Mero the Mammoth (Orem’s first resident) has taken a closer look at the City Council meeting agenda and has offered to fill you in on what’s happening.
The official published agendas can be found here: https://orem.org/meetings/
City Council meetings are held at the address listed on the agenda and are broadcast on YouTube at youtube.com/TheCityofOrem.
CITY OF OREM
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
December 13, 2022
WORK SESSION – 3:00 PM
- Closed Meeting – In conformance with 52-4-204 and 52-4-205 et. seq., Utah Code, the City Council can close the meeting for the purposes of holding a strategy session to discuss pending or reasonably imminent litigation, and/or to discuss the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease of real property, and/or the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual. These meetings are closed to the public.
- Discussion – Dispatch relationship with Provo City
- Orem’s dispatch center recently relocated to Provo City’s dispatch center. Staff from both cities have been preparing a service agreement to address funding, employee benefits, and logistics. The final draft will be ready for City Council adoption the first meeting in January 2023.
- Discussion – Moderate Income Housing Strategies Update
- Based on a law that passed during the 2022 State General Legislative Session, cities and towns in Utah were required to submit a city-specific moderate income housing plan by November 1. The plan that the City of Orem (and 75% of the cities who submitted them) put forward was returned and the Council will need to discuss the corrections needed.
REGULAR SESSION – 6:00 PM
Mayor’s Report/Items Referred by Council
Items of interest, but not needing a vote.
- Annual Report – Arts Council
- Appointments to Boards and Commissions
- Darren Hawkins, reappointment to the Natural Resource Committee
- Helena Kleinlein and Mike Carpenter to the Planning Commission
- Lon Bowen, Devin Peirce, Amber Laursen, Olivia Johnson, Britni Laidler to the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission
- Resolution – Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Audit Report
- The city’s finances are audited each year and the Council adopts the report through a resolution.
- Public Hearing/Ordinance – Amending Appendix G of the Orem City General Plan pertaining to Orem Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan; Map 6 – Proposed Trails and Bike Lanes.
- The Orem Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan (PRTO) was adopted on December 14, 2021 (online at www.orem.org/generalplan – Appendix G). Subsequently, Vineyard City Community Development proposed a concept of connecting the Lake Bottom Canal Trail to Orem’s Geneva Road Multi-Use Path. In examining the request, an additional connection to the Rail Trial in Vineyard would seem advantageous to Orem citizens and would require minimal public improvements to do so. Interlinking the trails to the Geneva Road Multi-Use path would create pedestrian and cycling paths buffered from road traffic to many destinations in both cities, including UVU, UVU North, Orem/Vineyard transit stations, MTECH, parks, schools and more. It would also increase access to additional trail networks in the area. Multi-Use Paths Orem PRTO Master Plan defines multi-use paths as: Permanently protected community 10-foot paths and connectors that are typically paved. They include soft shoulders and are separated from adjacent roads and prohibit motorized use. The multi-use trail directly or indirectly links with trailheads and access points. (see p. 51 and 53 PRTO). Multi-use paths can be adaptable and flexible depending on existing built-out conditions or in undeveloped areas. Proposed Amendments Staff proposes adding three multi-use path alignments to Map 6 of the PRTO. 1) Lake Bottom Canal Trail Connector 2) Rail Trail Connector 3) Lakeside Park Connector Timing Final design and timing of these multi-use paths will coincide with the acquisition of dedicated funding for the project(s). This may include grant money from various sources, or an appropriation of city funds (typically at the time of already planned right-of-way improvements).
- Public Hearing/Resolution – Water Conservation Plan.
- The 2022 Water Conservation Plan mandated by Utah State Code needs to be adopted by a resolution of the City Council.
- Discussion and vote on a personnel matter
Here are the parts of the agenda that generally stay the same:
- Work session – a less formal venue for presentations, updates, and policy discussions among Council Members
- Informal break to eat dinner
- Agenda review and preview of upcoming agenda items – The Mayor leads the City Council through a review of the items on that evening’s agenda.
- City Council Reports – This is an opportunity for members of the City Council to share information from boards and commissions and raise any issues of concern. The report is assigned to a different Councilmember at each meeting.
- Personal Appearances – Also known as “Public Comment,” this is the time set aside for the public to express their ideas, concerns, and comments on items not scheduled as public hearings on the current agenda. Comments should focus on issues concerning the city. Those wishing to speak will need to have signed in prior to the beginning of the meeting. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes. When there are a large number of people wishing to speak, additional guidelines may apply.
- Consent Items – Items that are routine and don’t require additional discussion are placed on the consent agenda. Councilmembers will vote on these items together, instead of separately.
- Scheduled Items – Items the Council may wish to discuss, are open for public comment, or include a presentation.
- Communication Items – These are items received by the Mayor, Councilmembers, or City Manager which are intended for the entire Council. Action or discussion is optional.
- City Manager Information Items – This is an opportunity for the City Manager to provide information to the City Council. No action is required.