Comments, Concerns and Questions regarding the consideration of Neighborhood District Program applications submitted after the publicly announced deadline. I would appreciate a response/explanation.
1. The extension of the Neighborhood District Council application deadline was unannounced and thus excluded an equal opportunity for all residents.
2. The "Introduction" in this Open City Hall topic states that the City Council made the decision to include applications received after the 17 December 2022 deadline. In what meeting of the City Council was this deadline extending decision reached?
3. The deadline was extended by the City Council "Because of ... a lot of public input..." Please explain the rationale for including more applicants for only two neighborhoods (Edgemont and Grandview North) with 4-7 timely applicants when there are four other neighborhoods that each have 4-7 timely applicants (Joaquin, Lakewood, Provost, Provost South). The Provost and Provost South neighborhoods are in Neighborhood District 2 which received the greatest number of visitors (89) and statements (15) than any other Neighborhood District. District 2 generated the greatest number of statements (public input) than all other Neighborhood Districts, combined. One would expect that applicants that applied after the deadline in District 2 would best fit the “a lot of public input” criteria, yet, there is not one late applicant included from District 2.
4. The deadline was extended by the City Council "Because of the need for representation in certain neighborhoods..." One late applicant was permitted from the Grandview South, Carterville, Dixon, Timp, and Franklin Neighborhoods which each have one timely applicant. There are seven other neighborhoods with but a single timely applicant, yet, no late applicants have been included. There are three neighborhoods with zero timely applicants, yet, no late applicants have been included. Why do the Grandview South, Carterville, Dixon, Timp, and Franklin Neighborhoods need additional representation when the East Bay, Provo Bay, and Fort Utah Neighborhoods have no representation at all?
5. Residents who missed the 17 December 2022 deadline are invited to submit application for consideration in the future. The next scheduled solicitation of Neighborhood District Council applicants is in two years. There was no expectation, announced, that late applications submitted between 18 December 2022 and 4 January 2023 would be included in the selection process for the 2023 Neighborhood District Council seats. There certainly was no understanding by citizens that late applications could be submitted and accepted for consideration in forming the 2023 Neighborhood District Councils. Including applications submitted after the publicly announced deadline is an error. Errors in the inaugural events creating the Neighborhood District Program will cause a long-term if not permanent taint. Transparency over expediency.