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RECAP: March 19 Council Meeting

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council:

  • received updates on the the City’s sales tax increase and bond efforts to fund improved streets and transit. Discussion centered on the two streets maintenance crews that are out fixing potholes and cracks. As the weather warms, the crews will begin larger repair work. Also discussed were infrastructure improvements such as TRAX station improvements and ADA ramps near the new Homeless Resource Centers (located at 131 E 700 S and 242 W. Paramount/275 W. High Avenue). 
  • discussed the Public Safety Compensation Study Report, a report that’s completed every three years and compares Salt Lake City’s police and fire compensation structure with that of peer cities nationwide. The study found that the City’s compensation is largely competitive, but could be increased for certain positions. The Council will discuss this further during budget deliberations in May and June.
  • discussed a proposed ordinance that would amend various sections of Salt Lake City Code pertaining to single room occupancy (SRO) uses. Generally, SRO housing contains individual sleeping rooms with combined living areas. Kitchen and toilet facilities are often common spaces to be shared by all residents. The proposed amendments would redefine SRO housing and permit them in more zoning districts than currently allowed. Discussion centered on how potential properties would be managed, and balancing neighborhood concerns with the City’s need for affordable and diverse housing types. The Council will hold a public hearing on this topic in the coming weeks.

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