Thursday, July 19, 2018

MAYOR AND COUNCIL JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING NEED FOR A NEW CITY CENTER


PROVO,Utah – July 19, 2018The Mayor and Municipal Council jointly make known their intent to address the critical space needs and deteriorating, unsafe condition of the current Municipal City Center and Fire Station No. 2 by asking residents for approval of a general obligation bond in the upcoming election. Currently, the City Center serves as the headquarters and operations center for numerous city services, including police, fire, and dispatch. 


The amount of the bond proposal remains to be determined, but will likely be between $44.5 million and $60 million, based on the three alternatives currently being reviewed by the Municipal Council and Administration. As elected leaders, we implore residents to get involved and assist us by providing input as we evaluate alternatives, which are: (1) relocate the City Center to the former Sears building in the Provo Towne Centre Mall, (2) upgrade and expand existing City Center facilities to meet necessary safety criteria and space needs, or (3) build a new and expanded City Center on the current block in downtown Provo. Thank you in advance for your input.



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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 17, 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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Provo Housing Authority
12:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.
  1. A discussion on community land trusts
    • A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services. 
  2. Further discussion of any items as requested by Council or Housing Authority Board members
Adjournment



PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 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 citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057)
    • In effort to pursue the City Council’s Economic Development priority, the Council has heard presentations regarding tax increment funding (TIF) in recent work sessions. Susan Becker and Brian Baker with Zion’s Public Finance will provide more information on tax increment funding, in addition to highlighting other tools that can promote economic development in Provo.
  2. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) and (17-143)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 10, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 



Approval of Minutes
April 24, 2018 Work Meeting
May 15, 2018 Work Meeting
May 22, 2018 Work Meeting Budget Retreat
June 19, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion regarding public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the July 10, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
Motion:           George Handley moved to include in the development agreement the language “WHEREAS, the Council has no intent to expand development beyond the Northern Wedge Property” and that the Council intends to continue the operation of the remainder of the property as a golf course, and for the Council to pursue a separate resolution and General Plan language expressing that intent. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 6:1, with David Harding opposed.
Motion:           George Stewart moved to retain in the draft real estate purchase agreement the provision for the right of first refusal, with an offer defined as value and terms of payment. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 5:2, with Gary Winterton and Kay Van Buren opposed.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 10, 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://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 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 regarding public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073)
    • Y2 Analytics conducted a series of surveys designed to gauge levels of public’s support for building new office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. Representatives from Y2 Analytics will share the survey results, and the Council will discuss various options for moving forward, if desired.
  2. A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069)
    • Recent discussion during the budget approval process identified a change in priorities in the Police Department to address compensation changes to attract and retain officers. A proposal supported by the Administration and the Police Chief will be presented. It would eliminate the five new Police Department positions and a position in the Economic Development Department to provide increased starting pay for police officers, add an additional career series for senior officers, and adjust compensation for the management level.
  3. A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074)
    • Quarterly Financial Reports provides unaudited summary information about Provo City’s revenue and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended March 31, 2018. The report includes information about the City’s General Fund, Special Revenue funds (Library), and Enterprise funds (Golf Course, Water, Waste Water, Energy, Storm Drain, Sanitation). This report ensures that the City Municipal Council and City Administrators can consistently monitor the City’s financial and budgetary transactions, providing timely and transparent financial information that can lead to educated decisions about the City’s present and future.
  4. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on June 19, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:15 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Business

1.  A discussion on tax increment funding (18-057) Discussion only.

2.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) A motion for the Administration to negotiate the agreement then return to Council for presentation and discussion at consecutive Work and Council Meetings on the same day was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion on police personnel levels (18-069) Several motions were made but were subsequently withdrawn, resulting in no action taken. A budget amendment is expected at a later date.

4.  A discussion on funding options for Miss Provo and parade float (18-055) A substitute motion for the Council to sponsor the Miss Provo scholarship for the coming [fiscal] year [2019] in the amount of $5250.00 with that being the extent of the Council’s support of the program was approved 7:0.

5.  A discussion on Bulldog Blvd. construction (18-068) A motion was proposed for discussion purposes that would formally recommend to the Administration that the Bulldog Boulevard project be amended to exclude from its scope the reduction from three lanes to two lanes and the addition of bicycle lanes. The motion failed 0:7, with all Council members opposed.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Housing In Provo City

Photo credit: Matthew Taylor
Affordable housing has been making the news across the country.  It is not unique to Provo or to Utah that many people are struggling to find housing that can be purchased or rented in a range that is attainable for the average worker wage. According to a report in the Gardner Business Review, Utah’s demographic growth “produced exceptionally strong demand for housing, which in turn has put upward pressure on housing prices.”         

Because of the shortage in affordable housing, the Provo City Council made it one of their priorities beginning in 2016. Council’s Housing Committee was formed and the Committee worked to educate themselves on issues relative to affordable housing, brought in experts to discuss ways in which the Council can assist in increasing affordable housing options, and are working on legislation to assist developers to increase housing options in the City.

We have heard that some people believe that Provo City is turning down development projects for higher density housing. This is simply not true. The City Council has not turned down any higher density projects in the past three years. In fact, over 1,500 new housing units have been approved during that time or are currently in the process of approval. Several of those projects have been built and several others are currently under construction (see Table below).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Council Work Meeting | June 19, 2018



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


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