Mayor's Message: Working Hard on Your Behalf

Riverton City Council at Mountain View VillageBy Mayor Trent Staggs

It’s been a busy 10 months here in Riverton this year. Our city government has been moving forward with projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live, work, and play. Given all that has happened, I thought it appropriate to recap the work that we’ve done and are doing on behalf of Riverton residents:

  • Created the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA) taxing district, saving Riverton property taxpayers nearly $700,000 this year in what would have been paid to the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) for law enforcement services
  • Established city’s strategic priorities and adopted vision and mission statements
  • Conducted a city-wide survey
  • Began operations of a re-established animal control department; saving the city well over $200,000 per year
  • Hired a new city manager, director of communications, and community outreach coordinator
  • Established a twice-monthly email newsletter, reaching over 9,000 people per month
  • Brought back the print newsletter and have recently began publishing it as part of the South Valley Journal six times per year
  • Adopted a new logo that represents both the community and city government
  • Launched the Riverton Connect mobile app for residents, with a “report a problem” feature
  • Opened the new Western Springs Park playground and splash pad
  • Participated in the opening of Phase 1 of Mountain View Village
  • Fought back on the Olympia Hills high-density housing proposal outside the city’s western border
  • Brought back the Town Days carnival
  • Finalized the connection of 4570 W from 12600 S to 13400 S
  • Began expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery, which will add nearly 1,000 new burial plots
  • Eliminated business licensing fees for commercial businesses
  • Conducted a financial analysis and feasibility study of law enforcement service for self-providing our own department vs. contracting with the Unified Police Department
  • Established citizen-led volunteer committees to advise city leaders in the areas of economic development, transportation, parks/recreation/trails, community events and emergency preparedness
  • Held a social media awareness event for parents; attracting over 1,500 attendees
  • Began work on City Hall frontage improvements
  • Grew social media audience by nearly 100% in effort to reach more residents with key information
  • Added an additional full-time police officer to Riverton middle schools
  • Added a Mayor’s Minute and LIVE with the Mayor segments to keep residents informed
  • Working to provide more self-service opportunities online (reservations, etc.)
As we continue to work to make life in our city better and make our city government more efficient and effective, we want your feedback and your input. I know for a fact each city council member, and myself, value your feedback very much, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Our city’s future is bright.

This message was originally publishd in the November/December 2018 newsletter as part of the South Valley Journal.

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Councilmembers Brent Johnson, Tricia Tingey, Tish Buroker, Sheldon Stewart, and Mayor Trent Staggs at the Mountain View Village grand opening in June.
Not pictured: Councilmember Tawnee McCay.