Salt Lake City

Council District 2

The Westside – Glendale, Poplar Grove, Fairpark

Andrew’s Council Meeting Thoughts

Below is a collection of my personal thoughts after each City Council meeting. To read the official meeting recaps visit the Council’s News Blog.

As always, I am happy to discuss these or any other issues on your mind.


Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – October 9, 2018

Posted on:October 10th, 2018
Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Funding Tonight we came to an agreement on CIP funding! This is not a complete list but some salient items for the Westside. I want to acknowledge Kristin Riker, who oversees SLC Parks, for all of her help recently in working through park ideas and budget scenarios to make these a […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – October 2, 2018

Posted on:October 3rd, 2018
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Funds The Council continued our discussion regarding what projects to fund this coming year. For those less familiar with city finances, CIP funds are monies that the city sets aside to pay for major projects like streets, parks, etc. We have too little money compared to the number of ideas and […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – September 11, 2018

Posted on:September 12th, 2018
Council Work Session 9/11 Tribute We held a moment of silence to begin today, remembering the victims and heroes of 9/11. I have lived in a relatively calm American era (until recently) so there are not many national events that I can recall exactly where I was when I heard about them. 9/11 is one […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – September 4, 2018

Posted on:September 4th, 2018
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) We officially began our Fall CIP discussions today. We hope to have final decisions on what projects to fund by Oct. 16. According to our briefing we had requests equal to 130% of the total funding available so we will need to review the recommendations of the Community Development & Capital […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – August 21, 2018

Posted on:August 22nd, 2018
9 Line and State Street Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Plans The Council is a few weeks out from formally adopting the 9 Line and State Street CRA plans. The 9 Line plan includes designating a portion of Poplar Grove and Glendale as Community Redevelopment Areas wherein the increase in tax revenue over the next 25 […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – August 14, 2018

Posted on:August 14th, 2018
This is a short synopsis as our meetings in the summer are often shorter. Which is a nice break from the more intense weeks. General Obligation Bond There seems to be a fair amount of support for this bond from public opinion poll we saw today. To recap again, this would raise $87 million dollars […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – July 31, 2018

Posted on:August 2nd, 2018
Proposed General Obligation Bond This afternoon the Council was briefed regarding public outreach about the proposed Bond that would be voted on this fall to pay for street reconstruction and repairs across the city. Tonight was our second public hearing about this and only three people came and shared their opinions. We have had some […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – July 10, 2018

Posted on:July 19th, 2018
Block 67 – 230 West 200 South We discussed a plan to build a 3-phase development on block 67 in downtown SLC. For those who do not have your block numbers memorized, 67 contains the Royal Wood business building, along with the downtown Post Office. It sits behind the Cal Ramptom (Salt Palace) Convention Center […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – June 12, 2018

Posted on:June 15th, 2018
City Budget The Council has passed the budget for FY 2018-19! I hesitate to say it was arduous or any other descriptor that conveys some struggle because no matter how mentally tired I have been, week in week out, the reality is we are in a fairly good economic time, and we have passed a […]

Andrew’s Meeting Thoughts – June 5, 2018

Posted on:June 6th, 2018
The end of our budget discussions is coming! Next week, we should have everything finalized for the 2018-19 budget. A few items from today: Vehicle Fleet Along with parks, the vehicle fleet (including all city vehicles) is one of the major poorly funded departments in Salt Lake. We have essentially kept funding flat at around […]