Welcome to the Rumor Has It page for Herriman City! This page is dedicated to dispelling any rumors that may be floating around, as well as addressing Hot Topics in the community.

Along with the noted information, you will find a list of future meeting dates where those topics will likely be discussed. Click on the “Rumor/Hot Topic” below to find all of the information behind it. 

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City Business

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The City Manager, Asst. City Manager and City Attorney are all members of the Administrative Branch,thus they are not voting members on the Council. The City Manager administers the daily operations of the City ensuring that the direction set by City Council is carried out.

The City Council is the Legislative Branch, made up of 4 Councilmembers and 1 Mayor. The Legislative Branch makes the laws and policy decisions for the City Manager to carry out.

Herriman City is a Council/Manager form of Government. This form of government combines the strong political leadership of Elected Officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed City Manager. The Council/Manager form of government was created to combat corruption and unethical behavior by fostering professionalism, transparency, responsiveness and accountability.

ROLES OF THE CITY COUNCIL

  • Adopts and approves the City Budget
  • Adopts Laws & Policies to govern the City
  • Appoints Planning Commission Members
  • Appoints City Manager and all other appointed positions
  • Adopts a General Plan for the City
  • Responsible for all Legislative decisions and actions of the City
  • Sets a Vision for the City
  • Establish policies for the effective and efficient delivery of municipal services for the health, safety and welfare of the community

ROLES OF THE CITY MANAGER

  • Carries out the policies and programs as approved and directed by the City Council
  • Advise and inform Council on City Operations
  • Hire Department Directors
  • Exercise general supervision over all buildings, parks, and other public property under the control and jurisdiction of the City
  • Manage all Administrative functions of the City

Development

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The City’s long-range master plan projects a TRAX line that would extend down Autumn Crest Road to the future Salt Lake Community College and the new soccer stadium. The plan is designed for the train to align down the center lane. The developers are required to dedicate an additional 30 feet of right of way for transit. The City has informed the School District of the proposed TRAX line on Autumn Crest. The High School is making accommodations for the transit line. The proposed elementary school will not have access to Autumn Crest Road.

UTA Trax Line

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Let’s water down the rumors on this Hot Topic! You’ve heard it all, from a giant horse arena to the next big expo center in the valley, but what destination is really being built alongside Mountain View Corridor on 14813 South?

Well, to silence the rumors once and for all, it is most assuredly the new Real Salt Lake Academy that has been rising on the horizon.  Earlier last year, RSL announced that the facility would be built and later held a groundbreaking ceremony which was open to the community (see the video here http://www.rsl.com/post/2016/08/23/rsl-academy-ground-breaking-ceremony?autoplay=true)

This “game-changing” project, set to open this Fall, will be the home of two full-sized indoor fields inside the largest free-span building in North America, four turf grass fields, and four natural grass fields.  It will also include a charter school which will have room for approximately 250 students who will have massive opportunities to further themselves in the soccer world.  You can find an amazing announcement video here http://www.rsl.com/post/2016/04/08/rsl-build-open-50-million-dollar-training-facility-herriman?autoplay=true

There you have it; RSL is coming to Herriman!

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The City Council recently approved a text change to the Land Use Ordinance that created a Sports and Entertainment Mixed Use Overlay Zone. This would allow for active display signs for sports and entertainment facilities to be placed in defined areas.

The City Council approved the overlay zone with very specific conditions in order for the signs to be placed, including that the signs must be on the property owned by the sign operator. The Council had specific requests for verbiage to be added to the Ordinance regarding design in efforts to ensure the appearance of a marquee rather than an advertising billboard. It was stated that the signs should only be used to promote sponsors of the sports and entertainment facilities, not sell advertising spots to third-party advertisers.

There were also noted resident concerns regarding the lighting and design of these signs. If the signs are located near subdivisions it was suggested they could negatively impact the landscape for communities. City Council addressed those concerns requesting that the design of the signs blend into the surrounding development and the the light put off by the signs is dimmed in the evening hours.

An example of the signs are provided below:

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To understand the building process for schools, from site selection all the way through to the first day of classes, you must first understand who actually determines the location for each new school to be built on. While the Jordan School District and Herriman City have a great working relationship, the City DOES NOT have any type of final say in where schools will be placed, as a school district or charter school is a permitted use in every zone, based on requirements in the state statute.

However, this in no way means that schools aren’t carefully planned and strategically placed or that the district does whatever it wants without regard for other parties input. On the contrary, during the site selection process Jordan School District works closely with land owners, Davis Demographics, and the City of Herriman to determine the needs of the area according to population growth and projections in prospective locations.

The next step in the process is the consideration of aspects such the cost of land, budget limits, main areas of large population growth, available locations, and the best way to ease burdens on existing schools. After this is complete, JSD then weighs the best overall options and vigilantly continues forward in planning the appropriate number of schools, infrastructure, and other needs in the most effective areas while taking into account the City’s General Plan.

After the site has been selected, Jordan School District holds a public board meeting about the property and the proposed new school site. You can find the agendas for JSD meetings at http://jordandistrict.org/board/meetings/.

Once the land is secured and the go-ahead is given, the plans for the school itself begin. Throughout this whole process, the decisions lie with the district, NOT with the City. That being said, Jordan School District continues to work closely with Herriman regarding traffic studies, potential community impacts, and other planning items such as the look and feel of the building and surrounding school grounds even though they are in no way required to do so. Both parties make a great effort to make sure that the concerns of the surrounding communities and their residents are always kept in focus and have their long-term best interests in mind.

Building schools is important to our community and our children’s future. Rather than playing catch up, Jordan School District is attempting to be proactive and have the proper facilities ready and available beforehand as our corner of the valley continues to blossom at an astounding rate.

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Maintenance

Herriman City regularly maintains all of our roads in an effort to provide the highest level of service possible. That being said, dirt roads pose a significant problem due to the weather conditions that Utah experiences throughout the year, especially a year with a lot of moisture akin to what we are currently experiencing.

Herriman City has budgeted and scheduled projects to fill in both Gina and McCuiston twice a year, weather permitting. We also make extra efforts throughout the year to refill major potholes and other ruts in the road.

Our biggest enemy is erosion and despite our greatest efforts, we cannot prevent this from happening simply because of the climate in which we live. Dirt, by nature, will blow and wash away and the only remedy is to replace it. However, due to cost, we must carefully plan the times of year in which we carry out these projects or we risk wasting city revenue by having all of our efforts washed away during the wet season. All of these things are taken into careful consideration when planning the maintenance of both of these roadways.

Improvements

The City is very concerned with the condition and safety of both Gina and McCuiston and has held several neighborhood meetings with the residents on Gina and McCuiston to discuss paving both roads. However, a number of the property owners still own portions of the road right of way, but before a road can be improved with asphalt, the City must obtain ALL of the road right of way. In these neighborhood meetings, the City has not been able to reach an agreement with some of the property owners in order to obtain the right of way to improve the road.

There has been very little progress on Gina, however, there has been some progress on McCuiston. Developers in the area are working with the residents to get the complete right of way so that an asphalt walking path can be constructed along one side of the road for use as a safe walking path. If the developers are successful in the deals they are making, this path is tentatively scheduled for completion this summer, just in time for the next school year, as a safe walking route. In the future, the City hopes to obtain the property to pave the roadway as well.

7300 West is paved but is not up to the City’s standards for a roadway. As development has occurred, the developers have improved portions of 7300 West. The City is continuing to work with the developers on 7300 West to have the right of way dedicated and the improvements put in as new developments continue.

Facts:

High Country is not currently being annexed. We do show it on our General Plan to convey our intent for that area if it ever did annex in to the City. The plan is not binding on property outside of the City limits.

The City does not seek to annex property. The property owner(s) has to submit a petition to the City to go through the annexation process. If the residents of High Country ever wanted to annex, then all of the property owners would be a part of the process and would be notified.

Parks & Rec.

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In order to maintain the safety of all of those participating, the Ice Ribbon may only be skated on during hours of operation.

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Skaters are welcome to push young children in their strollers while skating on the Ice Ribbon. They still need to pay the ice access fee for the child, if applicable (based on age). Fees are included here.

Health and Safety

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The City owns and operates five wells and one spring which supply approximately 50% of the City’s drinking water. The remaining 50% is supplied by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District.

Over the many years that the copper mine has been operating, contamination of a portion of the groundwater aquifer in the Southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley has occurred due to their operations. City owned water resources are quite a distance from the contaminated water source and are routinely monitored for contamination constituents.

In the late 1990’s Kennecott along with the Utah Division of Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have been working together to determine a strategy to clean up the contaminated aquifer. The effort is the Southwest Groundwater Remediation Plan. The communities mostly effected by the contamination are, West Jordan, South Jordan, Herriman and Riverton. These communities are impacted with the inability to produce groundwater for their communities in the area of the contaminated plume, as groundwater wells cannot be placed in the contaminated area.

The aquifer contamination plume consists of an acidic core with low pH water and elevated metal concentrations surrounded by a partially to fully neutralized zone of elevated sulfate concentrations.

Compliance and Extraction Well Monitoring Parameters

pH
Arsenic (D)
Barium (D)
Cadmium (D)
Copper (D)
Fluoride
Lead (D)
Nickel (D)
Selenium (D)
Sulfate
*(D) dissolved
The main goal of the remediation effort, is to contain the contaminated aquifer and in the end, reduce the size of the contaminated area. This effort is being accomplished by pumping water at controlled rates through a series of underground wells in the area of the contamination. The water is mainly used in mining operations, but a portion of the water is extracted and treated using Reverse Osmosis and distributed to communities through an agreement with Joran Valley Water Conservancy District. The water that is treated is pumped from areas in the aquifer that have lower levels of contamination.

So far, the remediation efforts seem to be working. The plume does look to be shrinking and the contamination levels are reducing as well. The Southwest Groundwater Remediation Plan will be in place for 40 years at which time studies will be completed to determine if remediation has been effective and goals have been met, or if operations need to be modified and continue the effort.

In conclusion, while Herriman does in fact receive water that has gone through a filtration process by Kennecott, it has also gone through the distribution process of the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. A link to the latest Annual Water Report is below.

Kennecott Annual Water Report
Herriman City’s Annual Consumer Confidence Report

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Let’s face it, the issue of speeding is not unique to Herriman.  This is a problem everywhere and unfortunately, we can’t do much to control whether or not people obey the laws by how fast they choose to drive.  However, we most certainly do care about the safety of our residents and visitors and are actively working on solutions to speeding not only along 7300 West, but throughout all of Herriman City. Part of these solutions are bringing awareness to the issue and drivers being attentive to speed limit signs as well as their surroundings.

Specifically, 7300 West is a major collector road and will only become busier over time; this is something for which we are actively preparing.  The road is already included in our capital facility improvement plan.  We will be extending it southward to Rose Canyon Road and widening it to a 3-lane roadway within a 66-ft. right of way from Rose Canyon Road to Herriman Main St.  North of Main Street, the 3-lane roadway is planned to continue, but the right-of-way will be increased to 80-ft. all the way to 11800 South.

Yeah yeah, the development of this road is all well and good, but what about the existing problems, especially the speeding previously mentioned?

Well, we’re glad you asked!  We are aware of the issues and currently have three solutions to try to mitigate them:

-We are in the process of installing additional signage along the roadway including speed limit and cautionary signs.
-UPD has placed a speed trailer along this roadway to further discourage speeding.
-UPD has increased their presence in the area to watch for speeders and issue citations where necessary.

It is the City’s intent to ensure that our roadways are as safe possible.  However, as we continue to grow in popularity and population, these issues will come up from time to time.  While we cannot control how other individuals drive, we can definitely each do our own part by encouraging others to drive safely and to obey the rules of the road while doing so ourselves as well.

Fees, Money

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The City does not regulate Home Owners Association fees. It is up to the homeowners in the HOA to determine what the fees are used for. Specific questions regarding your HOA, including what the fees cover, should be directed to your HOA representative.

HOA requirements should have been recorded against your property, and your agent or title company should disclose your HOA bylaws at or before closing. In several projects in Herriman, homes are subject to multiple HOA’s. In the event that you have two HOA’s, that is usually in part because there is a smaller HOA development that is located within a larger HOA development and they both have fees, with one fee generally more than the other based on what it covers. They may also serve as an HOA fee and a maintenance fee, where one covers lifestyle offered in the community and the other covers maintenance. It is best to check with you HOA representative or your real estate agent to obtain a clear definition of what these fees cover.

The following website may be useful in finding your HOA’s representative: https://secure.utah.gov/hoa/index.html

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Why is Herriman City charging a $200.00 security deposit?

The deposit serves as a security for payment of service. Deposits reduce the amount of bad debt expense and establishes a good credit standing with the city, which in turn, saves customers money by helping to keep utility rates down.

How long will the deposit be held?

The deposit will be held for 2 years if the resident can exemplify no more than 2 past due balances in that time frame. If the account is closed before the 2 year period, the deposit will be applied to the termination billing and any remaining balance will be refunded in a check to the resident.

How will I receive my refund?

Once the resident has exemplified the 2 year period with no more than 2 past due balances, a check will be mailed to the resident.

Can I be exempt from the deposit?

Yes, a resident can be exempt from the $200.00 security deposit if you provide verification of no more than 2 past due balances in 2 years from the most recent previous water account holder. It can be a simple email, letter or statements reflecting your payment history.

How can I submit my previous water account history?

You can send it via email to water@herriman.org or you are welcome to bring it in to City Hall.

What if I already have history with Herriman City?

Please let us know of your previous water account with us so we can verify your history before we charge the $200.00 security deposit.

How soon do I have to turn in my previous water account history?

To avoid the $200.00 security deposit from showing up on your bill we suffuse that you turn in your water account history within two weeks after we have received your water application. The due date that is reflecting on your first bill will be the very last day we will accept your previous water account history to waive the $200.00 deposit. We will not accept any account history after the due date on your first bill.

Are there any other payment history that would qualify for the exemption of the $200.00 security deposit?

We will accept a payment history from other cities/water companies, HOA’s or landlords.

Do I have to pay the $200.00 security deposit up front?

No, if we do not receive verification of your history with a previous water account holder we will attach the $200.00 security deposit to your first bill. If the $200.00 security deposit is not paid by the due date stated on the bill you may be subject to having your water shut off.

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We’ve heard this one a lot, and admittedly property taxes may seem a little confusing. However, this “rumor” couldn’t be further from the truth and that’s why we’re here to break it down for you!

Herriman City currently receives 2.6% of your property tax. To find out where the remainder of the money goes, let’s take a look at the chart below.

You can see that the majority of property tax goes towards services within your area including Jordan School District, UFA, UPD, and the County. As the City as well as the County grow and more services are required, these stakeholders have to adjust accordingly. However, Herriman City itself has opted to try and keep our portion of your property tax consistent to avoid further burden on our residents.

To dive a little deeper, let’s look at how they establish the amount of property tax in our area for the most recent year of 2016. In total, we are taxed $15.46 per thousand dollars of value on your property. We’ve also provided a more detailed breakdown of the our Tax Area.

Although your property tax may or may not have increased over the last few years, the rate received by Herriman City remained consistent. A very tiny portion of our yearly revenue comes from our residents’ property tax and as mentioned before, we are working hard to keep it this way.

As always, if you have any more detailed questions, please feel free to contact City Hall or your elected officials and they will happily find the answers for you.

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