Your City Council at Work

On March 9, the council met in a business meeting and as a Redevelopment Agency. Here’s a synopsis of their actions:

• SEL Day: Issued a proclamation that March 26 is Social and Emotional Learning Day and expressed support for a program called Everyday Strong. SEL relates to empathy and the formation of healthy relationships, and Everyday Strong helps parents and caregivers provide healthy emotional environments in which children can develop SEL and thrive.

• Still Water Plats: Approved the final plats of Still Water Development Phases 10 and 11. These represent the final phases of the Still Water Development on the Southern border of Syracuse. Development of those lots is ongoing.

• 500 West: Authorized an amendment to an agreement with Clearfield City related to the construction of 500 West. When constructed, it will connect 500 West (near Barlow Park) to Antelope Drive, providing improved access and circulation to the area. Clearfield is spearheading the construction in a project largely funded by grant dollars.

• Sewers: Affirmed the city’s annual report on our sewer system. We are happy to report that there were no known sewage back-ups in our system in 2020.

• Access Improvements: The Council met as an RDA board and approved a tax-increment-funded infrastructure project that will increase access around Bluff Ridge Drive and encourage commercial development. Using tax-increment funds (which is collected from properties within the specific redevelopment area), the RDA will reimburse some of the costs associated with the improvements. It is anticipated that some development will occur this year – including a public access point to Antelope Drive, east of the Pizza Factory – with retail and flex-office space coming in the following years.

• Plat Approval Authority: Amended code related to administrative approvals of preliminary and final plats, giving final authority for those decisions to the Syracuse Planning Commission.

• Election Services: Authorized agreement with Davis County to provide election services for the city’s 2021 municipal elections.

• Volunteers Needed – The council discussed the difficulty we’ve had filling various volunteer boards in the city. We need civic-minded individuals for positions on multiple boards, which may include the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Committee, Arts Council, and Board of Adjustment. These are a great way to connect to others in the community and gain experience with how things work in the city. Inquiries should be directed to Shauna Greer through sgreer@syracuseut.com.

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