Recap of the June 6 City Council Meeting

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council heard from more than 40 constituents on a range of issues from requests for increased library funding, to pay raises for Salt Lake City Police Officers, to solutions to the City’s golf fund shortfall.

The Council also discussed the Neighborhood Cleanup program as part of the proposed Sustainability Department Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget. The Administration presented plans to modify the program in order to reduce impacts on the Jordan River. According to the Administration, green waste in curbside cleanup piles contribute to high oxygen content in storm water, which flows to the Jordan River and is detrimental to the health of the waterway.

The department intends to hold a public engagement process in the coming months to get feedback from the public about future changes to the program to help curb the problems. Council Members encouraged the Administration to pursue a robust outreach effort as the program is very popular among constituents. This summer’s Neighborhood Cleanup program will not be affected.

The Council discussed a number of follow-up items related to the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, including:

  • potentially funding homeless services to address health and safety issues along 500 West near the Road Home shelter.
  • potentially increasing funding to replace the trees the City must remove each year;
  • establishing ongoing funding for the Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah to study issues relating to the City’s economic development and public policy;
  • potentially hiring an additional fire inspector in order to reduce the City’s building permit backlog;
  • and many other proposals and considerations.

The Council will likely formally adopt the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget at its meeting on June 13.

Watch video from all the Council’s 2017-18 budget discussions and hearings: