City Council recognitions
City Council board and committee reports
Oak Leaf Elementary Safe Walk Route
The Safe Walk Route for Oak Leaf Elementary School will include a crossing over Main Street and a sidewalk between 7300 West and Bethany Oak Drive. However, that Main Street sidewalk will not be completed in time for school starting because of property acquisition delays of 4-5 months that were a part of the Main Street improvement project. The Jordan School District will provide buses to safely shuttle student pedestrians instead, but only if the City participates in covering 50% of the expenses (about $30,000 for 6 months). The City Council expressed some frustration but agreed to cover half the costs for the shuttle service through September, allowing enough time for the City Council and Jordan School District representatives to have a deeper discussion about a fine-tuned solution. The permanent Safe Walk Route solution is not expected to be complete until at least December, perhaps later.
Friends of Herriman Memorandum of Understanding
The City Council discussed a draft MOU with the Friends of Herriman to set parameters guiding the relationship between the City and the FOH.
The City has been developing a strategic plan to guide the City's efforts. The Council discussed the draft document and feels confident about the direction it can help provide the City.
Property tax increase and police operations/growth funding
The City is proposing a property tax increase for the Herriman City Safety Enforcement Area entity, which makes up about 12% of the total property tax paid by Herriman residents. The proposed increase is for up to 15% of the HCSEA item and will have a public Truth-in-Taxation hearing on August 22nd. Information about the proposed increase can be found at www.herriman.org/property-tax.
This item was an in-depth report and discussion on police operations, how growth and funding is projected, and how the City ensures resources are maximized within budgetary means. Some major factors include the Herriman City's metrics on when to hire each type of new officer, when and how to rotate fleet vehicles, and so forth. A full staff report can be found at this link.