Monday, June 13, 2016

Summary of the June 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Sanitation Updates
An update on sanitation services was presented. Since Provo City began curbside recycling pickup in November 2015, 1,458 tons have been taken to the transfer station. Currently 10,571 recycling cans are being billed. Provo City began handling green waste in 2016 and 7,500 tons of green waste (6,000 from curbside and 1,500 from drop-offs) have been collected so far. The supply of compost is sold out for this year.

Utility Rate Increases
As part of the review of the proposed city budget Council asked for a comparison of raising utility rates over seven years in comparison to over five years. Rate increases are expected to address infrastructure needs. The challenge has been to fix existing deficiencies and plan for future projects without the use of bonding. Although the funding needs can be accomplished in a seven-year plan, the fund balance would drop significantly for four of the seven years. That would be a problem if emergencies arose.

The Council also:
  • Heard from a company called Blyncsy regarding the use of technology to gather data on smart devices in and out of Provo City boundaries. The data would be used to give information on large events, traffic, tourism, and economic development.
  • Heard a follow-up presentation on digital citizen engagement forums. Questions from Council's previous work meeting were addressed. The team formed to research this will continue to evaluate the options and come back to the Council at a later date with recommendations.
  • Had the annually required open meetings training.
  • Discussed the process of selecting an audit firm to provide services for Provo City. This will be formally heard at the June 7 Council Meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

Timp Neighborhood:
Shannon Bingham, Timp Neighborhood Chair, returned to report on the beautification project in her neighborhood. She expressed her appreciation to the Council for providing matching grant funds, Habitat for Humanity for bringing the mobile tool library,

Public Hearing on the Budget:
The first of two public hearings on the proposed FY2017 budget was held.Council will be holding a special budget work meeting on June 16, beginning at 10:00 am. The public may attend in person or follow the live broadcast. Provo residents are invited to contact Council members with their input on the budget. Another public hearing will be held at the June 21 Council Meeting. Council will be voting on approval of the budget at that same meeting.

The Council also:

  • Heard from C-SPAN Cities Tour on their activities filming in Provo. Footage will air on a special Provo Weekend July 2-3 on C-SPAN.
  • Heard a presentation by Paul Warner on the 2016 Freedom Festival
  • Passed a resolution appropriating $150,000 for replacement of a section of the City Center roof.
  • Passed a resolution appropriating $307,500 for Recreation Center capital projects.
  • Passed a resolution approving the reprogramming of CDBG funds to fund the sidewalk improvement project on 400 West. 
  • Passed a resolution approving the reprogramming of CDBG funds to provide for the relocation of a transformer to finalize the remodel of the Startup Building. 
  • Passed a resolution approving the Provo City Moderate Income Housing Plan for 2014-15.
  • Passed an ordinance text amendment to Section 14.32 to allow for reuse of an existing commercial building in the Residential Conservation Zone.This will allow the Provo Bicycle Collective to move to a new location in the Joaquin Neighobrhood.
  • Approved two requests from Remmer Properties LLC - for a zone change and a reduction in the minimum project area size in order to build a new duplex in the Franklin Neighborhood.
  • Approved two requests from IHC Health Services. One was for a zoning map amendment and the other was to vacate 250 West and 880 North between 800 North and 940 North and between 300 West and Freedom Boulevard in the North Park Neighborhood.
  • Passed a resolution amending a development agreement to remove the requirement that each dwelling unit be occupied by the owner(s). 
  • Passed an ordinance amending the zone map classification of approximately 4.18 acres of property at 1040 South 1000 East (Spring Creek Neighborhood) from Heavy Commercial and Residential Conservation to Low Density Residential. 
  • Passed a resolution approving the selection of Hansen, Bradshaw, Malmrose & Erickson to provide audit services.
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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