At today’s meeting, the Council:
- held its first briefing about Budget Amendment No. 2 for Fiscal Year 2019-20. Discussion focused on maintenance of existing art in the City (approximately 270 artworks estimated at over $9 million) and a study to learn more about maintaining that art collection, as well as funding police overtime for additional patrols. The Council supports the overtime to help respond to community feedback, but expressed concerns and questions about how available data and current definitions would be used by the Administration to assign police patrols. The Council will hold a follow-up discussion at its November 12th meeting with a public hearing that same evening.
- received a briefing from the Department of Airports, as part of Budget Amendment No. 3 for Fiscal Year 2019-20, about a proposed $496 million increase to the Airport’s redevelopment budget. With that increase, the total budget would be over $4 billion. The proposed budget increase accommodates faster than forecast passenger growth. This additional funding does not come from a tax increase to Salt Lake City residents, rather it comes from bonds, contributions from participating airlines and Airport operations revenue. Some improvements include enhanced TSA security equipment, a plane taxi-lane to decrease idling while on the tarmac, and a larger customs and border area for international flights and travelers. When the first phase of the New SLC International Airport project is complete next fall, the airport expects new international routes to Asia and South America. The Council also received a sustainability update on the major project, such as over 200 new pieces of electric ground support equipment operating at the airport by next fall, LED lights on over 38,000 feet of runway, and over 95% of construction waste being diverted from the landfill.
- received a briefing about the 300 West Reconstruction Project, which is the largest Funding Our Future bond project. Salt Lake City’s Transportation and Engineering Divisions have conducted public outreach about the project since June, including focus groups, online and in-person surveys, and stakeholder meetings. The Council reviewed the project schedule and expects to receive updates as the project proceeds. Construction is expected in 2021.
- heard a proposal to create a Fire Board of Appeals. The Board would hear appeals from decisions rendered by the City’s Fire Prevention Bureau. Overseeing Boards and Commissions is a fundamental function of the Council as the legislative branch of city government. The Council will likely schedule a follow-up briefing in the coming weeks to address questions about the time frame for processing appeals, and addressing appeals that may overlap with other appeal boards and authorities.
- rescheduled several items from today’s meeting agenda to future meetings due to time constraints.
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