City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 27,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
MARCH 27, 2008, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Jon Pike
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Gil Almquist
Council Member Gloria Shakespeare
Council Member Gail Bunker
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston
City Recorder Gay Cragun

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by Gay Cragun and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING A RESPITE NURSERY IN THE RCC ZONE:
Dan advised that the family support center issue is not on the agenda as sufficient information had not been obtained in order to make a decision. The public hearing was closed at the last Council meeting.

Council Member Shakespeare commented that when the issue came before the City Council, she advised she would look for the information which was prepared when the RCC zone was adopted. She was not able to obtain that information, so she began gathering it again. She advised it would take a few weeks to complete it.

Mayor McArthur explained the RCC zone was created to protect the downtown and maintain the residential area. He stated it would be helpful to know how many homes had been converted to commercial enterprises, how many were designated as historic homes, etc.

Council Member Shakespeare commented that some people think she is trying to stir up all the CAT areas against the request, but she is just trying to gather information.

Christine Nelson commented that Council Member Shakespeare knew this issue was coming before the City Council and she had time to gather the information beforehand instead of requesting that the issue be postponed.

Council Member Shakespeare commented she did not disagree with the facility, just its location.

Council Member Pike commented that the issue has been pending for seven months and he would like to move it along. He stated he did not need to see further information. He requested that it be scheduled on the next City Council agenda for action.

Council Member Shakespeare commented it would take several weeks to gather the information.


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Council Member Allen agreed with Council Member Pike that additional information was not needed.

Mayor McArthur commented he felt the City Council needed to see the information.

City Planner Ray Snyder advised that he had gathered some information with regard to conditional use permits issued within the last four years in the RCC zone and he has e-mails from the State with regard to who is licensed in the area.

Mayor McArthur requested that this information be put on a map and disseminated to the City Council.

Council Member Pike advised that the City Attorney indicated at the last Council meeting that radiuses between facilities could be established. He commented he would also like to see these types of facilities allowed in R-1-10 zones.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that daycares are allowed in all residential zones, and perhaps a 2000 ft. separation could be established for a respite nursery from other respite nurseries or daycares. Respite nurseries could then be allowed in any zone with a separation distance.

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston commented the problem lies in distinguishing a residential support facility from a daycare. A residential support facility has to meet certain requirements and is licensed by the State. There are also limitations on hours, age of children, number of children, etc. She stated she felt the City would not have hundreds of residential support facilities, and if a radius is added, this would limit them even more.

Council Member Almquist advised that he toured the neighborhood in question and the specific street and he felt a respite nursery would make sense in the proposed location because it was not so far into the RCC zone and is located away from St. George Blvd. He stated one of the purposes for creation of the RCC zone was to entice families to remain downtown and a respite facility will be used by families. He stated he felt a respite nursery was a family-type use, and with radius requirements, it makes sense.

The director of the support facility in Cedar City distributed statistics with regard to her facility.

Mayor McArthur explained that the City was not questioning the need for the facility, just its location within the RCC zone.

Council Member Shakespeare commented that Tad Derrick counted 19 homes in the Sandtown area which had been turned into either special needs facilities or businesses. She stated this is the second special needs facility request since January and both are located downtown.

Christine Nelson commented that the facility is accessible to anyone in the community, not just those with special needs.


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The matter will be scheduled on the April 3 City Council agenda for action.

PRESENTATION CONCERNING THE MASTER TRANSPORTATION PLAN:
During the presentation Council Member Bunker arrived, City Manager Gary Esplin arrived, and Council Member Pike was excused from the meeting.

Lee Cabell, Horrocks Engineering, presented a power point presentation on the master traffic and transportation study including the following topics: transportation advisory committee, visioning workshop, vision, goals, vision and goals presented at the 2006 and 2007 transportation expo, master plan presented at the 2007 transportation expo, screen line volumes, 2005 traffic volumes, 2035 traffic volumes, 2035 level of service, functional classification, Little Valley sub area, transportation improvement plan, traffic signals, old transit routes, current transit routes, recommended short range transit plan, existing bike plan, and other improvements.

Council Member Shakespeare suggested setting aside land for mass transit in the future.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch replied that 3000 East is a 90' roadway and in addition there are trails on each side which can someday be used for roadway if the equestrian use phases out.

UPDATE ON NEW AIRPORT:
Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that a prebid meeting was held for the new airport and 117 people attended, from Spokane to Denver. There is major national interest in the project. The project being bid includes access on the east side.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City received bids for Brigham Road. The estimate was 3.8 million, and the low bid was 2.5 million. Prices are dropping.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED LANDSCAPE ORDINANCE:
Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed and reviewed the proposed ordinance put together by the committee.

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston, Jay Sandberg and Laura Taylor explained proposed changes to the ordinance.

Larry Shane advised that not everyone agrees on the ordinance, but currently the City does not have one at all.

Council Member Almquist suggested changes to the ordinance.

Carol Sapp, representing SUHBA, reviewed the changes suggested by SUHBA.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the ordinance would be scheduled on the April 24 City Council meeting agenda.




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DISCUSSION CONCERNING IRRIGATION WATER RATES:
Finance Director Phil Peterson distributed proposed secondary irrigation water fees. He advised the rates were lower than culinary rates in order to encourage secondary water use.

SCHEDULE SITE VISIT:
A site visit to Middleton by the water tank was scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.

TOWN SQUARE SIGNAGE:
Kent Perkins reviewed proposed Town Square signage.

REPORT FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised that the Drug Task Force took down several meth labs in the Bloomington Hills area.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder