2010 Council Announcements

January 5, 2010


City Council Announcements

January 5, 2010


A.    Information Needed by Council Staff

1.    The Council Communication Subcommittee Members (Council Members Love, Chair; Garrott and Simonsen) were instrumental in creating the fast fact policy – DRAFT attached for the Council’s review and approval.


      Does the City Council support implementing the fast facts policy or are there any suggested changes from Council Members?  Ms. Gust-Jenson said she didn’t know if Council Members had a chance to review the information and would check back with the Council next week.


2.    Provided the new process the Council utilizes to approve grant funding within the Consent Agenda, an outline of the grant applications is below. The details of each grant are also attached. If you have any objections, please speak with a member of staff.

Grant Reference Title

Grant Amount

Grant Program

YouthCity After-School & Summer Program



Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)





ADDITIONAL City Council Announcements

January 5, 2010


B.    Information Needed by Council Staff

1.    Draft Letter to Wasatch Front Regional Council


      Council Members have two versions of a draft letter to the Wasatch Front Regional Council. The letter indicates the City Council supports amending the Wasatch Front Regional Transportation Plan to move the Sugar House Transit Line from Phase 3 of the plan to Phase 1.


      Council staff is double-checking with the City Council to determine the City Council’s preference. The drafts are the same except for one sentence. The Council’s support is contingent upon the availability of new funding sources for the project. An alternative to the sentence might be: The Council recognizes that new funding sources for the project are necessary for the change to Phase 1 status.


      Which version of the draft would the Council like the Council Chair to sign?  Version A



      2.    Subcommittee selection & policy items


      Several questions have been raised regarding subcommittee policies, roles and the selection process. One alternative has been raised to have Council Members indicate their interest in Subcommittees and then draw membership based on those interests. A more thorough description of this selection process, and a reminder list of the pending subcommittee-related policy questions, will be provided next Tuesday for the Council’s review. If you have any other options for selecting subcommittee membership, please let Lehua or Cindy know.  Ms. Gust-Jenson said staff would come back with a whole list of options so the Council can decide how to handle it.   She said we will also come back with the full listing of items which had been raised.  She said we thought if we brought this to the Council earlier, Council Members would have some time to give it some thought before attending the retreat.   She said there is a lack of clarity when a new Councilmember is elected.  Councilmember Christensen suggested having Councilmember Penfold fill in the spots where Councilmember Jergensen was serving until a long-term solution was determined at the retreat.


3.  Reminder


      The Annual Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2010.

The breakfast will be held at the Memorial House in Memory Grove from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Parking is available right in front of Memorial House. 



Ms. Gust-Jenson said the following two items were new:


1.    The alcohol survey that the Council commissioned, the public opinion survey relating to opinion on alcohol in various zoning districts.  Ms. Gust-Jenson said we had an inquiry today from the community development staff about whether that could be made available to the Planning Commission because they will have this item on their agenda next week. 


The question is whether staff can supply that for their packets.  The Council was ok with supplying the final version of raw numbers the Council received from Dan Jones.



2.    The retreat date was scheduled for the last Tuesday of January.  Ms. Gust-Jenson said that was traditionally done from noon to 6:00 or 6:30.   Councilmember Simonsen asked if the meeting could start at 1:30 or 2:00 because he had a conflicting meeting.   Ms. Gust-Jenson asked Council Members to let staff know if there were any other conflicts or if Council Members could not attend.