You might have noticed a $0.25 increase in the monthly charge for solid waste (garbage) services on your utility bill last month. Please note that increase has been credited back to you this month. The Washington County Solid Waste District decided to postpone a scheduled fee increase that was set to start on January 1, 2016. The City collected the fee as required by our agreement, then was notified by the district about their decision to postpone it. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused residents, and kudos to the solid waste district for being prudent enough with their expenses to be financially able to delay the fee increase, at least for now.
The Gubler Park expansion project is progressing. The pavilion, pickle ball courts, court shade canopies, and volleyball court are nearly complete. The metal building for restrooms and storage is on site and Rin-con Builders has started construction of the footings. The City Power Department installed pickle ball court lighting, the pavilion, and the shade structures. The City Public Works poured the concrete footings for the pavilion and shade canopies and all the sidewalks around the courts. The City Parks Department is cur-rently installing the irrigation system. The wash crossing bridge will be completed and the temporary cross-ing will be removed when the restroom construction is complete. The expansion should be open on or before April 1st.
Work has commenced on the Highway 91 improvements west of the Jacob Hamblin Home and construc-tion is causing some traffic delays. Please be patient with the construction process and use an alternate route whenever possible. The project contractor, Sunroc, is working to manage the road closures, but the project requires construction detours and delays in order to construct the road improvements. The finished product will include widened asphalt lanes, turning lanes, dedicated bicycle lanes, curb & gutter, sidewalk, street lighting and trail improvements. The project resolves some serious safety concerns and will benefit residents for many years to come. Let’s all do our part to keep the construction zone safe for the workers and users during this process.
The Planning Commission heard public comment regarding proposed development of the SITLA (School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration) property on the corner of Lava Flow Drive and Santa Clara Drive on February 9th. Thank you to Kyle Paisley from SITLA who presented information regarding devel-opment options for the parcel and all the residents who participated in the discussion. This 10 acre parcel near the entrance to the City is important to all residents of the City and any proposed development of the parcel will be carefully reviewed by the City. The parcel is also important to SITLA. Proceeds from devel-opment benefit the students of Utah State University which in turn benefits all of us – Go Aggies! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
The Santa Clara City Council is currently working with the staff to prepare the proposed City Budget for FY 2016-17. With the opening of the Harmon’s Store on February 24th, and the anticipated increase in sales tax revenues, this budget process is anticipated to be a little less stressful than in previous years. Remem-ber to support our local merchants, doing so helps the City maintain the quality of services offered to our residents and helps keep property tax increases in check. Until next month, stay safe Santa Clara.
Mayor Rick Rosenberg