Council urges extreme caution in discharging fireworks this holiday weekend

The following is a statement from the Salt Lake City Council Members:

Fireworks can be an enjoyable part of the holidays we celebrate in Utah. But tinder-dry vegetation and triple-digit heat prompts Council Members to strongly encourage Salt Lake City residents and visitors to be extremely cautious when using fireworks, and to use them only where legal.

We remind the public of the City Fire Department’s recent reduction of locations where fireworks can be discharged in the City. We urge people to check the updated fire restrictions before buying and using fireworks in all neighborhoods:

Salt Lake City has seen its share of damage from fires caused by fireworks. SLC firefighters responded to as many outdoor fires the first 11 days of July as they did the entire month of June. Preventable fireworks-related fires strain firefighting resources and unnecessarily cost taxpayers money.

We share the concerns of other Utah cities that have expanded their fireworks restrictions. Fireworks-related fires are a problem throughout the Wasatch Front as homes have been destroyed, and property damaged.

This summer’s Brian Head fire in Iron County is an example of how an indiscriminate use of flammable material can cause millions of dollars in damage and drain public resources. Although not caused by fireworks, the Brian Head fire is a staggering reminder of how cautious everyone must be in dry weather.

Please take time to clear your property and surrounding areas of dry weeds or other flammable material. An errant firework spark is all it takes to ignite dry weeds or grasses. A little effort now may prevent tragedy.

Our request for extreme caution in the use of fireworks is not meant to dampen enjoyment of the Pioneer Day holiday. This is a matter of protecting lives and property, and ensuring the safety of all in Salt Lake City.

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Caution- Road Survey in Progress

Caution – Road Survey in Progress!

Don’t be surprised if this summer you see a sensor-packed van driving up and down your Salt Lake City street.

Sometimes the van needs to drive multiple times along a street to gather enough data, especially on the City’s wider-than-average streets. Using lasers, high-resolution cameras and GPS, the roadway survey will provide pavement condition data for all 1,855 miles of City-owned streets.

The Council approved the $160,000 survey to better understand current pavement conditions. The last survey was done in 2012. Future Council decisions about when, where and how much to fund street maintenance will be informed by the survey’s data. The final report and Council briefing is expected October 2017.

Read post from the company’s website with more details.

Watch the SLC Council Meeting on Facebook Live

Catch up with Council on Facebook Live!

There are now three ways to tune in live to Council meetings!  Includes Facebook Live, YouTube, and SLCtv.

  1. Visit the Council’s Facebook page to drop in on the live proceedings.
  2. Click on the Interactive / Video link from the Council Meeting Agendas webpage. Agendas are now integrated with the SLC Live Meetings YouTube channel.
  3. Watch Salt Lake City television channel 17. SLCtv productions can also be found online, learn more.
Homeless Resource Centers receive favorable recommendation from SLC Planning Commission

Zoning regulations for Homeless Resource Centers to receive Council public hearing

The City Council will soon be asking for comments on a proposed zoning amendment involving standards for homeless resource centers.

The proposal received a favorable recommendation from the Planning Commission on March 22. A briefing before the Council and a public hearing will be scheduled in the coming months.  Learn about the proposed standards on the City’s online forum, Open City Hall.

Two homeless resource centers are being planned for Salt Lake City. This ordinance would affect the conditions, or regulations for any Center in Salt Lake City. Some features of the proposal, as passed by the Planning Commission, are:

  • Creating a definition outlining the purpose of a homeless resource center
  • Identifying homeless resource centers as a conditional use in areas that currently permit homeless shelters
  • Creating requirements that address potential negative impacts of homeless resource centers and homeless shelters

The draft ordinance is available here. In the meantime,  you also can attend any upcoming 7:00 p.m. formal meeting to address the full Council during the general comment period. Find out when the next formal meeting is here, or call 801-535-7600.

For questions, comments, and concerns please email Your input will be shared with the Mayor and Council Members.

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