Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Summary of the April 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Budget:
The Mayor and City administration reported on some upcoming items for the FY2015-16 budget. Budget details are still being worked on and the FY2015-16 budget will be formally presented to the Council at the May 5 meeting.

Council Budget Committee:
Council Members discussed the Council Budget Committee recommendation for guiding principles on user fees as well as Council Budget Intent Statements. They approved a motion to further review the information over the next two weeks and provide input at the April 21 Work Session. The role and focus of the Budget Committee moving forward was also discussed. The Committee has a list of priorities to work from but will focus first on the idea of a Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) tax.

The Council also:
  • Received training regarding the Emergency Operations Plan. Council Members will also participate in the Great Shake Out on April 16 observing an emergency operations drill.
  • Discussed a proposed moratorium on occupancy limitations within certain zones
  • Discussed various future funding alternatives such as the RAP tax, property tax, location option transportation tax and the Utility Transportation Fund. This will be addressed again at another Work Session or Retreat.
  • Heard a presentation on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan. This will be discussed further in the April 21 Work Session.
  • Heard a presentation on body cameras and license plate readers as potential law enforcement tools
  • Discussed a request for ordinance amendments to Section 14.17B.080 and Section 14.17B.130 in the HCF zone for the UVRMC replacement project in the North Park neighborhood. (City Wide). This will be formally heard at the April 21 Council Meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

Neighborhood Program:
The Neighborhood Advisory Board has been meeting to evaluate the Neighborhood Program and determine if any changes are needed. They submitted their recommendations on changes to the purposes section of Provo City Code Section 2.29 and the Council unanimously voted to approve the ordinance amending the Code. Those changes helped the Code's wording to better reflect how the Neighborhood Program currently functions, keeping it under the purview of the City Council while acknowledging the need for neighborhoods to work on their own, with the City administration, and with other partnering organizations. The highest priority of the Program is to provide a direct line of communication between neighborhoods and Provo City. The Neighborhood Advisory Board will continue its review process, examining other parts of Section 2.29.

The Council also:
  • Supported the Mayor in proclaiming April 12-18, 2015, as National Telecommunications Week, honoring Provo City's Police and Fire dispatchers.
  • Had a presentation by the Covey Center for the Arts' productions of "Nunsense" and "Frequency"
  • Approved an ordinance vacating the property interest of Provo City in the street located at 940 North between 300 and 500 West, adjacent to the property owned by IHC Health Services Inc. This will/was to allow connection of their property located to the north and south of 940 North into a healthcare campus.(North Park Neighborhood)

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

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