Summary of the June 2 City Council Meeting

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Budget

The Council continued to discuss details of Mayor Ralph Becker’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. Discussion centered on budgets for the following departments:

  • Human Resources — specifically how HR complaints are handled. The Council discussed recent complaints involving the police department and general handling of disciplinary issues.
  • Refuse Fund — specifically the City’s yard waste services and its partnership with the County to provide composting services.
  • 911 Communications Bureau — specifically its plans to address the high turnover rate the bureau experiences with first-year hires, including a wage increase.
  • Justice Courts — specifically how cases are tracked and judgments are enforced.
  • Unresolved Issues — the Council discussed a number of issues, including golf course maintenance and some studies to improve City processes and other lively discussion topics. More will be considered in the coming weeks.

The Council continued its budget hearing, at which four people spoke. The Council will continue the public hearing to June 9 and will continue to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget before adopting it in the coming weeks.

Transportation

The Council discussed and approved a resolution pledging support to contribute a local match if UTA is awarded federal grant funding for the S-Line Streetcar in Sugar House. Discussion centered on rail ownership and rights-of-way. The Council plans to hold future discussions about rail policy, specifically the City’s transit master plan. The Council also discussed a possible transportation tax that could be placed on the 2015 general election ballot to fund projects in the County and City.

Plan Salt Lake

The Council held a public hearing on Plan Salt Lake, a long-term planning document designed to guide the City for the next 20 years, at which three people spoke. The Council expressed interest in adding a section to the plan on seismic improvements to the City’s housing and building stock in preparation for a potential earthquake. The public hearing was continued to June 16. The Council will consider adopting the plan in July.

The Council also:

  • held and closed a public hearing on a number of grants, and
  • adopted an ordinance relating to recreational fire regulations and fire code inspections.