December 20, 2018
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Merry Christmas

Wishing you a joyous Christmas from the members of the Provo City Council and the Council staff! We look forward to a great new year. Scroll to the end of the newsletter for holiday closure information and the 2019 meeting schedule.

Wastewater Update

The needs of Provo City's wastewater infrastructure as well as the push to meet new State requirements have been discussed for some time now. Public Works met with the State regarding a loan for a portion of the cost of the project. The State Water Quality Board authorized funding of $2 million in principal forgiveness and a loan of $75.8 million with a 0.5% interest rate repayable over 20 years. The payments would be interest only until the project is completed, principal payments not to exceed $50,000 per year until 2027. 

Council would like to move forward with the loan. Because the request was for $120 million, the funding gap would need to be addressed. Several options were discussed and Council members invited a proposal from staff regarding the issue of sewer capacity banking and an evaluation of the net present value calculation of the State loan versus traditional revenue bonds. This will return to a future Council meeting. You can view the presentation slides online

Updates and Other Items

  • The new impact fees were adopted, but the effective date was changed to July 1, 2019. Council may still consider some changes regarding exemptions before implementation.
  • Updates were given on the Urban Deer Control Program. In 2018, 28 deer were taken lethally and 33 deer were trapped. Trapping has required a lot of overtime hours and the survival rate for the deer is around 30%. Some additional questions were raised during the meeting regarding the options. Council will formally hear this at their January 8 meeting as part of a public hearing for the funding appropriation.
  • Ranked choice voting was discussed since the deadline to declare intent for 2019 is coming up fast. Council opted not to use this option for the 2019 municipal election, but declared their intent to consider it for 2021. Read more on our blog.
  • The Moderate Income Housing Report was delivered. This is a biennial report of the efforts Provo City has made in the last two years regarding implementation of the Moderate Income Housing Plan as contained within the City's General Plan.

The Forecast

Tentative upcoming Council Meeting agenda items

  • Legislative breakfast, January 10
  • Discussion on changes to the Provo City Housing Authority
  • Appropriation of funds for the Urban Deer Control Program
  • Discussion on affordable housing policies in Provo City
  • Election of Council and Redevelopment Agency leadership for 2019
  • Resolution of intent to establish a permit parking program in the Pleasant View Neighborhood

Note: Specifics of these items will be listed on the published agendas for the meetings when scheduled. Inclusion in this list does not guarantee an item's appearance on an agenda.

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Provo Chats

There is a lot going on in Provo and we know a lot of you have questions. There is a new area of Open City Hall where you can ask questions and we will work to find the answers. Five questions have already been submitted and answered. What questions do you have?
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