By Mayor Dandoy
First, let me formally welcome all the new Roy residents who were part of the Weber County annexation process. We are excited to have you part of the City and encourage you to play an active role in helping us make this community better. Your ideas, suggestions, and personal involvement is welcome and important to us. Please join us at our City Council meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
As we begin the New Year, let me share some of the important issues we will be working on over the next 12 months. In the upcoming months, UDOT will be completing the SR-97 (5600 South) Environmental Assessment study. The study is assessing the traffic issues we are currently experiencing on that State road. That study is expected to be completed sometime at the end of 2019. Once that assessment is complete, we hope to work with UDOT, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, and our legislators to get the funding and priority set to start making improvements. It may take a few years to get started, but the ground work will be established.
Recently Roy City issued a contract to help develop long range plans for business developments along 1900 West and residential / business developments around the Front-Runner Station. We anticipate the contractor will deliver a plan that will be incorporated in the City General Plan once completed and approved. This will provide a road map into the future. The process over the next few months will welcome community input, so please consider sharing your ideas. In January we will start up our Business Advisory Board with the main focus to review and help us update our current City ordinances in an effort to establish a “Business Friendly” community. Business development is one of our main focus areas and we will continue moving forward on it. We expect to see a couple commercial businesses occupy some of those empty store fronts along 1900 West. In addition, we plan to continue working with Ogden City in establishing a partnership to boost economic development at the airport.
In 2019 we will continue our efforts to secure property for a new cemetery, focus our resources to enhance the Municipal Park, develop plans on the usage of the old library on 4800 South, see the arrival of our new firetruck, and keep working to bring a new theater to the community. Watch for our “Adopt a Trail” program to unfold in the spring. We plan to ask residents to help with maintaining good, clean pathways for everyone to enjoy.
There are a number of exciting projects in the works and we look forward to continuing our efforts to enhance the quality of life of our community. We can’t do it alone! We need your voice and ideas to help us move forward. Please join us in our Council meetings with an invitation to share your concerns and ideas. You are always welcome to send us information through the City’s website or emails. Your issues are our issues.