2024 State of the City
Mayor's Message - Making Progress in North Salt Lake
2023 was a good year for the City of North Salt Lake.
Here is a look at some of the significant things that happened last year and why I am positive about the upcoming year.
In January, we said goodbye to two Council Members, Natalie Gordon and Stan Porter. We will miss their contributions. We are very pleased to welcome three newly-elected Council Members: Tammy Clayton, Suzette Jackson and Ted Knowlton. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know your elected officials. We all serve because we love North Salt Lake and want to help it be the best community it can be!
You may have noticed around town that the City made some reinvestment in our neighborhood parks. We upgraded and replaced playground equipment in three Foxboro parks, Stonehenge, Oldham and Caleb, and we have more planned for 2024. We also added pedestrian pathways at Legacy Park and Fox Hollow Park.
The City has hired a design and construction team for the expansion and renovation of Hatch Park. This park will have many new features including a large water feature, pickleball courts, a large gathering space for community events and many opportunities for outdoor play and recreation. Look for announcements about this exciting renovation on the City’s social media pages and its website.
The City also completed several water line replacement and road repair projects including 175 East, Wilson Avenue, Lacey Way, cul-de-sacs on Eaglewood Loop, the upper portion of Eaglewood Drive and a significant overlay on Eagleridge Drive.
Early in 2023, the City completed the renovation of the Eaglewood Golf Course and Event Center. This historic project has been a wonderful enhancement to the City’s golf and event facility. We encourage residents to use the beautiful venue for weddings, banquets, family get-togethers and corporate events and take advantage of a sizable 20% booking discount offered to residents. If you haven’t enjoyed a delicious meal in our new café, be sure to check that out. In addition to the event center, the City added state-of-the-art golf simulators for year-round practice and play. This state-of-the-art technology is available by the hour or with annual membership. We hope residents will take advantage of this added feature at the Course.
North Salt Lake sponsors many events throughout the year that we hope enhance the quality of life for its residents. There is a weekly Food Truck and Vendor Fair on Monday nights at Legacy Park in Foxboro which runs annually from Spring to Fall. The City’s Liberty Fest events include events on the west side and east side of the City culminating in a wonderful fireworks show on July 3 at Eaglewood Golf Course. There are also many other family-friendly events such as a kite festival, Easter egg dash, Arbor Day tree plantings, Jordan River canoeing, Golden Spoke bike ride and a Halloween event. In 2023, the City sponsored a Winter Lights Fest holiday celebration at City Hall with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Clause, cookies, hot chocolate, music and lights.
The City’s Health and Wellness Committee sponsored several classes related to family and personal relationships and mental well-being in 2023. This Committee is charged with increasing awareness of physical and mental health and sharing resources available to our residents in these areas. Each year, the City conducts a Health Fair together with the Night Out Against Crime in August.
You may have noticed that water and storm drain monthly fees have increased for the past couple of years and they are likely to continue to increase each year. While we’ve had a strong 18 months of precipitation in Utah, the City still has a need to further encourage water conservation So, our current rate structure rewards water conservation for those who engage in best outdoor watering practices and discourages overuse through higher rates for higher usage. We believe that long-term, the City’s water supply could be greatly extended through conservation and would allow us all to avoid purchasing additional water at extremely high cost. The City also needs to improve its fiscal health in the Water Fund in order to continue to make needed water line replacements.
Finally, in 2024 the City will be revising its General Plan document that was adopted in 2013. Over the next twelve months, the City will be working to update its land use plan, housing strategies, parks and recreation element and other important pieces of the General Plan. As a part of this project, there will be some public outreach to solicit feedback and we hope you’ll take that opportunity to respond and have a say in how North Salt Lake moves into the future.
While the City has a diversified revenue structure and is fiscally sound and responsible, the City is also evolving from a high-growth city to one that now must maintain aging public infrastructure like water and storm drain lines, roads and parks. As I lead the City Council in the important activity of budgeting each year, I am always mindful of the need to balance levels of service against spending public funds. All of the elected officials and appointed City leaders are thoughtful and careful when deciding what is most important and what is in the best interests of all residents of North Salt Lake.
I am encouraged as we begin 2024. The state of our city is strong. Our city has strong leadership in our elected officials. We have a strong and dedicated staff. We have strong businesses and a strong local economy. I urge citizens, families, businesses, and leaders to stay united in building a prosperous city that maintains that strong sense of community that we all love about North Salt Lake.
With much appreciation,
Brian J. Horrocks, Mayor