Families all over Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with fireworks. The festivities also pumped lots of unhealthy smoke into the air that spiked air pollution. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the trend and Salt Lake City’s plan to deal with it.
Polluted air has become a kind of day-after tradition for Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah. Monitors at the state Department of Environmental Quality show those pretty pyrotechnics created enough smoke to top federal health standards in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Cache and Tooele counties Thursday night.
Four Salt Lake City Council members were sworn in today. Three are new and one is beginning a second term. The newcomer’s ambitions range from air quality and economic development to civility.
District 1 Councilman-elect James Rogers says as a new member of the Salt Lake City Council, he’s focused on rehabilitating neglected residential, community and commercial areas in his district, pointing to his work overseeing the renovation of a commercial office space just west of Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City employees and elected officials said goodbye last night to three members of the Salt Lake City Council. Carlton Christensen, Jill Remington Love and Soren Simonson have served on the council for a combined 36 years.
District 7 Councilman Soren Simonson was elected to the Salt Lake City council in 2005. A city planner by trade, colleagues and constituents praised his creative vision and accessibility. Sugar House resident Scott Workman thanked Simonson for ensuring the neighborhood’s annual fireworks show would go on back in 2010, when funding fell short.
Less than 24 hours after the Salt Lake City Council voted five to two, passing a two hundred million dollar budget that includes an eight million dollar tax increase, Mayor Ralph Becker vetoed the entire proposal. When the Mayor presented his own budget proposal to the council earlier this year, he told members that the city had saved enough money over his six years in office, city services could remain at current levels without raising more revenue. Before he signed the budget veto, Becker said that the council should allow for a year-long discussion to examine a property tax increas
The Salt Lake City Council approved the city’s $200 million budget yesterday, which includes an $8 million property-tax hike. The council approved the increase despite Mayor Ralph Becker’s objections.
Outgoing Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the city has had to make tough budget decisions in the past few years. Because of a weak economy, rising health care costs and retirement, it’s now dealing with a dire structural deficit.
The Salt Lake City Council gave preliminary approval to a $7 million tax increase last night despite opposition from Mayor Ralph Becker. Members of the council say overdue maintenance can no longer be ignored.
Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle Lamalfa says while Mayor Becker’s budget proposal was lean and balanced it left out a few key items.
“What was not included in the budget was, and what has been missing for a very long time is ordinary maintenance of our roads, of our sidewalks, of our parks," Lamalfa says.
In a four-to-three decision the Salt Lake City council adopted the Sugar House Streetcar alignment recommended by a consulting firm the city hired to study the project. In other words, the second phase of the streetcar will be routed north on 1100 east despite fierce opposition. But members of the council who favor that route say it’s in the best interest of the city as a whole to move forward.
Sugar House resident Mark Unruh says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.
The Salt Lake City Council can’t decide on a final destination for the Sugarhouse Streetcar, Salt Lake City and County reach an agreement for a new performing arts center, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spill into Willard Bay Park.
The Salt Lake City Council is reconsidering an ordinance which penalizes residents if they fail to clear snow and ice off their sidewalks. The Council discussed the issue at their meeting Tuesday after several council members received warnings that their own walkways were not sufficiently clear.
Tonia Torrence came back from a trip in early January to find a citation in her mailbox. She had been fined 50 dollars for not clearing her sidewalk of snow and ice.
Members of the Salt Lake City Council pick a new council chair, a small Utah town is considering an ordinance recommending gun ownership, and a group that tries to help families fleeing polygamy is raising money to buy a big house.
The Salt Lake City Council last night approved funding for a catering kitchen at The Leonardo. The council also set aside some additional money for a potential incubator kitchen, which may or may not be located in the Leonardo.
In 2012, Salt Lake City moved forward with a new Broadway style theater, outlined a plan to guide the historic preservation process and revamped downtown parking to name a few highlights. Outgoing Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonson says it’s been a year of “progress.”
Simonson says he thinks the most notable initiative was the adoption of a historic preservation plan, which includes more incentives for preservation, rather than strict regulations.
It’s been branded as a way to help refugees in Salt Lake City establish a foundation for a restaurant business and inspire diverse fare, but it’s also a way to boost the local economy. The Salt Lake City council tonight will consider providing some start-up funds for the construction of what’s known as an “incubator kitchen” downtown at The Leonardo.
On-street parking in downtown Salt Lake City may no longer be free after 6:00 p.m., on Saturdays, and during the December Holiday season. A straw poll of the City Council suggests there is support for these changes - as well as higher rates.