One of the less flashy—though still important—functions of the County Council is to occasionally weigh in on maintenance issues at the Salt Lake County Government Center. At last week’s council meeting we made a decision that will save money and also improve security in our main lobby.
The Government Center was built in 1986, so naturally it needs some upkeep every so often to keep it a functional, clean, and welcoming place for the public. The escalators in our North Building atrium were original to the building, and repairing or replacing them had become prohibitively expensive.
What should be the future of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park? The taxpayers of Salt Lake County subsidize the Equestrian Center in South Jordan $900,000 per year. Is that the highest and best use of this area and our taxpayer dollars? During the budget session last December I asked that our Community Services Department, which oversees the Equestrian Park, to prepare cost alternatives that identify optional uses for the Equestrian Center.
Some of my constituents have asked me to give more information on Neighborhood Caucuses. A caucus is a meeting sponsored by political parties where you and your neighbors from your voting precinct meet together once every two years. At this meeting, a few delegates are elected by you and your neighbors to represent your precinct at the political party's convention where candidates for office are chosen. This is the most grassroots political process that we have.
Aimee Winder Newton has been serving on the Salt Lake County Council since January 2014. She is the current chair of the council. Her district encompasses Murray, Taylorsville, West Valley City and West Jordan, and a small portion of South Salt Lake and Millcreek... [read more]