Just To Fill You In

Is it just me or is time speeding up?  Either these days are getting shorter or my schedule is getting fuller.  I’ll bring you up to speed on what has been happening lately.  First, I am working from the council chambers today so you are welcome to stop in and let me know what is on your mind.  You can also call my cell phone if you don’t want to drive to city hall. That number is (801)-564-9342.

We are moving through the budget process and we lost a bit of time this year for various reasons.  To be clear, the budget is a MAJOR PRIORITY! In fact the budget is THE MAJOR PRIORITY.  Because we have gotten a little behind, we will be holding a special city council meeting where we will give a presentation and discuss the budget more thoroughly as staff and elected officials.  (Thanks for the recommendation Council-member Burnham) That meeting will be on the April 29th at 4:00 PM. This will be a work session only, with no action to be taken, just good discussion and council feedback.

Here is the 30,000 ft. view of the budget.  This year we will spend (with council approval) a significant sum of money on our roads.  Now I know what you are thinking, and don’t worry because we are not going to borrow a dime for this project.   We will be using our fund balance and we have made room by pulling back other places in the budget.

We may not realize it, but there is a direct correlation between our satisfaction with where we live and the condition of the roads we use to travel there.  Right now, Pony Express Parkway is failing in some places and that needs to be corrected before it becomes more expensive.  One other area where we hope to spend funds is our irrigation system. (So we can stop watering our roads).  We hope to better manage our water resources so that we are not wasting as much water, and so that we can prevent damage to our roads.

There are many other items on the budget this year and the name of the game is to think efficiency and long term cost savings. This spans many different topics so I won’t dig in here, but if you come out to the meeting on the 29th of April we’ll share all of that with you.  That meeting will be recorded as well.  I hope to see you there!

 

8 thoughts on “Just To Fill You In

  1. A resident commented on Facebook ” I hope the roads in Cedar Pass Ranch will get some love if not, we’ll be driving on gravel in a few years.”

    One of the purchases we will be making this year falls under “capital equipment” and that is a paving machine and roller. The purchase of these two pieces of equipment will allow us to take a proactive approach to road maintenance. We will also be paying for a service that will come in and visually map all of our roads, curbs, and gutters. The service will also assess the condition of those assets so that we can quickly and easily set priorities and schedule maintenance. Our roads are spread out, they are aging and in many cases they are failing. I believe in taking care of what we have. It is far cheaper than buying new roads after ignoring maintenance for too long. I am aware of the road conditions in Cedar Pass Ranch and they will be addressed. Because I don’t know all of the other road issues we have out there, I won’t make promises I can’t keep, but I will address the issue.

    With this equipment, we will be able to take care of the maintenance in house instead of hiring a contractor. Not only will we gain efficiency (by tackling a project when it is needed instead of scheduling a year in advance) We will also save significantly per square foot of asphalt laid. After accounting for all factors including equipment cost, labor (including benefits), and materials, it will be less expensive than hiring a contractor. It will be a long road (pun intended) to get our surfaces where they need to be, but we will start this year with a very strong effort if the budget is passed with these items included.

    • Thanks for your prompt reply. I’m aware there are many many roads that need addressing and look forward to seeing what the mapping analysis shows and then what the City’s plan and time frame to correct them will be. In house is always the way to go. Thanks

    • I like the mapping idea and would like to add that you should consider mapping the fire hydrants in eagle mountain and give a copy of that map to unified fire and Cedar fort fire. a map like that could be a key element in knowing how to fight structure and wild land fire in Eagle mountain.
      knowing road condition will let us know what roads we can and can not take engines down. knowing were the hydrants are will let us know, in the event of a fire if we are going to have water, or if we need to relay pump, or if we need a water tender.
      let me know what you think and thanks for everything you do.

      • Patrick,

        We do currently have GIS data for all fire hydrants in the city. I asked Chief Andrus if UFA collects information on the fire hydrants as well and here was his reply. I hope this helps!

        Mayor,

        The Eagle Mountain map books show the hydrant locations in Eagle Mountain with little red dots. UFA flows the hydrants throughout the city annually, this allows us to make sure that the hydrants are where the book shows them. However, we rely on the water company to maintain and repair the hydrants once we report problems. You may have seen hydrants with black bags and duct tape on them. This is an out of service hydrant that the water company needs to repair. We have had great team work by letting the Water Company know of the problems and having them get the hydrants back into service.

        As you are aware, Dan DaVoogd our inspector for Eagle Mountain sits in on the DRC meetings and addresses hydrant placement and access for new growth throughout the city. When working through our ISO evaluation the water company gets that information for ISO regarding flows and hydrant locations. UFA relies on the water company information as it is the latest up to date regarding hydrant locations and flow pressures.
        Respectfully,

        Chief Andrus

  2. Mayor of Where?

    Wayne Fuller

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  3. Thanks Mayor Pengra!

    I know it may not get addressed, but there’s one pothole that could be deemed dangerous in the Willow Springs community at its roundabout. Other than that, glad the budget is important in your agenda as Eagle Mountain Mayor. It seems that it was used for “fun” more than “practicality” before. I don’t mind the “fun”, but if its costs us tires and water, then it’s not as worth it in the end.

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