Friday, February 14, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on February 18, 2020

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:

Work Meeting Agenda
1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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

  1. A presentation regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022 budget from Public Works. (20-007)
    • The Department of Public Works will present a pre-budget summary to review department budget management, trends, and developments in the operations with the Municipal Council. Each specific operation unit of Public Works will be covered.
  1. A discussion regarding information on restaurants with ancillary breweries. (PLOTA20190378)
    • Council staff will briefly review what information has been published so far and where the Council can find it. Councilors are welcome to request any other information they would like staff to find before the Council Meeting that evening.
  2. A discussion regarding the appropriations on the agenda for the evening Council Meeting. (20-035, 20-038, 20-039, and 20-040)
    • In the evening meeting this evening, the Council will hear four proposed appropriations: 1. A resolution appropriating $15,000 in the General Fund for a public bike rack expansion project. (20-040) 2. A resolution transferring Personnel Budget of $200,000 from the Community and Neighborhood Services Department in the General Fund to the Development Services Department in the General Fund. (20-039) 3. A resolution appropriating $26,819.85 in the General Fund for a reimbursement as per the terms of the Participation and Reimbursement Agreement between Provo City and Parkway Village Holdings, LLC. (20-038) 4. A resolution appropriating $3,638,455 in the General Fund for the design and construction of a new roadway, utilities, and infrastructure at the Mountain Vista Business Center. (20-035) Please refer to the Council Meeting agenda for more information about each appropriation. This item on the Work Meeting agenda will give the Council (especially newly elected Councilors who have not yet heard any appropriations) the opportunity to ask any clarifying questions before hearing the appropriations that evening.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tell Us What You Think About Restaurants With Brewing Onsite

The Provo City Council is considering a proposal to allow ancillary microbrewing within restaurants in the General Downtown, Downtown Core, and Regional Shopping Center zones.

This would permit limited on-site production of beer for on-premise consumption only. These restaurants would be under the same State requirements as any restaurant that serves alcohol (see regulations below). The issue before the Council only involves permitting the land-use. If it passes, local licensing requirements would need to be discussed and set.

Because of comments received on this item and some questions that Councilors wanted researched, the proposal was continued to the February 18 Council meeting.

Share Your Thoughts

A new topic has been launched on Open City Hall to gather more public input. It also contains more information about the proposal. Please take the survey online at before February 11, 2020. This feedback and the results of staff research will be presented to Councilors for that February 18 meeting.

Local Officials Day at the Legislature 2020

Several Council members accompanied the Provo Youth City Council to the Local Officials Day at the Legislature on January 29, hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT). The day started by taking FrontRunner from the Provo station and then a bus to the Utah State Capitol.

Workshops were provided by ULCT on a variety of topics - lobbying for action, creating an inclusive council, advocating for arts and culture, conflict resolution strategies, issues forum, state and federal internships, and using municipal surveys to more effectively listen, decide and govern.

 Representative Norm Thurston showed the group around the House floor. He and his intern spoke on their paths to involvement in government. Thurston's start came in Provo City's Neighborhood Program.