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PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:30 PM, Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.
- A discussion regarding voter participation areas. (19-127)
- State statute amendments regarding initiatives and referenda (see UCA 20A-7-401.3) have created something called “voter participation areas.” In order to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot, one must show a certain level of interest across the city to prove that it is not a neighborhood or regional issue. In addition to needing to get a certain threshold of signatures city-wide, a sponsor must also meet signature thresholds in at least 75% of the voter participation areas. Cities with council districts that are not at-large may use those districts as voter participation areas. Otherwise, they must create eight voter participation areas that meet certain criteria. If the Council chooses to create the eight voter participation areas rather than use the city's council districts, they must either act immediately or wait until 2022.
- A discussion regarding an amendment to Provo City Code regarding the disposal of certain confiscated guns and a resolution authorizing the Police Department to apply the proceeds of those sales to public interest use. (19-125 and 19-126)
- Provo City Code Section 9.01.040 (Lost and Stolen Property: Disposition) regarding the disposal of certain confiscated firearms currently references portions of Utah State Code that have been repealed. This proposed ordinance would update those code references and bring the City's code into compliance with state law.This resolution partners with the ordinance in the previous item to update Provo City Code regarding the disposal of firearms. Rather than requiring the Police Department to seek approval for how to use the proceeds of each sale of certain confiscated firearms, this resolution would direct the Department to apply all proceeds to public interest use as directed in Utah Code Section 24-3-103.5(3)(a). The Department plans to apply the proceeds to the training and supplies budget.
- A discussion regarding affordable housing policy. (19-121)
- The Housing Committee has discussed different methods of providing affordable housing and improving housing affordability and are ready to present some of the policy options for further Council feedback and direction.
- A discussion regarding the policy direction for the allocation of sewer connections for developments west of I-15. (19-110)
- This discussion follows presentations and discussions on the topic in two Work Meetings on October 8, August 27, September 10, and October 8, 2019.