At Tuesday’s meeting:
- The Council reviewed the proposed budget for the Sustainability Department, also known as SLCgreen, for Fiscal Year 2019-20. The Sustainability Department provides waste collection and sustainability efforts funded through a separate enterprise fund called the “Refuse Fund.” The Council discussed pros and cons of the new Call-to-Haul program versus the previous Neighborhood Cleanup program. The Council also raised objections about a proposal from the Administration to increase rates for residential trash collection services and multi-family recycling.
- The Council discussed unresolved issues and projects related to the proposed City budget. These items may be citywide or relate to specific departments. Final tax numbers from the County are expected in the coming days, which will help the Council determine final funding options. The Council will continue to discuss housing programs, homeless services and other unresolved issues at the noon Work Session on Thursday, June 6.
- As part of the unresolved issues discussion, the Council discussed the 4th Avenue Well construction project, a groundwater well pump and associated infrastructure located approximately at 4th Avenue and Canyon Road. The well serves as a critical water supply for downtown. The Council unanimously asked the Administration to come back to the Council with alternatives addressing and incorporating community concerns such as building size, impact, and noise. The Council also supported funding an outside engineering resource to review possible construction alternatives and to report on the incorporation of public feedback.
- The Council reviewed overall trends in Capital Project investment and proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding, a multi-year plan of large project and equipment purchases typically over $50,000 each. As part of the annual budget process the Council reviews the plan, decides which items to fund and approves the total amount of funding. The Council further reviews and appropriates project-specific funding over the summer for projects such as maintenance costs, facility improvements, and infrastructure like streets and sidewalks. The Council will evaluate projects for impact fee eligibility.
- The Council heard from approximately 20 people at the second of two scheduled public hearings on the proposed City budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Council expects to take action on the budget next Tuesday, June 11.
- The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Board continued budget discussions for the proposed RDA budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20. The Board expects to adopt the budget at next Tuesday’s 7 p.m. RDA meeting.