When I travel, I love to read the historic signs and markers and learn about the places I am visiting. These signs enhance the sense of community, pride and belonging that is important to residents, and to a city. However, in Riverton we have not had any historical signs that tell the Riverton story. Now we finally have our first historic sign.
A few years ago, my kids came to me with a great idea. They told me that “all their friends” had various advent calendars leading up to Christmas Day. They would get 25 little treats, toys or small gifts each day before Christmas. They wanted to start this new family tradition at our home.
Once the votes are tallied and city officers sworn in, your vote turns into action when the elected officials meet to plan what projects will be done, how they will be funded, and their prioritization. This is done through a long-term strategic plan, annual and monthly planning sessions, and most importantly the annual budget meetings which determine which projects will be funded.
Beginning in July each household’s trash collection fee increased by $1 per tote. This increase is the result of much discussion, and finally compromise on the part of the City Council as we approved the budget for Riverton City for the fiscal year 2020/2021.
This pandemic was hard on a lot of business and families. It is difficult to see people in tears because their business had to lay off their hard-working employees. It is tough to hear from residents that are worried about keeping their home, because their livelihood was forced to close. It will take time to recover. But it is also an opportunity. This has allowed us to focus on what is necessary and important.
For many of us, COVID-19 has felt like a real suckerpunch. Reflecting on our situation, and having grown up in the 80’s, I would like to draw on the iconic movie series, “Rocky.” Our hero, Rocky always seems to get into a tough situation. We see him taking hit after hit, then he would dig deep inside and slowly block the punches and start landing some of his own, leading to eventual victory.
As I write, we are in week 3 of work from home activities, and remote learning due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This has caused me to reflect on significant events that have occurred throughout my life and how we as a nation have come back from these events.
As a resident of Riverton City you should have received the 2020 U.S. Census reminder in mid-March in the mail. The Census count is critical for Riverton’s future and it’s important to remember that you matter, your children matter, and our community matters…so make sure you get counted!
Greetings Riverton residents. It is a pleasure to represent Riverton City Council in this month’s newsletter. I hope you are enjoying receiving a Riverton City newsletter monthly. The decision to provide a monthly newsletter is the result of feedback that we have received. Many residents have commented that they appreciated and enjoyed receiving the South Valley Journal, and now we have the Riverton Journal, Riverton’s own community newspaper at no additional cost.
Spring is right around the corner and as residents in one of the 3 driest states in the country, it’s critical that we find ways to be more water wise. Last summer, in preparation for installing new landscaping, I attended the Localscape University class at the Water Conservation Garden (LocalScapes.com) to learn more about water wise landscaping.
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