Friday, April 28, 2017

Neighborhood Meeting Alerts

Provo City participates in an alert program administered by Utah County. Everbridge gives citizens an opportunity to receive alerts regarding emergencies, road closures, public meetings, etc. Users choose which alerts to receive and how to receive them (phone call, text message, email). We have now added the ability to receive alerts for neighborhood meetings.

To receive alerts, create an Everbridge account at You will be able to enter your contact information for these alerts and choose which alerts to receive. In the list of "My Alert Subscriptions," click on the "+" next to "Provo" to expand the list and see which types of alerts are available. Clicking the "+" next to each neighborhood area group will expand the list so you can see which neighborhoods are in each of those areas. Make sure you save your selections before exiting.

The Council office will send text alerts (text messages, emails) the week of a scheduled neighborhood meeting. Because of the way the system is configured, alerts will go out to the entire area (i.e., Central Area Neighborhoods).

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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

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.