City Council Minutes

Thursday, April 19,2001



CITY OF ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES April 19, 2001, 4:00 p.m. City Council Chambers PRESENT: Daniel D. McArthur, Mayor Ron Orton, Council Member Suzanne Allen, Council Member Sharon Isom, Council, Member Robert Whatcott, Council Member Larry Gardner, Council Member Jonathan Wright, City Attorney Miriam Palma, Deputy City Recorder EXCUSED: Gary Esplin, City Manager Gay Cragun, City Recorder CALL TO ORDER: Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. He welcomed the Council Members and those in the audience. He indicated that the City Manager was out of town and Council Member Isom would be a few minutes late. He told of the Spring Break weekend which had just passed and told of walking though town with some teenagers from Layton. They said they thought he did not want them in St. George. He said we were glad to have them here, if they could abide by the rules. It turned out to be a fun evening for him. He distributed a report handed to him by the Police Department which gave the numbers of arrest, etc. for the week end. FLAG SALUTE AND INVOCATION: Mayor McArthur elected to give the invocation himself after the flag salute which was lead by Miriam Palma. PROCLAMATION : Mayor McArthur invited Margaret Manazer to tell the Council about the proclamation from the Elk’s Club. Ms. Manazer said she travels throughout the state during the year and interviews youth who are recommended by their schools to receive Elk’s scholarships. Those who are selected are invited to St. George for several days of sports and scholarship competitions and other entertainment, which culminates in a banquet where the scholarships are awarded. Mayor McArthur read the document which proclaims the week of May 6 as "Elks Youth Week". He expressed the Council’s appreciation of the work done by the Elks Club in behalf of youth. FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Mayor McArthur asked that Council consider approval of the March 2001 Financial Statement. Council Member Allen expressed her appreciation of the new format. She felt it was much easier to read and understand. She also asked why the power revenue loss was so high. Wayne McArthur, Water and Power Director, said the losses were greater this month because power had to be purchased from outside sources at a much higher price than the City can generate it. The City was forced to purchase this power because they had to shut down the Bloomington generators and because Hildale was unable to supply the power they had contracted to supply. Council Member Allen made a motion that the March 2001 financial statement be approved as written. Council Member Isom seconded. Council Member Whatcott noted that the report says fuel costs are up 500% from last year and wondered if that was not somewhat misleading. It was his understanding that a lot of the increased fuel costs were for the extra fuel to run the Bloomington generators and the increased revenues from those generators will more than pay for that fuel. Mr. McArthur agreed that was the case. St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Two Hearing no further questions, Mayor McArthur called for a vote on the motion which passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye SCOUT TROOP Mayor McArthur announced that there was one scout present and asked him to come forward and introduce himself. He introduced himself as Braden Wright and said he is from Troop 763 and is working on his First Class. He was at the meeting to earn a Communications merit badge. As it was not yet time for the public hearings, Mayor McArthur asked Barry Barnum, Regional Wastewater Manager, to present the Wastewater Facility Annual Self Assessment document. RESOLUTION - ANNUAL SELF-ASSESSMENT OF WASTEWATER FACILITY Mr. Barnum asked that Council consider approval of a resolution accepting the annual self-assessment at the wastewater treatment facility. He told the Council that every year staff must do a self assessment of the Wastewater facilities for the State. In a letter from the State they indicate that the reason for this self assessment is to help the Wastewater staff find problems and fix them before they become too costly. He told Council Members that the Wastewater plant and collections systems are in good condition. Council Member Allen commended the Wastewater Lab for receiving the WEAU "Lab of the Year" award and the Collections staff for receiving the WEAU "Safety" award. Council Member Gardner indicated that Pine Valley uses our laboratory facilities for culinary water testing and they are very pleased with the efficiency of the operation as well as the fact that it saves them time and transportation costs. Council Member Allen made a motion to accept the Annual Wastewater Self-Assessment and authorize Mayor McArthur to sign the resolution as presented. Council Member Gardner seconded the motion and it passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye BID OPENING Mayor McArthur told Council Members that this is an amendment to the agenda and asked Phil Soloman, Assistant Director of Water and Power, to present the bid. Mr. Soloman asked that Council approve a bid for supplies to complete the wells in Gunlock. The apparent low bidder is Plumber’s Supply at $255,408. Mayor McArthur asked if this expansion will accommodate future as well as present needs. Mr. Soloman indicated it will take care of present needs and some future needs, but we will need to do some expansion. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve a bid to Plumber’s Supply in the amount of $255,408 for supplies to complete the wells in Gunlock. Council Member Orton seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Three STAFF REPORT Planning Commission Report Bob Nicholson, Planning and Zoning Director, reported on the meeting of the Planning Commission, held April 10, 2001. He asked the City Council to consider setting a public hearing date of May 17 2001, to hear the following items: 1. A request for an amendment to the General Plan Land Use Map designation from Medium Density Residential and Commercial to Commercial and Open Space designation for commercial development along Riverside Drive and for Parks, Trails, Water Sports and a Dinosaur Park along the river located between Mall Drive and 2450 East on the South Side of Riverside Drive. Paul Jensen, applicant. 2. A request for an amendment to the Road Master Plan to remove a portion of 2060 East Street to accommodate a new Washington County School District Intermediate School. Washington County School District, applicant. 3. A request for a zone change from R-1-10 Single Family Residential to PD Planned Development Residential for a townhome development on 5.23 acres of property located south of Riverside Drive on 2450 East Street, Tim Izatt, applicant. 4. A request to amend a portion of a PD Planned Development on 0.5 acres for Phase III of Canyon View at Laurelwood located at 100 North Valley View Drive. Bob Bergren, applicant. Council Member Gardner made a motion that public hearings be set to hear the above-outlined items, on May 17, 2001 at 5:00 p.m. Council Member Allen seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Preliminary Plat Mr. Nicholson asked that the Council consider approval of a preliminary plat for a townhome development with 8 units located at 800 North 2720 East. The proposed development is on lot 3 of the Pine View Commercial Subdivision and is zoned R-3. Paul Cieslewicz, applicant. Council Member Whatcott made a motion to approve the preliminary plat for a townhome development in an R-3 zone with 8 units located at 800 North 2720 on lot 3 of the Pine View Commercial Subdivision, Paul Cieslewicz, applicant. Council Member Isom seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Final Plats Mr. Nicholson presented the following final plats for Council approval: 1. Preliminary and final plats for an existing building located at 37 West 1070 South. Southtown Professional Plaza. Lonnie Clove, applicant. Although this is an existing building, the owner would like to file a professional condominium plat for four office units. Council Member Whatcott made a motion to approve both the preliminary and final plats for an existing building located at 37 West 1070 South, Southtown Professional Plaza, Lonnie Clove, applicant, and authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat. St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Four Council Member Orton seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye 2. The Cliffs at Snow Canyon Plat "C" with 30 single family lots located north of Entrada on Snow Canyon Parkway. Randy Deschamps, applicant. Council Members questioned whether this was the subdivision that they did not know how the road would tie in with the SITLA property next to it. Mr. Nicholson indicated the problem had been solved. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve the final plat for the Cliffs at Snow Canyon, Plat "C," with 30 single family lots located north of Entrada on Snow Canyon Parkway. Randy Deschamps, applicant, and authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat. Council Member Isom seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye 3. Park Central Townhomes with 10 units located at 559 East 300 South on 4.34 acres, Kevin Ence, applicant. This is an infill project in the center of the block. Council Member Orton made a motion to approve the final plat of Park Central Townhomes with 10 units located at 559 East 300 South on 4.34 acres, Kevin Ence, applicant, and authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat. Council Member Isom seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye 4. Pine Brook Subdivision, Phase I with 17 single family lots located at 530 South Indian Hills Drive. The applicant is also requesting that the City maintain the landscape strip along Indian Hills Drive beginning in two years. The Planning Commission recommends approval of the plat and also for the landscape maintenance request subject to complying with the City’s standards and criteria set by the Leisure Service Department including inspection during installation. Cary Blake, applicant. Council Members questioned the landscape maintenance agreement. Council Member Gardner thought the City had agreed to maintain landscaping only along major arterials. Council Member Orton was concerned that the City does not take on more work than it has staff to accommodate. Council Member Allen questioned if there were standards for the landscaping. Jonathan Wright, City Attorney, felt that the applicant should form some kind of association to be responsible for the landscaping even if it is not a formal Home Owners Association. The overall feeling seemed to be that the Council wanted to be careful what kind of precedent they set in this area. Council Members asked it they could approve the plat without the landscaping note and ask staff to recommend guidelines for turning planting strips over to the City. Mr. Wright told them they could. St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Five Mr. Blake told Council Members that he had planned to deed that strip of property to the City along with several adjacent acres for a park. The Council expressed appreciation for the donation, but still felt they would like to have staff recommendations before agreeing to his request. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve the final plat of Pine Brook Subdivision, Phase I, with 17 single family lots located at 530 South Indian Hills Drive and authorize the Mayor sign the plat without the landscape maintenance agreement. Council Member Whatcott seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye 5. Anasazi Hills at Entrada, Phase III, with 8 single family lots on 2000 North and Anasazi Trail, Marc Brown agent. Mr. Nicholson told Council Members that there were no problems with the plat and that the Planning Commission had recommended approval. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve the final plat for Anasazi Hills at Entrada, Phase III, with 8 single family lots on 2000 North and Anasazi Trail, and authorize the Mayor to sign it. Marc Brown agent. Council Member Gardner seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Conditional Use Permit - Crisis Respite Nursery Bob Nicholson asked that the Council consider a request for a Conditional Use Permit for a daycare center, crisis respite nursery and shelter for children under age 11 at 514 West 500 North. Diane Tarbox, representing Family Support Center of Washington County, applicant. He indicated that the Planning Commission had debated this issue for 45 minutes and had decided they could approve it for eight children overnight and up to 16 during the day. The building in question has been a daycare center for at least 16 years, with up to 40 children, but the Planning Commission felt that in order to be sensitive to the neighborhood and to alleviate possible parking problems, this would be a workable plan. Ms. Tarbox distributed a summary sheet with information regarding the nursery and told Council Members that she feels comfortable with the number of children approved by the Planning Commission. She further told Council that the County has been operating the crisis nursery at 561 East Tabernacle for over 7 years and have not had any problems or complaints from the neighbors, and, in fact, felt they had been an asset to the community. The reason they would like to move the operation is lack of space for both children and staff. Council Member Gardner was surprised the nursery had been in operation so long. He remembered the original discussions and the concerns of the neighbors. He stated that he has never heard a complaint about the operation either. Council Members asked if this is a temporary or permanent care facility. She said it is temporary. They can keep the children for several weeks, if necessary, while an abuse case is in court, but generally they are there less than 72 hours. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve a request for a Conditional Use Permit for a daycare center, crisis respite nursery and shelter for children under age 11 at 514 West 500 North, St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Six caring for eight children overnight and up to 16 during the day. Diane Tarbox, representing Family Support Center of Washington County, applicant. Council Member Allen seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Conditional Use Permit - Exotic Bird Breeding Facility Bob Nicholson asked that Council consider requests for Conditional Use Permits for up to 400 pairs of exotic birds for breeding and raising within a fully enclosed facility at 3311 East 2170 South. Tom Brinkerhoff, applicant, and 250 pairs of exotic birds for breeding and raising within a fully enclosed facility at 3313 East 2170 South, Drew Ferweda, applicant. As the two facilities are on adjacent properties, it was decided to consider these issues together. Gary Kuhlmann, representing the applicants, showed an exhibit of pictures of the facilities. Council Member Isom asked if there had been any complaints from neighbors. They did not know of any. Mr. Kuhlmann said one neighbor had come to the Planning Commission meeting, but he had come to ask questions. He had since approved the operation and has written a letter to that effect. Council Member Gardner asked how many birds could conceivably be in the barn at one time if there were 400 breeding pairs and offspring. The applicant said the pairs will breed up to 5 times per year, but the offspring will only stay with them for 3-6 weeks before going to a hand feeder to get them ready to sell. Council Member Orton was concerned about the sanitation of the operation and especially as it related to the ground water. Mr. Kuhlmann said each barn is on a septic system separate from the homes. He said the barns are cleaned by scraping the food and waste from the floor, and bagging and disposing of it. The floors are then cleaned with antifungal and antibacterial products which can go safely into the septic system. Any remaining solids are caught in screens and bagged with the rest of the waste and sold to a worm farm. They felt that less waste would get into the ground water from this operation than a cattle operation. The barns are scraped daily and washed once a week. The barns have to be kept especially clean because the birds are quite delicate. Council Members wondered how the applicants had arrived at the number of birds they would raise in each barn. He told them that they had acquired the manufacturer’s suggestions, then upsized the cages considerably in order not to have the birds too crowded. Council Member Orton said the two buildings were built without building permits. These building would never have been approved and the City now has to deal with this problem without setting a precedent for other business operations in the A1 zone. The applicants told the Council that they were not the original builders and had no knowledge that the proper permits were not obtained. Bob Nicholson was asked to read the zoning ordinance for AG-1 and AG5 zones. He said it had been changed 9 months ago. The ordinance reads that not more than 30 small animals may be kept in an AG-1 zone without a Conditional Use Permit. The animals must be kept constantly indoors, the building soundproofed and kept sanitary and the animals are to be raised for live resale, not for food. Council Member Whatcott told Council Members that he had visited the operation and was impressed with the cleanliness. But he questioned if this was in the right spot for that operation. He felt the AG-5 zone was more conducive for this type of business. The applicants said they had been told it was a AG-5 lot when they rented it. St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Seven Council Member Gardner felt that even though the buildings would never have been approved, they are there and it is better not to have them sit vacant. He made a motion to grant the Conditional Use Permits for up to 400 pairs of exotic birds for breeding and raising within a fully enclosed facility at 3311 East 2170 South, Tom Brinkerhoff, applicant, and 250 pairs of exotic birds for breeding and raising within a fully enclosed facility at 3313 East 2170 South, Drew Ferwerda, applicant. Council Member Allen seconded the motion and the vote was as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Nay Council Member Whatcott Aye PUBLIC HEARING - SIENNA CANYON Mayor McArthur asked Bob Nicholson to introduce the first public hearing for the evening. Mr. Nicholson asked that Council consider approval of an amended PD Zone request from Leucadia Corporation. This request will allow the transfer of nine dwelling units from Webb Point to the Sienna Canyon patio home development which is located in the canyon area on the east side of Webb Hill. He told them that the Planning Commission had recommended approval and called it a win-win situation. Larry Pinnock, representing the applicant, gave a presentation showing how this proposal would provide for less traffic and less cut and fill on Webb Hill and transfer the nine lots to Sienna Canyon which has room for more density. Mayor McArthur opened the Public Hearing and asked if anyone had come to speak to this item. Hearing none, he closed the public hearing and called for questions from the Council. Having discussed this extensively in other meetings, the Council had none. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve, by ordinance, an amended PD Zone request from Leucadia Corporation to allow the transfer of nine dwelling units from Webb Point to the Sienna Canyon patio home development. Council Member Isom seconded and the Mayor called for a roll call vote as follows: Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye PUBLIC HEARING - POWER COST ADJUSTMENT Mayor McArthur told Water and Power employees how much he appreciated the work they have done. He told those present that it had been 10 years since the City has had to levy a power rate increase. He asked Ross Hurst, Chairman of the Water and Power Board, to address the Council. Mr. Hurst told the Council that in the past the Power Department has been solvent and has had reserves, but it is not that way anymore. With the power crisis in California and the much higher price of buying open market power, most of the reserves which have kept the Power Department solvent have been liquidated. He said the Power Department has always had to buy some supplemental power, however, what used to cost 2 cents per kilowatt last year is now 20-75 cents per kilowatt. He said that the City had retained Alpha Engineering to do an analysis of present and future use and to project rate costs. He asked Wayne McArthur to tell the Council of the Water and Power Department’s plans. Wayne McArthur told Council Members that in response to the analysis done, the City is working on a Standard Operating Procedure which will detail how to get through the summer, water St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Eight contingency plans, power options, etc. If it is cooler this summer, the City may not need all the power it has purchased and may be able to sell it for a higher price. If it is a hot summer the City will be about 20 megawatts short in June and may have to conduct rolling blackouts, etc. The City is in the process of hiring a Conservation Coordinator to educate the public in conservation methods. He told Council that the Power Company needs to raise residential rates 50% to cope with the higher prices. This will bring St. George power rates up to the rates charged by Santa Clara, Hurricane, and Ivins. Council Members questioned why only residential rates would be increased. Mr. McArthur told them the commercial rates had previously been increased and are on a par with the suggested rates for residential. He emphasized that this increase would be for the five summer months of May, June, July, August and September. Council Member Gardner asked if the City practiced conservation, could it get by with less adjustment. Mr. McArthur indicated that the base cost will remain the same, but bills could be lower if citizens reduced the number of kilowatt hours used. Council Members were concerned that the Water and Power Board ensure that the rates be reviewed at the end of the five months. Mayor McArthur declared the Public Hearing open and asked if anyone had come to speak to this issue. Hearing none, he closed the Public Hearing. He asked for final questions and comments from the Council. Council Member Whatcott questioned whether any budgetary items had been added into this increase, or if it was just enough for temporary needs. Mr. McArthur assured the Council that this is solely a temporary increase. Council Member Orton made a motion to amend the tariff for electric power rates for St. George City to accommodate higher power costs during the five month period from May 1, 2001 to September 30, 2001 with the caveat that the Council will analyze the rates and costs at the end of this period and, if possible, rebate any budget overages to the consumer and authorize the Mayor to sign the resolution as such. Council Member Gardner seconded. Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, and the motion passed reluctantly, but unanimously as follows: Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Members recognized the Water and Power Board and the Water and Power Department for their hard work in bringing the best power possible at the best possible rates to St. George City. PUBLIC HEARING - WATER RATE ADJUSTMENT Mayor McArthur asked Ross Hurst to introduce this Public Hearing. Mr. Hurst told those present that it has also become necessary to raise water rates. He said those who have gone before have done a good job of putting the City in a good position as far and water and power, but there are times when it is maxed out. He said that conservation is the key, and while City staff does not want to create a hostile environment, it has to be aware of its stewardship. Mr. Hurst told the Council that the last water rate increase was about four years ago. It was a 4% increase per year for four years to increase the capacity of Quail Lake. He said that Alpha Engineering had been commissioned to do an analysis of capital projects and the rate structure. He feels the study is sound, but it does indicate a need to increase rates. He indicated that the Water and Power Board would welcome any ideas by other parties. Council Member Isom said she lives near the downtown ballfield and sometimes the lights are left on all night and sprinklers are on during rainstorms. She felt that the City needed to be held to the same standards of conservation as everyone else. St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Nine Marc Mortensen told the Council that sometimes the City sets a good example and sometimes, bad. However, the City is planning to lead the conservation charge. He said that Gary Esplin has mandated that City staff pay more attention to conservation by using xeriscaping and retrofitting landscapes to conserve water. Staff is also looking at other ways to improve conservation practices. Mayor McArthur declared the Public Hearing open and asked if anyone had come to speak to this issue. Hearing none, he declared the Public Hearing closed and asked Council if they had further questions. Mayor McArthur invited Mr. Mortensen to tell the Council more of the City’s plans for conservation. Mr. Mortensen said the City as a whole, uses 10 million gallons of water during the winter and 38 million gallons during the summer. People water their lawns too much. To combat this the City is working with the Water Conservation District and Dr. Williams, who is knowledgeable about enviro-transpiration (ET). Dr. Williams will appear on 890 talk radio at 8:00 on Monday morning to talk about water conservation and he will perform lawn audits, if requested. The Water and Power Department is hiring a Conservation Officer. An educational campaign is planned to teach citizens how to conserve and newsletters, the newspaper, a demonstration garden (rocks and cacti are not always the answer) and channel 6 on Charter Cable will be used to give conservation tips with the weather report. Staff feels the City can achieve 10-15 % on water use. Mayor McArthur indicated that the Washington County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC) had come to the City and asked if there was any way they could help in these efforts. He asked Scott Hirschi to speak to this item. Scott Hirschi told the Council that the WCEDC met last week to discuss the rate study at length and proposed to pay for an analysis of the Alpha Study to see if there are any other avenues to pursue besides a rate increase. Council Members, Wayne McArthur and Ross Hurst all agreed that they would welcome the analysis if it were done in a timely manner. It was decided the analysis would be complete by July 1, 2001. Council Member Gardner expressed his feeling that while this is a problem the City would rather not deal with, it has to be done and the City is looking for answers from all sources and is not defending any particular study. He also indicated that conservation has been on the minds of the people of St. George for 140 years. It is not something new, it is just that now something must be done about it. Council Member Whatcott told those present that the City is open to any additional viable options. Hearing no further comment, Mayor McArthur called for a motion. Council Member Whatcott made a motion to authorize the Washington County Economic Development Committee to underwrite an analysis of the City’s rate structure proposal done by Alpha Engineering to be completed by July 1, 2001. Council Member Isom seconded the motion and it passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye STAFF REPORTS 72-hour Liquor Permit Bob Nicholson asked the Council to consider a request for a 72-hour liquor permit for a Utah National Guard Convention at the Dixie Center on April 27 and 28, 2001. Council Members observed that there had been no problems with the convention in the past. Council Member Isom made a motion that a 72-hour liquor permit be issued to the Utah National Guard for their Convention at the Dixie Center on April 27-28, 2001. Council Member Orton seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Ten Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Fee Waiver - Southwest Center Prevention Services Event at Worthen Park Bob Nicholson asked the Council to consider a request to waive the fee for the use of Worthen Park for an event sponsored by the Southwest Center Prevention Services on May 3, 2001. Staff has recommended approval. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve a fee waiver for the Southwest Center Prevention Services event at Worthen Park on May 3, 2001. Council Member Orton seconded and the vote passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Conditional Use Permit Extension - Valor Hall School Bob Nicholson asked that Council consider an extension of a Conditional Use Permit for the Valor Hall School in Green Valley. He said that on February 17, 2000 the City Council approved a trailer as a temporary classroom at the Valor Hall School located at the old Green Valley Golf Course until the clubhouse building could be remodeled. At the end of the one year period, staff gave notice to Valor Hall that the modular unit had to be removed and set April1, 2001 as the deadline. The school’s owners are now requesting an extension until mid-July to remove the modular unit. The applicants have not done any remodeling of the clubhouse and are currently looking for a new site for the school. Richard Downer, applicant, told Council Members that the clubhouse was too run down to be remodeled within their budget. They began looking for a new site last summer. They thought they had reached an agreement for a site near I-15 at an athletic club. After many months, the deal fell through and they are left with the task of finding another place. They would like to finish the school year in the present quarters and have asked for an extension of their Conditional Use Permit until July 15, 2001. Council Member Isom indicated she was not satisfied that the applicant had done all that was possible to secure a new site, but for the sake of not disrupting the children, she felt the permit should be extended. Council Member Gardner made a motion to grant the Conditional Use Permit extension until July 15, 2001. Council Member Isom seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Mobile Catering License - Fun Cin’drome Bob Nicholson asked that the Council consider approval of a mobile catering license for Fun Cin’drome, Richard St. John, applicant. Mr. St. John indicated that this would be an ice cream truck. It will follow set routes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days a week. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve the mobile catering license for - Fun Cin’drome with the provision that staff ensure a background check is done and that Mr. St. John submit truck routes before commencing operation. Council Member Whatcott seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Eleven Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Airport Use Agreement - Aero West Mayor McArthur asked that Council approve a use agreement for AeroWest as approved by the Airport Advisory Board. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve the airport use agreement for Aerowest as approved by the Airport Advisory Board. Council Member Allen seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Hangar Lease - USA Flight Net, Inc. Mayor McArthur asked that Council approve an application for an 80’ x 100’ hangar to be built between taxiways A and B, Dan Smith, applicant. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve a hangar lease for USA Flight Net, Inc. to build an 80’ by 100’ hangar between taxiways A& B for $.015 per sq ft. Council Member seconded the motion and it passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Professional Services Agreement - Main/Tabernacle Roundabout Aron Baker asked that Council approve an agreement with Sear Brown Group for $37,965 to design a roundabout for the Tabernacle/Main Street intersection. Council Members asked if a roundabout would fit in this intersection. Mr. Baker said he is comfortable that it will fit, but that is one of the things the design will show. He said it was more expensive to design a roundabout than a traffic signal because with a roundabout you must deal with utilities, drainage, pavement, and ground work, but because there is a signal one block north and one block south, a roundabout would be a more viable alternative. Council Members asked how much it would cost to build. Mr. Baker said approximately $100,000, if there were no drainage problems, etc. to deal with. Council Members asked if pedestrians are safer in a roundabout or signal situation. Mr. Baker felt there was probably not much difference. Council Member Isom made a motion that Council approve a professional services agreement with Sear Brown Group for $37,965 to design a roundabout for the Tabernacle/Main Street intersection. Council Member Whatcott seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Walmart Roundabout Council Members asked Mr. Baker about the Walmart roundabout in Bloomington. He told them that it has to be finished before the Walmart Store can open. Council Members asked if the road St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Twelve would be open during construction. Mr. Baker indicated it may be closed some nights between midnight and 4:00 a.m. River Road Rebid Council Members asked about the River Road rebid. Mr. Baker told those present that the project had been rebid because a lot of work was added. The contract calls for 110 working days to complete. St. George Traffic Signal Cameras Mr. Baker was asked what the cameras are for on the traffic signals. He told Council Members that the cameras take the place of the loops that used to be put in the ground to control the signals. These cameras will eventually allow staff to see a problem at a traffic light and fix it from the office. Sunset/Bluff Intersection - Mr. Baker told Council Member that this UDOT project is within two months of being complete. It will take longer than originally thought because UDOT has agreed to replace a storm drain from City Creek that is in very poor shape. He indicated he would probably have to ask for a change order at a later date. Snow Canyon Parkway Signal - Mr. Baker told the Council that this is one signal in a five signal package that UDOT will be installing (three in Cedar City, one at Snow Canyon Parkway and one in Santa Clara). They have agreed to begin with the St. George and Santa Clara signals first. He indicated there will be warning lights placed further up U-18 to warn traffic of the signal. Miscellaneous - Mr. Baker told Council Members that the businesses at 300 North Bluff have requested approval from City staff to shift their driveway alignment to line up with the 300 North signalized corridor. He indicated staff has approved their request. Professional Services Agreement - 3050 East Storm Drain Jay Sandberg asked Council Members to consider approval of a professional services agreement with Alpha Engineering in the amount of $139,487 to design and engineer a storm drain at 3050 East and the roadway at 750 North. Council Member Isom made a motion to approve a professional services agreement with Alpha Engineering in the amount of $139,487 to design and engineer a storm drain at 3050 East and the roadway at 750 North. Council Member Allen seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Gardner Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Whatcott Aye Engineering Contract - Extend Irrigation Line to Snow Park Jay Sandberg asked that Council consider approval of an engineering contract with Alpha Engineering for $37,184, to replace a 24" irrigation line from River Road to the Snow Park Irrigation pond. The anticipated cost of the project is $355,256. Mr. Sandberg indicated that this project began with an emergency situation, but now staff would like to finish it because the old line on 900 south breaks frequently and puts the irrigation system at risk. Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve an engineering contract with Alpha Engineering for $37,184, to design a replacement for a 24" irrigation line from River Road to the Snow Park Irrigation pond. Council Member Whatcott seconded and the motion passed unanimously as follows: Council Member Whatcott Aye Council Member Orton Aye Council Member Isom Aye Council Member Allen Aye Council Member Gardner Aye St. George City Council Minutes April 19, 2001 Page Thirteen Building Permit - Single Family Home Near Ruesch Machine Mayor McArthur asked that Council consider a request from Ron Stout to construct a single family home on his family’s property located northwest of Ruesh Machine. This parcel is part of a large, potentially developable area. There are several concerns, primarily concurrency issues, as well as whether this becomes a subdivision and whether or not the subdivision requirements can be waived to facilitate this single family home. Ron Read is working on an agreement which would spell out responsibilities for all parties. Jonathan Wright and Jay Sandberg told Council that the issues had been worked out and the issue probably did not need to come before Council after all. Council took no action, but indicated they would, at a later date, if further problems arose. Appointments to Boards and Commissions Mayor McArthur asked that Council consider approval of the appointment of Lisa Banks and John Pied to the Arts Commission. Council Member Allen made a motion to approve appointment of Lisa Banks and John Pied to the Arts Commission. Council Member Gardner seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Country Lane Estates South Marc Fonger asked that the Council consider a request to authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat of Country Lane Estates South, a Santa Clara subdivision. Council Member asked why they were approving an abandonment in a Santa Clara Subdivision. Mr. Fonger indicated that a City of St. George easement for irrigation, water, power, etc. runs through the subdvision. They want to move it to the street and abandon the old easement. Council Member Gardner made a motion to abandon the utility easement in County Lane Estates South, a Santa Clara Subdivision, subject to a new easement being recorded and authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat. Council Member Whatcott seconded and the motion passed unanimously. MINUTES March 22, 2001 Council Member Isom made a motion that the March 22, 2001 minutes be approved as written. Council Member Allen seconded and the motion passed unanimously. April 5, 2001 Council Member Gardner made a motion to approve the April 5, 2001 minutes as written. Council Member Orton seconded and the motion passed unanimously. ADJOURNMENT Council Member Whatcott made a motion that the meeting be adjourned at 8:25 p.m. Council Member Orton seconded and the motion passed unanimously. _____________________________________ Miriam Palma, Deputy City Recorder