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November 2020 E-newsletter for MSD Member Communities

Welcome to the 7th edition of the Municipal Services District 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 next edition, please send your articles, announcements, and photos by clicking here:  

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KEARNS GENERAL PLAN APPROVED
On October 22, 2020, Kearns adopted its General Plan. This is the first General Plan prepared for Kearns since the community incorporated in 2017. The Plan covers land use, transportation and circulation, and economic development. In addition to adopting the plan, Kearns gained a new Long Range Planning Hub Site. This website hosts information related to Kearns’ various planning initiatives, including the adopted General Plan. The site also includes a collection of Esri StoryMaps that provide an overview of Kearns' existing conditions and future vision. We encourage everyone to check it out bit.ly/lrp-kearns. (full URL: https://kearns-lrp-gslmsd.hub.arcgis.com/)
COPPERTON COUNCIL ADOPTS THE GENERAL PLAN 

On October 21st, Copperton achieved a milestone: the Copperton Council voted to adopt the 2020 Copperton General Plan. This is the first plan since Copperton was incorporated as a metro township. The plan utilizes reputable data and significant and authentic public engagement to plan for Copperton’s future. It will be an asset in guiding ordinance updates, prioritizing projects, and progressing toward Copperton’s vision for the community. A huge thank you goes out to the General Plan Steering Committee for their efforts in spearheading the plan and working on it from May 2019 through September 2020. 

Check out Copperton’s new Long Range Planning Website: https://copperton-lrp-gslmsd.hub.arcgis.com. 

CAPITOL PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE MSD BOARD
The MSD Board of Trustees, at their October 14, 2020 meeting, approved six projects that staff will pursue funding for from the FY2021 bond issuance (Chart 1 below).
 
The Board also approved 11 projects for its member entities, encompassing sidewalks, road projects, stormwater improvements, and safety measures for crosswalk intersections (Chart 2 below).
WHITE CITY
  • HAWK Crossing at 10600 South – High-Intensity Activated CrossWalk signal device will assist people to safely cross the street at 10600 South White City Canal Trail (just east of 700 East) from north to south.  This past year an old irrigation line was transformed into a trail from 10600 South to Carnation Drive.  The HAWK will connect the trail to the Sandy portion on the south side.
  • Sego Lily Drive Road Improvement - between 700 E to 1300 E - Additional budget for 2019 Project between 700 E to 1300 E – add curb, gutter, sidewalk and lighting along the corridor.
UNINCORPORATED
  • 8425 South Sidewalk – Environmental Document and Sidewalk -  In March 2020, Salt Lake County was awarded a Federal Transportation Alternative Program grant (TAP) to build a sidewalk on the north side of 8425 South between 1300 E to 1475 E in the unincorporated area of Salt Lake County.  This will be a great addition to Sandy Hills Community Council and the sidewalk will connect to Peruvian Park Elementary. Before design and construction begin, an environmental document will be completed meeting federal funding guidelines.
  • 2008 E Dimple Dell Road - Relocate existing storm drain inlet in the roadway to the south and add new curb and gutter to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
KEARNS
  • 5615 S Concrete Repair - Repair curb, parkstrip and sidewalk on both sides of the street between 4270 W and 4580 W
  • Traffic Calming (various locations) - Traffic Calming measures including driver feedback, signs and speed bumps.
  • 4700 S Improvement – Kearns Metro Township, West Valley City and UDOT are designing improvements to 4700 South from 4000 West to 5600 West to accommodate future travel demand, improve traffic movement and safety of intersections for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians throughout the corridor. 
COPPERTON
  • Master Storm Drain Plan – Funds for a consultant to produce a storm drain master plan for Copperton.
MAGNA
  • Design of Storm Water Improvements.
  • 2820 S Sidewalk 7563 W to 7440 W  - WFRC TAP Grant – funds for the installation of a sidewalk.
EMIGRATION CANYON
  • Emigration Canyon Road Widening – Funds to obtain a survey for 30% design and feasibility study on widening in certain locations.
  • Margarethe Stabilization- Funds for the regrading around Margarethe Lane to stabilize the slope.
"SPOOKTACULAR" HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS
AT THE MSD OFFICES
A shout out goes to Patricia Rust for her creative and spooky Halloween decorations in the MSD offices. Thank you, Patricia!
ASK A CODIE
The Christmas shopping season is upon us and in hopes of getting a cool present, Magna Code Enforcement Officer Tom Zumbado takes a chance on answering questions from citizens about code enforcement, municipal ordinances, and everything in between. For a chance to have your question published in this column, email Tom at tzumbado@msd.utah.gov and include the words "Ask a Codie" in the subject line. All submissions will be kept anonymous; cross our hearts.
 
This month, "Nosy Rosie" writes:
How does code enforcement receive its calls for service? Do you guys just roll around looking for trouble or do people actually make complaints?
 
Great question! Code enforcement has both, “reactive” and “proactive” methods for starting new cases.
 
First off, we rely heavily on citizen reporting to stay on top of code issues. A lot of the time, citizens will just reach out to us by phone, email, or flag us down in the street and chat us up -- my favorite option. Also, the Municipal Services District maintains a public portal called the MSD Citizen Problem Reporter where citizens can report code enforcement concerns to our information services team. Our IS pros then hand it off to the code enforcement squad for inquiry. Knowing the complaints ahead of time allows officers to conduct some quick research and planning so that they can make the best decisions possible while conducting inspections. Barring weekends and holidays, code enforcement complaints are usually investigated within 24 hours of being reported.
 
But sometimes, citizen reports aren't as plentiful and it falls on us to patrol the community in search of zoning violations, unregistered/inoperable vehicles, junk and everything else in our scope of responsibility. That is when it's up to officers to carefully patrol their communities in a way that is comprehensive, thorough and most importantly, fair to everyone. MSD code enforcement officers plan their patrol routes by using tracking software that maps the location of every case. That way our efforts can be equally distributed across the area instead of just being focused on habitual "hotspots."
 
Why not give it a whirl? We take the concerns of our citizens very seriously and we always strive for complainant anonymity. The MSD complaint portal may be accessed at the MSD Citizen Problem Reporter.
FREE FLU SHOTS THROUGH JANUARY
SALT LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER
Salt Lake County Public Health Order - October 26, 2020
  • The intent of the Public Health Order is to ensure coordinated implementation of practices that slow the transmission of COVID-19 by providing Salt Lake County residents, businesses, community organizations, and government with access to the information needed to implement those practices.
  • All Salt Lake County residents, businesses, and community organizations shall comply with the Utah Department of Health’s State Public Health Order 2020-19.
  • Face Coverings Mandatory. Any individual within Salt Lake County who is age two and over and able to medically or psychologically tolerate a face covering shall be required to wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth when in any public area, including outdoors, when non-household members are present and social distancing is not possible.
  • Enforcement. The purpose of this Order is to protect individuals’ health, not to hold them criminally liable. An initial violation of this Order is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor, and subsequent violations are punishable as Class A Misdemeanors. Each violation constitutes a separate offense as allowed by Utah law.
  • This Public Health Order takes immediate effect and rescinds all prior Public Health Orders related to COVID-19. It will expire at 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2021 unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing, and shall be re-evaluated as warranted.
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