City Council Minutes

Thursday, August 26,1999



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING AUGUST 26, 1999, 4:00 P.M. ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM PRESENT: Mayor Daniel McArthur Councilmember Larry Gardner Councilmember Rod Orton Councilmember Bob Whatcott Councilmember Suzanne Allen City Manager Gary Esplin City Attorney Jonathan Wright City Recorder Gay Cragun EXCUSED: Councilmember Sharon Isom FIELD TRIP TO 400 WEST BETWEEN 200-300 SOUTH: Also present were Community Development Director Bob Nicholson, Associate Planner Jim McGuire, Larry Belliston (applicant), and Barry Burnett. Site plans were reviewed and a discussion held concerning amending the existing ordinance to increase the height limitation. FIELD TRIP TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 600 SOUTH BLUFF: Also present were Community Development Director Bob Nicholson, Associate Planner Jim McGuire, Vince Clayton, Craig Hopkinson, Tracy Ence, Kim Ence, Troy Ence, Larry Belliston, and Barry Burnett. The site plan was reviewed with the applicants. The meeting then reconvened in the Administration Conference Room CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit for an office building to exceed the height limitation in the ordinance to 45.8 feet on a building at 400 West between 200-300 South. Larry Belliston, applicant. A motion to approve the conditional use permit as requested was made by Councilmember Gardner. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Councilmember Whatcott asked Community Development Director Bob Nicholson to review proposed revisions to the ordinance. Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that proposed changes to the ordinance are only conceptual at this time, as the changes have not yet been reviewed by the Planning Commission, but based on exceptions granted in past years, a 45' height limitation is reasonable. Any height above that would still require a conditional use permit subject to certain guidelines, and criteria would need to be established to evaluate each request. Councilmember Whatcott commented about the validity of the ordinance when exceptions are constantly being made to it, and the City needed to ?draw a line? and adhere to it. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. City Council Minutes August 26, 1999 Page Two CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider approval of a conditional use permit for an office building to exceed the height limitation in the ordinance to 51 feet for a building on the southeast corner of 600 South Bluff. Vince Clayton, applicant. A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to approve the conditional use permit as requested. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss potential litigation was made by Councilmember Gardner. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton, and all voted aye. RECONVENE: Motion was made by Councilmember Whatcott to reconvene. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen, and all voted aye. DISCUSSION ON PROPOSED AIRPORT SITE AND SURROUNDING DEVELOPMENT: Jeff Klein presented a summary of benefits to creating a plan for economic partnership, a conceptual general plan, annexation map, and airport access map for his proposed project located adjacent to the new airport. He proposed that a portion of his property be annexed to St. George, and at the same time he would petition Washington?s participation in supporting the overall economic plan. His plan included an acceleration of the time frame for the southern corridor, with an effort to move the proposed airport from the planning stage to implementation of the plan. Councilmember Gardner inquired about a funding source. Mr. Klein responded funding would be private, except for some areas which could quality for EDA funds. Councilmember Allen inquired about plans for utilities. Mr. Klein responded utility plans would be included in the annexation plan. A discussion was held concerning the second runway. Mr. Klein advised that a second runway would eliminate a majority of the options available and economic benefit to Washington City. Jeff Morby, representing Leucadia Corporation, advised they have been diligently working on the plan for their property in the area, and within two weeks they should be able to present a response to the plan for the second runway. Attorney Steve Snow advised the second runway is a big issue to Washington City, as it would take away economic development opportunities for them. He advised their perspective of the airport plan is negative at this time, and it will take an economic development proposal to gain their support, and plans for a second runway would ruin any chance of that. Councilmember Gardner stated the City has debated the need for a second runway, and wondered if it would need to be sacrificed to accommodate cooperation and a resolution of differences with Washington City. He advised the plan for the second runway was an essential part of long range City Council Minutes August 26, 1999 Page Three planning for the airport, and he stated he would like justification from Public Works Director Larry Bulloch on how essential the second runway would be. He stated the City Council was led to believe it was critical to the airport. Public Works Director Larry Bulloch stated that Mr. Klein?s plan for the airport area will work. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the cost of building the airport would make it economically unfeasible to buy property needed for a second runway, and in addition would take away all incentive for Washington City to become a partner in the project. However, the area should be zoned properly so that it will be compatible in case a second runway were built at some time in the future. Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised Mr. Klein?s plan will work because he will be developing his land in uses compatible with the airport. Scott Hirschi stated he appreciated Jeff Klein?s plan for the area, and complimented him. However, he advised the right type of development will not fill quickly, but instead is a long range investment on the part of the property owners. He stated he believed the day would come when a second runway would be needed. City Manager Gary Esplin advised he would schedule the issue on a regular City Council agenda. DISCUSSION RE FIRST NIGHT PROGRAM: Public Information Officer Marc Mortensen distributed a hand out on First Night programs. Pioneer Center for the Arts Director David Pursley advised the emphasis of the proposed First Night program should be on performing and visual arts, and will cost from $30,000 to $50,000. He advised that a party of this size should have at least one year for planning purposes, and it was not realistic to think it could be planned in three months time. The First Night area would include an area from the north end of the Historic District to the Art Center, with the entire street being blocked off in that area. There would be a minimum of six performance stages, with four performances on each stage. At 10:00 p.m. a parade would progress to the Sunbowl, with a major entertainer scheduled for 11:00 p.m., and fireworks at midnight. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the State today notified the City that it would receive $56,587 as its portion of excess money the Sports Authority received in sales tax which is being rebated to cities. He advised this money is unallocated, and if the Council felt so inclined, it could be used for a First Night program. Kent Perkins suggested forming a First Night citizens committee to plan and oversee the event. It was the general consensus of those present to proceed with planning a First Night event. Mr. Esplin advised he would schedule the item on a regular City Council agenda for formal action. City Council Minutes August 26, 1999 Page Four DISCUSSION CONCERNING PARK DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE VIRGIN RIVER: Layton Ott and Paul Jensen presented a site plan for a proposed residential development along the Virgin River on property owned by Sheldon Johnson. Plans for the area also include a donation of possibly 20 acres of property to the City for use as a park. The plan included double-loaded residential lots. City staff and City Council members suggested the plan be revised to include single-loaded lots rather than double, if economically feasible for the developers. Mr. Ott agreed to review and possibly revise the plan to accommodate the City?s suggestion. DISCUSSION RE TARGET STORE: Mr. Ott advised that in discussions with Target, they indicated that the two sites along River Road would be acceptable, along with a site in Washington City. They would prefer to locate in St. George, but will locate in Washington if necessary. He advised the Woodburys would like to see Target locate on their property along River Road. DISCUSSION RE SEEGMILLER PARK: Parks Superintendent Lynne Scott displayed two site plans for Seegmiller Park. She advised they are planning a groundbreaking on October 9 at 11:00 a.m. Bill Jackson, Parks Planner, advised the site consists of 30 acres, and the slope of the site dictated where the amenities would be installed. He explained that because the site is so marshy, ponds and canals would have to be constructed and water drained from the site for at least one year. He advised the site plans were conceptual, and geotechnical reports would be needed, but the Seegmiller family was very happy with the proposed design. It was the general consensus of those present to proceed with the plans for the park. Councilmember Gardner left the meeting. DISCUSSION RE CENTENNIAL PARK: Parks Superintendent Lynne Scott advised a meeting was held yesterday with concerned area residents about plans for Centennial Park. After presentation of several conceptual plans, and discussion, it was the consensus of those present at the neighborhood meeting to delete plans for a naturalized area for lizards, and instead provide a horticultural area for children. An amphitheater, restrooms, barbecues, and arbor area will be provided. She advised that overall, those present at the neighborhood meeting were pleased with the plans. Ms. Scott suggested that the permanent park sign be placed on the property. APPROVE ELECTION JUDGES: A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to approve the list of election judges for the 1999 municipal election. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott, and all voted aye. SCHEDULE MEETING: A joint meeting with the Washington County Water Conservancy District, Water and Power Board, and City Council is scheduled for September 21, 1999 at 4:00 p.m. to view the Sand Hollow Reservoir site. Those attending City Council Minutes August 26, 1999 Page Five should meet at 4:00 p.m. at the Quail Creek Water Treatment Plant where dinner will be served. Spouses are invited to attend. SALE OF CITY PROPERTY: City Manager Gary Esplin advised an offer to purchase a Bloomington Lane Park Subdivision lot was received in the amount of $45,000. However, the offer is less than 95% of the appraisal, the price of the previous lot sold. It was the consensus of the City Council to present a counter offer of $51,000, which would be the City?s final offer. UPDATE ON SALE OF PROPERTY: City Manager Gary Esplin advised that an environmental assessment is still being performed on property approved for sale to Yehuda Netanel in the area of the old sewer plant. A survey of the property was performed by Bush & Gudgell which confirmed the area consisted of 8.5 acres. UPDATE ON MEETING WITH CORP OF ENGINEERS: City Manager Gary Esplin advised he met with the Corp of Engineers in Salt Lake City to discuss the property along River Road where Target would like to locate. The Corp is unwilling to make any concessions or compromise in any way. DISCUSSION ON PENNANTS/STREAMERS: Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised there are 30-40 businesses who use pennants/streamers as part of their everyday business. He advised the ordinance allows pennants and streamers only for grand openings on a 30 day basis. He suggested the City Council look for the pennants and streamers as they drive around town and provide input as to whether they would like the ordinance enforced or revised. ADJOURN: The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. ______________________________ Gay Cragun, City Recorder