graduated first in his class of 531 recruits in the United States Air Force on June 20, 2013. 

NOW THEREFORE, the Mayor and City Council of Taylorsville, on behalf of the 61,000 citizens of Taylorsville, we proclaim our recognition to Airman Basic Jackson J. Stumph for his outstanding achievement and his commitment to excellence.

The Taylorsville Youth Council Chair Jasey Wyatt gave a report. The Youth Council is looking for additional members. Students in 9th-12th grade who live in Taylorsville or attend a Taylorsville school are invited to apply. For more info please visit the city's website contact

Public Safety Chair Peggy Sadler gave a presentation on the Night Out Against Crime. She said KSL and ABC 4 covered Taylorsville for this event, and although she would've liked to see a better turnout, it was a great event. About 80 people attended. UPD had a K-9 demonstration and UFA did a burn pan demonstration where people were able to use an extinguisher to put out the fire. Our police detectives gave tips on how to make neighborhoods safer. Free hot dogs and chips were provided by Harmons and the Taylorsville-Bennion Lions Club.

Fire Battalion Chief Jay Ziolkowski presented his quarterly report. He began by honoring Draper Sgt. Derek Johnson. He said that our police officers protect not only the public, but also the firefighters.

Here are some slides from his report:

Ziolkowski pointed out in the slide above that Stations 117 and 118 respond to calls outside the city one time for every six times that other stations respond within the city. Since Taylorsville only pays for staffing at stations 117 and 118, we are importing more services than we are exporting.

Mayor Rechtenbach mentioned that with the death of Sgt. Derek Johnson, even though Draper is not a member of UPD, Unified Police Department stepped up and covered all the shifts for the Draper PD for this entire week.

The City Council approved a motion changing an ordinance on Food Trucks/Catering Trucks. They approved an Emergency Management grant to help with emergency training. They extended a contract to provide bailiff and security services. They changed the ordinance to allow the municipal judges to determine the presiding judge instead of the mayor choosing it.

Councilmember Kristie Overson proposed that the council look at supporting a mail-only election for the next municipal election in two years. The council will be discussing this at a future meeting.