COUNCIL WORK SESSION
- COVID: We’ve been back in a high transmission level for a few weeks and the numbers begin to climb. The covid ICU utilization is at 29% which is dangerously high. We are seeing significantly more child cases in 2021 as compared with 2020. Vaccines do continue to increase but more slowly that we’d like. PLEASE GET VACCINATED! The mayor also discussed some of her thoughts about a new COVID local emergency declaration as well as a potential mask mandate for the city or for schools within the city.
- HOMELESSNESS: The 2 SLC HRC’s are at high capacity. The city and our partners are working on permanent overflow capacity. The most recent resource fair occurred at Fairmont Park. The next Kayak Court will occur on Friday the 20th.
- POLICING: Chief Brown gave us a history and update on body worn cameras within SLCPD. We started using them in 2013. There are over 550 cameras in the SLCPD. All officers must wear and activate the camera during all interactions with the public. We will begin reviewing 100% of the officers and reviewing at least 2 of their videos each year. This is up from 5 randomly selected videos each month.
UPDATES ON RACIAL EQUITY AND POLICING: Not Discussed.
2020 SLC STREET LIGHTING MASTER PLAN: This is something we’ve discussed previously. This was reviewed by the Planning Commission on April 14, 2021, and received a positive recommendation with direction to explore the color temperatures. We also received positive feedback from the International Dark-Sky Association. SLC’s master plan will utilize various color temperatures based on what the adjacent use is. It will set the maximum color temperature and allow reductions according to community feedback. The maximum in any area would be 3000K (commercial areas). 2700K is proposed for residential areas and 2200K is for more industrial areas. There is a proposed pilot study along 200 South in order to test out the plan. Council Member James Rogers asked how residents who are interested in enhanced lighting could accomplish that. I am also interested in this for District 5. The answer is that the master plan anticipates this but it is not fully defined yet.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CIP) PROJECTS FOLLOW-UP: We discussed the CIP funding log which is not yet finalized. Within this context, we also discussed the use of Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. The Mayor shared her vision for the APRA dollars and her hope is that we will look at these dollars as a catalytic opportunity. We took a straw poll to fund the following: Odyssey House fully funded but using ARPA money, Wasatch Dee Glen Tennis Courts funded at $400k, fully fund Harrison Ave Community Garden, fully fund Wingate Walkway, fully fund Capitol Hill Traffic Calming, and partially fund Sugarhouse Traffic Calming. Learn more about Fiscal Year 2021-22 CIP process and projects
FENCE, WALL, AND HEDGE HEIGHTS: This is an ordinance that would remove the special exception process for fence height. In residential and non-residential districts the height restrictions would generally be 4 feet in the front and 6 feet in the side or rear of a building. There is currently a special exception process that allows residents to request an over-height fence. However, this is applied for often and nearly always denied. So this would remove that process situation.
REZONE NEAR 830 W. 200 NORTH: This rezone would change two parcels from R1-5000 and R1-7000 to SR-3. The proposal is for a historic home to remain and 6 additional Twin-Home units to be built behind it. This received a unanimous positive recommendation from the Planning Commission with 2 conditions (keep the historic home on 200 N and work with surrounding property owners).
RESTAURANTS IN PUBLIC LANDS ZONING DISTRICT: This would allow restaurants as a permitted use in the Public Lands zones. This would allow restaurants to operate in locations such as the Bees Stadium or the City and County Building.
HONORARY STREET NAME FOR “PASTOR FRANCE DAVIS WAY”: The Mayor shared some beautiful words about Pastor France Davis. Pastor Davis is one of our Commissioners on the REP Commission and a noteworthy civil rights advocate working for our city and within our community. This will apply to Harvard Avenue (1050 S.) between State and Main Streets, the location of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
PUBLIC LANDS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT – KRISTIN RIKER: When we adopted our Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget we elevated the Public Lands Division to a Department and this would be officially naming Kristin Riker, the current Division Director, as the Department Director of this new department.
BOARD APPOINTMENTS: We met Scott Lyttle who is now a member of the Business Advisory Board. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration degree and owns Tea Zaanti in Sugarhouse and has also worked at Tracy Aviary. We also met Mike Pazzi who is now on the Housing Authority Board. Mike worked for decades in banking. Both seemed like great talented individuals. There are always opportunities to serve. Apply here.
LOCAL BUILDING AUTHORITY FORMAL MEETING
LOCAL BUILDING AUTHORITY (LBA) LEASE REVENUE BONDS: We approved this resolution which authorizes the redemption of some outstanding bonds.
COUNCIL FORMAL MEETING
REZONE AT 329-331 SOUTH 600 EAST (ENCIRCLE): We heard a couple of great comments from members of the Encircle staff, closed the public hearing, and adopted the ordinance. As a matter of transparency, I disclosed that I am a member of Encircle’s Advisory Committee. I’m very excited for this cafe which will invite the community into the affirming space which the Encircle house has created.
GOSHEN STREET ALLEY VACATION: One comment from the applicant was received. We closed the public hearing and deferred action.
ROSEWOOD PARK STREET AND ALLEY VACATION: No comments. We closed the hearing and deferred action.
ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION APPEALS: No comments. Closed and deferred.
ELIMINATING SPECIAL EXCEPTION ZONING PROCESS: We received a few comments expressing concern related to outdoor dining and improvements in a public way. We closed the public hearing and asked staff to look into those two items.
FISCAL YEAR 2021-22 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CIP): 12 people came to speak about CIP. The projects these constituents advocated for include: Harrison Avenue Community Garden, Capitol Hill Traffic Mitigation, Wasatch Hills Tennis Courts, Trails near 3 Creeks Park, Sugarhouse Safe Streets,
GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENTS: Today constituents commented on several issues including water use, climate change, the Utah Inland Port, Kristin Riker’s appointment to Director of Public Lands, park strip landscaping ordinance, and other items.
PUBLIC LANDS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT – KRISTIN RIKER: Kristin’s appointment was approved.
MEETING REMOTELY WITHOUT AN ANCHOR LOCATION: Approved.
INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH UTA FOR ROUTES 2, 9, AND 21: Approved.
ISSUANCE AND SALE OF SALE AND EXCISE TAX REVENUE BONDS: Approved.
CONSENT AGENDA: Approved.
7 P.M. FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING:
TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING For the FY22 budget we used a judgement levy and employed a property tax stabilization. A judgement levy is a one-time increase in order to cover the deficit the city incurred because of individuals who contested their property tax bills. The property tax stabilization is related to personal property, not real property. This item was adopted and finalized tonight.