Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summary of the April 18 Meetings

In the Work Session

Peaks Ice Arena
After Utah County sent a letter to Provo City indicating its intention to terminate the contract regarding the ice sheet, Council asked for more information on ice sheet operation and performance. Jack Drzayich, Peaks Arena Manager, explained that 63% of private ice rentals, 71% of turf rentals, and 78% of group reservations or birthday parties were from non-Provo residents. Non-Provo residents make up 80% of the polar bears hockey, 56% of the learn to skate, and 67% of the start smart/mini mites programs. Of those who are frequent users of the facility, only 12% of ice sheet users and 7% of turf users are from Provo. Utah County and Provo City equally split the subsidy for the ice sheet. The current subsidy is $337,000 (Provo's portion is $168,500). In comparison, the Kearns Olympic Oval has a $1.5 million subsidy. No decision has been made by the Mayor or Council at this time. Provo City has until May 22 to respond to the County's letter.

Zoning Compliance
Council's Zoning Committee previously presented their recommendations at a work session. The Committee then met with members of Utah Central Association of Realtors and the Utah Apartment Association to get additional feedback. The final recommendations, consolidated into seven goals with legislative and administrative action steps, were presented to Council as the Zoning Compliance and Strategic Plan. Council members voted unanimously to adopt the plan as the intent of the Council regarding zoning compliance and strategic planning.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, April 18, 2017

Agenda   (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Summary of the April 11 Meetings

In the Work Session

Property Acquisition for Provo River Trail
Since the passage of the Recreation Arts and Parks tax, Provo City Parks and Recreation has been working to improve the Provo River Trail. The trail segment with the most public concern involves the former KOA Campground and Lamplighter Trailer Park, which is fenced on both sides of the narrow trail alignment. When the property owners were approached about negotiating an improved trail route through their property, they indicated they were putting the property on the market.

Acquisition of this property would provide a continuous 14 foot wide enhanced and relocated alignment of the trail adjacent to the river, effectively eliminating the current safety, accessibility and use issues. This property, consisting of over four acres, would provide additional space for other west side neighborhood park amenities. The size and topography of this property will be ideal in protecting frontage along the Provo River and will allow City Storm Water Division access for potential flood control. Council heard a presentation at the work session and voted unanimously at the regular meeting to appropriate the funds to purchase the property.

Airport Master Plan
The FAA requires an updated Airport Master Plan and the Provo Airport is currently in the pre-planning process. Some of the focus issues are a new passenger terminal area, immediate aircraft hangar development, primary runway enhancements, crosswind runway justification, and on/off-airport land use considerations. It is anticipated that the plan will be submitted to the FAA for review in 2019.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Summary of the March 21 Meetings

In the Work Session

Vote by Mail
Every year, the City’s Finance Department presents the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Report, which gives Council members and citizens a preview of proposed projects that will take place around Provo over the next five years, based on available funding. Here are a few examples of upcoming projects from this year’s CIP Report that already have designated funding available:
  • Bike lanes on Bulldog Boulevard
  • New street and security lights in some areas of town
  • Improvements to a long stretch of the Provo River Parkway Trail
  • A new water line on Stadium Avenue to meet the water demand
Council members asked clarifying questions about various projects throughout the presentation. If you’re curious about what other projects are in the report, click here to access the document.

Water Division Presentation
The Public Works Director continued a presentation on the Water Division that he began at the last work meeting on March 7th. The Council members learned about Provo’s water sources and storage as they currently stand. In addition, they learned of future opportunities that could help ensure an adequate water supply in the future. These presentations on the Water Division will continue over the next several work meetings.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, March 21, 2017

Agenda   (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Summary of the March 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Vote by Mail
Over the past several years there has been growing interest in moving from voting at polling locations on Election Day to a vote-by-mail (VBM) election. In 2015, several cities in Utah County chose the VBM option and each of them nearly doubled their voter turnout. Although the costs were higher, the cost-per-vote was less than in previous years. In 2016, 21 out of 29 counties in Utah administered a VBM election. Utah County has opted to administer a VBM election in 2017 for any city that contracts with them. They can only administer one type of election, so the electronic voting machines will not be available.

Provo City's administration recommends contracting with Utah County for a VBM election. This option would still include one polling location where voting could be done in person. Council members asked for more input before they make a decision at the March 21 Council meeting. Provo citizens are asked to give their opinion on Open City Hall as to how they would like to cast their vote in 2017.

Water Division Presentation
Provo City's Water Division is doing a series of presentations at Council work sessions to provide information requested by the Council and the Budget Committee. The goal is to gain more insight to prepare for the upcoming budget season. The presentation at this meeting began by reviewing the Executive Summary portion of the 2010 Water System Master Plan.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Summary of the February 21 Meetings

In the Work Session

Off-Street Parking Standards
The Provo City Community Development Department presented their request to amend sections of the City Code regarding parking ratios for Baching Singles, ITOD, General Downtown, and Downtown Core Zones. There have been a number of complaints from residents and businesses on streets near developments with reduced parking ratios. Council members wanted to give developers and Provo residents ample opportunity to comment and have decided to continue the discussion at the March 7 work session and open it to public hearings at the March 7 and March 21 Council meetings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, February 21, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Summary of the February 7 Meetings

In the Work Session

Franklin and Franklin South Neighborhoods
A group of three MPA students from Brigham Young University have been working on a project in the Franklin and Franklin South Neighborhoods. They developed an independent action plan to revitalize the neighborhoods and presented this information to he Economic Development Department as well as the City Council. Their recommendations included conducting a comprehensive housing study of the area, encouraging more mixed use developments while maintaining historic ideas and feels, providing amenities that attract millennials, and reevaluating the residential conservation zones to attract businesses that will influence economic development for the area.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, February 7, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Council Goals for 2017

Provo High Principal Karen Brown speaking at State of the City
Council members recently joined community leaders and others for Mayor Curtis' final State of the City address. Hosted by Provo High School, they received a warm welcome from the enthusiastic students and Principal Karen Brown. Included in the Mayor's goals for 2017 was good governance. He mentioned a budget focused on value and results for the taxpayers, neighborhood plans, zoning compliance, and an increase in citizen engagement.

We appreciate the shout-out from Mayor Curtis on our work to improve zoning compliance in Provo. The Council voted to create a Zoning Compliance Committee and continues to move forward with recommendations on improving the land use (development) application process.

Great progress has been made on the priorities set one year ago and Council members decided to continue on with the same group of priorities for 2017. While none of these will ever truly be "done," it is hoped that room can be made for other items that need the Council's attention in the future. Dave Harding explained, "Some of these desired outcomes will take years to achieve, but we have been able to set a course."

Dave Sewell commented on the work done regarding the development application process, "We made a lot of progress but there's still a lot to do around implementation."

Each area of priority has most of the goals or outcomes being addressed in some way. Kim Santiago also pointed out that many accomplishments were made that were outside of the specific desired outcomes listed when the priorities were set.

The Council will continue to pursue its nine priorities identified last year and looks forward to ongoing progress in each area.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Louise Jorgensen

January 2017 marked the beginning of a new calendar year, but also the end of an era in the City Council office as well as Provo City's Neighborhood Program. Louise Jorgensen retired from her work as the Council's Executive Office Assistant and was honored at the January 4 Council meeting.

Her job title doesn’t begin to describe all that she did for Council members, staff, and Provo’s Neighborhood Program. In her nine years here Louise became the heart and backbone of the Council Office. Nearly every responsibility in the office had been part of her job at one time or another and she had been a key part of welcoming each new employee and helping them to get their bearings. We have a small staff so she has had a huge impact on the entire team.

Council members relied on Louise for support. She was often the first to greet visitors or to help those who called in with questions. Even the longest of meeting days was so much better when it started with a cheerful greeting from Louise when you walked in the door.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Summary of the January 17 Meetings

In the Work Session

Zoning Compliance Committee
Zoning compliance continues to be a top priority and Council established a committee with Council members Dave Knecht, George Stewart, and Kim Santiago as members. Santiago will serve as the committee's chair. Their mission is to review recommendations from citizens and the Administration pertaining to zoning enforcement and compliance, and to advise the Council on how to move forward with those recommendations.

Implied Motions
One of the amendments to the Council Policies and Procedures Handbook that was approved refers to an implied motion. During Council meetings (not work meetings), after any presentations and public comment on an agenda item, the Council Chair will declare, by rule, an implied motion to affirmatively pass the measure under consideration. This can be an efficient way to provide a clear starting point for debate. The Council may vote to amend the motion as often as necessary during debate before voting on whether or not to pass the measure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, January 17, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Summary of the January 3 Meetings

In the Work Session

Zoning Compliance
Hannah Petersen, Provost Neighborhood Vice Chair, presented statistics regarding zoning violations in her neighborhood as well as some recommendations for improving zoning compliance in Provo. Community Development also presented some potential options for improving zoning compliance. Further discussion and formation of a committee to address the issue will take place at the January 17 work meeting.

Compensation for Elected Officials
Council approved a proposal to create a process for independent review and recommendation of Council compensation by including it in the existing mayoral compensation review process, with the same structure and similar timing as already established. Staff will prepare an ordinance to be considered at the next Council meeting, with the goal of appointing the Elected Officials Compensation Commission in February 2017, work completed by end of April 2017, and any compensation changes to take effect in January 2018.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Provo City Council Work Meeting, January 3, 2017

Agenda  (Times have been added to the ends of the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)