City Council Meeting Recap – Sept 9, 2020
5-0 approval of each of the following:
-Continue public hearing for the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Impact Fee enactment
-Consent agenda, which includes the minutes from the August 12, 2020 City Council meeting
-Adoption of a master license agreement for Small Cell Wireless Facilities (see below)
-Interlocal agreement relating to grant partnership programs (see below)
Unified Fire Authority Wildfire Assistance
Chief Anthony Widdison, who serves as the Unified Fire Authority liaison for Herriman City, updated the council on UFA’s assistance in fighting the California wildfires. Two teams from Salt Lake and Utah Counties safely and effectively completed a 14-day mission in northern California. While giving the report, Chief Widdison remarked he was en route with two new teams to northern California. Councilmember Smith noted that only in the last 3-4 years has national help been requested for wildfires, a practice that is now increasingly commonplace as fire seasons become more severe. We appreciate all our first responders do to keep our community and nation safe in dangerous circumstances.
Small Cell Wireless Facilities Master Agreement
A 2018 Utah State Act permits a wireless provide to install small wireless facilities within public rights-of-way under certain conditions. The act also allows municipalities to establish a permitting process by which providers may seek to install small wireless facilities within city boundaries. This agreement will serve as a master copy to base future agreements between the City and service providers, and includes the ability for the City to require facilities adhere to preapproved design guidelines.
Interlocal agreement relating to grant partnership programs
Minor changes in language of housing grant programs that the City participates in via Salt Lake County. Programs include the Community Development Block Grant Program, Emergency Solutions Grant Program, and the Home Investment Partnership Program.
CAFR and PAFR Excellence Awards
The City’s two major financial reports won excellence awards for the sixth consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers Association. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is extensive and is intended to be just that—comprehensive—in reporting the City’s finances. The Popular Annual Financial Report is intended to be shorter and easily digestible for those who are new or less familiar with government finances. The Finance Department has worked hard to enhance these reports to bring maximum transparency for the City. The Communications Department illustrates the major information into easily understandable graphics so residents can be tuned in with their tax dollars.
Councilmember Ohrn noted that the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, who provides water to Herriman City, sold a record amount of water in August—due mostly to heat and in part to growth.
Herriman Police Deputy Chief
HPD Deputy Chief Chad Reyes has retired from the agency. Chief Reyes’ impact on the department is immeasurable and HPD will miss his leadership, experience, and expertise. Lieutenant Cody Stromberg has been promoted to Deputy Chief within HPD. Corresponding promotions will be announced in coming weeks.
Windstorm damage cleanup
The City is providing a dropoff location for tree and green waste debris caused by the recent severe windstorms that occurred in northern Utah. This program will be effective starting September 10-11, and 14-18 between 8am-6pm at the west end of W&M Butterfield Park. Note that this is separate from the upcoming fall cleanup, which begins the following week at the same location.
City crews also assisted Salt Lake County in helping clean up debris throughout the county, employing working hands, dump trucks, chain saws, and generators in needed locations.
High-speed internet options
There are currently two major internet service providers in Herriman, both cable-based, and neither joint-venture with cities. The two ISPs have some fiber internet connections in new Herriman developments, but fiber internet connectivity is not widely available in the city.
The City Council discussed the creation of a task force to take a deeper dive into feasibility and interest for the city, including exploring financial impacts.
Wasatch Hills Master Development Agreement Discussion
Discussion to update the long-existing agreement to make the proposed development process more efficient and up-to-date with City ordinances and State mandates, as well as adding commercial development guidelines.
Construction of the Rodeo Trails system started today. It includes three beginner mountain bike trails. The trail’s development will be conducted all in-house with Herriman City staff. (map)