June 2020 Newsletter for MSD Member Communities

Welcome to the second edition of the MSD newsletter. We have some important news and exciting projects included in this edition. This newsletter provides information about the five Metro Townships (Copperton, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna and White City), the Town of Brighton, and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. If you have news about your community that you would like us to include in the July edition, please send your articles, announcements, and photos to the email address below before June 29, 2020.    If you would like to send this newsletter to anyone in your community, a direct link is included below. You can click on the button and share the link with community members. 

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The Copperton Metro Township is seeking a registered consulting arborist to provide professional park planning consultant services to create a successful and innovative Community Park Arbor Master Plan for Copperton Park.The RFP is open until June 12, 2020 until 11:59 p.m.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Brooke Barnes, the MSD Human Resources Manager. Brooke made two masks for every MDS employee. Brooke has been donating her time, money, and talent to make these colorful masks. The MSD employees joined together and gave $317 to Brook to thank her for sewing  these beautiful masks. Brooke is a lover of Star Wars and animals, and she used fabric featuring stormtroopers, Darth Vader, dogs, and cats. One employee was so happy he scored a dachshund mask because he has three dachshunds at home.  
This is our moment to thank two MSD employees, Patricia Rust, Permitting & Licensing Technician, and Greg Baptist, Storm Water Inspection Supervisor. These two employees have been working every day in the MSD offices, wearing their masks. The MSD moved into the orange and yellow stages and currently has 25% of the workforce in the office on any given day.  As new announcements come from the Governor's office, MSD may be moving up to 50% staffing in the office.
Patricia and Greg volunteered to work daily in the office so that other employees, such as those with kids at home or  high-risk individuals, could work from home.  Thank you so much for stepping up and working in the MSD office to serve our customers and protect others.

At its May 27th meeting, the MSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved and adopted an Emergency Operations Plan for the Municipal Services District. The plan will now be presented to the individual Metro Township and Town Councils. Jim Woodward, Emergency Municipal Planner with Unified Fire Authority (UFA), in conjunction with MSD staff members, wrote the plan, worked closely with Salt Lake County Emergency Management, and presented the plan to the MSD board. 

In April and May 2020, the Long Range Planning Team posted a survey to leaders, constituents, and social media platforms across the MSD service area. The team was hoping to gather information on current and future transportation and land use preferences within MSD member communities (e.g., Brighton, Copperton, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, unincorporated Salt Lake County, White City). This information can help guide the development of general plans for these communities.
The response rate was excellent. The MSD received 464 responses to the survey. Respondents were well divided between male and female, with 48% male, 49% female, and 3% who preferred not to say. Respondents were also relatively well divided across age ranges:
  • 18-35: 10%
  • 35-49: 33%
  • 50-64: 33%
  • 65+: 19%
  • Prefer not to say: 5%
The final results of the survey are still being analyzed but will soon be available on the Long Range Planning website, here. Some interesting early analysis shows that in response to question 2, "How often do you use the following modes of transportation?" 65% of all respondents said that they drive alone daily, while 17 % said they use alternative modes of transportation such as carpool, bus, train, or bike on a daily basis. In response to question 6, "Which of the following changes would encourage you to use modes of transport other than single-occupancy vehicles?" the top five options chosen by participants were “Better location of bus and rail stops” (184 responses), “More frequent rail and bus service” (166 responses), “Safer sidewalks” (150 responses), “Continued or increased poor air quality” (136 responses), and “Improved telecommuting options” (129 responses). 
The photos on the left show the construction team working on the Jefferson basin. The photo on the right is the completed project.

This is the "before" photo of the Jefferson basin project.

Leaders from the Magna Metro Township notified the Municipal Services District (MSD) they wanted to remove or landscape some stormwater detention basins in Magna. Three basins were selected, and the decision was made to remove two basins. The Municipal Services District funded the design and construction to rehabilitate the Jefferson basin.
Crystal Hubert was the project manager, and Jefferson Thomson was the project engineer. The engineering department completed a hydraulic model of the storm drain system to ensure the proper sizing of the basin that was upsized.
  1. Here is a list of the three detention basin projects:   
    1. Copper Cove Basin – 9157 West 3100 South (Near Copper Cove Cir.)  Piped to bypass the basin in order to abandon it, this allows for the land to be eventually sold and constructed on. 
    2. Miriam Basin – 3840 South 7200 West (Near Miriam Dr. Piped to bypass the basin in order to abandon it and allow for the land to be eventually sold and constructed on.
    3. Jefferson Basin – 7212 Jefferson Rd. (and 7200 West) Deepened, rehabilitated, and beautified to accommodate the runoff no longer detained by the other two basins. 
The Jefferson Basin consumed the majority of the design and construction efforts. Its capacity for stormwater was substantially increased by deepening it. During design, special care was taken to ensure that the landscaping would be both economical and sustainable; therefore, materials and plants were chosen, which could be maintained by the Salt Lake County Operations crews cost-effectively. Low water plants were added.  After a year or two, these plants will no longer require constant irrigation. The unsightly chain link fence and accompanying barbed wire were removed and replaced with landscape boulders and bollards to improve safety and security.
In January 2020, the MSD Long Range Planning Team collaborated with the SLCo Engineering Team to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a redevelopment project to would replace sidewalks near the library in Magna. In May, this grant was awarded in full. Congrats to the MSD team and Magna for securing this $300,000 grant!

SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan.

The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, education, businesses, travel, and events. 

“We are making progress, and we can see that these recommendations are working,” Gov. Herbert said. “I would like to express my gratitude to all who are taking these recommendations seriously, and stress that following these guidelines is crucial to ensuring the safety and health of us all.”

The new order clarifies that generally, all businesses that are within the counties that have been moved to the low-risk phase are operating if they can meet and adhere to the specific guidelines. For clarity, the order states symptom checking in public and business interactions should happen when feasible. 

Travel guidelines request that all continue to avoid non-essential travel to areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19. 

The guidance for K-12 education addresses the resumption of school activities, including sports, under the jurisdiction of the district and school authorities in adherence to indoor and outdoor guidelines. Additionally, hand sanitizer will need to be made available to faculty and students in each classroom, and regular hand washing routines will be instituted. Faculty and staff will need to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. Updates regarding face coverings for students will be provided by local school and charter boards in consultation with health department officials. 

Regarding higher education, campuses may be open for in-person classes with increased cleaning and hygiene regimen. In cooperation with the Utah System of Higher Education, each institution will develop individualized plans for repopulating campus, monitoring for incidence, containing outbreaks, and reclosing if necessary. 

The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on June 5.

For more information on what this means for you, visit the state’s website:


Leaders from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) gave a presentation to the MSD Board of Trustees at the May 27 meeting.  Alan Packard, Assistant General Manager & Chief Engineer, and Matt Olsen, Assistant General Manager, shared information about water-wise landscaping and the amount of water that can be saved through making a few simple changes to the landscape design of your home. 

Water is the driving force for healthy and sustainable economies, and conserving water conserves energy. By using this precious resource more wisely, we will provide for future needs while allowing for healthier, more sustainable living.

There are many valuable programs, rebates, and information on the JVWCD website  The JVWCD has a wonderful Conservation Garden Park that demonstrates Utah native plants and water-wise plant ideas.
  • Utah Water Savers
  • Localscapes Rewards
  • Toilet Replacement
  • Flip Your Strip
  • Landscape Consultations
  • Conservation Garden Park
  • Free Classes
  • Slow the Flow Save H20

In each issue of this newsletter, we will feature interesting places in the communities served by the MSD.   If you know of an interesting place, please click here to  submit your ideas.

Lodestone Regional Park is a 60-acre park located in the Kearns Metro Township and West Valley City. The park features a mining-themed destination playground, pavilion (reservable), tot (2-5) playground, zipline,  Utah Jazz basketball court, tennis and pickleball courts, and a sports field. 

Address:  6252 West 6200 South, Kearns
Hours:  Dawn to dusk
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