Monday, September 26, 2016

Summary of the September 20 Meetings

In the Work Session

Trampoline Gyms
Due to a series of injuries at local trampoline gyms, a stakeholder group has been meeting to discuss potential new regulations to recommend to the Council. The group presented information on trampoline injuries and suggestions for regulations that could be added to business licensing requirements for trampoline gyms. Council heard the initial presentation and will discuss it further at the October 5 work meeting and Council meeting. The regulations proposed include specific safety standards, employee requirements, emergency response plans, and insurance coverage amounts.

Solar Energy
Provo City's Director of Energy presented information at the September 6 Council work meeting to facilitate a discussion on policies regarding private solar power generation. The current practice of net metering makes it possible for solar customers to use the excess solar power generated to offset the amount paid for energy used from Provo Power when solar power is not available. The concern is that net metering can result in fixed costs of the power system not being covered by those who are generating solar energy. Representatives of Vivint Solar and Utah Clean Energy spoke at the September 20 Council work meeting to give other perspectives on residential generation of solar power and the impact of alternatives to net metering. Council will continue the discussion on this issue at the October 4 work meeting and regular Council meeting.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Provo City Council Work Meeting, September 20, 2016

Agenda  (After the meeting times will be added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Summary of the September 6 Meetings

In the Work Session

West Side Planning Committee
Council members have heard the concerns of residents on the west side of the city regarding the need for an area plan to address future development, agricultural space, roads, etc. Because west side planning is one of the Council's priorities, a proposal was made to create a West Side Planning Committee. Council members Dave Harding, Dave Knecht, Kay Van Buren, and Gary Winterton volunteered to serve on the committee and Dave Harding was appointed as committee chair. The committee will soon be reaching out to others in the community for their input.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Provo City Council Work Meeting, September 6, 2016

Agenda  (After the meeting times will be added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summary of the August 16 Meetings

In the Work Session

Joint Meeting with Planning Commission
Council met with the members of the Planning Commission to briefly discuss some items of mutual interest. They discussed the direction that Council is looking to take development in Provo, the appointment procedures relating to the Planning Commission, and land use issues coming before the Planning Commission that could be resolved through legislation.

User Fees Review
Acting on a recommendation from the Budget Committee, Council made a request in 2015 to have the Administration bring a group of 25 fees each quarter from the consolidated fee schedule to allow Council members to review them. The goal was to be able to look at all 300 or so user fees over time to evaluate how they compare to actual costs. Mayor Curtis had asked to discuss this process since it was originally requested by the previous Council. Questions were raised on whether the current Council wanted to continue with this process and whether the results from the review were worth the staff time and effort to provide detailed cost information. Council staff has been asked to consult with Administration and prepare recommendations to present at the October 4 work meeting.

Thursday, August 18, 2016