Saturday, November 7, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on November 10, 2020

Citizens Agenda


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://agendas.provo.org 


Due to the risks of public gathering associated with the spread of COVID-19, these meetings will be conducted entirely via electronic means. For information on how to view the meetings and how to contribute public comments, visit our blog: http://www.provocitycouncil.com/2020/03/virtual-provo-city-council-meetings.html


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting Agenda

1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 20, 2020


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. A resolution appointing an audit firm. (20-239)

    • In 2016, the Municipal Council appointed Hansen Bradshaw Malmrose and Erickson (now known as HBME) following a RFP process that received eight proposals. HBME has, pre-emptory to an expected RFP process in the new year, proffered a three-year extension at a $5,000 discount from FY2020's $47,000 audit fee. The proposed fees are $42,000 for the financial audit, statement preparation, and single audit for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2021, June 30, 2022, and June 30, 2023, the same rate paid for FY2016. Staff believe this to be a good offer, worthy of consideration. Normally, we would put the audit to RFP every three to five years, we have asked on behalf of the Council for exemption from the City's purchasing policies (see Compatibility section below) to be allowed to proceed. If it chooses to do so, the Council will need to formalize the appointment by resolution

  2. An update on Utah Valley Hospital. (20-237)

    • Kyle Hansen, Utah Valley Hospital Administrator, and Janet Frank, Media Manager, are making a presentation to the Council about the activities at the hospital during the last year.

  3. A presentation on Carterville Parking Permit Program (19-108)

    • Carterville resident Mary Gale has requested that a new Residential Parking Permit Program be created in the Carterville Neighborhood on 300 West from Cougar Boulevard to 1625 North, 380 West from 1300 North to 1500 North, 1300 North from 300 West to 380 West, 1500 North from 380 West to 300 West, and 1625 North from 300 West to Freedom Boulevard. On October 9, 2019, Provo City Council directed the Community and Neighborhood Services Department to study this proposal and recommend action.

    • Staff recommendation to not approve parking permit expansion proposal; continue to monitor area for other potential parking regulations.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A Call to Calm

Today, November 3, 2020, is Election Day across the United States. We call for calm, patience, and restraint from the people of Provo while the winners are determined, however long that may be.


We can have confidence in our election system. Utah and Utah County have solid experience in the vote-by-mail process. It has shown itself to be reliable (albeit slower) and capable of detecting and rejecting ineligible votes.


We can have confidence in our judicial system for resolving contested elections. We are a country ruled by laws, and the laws in place will be applied by the judiciary to resolve any legal challenges to the results of the election.


We can have confidence in our law enforcement officers to keep the peace. We have laws protecting access to the polls, ensuring our rights to peaceful protest, and protecting against disorderly conduct. We have a competent and professional police force. Please report any violations to the authorities and allow them to enforce the laws and protect the public.


Understand that some in our community are feeling apprehensive about the election and what might follow. Let’s show forth the kindness and compassion that Provo is known for. Let’s be our best selves and be an example of a civil society that respects the rule of law.


Provo City Councilors

David Harding

David Sewell

Travis Hoban

George Handley

Bill Fillmore

David Shipley

Shannon Ellsworth



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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Letter from Members of the Provo City Council in Support of Proposition 9

Letter of Support for Proposition 9:

Shall Utah County adopt the alternate form of government known as the Executive – Council (also
known as the Mayor – Council) as recommended in the proposed optional plan?
As members of the Provo City Council, we encourage all eligible voters in our city and
surrounding communities to vote in favor of Proposition 9.

Proposition 9 will replace our county government’s current form from three full-time
commissioners, who handle both administrative and legislative functions, to five part-time
councilors with legislative powers and a single full-time mayor overseeing the
administrative operations.

We support this change because it will improve the quality of representation and
create checks and balances through the separation of powers. This form is used at the
federal, state, and municipal levels of government. Similarly, it will work well at the
county level.

Some have claimed that passing Prop 9 will make the county government cost more.
Just the opposite is true. The proposition will reduce the net cost by over $250,000 by
replacing two full-time with five part-time positions. The size and cost of government
have the potential to grow in the future regardless of the form we use. Cache County,
which has been using this form of government for 35 years, is in the bottom three
counties state-wide for taxes and fees per capita.

Vote “YES” for Prop 9, for a more responsible and responsive county government.

Provo City Councilors
George Handley
David Harding
David Sewell
Bill Fillmore
Shannon Ellsworth
David Shipley



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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Summary of Action | Meetings on October 20, 2020

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting
1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Electronic Meeting


Summary of Action

Business

1.  A presentation regarding the 2020 4th Quarter Financial Report. (20-137) Presentation only.

2.  An update from Fire Chief Miguel regarding protective equipment purchased with CARES Act funding, plans for Fire Station 21, and needs for the Airport. (20-136) Presentation only.

3.  A discussion regarding proposed amendments from the Sign Committee to Provo City Code regarding electronic sign hold times and permitted locations. (20-101) Presentation only. This item will return to the Sign Committee for further refinement.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PROVO CITY EMBRACES STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

The Provo City Municipal Council tonight expressed support for Governor Herbert’s new Public Health Order and called on all persons in the city to follow the Utah State Health Guidance Levels as recently enacted. Noting that Utah County has moved to defer to the state’s Public Health Order, the Provo City Municipal Council tonight voted to follow their lead by rescinding the city’s recent COVID-19 response ordinance.


Over the past week it became apparent that there was confusion with the overlap of Provo’s COVID-19 ordinance, Utah County’s health order, and Utah’s public health order. All three contained mask requirements as well as limits to social or public gatherings.


The Council continues to support the guidance of public health officials regarding wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, following restrictions on social gatherings, and practicing good hygiene. As Governor Herbert pointed out, social gatherings continue to be the source of more outbreaks and slowing our return to more normal activity. 


While case counts in Provo have plateaued, the surge is now hitting our hospitals. Because of this, we aim to provide better protection for Provo residents and visitors by reducing the chance of confusion over multiple sets of restrictions. We support the move by the Governor Herbert and the Utah Coronavirus Task Force to establish guidance based on public health metrics.


Here is what this means:

  • Utah’s Health Guidance Levels are in effect and have placed all of Utah County in the “high transmission” level 

    • Masks are required

    • Social gatherings limited to 10 or fewer

    • Physical distancing, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when sick are recommended


Council Chair George Handley stated, “Tonight’s decision is not a change in our feelings about the seriousness of the pandemic and the need for strict compliance with health guidelines. We are grateful for the guidelines that the State has now put in place. The Council is prepared to act to protect our citizens if needed, we’ll continue to be vigilant and revisit it if conditions warrant.”


“I applaud the Provo City Council for eliminating confusion for our citizens by repealing their mask mandate to follow the State’s new COVID-19 health order. This action creates a unity between Provo City, Utah County and the State of Utah that will better protect community health,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi.




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Monday, October 19, 2020

Summary of Action | Meetings on October 6, 2020

Summary of Action | Meetings on April 21, 2020

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting
12:00 PM, Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Electronic Meeting

Summary of Action


Approval of Minutes
May 12, 2020 Budget Retreat
May 19, 2020 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  An update on the new Airport Terminal. (20-234) Presentation only.

2.  A presentation regarding the development application process. (20-225) Presentation only.

3.  A presentation from the Public Gatherings Committee on proposed changes to Section 6.20 of Provo City Code (Public Assemblies and Special Events). (20-223) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion about the renewal of the Urban Deer Program. (20-224) Presentation only.

5.  An update on the utility billing errors that stem from the system conversion in July 2020. (20-235) Presentation only.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on October 20, 2020

Citizens Agenda

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://agendas.provo.org 


Due to the risks of public gathering associated with the spread of COVID-19, these meetings will be conducted entirely via electronic means. For information on how to view the meetings and how to contribute public comments, visit our blog: http://www.provocitycouncil.com/2020/03/virtual-provo-city-council-meetings.html


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting Agenda

1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2020


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. A presentation regarding the 2020 4th Quarter Financial Report. (20-137)

    • Staff will provide to the Municipal Council a high level overview of the revenues and expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. 

  2. An update from Fire Chief Miguel regarding protective equipment purchased with CARES Act funding, plans for Fire Station 21, and needs for the Airport. (20-136)

    • Fire Chief Jim Miguel will update the Council regarding the following topics: protective equipment purchases with CARES Act funding, Fire Station 21 plans, Airport needs.

  3. A discussion regarding proposed amendments from the Sign Committee to Provo City Code regarding electronic sign hold times and permitted locations. (20-101)

    • This item is a continuation of the discussion from July 7, 2020. The Sign Committee has spent the last year reviewing Provo City's policy regarding electronic signs. At the suggestion of the committee, the Council approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic signs in residential and agricultural zones in October 2019. The committee is now bringing a second proposal to the Council for consideration. 

    • The committee proposes that Provo be divided into three areas: 

      • 1. areas where digital signs are prohibited 

      • 2. areas where long hold times no shorter than one hour are permitted 

      • 3. areas where short hold times no shorter than one minute are permitted (unless the sign is in an SC3 zone and represents 20 or more tenants, in which case the shortest permitted hold time would be 15 seconds) 

    • Digital Sign Hold Time Principles v6 gives more details and outlines where each would be applied. After reviewing the available academic literature and visiting with local business owners, the committee believes that this is the best compromise between Provo's commitment to public safety and the need to create an environment where local businesses can thrive. A more thorough explanation of the rationale behind this proposal, including a short list of studies consulted, is available in the Digital Sign Ordinance Preamble. In Provo City Code, the current long hold time is that a sign may change up to three times per day. The short hold time is eight seconds, which is the most common hold time in neighboring cities.