During tonight’s council meeting there was a request by a member of the public to see the transportation plan we were scheduled to vote on. I was surprised to hear that our city website limits the file size which we can share online and so our only method of getting the public a copy of this was to hand out compact discs of the plan upon request.
It’s important that the public be able to access the same data as their elected officials, particularly when it directly affects the roads to be built in front of (or sometimes behind) their homes. I have uploaded a copy of the proposed Transportation Master plan here - anyone interested is welcome to link directly to it.
During last Tuesday’s meeting we had a discussion as well as a vote regarding the allocation of funds in preparation of scheduled service at Provo airport. It was mentioned that the TSA had been weighing in on the manner in which security would be handled at the airport. The TSA had indicated that they wanted a better screening location than just the simple Million Air terminal that had originally been planned for. During the council study meeting it was brought up that in the interest of safety Provo may need to begin charging for parking as it closes off an area for passenger parking. Additionally, in response to my question about the full-body scanners, it would appear that the TSA was planning on using them in Provo as they have done in many other airports.
I was concerned about this and during our main council meeting I offered a motion for Provo to place a formal ban on the use of full body scanners within the city of Provo.
Such legislation has already been considered in the state of Texas, New Hampshire, and New Jersey as well as the city of New York.
While my proposed legislation failed to pass during our April 5th meeting, it did prompt a response from Mayor Curtis who stated that the administration had shared some concerns regarding these machines with TSA and had been informed that TSA would not be employing these machines in the city of Provo at this time.
Which is great news, now folks in Utah County will see yet another advantage to choosing Provo over Salt Lake.