By Mayor Trent Staggs
I want to thank our elected officials, city employees and you, our amazing residents that have all contributed to our success this year. Despite the incredibly challenging circumstances that 2020 presented us with, together we were able to make some significant accomplishments and advance our position as a great community in which to live, work and play. Here is a brief recap of some of the highlights from 2020:
The Riverton Police Department completed their first full year of service. They have worked diligently to generate positive citizen-officer interactions and a high level of service in meeting the needs of our residents. This move to our own department has brought in nine more officers for the same amount we paid previously while saving taxpayers over $2 million annually (when comparing the countywide taxing district rate to Riverton's new taxing district rate).
CenterCal Properties began construction on Phase 2 of Mountain View Village. Phase 2 will include a luxury 14-screen movie theater, specialty retail stores and several dining options. We anticipate Phase 2 opening in 2022.
Costco Wholesale submitted a commercial site plan for their next store to be built at the northeast corner of 13200 S and Mountain View Corridor. Construction at the site has begun, with their 160,000 square foot warehouse and gas station scheduled to be opened in 2022.
The Economic Recovery Initiative was unveiled to help local businesses face the challenges stemming from COVID-19. The initiative included: the elimination of business licensing fees, easing of temporary signage restrictions, an eat/shop local campaign, and the first ever drive-thru Business Blitz where hundreds of businesses and thousands of residents participated.
We had a record-breaking year of $8.3 million in sales tax revenues. This economic development not only allows residents to shop closer to home, but the added sales tax revenue in our city allows us to keep our taxes and utility fees amongst the lowest in the entire valley.
The process to replace the Unified Fire Service Area (UFSA) with the Riverton Fire Service Area (RFSA) was initiated as the means for paying for fire and emergency services provided by Unified Fire Authority (UFA). This change is anticipated to save property taxpayers money in the future.
In partnership with the South Valley Chamber, Riverton City sponsored the Riverton Peak Awards alongside the annual State of the City address, to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals for their success and contributions to the community.
The Riverton Remembers 9/11 initiative brought the community together for a day of unity to remember the innocent lives that were lost during the tragic events on September 11, 2001. Events included: flag remembrance displays, a car show parade and a multi-location patriotic firework show featuring a special audio soundtrack.
UDOT started construction of a freeway-style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 12600 S. Riverton City also began construction of Old Liberty Way at 4150 W and 4050 W and updated the city’s General Plan.
Troy McDougal (District 2) and Claude Wells (District 5) were sworn-in as newly elected Riverton City councilmembers in January 2020, along with Sheldon Stewart who was re-elected. They join Councilmembers Buroker and McCay in comprising the legislative body of the city.