City Council report for May 4, 2023
Appointed Positions and Police Commander AppointmentsMayor Bott changed the order of agenda items so personnel changes in the Police Department were the first order of business. The City Council approved the inclusion of two new appointed positions in the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual: Police Commander and Deputy City Recorder. The Police Commanders are appointed by the mayor with the consent of the City Council, and the Deputy City Recorder is appointed by the City Recorder.
Police Chief Chad Reyes presented Chris Howard and Jared Glover as the City's first Police Commanders. The council unanimously approved the appointments and they took the oath of office.
USU Extension ServicesLaura Holmgren from USU Extension gave a brief presentation about services offered to the community. She reminded the council about extension specialists in the following four areas:
North Point SubdivisionThe City Council gave final approval to the North Point Subdivision, located at 900 North and Main Street on the old golf course. It will be a mix of single family homes and town homes.
Boundary AdjustmentThe Council also declared their intent to adjust the boundary between Brigham City and Perry. The same intent was declared by Perry City on April 27. The dotted line at the bottom of the yellow outlined area in the image below is the current border between Perry and Brigham City. There are some property owners whose property spans that border. Brigham City has provided power to those properties, but water and sewer have been provided by Perry. The area outlined in yellow will move entirely to Perry if both city councils approved it after a public hearing process.
Inland Port[48:30 - 1:36:00]
Ben Hart and Scott Wolford from the Utah Inland Port Authority presented the inland port model and explained how it has evolved over the last several years. This presentation and ensuing discussion took up the bulk of the meeting time. After their presentation, the City Council voted to issue a resolution in support of the creation of an inland port area. Passing the resolution doesn't create the inland port, but it does allow the Inland Port Authority Board to work toward that end.
Mayor's Proposed 2023-24 Budget[1:36:40 - 2:00:52]
Mayor Bott presented his proposed 2023-24 budget to the City Council. His proposed budget can be found at this link: https://media.rainpos.com/1276/FY_2023_24_Mayors_Budget.pdf and the slides he used to present the budget can be found at this link: https://media.rainpos.com/1276/2023_24_Mayors_Presentation_NP_002.pdf
The total budget Mayor Bott proposed is approximately $92 million, which includes about $26 million in state funding dedicated to the overpass project. The budget follows plans previously laid out to support public safety through an 8% police officer pay increase and a restructuring of fire personnel. It also provides for utility infrastructure improvements to water, storm drain, and electrical systems. He also proposed a 6% pay increase for other city employees.
Mayor Bott proposed increasing the base power rate according to the schedule the City's rate consultant outlined in 2022, from $0.1069 per kWh to $0.1114 per kWh for the summer tier 1 and winter rates. Other summer tiers would also increase. The mayor proposed reducing the transfer from the utility fund to the general fund from 15% to 12% or utility revenues, with the difference being made up from unexpectedly high sales tax revenues. The revenue that would not be transferred — about $850,000 — would be spent on capital projects within utility infrastructure.
Capital projects to be funded this year include a new elevator in the library, renovated ball field lights at Pioneer Park, an updated general plan to align with state requirements, cart path projects at the golf course. Mayor Bott noted that all of the funded projects have been "kicked down the road" from previous years.
Mayor Bott's budget includes $125,000 for sidewalks around Golden Spike Elementary. He is also proposing a 5% property tax increase, which would add another $100,000 to funding for additional sidewalks in the area. A property tax increase requires a Truth in Taxation process. If the Council chooses not to move forward with the Truth in Taxation process, the property taxes will not increase, but there will be less funding for sidewalks around Golden Spike Elementary.
Mayor Bott outline some of the 88 requested projects that are not funded in his proposed budget, including improvements to the pool and parks, additional sidewalks, equipment for police and fire, and more.
The mayor turned over the budget to the City Council for discussion, and the council scheduled work sessions on May 11 at 6pm to discuss public safety expenses and May 23 at 6pm to discuss the utility transfer, power rates, and capital projects. The Council anticipates receiving the certified tax rate by June 6 and will discuss a potential property tax increase after that date.
This is not the official record of the meeting. Official meeting notes will be posted at this link when they are ready: https://www.bcutah.org/agendas-and-minutes.htm. The YouTube video to watch the meeting can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZa_ThWpyo.