Sunday, November 11, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on November 13, 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
1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 13, 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. Approval of minutes
  2. A report from Downtown Provo, Inc. (18-027)
    • A semiannual update from Downtown Provo Inc. on their current initiatives and successes, as well as updates on any programs or projects.
  3. A presentation on OnBase, the Council's new agenda management software (18-095)
    • As part of the City's Provo360 project, the Council made a transition from SIRE to OnBase Agenda Management as the primary software to manage Council agendas. The system introduces many new features which will help Council staff and other city staff to work more effectively to conduct city and Council business. The presentation will cover how the public and Council will use the available resources to access Council agendas and materials.
  4. A discussion on a proposal related to Neighborhood Housing Services of Provo and homes purchased with CDBG/HOME Dollars (18-076)
    • Several years ago, Neighborhood Housing Services (now known as NeighborWorks) purchased and rehabbed several houses using funds borrowed from the Redevelopment Agency that originally came from the Federal Government.  Based on the type and amount of funding used, the homes were required to remain affordable for specific durations of time. Recently, there has been interest in forgiving some of the loans. The RDA is concerned that should some of these houses no longer remain affordable, the Federal Government (HUD) could demand the funds back from Provo that were originally used to rehab them. The RDA is seeking guidance from the Council about whether to forgive the write-off amounts on all of the loans, the write-off amounts on some of the loans, and/or whether to establish a covenant between NeighborWorks and Provo City that would ensure the houses in question stay affordable.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on October 23, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

3:30 PM, Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action



Business

1.  A discussion regarding public comments received from the Draft Environmental Assessment and an update on the Final  Environmental Assessment preparation for the proposed Land and Water Conversion Fund property conversion (17-036) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on the proposed language for the resolution supporting housing affordability in Utah County (18-070) A motion to remove “and fees” from line 40 of the draft resolution was approved 6:0, with Councilor Kay Van Buren excused.

Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission

3.  A discussion for a request to rezone portions of the East Bay Golf Course from Regional Shopping Center (SC3) and Planned Industrial Commercial (PIC) designations to Public Facilities (PF). East Bay Neighborhood. (PLRZ20180323) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the October 23, 2018 Council Meeting.

4.  A discussion on a request to amend the General Plan Map regarding land west of the I-15 Freeway and south of the Provo River. Lakewood, Sunset, Provo Bay and Fort Utah neighborhoods. (PLGPA20180225) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the October 23, 2018 Council Meeting.

Summary of Action | Meetings on October 9, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Business

1.  A discussion on a conservation easement for Rock Canyon (17-085) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on a Council Intent Statement regarding the City Center location and the use of land in the downtown Provo area (18-093) A motion to approve the intent statement as amended in the meeting was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion on recommendations regarding a budget committee (18-075) An amended motion to eliminate the budget subcommittee and resort to the Council as a committee of the whole regarding budget issues was approved 7:0.

A motion to break until 3:45 PM was approved 7:0.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Citizens Guide to Information on the Bond

http://www.provo.org/departments/city-recorder/elections First, Some Voter Info

If you are registered to vote, you should have received your ballot in the mail by now. If you have not, please contact the Utah County Clerk's Office to check your voter registration status (801-851-8128 or http://www.utahcounty.gov/Dept/ClerkAud/Elections/). If you are not registered to vote, you can register online at vote.utah.gov or at the Utah County Clerk's Office. Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 30. Not sure how to vote by mail? Here's a great video that show you how. Mailing in your ballot requires a first class postage stamp, but you can deliver it in person to the customer service lobby at Provo's City Center Building (351 West Center Street) to save a stamp.

Website for Police, Fire and City Facilities Bond

Provo City has established a website with details about the bond, links to background information and documents, and answers to frequently asked questions. VoteProvo.com also provides links to the voter information guide and informational videos. Additional information is added to the site as it becomes available.


Submit Your Questions

The Council has opened an area on Open City Hall for people to submit questions about the bond. You can also read the answers to questions others have submitted.

Town Hall

The Council held a Town Hall on October 23 to discuss the proposed bond (see video below). It included a presentation on the background of the current facilities and what brought Provo City to where we are now with the bond on the ballot. The presentation also included a timeline for how the project would move forward if the bond passes and what would likely happen if the bond fails. Members of the community were invited to speak for and against the bond and the remaining time was given to a question and answer session.



We have linked to the individual questions/comments in case you want to go directly to that portion of the video:
1. Question about options considered about site selection
2. Question about how median home value was determined.
3. Question on some of the specific bond language.
4. Question about the tax structure and why property tax has to be used. 
5. Question about how the costs of the proposed new facilities were determined.
6. Question about potential redevelopment on current site and whether any proceeds could be used to offset bond costs. 
7. Statement supporting the bond.
8. Could the other sites considered be used without such extensive remodeling? What happens with cost overruns?
9. Mayor and others - additional responses to question about tax base and why property tax has to be used.
10. Architect explains more about how the cost estimates were prepared and amounts included to prevent cost overruns.

 On display at the Town Hall were some timelines:





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Monday, October 22, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on October 23, 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
3:30 PM, Tuesday, October 23, 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 comments received from the Draft Environmental Assessment and an update on the Final Environmental Assessment preparation for the proposed Land and Water Conversion Fund property conversion (17-036)
    • The public comment period was reopened for the draft environmental assessment for the Timp-Kiwanis Bounous property conversion. This is an update on the public comments received. It will be formally heard at the November 13 Council meeting.
  2. A discussion on the proposed language for the resolution supporting housing affordability in Utah County (18-070)
    • Council reviewed an affordable housing resolution from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce at the September 25 work meeting and wanted to consider additional revisions.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mayor and Council Clarify Details on Bond


In August, the Municipal Council passed a resolution providing for a local special bond election for the purposes of “acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown are a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall.” As Provo residents have sought to understand the reasons for and parameters around the Provo Police, Fire, and City Facilities Bond, the Council and Mayor worked to answer questions particular to the location of the new facilities.

At the work meeting on October 9, Mayor Kaufusi and Council members discussed the options for locating new facilities downtown and issued this statement:

The Mayor and Municipal Council of Provo presently and firmly intend to build the new police, fire, and city building on the same block as the current city building, but at the west end of the block, along 500 West.  

While we’re open to other locations in Provo’s downtown and will take a careful look at meaningful opportunities, only a truly great alternative would entice us away from our present plan. 

We are excited for the opportunity to bring new businesses, attractions, and vitality to Center Street once the current city building is gone. We look forward to exploring these possibilities in the near future.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on October 9, 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
2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 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 conservation easement for Rock Canyon (17-085)
    • The Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance has presented the idea of placing a conservation easement on Rock Canyon to preserve the property’s natural habitat in the future. Brian Jones from Legal will update the Council on what is included in the current easement draft, and then Doug Robins from Parks and Recreation will present an alternative proposal. Afterwards, Erik Davis and Ginger Woolley from the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance will respond.
  2. A discussion on a Council Intent Statement regarding the City Center location and the use of land in the downtown Provo area (18-093)
    • This is meant to convey Council’s intent regarding the proposed new facilities.
  3. A presentation on recommendations regarding a budget committee (18-075)
    • Since January 2018, the Council’s Budget and Audit Committee has not met, partially because members of the Council have been satisfied with budget explanations from the Administration, and partially because the Mayor’s Office, as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, put together an ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding the composition and function of a citizens’ budget committee. In other words, there was a committee in place whose purpose was to research and discuss budget committees. This is a continuation of the discussion from the September 25 Council work meeting.