City Council hears 2019 staff departmental goals

Donna Barnes | Lehi Free Press

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In February 26 Pre-Council Meeting, all City Council members heard a report from Lehi City Assistant Administrator, Cameron Boyle, outlining each departments’ goals, strategies to meet those goals and measures and actions taken to assess those goals.

Outlined are each department’s goals:

1) Administration: Better leverage technology and data to provide more efficient use of resources and better ways to serve the public. Improve communication with residents and highlight what the city is doing.

2)  Community Development: Facilitate City Campus Master Plan

3)  Economic Development: Attract and retain quality businesses by promoting Lehi as a family-friendly community.

4) Engineering: Construct the Dry Creek P.I. Lake with amenities for water and recreation resources.

5) Finance: Revise and improve financial policies

6) Fire: Deliver a high level of professional service to the community while enhancing public education and community relations.

7) Fleet: Provide employees with safe vehicles and equipment so they can serve the citizens of Lehi.

8) Justice Court: Implement evidence-based sentencing practice and utilize effective community resources for convicted defendants in an effort to reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system and effect positive change and reparation.

9) Recreation: Implement cutting-edge, family-centric recreation opportunities for residents.

10) Parks and Recreation: Maintain high standards at city parks, cemetery, and facilities by utilizing natural resources and volunteerism.

11) Police: Enhance police response capabilities and emergency responses

12) Power: Use technology and improve infrastructure to provide a positive customer experience.

Additionally, a sustainability committee will be organized to ensure Lehi is a sustainable city.

A discussion was held with the Parks, Trails, and Tree Committee. Trent Dyer was the presenter. They are working on an Arbor Day seminar that will include presentations by the city’s three arborists.

Dyer also gave an update on the completion of several park projects. Watercress Park is 99% completed. It is located on approximately 1500 S. and Center Street. It will have several pickleball courts, tennis courts, etc. Another park behind Lehi Fire Station 83 is in the design stage. This park will be adjacent to Ignite Academy. The Exchange Park is also close to completion.

A discussion about park funding was conducted by Skylar Beltran. Ideas were presented as to how to fund park without using taxpayer money. Ideas such as engraved bricks, a sponsorship wall, individual field naming rights along with scoreboards, dugouts, concessions stands, and fence banners. Beltran noted, “Millions of dollars of economic impact can be generated by parks.”

Questions were asked about the bike park which was proposed by Cameron Spencer in a previous City Council meeting. Mayor Johnson asked about bike park liability.

City Administrator Jason Walker gave a legislative update. Mayor Johnson expressed concern with the new tax reform bill. Johnson said, “Services that will be taxed will affect affordable housing. There are a lot of questions that need to be asked.”

There were some aspects of the tobacco bill being presented to the state legislature that may affect Lehi’s new “T21” ordinance.

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