TAYLORSVILLE AMONG NATION'S TOP 10 BEST CITIES TO START A SMALL SMALL BUSINESS
"Make way for Taylorsville—It's coming full throttle into the economic race." That's how a new report describes Taylorsville in naming it as the No. 8 best small city in the nation to start a small business.
The report by Verizon notes Taylorsville's accessibility and prime location in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley. "Taylorsville is a happy medium as far as income, commute time and access to loans goes," according to the report. The list is based on such financial and demographic factors as education, travel time to work, per capita income, loans per capita and tax scores.
Taylorsville is one of four Utah cities to make the Top 10. The report was released to coincide with the celebration of National Small Business Week, May 5-11.
Taylorsville Dayzz is coming up! The celebration is scheduled for June 27, 28 and 29 at Valley Regional Park, and you won't want to miss this year's show-stopping line-up. Performing Thursday night is the Utah Symphony. On Friday, you can Rock the 80s with Lisa McClowry, and Saturday features Abbacadabra. Also enjoy a movie in the park, carnival rides, the 5K, Car Show and Parade, and of course the best fireworks in the Valley!
Application forms for exhibits and food vendors, as well as sponsorship contracts and registration for the Taylorsville Dayzz Parade are also now available. Please submit your applications as soon as possible and check the forms for deadlines. Click on the links below for each:
In addition, registration is now open for the 2019 Taylorsville Dayzz 5K. Run over to www.taylorsvilledayzz5k.com for more information and to sign up! We look forward to another exciting 5K and Kids Fun Run!
SPRING INTO SPRING
Eight trees were planted and more than 100 people attended the city's first Spring into Spring: Tree Planting-Cinco de Mayo event on May 4. Food, music and a dance performance were all part of the festivities at Millrace Park. The children especially enjoyed planting seeds in little pots and taking turns whacking pinatas filled with candy. A special thank you to all the volunteers including the Taylorsville Parks and Recreation Committee and Cultural Diversity Committee for organizing such a fun event! Click here for a photo gallery of the event.
PLANNING COMMISSION BOOK CLUB
The Taylorsville Planning Commission is embarking on their third study of an urban planning related book. This time, commissioners are reading "Walkable City" by Jeff Speck in conjunction with the Holladay Planning Commission, staff and all others interested in the book/topic. Plan to read from May through June, and then join the planning commissions for a book discussion on June 18 at Holladay City Hall. See the flyer below for more information or you can always find Planning Commission agenda's online here:
The City Council and Mayor will be available every 5th Wednesday to talk one-on-one about any issue. The next meeting is Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Come meet with your Council Member or talk with the Mayor. They want to hear from you!
The process involving the proposed Midvalley Connector Bus Rapid Transit project in Taylorsville is moving forward. The Draft Environmental Study Report is complete; public comment on it was taken through the end of December. A public open house also was held.
The proposed project extends along Murray, Taylorsville and West Valley City. The proposal includes a bus rapid transit line that travels from Murray Central station, through Taylorsville with connection at Salt Lake Community College on Redwood Road, to West Valley Central station. It is approximately seven miles in length with 15 proposed stations. The project includes approximately 1.4 miles of center-running exclusive bus lane along 4700 South. With the conclusion of the public comment period, UTA will now process all comments received and prepare the Final Environmental Study Report, anticipated to begin in the spring.
Visit www.midvalleyconnector.com for details and to view the Draft Environmental Study Report.
With recent events including the recent earthquake near Bluffdale, you may be wondering how Taylorsville City would get information out to you in an emergency. There are a couple of emergency communication systems you should be aware of:
First, the federal IPAWS system (Integrated Public Awareness and Warning System) helps us send out notifications to cell phones, computers, radio and television. It uses cell towers to distribute information to everyone within the area of that tower. See more here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/77356
Coordinating with VECC (Valley Emergency Communications Center), we also have the reverse 911 option that allows us to reach those who sign up. The key is that you need to sign up if you want alerts to go to your cell phone. Here is more information on how to do that: http://www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration/ (Landlines are automatically added to the system).
Of course, we are also active on Social Media, including FB @ TaylorsvilleCity; Twitter @ TvilleUT; and Instagram @ taylorsvillecity, and will use this website as well as coordination with local media outlets to help us get vital messages out to the community.
It's always good to plan ahead!
The City is updating its Municipal Stormwater Management Program. This program manages the permit with the State Department of Environmental Quality and deals with storm water quality issues around the City.
The documents for the Stormwater Management Program can be found below:
Any comments, questions, or concerns can be sent to the Taylorsville City Engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801-258-8270.
Road construction has begun along 5400 South between 1500 West and Bangerter Highway. The project, which started Monday (May 6), will involve removing and replacing the asphalt pavement and upgrading curb, gutter and pedestrian ramps. Work is expected to finish July 19.
Curb and gutter work and pedestrian paving will take place during the day, while the actual roadwork, including milling and paving, as well as utility work will occur at night to accommodate traffic. Outside Flex lanes will shift one lane inward but otherwise Flex lanes will remain operational. For additional information, please see the notice from the Utah Department of Transportation here.
Construction work also is taking place at 6200 South and Bangerter to relocate an aqueduct in preparation of the new interchange next year. UDOT will relocate a segment of the Jordan Aqueduct that extends north and south. Work on the aqueduct relocation started in May and will be completed in December. The actual pipe will be coming in about 12 weeks.
Construction will occur primarily on the west side of Bangerter Highway. The prep work needed for the aqueduct relocation will shave a year off the construction time of the interchange. The 6200 South Interchange is expected to be complete in 2020 while other interchanges along the highway will take two years to finish. Noise walls will stay up during the new pipe installation. Here's a flyer about the 6200 South and Bangerter construction that provides additional details.
DOG PARK MAINTENANCE
The Millrace Dog Park, at 1200 W. 5400 South, has a new fence just in time for the summer season.
Enjoy the park during regular hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park and off-leash area are closed on Tuesdays and beginning 4 p.m. on each Saturday through 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the dog park including park rules and etiquette, click here.
2019 AWARDS BANQUET AND STATE OF THE CITY
The City held its 23rd annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 2, where Mayor Kristie Overson presented the 2019 State of the City Address and seven awards were bestowed in recognition of excellence.
Mayor Overson’s State of the City, titled “By the Numbers,” incorporated both fun facts and significant numbers defining Taylorsville. For instance, did you know that Taylorsville’s median age is 33.3 and that 63 percent of employees in Taylorsville work in professional fields? In all, there are more than 17,600 employees working in Taylorsville at more than 1,000 businesses.
“Our community is safe and prosperous,” Mayor Overson said. “It is a beautiful place to recreate and spend time. I love Taylorsville, and can confidently tell you as Mayor that our future is bright. I only see Taylorsville continuing to flourish.”
Awards were presented to the following. Click on each name for details:
Gordon Wolf - Volunteer Award of Excellence
Kim Horiuchi - Service Provider Award of Excellence
Summit Vista - Taylorsville Business Award of Excellence
Jennie Peterson - Police Department Award of Excellence
Jonathan Van Huss - Firefighter Award of Excellence
Angela Price - Employee Award of Excellence
Police Chief Tracy Wyant - Mayor’s Award of Excellence