Saturday, December 15, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on December 18, 2018

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

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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 discussion on a statement of intent regarding the voting policy in Provo City. (18-088)
    • Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of choice. If your top candidate can’t win, your vote counts for your next choice, until someone wins with a majority. Utah passed legislation earlier this year to allow cities to pilot ranked choice voting. A presentation was given at the September 25 work meeting. Cities have until December 31 to indicate to the State if they would like to utilize ranked choice voting in the 2019 election.
  2. A presentation and discussion on recent updates to Stormwater requirements from the State Division of Water Quality. (18-102)
    • Erica Gaddis from the State Division of Water Quality will be here to present on the recent updates to requirements.
  3. A discussion on an appropriation for the Urban Deer Program. (18-061)
    • In FY 2016, the Municipal Council appropriated $35,000 to fund an urban deer removal program on an interim basis. On May 15, 2018, the council evaluated the program and voted to extend the program for an additional year. In that motion, the council recommended the funding be included in the FY 2019 budget. Through the changes that were made to the budget, that change was not incorporated into the new-year budget. The annual cost for administering the program last year approached $20,000. The request before the council is to appropriate an additional $20,000 to fund the FY2019 portion of the program.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on December 11, 2018

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

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, December, 2018

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

Approval of Minutes
  1. November 29, 2018 Joint Zoning and Housing Committee Meeting
Business
  1. A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code to clarify that unauthorized energy generation shall not receive any rate or bill credits (18-103)
    • Provo City Code prohibits self-generation of electric energy unless the generation is licensed by the Provo City Energy Department. Additionally, licenses for electric self-generation by industrial and commercial customers have only recently been authorized by the code. Because self-generation without a license it prohibited, such generation would not qualify for any rate or bill credits. However, with rising interest in self-generation by residential, commercial, and industrial customers, the Energy Department believes it would be prudent to add language to the code explicitly stating that entities that engage in unauthorized self-generation shall not receive any rate or bill credits.
  2. A discussion on policies regarding impact fee policy (18-099)
    • There is a clear cost of growth in any community. A city's infrastructure provides a given quality of life in a community, and growth can put strain on that infrastructure. Water, electricity, sewer, street systems, and more must be modified to address the needs resulting from new growth. State law provides a mechanism, called impact fees, to collect funds to offset the City's cost of accommodating that growth. Provo City's ordinance provides that impact fees and capital facilities plans should be reviewed on five year intervals. The Impact Fee Review Committee (comprised of Council members, City staff, developers, and community members) has been meeting since early 2017 and working with a consulting firm to bring forward updated recommendations. The results of their work was presented at an Impact Fee Open House on November 8, 2018. Council will be holding public hearings at the November 27 and December 11 meetings and will then vote on the adoption of updated impact fees. Current impact fees are listed on the consolidated fee schedule.
  3. An update on the state loan and financing for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and a discussion on the Westside map (18-052)
    • The Public Works Department will come to provide an update to the Municipal Council on the discussions that the Public Works has had with the State regarding a loan for a portion of the cost of this project. They will also update the Council on the location issues that they've uncovered as they've started to narrow the location for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Finally, they intend to discuss the financing options available to pay for the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on November 27, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action



Business

1. A discussion on the proposed Council Meeting schedule for 2019 Presentation only. This item will be scheduled for the December 11, 2018 Council Meeting.

2. A presentation on the option for municipalities to create a local government disaster fund
Presentation only.

3. A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code to clarify that unauthorized energy
generation shall not receive any rate or bill credits Presentation only. This item will be scheduled
for the December 11, 2018 Work and Council Meetings.


4. A presentation about the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Presentation only.

5. A presentation on the Timp Kiwanis Bounous Park (TKP) LWCF Final Environmental Assessment
Review (17-036) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the November 27, 2018
Council Meeting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What Does the Provo City Council Do?

As the City's legislative body, the City Council plays a crucial role. You may know who is serving on the Council, but what exactly do they do? 

Here's a fun video to give you a better understanding:


Monday, November 26, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on November 13, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action



Business

1.  Approval of minutes: October 25, 2018 Joint Housing & Zoning Committee Approved by unanimous consent.

2.  A report from Downtown Provo, Inc. (18-027) Presentation only.

3. A presentation on OnBase, the Council's new agenda management software (18-095)
Presentation only.

4. A discussion on a proposal related to Neighborhood Housing Services of Provo and homes
purchased with CDBG/HOME Dollars (18-076)
A motion to request RDA staff to make amendments to the contracts and documents to
implement the changes discussed and to bring to a future Council Meeting was approved 7:0.


5. An update on the Interim Transportation Oriented Development (ITOD) zone as it relates to The
Mix (18-097) A motion to request staff to prepare a rezone from SC3 to SC2 and ITOD and to begin the process of moving this forward for approval was approved 7:0.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on November 27, 2018

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

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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 discussion on the proposed Council Meeting schedule for 2019
    • The Council is required to publish a schedule for the next calendar year. A draft has been put together for Council to consider.
  2. A presentation on the option for municipalities to create a local government disaster fund
    • A presenter from the Division of Emergency Management under the Utah Department of Public Safety will speak to the Council about the option in State Code for municipalities to create a local government disaster fund.
  3. A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code to clarify that unauthorized energy generation shall not receive any rate or bill credits
    • Provo City Code prohibits self-generation of electric energy unless the generation is licensed by the Provo City Energy Department. Additionally, licenses for electric self-generation by industrial and commercial customers have only recently been authorized by the code. Because self-generation without a license it prohibited, such generation would not qualify for any rate or bill credits. However, with rising interest in self-generation by residential, commercial, and industrial customers, the Energy Department believes it would be prudent to add language to the code explicitly stating that entities that engage in unauthorized self-generation shall not receive any rate or bill credits.
  4. A presentation about the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
    • Councilor David Harding asked Rona Rahlf, President of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, to present to the Council about the Chamber's efforts on affordable housing. She will also provide an overview of their Valley Visioning initiative.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Council Certifies Results for Bond

The Provo Municipal Council, meeting today as the Board of Canvassers, certified the results of the 2018 municipal general obligation bond election. Council members were impressed by the voter turnout and grateful to all who participated in this year’s election. The Police, Fire and City Facilities Bond passed, allowing up to $69 million in bonds to be issued to fund the replacement of Fire Station 2, headquarters for the police and fire departments, emergency dispatch (911) facilities, and city hall.

Council Chair Gary Winterton said, “I speak for the entire Council when I say that we don’t take the increased tax burden lightly, but we are grateful that we can now move forward responsibly to replace these failing facilities. I want our Provo residents to know how much we appreciate the time they took to get involved, take tours of the facilities, come to meetings, and to share with us their thoughts and concerns. Thank you!”

With the passage of the bond, Provo City leaders intend to issue general obligation bonds early in 2019 and to issue by the end of this year requests for proposals leading to the selection of architects and construction managers for the Police, Fire and City Facilities project and the Fire Station #2 project. It is anticipated that site improvements for the Police, Fire and City Facilities project would begin in 2019 with construction to continue into 2022. Fire Station #2 has a shorter construction timeline with completion expected in 2020.

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