Thursday, July 15,1999
ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
JULY 15, 1999, 4:00 p.m.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Rod Orton
Councilmember Suzanne Allen
Councilmember Sharon Isom
Councilmember Bob Whatcott
Councilmember Larry Gardner
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Jonathan Wright
City Recorder Gay Cragun
AUTHORIZE MAYOR TO SIGN GRANT:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that City Council authorization is needed for the Mayor to sign a grant application to the FAA for funds for additional environmental evaluation for the new airport site. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to authorize the Mayor to sign the grant application. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom, and all voted aye.
DISCUSSION WITH FALCON CABLE RE ITS PURCHASE BY CHARTER:
Rich Reniewicki from Falcon Cable distributed a press release regarding the purchase of Falcon Cable by Charter and advised the issue would be on the July 22 City Council agenda for official action to approve the sale. He informed the Mayor and Council that Charter is a subsidiary of Microsoft, and will allow high data transfers, as well as internet services, and the capability of transferring data at 1.5 megabytes per second.
Mayor McArthur inquired if neighboring communities were contributing to the CEC.
Mr. Reniewicki advised that Washington has approved payment of the $1 fee per customer. Falcon is still negotiating with Ivins. Nothing has been heard from Santa Clara, and Hurricane simply needs to finalize the franchise agreement.
Councilmember Whatcott advised that Clear Vision?s delinquent payments to the CEC still had not been paid. He stated he was not comfortable approving the sale of Falcon to Charter until the delinquent payments had been received.
Councilmember Gardner advised he has received many complaints from former Clear Vision subscribers that their service and picture quality has deteriorated since Falcon?s buy-out of Clear Vision.
City Attorney Jonathan Wright advised another issue which needed to be addressed was why Clear Vision?s Salt Lake channels were clear, and Falcon?s are not.
Mr. Reniewicki advised that Clear Vision purchased a satellite dish which drew in broadcast channels through a package, and then distributed the broadcasts, which gave a much better picture. However, this was a violation of agreements made with broadcast channels in Salt Lake City that dishes would not be used except to provide service to remote areas where cable TV service is not available or a quality picture could not be provided. Clear Vision purchased this package which legally should only have been used for remote areas. Falcon has discontinued use of that dish. However, an agreement has been reached to run a fibre line from
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the College to Falcon?s head end site, and KSL and PAX will be the first ones on the line, and their picture quality will improve. He advised he is hoping to talk to other broadcasters to get them on the same fibre line.
Councilmember Whatcott stated that actual subscriber numbers are needed from Clear Vision in order to determine how much is still owed. Clear Vision is four years delinquent in payments to the CEC.
Mayor McArthur advised that the delinquent amount owed by Clear Vision needed to be paid before the City would approve sale of Falcon to Charter.
REPORT FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP:
Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that he and Rod Orton are the City?s representatives on the Washington County Economic Development Council. He updated the City Council on a number of recent developments. He advised that there have been three sales in the Ft. Pearce Industrial Park to local businesses. The City has received $38,000 from these sales. He stated the first 60 acres in the first phase has been completed and is ready to sell. Scott Hirschi is working on several leads: a mining manufacturer and a trailer manufacturer. Mr. Nicholson advised that the Economic Development Council contracts with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah annually for assistance in marketing, and under that agreement the Economic Development Council participates in two direct mailings per month to targeted industries.
City Manager Gary Esplin stated that incentives are in place for companies wishing to relocate to the Ft. Pearce Industrial Park, but they have to meet wage and benefit guidelines.
REPORT FROM NAMING COMMITTEE:
Councilmember Bob Whatcott reported on names selected for various City parks by the naming committee, and asked the City Council to make the final selection.
Names selected for the park located at 2450 East were: 2450 East Park, Sunflower Park, and Red Cliffs Park. A motion to approve the name ?2450 East Park? was made by Councilmember Orton. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom. A vote was taken as follows: Councilmember Orton - aye, Councilmember Isom - aye, Councilmember Whatcott - aye, Councilmember Allen - no, Councilmember Gardner - no. The motion passed.
The names selected for the park located on 1000 East were: Georgetown Park, College Park, and 1000 East Park. A motion was made by Councilmember Allen to approve the name ?College Park.? The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner, and all voted aye.
The names selected for the trailhead at South Main were: Confluence Park, or Convention Center Trailhead. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to approve the name ?Confluence Park.? The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott, and all voted aye.
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The names selected for the new cemetery on Tonaquint Drive were: Tonaquint Cemetery, Indian Hills Cemetery, or Black Ridge Cemetery. A motion was made by Councilmember Allen to approve the name ?Tonaquint Cemetery.? The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom, and all voted aye.
Councilmember Allen temporarily left the meeting.
DISCUSSION RE SPEED LIMITS:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised it is being recommended that the speed limits on Main Street and Diagonal be raised from 25 to 30 mph, and Dixie Drive be raised from 35 to 40 mph. Mayor McArthur suggested this item be scheduled on a regular City Council agenda.
DISCUSSION RE LITTERING SIGNS:
Mayor McArthur recommended that ?No Littering? signs be placed throughout the community, especially on Skyline Drive and Dixie Drive.
REQUEST AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:
A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to adjourn to an executive session. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye.
Councilmember Allen arrived during executive session.
A motion to reconvene regular session was made by Councilmember Allen. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye.
UPDATE ON OFFER FROM FINANCIAL RESOURCES, INC.:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the offer from Financial Resources, Inc. appears to be a hoax. More investigation will be performed.
FUTURE MEETING SCHEDULE:
August 5 and 19 will be regular City Council meetings. There will be a work meeting on August 26. There will not be a work meeting on August 12.
A motion to adjourn was made by Councilmember Gardner. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye.
Gay Cragun, City Recorder