Monday, June 27, 2016

Summary of the June 21 Meetings

In the Work Session

Your Utah, Your Future
Envision Utah presented the results of their Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050. After two years of work and input from over 400 stakeholders and experts as well as more than 52,000 Utahns, this provides a picture of what Utah can be like in 2050 with a road map of how to get there. Utah's population is projected to nearly double in population in the next 35 years. This growth will affect quality of life, environment, economy, and communities. Click the link above for the project website. You can also download the results as a PDF.

The Council also:
  • Heard a presentation on the Cost of Service Study for the Energy Department
  • Modified the duties of the Budget Committee to include an audit advisory role and renamed it Budget and Audit Committee
  • Discussed the fifth amended interlocal cooperative agreement for the Ice Sheet Authority. This will be formally heard at the July 5 Council meeting.
  • Discussed updates to the explanatory text for the 2016 Council Priorities and will review them again at the July 5 work meeting
  • Discussed a potential ordinance amendment regarding City Code Chapter 2.01 to define when a City Officer is unavailable under the Utah Emergency Interim Succession Act. Rules Committee will address again and bring back to a future meeting.
  • Continued with discussions on the FY 2017 budget
  • Discussed a request from Community Development to amend Section 14.34.300 of City Code to clarify restrictions on farm animals adjacent to residential zones. Additional work needs to be done on the amendment before being formally heard by Council.
  • Continued until a future meeting a request from Community Development to amend City Code Sections 15.17.030, 15.17.040, 2.29.040, and 14.02.020 to reduce the notice for public hearing before the Planning Commission for General Plan amendments from 14 to 10 days and to allow amendments to the General Plan more often than twice per year.

In the Formal Meeting

Maeser Neighborhood:
Rachel Whipple, acting Maeser Neighborhood Chair, talked about the diversity of her neighborhood. They have an active neighborhood and are waiting to see how the Freedom Festival parade route changes will impact them. They have some Habitat for Humanity projects coming up and are excited to see some of the changes with 300 South road construction and the proposed CityView Apartments. The next Maeser Neighborhood meeting includes an election for a new Chair and Vice Chairs.

FY2017 Budget:
Council adopted the tentative FY2017 budget for Provo City, the Redevelopment Agency of Provo City, and the Provo City Storm Water Special Service District. In the time since the proposed budget was submitted on May 3, 3016, some adjustments were made to update information. The amount expected to be received for road funding from the State gasoline tax was reduced to reflect new information received last week. Another change came from Council's decision not to raise property tax rates. To keep the budget balanced, cuts were made in funding to Downtown Provo Inc., Covey Center for the Arts, and East Bay Golf Course, among others. Utility rates will be increasing to meet critical needs through capital improvement projects over the next five years. The rate increase plan was structured to fix existing deficiencies and plan for future projects without any new bonding.

The Council also:

  • Heard a presentation by the Covey Center for the Arts on their Art Show showcase
  • Heard a presentation to Chad Roscher as Provo City Employee of the Month for May
  • Heard a presentation from the new Miss Provo, Madison Monson
  • Passed a resolution authorizing Provo City to enter into an interlocal agreement with the RDA authorizing the use of tax increment to facilitate the development of CityView Apartments
  • Passed a resolution authorizing the Mayor to approve an application for a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant
This is a general summary of the Council's meetings. For a more detailed agenda and minutes, please visit our public documents site:
Video recordings:  Work Meeting and Council Meeting

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