By Jason Poulsen
At the close of 2018 year, I would to look back at the accomplishments/achievements and successes Roy City had this past year. I would like to thank all the residents so much for being patient with us as we truly made Roy City better in 2018. I would like to thank all the Roy City employees for all their hard work and tireless effort in making Roy better in 2018.
Many beautification projects throughout the city to include remodeling Taco Bell, the famous Burger Bar wall, Wendy’s, KFC, Burrito Grande, and street lights along main street to name a few.
In 2018 we had some great economic development happen in our city. Framing of a new Kidz-Town located on 5700 S, a new Burger King slated in the Harmons Plaza, Intermountain Health Care will start reconstruction of a brand new 2 story building on Main Street, also a new $20 million redevelopment project on Midland Dr. that will encompass mixed use development. We created a loan funding program through our Redevelopment Agency to assist businesses coming into Roy like the Sun Ridge Assisted Living facility along 5600 S to open this year, Lolo’s Barbecue on 5600 S, and 3 new car washes are just to name a few.
One of the most exciting projects that I was able to be a part of was the purchase of MOWEDA property which was the juvenile detention center owned by the State of Utah. We were able to purchase the building and land for $55,000 against the sale price of $950,000 the State was seeking.
You also may have noticed the new George Whalen Park on the north end of the city. This park looks amazing and is no doubt, the nicest park in Roy. We also put Municipal Park into this budget year for some renovations and a fresh look.
We were able to establish this new Roy Connection magazine that offers a much better reading experience and more information about what is going on in the city. It also offers a better business insight with some additional information as to what is going on in our Junior High and High Schools.
Construction is slated for the new Roy Junior High this year. An environmental impact study for widening 5600 South and revamping I15 interchange will also be completed in 2019.
Roy City just completed the Fiscal Year 2018 Audit and did wonderfully, at our December 18 City Council meeting they reported on the Audit and applauded our city for being fiscally responsible.
I have loved my time to work alongside all of the Residents and employees of Roy that are trying tirelessly to make this City better every day. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from you and for trusting me to continue to provide a safe community through innovation, respect and teamwork where people want to live, work and play.