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.

The Council also:
  • Discussed incentivizing quality infill development.
  • Heard an introduction on a new budget format made possible through the new Provo 360 software system.
  • Discussed and approved amendments to chapter 4 of the Council Policies and Procedures Handbook recommended by the Rules Committee.
  • Heard a review of the Engineering Department's Consolidated Fee Schedule. This information will be incorporated into the upcoming budget process. 
  • Discussed progress on Council's 2016 priorities and goals and decided to continue with the same set of priorities and goals for 2017.
  • Had a discussion on long term Provo City goals.
  • Reviewed and updated Council assignments for boards, committees, and liaisons for 2017.
  • Heard an update from the Council Budget and Audit Committee and decided to continue the discussion at the February 7 work meeting.


In the Formal Meeting

Elected Official Compensation:
An ordinance was approved that put into place a process for reviewing salaries for the Mayor and members of the City Council and making recommendations for updates.  An Elected Official Compensation Commission will be formed with three Provo residents appointed by the Mayor, three Provo residents appointed by the Council, and one additional Provo resident selected by the other six members of the Commission. They will be appointed in February 2017 and will report to the Council with their recommendations in April. Council will vote on those recommendations, with any changes taking effect in January 2018.

Permit Parking Area:
Residents in the Foothills Neighborhood submitted a petition asking for an expansion of the existing Foothill Park Permit Parking Area. A public hearing was held to gauge interest and Council voted to send this to the Parking Committee for the next step in the process. More information on permit parking areas can be found in the Provo City Code.

The Council also:

  • Heard a presentation from the Provo Bicycle Committee to Provo City for receiving the Bicycle Friendly Community Silver Recognition from the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Honored Officer Tyler Nisonger from the Provo Police Department (Community Oriented Policing) as the November 2016 Employee of the Month
  • Passed an ordinance amending and enacting provisions regarding distributed generation (including solar generation) by residential customers of Provo City Power. This incorporated recommendations from the Solar & Energy Committee presented at the January 3 Council meeting. The ordinance will take effect on March 31, 2017.
  • Passed three resolutions regarding infrastructure necessary for the expansion of Duncan Aviation. One was to authorize a Section 108 program application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide funding. The second was for an appropriation of $300,000 in the Airport Fund for design work. The third declared intent to reimburse certain expenditures through the proceeds of bonds.
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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