Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summary of the May 19 Council Meetings


In the Work Session

Balanced Neighborhoods:
Council Members had previously discussed creating outcome policies and intent statements and one of the topics of concern was the distribution and mix of housing types within Provo. After some discussion about the issues of low to moderate income housing and a high concentration of tax credit-related developments in certain areas of the city, the Council decided to form a new committee to address the issue and submit recommendations.

Recycling Update:
When Council Members approved the funding to purchase cans for the curbside recycling program a request was made for some updates on the transition process as well as rate options for consumers. Public Works is collaborating with the current vendor to extend the contract a few more months in order to provide a smoother transition to managing the recycling program in-house. Rate options for both recycling and garbage pickup services were examined to see the costs of switching to weekly recycling pickup and how different rates for each service impact each other. The recommended rates will be evaluated in next year's budget process to see if any adjustments are needed. Consumers will be receiving a packet of information about the changes when their new recycling cans are delivered this fall.


The Council also:
  • Discussed a proposed Wasatch Neighborhood Parking Program and asked Council staff to prepare legislation based on the input to bring to a future Work Meeting
  • Discussed the roles of the Council Budget Committee and Council staff in process of reviewing the annual city budget
  • Heard a proposed formal agreement to have the Provo Redevelopment Agency administer certain federal grant program funds for the City of Provo. This will be heard at the June 2 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed the employee wages market study performed by the administration for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Adjustments to Provo City employee wages are included in the proposed budget.
  • Discussed a request for an amendment to the zone map of 2.13 acres in the Sunset Neighborhood in order to subdivide the property into seven single-family residential lots, including completion of the street connection between 770 South and 800 South. This will be formally heard at the June 2 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed a request for a zone change from Agricultural to Residential for 0.70 acres in the North Timpview Neighborhood to allow the subdivision of the lot for the construction of a new single-family residence. This will be formally heard at the June 2 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed a request for a General Plan Amendment and zone change of city-owned property in the North Park Neighborhood from Residential to Public Facilities in order to convert the residential properties into an open space park as part of the Provo Energy Campus. This will be formally heard at the June 2 Council Meeting.
  • Discussed the request from Public Works for a disconnection of 0.54 acres and annexation of 7.22 acres within the 2000 North Street right-of-way in the Lakeview North Neighborhood. This is to help resolve issues related to having a city boundary in the centerline of the street. Maintenance of the road can be improved if the entire right-of-way is located under one jurisdiction. This will be formally heard at the June 2 Council Meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

The Council:
  • Viewed a preview of "Nunsense," which is currently showing at the Covey Center for the Arts
  • Heard a presentation by the Utah Recreation and Parks Association to Cathy Smits, Aquatics Facility Supervisor, for the Outstanding Aquatic Professional of the Year Award and to Ray Beckham, a volunteer, for the Outstanding Citizen Advocate of the Year Award
  • Heard a presentation from the Urban Design Utah Group of the 2015 Legacy Award, presented to Provo City for design improvements to Center Street
  • Passed a resolution to place approximately 0.14 acres of property located at 1120 South State Street on the surplus property list and authorizing the mayor to sell the property
  • Passed an ordinance amending specific sections of City Code in order to clarify language regarding permitted uses and prior created lots (Citywide impact)
  • Passed an ordinance amending City Code regarding recreational vehicle storage and towing impound yards in order to strike language requiring such use to be located on an arterial or collector street (Citywide impact)

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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