Summary of the January 3 City Council Meeting

The Council heard from dozens of constituents about the City’s process for selecting sites for new Homeless Resource Centers during the Council’s public comment period. More than 150 people attended Tuesday’s meeting, dozens of whom expressed concerns about the locations of the new resource centers. The City will hold community workshops in the coming weeks about how to mitigate negative impacts of the resource centers on the surrounding neighborhoods. Council Members will be in attendance and available to answer questions and take feedback. Workshop information:

  • Wednesday, January 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College, 1575 South State Street
  • Wednesday, January 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Nibley Park Elementary School, 2785 South 800 East

More information here about how the resource centers will be a new model for providing needed services to people experiencing homelessness.

The Council voted in Stan Penfold to serve as Chair of the Council and Charlie Luke to serve as Vice Chair for 2017. Penfold represents District Three and served as Vice Chair in 2016. Luke represents District Six. Council leadership is tasked with conducting meetings and setting agendas, among other responsibilities and duties.

The Council also:

  • Approved the appointment of Karl Lieb as Fire Chief of Salt Lake City.
  • Approved a budget amendment, which included funding for the 2017 Twilight Concert Series. The Council asked the Arts Council to analyze its budget and come up with options for a more fiscally sustainable Arts Council budget.
  • Discussed a number of zoning amendments and board appointments.