Officials drawing up boundaries after Millcreek becomes a city, other areas become Townships

Posted at 5:45 PM, Nov 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-04 19:45:53-05

MILLCREEK, Utah -- The morning after elections, Salt Lake County already went to work to change over the six Salt Lake County Townships. But one of the decisions voters made on the ballot may not actually happen.

"The county is swamped right now,” Salt Lake County Council Member Aimee Winder-Newton said of the work they’re doing to get the Townships up and running.

Magna, Copperton, Kearns, White City and Emigration Canyon will now become Metro Townships.

Millcreek, however, went a different direction and is set to become an actual city.

Each will have elected officials, with the initial election being run by the county.

"Now what we're doing is drawing up boundaries for each of the townships and the new city, so that elected officials can be chosen from those different districts," Winder-Newton explained.

The county, Winder-Newton said, will vote on those district boundaries on December 15.

There is another choice voters made: whether or not to keep Salt Lake County services.

"The snow removal, the street repair, street lighting services, planning and zoning services," listed Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

While voters in each Metro Township decided to stay in the Municipal Services District (MSD), Millcreek residents voted to break off.

However, "That vote didn't mean a whole lot," Winder-Newton said.

She said Millcreek will stay with county services for at least a year.

It’ll be up to the elected city officials on whether they want to drop out of the MSD. After taking office, they have six months to decide.

But the vote wasn’t completely for naught.

"This will be a good guideline for future Millcreek city officials to use, in deciding whether or not they`re going to stay in the MSD," Winder-Newton said.

Both Winder-Newton and Mayor McAdams are excited to move forward with the big, historic changes.

"This was really inspiring to just see community members come out, and really try to give shape to what they want the future of their community to look like," Mayor McAdams said.

The Metro Townships and City of Millcreek will become incorporated in January 2016. Later that year in November, voters will choose the elected officials, who will take office in January 2017.