Granite Community Council Meeting
This Wednesday August 7th 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 August Meeting: August Meeting
Granite Transportation Committee
|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/.
The following information has been provided by Sandy City Police Chief Kevin Thacker , in response to concerns that I’ve expressed to Sandy City about response time problems in the Granite Community.
Tips for Emergency Response
When responding to an emergency, minutes matter! It’s vital that emergency responders can easily and quickly find your address. In an effort to serve you better, the following tips will help emergency responders arrive as quickly as possible…
- Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency! Do not hesitate if help is needed.
- Posted address numbers should be at least 4 inches high and should contrast with the background in which they are displayed.
- Address numbers (in Arabic numerals) should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.
- Address numbers should be posted above the garage and/or next to the main door.
- If the house is located more than 45 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed in an appropriate place that will make it visible for emergency responders (e.g., fence).
- Addresses on the mailbox and/or on the curb can also be helpful but keep in mind that they could be covered by snow, garbage cans or parked vehicles. (Reflective numbers are suggested for these locations).
- To ensure house numbers are visible keep trees and/or shrubbery trimmed and be careful where you place decorations or flags.
- At night keep a porch light on so the address numbers can be easily seen.
- When reporting your emergency, give specific information to dispatch such as gate or garage codes, dead end lanes, living in the basement apartment, in the back yard, etc.
- Meet emergency responders on the curb if it is safe to do so.
- Lock up pets (so they do not create an obstacle for responders)!
- Know that a visitor, child or injured person may be unable to give clear directions to Dispatch. They are relying on your house numbers being properly marked.
- Also know that if emergency personnel are needed they may be unfamiliar with your area, again relying on your house numbers being properly marked.
- Be prepared to verify your phone number with Dispatch in case the call is dropped.
- Use a land line if possible but if you do not have one available remember that cell phone technology sends your call to the 9-1-1 center for the city where the cell tower you’re calling through is, not your location. Your cell phone could be attached to a cell tower outside of the city you are in. Be patient while the call is handled and transferred to the appropriate center.
- When calling Dispatch it is important to know the address from where you are calling AND the address where responders are needed (if they are different). Cell phone GPS will NOT lead us to your EXACT location. You also need to be familiar with the city you are in or if you are in an unincorporated county area. If special instructions are needed to locate your residence, contact your police department; they can have our dispatch center enter the information in their records system and “flag” your address.
Here’s more from Sandy Police
Since Tod & I annexed into Sandy, I’ve been getting to know Sandy Police Chief Thacker quite a bit (no, I haven’t been on a one-woman crime spree, just complaining a lot). He had indicated that he wanted to improve both Sandy Police performance in the Granite community and our residents’ perception of their performance. So, when neighbor Jay said he’d gotten a ticket for trying to sell a car on Little Cottonwood Rd across from the Granite Ward, I asked Chief Thacker about why the area wasn’t signed to prohibit this and why it seemed ok to sell cars on the streets elsewhere in Sandy.
After a certain amount of research and coordination, it turns out that it IS legal to
sell one’s cars on the road, but it is not legal to park perpendicular to the road
(unless signed/striped). Sandy has posted “parallel parking only” signs there and Chief Thacker advised his troops to issue warnings, not tickets, until it was properly signed. [the signs are now in place. However, some people are still parking at an angle! Expect tickets when you do this.]
Also, it seems that for some years, when people have called 911 to complain of a problem
at Granite Park (27th E), they have gotten passed back and forth to Unified Police Dept
and Sandy Police and neither has indicated that they actually have jurisdiction over the
park. Well, that problem is now fixed, thanks both to UPD Det. Paula Stinson and to
Chief Thacker, who again had to do quite a bit of research and coordination to determine
that, yes indeed, Sandy Police does have jurisdiction over the park. He has informed all
the appropriate parties, including SLC 911 Dispatch, so don’t be surprised if you see more
Sandy patrols there.
If you are aware of other problems and ways to improve our police service and protection,
both from UPD and Sandy PD, you can address them to Chief Thacker (KThacker@sandy.utah.gov) or Det. Stinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), come to a community council meeting, or email me.
Mary Young, now promoted to Chief Administrative Officer!
VISIBLE HOUSE NUMBERS
We have had several emergencies in Granite in recent years, including deaths of residents and home fires. As a result of discussing the situations with our emergency service providers (both Sandy Fire and Unified Fire Authority), we realize that there are several things that residents can do to reduce the amount of time it takes to get a medical rescue or fire truck to our homes. One of them is to have VISIBLE HOUSE NUMBERS on your home or property (not just on your curb). You can read more about this and other things you can do to improve your family’s odds of survival on the link below. You can order address number signs ($10 each) from Mary Young, email@example.com. Protect your Family
If you or friends park your cars at the Bell Canyon trailhead parking lots (either on Little Cottonwood Rd. or Wasatch Blvd.), make sure your cars are locked and valuables are not visible. These locations have been prime locations for vehicle thefts. Sandy City has established overflow parking in the following areas: 1. north of the new water tank on Little Cottonwood Rd. (east of Orgill Trailhead), 2. in new parking lot at site of old water tank on Wasatch Blvd, just south of Little Cottonwood Rd (Don’t trespass on the Richardson property if you park here!), 3. on the east side of Wasatch, for northbound traffic south of Little Cottonwood Rd, and 4. at the GK Gilbert Geologic Viewpark, west of Wasatch on Little Cottonwood.
(See the “Granite West Crimes Statistics). If you’re interested in crime in Granite and Neighborhood Watch, please check our Safety and Neighborhood Watch page of the website.
Need to correctly get rid of medications gone out of date? They’re accepted at most local Police Stations:
Sandy: 10000 Centennial Parkway 801-568-7100 M-F 8-5
Cottonwood Heights: 1265 E. Fort Union Blvd 801-944-7100 M-F 8-5