City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 23,2005

JUNE 23, 2005, 4:00 P.M.

Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Rod Orton
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Larry Gardner
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

Council Member Bob Whatcott

A site visit to the Sun River area was made to review zoning and growth issues.

Chuck Barton, representing the St. George Musical Theater, explained they would like to raze the existing building and build a new one, rather than renovate the old building. They would like to remain a part of the Plaza but build a building with a basement, a main floor, and an upper floor with a reception area. The SGMT received a grant from the Eccles Foundation and is looking into the possibility of using a professional fund-raiser.

Alan Crooks, representing the St. George Musical Theater, explained that until a decision is made on whether a new building can be built, serious fund-raising cannot proceed. He explained they would like to build a building that is ungradable in the future.

A discussion was held on the timetable for construction of the Plaza and possible disruption to the Plaza caused by construction of a new theater.

Mr. Crooks estimated that a new building could be finished in three years, but it would not be ready in time for opening of the Plaza.

Mayor McArthur commented that the City Council wants the St. George Musical Theater to be part of the Plaza, but needed to know that progress is being made with regard to fund-raising.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City would like the SGMT to have a significant amount raised by the time the City is ready to begin construction of the Plaza.

Mr. Crooks advised that they were requesting permission to build a new building. He stated that he had no problem providing the City Council with fund-raising progress reports. He requested a letter of support from the City Council to include in their fund-raising packets.

City Manager Gary Esplin estimated that the Plaza would be completed in two years time from the present.

Council Member Orton suggested giving the SGMT one year to raise funds for the project, and one more year to complete construction of the building.

Mr. Crooks agreed. He estimated that a functional, upgradable building could be built for $4.5 million.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that he would draft a letter of support to be used in fund-raising, but the length of the lease needed to be decided upon.

Mr. Crooks suggested a 100 year lease, with SGMT owning the building.

Mr. Esplin replied that a 25 year renewable lease would be more appropriate, with SGMT reporting to the City Council on a semi-annual basis. The entire situation will be reviewed at the time the library is built.

Mr. Barton advised that he would bring an architectural rendering of the building to the City Council for review.

Council Member Bunker expressed concern that the City was supporting one arts organization to the exclusion of all others.

Council Member Gardner replied that the City was simply responding to a request made by the SGMT.

Mayor McArthur reminded Mr. Crooks and Mr. Barton that the building had to match the architecture of the other buildings in the Plaza, and the City Council would like to see the renderings when complete.

Mr. Crooks suggested that ten chess/game tables be located within the Plaza, enough to accommodate chess tournaments.

Technology Services Division Manager, Jim Cook, gave an IT training class, along with a new installations and planned upgrades power point presentation.

The meeting then adjourned.

Gay Cragun, City Recorder