Salt Lake City

Council District 2

The Westside – Fairpark, Glendale, Poplar Grove

andrews meeting thoughts

Meeting Thoughts – June 16, 2020

Posted on: June 16th, 2020

First, a picture of the progress at 3 Creeks Confluence Park. City Budget The budget is finalized for 2020-’21. Obviously, the global pandemic has drastically impacted budgets, and we really do not know exactly how much. The revenue projections upon which the council and mayor based our budget this year are best guesses until the […]

Meeting Thoughts – June 11, 2020

Posted on: June 11th, 2020

Yes, we met again this afternoon and evening on the annual budget. By city code, we must pass a balanced, annual budget each year by the end of June. And us finalizing our part earlier allows leeway for last-minute problems to be handled. So, we are trying to complete all the budget for finalization next […]

Meeting Thoughts – June 9, 2020

Posted on: June 9th, 2020

Redevelopment Agency Meeting Folsom Trail The board gave approval for releasing funding towards final designs for the Folsom Trail. They have conducted a survey regarding which amenities to prioritize along the trail. This is good. What is bad is that we cannot secure land to complete the trail between 10th West and the Jordan River. […]

Meeting Thoughts – June 2, 2020

Posted on: June 3rd, 2020

One + weeks left of budget discussions. I am told the formal meeting tonight was the second-longest one in memory. I participated in our city council meetings today with a “Black Lives Matter” sign behind me. I did so not because I don’t support our police force, but because I believe that our government must […]

Meeting Thoughts – May 28, 2020

Posted on: May 28th, 2020

Housing Stability Program The administration, as I have mentioned previously, is proposing using existing and some potentially new money, to assist city residents in retaining housing through this economic downturn. Much of this money would be repurposed to assist in these rent relief and mortgage support efforts. I am generally supportive of this, but our […]

Meeting Thoughts – May 26, 2020

Posted on: May 26th, 2020

The Council budget briefings continue… 911 Communications Budget The division has shown amazing results in their response times for answering 911 calls. Industry standards are to exceed 91% answering in under 10 sec. The department has consistently improved and last year had a record 97.5%. Really impressive. It also is remarkable given the incredible strain […]

Meeting Thoughts – May 19, 2020

Posted on: May 20th, 2020

Emergency Declaration Update The Mayor gave a short update on the emergency declaration to begin the work session. The COVID-19 virus continues to disproportionately impact the Westside. We are getting more testing but it’s still not enough. The Mayor is trying to do multi-lingual announcements and information videos to connect with everyone. We know that […]

Meeting Thoughts – May 12, 2020

Posted on: May 12th, 2020

Proposed 2020-2021 City Budget Some initial thoughts regarding the proposed City budget for next year:The City projects that the first two quarters of the next fiscal year will see a decrease in sales tax revenue of 15% each quarter then, after January, flattening out to last year’s levels. So, less money for City services. The […]

Meeting Thoughts – May 5, 2020

Posted on: May 5th, 2020

Emergency Declaration The Council approved an extension of the emergency declaration related to Covid-19 introduced by Mayor Mendenhall a couple of months ago. We extended it through June 6. This allows the mayor to continue taking measures to ensure public safety, which she has been doing in collaboration with both the county and state. We […]

Meeting Thoughts – April 21, 2020

Posted on: April 21st, 2020

Budget Season! The Council heard the first three department budgets today- Public Utilities, the Library and the Airport, all enterprise funds. The general theme we will see this year is budgets being rewritten on the fly as we all start to try and grasp the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which was not a […]