Friday, November 17, 2017

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on November 21, 2017

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Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.


Business
  1. Presentations on the proposal to build a medical school on a portion of the East Bay Golf Course (17-136)
    • Provo City has received a proposal that would involve building a medical school on a portion of the East Bay Golf Course. This item will feature two presentations—one by representatives from Wasatch Educational regarding the medical school proposal and the other by representatives from the East Bay Golf Course. Staff will make concerted effort to share presentations from this discussion with the public between November 21st and the Council meeting on December 5th. The Council will receive public comment on this item at the December 5th Council Meeting. The goal is to provide details to the public and the Council regarding the medical school proposal and the current status of the East Bay Golf Course.
  2. A discussion on the Accessory Apartment Overlay Zone, the Supplementary Residential Overlay Zone, and related zoning topics(17-137)
    • At the request of various Council members, Gary McGinn from Community Development will go over the differences between the Accessory Apartment Overlay Zone (A Overlay), the Supplementary Residential Overlay Zone (S Overlay), and the provision allowing citizens who are 65 years and older to have accessory apartments. The goal is to provide Council members with a clear understanding of the differences between specific overlay zones in the City Code.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Citizens Agenda for Meeting on November 14, 2017

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Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee
11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.

  1. A discussion on a complete streets policy
    • Council and the Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee (TMAC) have previously discussed the idea of complete streets standards. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders. Provo City’s Transportation Master Plan lists in 11.02 for goals of the Bicycle Plan, “1. Institutionalize Complete Streets principles that encourage consideration of all road users when modifying existing roads or constructing new ones.”

Mayoral Appointment




Members of the Provo Municipal Council received a letter of resignation from Provo City Mayor John Curtis, which will become effective Monday, November 13, 2017. Curtis will be sworn into his new role as Representative at a ceremony in the United States House of Representatives at 6:00 pm EST on November 13, at which time he will no longer be Mayor of Provo City.

Provo City Code §2.10.080 provides for continuity in the Office of Mayor by authorizing the Council Chair, while continuing to serve as member of Council, to act as mayor until a successor mayor is appointed. The current Council Chair is Dave Sewell, one of two citywide representatives on the Council.

Sewell commented on the proposition of serving as acting mayor, "I have three goals during this time.  First is to keep the ship (the city) moving in the same direction at full speed, working with the excellent administrative staff that Mayor Curtis left in place.  There won't be any sudden course changes during my brief tenure as acting mayor.  My second and most important goal is help the mayor-elect have a smooth transition into office.  The third goal is to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about how the administrative side of our city government works so that I can be more effective as I continue to serve on the Council."

The Council will follow the procedure outlined in Utah § 20A-1-510 to fill the vacancy. Public notice will be posted on November 20, 2017, stating how a qualified person applies to be considered for the appointment and the process for selection by the Council. The appointment of the interim mayor will occur at the regular Council meeting on December 5, 2017.

Council released an intent statement on October 31, 2017, recognizing that this midterm vacancy situation is different from many others in that by December 5th, the citizens of Provo will have selected a duly elected mayor to take office on January 1st. While the appointment process will follow State and City law, it was the sense of the Council at that time that the most appropriate course of action will likely be to appoint the mayor-elect to serve as interim mayor until the end of the year, though retaining the legal right to appoint anyone who meets the stated requirements.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Provo City Council Signals Intent re: Mayoral Appointment

With John Curtis leading in the polls covering the vacant Third Congressional District, Provo City Council today considered its options should he win and need to resign his position to be seated in the US House of Representatives before his term of office ends December 31. Congressional rules do not allow a member to hold two offices simultaneously. To address the possibility, the City Council today adopted the following intent statement:

Interim Mayor Appointment Intent Statement

If a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor prior to the end of the year, the Provo Municipal Council will follow the procedure outlined in Utah § 20A-1-510 to fill that vacancy.  It is anticipated that, if necessary, the appointment would occur at the Council meeting on December 5th.  Public notice of that meeting would therefore need to be given no later than November 21st, the same day the Board of Canvassers meets to certify the election result.

The Council recognizes that this midterm vacancy situation is different from many others in that by December 5th, certified results will already exist for the election held on November 7th, by which the citizens of Provo will have selected a duly elected mayor to take office on January 1st.  While the appointment process will follow State and City law, it is the sense of the Council at this time that the most appropriate course of action will likely be to appoint the mayor-elect to serve as interim mayor until the end of the year.

Provo City Council Work Meeting, October 31, 2017


Agenda  (Time stamps have been added on YouTube to the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)