City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 29,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
MAY 29, 2008, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

ALSO PRESENT:
Julie Hullinger, Planning Commission Member
Chapin Burkes, Planning Commission Member
Ross Taylor, Planning Commission Member
Kim Campbell, Planning Commission Member

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Council Member Shakespeare and the invocation was offered by Gary Esplin.

TRAILS SYSTEM MAP:
Monty Thurber, Engineering Department, and Zac from the Parks Department, presented the Mayor and Council with the new Urban Trail Guide which shows inter-connectivity between the City?s trail systems. The Guide classifies all trail types, shows park locations, internet hot spots, etc. It will be available at the City Office, Chamber of Commerce office, Parks office, Recreation office, BLM office, Dixie Center, and Dinosaur Museum.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for The Fields Phase 2 park project.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that nine bids were received. The low bidder is Red Canyon Contractors at $1,651,913.42. Changes had to be made to the type of amenities, so alternates to the base bid were prepared. A power point presentation was presented on the Base Bid, Bid Alternates 1 through 6, and Recommendations.

Laura Taylor, Parks Department, recommended award of the base bid and alternates 1, 2 and 3. She proposed purchasing the trickle tractor and water windmill at a later date if the budget allows.

City Manager Gary Esplin clarified it was decided that splash pads would only be put in community parks and not neighborhood parks.

Ms. Taylor presented the project budget.

Mr. Esplin advised the recommended total cost of the project is $2,645,000. He advised the project will also consist of cleaning up the corner by the bridge and

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installing low maintenance landscaping, signs, and finishing the medians between this park and the softball complex. The budget will be so tight there will not be any way to squeeze in more lighting. He recommended approval of the base bid in the amount of $1,949,131.

Council Member Allen inquired if plumbing for future amenities and conduit for use in the future would be included.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that staff will look at this and see if it can be done as they do not want to tear up the fields in the future. The question is where to put them and the cost factor.

Council Member Almquist inquired what was planned for the future phase to the west.

Mr. Esplin replied that the future phase would probably include tennis courts and play area.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, a concession building, storage, and a large pavilion have been discussed.

Council Member Allen suggested that Dave Shrum or old farming families be contacted to see if they are interested in donating funds for the water windmill.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the base bid and alternates 1, 2 and 3.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

VISION DIXIE:
Presentation from the Vision Dixie Implementation Committee:

Denny Drake, Chairman of the Vision Dixie Implementation Committee, explained that as part of the Vision Dixie process every city in the County will be visited. The Committee consists of five members including himself, Ken Sizemore, Rick Rosenberg, Karl Wilson and Kayla Coberg. He distributed a Vision Dixie booklet and advised the process has cost $500,000 so far.

Ken Sizemore presented a power point presentation on what is Vision Dixie, 10 Vision Dixie principles, and next steps. He then distributed a comprehensive planning checklist.

Ed Baca inquired how the plan would be implemented.

Mr. Drake replied that the each city will be asked to put their programs on the Vision Dixie website so all cities within the County can access ordinances which adopt Vision Dixie principles.



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Council Member Bunker advised that all of the comments received during the Vision Dixie process have come from the public, so what the public wants can now be implemented.

Mr. Drake explained there are long term and short term goals on the checklist. He suggested that all cities adopt Vision Dixie principles by resolution and use the checklist in their planning process.

Council Member Pike commented that one of the challenges to be faced is the actual implementation of the principles. There are still a lot of people who say ?not in my backyard? when it comes to mixed use development.

Mr. Drake replied that all Vision Dixie principles are market driven.

Council Member Allen commented that one good thing about the high price of gas is that people will become serious about sprawl and this will bring about the Vision Dixie principles.

Mr. Drake advised the key to the plan is planning regionally and implementing locally. He explained the process will master plan transportation corridors so there is interconnection between communities.

Gay Boman commented that the plan for development of the old airport property is a perfect example of Vision Dixie.

Mr. Drake commented that the BLM has established areas within communities which it will sell, and hopefully those communities are master planning for uses in those areas as well.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson showed new signs which will be posted on properties being considered for zone changes or variances.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to adjourn to an executive session to discuss sale of City property.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Pike - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye
Council Member Almquist - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman arrived at the beginning of the executive session.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Almquist.

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SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

ORDINANCE:
Consider adoption of an ordinance approving the Purchase and Sale Agreement with Anderson Development Services, Inc. for the existing airport property.

Mayor McArthur advised that the Development Agreement and Purchase and Sale Agreement will be available to the public tomorrow.

City Manager Gary Esplin reviewed the Purchase and Sale Agreement dated 5/22/08 with the Mayor and Council section by section. He clarified changes to the agreement as follows:

On Page 10, Section 4.1 (h), 75% shall be changed to 60%.

On Page 10, Section 4.1 (h), the twenty-five (25) year period shall be changed to fifteen (15) years.

Mr. Esplin clarified that the intent is to try for 75% which will allow 25% to go back to the taxing agencies.

Council Member Allen inquired which title company would be used.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied that this decision has not yet been made. The City will take proposals.

Council Member Almquist clarified that the impact fees collected only apply to those that directly impact the project within the immediate surrounding area.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman reviewed recommended changes to the Development Agreement.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve an ordinance adopting the Development Agreement marked Draft and dated 4/24/08 with the following revised sections:

2.8.1 As part of the Airport Project, the Master Developer may install certain improvements in order to provide access, infrastructure and municipal services to the Airport Property and/or engage in one or more activities or incur one or more expenses or costs described in UCA Title 17C. Public Improvements installed may be ?System Improvements? or ?Project Improvements? as such terms are defined in the Utah Impact Fees Act (UCA? 11-36-101, et seq.) and the City laws.

2.8.3 The Master Developer shall be entitled to reimbursement for the cost of the System Improvements through impact fee credits, tax increment financing, or other form of reimbursement as mutually agreed upon by the Master

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Developer and the City, or a combination thereof. Subject to the City laws on the Effective Date and any existing contractual agreements entered into by the City prior to the Effective Date, the City shall also pay to the Master Developer all available impact fees collected for such System Improvements from the Airport Property and/or the Airport Project during the term of this Agreement until Master Developer has been fully reimbursed for all monies so expended.

2.8.4 To the extent that Master Developer has not been reimbursed fully for all monies expended for Project Improvements, the City shall use best efforts to facilitate reimbursement for monies so expended through tax increment financing and other forms of reimbursement as contemplated under the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement.

SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Ed Baca inquired if a fire station site was being provided on the airport property.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that there is a provision in the agreement that allows the City to obtain property from Anderson Development, but it does not address cost.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the Purchase and Sale Agreement, marked Draft and dated 5/22/08, with the following changes:

On Page 10, Section 4.1 (h), 75% shall be changed to 60%.

On Page 10, Section 4.1 (h), the twenty-five (25) year period shall be changed to fifteen (15) years.

SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Almquist - aye
Council Member Pike - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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Mayor McArthur advised that the agreements would be available to the public tomorrow.

SCHEDULE MEETING:
City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that a work meeting to hear budget presentations from the Fire Department and Energy Services Department be scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Council Member Pike.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder