City Council comments
The Council recognized City staff members and vendors for putting on a successful Herriman Howl event on October 9, commended the recent NICA high school mountain bike race, expressed gratitude for living in a safe place in the context of recent world events, and noted the recent 5-year anniversary of the Herriman Police Department and its award ceremony.
City Council board and committee reports
Councilmember Shields presented an overview of the Broadband Task Force's efforts to research options for bringing high-quality internet service throughout the city, which will ultimately lead to the construction of a citywide open-access fiber network. Current full details of the network can be found on www.herriman.org/fiber-internet.
The Council heard several public comments both in favor of and against the network. Concerns regarded the monthly fee, preferring government not become involved in such an effort, and worries about hidden costs. Comments in favor of the project noted the benefit of covering 100% of properties in the City and inviting multiple options for high-speed internet connections.
The Council approved the plan and directed the City's staff to work on the mechanisms and final details to administer and finance the project. Final votes for financing and creating the entities to administer the utility will happen in coming weeks or months. The City will publish information about the project as it unfolds and will give every property owner a chance to understand the project and opt out if they choose.
The Council continued its discussion of Blackridge Reservoir and issues that stem from heavy reservoir use during peak summer times. Because the reservoir is in a residential area, serves as a major trailhead, and is a popular place for summer recreation, every potential solution comes with drawbacks. The Council decided to move forward a universal fee (perhaps $15) paid for an all-day parking pass and hiring a parking company to enforce entry. Additionally, the Council intends to significantly raise the parking ticket fee for the surrounding area to deter drivers from parking in the nearby neighborhood. Additionally, the Council wishes to expand the existing residential parking permit area but make the passes free rather than making residents pay.
The development company DAI is proposing a large development on the south side of Herriman, mostly on the southern (uphill) side of Mountain View Corridor. It will include absorbing remaining parts of the existing Rosecrest and Wasatch South Hills developments that were approved long ago and are mostly built out. The plan includes commercial space along major roadways and intersections as well as housing of various densities. A portion of the proposed residential units are already entitled in one form or another, while other residential units are new proposals. DAI wishes to work with the City on updating their proposals and submitting a formal application. The Council suggested a few items it would like to see as the parties begin discussions in a special work meeting in a few weeks.
Herriman Highway renaming
The Council discussed a proposal to rename Herriman Highway/13100 South/U-111 roadway west of 5600 West/Rosecrest Road all to Main Street. It's known by many as Main Street or Herriman Highway, but different portions of the road have different names. The Council agreed it's an inconvenience for residents to change their addresses but that it's best to have consistency for a single roadway to have one name.
Secondary water infrastructure planning
The City Council has been reviewing how to best provide secondary water (non-drinking irrigation water) while managing the high costs of doing so. They discussed several scenarios—everything from providing secondary water lines throughout most of the city to abandoning all water lines that are installed but not used (dry lines). The Council decided to plan on serving all existing dry lines but not installing any more. The City's staff will work on creating/revising the secondary water plan to eventually serve all the dry lines with water.
Water line reimbursement agreement
The City needs a new water transmission line along 6400 West, south of Herriman Boulevard (12600 South). The pipeline would run through the Olympia development but will not serve Olympia. The Olympia developer proposed that they would install the pipe if the City will reimburse the cost over the next few years. The City Council agreed to the idea.
Request for a Religious Freedom Day proclamation
The City has been asked to make a proclamation about Religious Freedom Day. It's been the City's practice to not to proclamations at all, especially for items that aren't relevant to the City's function. Though the Council supports religious freedom granted in the Constitution, it decided to continue its practice of not making proclamations.