City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 8,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
MAY 8, 2008, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

EXCUSED:
Council Member Gail Bunker


Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all present.

RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution designating National Benefit Services LLC as the administrator of the City?s cafeteria plan.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the resolution.
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 Almquist - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The pledge of allegiance was then led by Council Member Shakespeare and the invocation was offered by Council Member Pike.

LAWN BOWLING PRESENTATION:
Wayne Pace, presenter, introduced members of the Lawn Bowling Club. He described the sport of lawn bowling and advised there is a green at Sun River and one at Sunbrook. In March the Sunbrook homeowners moved to discontinue the green and Sun River has restricted use of all recreational facilities to residents only so currently there is no place to bowl. A second green is also needed to host the Senior Games as lawn bowling has been a part of the Senior Games since the beginning. He read a letter from Dixie College indicating their willingness to offer lawn bowling if there is enough interest. He advised an artificial green is needed which is maintenance free.
He explained he is applying for a $300,000 grant from the Sorenson Foundation to build the green.

Laura Taylor, Parks Department, explained that staff has other priorities and the applicant has not identified a location for the green or explained who would maintain

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the green as the Parks Department does not want to maintain it. The applicant is asking that the City provide a location for the green. She stated that it would also be very difficult for her to assist in preparation of a grant application until after July 1.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins commented that any existing facility where the green would have to be accommodated would have to change its usage. The City Council would have to direct that the green is more important than other things which have already been identified as part of the parks.

Council Member Allen suggested a location in Cox Park.

Mr. Pace suggested the Bloomington Park on the north side where there is a vacant space.

Mayor McArthur advised that the City is cutting back, not adding to its budget.

Council Member Almquist suggested an area west of the volleyball courts at Vernon Worthen Park.

Council Member Shakespeare agreed this would be the best location.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that Worthen Park is a work in progress. He advised there would be management and maintenance costs and the City Council will have to prioritize where it wants to spend budget funds.

A gentleman from Sun River commented that seniors need lawn bowling for recreation, and he invited members of the City Council to the Sun River lawn bowling green.

Mayor McArthur commented that Vernon Worthen Park is the most used park in the City?s system.

Mr. Pace requested that the matter be moved to the planning stage so he can move ahead.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the best the City could do at this point was to advise Mr. Pace to pursue the grant, but this was secondary to finding a location.

Mr. Pace replied that a location was needed in order to submit the grant.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City could provide a letter supporting the application, and if the grant is obtained, the City could then see what it could do with regard to a location before the grant is accepted.

BUDGET PRESENTATION FROM LEISURE SERVICES:
Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins reviewed highlights, concerns, and projects within each division. He explained what cuts were made to the budget in response to the City Manager?s request to cut the budget by 10%.



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BUDGET PRESENTATION FROM FINANCE:
Finance Director Phil Peterson advised his department could not meet the full 10% cut without impacting the level of service currently provided. He stated that cuts to his budget would not be made until staff has a better feel for how things are going financially.

BUDGET PRESENTATION FROM SUPPORT SERVICES:
Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen presented a power point presentation on budget request highlights, recent accomplishments, current projects, network monitoring, work order system, public internet hot spots, GIS Division, future projects and goals, capital projects, and entry signs.

Additional budget presentations from other department heads were scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder