At today’s Council and Board of Canvassers Meetings:
- the Council discussed a draft ordinance that would aim to regulate e-scooters in the City (formally referred to as dockless shared mobility devices). Currently, e-scooter companies have been operating for about a year and a half under temporary operating agreements as a pilot program. The Council discussed concerns such as enforcement of an ordinance, pedestrian safety, and potential user data that could be gathered to inform safety and transportation plans downtown. Watch the discussion here.
- the Council received a presentation from the City’s new Census Coordinator, Hailey Leek, about outreach efforts for the upcoming 2020 Census and additional efforts for traditionally hard-to-count populations in the City. Leek told the Council one of the biggest challenges with the upcoming census is misinformation and fears around questions included on the census, and cyber-security as this is the first census to be conducted online. While the City does not coordinate or count the Census, the Council applauded and encouraged the action plan to reach all Salt Lake City residents.
- the Council received a follow-up briefing about changing single room occupancy (SRO) uses in the City. Generally, SRO housing contains individual rooms with combined sleeping and living areas, with kitchen and/or toilet facilities to be shared by all residents. Discussion focused on potential long-term effects of adopting any proposed changes, short-term housing needs of people earning low incomes, and questions about SRO placement throughout the City. The Council will continue to review and discuss changes to the ordinance over the coming months.
- the Council approved Mayor-elect and Council Member-elect transition expenses as part of Budget Amendment No. 2 for Fiscal Year 2019-20, and also discussed funding for police overtime for patrols in City parks, among other items. The Council will consider the remaining funding proposals as part of Budget Amendment No. 2 in the coming weeks.
- the Council held a public hearing for the proposed boundary adjustment, which is supported by both cities, between Salt Lake City and the City of Millcreek. The adjustment would involve the shared boundary in an area bordered by 1300 East Street and Highland Drive, and Miller Avenue and Woodland Avenue, as well as a roundabout at approximately 2300 East and 2700 South. The City of Millcreek will also hold a public hearing on Monday, November 25. Please visit Millcreek’s website for meeting information.
- the Council, acting as the Board of Canvassers, approved a resolution that canvassed, accepted and approved the November 5th Municipal General Election results.
Visit the Council’s agenda page for meeting documents and video or view an archive of prior meeting recaps.