City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 29,2000



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING JUNE 29, 2000, 4:00 P.M. ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM PRESENT: Mayor Daniel McArthur Councilmember Sharon Isom Councilmember Suzanne Allen Councilmember Rod Orton Councilmember Larry Gardner Councilmember Bob Whatcott City Manager Gary Esplin City Attorney Jonathan Wright City Recorder Gay Cragun OPENING: Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order. The invocation was offered by Councilmember Orton. ADJOURN TO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING: A motion to adjourn to a Redevelopment Agency meeting was made by Councilmember Whatcott. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. RECONVENE: A motion to reconvene the special City Council meeting was made by Councilmember Allen. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott, and all voted aye. AGREEMENT WITH SUNHILL HOMES FOR NEW SUNBROOK CLUBHOUSE: City Manager Gary Esplin explained Norm Olsen of Sunhill Homes LC has submitted a bid for construction of the new Sunbrook Golf Course Clubhouse at $951,000. This is a firm bid and will not require change orders. Rosenberg Engineering has reviewed the plans which were drawn by Mr. Olsen’s sister. Mr. Olsen will give the City $300,000 for the project, which will result in an actual cost to the City for construction of the clubhouse of approximately $651,000. This amount is $50,000 - $60,000 more than the City originally thought it would have to spend, but will result in a cost to build the facility of $47 a sq. ft. The City will also have joint use of Mr. Olsen’s parking lots, and in exchange asks that the City allow him to use City property to place an entrance sign to the Sunbrook Golf Course and Sunbrook residential communities. This sign will be for all residential properties in Sunbrook, not just Mr. Olsen’s. He will pay for the total cost of the sign. He also requested an opportunity to make advance tee times - two in the morning and two in the afternoon, two times a week, for his residents. They will pay the full price and will be treated the same as other paying customers, similar to motel packages offered throughout the City. The contract has been reviewed by the City Attorney. The City will extend the Sunbrook bond issue for three years which will generate $900,000 which the City will use to replace bridges at Southgate and Sunbrook, construct cart paths at Sunbrook, Southgate, and the St. George Golf Club, and make other improvements to the courses. Mr. Olsen will also construct the parking lot at his expense. A motion was made by Councilmember Whatcott to approve the agreement with Sunhill Homes LC for construction of the Sunbrook Golf Course Clubhouse. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye. St. George City Council Minutes June 29, 2000 Page Two DISCUSSION WITH BLOOMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB RE CREATION OF NEW LOTS: Present for this discussion were Richard Abbot, Doug Hunt, and Don Oborn, representing Bloomington Country Club. Mr. Abbott explained the Country Club property consists of 140 acres, only 80 of which is used for the golf course. The remainder is a large greenbelt area. They are proposing to develop with residential units a maximum of two to three acres to discourage access to the golf course by unauthorized persons, provide security, and also raise funds to redo the irrigation system and pay outstanding debt. He displayed a map and photos of the area. Councilmember Whatcott commented that many Bloomington residents paid a premium for their lots because they were view lots of the golf course. He advised a public hearing would be necessary for the zone change. Councilmember Gardner commented that development of some of the proposed lots would take away from the aesthetic value of the area. Councilmember Orton commented he too would hate to see part of the golf course view taken away. Doug Hunt commented that most private country clubs are completely fenced for liability and security reasons. Mr. Oborn advised that the area around Hole 18 would have to be secured at some time as the course is suffering damage from unauthorized vehicles. Mr. Abbott advised the Country Club spends $700,000 - $800,000 a year to maintain the golf course, but it has no obligation to keep it beautiful for people who are driving by. Councilmember Orton commented that the Bloomington area is beautiful because of the golf course. Councilmember Whatcott suggested a neighborhood meeting be held before scheduling the matter with the Planning Commission. Mr. Oborn stated that security would have to be implemented eventually, and inquired if it would be nicer to see new patio homes or a chain link fence around the golf course. Councilmember Orton stated he could justify development for security reasons, but not just to get the Country Club out of debt. Councilmember Gardner commented he recognized the reason for the request, but if he were a resident of Bloomington, he would be troubled to lose the feel of the Bloomington community, and as a Councilmember he felt obligated to protect that. Mayor McArthur stated he agreed with the suggestion to hold a community meeting before taking the issue to the Planning Commission. Councilmember Whatcott stated if the Country Club were suffering security problems, they should fence the course. However, if security were the priority, the course would have been fenced years ago. If the goal is to raise money to get out of debt, area residents should make the decision. St. George City Council Minutes June 29, 2000 Page Three Bloomington Country Club representatives advised they would schedule a neighborhood meeting as requested by the City Council. DISCUSSION RE MOSQUITO ABATEMENT: City Manager Gary Esplin advised the Committee voted to distribute costs of the community-wide mosquito abatement program according to population. This will result in a cost to the City of $50,000. If costs were distributed by acreage, the City’s share would only be $40,000. The program has been approved by all communities. The City will be committed to two years at $50,000 a year. The consensus of the Mayor and City Council was to proceed with the program. POSTPONE ALCOHOL PROXIMITY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: It was the consensus of the Mayor and City Council to postpone placement of the alcohol proximity ordinance amendment on an agenda until the second City Council meeting in July. It was be discussed in a work meeting before then. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to adjourn to an executive session to discuss potential litigation. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. RECONVENE: A motion to reconvene was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye. Councilmember Whatcott was excused from the meeting. Prior to leaving he commented he was opposed to any further backflow enforcement until those who did not have backflow devices were first made to comply. DISCUSSION RE BACKFLOW PROGRAM: Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Hank Childers distributed a backflow comparison chart and reviewed it with the Mayor and City Council. He suggested the City’s backflow ordinance be amended to say the City may disconnect service for non-compliance, rather than shall disconnect for non-compliance. He suggested that enforcement of testing of residential backflow devices in residences be discontinued until all residences without backflow devices have been identified. Enforcement will be pursued if there is a hazard found, and enforcement will continue for all high or health threat sites, such as commercial, industrial, dual system, equestrian, etc. An education brochure will be mailed to residences, rather than the test notice. Water Superintendent Frank Kell advised the City has been requiring backflow devices for nine years. Mr. Childers advised that if a home was built prior to adoption of the appendix requiring a device, the home is not in violation. City Attorney Jonathan Wright stated he was not sure whether a home built before adoption of the requirement would be in compliance or not, and he will research the matter. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Mayor and City Council to send a list of certified backflow testers with the educational brochure. WATER EDUCATION CONSERVATION SPECIALIST POSITION: Water and Power Director Wayne McArthur distributed a draft job description for a Water Education Conservation Specialist. St. George City Council Minutes June 29, 2000 Page Four Water and Power Board Member Craig Booth explained the Water Department would like to create this position jointly with the Washington County Water Conservancy District. It was the consensus of the Mayor and City Council to proceed with creation of this position. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to approve executive session minutes was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye. RECONVENE AND ADJOURN: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. _______________________________ Gay Cragun, City Recorder