City Council Minutes

Tuesday, January 9,2001



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING JANUARY 9, 2001, 4:00 P.M. ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM PRESENT: Mayor Dan McArthur Councilmember Sharon Isom Councilmember Suzanne Allen Councilmember Bob Whatcott Councilmember Rod Orton Councilmember Larry Gardner City Manager Gary Esplin City Attorney Jonathan Wright City Recorder Gay Cragun ALSO PRESENT: Washington County Commissioner Gayle Aldred Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner Washington County Commissioner Jim Eardley Mayor McArthur welcomed everyone present. The opening prayer was given by Councilmember Allen. AWARD OF BID Consider award of bid for the purchase of police vehicles for fiscal year 2000-2001. Purchasing Agent Sue Swensen recommended award of the bid to Butterfield Ford for purchase of seven police vehicles through the State contract in Ford in the amount of $149,719. She advised that local dealers were given the opportunity to match the State price, but could not. The State bid is $700 less per vehicle than the lowest bid from a local dealer. A motion was made by Councilmember Orton to award the bid for purchase of seven police vehicles to Butterfield Ford through the State contract. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Isom. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for construction of the Riverside Drive multi-use trail project. City Manager Gary Esplin recommended award of the bid for construction of the Riverside Drive multi-use trail project to the low bidder, Merrick Young Construction, in the amount of $394,748. This amount includes additional items, but is still within the estimate for the project. A copy of the bid tabulation sheet is attached hereto as Exhibit "A." The construction time frame is 90 days or less. A motion was made by Councilmember Isom to award the bid for the Riverside Drive multi-use trail project to Merrick Young Construction in the total amount of $394,748. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye St. George City Council Minutes January 9, 2001 Page Two Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. AWARD OF BID: Consider award of bid for a sodium hypochlorite system for the Quail Creek Water Treatment Plant. Assistant Water and Power Director Phil Solomon advised that only one bid was received from Alder Construction, and it was over budget. Only three companies do this specialized type of construction, and two of those companies informed the City that the project was not large enough for them to consider. The scope of the project was negotiated down to $151,560 with Alder Construction and recommendation is to award the bid in this amount. Mr. Solomon advised that the sodium hypochlorite system will replace the gaseous chlorine system currently used at the water treatment plant. The new system is not lethal if there is a leak, and is safe to be around and handle. A motion was made by Councilmember Gardner to award the bid for a sodium hypochlorite system for the Quail Creek Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $151,560 to Alder Construction. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Orton. Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows: Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Allen - aye Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. PRESENTATION FROM IHC: Dixie Regional Medical Center Board Chairman, Max Rose, introduced Gary Pearson, representing the Board of IHC, and Steve Wilson, CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center. Mr. Pearson explained IHC would like to raise the level of Dixie Regional Medical Center from a level 4 hospital to a level 6, and will be investing $100,000,000 in a new 325,000 sq. ft. facility. Mr. Wilson explained IHC owns a 60 acre site on River Road adjacent to its present facility. The present hospital will be kept in operation until the first phase of the new facility is completed. He explained that the present facility functions well, but is not large enough. After acute care services are moved to the new River Road facility, the old hospital will be remodeled and serve as a specialty hospital for the care of women and children. He explained IHC hopes to partner with Dixie State College to train nurses and other health practitioners, and serve as the health science center for Dixie State College. The new facility, when completely finished, will be 1,000,000 sq. ft. Groundbreaking is scheduled for June, 2001 with completion of the first phase estimated for the spring of 2003. The new facility will have a positive economic impact on the community as it will employ 325-375 additional staff members with an average salary of $41,000 per year. The wash which currently runs through the property will be incorporated into the site plan to provide an open space amenity. DISCUSSION WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION: Senior Citizen Center Washington County Commission Chairman Gayle Aldred advised that after further review, it was decided the best alternative was to locate the new senior citizen center on its current site by negotiating for purchase of adjacent properties. The old building will be used until the new two story building is completed, then torn down and the site used for parking. St. George City Council Minutes January 9, 2001 Page Three Library Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner advised it appeared that remodel of the current library was the best option. County Yard Washington County Commission Chairman Gayle Aldred advised the Washington County Road Supervisor supported a potential site in the Ft. Pearce Industrial Park for relocation of the County yard from the Red Hill. City Manager Gary Esplin advised he contacted Gilbert Jennings and asked him to look at a site. Mr. Jennings advised he would put a package together. Mr. Esplin advised it was the County’s intention to expand the size of the building to 6,000 sq. ft., with the cost of a cinderblock building being between $30-$40 a sq. ft. Mr. Esplin also made contact with the Water and Power Board and asked them to hold up on their building design. They are proceeding with drainage, however. Mr. Esplin advised he will follow up with Mr. Jennings. Mosquito Abatement Washington County Commissioner Jim Eardley advised that mosquito spraying will begin in March. The program has been effective and is expected to be so again. DISCUSSION RE BLOOMINGTON GENERATORS: Councilmember Larry Gardner advised a major issue concerning use of the Bloomington diesel generators is the pollution they cause. He asked that all options be researched by staff and included in any discussion with residents of the area. The options include moving the facility, constructing a building to house the generators, installing scrubbers, and constructing a berm. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation was made by Councilmember Gardner. 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 Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. RECONVENE AND ADJOURN: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Isom. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Whatcott. Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows: Councilmember Isom - aye Councilmember Whatcott - aye Councilmember Orton - aye Councilmember Gardner - aye Councilmember Allen - aye The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. _________________________________ Gay Cragun, City Recorder