Saturday, November 7, 2020

Citizens Agenda for Meetings on November 10, 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: 

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Work Meeting Agenda

1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 20, 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 resolution appointing an audit firm. (20-239)

    • In 2016, the Municipal Council appointed Hansen Bradshaw Malmrose and Erickson (now known as HBME) following a RFP process that received eight proposals. HBME has, pre-emptory to an expected RFP process in the new year, proffered a three-year extension at a $5,000 discount from FY2020's $47,000 audit fee. The proposed fees are $42,000 for the financial audit, statement preparation, and single audit for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2021, June 30, 2022, and June 30, 2023, the same rate paid for FY2016. Staff believe this to be a good offer, worthy of consideration. Normally, we would put the audit to RFP every three to five years, we have asked on behalf of the Council for exemption from the City's purchasing policies (see Compatibility section below) to be allowed to proceed. If it chooses to do so, the Council will need to formalize the appointment by resolution

  2. An update on Utah Valley Hospital. (20-237)

    • Kyle Hansen, Utah Valley Hospital Administrator, and Janet Frank, Media Manager, are making a presentation to the Council about the activities at the hospital during the last year.

  3. A presentation on Carterville Parking Permit Program (19-108)

    • Carterville resident Mary Gale has requested that a new Residential Parking Permit Program be created in the Carterville Neighborhood on 300 West from Cougar Boulevard to 1625 North, 380 West from 1300 North to 1500 North, 1300 North from 300 West to 380 West, 1500 North from 380 West to 300 West, and 1625 North from 300 West to Freedom Boulevard. On October 9, 2019, Provo City Council directed the Community and Neighborhood Services Department to study this proposal and recommend action.

    • Staff recommendation to not approve parking permit expansion proposal; continue to monitor area for other potential parking regulations.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A Call to Calm

Today, November 3, 2020, is Election Day across the United States. We call for calm, patience, and restraint from the people of Provo while the winners are determined, however long that may be.

We can have confidence in our election system. Utah and Utah County have solid experience in the vote-by-mail process. It has shown itself to be reliable (albeit slower) and capable of detecting and rejecting ineligible votes.

We can have confidence in our judicial system for resolving contested elections. We are a country ruled by laws, and the laws in place will be applied by the judiciary to resolve any legal challenges to the results of the election.

We can have confidence in our law enforcement officers to keep the peace. We have laws protecting access to the polls, ensuring our rights to peaceful protest, and protecting against disorderly conduct. We have a competent and professional police force. Please report any violations to the authorities and allow them to enforce the laws and protect the public.

Understand that some in our community are feeling apprehensive about the election and what might follow. Let’s show forth the kindness and compassion that Provo is known for. Let’s be our best selves and be an example of a civil society that respects the rule of law.

Provo City Councilors

David Harding

David Sewell

Travis Hoban

George Handley

Bill Fillmore

David Shipley

Shannon Ellsworth

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