Friday, January 18, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on January 22, 2019

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
1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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. September 25, 2018 Joint Meeting with Energy Board
  2. September 25, 2018 Work Meeting
Business
  1. A Quarterly Financial Report on the 1st Quarter of FY 2018-2019. (19-007)
    • With the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year on September 30, 2018, the Finance Division has put a report together showing how expenditures and revenue collection compares to projections. The presentation will provide an opportunity for the Council to receive the information and ask questions.
  2. A discussion on the issuance of up to $69,000,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of financing Fire, Police, and other City Facilities and related matters. (19-014)
    • The issuance of bonds was approved by voters in November 2018. The bonds will be sold on the morning of Tuesday, January 22.
  3. A semi-annual report from the from the Sustainability Committee. (19-016)
    • The Sustainability Committee has been active in their efforts within Provo. They have recently hired a new full-time Parking and Sustainability Coordinator, Austin Taylor, who also serves as the Committee's executive secretary. Other recent initiatives include collaboration with Provo Energy Department and Utah Municipal Power Agency, improving air quality, improving energy-efficiency in local buildings, recycling education, and land use.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Council Leadership

Each January, the Council elects the leadership for that calendar year. At the January 8 Council meeting, David Harding was elected as the 2019 Council Chair and Kay Van Buren as the 2019 Council Vice Chair.

Mr. Harding spoke later on behalf of the new leadership team, "We are grateful for the confidence placed in us by our colleagues, and for the privilege of serving the community in this capacity. We are currently working as a Council to set a course for this year and look forward to working with the Administration to accomplish great things for our beloved community."

Summary of Action | Meetings on January 8, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 8, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Agenda

Business

1. Training on Open & Public Meetings Act and further training on Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) requests (19-010) Presentation only.

2. A discussion on recent changes to the Provo City Housing Authority (19-011) Presentation only.

3. A review of Council Board and Committee assignments, including a discussion regarding Council
intended accomplishments (Part 1 of 2) (19-002) Presentation only.
4. A discussion on affordable housing policies in Provo City. (18-070) Presentation only.

Closed Meeting
 A closed meeting was held.

Adjournment

Honoring Master Officer Joseph Shinners

At the first Council Meeting of 2019, a moment was taken to honor Master Officer Joseph Shinners. Before new Council leadership was chosen, 2018 Council Chair Gary Winterton offered this statement before calling for a standing minute of silence:


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on January 8, 2019

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
1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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. Training on Open & Public Meetings Act and further training on Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) requests (19-010)
    • Utah State law requires Council members to receive annual training on the Open & Public Meetings Act. State Law 52-4-104 says, “The presiding officer of the public body shall ensure that the members of the public body are provided with annual training on the requirements of this chapter. This training will fulfill that requirement.
  2. A discussion on recent changes to the Provo City Housing Authority (19-011)
    • Provo Housing Authority has a goal to serve the community of Provo by finding traditional and innovative ways to provide affordable housing for disabled
      individuals, elderly, and families. Robert Vernon, CEO of Provo City Housing Authority (PCHA), will come to discuss the Provo Housing Authority along with two new groups--a Provo NonProfit Housing Development Corp DBA Utah Regional Housing (URH) Corporation and Utah Community Land Trust (UCLT). There is some confusion regarding the role and purpose of UCLT and URH.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV) 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 can opt into an RCV pilot program. The opt-in is nonbinding, but cities must declare their intent in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor by December 31, 2018.


After discussion in the December 18 work meeting (shown in the video above), Council issued the following statement of intent:

Summary of Action | Meetings on December 11, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:00 PM, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Agenda

Approval of Minutes


1. November 29, 2018 Joint Zoning & Housing Committee Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

2. A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code to clarify requirements regarding
customers that generate electric energy (18-103) Presentation only. This item was already
scheduled for the December 11, 2018 Council Meeting.


3. A discussion on policies regarding impact fee policy (18-099)
A motion that the Council commit to have a discussion at a later point regarding an exemption for low income housing and criteria for the necessary City ordinance and that the Housing Committee prepare a recommendation, but that the discussion not delay a vote on the impact fees at the December 11, 2018, Council Meeting was approved 6:1, with Kay Van Buren opposed.
A motion to change the implied motion to reflect an effective date of July 1, 2019 was approved 5:2, with George Stewart and George Handley opposed.


4. An update on the state loan and financing for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and a discussion on
the Westside map (18-052)
A motion to indicate that the Council is interested in moving forward with the loan offered by the
State as a general method of funding the sewer treatment plant, that the Council invite a proposal
from staff regarding the issue of sewer capacity banking, and that the Council evaluate the net
present value calculation of the State loan vs. traditional revenue bonds was approved 7:0.