Water, a Utah constitutional amendment and how it affects your home

SALT LAKE CITY — A constitutional amendment on November’s ballot may appear to be a sleeper issue, but proponents pushing its passage say a no vote could put millions — possibly billions — in property value at risk in Salt Lake County and across the state.

Does that have your attention?

In Utah, the second most arid state in the nation, it all boils down to water: Who has it as a permanent source attached to the property they own, or who has a home or business that unknowingly is receiving water through a contract subject to cancellation within as little as 30 days notice.

“I see this as a political nightmare. People don’t really care about politics, but when it comes to the value of someone’s home, people get really grumpy. It’s like kicking a beehive,” said David Fife, a real estate appraiser.

Fife, along with Salt Lake County’s chief deputy assessor Chris Stavros, are among those trying to raise awareness about the importance of approving the constitutional amendment this fall, known as Amendment D, that will rectify a potential problem affecting about 150,000 residents in Salt Lake County and hundreds more in an estimated 50 communities scattered across the state.

Multiple cities provide water to users outside their service boundaries under contracts that be canceled with little notice and for no reason.

This “surplus” water has been a tool used in development, but also could be brandished as leverage due to the tenuous nature of the contract.

“Imagine your home, your block or your city given a 30 day notice to go find water,” said Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan.

Coleman, Fife and Stavros were discussing the issue at a recent meeting of the Association of Community Councils Together, which is trying to stoke attention over the importance in changing the Utah Constitution.

HB31, sponsored by Coleman and passed in the 2019 Legislature, requires cities to create a designated water service area and for residents who live outside their boundaries, notice that the water supply cannot be terminated. It also gives those residents a voice in the adjustment of water rates, which proponents of the change said is critical as well.

But the new law is toothless without passage of the constitutional amendment.

“It is not a problem right now, but failure to pass this constitutional amendment and solve this problem will ultimately damage so many local governments and have huge implications for so many property owners throughout the state of Utah, not just in Salt Lake County,” Stavros said.

“Frankly it’s quite scary.”

Stavros, in fact, reached out to his boss — Salt Lake County Assessor Kevin Jacobs — to spread the word to other assessors throughout the state that might bump up against potential problems in their communities when it comes to surplus water contracts.

“From the assessor’s point of view and as chief deputy assessor and a public servant myself, I am very concerned about this issue as it potentially affects residents in an adverse way,” Stavros said.

He emphasized it is critical assessor offices have the right information on property valuations and are aware of the risks to those valuations posed by surface water contracts.

During legislative testimony on the constitutional amendment and on Coleman’s bill, an attorney for Salt Lake City steeped in water law knowledge said he did not believe any of the surplus water contracts had been terminated with that 30-day notice, but he also said there was nothing to legally preclude it from happening.

Nancy Carlson-Gotts, president of the Association of Community Councils, said she is one of the residents of Salt Lake County who receives her water through a surplus contract.

“I was one of those people who had no idea,” she said. “You buy a home, turn on the faucet and the water is there … I don’t know how many people in Millcreek know they are on surplus water and what it potentially means to them.”

Carlson-Gotts said she doesn’t believe there is any opposition to passage of the amendment — it is just a matter of getting the word out. Her association will be distributing information on the amendment in its next newsletter.

Coleman added that it is a complex issue she hopes people take the time to understand.

“It’s rather a sleepy policy. Unless this is affecting you, most voters won’t know what they are voting for.”

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September 2nd – Granite Community Council Meeting

AGENDA

GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm

 

This is an online meeting using Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83475077575?pwd=K253WlFlRjdTdGlLS01VWHFUa1FpZz09

Meeting ID: 834 7507 7575

Passcode: Granite

  1. Call to Order –             7:00 pm

Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox

Announcements

  1. Approval of minutes for the August July 5, 2020 meeting.                                7:05 pm
  2. Report from Jocelyn Romero, SLCO Community Representative                      7:10 pm
  3. Granite Community Council Elections – Drew Weaver                                        7:20 pm
  4. Steering Committee and ordinances                                   7:45 pm
  5. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, and Unified Fire Authority           8:00 pm
  6. Ksel Street traffic and parking – Ron Bird                                                              8:15 pm
  7. Public Comments                                                                                                         8:30 pm
  8. Treasurer’s report                                                                                                         8:45 pm
  9. Adjourn

 

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June 3rd – Granite Community Council Meeting

AGENDA

GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

 

This will be an online meeting using Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84722257427?pwd=b3hxZGxzMnJUb09YWTNjMmlBVGUrQT09

Meeting ID: 847 2225 7427

Passcode: Granite

  1. Call to Order –                                             7:00 pm

Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox

Announcements

  1. Approval of minutes for the July 1, 2020 meeting.                                               7:05 pm

3. Report from Jocelyn Romero, SLCO Community Representative                        7:10 pm

  1. UDOT – Little Cottonwood Canyon Construction update                         7:15 pm

https://cottonwoodcanyons.udot.utah.gov/summer-construction/

  • Amalia Deslis – overview of summer 2020 construction in the

Cottonwood Canyons and collaborative communication effort, LCC Merge Lane

  • Nancy Cozzens – LCC Grit Mill
  • Amalia Deslis – LCC Emergency Mudslide Repair
  • Siera Whitten – LCC High T’s
  • Amalia Deslis – BCC Paving and Pedestrian Crossing

5. Budget update – Vaughn Cox                                                                                7:50 pm

6. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, and Unified Fire Authority               8:00 pm

7. Granite Community Council Elections – Drew Weaver                                        8:15 pm

8. The use of community council titles in letters/emails written by members           8:30 pm

9. Public Comments                                                                                                    8:45 pm

10. Treasurer’s report                                                                                                 8:55 pm

11. Adjourn                                                                                                                 9:00pm

 

 

 

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July 8th Special Meeting Granite Community Council

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL

When:     Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

Where:     Online Zoom meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85862301720?pwd=bXE5c0R5Y21uUnpFdTFFNEtRWUMxdz09

Meeting ID: 858 6230 1720

Password: Granite

Agenda items:

  1. Call to Order – Welcome by the Chair                                                                      8:00 pm
  2. Presentation of the proposed 2021 budget                                                              8:05 pm
  3. Discussion of the budget and any possible changes – Council Members         8:10 pm
  4. Vote to approve the submission of the proposed 2021 budget  to Salt Lake County.  (Due Monday July 13th)

5.     Adjourn                                                                                                                           8:20 pm

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June 3rd – Granite Community Council Meeting

June 3rd – Granite Community Council Meeting
Posted on May 31, 2020 by GCC_Admin
Zoom Online Meeting

This meeting will be held online using Zoom Meeting Cloud software or app. You can participate on your computer, phone or tablet. For phone or tablet download the Zoom Cloud Meetings App.

To access the meeting copy and paste the link below into your web browser. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84548029512?pwd=aE1YUHVPa1I5a2d4dERGY0NNdW1kdz09

(On your computer you will be asked to download the zoom software)

Meeting ID: 845 4802 9512 Meeting Password: Granite

Meeting Agenda

1. Call to Order – Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox                                         7:00 pm
2. Approval of minutes for May 6 and May 22, 2020 meetings                      7:05 pm
3. Granite Community Capital Improvement Projects                                      7:10 pm
Review of 2020 projects and plans for 2021 – Madeline Francisco-Galang
4. Wasatch Canyons General Plan update Vaughn Cox                                     7:30 pm
5. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, and Unified Fire Authority    8:00 pm
6. Unincorporated Salt Lake County General Plan – LUCC                              8:15 pm
7. Meet the candidate night (June 17, 2020)                                                        8:30 pm
8. GCC Website Update                                                                                            8:40 pm
9. Public Comments                                                                                                  8:45 pm
10. Treasurer’s report                                                                                               8:55 pm
11. Adjourn                                                                                                                  9:00 pm

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Special Meeting of the GCC – Friday May 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

At the request of multiple members of the Granite Community Council a Special Meeting of the Council has been scheduled.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL

When: Friday May 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Where: An online Zoom meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87220279545?pwd=RFNJenJtT29sNGVNTmtXMVVmeDFJUT09

Meeting ID: 872 2027 9545

Password: Granite
Agenda:

1. Call to Order – Welcome by the Chair

2. Presentation of recent activity regarding the Wasatch Canyons General Plan – Vaughn Cox

3. Discussion of Vaughn Cox’s Wasatch Canyons General Plan activities – Council Members

4. Discussion of GCC involvement in Wasatch Canyons General Plan – Council Members

5. Consideration of a resolution clarifying GCC involvement in the Wasatch Canyons General Plan

6. Public Comments

7. Adjourn

As designated in the GCC bylaws. the Chair of the Council can call a special meeting to address issues that are of a timeframe that requires they be addressed prior to the next regularly scheduled GCC meeting. As any revisions to the Wasatch Canyons General Plan will be completed prior to the GCC June meeting and whereas the Salt Lake County Council is scheduled to vote on the Plan prior to the GCC June meeting the Chair of the GCC schedules this Special Meeting of the Granite Community Council.

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March 4th – GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

1. Call to Order 7:00 pm
a. Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox
b. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Approval of minutes for February 5, 2020 meeting 7:05 pm
3. Announcements 7:05 pm
4. Report on the current State Legislative session 7:10 pm
Bills that affect the Granite Community
5. Granite Community Council – 75th Anniversary 7:25 pm
Possibly part of the fourth of July celebration
6. Granite Community Census and Survey 7:40 pm
How will we do it?
What questions should we ask?
7. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, 8:00 pm
and Unified Fire Authority
8. Cottonwood Canyons fire risk and emergency egress
Clint Mecham – UFA 8:10 pm
9. Salt Lake County General Plan update 8:35 pm
https://slco.org/globalassets/1-site-files/planning–transportation/wasatch-canyons/wasatch-canyons-general-plan-jan-2020-draft- with-suggested-changes-for-march-mpdpc.pdf
Big Cottonwood Canyon Pages 82-106
Little Cottonwood Canyon Pages 110-133
10. Public Comments 8:45 pm
11. Treasurer’s report 8:55 pm
12. Adjourn 9:00 pm

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February 5, 2020 – GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room
3430 East Danish Road

1. Call to Order 7:00 pm
a. Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox
b. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of minutes for October 2, 2019 meeting 7:05 pm
3. Announcements 7:05 pm
4. Dimple Dell Road Widening Report – Gorm Klungervik 7:10 pm
5. GCC 2020 Budget – Vaughn Cox 7:20 pm
6. Bylaw Changes – Special Meetings – Email Voting 7:30 pm
Vaughn Cox
7. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, 8:00 pm
and Unified Fire Authority
8. Discussion possible land stewardship committee – Vaughn Cox 8:10 pm
9. GCC Website update 8:40 pm
10. Public Comments 8:45 pm
11. Treasurer’s report 8:55 pm
12. Adjourn 9:00 pm

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November 6 council meeting agenda

AGENDA
GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room
3430 East Danish Road

  1. Call to Order 7:00 pm
    • Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox
    • Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of minutes for October 2, 2019 meeting 7:05 pm
  3. Announcements 7:05 pm
  4. Report from UDOT on Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS 7:10 pm
  5. GCC Website update – Greg Schiffman 7:45 pm
  6. Reports from Unified Police, Sandy Police, and Unified Fire Authority 8:00 pm
  7. Dimple Dell Road Widening Report – Gorm Klungervik Resident Survey 8:10 pm
  8. Salt Lake County Resolution – 100% Renewable Power – Vaughn Cox Discussion of the Resolution and HB411 8:20 pm
  9. Renewable Power Resolution – Process used to make the decision to request the continuance – Vaughn Cox 8:30 pm
  10. Public Comments 8:45 pm
  11. Treasurer’s report 8:55 pm
  12. Adjourn 9:00 pm

Click here to download the agenda in PDF.

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October 2, 2019 Granite Community Council Meeting

AGENDA

GRANITE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

October 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room

3430 East Danish Road

  1. Call to Order 7:00 pm
    1. Welcome by Chair – Vaughn Cox
    2. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of minutes for September 4, 2019 meeting 7:05 pm
  3. Announcements 7:10 pm
  4. CWC Update – Michael Braun 7:15 pm
  5. Graffiti expense reimbursement 7:20 pm
  6. GCC 2020 Budget Request Update – Vaughn Cox 7:35 pm
  7. Reports from Unified Police Department, Sandy Police, and Unified Fire Authority 8:00 pm
  8. Public Comments 8:15 pm
  9. Treasurer’s report 8:25 pm
  10. Adjourn 8:30 pm

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