Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summary of the April 18 Meetings

In the Work Session

Peaks Ice Arena
After Utah County sent a letter to Provo City indicating its intention to terminate the contract regarding the ice sheet, Council asked for more information on ice sheet operation and performance. Jack Drzayich, Peaks Arena Manager, explained that 63% of private ice rentals, 71% of turf rentals, and 78% of group reservations or birthday parties were from non-Provo residents. Non-Provo residents make up 80% of the polar bears hockey, 56% of the learn to skate, and 67% of the start smart/mini mites programs. Of those who are frequent users of the facility, only 12% of ice sheet users and 7% of turf users are from Provo. Utah County and Provo City equally split the subsidy for the ice sheet. The current subsidy is $337,000 (Provo's portion is $168,500). In comparison, the Kearns Olympic Oval has a $1.5 million subsidy. No decision has been made by the Mayor or Council at this time. Provo City has until May 22 to respond to the County's letter.

Zoning Compliance
Council's Zoning Committee previously presented their recommendations at a work session. The Committee then met with members of Utah Central Association of Realtors and the Utah Apartment Association to get additional feedback. The final recommendations, consolidated into seven goals with legislative and administrative action steps, were presented to Council as the Zoning Compliance and Strategic Plan. Council members voted unanimously to adopt the plan as the intent of the Council regarding zoning compliance and strategic planning.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, April 18, 2017

Agenda   (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Summary of the April 11 Meetings

In the Work Session

Property Acquisition for Provo River Trail
Since the passage of the Recreation Arts and Parks tax, Provo City Parks and Recreation has been working to improve the Provo River Trail. The trail segment with the most public concern involves the former KOA Campground and Lamplighter Trailer Park, which is fenced on both sides of the narrow trail alignment. When the property owners were approached about negotiating an improved trail route through their property, they indicated they were putting the property on the market.

Acquisition of this property would provide a continuous 14 foot wide enhanced and relocated alignment of the trail adjacent to the river, effectively eliminating the current safety, accessibility and use issues. This property, consisting of over four acres, would provide additional space for other west side neighborhood park amenities. The size and topography of this property will be ideal in protecting frontage along the Provo River and will allow City Storm Water Division access for potential flood control. Council heard a presentation at the work session and voted unanimously at the regular meeting to appropriate the funds to purchase the property.

Airport Master Plan
The FAA requires an updated Airport Master Plan and the Provo Airport is currently in the pre-planning process. Some of the focus issues are a new passenger terminal area, immediate aircraft hangar development, primary runway enhancements, crosswind runway justification, and on/off-airport land use considerations. It is anticipated that the plan will be submitted to the FAA for review in 2019.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Summary of the March 21 Meetings

In the Work Session

Vote by Mail
Every year, the City’s Finance Department presents the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Report, which gives Council members and citizens a preview of proposed projects that will take place around Provo over the next five years, based on available funding. Here are a few examples of upcoming projects from this year’s CIP Report that already have designated funding available:
  • Bike lanes on Bulldog Boulevard
  • New street and security lights in some areas of town
  • Improvements to a long stretch of the Provo River Parkway Trail
  • A new water line on Stadium Avenue to meet the water demand
Council members asked clarifying questions about various projects throughout the presentation. If you’re curious about what other projects are in the report, click here to access the document.

Water Division Presentation
The Public Works Director continued a presentation on the Water Division that he began at the last work meeting on March 7th. The Council members learned about Provo’s water sources and storage as they currently stand. In addition, they learned of future opportunities that could help ensure an adequate water supply in the future. These presentations on the Water Division will continue over the next several work meetings.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, March 21, 2017

Agenda   (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Summary of the March 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Vote by Mail
Over the past several years there has been growing interest in moving from voting at polling locations on Election Day to a vote-by-mail (VBM) election. In 2015, several cities in Utah County chose the VBM option and each of them nearly doubled their voter turnout. Although the costs were higher, the cost-per-vote was less than in previous years. In 2016, 21 out of 29 counties in Utah administered a VBM election. Utah County has opted to administer a VBM election in 2017 for any city that contracts with them. They can only administer one type of election, so the electronic voting machines will not be available.

Provo City's administration recommends contracting with Utah County for a VBM election. This option would still include one polling location where voting could be done in person. Council members asked for more input before they make a decision at the March 21 Council meeting. Provo citizens are asked to give their opinion on Open City Hall as to how they would like to cast their vote in 2017.

Water Division Presentation
Provo City's Water Division is doing a series of presentations at Council work sessions to provide information requested by the Council and the Budget Committee. The goal is to gain more insight to prepare for the upcoming budget season. The presentation at this meeting began by reviewing the Executive Summary portion of the 2010 Water System Master Plan.