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COUNCIL: May 21 RDA Board and Council Meeting Recap

At Tuesday’s meeting:

  • The Board received an overview of the proposed Redevelopment Agency (RDA) budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and discussed accomplishments from previous years’ budgets. The Board will continue to discuss the proposed budget on Tuesday, June 4, with adoption expected mid-June.
  • The Council accepted public comment at the first of two public hearings for the proposed City budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20, where about a dozen residents spoke. The Council will hold the second public hearing for the proposed budget on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. See the Facebook event here.
  • The Council discussed the proposed budget for the Salt Lake City Police Department, which included an update on an operations and staffing study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with a plan for adding 23 new officers. The Council also discussed community interest in addressing safety in parks through some new staffing options, such as either Park Rangers or Officers, and an initiative to upgrade and establish a replacement program for body cameras.
  • The Council discussed the proposed budget for the Community and Neighborhoods Department (CAN), which includes a variety of proposals for multiple divisions, such as:
    • Increasing bus service, bus stop enhancements, and pedestrian safety projects for the Transportation Division;
    • Funding additional employees in the Building Services Division to improve permit processing;
    • Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) anticipating the unintended impacts of the closure of The Road Home. The Council expressed concerns about existing and ongoing needs that may not be met for those experiencing homelessness in and around downtown when the new Homeless Resource Centers (HRCs) open in summer and fall 2019; and
    • Additional information about several recommended affordable housing pilot programs, including one for Salt Lake City workers whose income has not kept up with cost of homes in the city.
    • The Council expects to have follow-up discussions about these proposals in unresolved budget issues briefings in the coming weeks.
  • The Council discussed the proposal to subsidize the Golf Enterprise Fund with nearly $1.4 million from the general fund, including paying debt service for irrigation improvements. The Council encouraged the Golf Division to explore potential business investment, such as improved restaurants and community spaces, that would aim to increase overall golf revenue.
  • The Council approved a resolution of support to construct a new Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) that would replace the City’s current facility. The new WRF construction will be phased over seven years in order to meet regulatory standards by 2025 and cost an estimated $528 million. The resolution allows the current facility to continue to operate without meeting the new regulatory standards until the new WRF is completed.
  • The Council interviewed and approved multiple appointments to various City boards.

Visit the Council’s agendas page for meeting documents and video.

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