Summary of the June 16 City Council Meeting

Budget

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council continued its discussion of and adopted the Fiscal Year 2015-16 City budget. Discussion centered on topics the Council would like the Administration to further study in the coming months, including:

  • how Pioneer Park should be managed;
  • how Police Department resources can increase communication with the Community;
  • options for partnering with other organizations to share some of the City’s fleet needs;
  • and other topics.

The Council has been discussing and tweaking Mayor Ralph Becker’s recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 for the last six weeks. The Council held three public hearings during the budget process in addition to receiving online, written, and in person feedback from residents. Read more about this year’s budget and process. 

End of Life Care and Respite Care Facility Regulations

The Council discussed and adopted an ordinance enacting temporary land use regulations for facilities that provide end of life care and respite care. The ordinance, which will expire in six months, holds end of life and respite care facilities to the same regulations as licensed assisted living facilities. The change includes a maximum occupancy of 25 persons for assisted living facilities in the Institutional zoning district. Over the next six months, the Council will review City ordinances and make possible changes. Read more.

Parks, Trails and Open Space Bond Initiative

The Council was briefed about the Administration’s recent public outreach effort for Parks, Trails and Open Space Initiative — an effort to explore a possible bond on the November ballot that would fund open space and outdoor recreation needs in the City. Outreach efforts included a number of open houses and a phone survey of City residents. The Council will continue to discuss the initiative in July and will decide in August whether to place a bond on the November ballot to fund open space and outdoor recreation improvements. Read more.

The Council also:

  • interviewed and approved the appointments of a number of individuals to City boards and commissions;
  • held and continued a public hearing on Plan Salt Lake, a long-term planning document for Salt Lake City. The Council will consider additional input focused on Salt Lake City as a business center of the state. The Council will continue to discuss the Plan in the coming months before taking action. Read more;
  • was briefed about a recent study of the City’s and County’s respective housing authorities and the potential effects of a merger of some of the entities’ programs. The Council will continue to discuss this, along with other housing topics, at an upcoming meeting. Read more; and
  • adopted a resolution supporting placing a proposed local option transportation sales tax on the 2015 municipal election ballot to fund transportation projects in the City and County. Read more.