Mayor Westmoreland is joined by City Administrator Ifo Pili and Assistant City Administrator Paul Jerome to discuss the desire for a recreation center in Eagle Mountain. Ifo Pili provides some history on the pursuit for a recreation center, the methods Eagle Mountain City has pursued, and what challenges have been encountered. Paul Jerome provides explanation specifically on the financial challenges of building and maintaining a recreation center. Also, Ifo Pili and Paul Jerome introduce next steps including having designs created to provide an idea of residents what building a recreation center of sufficient capacity would take and also some concepts for other recreation facilities that come at a lower cost but meet the same needs.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Utility Billing Supervisor Maria Loza, Receptionist Pat Catherall, and Assistant City Administrator Paul Jerome to discuss some of the unique challenges and experiences faced by the Utility Billing and Reception staff. Maria Loza and Paul Jerome share some of the experiences they have had and lessons they have learned when helping residents, especially when times are tough. Pat Catherall shares with us the numerous resources that can be accessed by just visiting or calling the reception desk, especially for new residents. Paul Jerome also provides some brief background on the history and customer service goals of Utility billing in Eagle Mountain City.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Josh Daniels, Chief Deputy Clerk/Auditor for Utah County and City Recorder Finn Kofoed to discuss the upcoming Eagle Mountain City Municipal General Election, including the vote-by-mail process, important dates, voter registration and more. Their discussion is followed by brief interviews with the five city council candidates.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Library Director Michele Graves and Programming Librarian Mandy Paice to discuss the evolution of EM City's public library from a 12x12 room in the fire station with 523 patrons and 4,600 items to 15,000 patrons and 100,000 items currently. Beyond books, the staff gives an overview of the numerous services and programs the library provides for children and adults and details some future plans to expand access to the community.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Public Utilities Manager Mack Straw, Streets and Storm Drain Manager Zac Hilton, And Storm Drain Supervisor Larry Diamond. The group discusses how the City prepares for the colder temperatures and what you as a homeowner can do to help in the preparation. Mack Straw shares the common home water issues he sees and how you can prevent them. Zac Hilton shares strategies for safely navigating slick roads and supporting our snow plow drivers. Larry Diamond discusses the Bag the Leaf program and preventing hazardous materials from entering the city storm drain system. The group as a whole also discusses the best and fastest ways to get help when you need it.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Eagle Mountain City Councilmember Stephanie Gricius, Chief Eric McDowell from the Utah County Sheriffs Office, and Battalion Chief Ross Fowlks from Unified Fire Authority. The group discusses the growing demand on public safety as the city continues to rapidly grow. Chief McDowell and Battalion Chief Fowlks both share how each entity is responding to the growth and how the contractual relationship with Eagle Mountain City provides special resources, facility improvements, ideal recruitment arrangements, and more for our city. Councilmember Gricius also shares her experiences with budgeting for public safety and ride-alongs that gave first-hand experience of what our first responders go through.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Communications Director Linda Peterson, City Recorder Fionnuala Kofoed, and Cemetery Board Chair Steve Conger. Additionally, previously recorded is a discussion with Eagle Mountain resident Nisha Murray who has a personal connection with the Pony Express Cemetery. The group discusses the circumstances in which the Pony Express Cemetery was founded, its special qualities, and the planned growth and additions. Nisha Murray also shares her experience of the loss of young child and how the Pony Express Cemetery has helped and will continue to help with keeping loved ones close.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Community Development Director Steve Mumford, Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator Jeanie West, and Neighborhood Improvement Officer Jim Barney. The group discusses the role of Neighborhood Improvement in Eagle Mountain City, how residents can get assistance with violations, disputes, or even just general questions. Jeanie and Jim also share common issues they see and discuss the importance of talking to your neighbors.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Emergency Manager Jeff Weber, City Councilmember Melissa Clark, Be Ready Eagle Mountain Volunteer Anjanel Larsen, and Emergency Communication volunteer Dave Becar. The group discusses the improvements Eagle Mountain City is making to its emergency response capabilities including a major overhaul of its emergency response plan, the growth of community programs, and the increase of training opportunities for residents including CERT and HAM radio training.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Caryn Coltrin of Communities that Care and Utah County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers Deputy Dutson, Deputy Butters, and Deputy Flores to discuss the health and safety of children and teenagers at school. Caryn introduces us to Communities that Care programs, the SHARP survey, and additional insights into school safety factors in Eagle Mountain. Deputies Dutson, Butters, and Flores of the Utah County Sheriff's office provide some insight into the role of SROs (School Resource Officers), what they observe at schools in Eagle Mountain, and the programs they are using to combat health and safety challenges.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by City Council-member Donna Burnham, Eagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce Director Holly Harwood, and Economic Development Director Aaron Sanborn. The group discusses the status of economic development in Eagle Mountain City, the experience of Councilmember Burnham visiting a Tyson Foods facility, the growth of the Chamber of Commerce, and the future of Economic Development for Eagle Mountain City.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by City Council-member Colby Curtis, City Engineer Chris Trusty, and UDOT Region 3 Project Manager Jeremy Bown. The group discusses some of the financial and technical challenges and accomplishments of recent large roads projects, the status of current projects, and what the future holds for roads like Pony Express Pkwy. and SR-73.
Mayor Westmoreland is joined by Community Development Director Steve Mumford, Shane Hill of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Shon Reed a resident raptor conservationist and head of the Kestrel Project. The group discusses Open Space planning in Eagle Mountain, the partnerships that have formed, and striking a balance between preserving open space and the growth of Eagle Mountain City.