At Tuesday’s meeting:
- the Council held a public hearing about a proposed agreement with Utah Transit Authority that would expand bus service on key routes. The agreement is part of the City’s Funding Our Future initiative, part of which was a $5.3 million sales tax revenue allocation for improved transit service. The Council will take action on this item in the coming months. If approved, new bus routes could be in service by late 2019 or early 2020.
- the Redevelopment Agency Board adopted a resolution expressing its support for a working group of stakeholders to create a vision for historic Japantown, located on 100 South between 200 West and 300 West. The Board allocated $100,000 last month for the working group.
- the Council discussed the policy issues relating to housing grant applications. Discussion centered on whether there should be criteria in place to help determine which projects receive housing grants. The Council requested more information from the Administration about grant requests currently underway and will hold policy discussions in the future.
- the Council adopted an amendment to the City Compensation Plan that sets the Council’s salary at 25 percent of the Mayor’s salary as of January. Currently, salaries are 20 percent of the Mayor’s salary. The increase will be paid for by the Council Office budget through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. It will be incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget going forward.
- the Council recognized and thanked Council Member Erin Mendenhall for her leadership as the 2018 Council Chair.