Recap of the August 8, 2017 City Council Meeting

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council discussed the Transit Master Plan, a 20-year plan that makes recommendations about transit service, infrastructure, supportive investments and policies. Conversation centered on which areas of the City need additional transit options, and goals for providing high-quality, frequent transit service to more residents.

UTA officials also were at the meeting and joined in with the conversation on transit needs for the SLC community. The Council will continue to discuss the plan in the coming months and will holdpublic hearings to get community feedback on the plan.

The Council also received an update from the Administration about the City’s response to the July 26 severe storm, which resulted in more than two inches of rainfall in less than an hour. The City is still requesting people report home and business damage.

The City is working to gather enough data to justify federal participation through the Small Business Administration loan process. The first step was a Citywide Declaration of Emergency made shortly after the storm by the Mayor. Because even the SBA loan process has limitations on eligibility, the Council asked the Mayor’s Office to come back with options for how to assist those experiencing significant uninsured damage, and what those options might cost. In consultation with the Mayor’s Office, the Council Chair has scheduled a tentative follow-up discussion for September 5th.

Questions about volunteer help, clean up to public property, requests for bulky waste pickup, and more can be found by checking the contacts listed below.

Initial damage reports: 801-483-6700,  choose option 1

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The Council also:

  • discussed a report that outlines the feasibility of providing the entire city, including homes and businesses, with 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. The study included information about the amount of renewable power that would need to be generated in order for the City to run on 100 percent renewable energy, and the costs and benefits of various renewable energy options. The Council will hold a follow-up briefing in April 2018 when Rocky Mountain Power and the City jointly publish the first annual progress report on reaching 100 percent renewable energy and other sustainability goals.
  • held a public hearing about an ordinance that would require owners of large buildings (City buildings larger than 22,000 square feet and commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet, with some exemptions) to annually benchmark energy data, share Energy Star Scores and data with the City, and encourages implementation of improvements to the building’s energy systems. More than a dozen spoke at the public hearing, several of whom expressed concerns about and disagreement with the proposal. The Council will take action on this item at a later date;
  • held a Truth-in-Taxation hearing; and
  • approved a number of appointments to City boards and commissions.