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05/18/2021 - Formal Meeting - City Council Comment File Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic Hi Dan,This is Eric Jerome calling to ask you to defund the police by 50%and reallocate the funds to"community endeavors." He cites that they are"full of white supremist" and "no one feels safe".Thanks,VILI LOLOHEA Salt Lake City Council Staff OFFICE of the 5/12/2021 7:29 Eric Jerome CITY COUNCIL SALT LAKE CITY CORPORATION Police Funding Council Meeting Police Budget Importance: High Dear James, I am emailing you regarding the City Council Meeting of May 4,2021. It is my understanding that the police budget will be brought forward and many folks from Decarcerate Utah and BLM Utah are requesting that the City Police budget are making demands to cut the budget in half for direct policing,and cut the number of police officers in half as well.This is in an attempt to eventually abolish the Salt Lake City Police Department altogether. Presently the SLCPD is understaffed.Wait times for responses to calls are growing ever longer and often we are asked to file an online report rather than get a personal response from the police. It is because of underfunding and understaffing that this is happening. I strongly urge you,as the District 1 Council Member to keep in mind this constituent's concerns and email when it comes to approving the budget for the SLCPD, and making sure that funds are directed directly to hiring,training and keeping Salt Lake City Police. Respectfully,Angela Morgan 5/12/2021 19:05 Angela morgan Police Funding 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 1 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic As far as I could discern,there were no increases in salary or pay for personnel other than those who helped with the pandemic and relief. Keep it that way, please. Chris, I still send to you as you do seem to care--though our city continues to succumb to developer's wishes with no real neighborhood integrity maintained.The mayor seems to frequently want to give herself, her staff,the council and city employees a raise-- which makes you/them feel beholden to her. NOW is NOT the time for those groups to get a raise--when so many city residents have given so much.You do not need to reply as I have sent this lower part to council comments and to Ana as well.YES PAY INCREASE for police and firefighters who have given so much to the frontline during the pandemic and beyond. NO PAY INCREASE for salaried staff, council members or council staff, mayor or mayor's staff. It would be a great disservice to the people of the city of Salt Lake who have given so much during the pandemic. It would let the people of SLC know you appreciate them.There is no clear plan for"growing"SLC. It seems the council lets the developers build however and wherever they want--all planning and maintaining neighborhood integrity is lost. Most council members have been on the council during this lack of planning time. Please STOP and help preserve our city with thoughtful planning not what you are allowing to go on now. It seems we have lost the charm of our city already--please let's keep what little we have left.Thank You. 5/13/2021 16:23 Diane Florez Diane Florez FY21 Budget I want to advise for the budget meeting in May and June,about reassigning the "Animal Services"supplier. My experience for years is that,Salt Lake COUNTY Animal Services, is hostile toward citizens,and harmful for pets. I can provide several examples, but I think other people will tell you the same.Salt Lake CITY could do "Animal Services" better and more honestly. Hate and dishonesty have been typical of 5/13/2021 17:02 Mark Barrett their actions(I'd be confident in giving details). FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 2 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic Thank you for hiring the lateral police officers. it has been quite disheartening to see the level of crime skyrocketing in our city over the past year when so many police have left the department due to their shameful treatment by our mayor and city council members. I encourage a more robust police department to deal with all the crime in our city. I want to say that I am also completely opposed to hiring based on racial profiling.We want qualified candidates not candidates based on someones desire to 5/14/2021 13:22 Anonymous Constituent see more people if color on the force. Police Funding It is time to develop the fleet block and tear down that shameful mural of criminals that is so offensive to the the law abiding citizens of this city. None if the victims of their horrible crimes want to be reminded on a daily basis of their terrifying experinces 5/14/2021 13:35 Anonymous Constituent with these criminals. Criminals should not be crlebrated as heros''''' Fleet Block Hello,we are requesting to be able to vote on keeping our beautiful historic theaters. The way this gem was Stolen from the city and given away to developers was completely shameful;and to learn that the developers were contributing to our Mayor's campaign at the same time was shocking!!! I believe an inquiry should be initiated into this matter.We the citizens want an opportunity to rehabilitate this 5/14/2021 13:44 Anonymous Constituent beautiful theater without the process being illegally subverted by our politicians'I''' Utah Theater Hiring a "Chief Equity Officer"and increasing the bureaucratic bloat in the Mayor's office is a terrible idea and needs to be rejected.Another"senior advisor"at that level and at that salary is just another political patronage position and will help make our city worse. It is a waste of taxpayer money.She already has David Litvak on staff wasting money,energy and oxygen.We definitely dont need another malignant cancer 5/14/2021 14:38 Anonymous Constituent and with a fake job pushing harmful ideas and policies in that office. FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 3 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic I am in favor of turning the old Raging Waters land in to a new long lasting benefit for SLC and the Salt Lake County residents as a regional park proposed by Mayor Mendenhall.The money will be well spent on Open Space with a needed gathering place for peace,celebrations under pavilions&trees,volleyball &tennis courts, running track, Farmer's Market space,and who knows maybe a small Tracy Aviary II. The long term benefit for a new city park on a huge parcel of land is an opportunity that isn't going to come along anytime soon, let alone ever again.Allocate the money 5/15/2021 11:31 Dean Mellott &resources for the new park! FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 4 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic I would like to share the following thoughts on the Mayor's proposed budget currently being considered by the City Council. I have observed the weekly meetings of the Racial Equity in Policing Commission for the League of Women Voters since last August. I believe the work of the REPC is an example of a community at its best. Concerns have been identified and taken seriously by our political leaders.This diverse group of community members have committed their time and expertise to consider means of answering those concerns,and I am heartened by the work of this Commission and the exceptional people serving on it. I fully support the recommendations they have made to the City Council and I hope you will do everything possible to put those recommendations into place. I do share concerns mentioned in the Council Staff Budget Report about one-time money being used for ongoing projects. I worry that some of this might be applied to recommendations from the REPC. I know the Council's job regarding budgeting is a very difficult balancing act. I hope you'll give serious consideration to recommendations from the Racial Equity in Policing Commission.They are important and have the potential to have significant and overdue impacts on both civilians and law enforcement in Salt Lake City.As an afterthought, I will also share an experience from my past. I moved from Milwaukee to Seattle in 1980.At that time,the Milwaukee police were not at all popular with the citizens,even white middle class folks who had little or no encounters with them. Shortly after we moved to Seattle,we attended the annual Bumbershoot parade. I was brought to tears as the police motorcycle drill team came by,doing their maneuvers, and the crowd cheered wildly for them.Things may have changed in each of those cities since then. But I want to live again in a city where everyone trusts and supports— 5/15/2021 14:58 Beverly Hawkins and yes,cheers—law enforcement.Thanks for reading these comments. FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 5 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic I am largely in favor of the Mayor's proposed budget. I particularly supppor the enhancements to the west side(train horns/crossings,trees, park improvements). Those are all reasons I do not live in that part of the city,even though my work is in West Valley City and I would like to live closer to my work. I strongly support the emphasis on open spaces,trails and trees.The money put toward more mental health workers and training of police is a move in the right direction. I don't think it goes quite far enough. I see no mention in the budget summaries of water.>90%of Utah is in extreme or exceptional drought. In addition to investing in renewable energy and green spaces, I think the city should investing in and integrating water conservation 5/15/2021 19:32 Anonymous Constituent measures into development and maintenance. FY21 Budget As a lifelong SLC resident I'm writing to please urge the city council members to fund the tennis court reconstruction/lighting projects at Liberty Park and Liberty Hills (formerly Coach Mike's)Tennis Centers. Both of these centers are highly utilized hubs of activity for SLC residents from all walks of life. Elementary chool children (Tennis and Tutoring which provides free tennis lessons for children from Title 1 schools), High school teams,adult,senior and wheelchair tennis programs all congregate at these facilities and provide much needed recreation for SLC residents.Tennis is a low-cost to participate sport and is accessible to nearly resident with the desire to participate. These projects go a long way to enhace quality of life for the residents who utilize these spaces. I'm really not familiar with budget details but wanted to give my 2 cents. 5/16/2021 19:06 Jennifer Moreton This will be money well-spent that benefits thousands of tax-payers and patrons. FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 6 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic Hello, I would like to see Family Permanent Supportive Housing prioritized in the Salt Lake City budget because there is a huge need for this service.Affordable housing is in short supply and is dwindling rapidly as the city gentrifies,and Permanent Supportive Housing directly helps people who are vulnerable,disabled,and housing insecure/homeless to stabilize their lives.Currently there are no family only PSH properties in the city,yet families with children face unique problems and need supportive services along with affordable housing. Homelessness has a significant impact on children, hurting their development, performance in schools,and life outcomes. PSH for families would dramatically reduce child homelessness as well as give low-income families the safe housing they deserve. Please prioritize money for 5/17/2021 11:29 Audrey Mancini family PSH this year,our residents desperately need it!Thank you Affordable Housing I am shocked that after a huge pandemic,which has put so many in economic chaos, the city would have the audacity of suggesting waste and water rate increases of 18 and 8%respectively...so a 26%increase!! NO private company could do this but,alas, the city can impose such steep increases because you can. Please, know this is NOT ok; city council members and the mayor work think it is ok to do this are completely 5/17/2021 11:35 Christophe Diezma detached from reality. FY21 Budget Dear Council members, My name is John Clapp,and I live in the Euclid neighborhood near NorthTemple and between 800 west and 900 west. I am a home owner in this area You could say I own a home near ground Zero for crime in the Salt Lake area. I have been advocating and fighting for our neigbor hood for years, I started the only neighborhood watch group in the immediate area 7 years ago. I am a member of the face book group called North Temple Community Involvement. I have attending weekly meetings along side past council member Andrew Johnston,and will be in attendance with Councilman Dennis Faris. Iv'e stood along side neighbors, business owners and residents of the area for the past 9 months.Today what I am respectfully asking for is for the council to consider appropriating more monies to assist paying police for overtime in the North Temple area.We are hearing of an escalating even more 5/17/2021 14:59 John Clapp dangerous criminal element in this area.Thankyou,John Clapp Police Funding 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 7 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic Tennis is growing,diverse,fun,and inexpensive. It is a lifetime sport that caters to our diverse population and brings the community together in a healthy,welcoming way. Citizens from all over flock to the city's two managed tennis centers—Wasatch Hills/Coach Mike's and Liberty Park. It is critical that three funding requests for maintenance of the city's public tennis facilities be added to the budget: 1) $500,000 to replace four old,worn-out asphalt tennis courts with concrete at 1216 Wasatch Drive (Wasatch Hills/Coach Mike's.)The city is contractually obligated to maintain its tennis facilities and replacement of these courts is long overdue.These asphalt courts are a maintenance nightmare--prone to damage,cracks,and buckling. Public safety and accessibility are also at issue. Concrete is much more durable and provides a more even playing surface.These four courts are under the bubble and are used year-round by the public. It is critical that these courts be replaced before the new bubble goes up over the courts in early 2022. 2)$300,000 to resurface 22 tennis courts at Liberty Park and Wasatch Hills/Coach Mike's.The city is growing exponentially,and these are the only managed courts for citizens to use without having to pay private club membership fees.The longer maintenance of these courts is neglected,the more expensive it 5/17/2021 15:46 Michele Mattsson becomes and the more the public is subjected to safety concerns. *Continued 1/2* FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 8 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic *Continued 2/2*These tennis courts are well used,well loved,and urgently in need of resurfacing. 3) $202,100 for LED outdoor lighting at Liberty Park. Lots of people play under the lights after work, but the lights are dated, inadequate, and not energy efficient.There are many of areas of the courts where it is almost impossible to see the ball.There are also safety hazards and logistical obstacles when trying to replace burned-out light fixtures. Funding is badly needed to replace these old fixtures with LED lighting which would be brighter, last longer,and more energy efficient.As was shown during the pandemic,tennis is a haven for citizens and welcoming to all.The city is obligated to maintain its tennis facilities and must act now.The benefits are extensive. People of all ages,abilities, and background find solace in tennis,gain confidence,and stay active, but without proper infrastructure(updated tennis courts and lights), none of this is possible.Salt Lake County funded a new tennis clubhouse (currently under construction).Citizens are generously donating money for a new bubble.These external funding options are now exhausted.The city must now do its part to fund desperately needed maintenance projects.The public wants and needs Michele Mattsson you to add these projects to this budget cycle! Hello, Please continue to financially support the Salt Lake Police department. Underfunding the department will have long term effects on safety in the city and the west side where I live.We need more well trained officers There already is an officer shortage and response times are far below acceptable levels. I live near North Temple and it's obvious that fewer officers is not the solution to the crime and fear that 5/17/2021 17:11 David 0 residents have to endure.Thank you, David Osokow Police Funding Please consider three critical public recreation projects pertaining to Wasatch hills and Liberty park tennis centers.These projects include replacing the 4 asphalt courts at Wasatch hills tennis center, resurfacing the courts at Liberty park and Wasatch hills, and installing new LED lighting to the outdoor courts at Liberty park.Wasatch hills/Liberty park tennis centers provide year round exercise to the public.Tennis is a 5/17/2021 21:25 Kristina Esham life long sport that all ages can enjoy. FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 9 Public Comments 05.12.2021-05.18.2021 Date/Time Opened Contact Name Comment Topic I am writing in support of the Wasatch Hills budget request to replace 4 worn out tennis courts at Wasatch Hills Tennis Center.This facility it unique in several ways: it offers year round tennis to the public with no membership or country club fee; it is a community gathering place where loyal patrons and their families have gathered for generations;and it is extremely well managed by Spencer Marchant and his staff. Through Spencer's tireless fundraising,funds have been raised for the new clubhouse and permanent bubble. Before the bubble is installed, however,the outdated courts which will be in the bubble must be replaced.This request is the smallest part of the Wasatch Hills project,and needs the city's support in order to make it a reality.Why should the city step up and fund this project?Because Wasatch Hills/Liberty Park are the only public year round facitlities available.They charge a minimal fee for court rental.They are not exclusive.They do not require yearly dues, monthly dues,etc. It is truly tennis for all,and the success of these facitlities greatly enhances the offerings of our city, making Salt Lake a more accessible and desirable place to live. Please support 5/18/20218:02 Allison Kendell this project-it is a solid investment in our city. FY21 Budget 11:45 AM 5/18/2021 Page 10