Monday, October 22, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on October 23, 2018

Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
3:30 PM, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion regarding public comments received from the Draft Environmental Assessment and an update on the Final Environmental Assessment preparation for the proposed Land and Water Conversion Fund property conversion (17-036)
    • The public comment period was reopened for the draft environmental assessment for the Timp-Kiwanis Bounous property conversion. This is an update on the public comments received. It will be formally heard at the November 13 Council meeting.
  2. A discussion on the proposed language for the resolution supporting housing affordability in Utah County (18-070)
    • Council reviewed an affordable housing resolution from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce at the September 25 work meeting and wanted to consider additional revisions.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mayor and Council Clarify Details on Bond


In August, the Municipal Council passed a resolution providing for a local special bond election for the purposes of “acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown are a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall.” As Provo residents have sought to understand the reasons for and parameters around the Provo Police, Fire, and City Facilities Bond, the Council and Mayor worked to answer questions particular to the location of the new facilities.

At the work meeting on October 9, Mayor Kaufusi and Council members discussed the options for locating new facilities downtown and issued this statement:

The Mayor and Municipal Council of Provo presently and firmly intend to build the new police, fire, and city building on the same block as the current city building, but at the west end of the block, along 500 West.  

While we’re open to other locations in Provo’s downtown and will take a careful look at meaningful opportunities, only a truly great alternative would entice us away from our present plan. 

We are excited for the opportunity to bring new businesses, attractions, and vitality to Center Street once the current city building is gone. We look forward to exploring these possibilities in the near future.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on October 9, 2018

Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
2:00 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion on a conservation easement for Rock Canyon (17-085)
    • The Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance has presented the idea of placing a conservation easement on Rock Canyon to preserve the property’s natural habitat in the future. Brian Jones from Legal will update the Council on what is included in the current easement draft, and then Doug Robins from Parks and Recreation will present an alternative proposal. Afterwards, Erik Davis and Ginger Woolley from the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance will respond.
  2. A discussion on a Council Intent Statement regarding the City Center location and the use of land in the downtown Provo area (18-093)
    • This is meant to convey Council’s intent regarding the proposed new facilities.
  3. A presentation on recommendations regarding a budget committee (18-075)
    • Since January 2018, the Council’s Budget and Audit Committee has not met, partially because members of the Council have been satisfied with budget explanations from the Administration, and partially because the Mayor’s Office, as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, put together an ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding the composition and function of a citizens’ budget committee. In other words, there was a committee in place whose purpose was to research and discuss budget committees. This is a continuation of the discussion from the September 25 Council work meeting.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on September 25, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:00 PM, Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 

Approval of Minutes
  • August 16, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Provo School Board
  • September 11, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A presentation on recommendations regarding a budget committee (18-075) Presentation only. Council requested that staff distribute the committee recommendation from the Administration for review. This item will be scheduled for the October 9, 2018 Work Meeting for further Council discussion.

2.  A discussion regarding the Salt Lake Chamber's Affordable Housing Resolution (18-070)
A motion to move the resolution as amended to the October 9, 2018 Council Meeting agenda was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion regarding public comments received from the Draft Environmental Assessment and an update on the Final Environmental Assessment preparation for the proposed Land and Water Conversion Fund property conversion (17-036) Presentation only.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on September 25, 2018


Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Energy Board
12:00 PM, Monday, September 25, 2018
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.
Business
  • A discussion on SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for strategic planning
  • A discussion on reliability
  • A discussion on time-of-use rates
  • A discussion on resources and Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA)
Adjournment


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A presentation on recommendations regarding a budget committee (18-075)
    • Since January 2018, the Council’s Budget and Audit Committee has not met, partially because members of the Council have been satisfied with budget explanations from the Administration, and partially because the Mayor’s Office, as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, put together an ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding the composition and function of a citizens’ budget committee. In other words, there was a committee in place whose purpose was to research and discuss budget committees. Administration will present the recommendations regarding the citizens’ budget committee.
  2. A discussion regarding the Salt Lake Chamber's Affordable Housing Resolution (18-089)
    • Brynn Mortensen, Public Policy Analyst with the Salt Lake Chamber, came to the August 7 Work Meeting and presented on issues that Provo City could address, including information on the way we handle land use and housing policy at the local level. She presented the research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, which included actionable steps that cities, towns and counties can take to examine their housing policies and make a difference.
    • The Affordable Housing Resolution is the next step that the Salt Lake Chamber is asking cities to take. They have indicated there will be a public list of cities that approve the resolution and include those that did not approve the resolution. Thus far, there have been three passed in the state at the local level: Draper City, Farmington City, and Box Elder County.
    • At the September 18 Housing Committee meeting, the Committee discussed the action steps and proposed making slight amendments to the wording and gave general consensus based on this recommendation.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on September 11, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 

Approval of Minutes
  • June 5, 2018 Work Meeting
  • August 6, 2018 Work Meeting
  • August 7, 2018 Work Meeting
  • August 21, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Provo Airport Board
  • August 21, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  An update on the Provo City Bond Election (18-073)
A motion to approve the ‘for’ statement with any minor grammatical adjustments necessary was approved 5:0, with Councilors David Sewell and George Handley excused.

2.  A presentation on Sewer Infrastructure (17-131)
A motion to signal to Public Works that the Council is interested in exploring the possibility of a $120 million loan from the Utah State Division of Water Quality was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion on equipment for fire station diesel emissions (18-087)(18-081) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the September 25, 2018 Council Meeting.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on September 11, 2018



Citizens Agenda



Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A presentation on Sewer Infrastructure (17-131)
  2. A discussion on Fire Station diesel emissions (18-087)
    • Each of Provo’s Fire Stations is equipped with a mechanical system which removes diesel emissions created by the various fire engines and vehicles. Several stations throughout the City have failing systems, which have resulted in costly repairs over the last two years. Facilities and the Fire Department have explored new systems which would be less expensive and more reliable. Fire Chief Jim Miguel will present and share a request for an appropriation which would come to a future Council meeting for approval.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Invitation to submit argument for or against City Center Bond

Invitation to submit an argument for or against
the Provo Police, Fire & City Facilities Bond
Eligible voters may request to submit an argument for or against the issuance of General Obligation Bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $69,000,000 and to mature in no more than 20 years from the date or dates of issuance of such bonds for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs of: acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown area a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall; acquiring, constructing, and equipping a new fire station to replace the fire station on Canyon Road; and providing for related improvements in Provo City; and, to the extent necessary, for providing moneys for the refunding of general obligation bonds.

In accordance with Utah Code §59-1-1604, requests must be received by September 4, 2018.

You may click here to submit your request. Requests may also be filed in person or in writing to the Provo City Election Officer at 351 West Center Street or recorder@provo.org. If you have additional questions, please call 801-852-6524.


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Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on August 21, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Approval of Minutes
  • July 17, 2018 Work Meeting 
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business
 
1.  A presentation on the Congress for the New Urbanism Conference (18-079) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on Council priorities (18-004)
An amended motion to keep the General Plan as a Council priority, and to leave control of the process for updating the General Plan to the Planning Commission was approved 7:0.
A motion to keep “develop a holistic approach to evaluating zoning enforcement solutions and progress” in the Desired Outcomes, to refer the topic of short-term rentals policy to the Zoning Committee, and to keep Zoning Compliance as a Council priority was approved 7:0.
A motion to approve Economic Development as a Council priority was approved 7:0.
An amended motion to add “budgets reflect the process and desired outcomes associated with the Council’s and Mayor’s priorities and General Plan goals” and to keep Vision 2050/General Plan as a Council Priority was approved 7:0.
A motion to adopt the changes to the Affordable Housing section as presented and edited and to keep Affordable Housing as a Council Priority was approved 7:0.


3.  A discussion on a Request for Qualifications relating to the creation of a Community Land Trust (18-081) An amended motion that the Redevelopment Agency proceed with putting out a Request for Qualifications and a Request for Proposals for a Community Land Trust was approved 7:0.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on August 21, 2018



Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Airport Board
12:00 PM, Monday, August 21, 2018
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.
Business
  • A presentation on current Airport projects.
  • An update on the Airport Master Plan
  • An update on the progress of Duncan Aviation
  • Other discussion or questions
Adjournment


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A presentation on the Congress for the New Urbanism Conference (18-079)
    • Council members are occasionally invited to attend national conferences on topics related to their duties in order to be aware of and informed on best practices and important issues. David Harding attended the Congress for the New Urbanism Conference earlier this year and will be relaying some of the key points that are most relevant for Provo.
  2. A discussion on Council priorities (18-004)
    • In January, Council held a retreat to discuss their priorities for 2018-19. Some work was done, but these were not formally adopted as priorities at the time. Council will revisit the discussion and decide how to proceed with setting these items as priorities.
  3. A discussion on a Request for Qualifications relating to the creation of a Community Land Trust (18-081)
    • A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services. The Redevelopment Agency would like to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals to develop and manage a CLT.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on August 7, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Approval of Minutes
  • July 10, 2018 Work Meeting
  • July 17, 2018 Joint Meeting with the Provo Housing Authority
  • July 26, 2018 Joint Meeting with Orem Council
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion on the bond election for the Provo City Center. (18-073)  
A motion to strike option 2 from the options to be considered and to vote on either option 1 or 3 at the August 7, 2018 Council Meeting was approved 7:0.
A motion to update the resolution bond language to include the terms “police and fire headquarters and emergency dispatch center” and “city hall” was approved 7:0.


2.  A discussion on a Rules Committee proposal regarding amendments to the Council Handbook and Provo City Code (18-078)  
A motion to place the Code changes on an upcoming Council Meeting agenda and to approve the Handbook changes was approved 7:0.
A motion to place the Code changes on the Consent Agenda for the August 21, 2018 Council Meeting was approved 7:0.


3.  A presentation on the Sewer Metering Study (18-052) Presentation only.

4.  A presentation on Utah's Housing Gap (18-070) Presentation only.

5.  A discussion on a draft of the Environmental Assessment (EA), Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the Timp-Kiwanis/Bounous property conversion (17-036)  Presentation only.

Policy Items Referred from the Planning Commission

6.  A discussion on an ordinance amending Provo City Code regarding allowances and requirements of home occupations. Citywide impact. (PLOTA20180109)
A motion to send the original [April Work Meeting] draft back to the Planning Commission was approved 7:0.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Council Votes to Place Bond on November Ballot


COUNCIL TO PLACE BOND ON BALLOT FOR FIRE STATION, EMERGENCY DISPATCH CENTER, POLICE AND FIRE HEADQUARTERS, AND CITY HALL

PROVO, Utah – August 8, 2018 – The Municipal Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold a special bond election asking voters to authorize a $69,000,000 bond, repayable over 20 years, "for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, and equipping in the downtown area a new police and fire headquarters, emergency dispatch center, and city hall; acquiring, constructing, and equipping a new fire station to replace the fire station on Canyon Road; and providing for related improvements in Provo City."

An annual property tax to pay debt service on the proposed bonds will be required over a period of 20 years in the estimated amount of $119.80 per year on a $265,000 primary residence and in the estimated amount of $217.82 per year on a business having the same value. $265,000 is the median home value in Provo.

The bond will be on the ballot for the General Election set for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on October 16.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on August 6-7, 2018

Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.

The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda

4:00 PM, Monday, August 6, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting. Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. This is an extra work meeting called to give Council members additional time for discussion and to receive updated information.

Business
  1. City Center Presentations 
    • Review of Options 
    • Updated Space Analysis 
    • Report on Public Input 
    • Additional Information 
  2. Council Discussion, including Questions and Answers
Adjournment





PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:00 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion on the bond election for the Provo City Center. (18-073)
    • Council is considering several alternatives to address critical needs for Fire Station 2, the Police Department, and the City Center building. An option will need to be selected in order to prepare the necessary information to place a bond on the November 2018 ballot.
  2. A discussion on a Rules Committee proposal regarding amendments to the Council Handbook and Provo City Code (18-078)
    • The Rules Committee will be presenting several recommendations pertaining to Council’s policies and procedures, including how the Council defines and establishes “Council Committees.”
  3. A presentation on the Sewer Metering Study (18-052)
    • Public Works will share results of their sewer metering study and how it relates to future growth, and the implications for the timing and location of a new treatment plant.
  4. A presentation on Utah's Housing Gap (18-070)
    • On May 1 of this year, the Salt Lake Chamber officially launched the Housing GAP Coalition. This group includes business and community leaders from throughout the state and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Coalition aims to address Utah’s looming housing affordability problem before it’s too late.  This group was formed as a direct response to a new study, commissioned by the Salt Lake Chamber and conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The study concludes that the rate Utah’s housing prices are increasing threatens our cost of living, economic prosperity and quality of life. You can read the entire study here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 17, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Business

1.  A discussion on citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) and (17-143)
Motion:           George Stewart moved that the resolution for consideration at the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting include language that authorizes the Mayor to sign the agreements as long as there were no material changes. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
 This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on amending PCC 14.34.350 regarding Recreational Vehicle Storage and Towing Impound Yards (18-077) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on a purchase option for property located at Provo Towne Center Mall (18-073)
Amended motion: David Harding moved to direct that staff prepare a joint statement indicating the Council and Mayor’s intent or opinion that it was necessary to address the needs of the city center, public safety (police, fire, and dispatch) buildings, and Fire Station 2 on Canyon Road, and to allow the statement to be issued following approval by the Mayor and Council Leadership. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 7:0.
This item was already scheduled for the July 17, 2018 Council Meeting.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

MAYOR AND COUNCIL JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING NEED FOR A NEW CITY CENTER


PROVO,Utah – July 19, 2018The Mayor and Municipal Council jointly make known their intent to address the critical space needs and deteriorating, unsafe condition of the current Municipal City Center and Fire Station No. 2 by asking residents for approval of a general obligation bond in the upcoming election. Currently, the City Center serves as the headquarters and operations center for numerous city services, including police, fire, and dispatch. 


The amount of the bond proposal remains to be determined, but will likely be between $44.5 million and $60 million, based on the three alternatives currently being reviewed by the Municipal Council and Administration. As elected leaders, we implore residents to get involved and assist us by providing input as we evaluate alternatives, which are: (1) relocate the City Center to the former Sears building in the Provo Towne Centre Mall, (2) upgrade and expand existing City Center facilities to meet necessary safety criteria and space needs, or (3) build a new and expanded City Center on the current block in downtown Provo. Thank you in advance for your input.



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Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 17, 2018

Citizens Agenda


Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.

The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Joint Meeting with Provo Housing Authority
12:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    • Council regularly schedules meetings with key boards and commissions to discuss current issues and ways to improve processes.
  1. A discussion on community land trusts
    • A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services. 
  2. Further discussion of any items as requested by Council or Housing Authority Board members
Adjournment



PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion on citywide tax incentives and retail reinvestment (18-057)
    • In effort to pursue the City Council’s Economic Development priority, the Council has heard presentations regarding tax increment funding (TIF) in recent work sessions. Susan Becker and Brian Baker with Zion’s Public Finance will provide more information on tax increment funding, in addition to highlighting other tools that can promote economic development in Provo.
  2. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) and (17-143)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on July 10, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 



Approval of Minutes
April 24, 2018 Work Meeting
May 15, 2018 Work Meeting
May 22, 2018 Work Meeting Budget Retreat
June 19, 2018 Work Meeting
Approved by unanimous consent.

Business

1.  A discussion regarding public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the July 10, 2018 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074) Presentation only.

4.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
Motion:           George Handley moved to include in the development agreement the language “WHEREAS, the Council has no intent to expand development beyond the Northern Wedge Property” and that the Council intends to continue the operation of the remainder of the property as a golf course, and for the Council to pursue a separate resolution and General Plan language expressing that intent. Seconded by George Stewart.
Roll call vote: Approved 6:1, with David Harding opposed.
Motion:           George Stewart moved to retain in the draft real estate purchase agreement the provision for the right of first refusal, with an offer defined as value and terms of payment. Seconded by David Harding.
Roll call vote: Approved 5:2, with Gary Winterton and Kay Van Buren opposed.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on July 10, 2018

Citizens Agenda
Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.
What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.

The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx


PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion regarding public feedback on potential financing options for office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. (18-073)
    • Y2 Analytics conducted a series of surveys designed to gauge levels of public’s support for building new office space for police, fire, dispatcher, and other Provo City personnel. Representatives from Y2 Analytics will share the survey results, and the Council will discuss various options for moving forward, if desired.
  2. A discussion on a police compensation proposal (18-069)
    • Recent discussion during the budget approval process identified a change in priorities in the Police Department to address compensation changes to attract and retain officers. A proposal supported by the Administration and the Police Chief will be presented. It would eliminate the five new Police Department positions and a position in the Economic Development Department to provide increased starting pay for police officers, add an additional career series for senior officers, and adjust compensation for the management level.
  3. A discussion on the 3rd Quarter Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2018 (18-074)
    • Quarterly Financial Reports provides unaudited summary information about Provo City’s revenue and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended March 31, 2018. The report includes information about the City’s General Fund, Special Revenue funds (Library), and Enterprise funds (Golf Course, Water, Waste Water, Energy, Storm Drain, Sanitation). This report ensures that the City Municipal Council and City Administrators can consistently monitor the City’s financial and budgetary transactions, providing timely and transparent financial information that can lead to educated decisions about the City’s present and future.
  4. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summary of Action | Meetings on June 19, 2018

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

12:15 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Room 310, City Conference Room
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action
 


Business

1.  A discussion on tax increment funding (18-057) Discussion only.

2.  A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136) A motion for the Administration to negotiate the agreement then return to Council for presentation and discussion at consecutive Work and Council Meetings on the same day was approved 7:0.

3.  A discussion on police personnel levels (18-069) Several motions were made but were subsequently withdrawn, resulting in no action taken. A budget amendment is expected at a later date.

4.  A discussion on funding options for Miss Provo and parade float (18-055) A substitute motion for the Council to sponsor the Miss Provo scholarship for the coming [fiscal] year [2019] in the amount of $5250.00 with that being the extent of the Council’s support of the program was approved 7:0.

5.  A discussion on Bulldog Blvd. construction (18-068) A motion was proposed for discussion purposes that would formally recommend to the Administration that the Bulldog Boulevard project be amended to exclude from its scope the reduction from three lanes to two lanes and the addition of bicycle lanes. The motion failed 0:7, with all Council members opposed.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Housing In Provo City

Photo credit: Matthew Taylor
Affordable housing has been making the news across the country.  It is not unique to Provo or to Utah that many people are struggling to find housing that can be purchased or rented in a range that is attainable for the average worker wage. According to a report in the Gardner Business Review, Utah’s demographic growth “produced exceptionally strong demand for housing, which in turn has put upward pressure on housing prices.”         

Because of the shortage in affordable housing, the Provo City Council made it one of their priorities beginning in 2016. Council’s Housing Committee was formed and the Committee worked to educate themselves on issues relative to affordable housing, brought in experts to discuss ways in which the Council can assist in increasing affordable housing options, and are working on legislation to assist developers to increase housing options in the City.

We have heard that some people believe that Provo City is turning down development projects for higher density housing. This is simply not true. The City Council has not turned down any higher density projects in the past three years. In fact, over 1,500 new housing units have been approved during that time or are currently in the process of approval. Several of those projects have been built and several others are currently under construction (see Table below).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Council Work Meeting | June 19, 2018



Agenda  (Time stamps have been added on YouTube to the individual agenda items to help you find them in the video.)


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on June 19, 2018


Citizens Agenda
Council meeting agendas are often difficult for people to navigate. Filled with jargon and legal requirements on how an item must be listed, it can be a challenge to determine what Council members are actually discussing or deciding on.

What follows is a staff interpretation of the agendas.
The official published agendas and supporting materials can be found here:  http://publicdocuments.provo.org/sirepub/meet.aspx

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:15 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Work Meetings are designed to be a less formal venue for discussion among Council Members. Generally, no public input is taken during the meeting.

Business
  1. A discussion on tax increment funding (18-057)
    • Recently, there have been a number of post-performance sales tax items brought before Council. The frequency of these items has caused some Councilors to question the use of increment as a tool. Specifically, how frequently should projects be approved? What type of project warrants the use of increment funding? What limitations has the County and School District placed on usage?This is an opportunity for Councilors to express their views on the use of increment as a tool. Economic Development has been invited to answer questions
  2. A discussion on the Real Estate Purchase Agreement and Development Agreement for a medical school at the golf course (17-136)
    • The Administrative Staff and the developers of the new medical school (being built on the a portion of the golf course property) have now exchanged draft agreements several times and are now ready to bring a substantially complete agreement to the Council for review, discussion and verification that the documents substantially conform to the direction and discussion that transpired in the January 2018 Municipal Council meeting.
  3. A discussion on police personnel levels (18-069)
    • Provo is currently 15 police officers short of what was recommended in a 2012 report issued by the Police Executive Research Forum. While the FY 2019 Tentative Budget provides for four additional officers and a police analyst position, the Council is concerned that without taking additional measures, the City may continue to suffer an officer shortage. Chief Ferguson and Daniel Softley will present specific options for the Council to consider in effort to address these concerns.