City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 27,2002



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
JUNE 27, 2002, 12:00 NOON
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Counci Member Rod Orton
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Larry Gardner
Council Member Bob Whatcott
Council Member Sharon Isom
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Jonathan Wright
City Recorder Gay Cragun

ALSO PRESENT:
Assistant to City Manager Marc Mortensen
Public Works Director Larry Bulloch
Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins

DISCUSSION RE RECENT IMPACT FEE INCREASE/BUILDING PERMITS:
The Mayor and City Council discussed what constituted drawing a building permit in order to qualify for the existing water and power impact fee schedule. It was decided that in order to qualify for the existing impact fee schedule, the final plat would have to be approved by the City Council and a building permit would be able to be obtained if everything was in order, all before July 15, 2002.

PURCHASE OF PROPERTY FROM LEUCADIA:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City has an option to purchase 250 acres of property located in the vicinity of the new airport from Leucadia. He recommended that the City exercise this option at the purchase price of $1,200 per acre. The property is designated within the green lines, as shown on Exhibit "A" attached hereto.

A motion was made by Council Member Whatcott and seconded by Council Member Orton to purchase the property from Leucadia as recommended by the City Manager. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

UPDATE ON LIABILITY INSURANCE:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City's liability insurance policy expires June 30 each year, and the City's current provider is pulling out of the market and limiting its coverage. Currently the City self-insures itself up to the first $50,000, with liability coverage after that up to $10,000,000.

Council Member Isom arrived.

Mr. Esplin explained that this coverage is no longer available, and the City must now look at other options. Because of the change in the liability insurance market, he recommended the City self-insure up to $250,000 per each occurrence, with stop/loss coverage above that amount up to $20,000,000. The cost of this coverage is $184,000. He advised that the City has a fund balance of $500,000 in its self-insurance account.



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June 27, 2002
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FUTURE WORK MEETING SCHEDULE AND TOPICS:
Mr. Esplin reviewed the following topics needing discussion in work meetings:

PD zone issues
Subdivision changes and platting process
Veteran's memorial
Entrance signs
Redevelopment of the City's west side
Dixie Ambulance
Access to 500 East Street
Paradise Bowl
Water and Power Strategic Plan
DARTS
Property acquisition
Drainage fees
St. George Blvd.
Downtown parking structure
Nuisance and noise ordinance
Fees for planning and building permits
Arterial road landscaping
Community legacy project
Signs and banners
Airport issues
Dinosaur tracks
Firearms ordinance changes
Water conservation plan
Power purchasing
C-3 zone issues
Park fees
Banner policy
Off-road ATVs

A motion to authorize purchase of dirt bikes for the Police Department was made by Council Member Isom and seconded by Council Member Whatcott. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Isom - aye
Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Allen - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mr. Esplin continued with the list, as follows:

Ron Stout
When frontage roads are required as part of development

Future work meetings were scheduled for July 2, July 16, July 23, and July 30 at noon, and July 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Regular City Council meetings were scheduled for July 11 and July 25.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Mayor McArthur asked Public Works Director Larry Bulloch to determine if four lanes of traffic from River Road to 700 East was possible.


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June 27, 2002
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City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that the City completely refurbish 400 East, 700 South, 100 South, 200 East, and 700 East, as these are major traffic carriers in the downtown area and should have priority.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss land purchases was made by Council Member Whatcott and seconded by Council Member Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Whatcott - aye
Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Isom - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Council Member Isom and seconded by Council Member Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Isom - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye
Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Whatcott - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder