At today’s meeting, the Council:
- approved a joint ceremonial resolution with the Mayor condemning the treatment of migrants at the southern border. Council Member Amy Fowler, District 7, said, “…When we act together and do things like this to show that we believe in equity and humanitarian situations, and that we believe that everybody deserves access to water and food and decent living conditions no matter who they are or where they come from, we stand as a City in that way, and it is admirable. And again, it makes me a proud resident of not just Salt Lake City but Utah.”
- approved a joint ceremonial resolution with the Mayor supporting a national price on carbon emissions.
- reviewed all funding recommendations from the resident Advisory Board and the Mayor for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. CIP money is available for community projects throughout the City that improve public property. This includes streets and sidewalks, parks and buildings. The Council identified several potential funding shifts from recommended projects to other projects, such as restorations to the historic Fisher Mansion and Carriage House, improvements to Pioneer Park and other downtown parks, a potential park at the Three Creeks Confluence in the Jordan River, and the Seven Canyon Fountains Restoration Project at Liberty Park. The Council also held a public hearing to accept public comment regarding the recommended projects. Follow-up discussions are scheduled in the coming weeks, with expected action on August 20th at the 6 p.m. Special Formal meeting.
- received a briefing from the City Treasurer about the issuance of up to $26,500,000 general obligation bonds and other bond issues. The first bond issuance, of up to $20 million, is related to the voter-approved $87 million Streets Reconstruction Bond as part of the Funding Our Future initiative. The second bond, of up to $6.5 million, is a separate bonding issue to refinance older bonds for The Leonardo Museum at a lower interest rate to save property owners’ money (an estimated savings of $254,000 over the next 10 years). The two issuances are being processed together for efficiency in the bonding process. The bonds are expected to be issued in October after going through a regulatory and due diligence process.
- received a Six-year Pavement Plan from the City Engineer for streets to be reconstructed with the Streets Reconstruction bond. The Engineering Division drafted an outline and proposal for pavement preservation strategies and recommended street reconstruction projects based on the Pavement Condition Study completed in late 2017. Updates on projects can be found at fundingourfutureslc.com.
- approved an interlocal agreement with the Utah Transit Authority, as part of the Funding Our Future sales tax increase, that funds enhanced service on bus routes 2, 9, and 21.
- discussed and voted on multiple rezones and zoning text changes.
- interviewed and approved multiple board appointments to various City Boards and Commissions.