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  • MINUTES OF THE SALT LAKE CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MEETING

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

    17 - 1

    The City Council met in Work Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2017,

    at 2:19 p.m. in Room 326, Committee Room, City County Building,

    451 South State Street.

    In Attendance: Council Members James Rogers, Andrew Johnston, Erin

    Mendenhall, Derek Kitchen, Stan Penfold, Charlie Luke, and Lisa

    Adams.

    Staff in Attendance: Cindy Gust-Jenson, Executive Council

    Director; Jennifer Bruno, Executive Council Deputy Director;

    Patrick Leary, Mayors Chief of Staff; David Litvack, Mayors

    Deputy Chief of Staff; Margaret Plane, City Attorney; Lynn Pace,

    Mayors Senior Advisor; Greg Daly, Information Management Services

    Director/Chief Information Officer; Nick Tarbet, Council Senior

    Public Policy Analyst; Ben Luedtke, Council Public Policy Analyst;

    Jeff Snelling, City Engineer; Nick Norris, Planning Director;

    Wayne Mills, Senior Planner; Cory Lyman, Emergency Management

    Director; John Flynt, Community Preparedness Coordinator; Kenya

    Rene, Emergency Management Multi-language Media Outreach

    Coordinator; Susan Collier, Fix-the-Bricks Program Administrative

    Assistant; and Cindi Mansell, City Recorder.

    Others Present: Neil Lindberg, Council Legal Advisor; John

    Crandall, Executive Vice President/George K. Baum Municipal

    Finance Company; and Elizabeth Reed, First Vice President/George

    K. Baum Company.

    Councilmember Penfold presided at and conducted the meeting.

    The meeting was called to order at 2:19 p.m.

    AGENDA ITEMS

    #1. 2:19:30 PM BRIEFING ON AN ANNUAL REPORT SUMMARIZING THE

    CITY'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS AND CURRENT EFFORTS. View

    Attachments

    Cory Lyman, John Flynt, Susan Collier, and Kenya Rene briefed

    the Council with attachments. Mr. Lyman reviewed the annual program

    accomplishments, including major efforts such as: citywide

    organization and preparedness, training and exercises, Citizen

    Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, Crossroads Amateur Radio,

    implementation of SAFE neighborhoods county-wide, critical

    infrastructure coordination, Fix the Bricks housing infrastructure

    project (and receipt of FEMA pre-disaster mitigation grant), and

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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

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    purchase and assembly of Just-in-Time (JIT) kits for all grade

    schools in the county. He said the JIT program was being recognized

    throughout the country as innovative and sustainable. He said Mr.

    Flynt, who marshalled the program through all its stages, received

    the Emergency Management Association 2017 Community Impact Award

    for his commitment and leadership advancing Utahs level of

    preparedness.

    Mr. Lyman said the span of diversity in volunteers was

    impressive. Ms. Collier explained there were 707 inner-City

    volunteer applicants and 189 outside of the City (as far away as

    Brigham City). Ms. Rene discussed interaction or connectivity with

    volunteers outside of social media. She said she needed assistance

    to know the community leaders who could connect with those groups.

    Mr. Flynt explained staff tried to encourage people who were

    bilingual to get involved and facilitate the connectivity bridge.

    Councilmember Rogers inquired as to the program alignment

    with Salt Lake City Schools. Mr. Flynt explained the group worked

    directly with the School District and were assisting in the rewrite

    of their response plan. Councilmember Rogers asked if there was a

    particular geographical area within the City that needed attention

    or community volunteers. Mr. Flynt said all districts needed

    attention but in different ways. He said the entire west side of

    Interstate 15 (I-15) primarily needed help relative to education

    and volunteers.

    Discussion followed regarding the different information

    sources collected for emergency management, with Mr. Lyman stating

    there were 96 different Geographic Information System (GIS) layers

    (some internal only/some external). Councilmember Rogers

    encouraged the group to return with a funding request if they had

    an idea to target and disperse emergency preparedness education.

    Councilmember Mendenhall suggested encouraging the youth to

    participate in the Crossroads Amateur (HAM) Radio Training by

    reaching out to different segments of the population who were not

    on social media (perhaps in partnership with local churches).

    #2. 2:48:50 PM BRIEFING FROM THE CITYS FINANCIAL ADVISOR ON

    FINANCING TOOLS AND DEBT MANAGEMENT. View Attachments & PowerPoint

    John Crandall and Elizabeth Reed briefed the Council with

    attachments and a PowerPoint. Mr. Crandall said this firm had been

    the Citys Financial Advisor since the fall of 2015. He briefed

    the Council on the Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds, including

    tre://ftr/?label="WorkSessionRoom"?datetime="20170221144921"?Data="1d0a3239"ftp://ftrftp.slcgov.com/attachments/02.21.17.WS.A2 - City's Financial Advisors, Financing Tools - Feb 21, 2017.pdf

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    information on issuing debt, security for bonds & financing

    participants, Salt Lake City outstanding debt, comparison to

    similar cities, credit perspective/bond ratings, investors, bond

    pricing, how municipal bonds were structured, and how interest

    rates were determined.

    Discussion followed regarding bond refunding provisions,

    thresholds, amounts, whether they were tied to construction costs

    or demand for construction, and other economic indicators that

    affected interest rates. Mr. Crandall said there were various

    economic indicators that affected interest rates but the future

    Federal Fund rate was a good indication of the market and whether

    it would increase. He said economy, construction, and unemployment

    would be additional factors.

    The Council discussed adjusting the Capital Improvement

    Project (CIP) rate for future capital projects, bonding similar to

    what Denver or Seattle had done, various bond types, outstanding

    debt payment sources, debt per capita, and divested funding or

    investments. Ms. Bruno discussed the City budget and funds, along

    with various subsets of funding and how they were used (i.e. such

    as for debt service or road projects).

    Ms. Reed said typically, bonding would not be used for items

    with a short useful life. She said depending on method, bonding

    for recreational projects could be difficult. She said they would

    be happy to review the Seattle bond provisions to determine whether

    that could be an option. Mr. Crandall said they could further look

    into diversification options. Councilmember Penfold said many

    communities were pursuing these types of conversations (specific

    type of industry divesting/not allowing future investment or green

    bonds conservation funds) and he was curious what mechanisms

    existed.

    #3. 3:39:23 PM BRIEFING REGARDING THE EAST BENCH MASTER PLAN,

    WHICH INCLUDES THE PARLEY'S WAY CORRIDOR PLAN. The plans will

    establish goals and policies related to the future growth and

    development of the East Bench Community. View Attachments

    Nick Tarbet, Nick Norris, and Wayne Mills briefed the Council

    with attachments.

    Councilmember Adams expressed concern regarding the inclusion

    of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and how to ensure too many were

    not allowed (possible pilot for a specific number per District).

    tre://ftr/?label="WorkSessionRoom"?datetime="20170221153944"?Data="85f47600"ftp://ftrftp.slcgov.com/attachments/02.21.17.WS.A3 - East Bench Master Plan.pdf

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    She inquired if there were options to make the plan more about

    helping aging-in-place/mother-in-law solutions rather than snow

    bird solutions. She said she hoped for a way to find balance within

    the Plan.

    Councilmember Penfold said there was an ADU conversation

    taking place regarding an ordinance change along with this ADU

    component included in the master plan. He said he was concerned

    that including this type of zoning overlay when ADU ordinance

    discussions were still ongoing at a citywide level.

    Councilmember Luke said he felt there were valid specificity

    questions to be addressed. He said the Airbnb Legislation being

    considered would have a huge impact to take into consideration

    when adopting this Master Plan (or could potentially change it).

    Mr. Norris said some Council Members expressed support for

    the ADU language as written while others preferred removing it. He

    said it was not unusual to reference types of housing (ADU) within

    a master plan in effort to help achieve citywide housing policies

    that had been adopted.

    A 4-3 Straw Poll was taken in support of retaining the

    specific reference