City Council

Thursday, May 11,2006
Minutes



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
SPECIAL MEETING
MAY 11, 2006, 3:30 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING:
The meeting convened at the Millcreek Generation Facility, 170 North 3232 East, for an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony. Present were: Mayor Daniel McArthur, Council Member Suzanne Allen, Council Member Bob Whatcott, Council Member Gail Bunker, Council Member Rod Orton, City Manager Gary Esplin, City Attorney Shawn Guzman, and City staff.

OPENING:
The meeting then reconvened at the City Office, Administration Conference Room.
Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called the meeting to order.

CONTRACT WITH SANTA CLARA CITY:
Consider approval of a contract with Santa Clara City for construction of the Gunlock pipeline through Santa Clara City.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that an agreement with UDOT for this same construction project was approved at the last City Council meeting. However, an agreement with Santa Clara City is needed instead. He recommended approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AMENDMENT TO WATER POOLING AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an amendment to the water pooling agreement with the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

Barbara Hjelle, representing the Washington County Water Conservancy District, explained the changes to the agreement. The water surcharge has been changed to $1.75 per ERU per month. The second change establishes a user base line at which each city will come in.

Water Services Director Barry Barnum advised that St. George will be around 32,000.

Ms. Hjelle advised that developers will be given the opportunity to delay their impact fees. They can sign a promissory note and with that the earliest they will have to pay the impact fee is when the lot is sold, or building permit issued, or three years. Three years is the drop dead date. The WCWCD has also agreed to collect the impact fees. No building permit shall be issued or final plat shall be recorded unless impact fees are paid or promissory note signed. The cap on the capital facilities fund has also been removed. The WCWCD has made a commitment that no changes to the agreement will be made unless first approved by St. George City.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AMENDMENT TO AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an amendment to the development agreement for Fabulous Freddy?s on Bluff Street.


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May 11, 2006
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Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that the applicants would like to delete the fire-rated pump canopy from their plans and instead construct a stucco-faced canopy with sandstone columns over the detail area to the north end of the store.

Fred Smith, applicant, explained that the tent canopy would fade, tear, and split, and the proposed stucco canopy will be painted to match the paint on the store. Aside from a ?now open? sign, there will be no signage on the canopy.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

REPORT ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS:
Russell Youd of Horrocks Engineering presented a power point presentation on the Bluff Street Corridor Study and the Brigham Road Roundabout Interchange Study. See attached Exhibit ?A?.

Council Member Gardner arrived.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that an executive session was needed to discuss litigation, a property purchase, and a personnel item.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Orton to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation, a property purchase, and a personnel item.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Orton - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Gardner - aye
Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Gardner.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Orton.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Whatcott called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City has an opportunity to receive fill dirt from the new Desert Hills High School site at $4.50 a yard for use on City property by the Dixie Center. An engineer will separate the good dirt from the bad on site so that the City receives only the good dirt.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that employees? insurance premiums are increasing by 18% and recommended that the City cover the cost of this increase.

Council Member Orton was excused from the meeting.

Mr. Esplin recommended that any future increases to the insurance premium be shared between the employees and City.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that Dixie College?s President, Lee Caldwell, said that Washington County is 4% of the population of the entire state, yet generates 6% of the total sales tax in the state. The City is paying 80% of its sales tax to the state and receives nothing back. Therefore, when SUHBA?s economist says that growth is more than paying for itself, he is not factoring in all the sales tax which is going to the state.



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May 11, 2006
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City Manager Gary Esplin explained that construction of the plaza will cost $1.5 million more than budgeted due to construction costs which are increasing at 15% per month. He suggested that the water walk be re-evaluated and scaled back, with any savings put toward the plaza. He recommended use of Jacobsen Construction for construction of the Plaza, who is currently under contract with the County, in order to save mobilization and bidding costs.

Work meetings to discuss the 2006-2007 budget were scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Council Member Allen advised that she and IHC staff met with neighbors in the area of the proposed Children?s Justice Center, and she believes the majority of the neighbors are satisfied.

A brief discussion was held about the Steve Sheffield road extension.

A brief discussion was held about golf revenues. The City is up 14% in rounds of play over last year, and up 7% from the year before. City Manger Gary Esplin advised that $400,000 in cache cards have been sold, but revenue projections will not be up as much as originally projected. He recommended that the pros be retained as independent contractors for another year, that a loan be made from the Economic Development Fund to the Golf Course Fund, and that when the City sells the property on the Black Hill, it pay off the bonds at Sunbrook.

Council Member Whatcott advised that he has received multiple complaints about the equestrian center near Christensen Park. City Manager Gary Esplin replied that a violation order was issued today.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that Washington County would like to create their own dispatch center. The City wants to continue to have control over the system and service level currently enjoyed. A meeting with the County has been scheduled for Monday.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder