Salt Lake City

Summary of the December 2 City Council Meeting

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Sexual Offense Evidence DNA Testing

The Council adopted an ordinance requiring all past and future sexual assault evidence collection kits be submitted to labs for testing. Specifically, the ordinance requires all kits obtained before November 1, 2014 to be submitted to a qualified lab for DNA testing within three years of December 2, 2014. The ordinance requires all kits obtained after November 1, 2014 be submitted to a lab for DNA testing, with the lab determining how many and which samples to test based on their professional judgment and protocols. It also requires the Salt Lake Police Department to report on performance measures as part of the annual budget process. This is an issue the Council has prioritized and thoroughly researched with input from the Police Department, District Attorney and constituents over the course of several months.  Learn more.

Budget Amendment No. 1, Fiscal Year 2014-15

The Council discussed proposed budget adjustments for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget. Budget amendments happen several times each year to reflect adjustments to the City's budgets, including proposed project additions and modifications.

Specifically, the Council discussed a proposal that would keep the Downtown Main Library open 24 hours a day. The same rules that apply during daytime hours – such as no sleeping – would be enforced during evening hours. Security would be on-hand at current daytime levels.

The Council also discussed funding a pilot program for additional Police presence in the downtown area, particularly near Rio Grande and 200 South. The program would extend for three weeks, and would then be evaluated for effectiveness and next steps with Downtown business owners. The Council held a public hearing on each of these budget items, at which 11 people spoke, and will take action at a later date.  Learn more.

The Council also:

  • discussed sexual assault case processing with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Discussion included the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to handling sexual assault cases, the role of collaboration among departments, and how funding impacts case processing. Learn more.
  • adopted the West Salt Lake Master Plan. Learn more.
  • adopted a resolution approving the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2014-15. Learn more.
  • discussed the 2014 Water Conservation Master Plan, including ways to increase water conservation rates for Salt Lake City. The Council will hold a public hearing on this topic on December 9. Learn more.
  • discussed the Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment. Learn more.
  • discussed a State Legislature  proposal to increase transportation funding. Learn more.
  • discussed a resolution forwarded by the Salt Lake County Council of Governments (COG) supporting a single computer-aided 911 dispatch platform. The Council will take action on this item at a later date. Learn more.
  • approved the appointments of several people to City boards and commissions.