Hard work and dedication by city employees and citizens alike were credited for Grantsville’s continued climb to improvement in Mayor Brent Marshall’s annual assessment.
Marshall presented his State of the City address to the Grantsville City Council Wednesday. Chief among the milestones was the completion and official opening of the Grantsville City Library last April.
“What was a dream for many is now a reality,” he said. “The community has embraced this facility and is now cherishing the opportunities that are held within its walls.”
Those opportunities include tutoring programs and a summer reading program for students, and Utah State University courses taught in the building.
The development of the Hollywood Park was also touted as one of 2013’s successes. The 11-acre park had its ground leveled, a sprinkler system installed and 29 trees planted over the summer, Marshall said, and more improvements are planned for the future as funds will allow.
Marshall said the city has done a good job with balancing between doing needed capital projects and financially staying in the black.
“Addressing our capital needs will be challenging. We will maximize every available dollar to minimize unnecessary spending in order to achieve our long-term goals,” he said.
Last year’s capital improvement projects included the Worthington Waterline Loop, which increased water pressure to homes on the east end of town that before had inadequate water pressure. The Booth Street Sewer Project was also begun in 2013, which, when completed, will upgrade the sewer system on the east part of town to eliminate two sewer lift stations that, during power outages, allow effluent water to back up into homes.
A Rocky Mountain Power project to increase power reliability in Grantsville was also mentioned in Marshall’s remarks. The power company has been cutting down trees on the east end of Main Street and giving the affected residents tree vouchers as a replacement.
Marshall commended the cooperation of the company with other utility companies, the city and homeowners to make the process go more quickly and minimize impact.
Grantsville’s recycling program, launched last summer, has been successful in eliminating tons of garbage and saving the city money in dumping fees, Marshall said, and has become a blueprint for other communities interested in developing programs of their own.
Marshall also credited the city’s department heads with saving the city and community money wherever possible, citing their frugality as a key component in allowing the city to pay off the A&B water bond from 1998, used for the construction of the South Willow well and storage tank, a year early, and a sewer bond from 1995, taken to fund a sewer plant upgrade, two years early.
Marshall also noted the city’s most recent audit, which had no findings, was thanks to the hard work and efficiency of the city’s department heads.
While the city’s hard work has paid off, he said, there was still more work to do. Marshall encouraged community members, as well as city employees, to devote their time and abilities to the city to help the community improve further.
“Look for opportunities to volunteer, spend time mentoring a child, and help a neighbor. Invest in our future; use your time and talents to make a difference,” he said. “Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Our city will be better because of your efforts.”
Full text of Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall’s State of the City address
Editor’s note: The following is the full text of Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall’s State of the City address that was given during Wednesday’s Grantsville City Council meeting.
Honorable City Council, staff members and citizens, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor of Grantsville City and to have the opportunity to proudly stand before you to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year and deliver this message.
Our community saw the opening of the Grantsville City Library. What a wonderful occasion this was. Many people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was standing room only. What was a dream for many is now a reality. The community has embraced this facility and is now cherishing the opportunities that are held within its walls. Our catalogue collection has increased to over 32,000 items and is continually growing. A summer reading program and tutoring programs were held for elementary school students needing some extra help. Many students participated in these programs.
Utah State University uses the library to offer courses to individuals seeking to further their education. We are investing in our future through innovative and creative partnerships through the use of this facility. The library is a tremendous asset and will be a focal point in the future development of our great city.
Addressing our capital needs will be challenging. We will maximize every available dollar to minimize unnecessary spending in order to achieve our long-term goals. The Worthington Waterline Loop Project increased water pressure that was dangerously low to above acceptable standards. This project was completed on time and under budget.
We have started the Booth Street Sewer Project. This upgrade is necessary as there are two lift stations that can cause effluent water to back up into homes in certain scenarios. This improvement will remove these stations from the line and provide a higher level of service as these scenarios are removed.
Rocky Mountain Power, as a capitol cost to them, has removed trees on the east end of the city on Main Street to upgrade the power line and increase the reliability of power to our city and citizens. All affected residents received free tree vouchers from Rocky Mountain Power. There was a great amount of coordination and effort put into this project by the many utility companies, the city and home owners.
The development of the 11-acre Hollywood Park has become a reality. This was an all-summer project with dirt being leveled, a sprinkling system installed and grass planted. With donations by Rocky Mountain Power and The Modern Women, 29 trees were planted. The continued development of this new park will be over time as funds allow, giving the park the amenities it needs.
Our recycling program was launched last summer and is now being used as a blueprint for other communities to begin programs of their own. This has reduced the number of tons of waste being placed into the landfill, saving the community money.
Our 4th of July celebration is second to none with many festivities, including a flag-raising ceremony, a 5K race, parade, basketball and tennis tournaments, pageants, a car show, a talent contest, games and bouncy houses, and a firework finale equal to those in the stadiums in other valleys.
I want to take a moment to recognize and acknowledge the department heads and the employees for working together as they are truly committed to providing the best service possible. Excellence is perfected throughout our workforce. The work of city employees played a critical role in getting our financial house in order, paying of the 1998 A&B water bond one year early and the 1995 sewer bond two years early, and having a No Findings audit.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank the city council for their support and their dedication. I have worked side by side with this group of councilmen and have the deepest respect for the work they do and the role they play. You certainly make a positive impact on our community. Thank you for your service to our city.
The work we have accomplished has not been easy. Hard work never is. Not everyone has agreed with all the difficult decisions we have made. My commitment has always been to the citizens of Grantsville. I work every day to leave Grantsville better off than it was when I became mayor. The success or failure of accomplishing these goals has an effect on the investments of our communities. I’d like to thank [Tooele City] Mayor [Patrick] Dunlavy, the Tooele City Council, the [Tooele] County Commissioners and the other communities. We have seen the importance of working together for the common good of our valley.
Not all moments in history are created equal. Some moments have been pivotal, shaping the course of future events for years to come. These past four years have been a momentous time for our city. We were at a crossroads. We chose the path towards a brighter future. Today we are hard at work investing in Grantsville. We are responsibly managing our finances while stepping up investments for a healthier, more sustainable future.
I love my wife, Corene, and my family. Family is very important, as mine has been an enormous support for me. I have the encouragement of my sons, Ryan and Colin, and their families. I’m very proud of them. I have enjoyed watching them grow. It is a great blessing having family close by.
Quality of life extends beyond our legacy projects. We are a community that cares about one another. We are there to help in times of need. I wish to close with a challenge to all our residents. Look for opportunities to volunteer, spend time mentoring a child and help a neighbor. Invest in our future; use your time and talents to make a difference. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Our city will be better because of your efforts. We are off to a great start, but there is a lot more to be done. I believe we are creating a jewel by investing in our future. Thank you.