Monday, September 26, 2016

Summary of the September 20 Meetings

In the Work Session

Trampoline Gyms
Due to a series of injuries at local trampoline gyms, a stakeholder group has been meeting to discuss potential new regulations to recommend to the Council. The group presented information on trampoline injuries and suggestions for regulations that could be added to business licensing requirements for trampoline gyms. Council heard the initial presentation and will discuss it further at the October 5 work meeting and Council meeting. The regulations proposed include specific safety standards, employee requirements, emergency response plans, and insurance coverage amounts.

Solar Energy
Provo City's Director of Energy presented information at the September 6 Council work meeting to facilitate a discussion on policies regarding private solar power generation. The current practice of net metering makes it possible for solar customers to use the excess solar power generated to offset the amount paid for energy used from Provo Power when solar power is not available. The concern is that net metering can result in fixed costs of the power system not being covered by those who are generating solar energy. Representatives of Vivint Solar and Utah Clean Energy spoke at the September 20 Council work meeting to give other perspectives on residential generation of solar power and the impact of alternatives to net metering. Council will continue the discussion on this issue at the October 4 work meeting and regular Council meeting.

The Council also:
  • Heard an update from the Budget Committee on property tax policy and Budgeting for Priorities 
  • Discussed a request for approval of a zoning map amendment for property at 1290 North Geneva Road (Lakeview North Neighborhood) from A1.5 (agricultural) to R1.10 (residential). This will be formally heard at the October 4 Council meeting.

In the Formal Meeting

Utah County Major Crimes Task Force:
Council approved a resolution authorizing an interlocal agreement between the Major Crimes Task Force, Provo Police Department, and other local agencies. The Task Force was created  to enforce, investigate, and prosecute violations of narcotics and controlled substances laws and to coordinate the efforts of the member entities to combat gang-related activities and serious property crimes.

Indian Hills Neighborhood:
Nancy Wilson, Indian Hills Neighborhood Chair, gave a spotlight, including photos from their neighborhood's Facebook group. They are primarily a residential neighborhood and are finding that vehicular traffic is outgrowing their small roads. Wilson was very pleased to state that Indian Hills has the highest voter participation record of neighborhoods in Provo City.

The Council also:

  • Congratulated Kelly Kloser from the library on being Employee of the Month.
  • Congratulated Janene Weiss, City Recorder, for completing the Certified Municipal Clerk program.
  • Introduced Kelsey Kerr as the new policy analyst in the Council office.
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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