City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 22,2008



St. George City Council Minutes
Work Meeting
May 22, 2008 4:00 p.m.
Administrative Conference Room

Present:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
City Council Member Gail Bunker
City Council Member Gloria Shakespeare
City Council Member Suzanne Allen
City Council Member Jon Pike
City Council Member Gil Almquist
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Recorder Ren? Fleming
Assistant to the City Manager Marc Mortensen

Opening:
The pledge of allegiance was led by Mayor McArthur and the invocation was offered by Council Member Almquist.

Consider approval of Resolution Approving and Supporting the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act of 2006 and the sale of up to twenty five thousand (25,000) acres of public lands within Washington County pursuant to said act.

Mayor McArthur indicated the County has asked for support as the bill goes through the legislative process. He explained the bill preserves open space, determines the location of wilderness space, protects utility corridors and requests the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a traffic study with regard to protecting corridors.

Motion:
Council Member Allen made a motion to approve and support the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act of 2006 and the sale of up to twenty five thousand (25,000) acres of public lands within Washington County pursuant to said act.

Council Member Pike commented regarding the amount of acreage of public lands for sale. He indicated it was his understanding the amount was 9,000 acres.

There was discussion regarding the amount of acreage specified in the act when it was drafted in 2006 versus the amount that has been agreed upon more recently. The understanding is that 9,000 acres of public land may be sold.

Second
Council Member Almquist seconded the motion.

Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows:
Council Member Allen, aye
Council Member Pike, aye
Council Member Almquist, aye
Council Member Shakespeare, aye
Council Member Bunker, aye
Motion passed



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Consider approval of a purchase agreement and a development agreement with Anderson Development Services, Inc. for sale of existing airport property.

City Manger Esplin explained there is information regarding the agreement that needs to be discussed with the council in an executive session. He indicated action cannot be taken tonight as the item needs to be considered for approval as an ordinance and it was not publicized that way. He explained the item will be continued until the Thursday May 29, 2008 meeting.

Consider approval of award of bid to purchase a fourteen (14) seat passenger van for Leisure Services Department.

City Manager Esplin explained the van is being purchased to replace 15 passenger vans determined to have safety concerns. Staff would like to purchase the new van prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Motion
Council Member Bunker made a motion to approve the purchase of a fourteen passenger van for the Leisure Services Department.

Second
Council Member Shakespeare seconded the motion.

Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a vote; all voted aye, motion carried.

Consider approval of the Mayor?s appointments to Boards and Commissions.

Mayor McArthur asked the council to consent to appoint Jodi McGregor to the Arts Commission.

Motion
Council Member Almquist made a motion to approve the appointment of Jodie McGregor to the Arts Commission

Second
Council Member Pike seconded the motion.

Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Report on SunTran bus operation.

Ryan Marshall, Public Works Administrator, delivered a Power Point presentation regarding the SunTran system.

Council Member Pike asked regarding the routes with respect to the Bloomington Wal-Mart. He inquired as to whether studies have indicated when it would be appropriate to make a loop to the Wal-Mart from town.


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Mr. Marshall explained the study indicated there isn?t enough justification to add a route to the Bloomington Wal-Mart ahead of the two future routes already in the plan.

There was discussion concerning the paratransit loops and if they service areas outside of St. George. By ADA law, paratransit routes have to extend ? of a mile beyond the fixed route system.

The group discussed the cost of providing the paratransit service, which is about ten times greater than the cost of serving riders on the fixed route system. Paratransit customers can be charged double the regular fare.

Mr. Marshall explained some of the paratransit routes go into Washington City to the extent that the customer is within ? miles of the fixed route system.

The group discussed funding from FTA and the matching amounts with regard to the type of expenses covered, whether capital or operational.

The group discussed how future routes are determined. Demographic, housing, industrial development and future growth are some of the issues evaluated.

There was discussion regarding the location of a bus stop to the Doctors Free Clinic. There is a stop about two blocks from the clinic.

The group discussed the priority list of bus stops which will have benches installed.

Ed Baca asked Mr. Marshall if staff is adhering to a style or design of the benches.

Mr. Marshall indicated staff is trying to standardize a choice of styles. There are ADA standards that have to be met which will be built into the specifications.

Discussion regarding property issues and disposal of property in the area of 1450 South River Road, Steve Sheffield applicant.

City Manger Esplin explained Mr. Sheffield would like to discuss some issues on property adjacent to his property on 1450 South. He explained the prior council had instructed Mr. Sheffield to have an appraisal of the property completed and that the City would swap the land for the appraisal value.

Mr. Sheffield displayed a map that identified two parcels of land equally approximately two acres. He distributed a letter from Stanford S. McConkie regarding the property and a memo that was emailed to the council. He discussed the options he presented in the memo. He expressed a desire to come to an agreement with the City.

Mayor McArthur noted that the City Attorney was not in attendance and this is something that would need to be reviewed by the Legal Department prior to a decision being made.

City Manager Esplin discussed some of the issues involved including a verbal commitment with regard to the trail and the pipeline easement which is not owned by the City. He noted the property is in the flood plain and indicated that FEMA may not allow structures such as tennis courts to be built on the property. He identified areas that the City has offered to abandon with
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the exception of the utility easements. He detailed some of the alignments asked for with respect to widening the road at 1450 South.

There was discussion regarding value of the property, relocation of utilities and raising the grade of the property.

There was discussion concerning the roadway providing a means to ease traffic on River Road and Riverside Drive.

Mayor McArthur indicated there is a process that has to be followed and that the council will try to get back to Mr. Sheffield in a timely manner.

Request an executive session.

Motion:
Council Member Almquist made a motion to adjourn into executive session to discuss land acquisition and a property sale.

Second:
Council Member Allen seconded the motion.

Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows:
Council Member Allen, aye
Council Member Pike, aye
Council Member Almquist, aye
Council Member Shakespeare, aye
Council Member Bunker, aye
Motion passed

RECONVENE & ADJOURN:
Motion
Council Member Almquist made a motion to adjourn from executive session.
Second
Council Member Pike seconded the motion
Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a vote; all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion
Council Member Almquist made a motion to adjourn.
Second
Council Member Shakespeare seconded the motion.
Vote
Mayor McArthur called for a vote; all voted aye, motion carried.

Minutes recorded by:



Ren? Fleming, Deputy City Recorder