Granite Transportation Committee
The Granite Transportation Committee meeting is Scheduled
for Wednesday, May 15th at 5:00 pm.
A PDF copy of the agenda is attached below..
It will be held at this location:
Salt Lake County Offices
The Committee of the Whole Meeting Room.
2100 South State Stree
Granite Community Council Meeting
This Wednesday May 1st 2019 at 7:00 pm GCC will hold its Community Council meeting located at:
|Metropolitan Water District Offices Conference Room
3430 East Danish Road
Click here for a Agenda of your May Meeting: https://granitecommunitycouncil.net/?page_id=2190
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District Upcoming Changes
At the suggestion of Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District (WFWRD) Exec. Dir. Pam Roberts, Sandy City has proposed to the Board that they (Sandy) take over the trash services for all those who have already been annexed into Sandy (these are reflected by yellow dots on the map: Sandy Annexations in Granite). We would then be served by Sandy’s Waste Management, starting on July 1, 2019. This allows time for the public and legal processes. The WFWRD Board has agreed with this action and Salt Lake County (SLCo) will need to approve the action. Pam wants to run this by us in Granite, who are the only ones affected by this action.
What services would change? The differences between the service is mainly that WFWRD provides green bins for green waste and Sandy does not. However, Sandy is now providing glass recycling. As you can see on the map, not many residents use the green bin anyway, so this may not be a major factor.
I asked Pam about asking Sandy about their providing green waste service and she advised that the company they deal with to get the green waste is having trouble using the waste (even at a low level) and is unlikely to take on more customers.
The other difference is that Sandy provides curbside cleanup twice (?) a year, which some residents like and others dislike (sometimes the junk sits there for weeks).
The reason for doing this: WFWRD has to pay $4/mile for their trucks to do waste pickup and Granite is the only area that they currently serve with lots of islands in it.
At the County meeting where this was discussed, I reminded Pam that we formed service districts with the whole idea of providing continuous service for a stable base of residents (good ole ‘economies of scale‘), so this action seems to be going against that philosophy, but it is really costing them too much to provide this island-by-island service. That affects costs to other residents.
What will probably change in the future? Because of this potential impact on residents in terms of future increased waste fees, Pam has stated that further changes would occur later to the purple-dot residences, those who are still in the unincorporated County. With those residents in the County, WFWRD would still be providing service to those islands, which is cost-ineffective. It is thus likely that the WFWRD board will decide to ‘de-annex’ them (i.e., no longer provide waste services directly to them). However, when action needs to be taken with them, WFWRD would retain its responsibility to them, by providing waste service either by contracting through Sandy or they could provide service through another waste management provider. Pam’s response on this issue was: ‘The thought and possibility of WFWRD contracting directly with a private hauler came about [recently] and I definitely am willing to evaluate and explore that option to make it happen if the residents so desire and it makes sense for our remaining customers.’
We don’t know when that might happen. [I’ve tried to get info from Sandy Public Works, but am so far unsuccessful]. This is what Pam would like feedback on, from the Granite Community Council (GCC) and/or residents, whether we go with Sandy’s Waste Management or another contractor that provides identical services as we get today (this logically would seem to eventually cost more, as the same provision of service to islands would occur).
Are County residents more likely to be annexed? At the same County meeting, some unincorporated residents raised the issue that Sandy is more likely to annex residents once they are providing an additional municipal service to them. I called Sandy’s Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, Korban Lee, to ask about this and get the story straight. He referred me to Utah State Code Title 10, Chapter 2, Sect. 418 (10.2.418), which provides four different ways to annex properties, only one of which involves provision of municipal services.
There was a recent annexation action by Sandy with properties near Creek Rd., in which a majority of residents signed Consent to Annex forms, which was the main basis of Sandy’s action to annex them. The fact that Sandy was providing some municipal services directly to those residents and other services via a contract (as we in Granite get our fire/emergency services from Sandy Fire via a contract with Unified Fire Authority) had absolutely no impact on whether or how Sandy could annex that area.
How can residents provide input to this issue? Pam Roberts plans to attend the November 7 meeting of the GCC. She plans to ‘provide an overview, and field questions/concerns. I feel it’s important that everyone understands that I started the conversation with Sandy and the possibility of de-annexing the 403 [already annexed] properties. The decision to pursue is Sandy City’s.’ The final say is SLCo’s.
Residents who cannot attend but wish to provide input may send an email to me, Mary Young, at email@example.com, or directly to Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you may wish to attend one of their board meetings. Info from Pam on those is below:
‘Our board meets once a month on the 4th Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. here at our administrative offices located inside the County’s Public Works Admin building. 604 West 6960 South in Midvale. The next board meeting will be held on Monday, October 22nd. We have a time set aside for public comments shortly after the meeting starts. You are always welcome to come and address the Board. You may also find out more on our website: wasatchfrontwaste.org/about. You may find all of our board members on the board page as a reference. All of our board members are good public servants who want to do the right thing for our residents and they are very open to public comments.
For the October WFWRD Board meeting, our board is scheduled to tentatively adopt the 2019 tentative budget. I want to provide the information that I am not proposing any changes to our 2019 budget related to waste and recycling services to the Granite Community. We plan to continue to use the fees we collect from you as our residents to continue collections as we are mandated and proud to provide.’
Little Cottonwood Canyon Transportation Issues & Studies
During the last six months, the Granite Community Council has hosted speakers who have talked about many different aspects of transportation improvements that affect our community and also our canyon. In November and December of 2017, we had reps from Salt Lake County telling us about projects they are working on in Granite that will be completed this year (see Minutes/Archives for details). Since then, we’ve invited the University of Utah Civil & Environmental Engineering senior students, with the guidance of their professors, Drs. Steve Bartlet Dave Eckhoff, to study and make recommendations about transportation issues in Little Cottonwood Canyon and in our community (especially as canyon traffic often affects residential traffic). In addition, we’ve enjoyed having reps from UDOT, especially John Thomas, who heads up the UDOT Environmental Impact Statement on Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is underway now.
You might think, why do we need so many different groups studying the same thing? especially after all the studies already done, including Mountain Accord? Well, I saw the study that the U senior students did last year on Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC) problems, known as the 3T Improvement Project–managing Traffic, Trails, and Toilets, and was impressed enough that I asked the professors if they’d please consider studying our canyon. I thought a fresh, young look might yield some interesting results and they have. Here is the BCCA 3T STUDY, for those who may be interested. If you’d like to see some of the information already presented by the students to the GCC and to many others (UDOT, UPD, Central Wasatch Commission folks, County, etc.), take a look at these. Note that these are preliminary ideas: U Feasibility Study Presentation March, and LCC Study Presentation January.
The U’s feasibility study for our canyon was in the news today and you can take a look at some of the preliminary information being published about it.
Below are a couple of links to articles about the Trails, Roadway, Information, and Parking (TRIP) Feasibility Study that the U of U
Civil/Environmental Engineering students agreed to do for the Granite Community Council (GCC) this semester.
The articles tell quite a bit about some of the study findings thus far, but there is also a presentation (mentioned in the links) at the U’s Marriott Library Thursday morning (April 19), in case some of you would like to attend. The final report on the study is nearing completion soon and I will post that here when it is completed.
Savanah Whittaker, the student lead for this study, provided the following today: Here are a couple articles as a result of the press release:
If you have comments or questions on this study, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Please click on the link below to download the Earth Day Dimple Dell Cleanup flyer:
At the Granite Community Council’s March 7 meeting, Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Batt. Chief Brad Lynn provided our March Safety message, which provides hints on avoiding delays in dialing 9-1-1. See it here: Safety Message March 18. Also, he advised us that the new, valley-wide 9-1-1 system (which will also reduce delays) is installed and undergoing testing and should be operational this summer or early fall.
He also updated us on new legislative restrictions on fireworks for next year, which will further shorten the days when fireworks are legal. Also, there will be liability costs for people who start fires. So…please plan to be careful!
Granite’s New Facebook Page
Thanks to Nycha Schlegel, Dist. 5 rep, for setting up Granite Community Council’s new Facebook page, which now includes some good information from Unified Fire Authority about keeping safe during the holiday season. See this and more at https://m.facebook.com/GraniteCommunityCouncil/.