Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Council Celebrates Opening of the Harmon House Apartments

From left: Steve Densley, Gary Garrett, Laura Cabanilla,
with Mr. Harmon at the microphone.
Council Chair Laura Cabanilla, and Council Members Gary Garrett and Gary Winterton celebrated the opening of the Harmon House Studios at 145 East Center Street.

Last August, the Council paved the way to allow this historic building to be restored to residential use by amending Downtown zoning laws to permit more flexibility in minimum unit size in existing buildings. This restoration and addition brings 24 new residential units to the heart of Downtown Provo, which action supports Provo City's Vision 2030 and General Plan.

Council Begins Review of Mayor's Proposed Budget

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Police Chief Rick Gregory provides an overview of the Police Department's proposed budget.

Police Budget
Council Members began their review of Mayor Curtis' proposed budget by hearing from Police Chief Rick Gregory on police funding needs. The proposal adds six new officers to the force, a step toward implementing recommendations by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Preventive Maintenance Road Funding
Council Members established preventive maintenance road funding as a priority for Council study earlier in the year. They are examining various funding options and trying to determine the most equitable and fair approach to a difficult shortfall. Council staff has prepared a budget analysis on road funding issues. 

Future Meetings
The Council is planning additional budget meetings for the last week of May to discuss the budget with other City directors. The first public hearing on the tentative budget will be held in the City Council Chambers on June 5, 7:00 pm.

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