City Council Minutes

Thursday, November 2,2000



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES REGULAR MEETING NOVEMBER 2, 2000, 4:00 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS PRESENT: Mayor Daniel McArthur Councilmember Sharon Isom Councilmember Rod Orton Councilmember Suzanne Allen Councilmember Larry Gardner Councilmember Bobby Whatcott City Manager Gary Esplin Deputy City Attorney Ron Read City Recorder Gay Cragun OPENING: Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He advised that Councilmember Isom asked to be excused from the meeting at 4:40 p.m. The flag salute was led by Scout Jeff Frei, and the invocation was offered by Wayne McArthur. Mayor McArthur invited anyone interested in leading the flag salute or offering the invocation at future City Council meetings to advise him. Mayor McArthur advised that on Saturday, November 11, 2000 he and the City Council would be participating in a Grand Prix on the Dixie College campus. The event is being sponsored by Skywest Airlines to benefit the Utah Arthritis Foundation. He encouraged the public to attend. Valorie Topham, President of the Utah Municipal Clerks Association, presented City Recorder Gay Cragun with a plaque and flowers in recognition of her recent designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association. Mayor McArthur advised that item 6A5 to consider a request to relocate a non-conforming billboard was removed from the agenda at the request of the applicant, YESCO Signs. It will be rescheduled for the next City Council meeting. REQUEST FOR RAPID TRANSIT PROGRAM FUNDING: Consider a request for funding for the Dixie Area Rapid Transit program. Beth Cottam, representing Five County Association of Governments, applicant. Beth Cottam announced that the D.A.R.T. system will begin Monday, November 6 with two vehicles covering four routes. Additional vehicles will be added before the end of the year. She advised that some curb-to-curb service will be available, and passengers should be prepared to have exact change for their fares. She requested that the City continue its partnership and approve an annual contribution of $50,000 to the D.A.R.T. program until MPO funds are available. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City will receive its MPO designation one to two years after the 2000 census is completed. He advised that allocation of $50,000 must be considered yearly as part of the budget process. Chuck Hunter distributed maps depicting the routes. Ms. Cottam advised D.A.R.T.’s budget year is the same as the City’s, from July to July. Sydney McDonald advised she has been selling advertising for placement on the outside and inside of the buses, and has received wonderful support from the business community. City Councilmembers expressed their support for the project. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Two A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to approve the request in the amount of $50,000 for fiscal year 2000-2001. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen. Councilmember Orton inquired if the name "D.A.R.T." had been registered, as there is a swimming club also called D.A.R.T., and if it had not been done, he suggested they do so. He also inquired if D.A.R.T. was working with adjoining cities to expand the bus service. Ms. Cottam replied she was still working with adjoining cities and planned to work with Washington City next. Need and support from neighboring cities will have to be established in order for the service to expand. Mayor McArthur commented that in order for D.A.R.T. to serve neighboring cities, they must participate in the program. He called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for the purchase of ammunition for the Police Department. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen recommended award of the bid for ammunition for the Police Department through the State contract with Salt Lake Wholesale Sports in the amount of $25,427.65. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to award the bid through the State contract with Salt Lake Wholesale Sports in the amount of $25,427.65. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Isom - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Ms. Swensen explained that the State will put out a bid state-wide and anyone wishing to submit a bid can. This bid can then by used by any municipality or school district in the State. The bid is good for one year. Ms. Swensen explained the City’s purchasing policy that anything costing from $1 to $1,000 requires three bids. Anything above $1,000 to $10,000 requires three written bids, and anything over $10,000 has to be bid and formally advertised in the newspaper. Any purchase over $25,000 must be approved by the City Council. City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City tries to give local bidders every opportunity to be awarded a bid and allows them to match the State bid. Ms. Swensen explained local bidders were not given the opportunity to bid for the ammunition as the Police Department purchased has previously purchased ammunition from Salt Lake Wholesale Sports and was very satisfied with it. She advised that bids will soon be advertised on the City’s web site. Mr. Esplin advised that vendors may also submit their name to be included on the bidder’s list. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Three AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for the purchase of residential water meters for the Water Department. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen advised this is a sole source purchase from Hydro Specialties, the representative for Badger water meters in Utah. City staff would like to be consistent in its use of the same brand of meters, and recommends award of a blanket purchase order to Hydro Specialties in an amount not to exceed $60,000 for the year. A motion was made by Councilmember Whatcott to award a blanket purchase order in an amount not to exceed $60,000 to the sole source vendor of Badger water meters, Hydro Specialties. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. Water and Power Director Wayne McArthur advised most of the meters are needed for new installations, and they are adaptable if the City adopts an automatic metering program. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councimember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Isom - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. APPROVE CHANGE ORDER: Consider approval of a change order for construction of the Green Valley water tank. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen advised the change order is for additional work to be performed to the Green Valley water tank by the contractor, Stout Construction, in the amount of $26,300. The additional work will consist of installation of elbows and piping, installing pea gravel, etc. The amount of the change order will bring the total cost of the project to $346,300. A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to approve the change order in the amount of $26,300. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for a vertical turbine pump for the Water Department. City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the bid sheet provided to the Mayor and Council in their agenda packet incorrectly identified Nickerson Co. as the low bidder. In fact, none of the three lowest bidders met the actual specifications for the project, and therefore staff recommends award to Cutler Pump in the amount of $50,095.66 as the lowest responsible bidder who met the specifications. The bids received are as follows: St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Four Anzalone $50,500 Cutler Pump $50,095.66 Cedar Valley $46,108 Rhodes $38,006.40 Nickerson $34,273 Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen advised City staff specified a Sinflow brand turbine pump, and the three lowest bidders bid a different brand. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder who met the City’s specifications, Cutler Pump, in the amount of $50,095.66. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Water and Power Director Wayne McArthur advised the pump will be placed in the pump house at Dixie High School, and it is important to get the right size pump and the same as located there now. RESOLUTION: Consider approval of a resolution authorizing an increased entitlement share in the Resource 2000 Project Power Sales Contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and related matters. City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City Council previously granted approval to become involved in the Resource 2000 Project and at that time the City’s allocated power limit was 60,000 kW. Additional power has become available due to some cities not needing their full share, which allows the City to increase its participation level to 82,500 kW. Staff believes this project is viable to provide long term fixed power. The City will know within the next month to six weeks if UAMPS has been successful in its bid to purchase the power plant. Councilmember Gardner commented if the City could purchase this power at a stabilized rate, it would not see as many high spikes in the summer time on power bills. Through the efforts of the City, rates were stable throughout the summer, but the City had to use $3,000,000 from its reserves to pay for increased power costs, which was not reflected in the power rates charged citizens. He made a motion to approve the resolution. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom. Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Councilmember Isom was excused from the meeting. RECOGNIZE DONATION OF SCOREBOARD AT SAND HOLLOW AQUATIC CENTER: Recognize donation of the scoreboard at the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Five Tim Frei and Pam Fernley, representing the Dixie Aquatic Race Team (DART), thanked the Mayor and City Councilmembers for providing the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center, and advised all citizens benefit from its use by high school swimming programs and the World Senior Games. Mr. Frei informed the Mayor and Council that the total cost of the donated eight-line scoreboard was $21,270. He commented that in order for the SHAC to stay on the cutting edge, it should have seating for 400 and continually upgrade equipment needed to train swimmers. Councilmember Whatcott advised he recently attended a swim meet and agrees that bleachers are needed. He thanked DART members for donation of the scoreboard as it is a wonderful addition to the facility. Mr. Frei advised the cost of roll-away bleachers to seat 400 is approximately $33,000. He stated if bleachers were provided, the State championships would be held in St. George in 2002. A motion to accept the donation and schedule a discussion on the purchase of bleachers at the November 16, 2000 City Council meeting was made by Councilmember Whatcott and seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PERMISSION TO CLOSE STREET FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CEREMONY: Consider approval of a request from the LDS Church to close 300 East between 400 and 500 South on November 24, 2000 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the temple Christmas lighting ceremony. City Manager Gary Esplin advised staff recommends approval as no problems were experienced last year by the brief closure of the street for the temple Christmas lighting ceremony. A motion was made by Councilmember Allen to approve closure of a portion of 300 East between 400 and 500 South on November 24, 2000 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the temple Christmas lighting ceremony. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, a follows: Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. SET PUBLIC HEARINGS: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held October 24, 2000, recommended public hearings be scheduled to consider (1) a zone change from Open Space to R-1-10 for an .25 acre portion of a lot to be added to the R-1-10 portion for a home located at 3763 Carribean Circle. Art Barney, applicant; and (2) an amendment of the Hillside Overlay Zone Map to include the Plantations and the Leucadia South Block Parcels. City of St. George, applicant. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to set the public hearings as recommended by the Planning Commission. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Six Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PRELIMINARY AND FINAL PLAT APPROVAL: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held October 24, 2000, recommended approval of the preliminary and final plats for Worldmark, the Club at St. George, a three lot subdivision located east of Plantations Drive and south of the Green Valley Condos, subject to the portion of Plantations Drive being recorded and legal review regarding ingress and egress easements shown as a platted roadway. Jeff Chapman and Ron Snow are the applicants. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to approve the preliminary and final plats subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission, and authorize the Mayor to sign the final plat. The motion was seconded and Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. FINAL PLAT APPROVAL: Associate Planner Mark Bradley advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held October 24, 2000, recommended approval of the final plat for Brookfield Estates Phase II with 14 single family lots located southwest of Indian Hills Drive and east of Riverwood Townhomes, provided that Lots 7, 8, 13 and 14 do not have individual access onto Indian Hills Drive. The plat has been updated with this restriction. A motion was made by Councilmember Whatcott to approve the final plat subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission, and authorize the Mayor to sign it. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider a request for a conditional use permit from Nextel Communications to locate communication towers at (a) the Skyline Center north of the City police building on the corner of 200 East 300 North; and (b) at Dixie College Hurst Field atop a pole with ballfield lights below the antenna. City Manager Gary Esplin advised this matter has been on two previous City Council agendas, and a field trip to the site was recently made. Staff is satisfied that the antennas can be located without creating a negative impact on surrounding areas. Councilmember Orton made a motion to approve the conditional use permit for placement of three antenna towers 8’ high on top of the Skyline Center, and for 8’ high antennas mounted around a pole at Hurst Field. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Seven Mike Simone, representing Nextel, advised a new pole will be installed at Hurst Field for location of the antennas. Lights will be set at exactly the same height as they are now and will be programmed by a lighting company to be identical to the present lights. Mr. Simone advised he would take direction from the College on which lighting company to use. Mr. Simone indicated the poles on top of the Skyline Center would be painted to match the color of the building. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: Consider a request for approval to relocate a non-conforming billboard at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Bluff Street. YESCO Signs, applicant. This item was removed from the agenda at the request of the applicant and will be rescheduled for the November 16, 2000 City Council meeting. Mayor McArthur invited a Scout in the audience to introduce himself. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Consider approval of the minutes of the regular City Council meeting held October 5, 2000. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council work meeting held October 12, 2000. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to approve the minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. Consider approval of the minutes of the regular City Council meeting held October 19, 2000. A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gardner. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Eight The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss property purchases was made by Councilmember Gardner. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen. Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RECONVENE: A motion to reconvene was made by Councilmember Whatcott. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. WATER AND POWER BOARD CANDIDATES: Mayor McArthur asked that City Councilmembers submit lists of possible candidates for the Water and Power Board at the next meeting. GENERATOR NOISE IN BLOOMINGTON: City Manager Gary Esplin advised that noise from generators at the wastewater treatment plant will be discussed with residents of Bloomington at the November 9, 2000 City Council work meeting. He advised that as soon as the Resource 2000 Project is on line, there will not be a need to run the generators as often. Councilmember Gardner advised he was disappointed at the location of the generators, as it was his understanding they would be located behind a hill, not on top of it, and the City should have been more sensitive in its placement of the generators. Mr. Esplin advised the generators were used this summer because the City was faced with an emergency. He expressed disappointment at comments made by Bloomington residents that St. George’s emergency was not an emergency for them as they were on Dixie REA power. MEETINGS WITH WATER AND POWER BOARD: City Manager Gary Esplin advised that every fifth Thursday City Council work meeting will be a joint meeting with the Water and Power Board. EXPANSION OF COUNTY YARD: Councilmember Orton advised County Planner John Willie indicated the County is moving forward with its plans to expand its yard on the Red Hill. Councilmember Gardner was excused from the meeting. A brief discussion took place concerning possible locations for the County yard. BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT CASES: Councilmember Orton inquired of Deputy City Attorney Ron Read when legal action would be taken with regard to five cases where citizens have ignored the rulings of the Board of Adjustments. St. George City Council Minutes November 2, 2000 Page Nine Deputy City Attorney Ron Read replied all five cases would be filed with the court within one month. ACCESS TO REPLACEMENT AIRPORT SITE: A brief discussion took place with regard to the proposed main access to the replacement airport site which is along River Road to Horseman’s Park and out to the airport site. The meeting then adjourned. __________________________________ Gay Cragun, City Recorder