City Council Minutes

Tuesday, May 23,2000

ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES WORK MEETING MAY 23, 2000, 4:00 P.M. ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM PRESENT: Mayor Daniel McArthur Councilmember Rod Orton Councilmember Suzanne Allen Councilmember Larry Gardner Councilmember Bob Whatcott Councilmember Sharon Isom City Manager Gary Esplin City Attorney Jonathan Wright City Recorder Gay Cragun REVIEW OF FIRE DEPARTMENT?S BUDGET: Fire Chief Robert Stoker distributed a written overview of his department and reviewed it with the Mayor and Council. He advised the 1999-2000 budget provided for a new Fire Marshall position, and Kevin Taylor was promoted to fill that position. This left a full-time firefighter opening, and Rick Welch was promoted to fill that position. There are currently 58 volunteer firefighters, 6 of whom are also City employees. City Manager Gary Esplin advised in the next budget year the City will be looking at property acquisition for another fire station, and impact funds can be used for this purpose. Chief Stoker advised that ISO requires one pumper truck within a mile and a half of anywhere in the City, and the City is currently lacking in the areas of Sun River, Dixie Downs, and Little Valley. He advised the 2000-2001 budget does not include any additional full time firefighter positions, but six more would be needed in the future to staff the station on the west side of town. Another ladder truck will also be needed at some time in the future for the west side of town. Councilmember Isom arrived. REVIEW OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT BUDGET: Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that in his opinion there are several projects which require funding which are not recommended for approval in the 2000-2001 budget. These projects include a new pedestrian underpass on the north side of 700 South and I-15, connection of 2450 East to Riverside Drive and paving of the airport parking lot. He advised he would like to use street bond funds for the bridge on Dixie Drive, and a second phase of River Road to Brigham Road to tie into the Bloomington interchange. He advised the City received 1.2 million from the State to completely redo the Man O War bridge. He stated he would like to use funds from the drainage impact fund to complete the Millcreek Industrial Park Phase I drainage project and Main Street Phase I design. He advised he requested a full-time Airport Manager, but this request was not approved. He stated St. George is the largest City in the region without a full-time airport manager, and the airport is not being properly managed. He distributed a Streets Department level of service evaluation hand-out and reviewed it with the Mayor and Council. REVIEW OF WATER AND POWER DEPARTMENT?S BUDGET: Water and Power Director Wayne McArthur distributed a hand-out concerning operating revenues, operating expenses, and non-operating revenue and expenses for each division. He advised the City has sufficient water to meet consumer demands this summer. He advised he requested three new distribution operator positions and one backflow clerk position in the 2000-2001 proposed budget. A discussion took place concerning the backflow testing program, and City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that the sending of enforcement letters be discontinued until the matter can be further discussed. It was the consensus of the City Council to discontinue sending the backflow enforcement letters until the end of June when the matter has been further discussed. Wayne McArthur advised the Water Department is working on several big irrigation projects, as well as the reuse project. He reviewed requested budget items and electrical and water capital outlay with the Mayor and Council. He advised the Water and Power Department would like to look into the possibility of using private contractors for emergency responses, and fees will be revised for use of City contracting services. This change will be submitted in a policy for the Mayor and Council?s review. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss personnel issues was made by Councilmember Gardner. 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 Whatcott, and all voted aye. PLACEMENT OF VENDING MACHINES IN PARKS: Mayor McArthur advised he was contacted by Pepsi Cola about the possibility of placing soft drink vending machines in parks. The City would have to provide the location and power to the machines, but it would receive 30% of the profits. City Manager Gary Esplin advised bids would have to solicited, and the machines could only be placed in parks where there are no concessions, such as Royal Oaks Park, J. C. Snow Park, Worthen Park, etc. ADJOURN: A motion to adjourn was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott, and all voted aye. The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m. ________________________________ Gay Cragun, City Recorder