City Council Minutes

Wednesday, January 30,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JANUARY 30, 2008, 5:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Gloria Shakespeare
Council Member Gil Almquist
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Jon Pike
City Recorder Gay Cragun

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He advised that meetings specifically for public comment will be scheduled for the 5th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.. The pledge of allegiance was offered by Council Member Almquist, and the invocation was offered by Council Member Shakespeare. He invited members of the public to offer invocations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Mayor McArthur advised that comments would be limited to five minutes each. He advised that a Transportation Expo will be held February 5 at the Dixie Center from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and invited the public to attend. Each member of the City Council gave an opening statement.

Adam Monks expressed concern with young drivers and their lack of education about large trucks. He requested more police intervention.

Donald Rawlings expressed concern about drainage problems in the 3000 East area of the City.

Mary Kennedy expressed concern about trash along the freeway north of the City.

Neil Schmutz expressed concern about protection of private property rights from large developers and other development issues.

Wayne Stark expressed concern about increasing ATV use in the area above Slickrock.

Ron Axton expressed concern about the oversupply of homes and suggested that a moratorium be established on new development.

Greg Stevens expressed concern about the need to get the most value from the old airport property, and making the Mayor?s position a full time position.

Kathrian Leigh expressed concern about garbage being dumped on the Arizona strip.

Denver Leigh suggested the City inform residents in Racing Ranch Estates that the electrical power stand is their responsibility to fix if it burns out.

Don Graves expressed concern about illegal immigration and requested the police begin keeping data on crimes committed by illegal aliens and make the information available on its website.

Larry Morrison expressed concern about illegal immigration and requested the City adopt the e-verify program.

Paul Wilson expressed concern with illegal immigration.

Council Member Almquist was excused from the meeting.

Phil Fons expressed concern with illegal immigration and suggested the City become involved with the Citizen?s Council on Illegal Immigration.

Gary Hawes expressed concern with illegal immigration, suggested stores be prohibited from opening on Sundays, and alcohol and tobacco sales be prohibited within the City.

Kris Baumann suggested that fly-overs over the I-15 be constructed for better traffic flow.

Ro Wilkinson thanked the former and present City Council for all they do.

David Lundberg responded to Larry Gardner?s comments on the Ledges from the last Council meeting, suggested transcripts be kept of City meetings instead of minutes, suggested 100' setbacks be required for all development of the old airport property, suggested the City Council meet twice a week since it is now a Class 2 city, stated it was not appropriate for the City Office to have Lake Powell pipeline advertisements, and stated that when the ?heritage gutter? on Main Street was constructed mature trees were removed.

Mayor McArthur thanked those members of the public who participated by making comments, stated that the City Council would take all suggestions and comments under advisement, and that City staff is available to meet with them and respond to their concerns.

Council Members made closing remarks.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder