Sunday, March 17, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on March 19, 2019

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://agendas.provo.org

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Budget Committee
  1. A presentation on the Parks and Recreation Department and potential budget requests. (19-004)
    • The Parks and Recreation Department will (1) report on how its operations contribute to City goals and objectives, and (2) identify potential budget needs for the department.
  2. A discussion regarding the the Provo City Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2019-2020 (part 1 of 2). (19-035)
    • The document and the presentation will lay out the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for each department. Information for each item includes a description of the project, funding status (funded, partially funded, unfunded), funding sources, cost elements, the projected budget through FY 2023-2024, which city goals are furthered, and an estimate of the general impact on operating budgets
Business
  1. A presentation from the Administration about proposed organizational changes. (19-036)
    • Following an extensive review of the effectiveness of the city organizational structure and processes, the Mayor wants to make several changes to streamline and improve development review processes and better align the city to improve the development experience. Three areas are proposed: 1) create a new Department of Development Services, 2) create a "one-stop shop" for development review processes, and 3) revamp the Coordinators' Review Council (CRC).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Summary of Action | Meetings on March 5, 2019

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

Work Meeting

1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
351 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Summary of Action


Business

1.  A discussion on the Economic Development Impact that has been produced through Parks and Recreation efforts (19-031) Presentation only.

2.  A discussion concerning House Bill 324 which proposes raising the minimum age for tobacco purchase and other alternatives available to Provo City (19-029) A motion to amend the implied motion to include the language suggested was approved 6:0, with Councilor Gary Winterton excused. This item was already scheduled for the March 5, 2019 Council Meeting.

3.  A discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amendment prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial animal establishments (19-030) Presentation only. This item will be scheduled for the Work and Council Meetings on March 19, 2019.

4.  A discussion regarding the Provo City Parking goals and objectives (19-018) Presentation only.

5.  A discussion on an ordinance to correct inconsistencies and provide clarification regarding boards and commissions in Provo City Code Title 2 (19-033) Presentation only. This item was already scheduled for the Council Meeting on March 5, 2019.

6.  A discussion on Council work efforts (19-032) A motion to create an ad hoc Election Code Committee, with the mission statement: "Review Provo City's current election code with Provo City election officials and propose updates and changes to better address and balance interests of campaign finance transparency, donor privacy, code clarity, and ballot access," and with David Harding as Chair and George Stewart as Vice-Chair was approved 6:0, with Councilor Gary Winterton excused.

The Economic Impacts of Parks and Recreation

The benefits of Provo City's parks and recreation facilities have a broader impact than most people realize. Scott Henderson, Parks and Recreation Director, recently gave a presentation to the Provo City Council on the economic benefits to the area based on patrons and customers using those facilities. Those benefits often include hotel stays, dining out, and retail purchases in Provo.

The Covey Center for the Arts is a regional performance venue that regularly attracts visitors to Provo. There were 228 ticket performances in 2018, with 74,665 tickets sold. In addition to the more than $800,000 in ticket revenues generated, the Center was also used for free performances, rehearsal time, and classes. They estimate over 100,000 visitors came to downtown Provo because of the Covey Center and a survey estimated that patrons spend $1.9 million at Provo eating establishments annually.

East Bay Golf Course hosts more than just golf events. The annual BYU Fall XC Classic involves 110 teams and brings in $1 million in economic impact spending. The recent NCAA Cross Country Championships brought in 40 teams and the economic impact was over $1 million. Golf events like the WCC Championships and State High School Golf Championships have economic spending impacts of half a million dollars per event. The Provo Open Tournament generates $100,000 of community spending every June.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on March 5, 2019

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://agendas.provo.org

PROVO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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 Economic Development Impact the has been produced through Parks and Recreation efforts (19-031)
    • Parks and Recreation facility operations staff would like to present the economic impact of Parks and Recreation facilities/events in the community.  All areas have worked with the Utah Valley Conventions and Visitors Bureau to compile impact numbers. Presentation and discussion will include the Regional Sports Park concept.
  2. A discussion concerning House Bill 324 which proposes raising the minimum age for tobacco purchase and other alternatives available to Provo City (19-029)
    • Recently, Lehi City became the first city in Utah to pass a law which raised the minimum age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Included in this item is a discussion about sending the resolution of support to the Utah State Legislature. In order to have any impact during this Legislative session, the Council needs to approve something at Council Meeting on March 5, 2019.
  3. A discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amendment prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial animal establishments (19-030))
    • Some Utah municipalities have passed legislation that prohibits the sale live dogs, cats or rabbits, unless they are sourced from somewhere like a shelter. The primary concerns are the conditions of some "puppy mills" which supply pets to retail pet stores, illnesses that can then be spread to other pets in the community, and the current over supply of pet that fill local animal shelters. The Provo Council is not necessarily concerned about any currently registered pet store in Provo City, but is concerned about new pet stores after seeing other cities in Utah grapple with problems arising from pet stores locating in their limits.
  4. A discussion regarding the Provo City Parking goals and objectives (19-018)
    • There are several listed goals and objectives within Chapter 9 of the General Plan regarding implementation of a parking strategy. Council has invited Austin Taylor to come before the Council to discuss with Council how he intends to manage parking issues within Provo City.