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COUNCIL: September 17 Council Meeting Recap

At today’s meeting, the Council:

  • received a briefing from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute about an apartment market analysis for the Greater Salt Lake Region and Salt Lake City-specific census trends. The Institute reported that despite an increasing supply of housing, particularly multi-family in the past 10 years, Salt Lake City rents continue to outpace other areas of the state. The Institute also observed much of the new housing stock is targeted at the higher-end of the rental scale and, in large part, the challenging housing situation is due to strong economic growth of the region. The Council discussed the need to employ all strategies to encourage the creation of more affordable housing units in the City. 
  • approved a resolution that started the process to formally consider adjusting the boundaries between Salt Lake City and the City of Millcreek. The boundary adjustment would involve an area bordered by 1300 East Street and Highland Drive, and Miller Avenue and Woodland Avenue, with land moving from Salt Lake City’s jurisdiction to the City of Millcreek. The proposal would also move a roundabout to Millcreek’s jurisdiction at approximately 2300 East Street and 2700 South Street. Salt Lake City would receive an agreed-upon amount of tax revenue in exchange for the boundary adjustment. The Council set the date of Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. to accept public comment on the proposal. 
  • held a follow-up briefing and accepted public comment on the first budget amendment for Fiscal Year 2019-20. Discussion focused on changing school crossing guards from hourly-City employees to contracted employees from an outside company. The proposed change would be more affordable for the City and allow for more reliable shifts. Currently, other City employees from the Parking Enforcement Division fill in when a crossing guard is unavailable. The Council also discussed increased funding for public art around the City. The additional funding would allow for new art in large Capital Projects, such as sidewalks, parks, urban trails, and murals on public buildings. The Council reviewed a draft inventory of 270 artworks, and a 2013 study of City-owned artworks, estimated at over $9 million and identified maintenance of City-owned art as an item of future discussion. The Council expects to take action during its October 8th meeting.
  • reviewed and clarified Legislative Intents adopted during the annual budget process for Fiscal Year 2019-20. The Council took a straw poll that supported additional overtime for the Police Department to help enforcement in parks while the new parks ranger program is finalized and officers are trained.
  • discussed a proposal that would temporarily close a portion of 2100 South between approximately SR-201 and 7200 West to address illegal activity and dumping. The Council set the date of Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. to accept public comment on the proposal. 
  • interviewed and approved multiple appointments to various City Boards and Commissions.

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

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