December 9 2010 City Council Minutes
ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
DECEMBER 9, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Gil lmquist
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Jon Pike
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich
Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen
City Recorder Gay Cragun
City Manager Gary Esplin
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He announced the City’s New Year’s Eve celebration has been renamed “Twilight to Midnight”. The new airport dedication ceremony will be held January 12, 2011, and the Washington County Economic Summit will be held on the same day.
The pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by Cub Scout Bobby Brown and the invocation was offered by Reverend Alex Wilkie.
Mayor McArthur announced that the Prayer Over the City will be held at noon in the Town Square on New Year’s Day. He then asked several Scouts to introduce themselves.
U.S. ARMY PRESENTATION:
Sgt. Mutton, Station Commander for the local U. S. Recruiting Office, presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: St. George Army and Army Reserves Center of Influence, U. S. Army and Army Reserves Recruiting Station in St. George, Life of a Soldier, Benefits to the Community, Benefits to the Soldier, Montgomery GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Student Loan Repayment, Warrant Officer Flight Training, Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), Army Reserve Opportunities, and Concurrent Admissions Program.
Captain Lorin Johnson introduced Jim Gibbons, President of P.A.W.S. Mr. Gibbons advised their office is located at 1125 West 1130 North and they have the capacity to hold six dogs and 12-15 cats on site. So far this year they have rescued from the St. George Animal Shelter 106 cats and 202 dogs. They received a grant of $5,000 from the City last year for a spay and neuter program, and in the first year of the program they spayed or neutered 748 animals and they would like to continue this program.
Captain Johnson said that PAWS has done a great job and he suggested the City grant another $5,000 or more.
It was the consensus of the City Council to grant $7,000 this year.
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December 9, 2010
GRAFFITI PROGRAM PRESENTATION:
Larry Shane presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: examples of graffiti, types of graffiti, what happens when graffiti is reported, how graffiti is removed, and graffiti cost recovery. He then distributed a handout covering public art damage and vandalism information.
RED HILLS PARKWAY PROJECT PRESENTATION:
Cameron Cutler introduced employees of Wilson and Company and explained the City needs to choose which type of interchange at Bluff and Red Hills Parkway to design and construct. Mr. Michael King of Wilson and Company displayed the two options - a traditional diamond type and a center exit interchange. He advised that a center exit interchange will operate at a higher level of service for a longer period of time.
Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised there is $21 million available for the entire Red Hills Parkway project which will be bid in the spring.
Mr. Cutler advised the cost of the center exit interchange is approximately $16,000,000, and he did not think there would be enough funds for both the Red Hills Parkway portion of the project and the new interchange.
Mr. King presented an interim plan which will buy time until 2015-2020.
It was the consensus of the City Council that they preferred the center exit interchange.
FLOOD CONTROL PROGRAM PRESENTATION:
Jay Sandberg advised an ad hoc committee was formed to talk about flood control within Washington County communities. He then presented a power point presentation on regional flood control, stormwater planning across municipal boundaries, recent flooding-lessons learned, regional flood control needs, regional areas of concern, regional flood agreement, and options. The consensus of the City Council was that an interlocal agreement similar to the transportation MPO would facilitate flood control needs best.
Councilmember Bunker inquired if members of the Arts Commission had to be residents of the City. She suggested the area be expanded to include Washington County.
City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that legally the members do not have to be residents of St. George.
Mayor McArthur then dismissed the meeting.
Gay Cragun, City Recorder