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Holladay

Two of the traffic improvements requested by residents and city leaders have been approved.

A median that will shorten the two left-turn lanes from Highland Drive onto 6200 South will be constructed. Although the city had hoped to eliminate one turn lane, limiting the length of the two turn lanes will reduce traffic along 6200 South.

The City Council has also approved a reduced speed limit along Cottonwood Lane and Walker Lane. The new limits will be 25 mph, down from 30 mph, and will be in effect for six months so the city can better determine how to manage traffic that residents have complained about for months. The city has also stepped up law-enforcement efforts along the two residential streets.

Riverton

The city is poised to spend at least $1 million on property acquisition in a redevelopment project area to make way for a wider road and a new commercial center.

The City Council passed seven resolutions to authorize the city to pursue as many properties, ranging in price from $140,000 to $365,000, according to Don Adams, director of planning and economic development. Passing of the resolutions now allows the city to begin negotiating prices for each property.

"It's the first step toward redevelopment and a revitalization of Riverton City's downtown," said Adams.

The city plans to purchase between 10 and 20 additional properties in the 20-acre RDA project area, which carries a budget of $10 million. If any property owner refuses to sell, the city can exercise its powers of eminent domain, said Adams. At least three of the properties contain existing businesses.

The half-mile section to be widened starts at 12800 South at Redwood Road.

South Jordan

The city now has a policy that says it can record closed session meetings on tape, transcribe the minutes and keep records of what paid city officials and elected leaders say beyond public earshot — but the public is essentially banned from knowing exactly what was said in those meetings.

Under state statute, the only time any municipality is allowed to discuss city business behind closed doors is when the subject involves pending litigation or land-acquisition matters or when the meeting pertains to a personnel issue. Members of the public and media are not allowed to sit in on those meetings, trusting that participants are not delving into matters of public information.

The City Council approved a policy Wednesday that says the city recorder and members of the council are the only persons authorized to view closed meeting minutes and then only under supervision of the city office, according to the newly adopted policy.

Only through a court order, said City Manager Rick Horst, can a member of the public gain access to the same record. Conversely, transcripts from regular public meetings are available upon request. Most policies on closed meeting minutes, however, are about the same throughout Utah — no public access without a judge's approval.

South Salt Lake

Gov. Mike Leavitt will address community leaders during a luncheon March 15.

The "Lunch with the Governor" will beat the Columbus Community Center, 2535 S. 400 East, at noon. The event is sponsored by the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Rotary Club.

Tickets are $12 a person. For more information, call 466-3377.