Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Council Votes to Place Bond on November Ballot


COUNCIL TO PLACE BOND ON BALLOT FOR FIRE STATION, EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER, POLICE AND FIRE HEADQUARTERS, AND CITY HALL

PROVO, Utah – August 8, 2018 – The Municipal Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold a special bond election asking voters to authorize a $69,000,000 bond, repayable over 20 years, "for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown area a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall; acquiring, constructing, and equipping a new fire station to replace the fire station on Canyon Road; and providing for related improvements in Provo City."

An annual property tax to pay debt service on the proposed bonds will be required over a period of 20 years in the estimated amount of $119.80 per year on a $265,000 primary residence and in the estimated amount of $217.82 per year on a business having the same value. $265,000 is the median home value in Provo.

The bond will be on the ballot for the General Election set for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on October 16.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on August 6-7, 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

4:00 PM, Monday, August 6, 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. Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. This is an extra work meeting called to give Council members additional time for discussion and to receive updated information.

Business
  1. City Center Presentations 
    • Review of Options 
    • Updated Space Analysis 
    • Report on Public Input 
    • Additional Information 
  2. Council Discussion, including Questions and Answers
Adjournment





PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 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 bond election for the Provo City Center. (18-073)
    • Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. An option will need to be selected in order to prepare the necessary information to place a bond on the November 2018 ballot.
  2. A discussion on a Rules Committee proposal regarding amendments to the Council Handbook and Provo City Code (18-078)
    • The Rules Committee will be presenting several recommendations pertaining to Council’s policies and procedures, including how the Council defines and establishes “Council Committees.”
  3. A presentation on the Sewer Metering Study (18-052)
    • Public Works will share results of their sewer metering study and how it relates to future growth, and the implications for the timing and location of a new treatment plant.
  4. A presentation on Utah's Housing Gap (18-070)
    • On May 1 of this year, the Salt Lake Chamber officially launched the Housing GAP Coalition. This group includes business and community leaders from throughout the state and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Coalition aims to address Utah’s looming housing affordability problem before it’s too late.  This group was formed as a direct response to a new study, commissioned by the Salt Lake Chamber and conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The study concludes that the rate Utah’s housing prices are increasing threatens our cost of living, economic prosperity and quality of life. You can read the entire study here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 17, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Business

1.  A discussion on citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057) Presentation only.

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)
Motion:           George Stewart moved that the resolution for consideration at the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting include language that authorizes the Mayor to sign the agreements as long as there were no material changes. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
 This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on amending PCC 14.34.350 regarding Recreational Vehicle Storage and Towing Impound Yards (18-077) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on a purchase option for property located at Provo Towne Center Mall (18-073)
Amended motion: David Harding moved to direct that staff prepare a joint statement indicating the Council and Mayor’s intent or opinion that it was necessary to address the needs of the city center, public safety (police, fire, and dispatch) buildings, and Fire Station 2 on Canyon Road, and to allow the statement to be issued following approval by the Mayor and Council Leadership. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

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.