Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Summary of the February 3 Meetings

In the Work Session

CDBG Funding:
Funding recommendations from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Non-Social Service and Social Service Committees were presented to the Council with explanations on how the decisions were handled. The final recommendations from both committees will be presented for public hearing at the February 17 Council Meeting.
Provo City Youth Government:
The Mayor's office and the City Council office have regularly received calls from Provo schools asking if we plan to reinstate the youth government program. After hearing the history of the program, Council Members discussed the level of interest as well as how best to restart the program. Hal Miller volunteered to serve as an advisor to the groups but preferred to see it organized more as a youth advisory council rather than a more formal youth government.

The Council also:
  • Had a discussion about Provo City Code 14.34.240, regulating residential facilities for the elderly or those with disabilities and sent recommendations to the Planning Commission to evaluate and submit their own recommendations back to the Council
  • Heard a presentation on proposed HOME Funding recommendations
  • Heard a report from Downtown Provo, Inc. on their 2014 performance and the benchmarks they are setting for 2015
  • Discussed a potential voting by mail program
  • Discussed an annexation and zoning request for 56 acres on the east side of North Canyon Road between 5020 and 5150 North (North Timpview and Riverbottoms Neighborhoods)
  • Postponed (continued) the agenda items on training on the Emergency Operations Plan and the Council Emergency Operations Handbook and clarifying the role of the Council in an emergency

In the Formal Meeting

Tribute to Stephen A. Hales:
On behalf of the City Council, Gary Garrett and Kim Santiago read a tribute to Stephen Hales. In the last Council Meeting he attended, Hales presented the new Provo City flag design which the Council voted unanimously to approve. The Provo City Honor Guard brought in the flags to begin the February 3rd meeting, with the new Provo City flag included.

Downtown Master Plan:
The master plan for the downtown area is now the second neighborhood plan to be presented to the City Council. City planners clarified that the purpose of this plan is to establish the City's vision for the downtown area and a way to establish priorities but does not change or control property rights. For the purpose of planning, downtown was divided into separate districts, but these are not meant to continue as named areas. Council Members heard comments from several residents and also considered comments submitted on the Council's blog and Facebook page as well as discussions in Provo-focused Facebook groups.The Council intended to vote on the adoption of this plan at the meeting, but ended up continuing this to the February 17 meeting to ensure that some minor technical items could be taken care of first.

The Council also:
  • Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance amending Chapter 18.01 of the Provo City Code to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act and the Department of Water Quality.
  • Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance vacating property (portion of 150 East, portion of Heritage Drive at 900 East) with the intent to deed it to Brigham Young University. (University and Joaquin Neighborhoods)
  • Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance amending the Zone Map Classification from M-2 to PIC for an East Bay North subdivision at 671 East 1780 South. (East Bay Neighborhood)
  • Held a public hearing and approved a resolution to place six parcels in the Vivian Park Subdivision and a 48.57 acre parcel of ground adjacent to Vivian Park along South Fork Road on the surplus property list and authorizing the mayor to sell the property.

This is a general summary of the Council's meetings. For a more detailed agenda and minutes, please visit our public documents site: http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx
Video recordings:  Work Meeting and Council Meeting