By Mayor Trent Staggs
Riverton City had another excellent year in 2019! You, our residents, have become more engaged this last year and hope to see that trend continue as we all work to make Riverton an even better place to live, work and play. As we reflect on 2019 and look toward what 2020 will bring, I thought it appropriate to review the top 10 most impactful projects your city government has been involved with this year:
- Launch of the Riverton Police Department – The Riverton Police Department officially launched on July 1. We have 8-10 more officers right here in Riverton than what we averaged historically with Unified Police Department, all at a cost of not more than we were paying UPD for service. We have an outstanding police force that I know will continue to do a lot of good for our community.
- No Tax Increases – Replacing the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Area with the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area has proven to save Riverton taxpayers over one million dollars, without a single tax increase now into our third year. Riverton City itself continues to have a 0% property tax rate, had no utility fee increases in the 2019-2020 year and boasts the lowest combined fees in the entire valley.
- Expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery – The expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery was completed and plots in the new section went on sale back in July. The expansion makes it possible for more of our residents to be buried in our community.
- Launch of the Southwest Vision Project – We launched the Southwest Vision project to map out how the southwest cities of Riverton, Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, South Jordan and West Jordan can best address growth and infrastructure challenges. Your input is invaluable as we hope to finish the project by summer 2020.
- Groundbreaking of Mountain View Village Phase 2 – Ground was officially broken for Phase 2 at Mountain View Village. Phase 2 will include a luxury movie theater and many specialty retail and dining locations. Phase 2 is projected to open no later than the spring of 2021.
- Launched Opioid Disposal Initiative – An opioid disposal initiative was launched to do our part to combat the state and local opioid epidemic. The initiative features a solution which renders unused or expired pharmaceuticals immediately non-retrievable and destroys them on-site. Working with our partners at Intermountain Healthcare, we have made available individual-size bottles of the solution and have disposal kiosks at City Hall and the Police Department.
- Installed a Veterans Monument – Riverton City Cemetery is home to a new monument honoring the veterans who are buried there. The permanent monument was just installed in December, so stop by and take a look if you haven’t seen it yet.
- Renovations at City Hall – Many renovations and improvements took place at City Hall this year. We updated the front of the building to include additional parking, a fountain, flag poles and waterwise landscaping. The Council Chamber has undergone a renovation and we’ve installed new flooring, signage and artwork inside the building. We hope to work together with the Riverton Arts Council on improvements to the Community Center in 2020.
- Opened Sentinel Ridge Boulevard – Riverton and Herriman partnered together to build and open Sentinel Ridge Boulevard, the road that connects 13400 S at Mountain View Village to Mountain Ridge High School. The new road has greatly improved the connectivity in the area.
- Hired an Emergency Management Coordinator – Riverton City has hired an emergency management coordinator to lead the city’s emergency preparedness efforts. Additionally, a city text message alert system was launched in the fall. The system allows Riverton City to communicate instantly with residents on important and timely topics. We encourage all residents to sign up to receive the alerts.