Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summary of the January 19 Meetings

In the Work Session

Composting and Green Waste:
As of December 1, 2015, composting services were ended by the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District, which Provo belongs to. David Decker, Provo City's Public Works Director, updated the Council on the options they are looking into for the future of green waste and composting in Provo. Factors in the decision are the expense of machinery, transportation costs, disposing of unsold compost and unused green waste, and limitations on adding bio solids to the green waste. Public Works will return to the Council at a future date with options and recommendations.

Franklin Neighborhood Plan:

The Franklin Neighborhood has been meeting with planners from the Community Development Department to develop a vision for the future of their neighborhood. The Planning Commission recommended approval with a condition that the proposed LDR zone on 100 South between 1000 West and 600 West be removed from the future land use map. An important clarification was made during the discussion on this plan. The desires of neighborhood residents heavily influence the neighborhood master plans but the plans submitted to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council are ultimately the recommendations of Community Development staff and the City Council has the final say on approving them.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Neighborhood Facebook Groups

Several of Provo's neighborhoods have been using Facebook groups to share information among its residents. That information ranges from meeting reminders and garbage can pickup schedules to lost pets and items to give away. The City Council office regularly shares newsletters and other important information there as well. Groups have now been created for the remaining Provo neighborhoods so each neighborhood can have an online gathering space. We invite you to join your area's group and encourage your neighbors to do so as well.

All of the neighborhood groups are listed here: http://provoneighborhoodprogramupdates.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html.

Not sure which neighborhood you live in? Type your address into this interactive map to find out.

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What is UMPA?

It's not uncommon in discussions with the City Council or Provo City administrators to hear references to "UMPA." Even if you already know that it stands for the Utah Municipal Power Agency, you may not understand what they do and their connection to Provo.

Established in 1980, UMPA is a consumer owned corporation whose mission is to develop a reliable and economic power supply program to meet all the required electric power and energy needs of its member municipalities. There are currently six member municipalities – Levan, Manti, Nephi, Provo, Salem, and Spanish Fork.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Provology 101 - Human Resources and GIS

Provology 101, a series of classes that give a behind-the-scenes look at how Provo City runs, has given City departments the chance to show and tell about what they do for Provo. One of the participants, Anona Sobczak, has been sharing her experiences on Facebook and gave us permission to share them with you.

October 21, 2015
HR and GIS. Usually once the acronyms start flying, that's when things get dull. I think we were all pleasantly surprised by how this hour of class turned out.
Chris Cooper, the HR recruiter, presented to us first. The city has 1400 employees right now. There are around 600 full-time employees, so a lot of seasonal help. In fact, 400 people were hired in the past 6 months! If you're looking for a job or know someone who is, check out provo.org/jobs and browse the listings. About 50 of those hires were students, just FYI. The city now sponsors promising applicants through the police academy (POST), which I thought was really great, since it opens the field to a lot more applicants. I also thought it was interesting that city employees are trained using "The SPEED of Trust" by Stephen M.R. Covey and Rebecca Merrill. I'll have to read that. If you want to find out the salaries of city employees, check out utahsright.com.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Provo City Council Work Meeting, January 8, 2016

  Agenda  (After the meeting, times will be added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Summary of the January 5 Meetings

In the Work Session

The Municipal Council Inauguration was held between the Work Session and the regular Council Meeting. Last year's Council Chair, Gary Garrett, offered the invocation. Provo High School Chamber Singers performed the National Anthem and the Provo Police and Fire Department Joint Honor Guard presented the flags. The Council Chambers were filled to overflowing as Bill Hulterstrum conducted the ceremonies. Provo Justice Court Judge Romney administered the oath of office to Gary Winterton, David Knecht, Kay Van Buren, David Harding, and George Stewart. The Mayor offered his congratulations and then each of the newly sworn Council Members gave their own remarks, thanking supporters and family, expressing their goals, and voicing their love of Provo. 

Provo City Council Work Meeting, January 7, 2016

Agenda  (After the meeting, times will be added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Provo City Council Work Session - January 5, 2016

Agenda  (After the meeting, times will be added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)