City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 5,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 5, 2008, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

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

EXCUSED:
Council Member Suzanne Allen


OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by Gary Esplin and Mayor McArthur offered the invocation. Mayor McArthur invited several Scouts in the audience to introduce themselves.

Mayor McArthur advised that tomorrow the Police Department will be kicking off a new public safety awareness program to make sure pedestrians are safe.

Mayor McArthur advised that Saturday June 7 is the first annual Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by the Washington County Solid Waste District.

Mayor McArthur announced that May 16 was City Manager Gary Esplin?s 32nd anniversary as City Manager.

Council Member Almquist advised that he attended the History of Latinos art exhibit at the Sears Gallery and encouraged others to do so.

Council Member Bunker advised that tomorrow night is the opening of the National Park Exhibit at the City?s Art Museum.

Roxanne Finnerty and Trina McCoy, Victim?s Advocates, distributed copies of evaluations received from clients and advised their three goals this year for their grant are: (1) to develop and present teen dating violence presentations to the high schools; (2) to develop a link to the existing St. George Police website; and (3) to continue to work with officers to make victims? experiences as easy as possible.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:
Consider approval of the financial statement for April, 2008.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that revenues are down 3-4% from last year, but expenditures are down as well. There is one month left in the fiscal year and the City should come in under budget.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the financial statement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

BID OPENING:
Consider award of bid for USCO gang switches, disconnects and mounted insulators.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised this is a sole source purchase for the Green Valley Substation with Peterson Company, USCO Power Company?s representative, in the amount of $47,246.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.
AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for Green Valley substation incoming structures.
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Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that four bids were received. The lowest overall bid was submitted by Sabre in the amount of $104,601 for this portion of the project. $150,000 was budgeted for the entire project and it is hoped what is left will cover the project estimate.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a bid, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for S&E reclosers by-pass disconnect switch w/fuse doors.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised this is a sole source purchase through HD Supply in the amount of $30,765.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for ABB reclosers, relays, test switches, current and voltage
transformers for the Green Valley substation diesel plant.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this is a sole source purchase with Codale Electric in an amount not to exceed $120,000 to cover parts as needed.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for padmounted switchgear.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that last year Codale was the low bidder. They sent the City a letter this year stating that if the City would reinstate the purchase order, they would keep the prices the same as last year. She recommended approval of a blanket order with Codale in an amount not to exceed$300,000.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order with Quality Development for the airport water line.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that Quality Development is installing a water line from 3000 East to the new airport road. This change order is to extend the line the rest of the way to the new airport, in the amount of $258,310.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the change order.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for HDPE pipe for the airport water line.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that 6,000 ft. of pipe is needed for the new waterline to the airport in the amount of $160,950.18.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to award the bid as recommended.
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SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that grading and drainage work cannot be awarded without water to keep the dust down. The City is working with the adjacent property owner to share the cost of getting water to the site.

CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order and final payment for the cost-sharing agreement with the Washington County Water Conservancy District for the Washington Fields (Little Valley) storm drain.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the amount of the change order is $71,350.48.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this change order is for final footage measurements and the City?s share of the project. This is a major drainage line in the old canal and has been piped.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the change order.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

APPROVAL OF CONTRACT:
Consider approval of an engineering services contract with Jacobs Carter Burgess for traffic signal design at the Snow Canyon Parkway and Dixie Drive intersection.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this contract was discussed and approved in November, but there were no firm engineering costs at that time. The amount of the contract is $12,553.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the contract.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a line extension agreement with Dixie Escalante for the Fields Phase 2 power service.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the City already paid a deposit on the total amount of $31,594. The balance due is $29,099.69.

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

APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order to the City Hall HVAC contract.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained that a change order is needed in order to comply with EPA standards, in the amount of $28,380.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that when the project was originally bid this work was not included.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the change order.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for Palmer 4/Prelude 4 perennial rye grass for the golf courses.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the price of grass seed has gone up this by 6.33%. 77 tons is needed. She recommended award of the bid in the amount of $150,612.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
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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.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for various gage and lengths of shielded cable (copper) for the new Green Valley substation.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained the low bidder was Northern Power in the amount of $47,241.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

Energy Services Director Phil Solomon explained that power lines can be placed underground, but the Energy Services Department has a policy that any line that is 69,000 volts or above is placed overhead because of economics and lack of employee training. The cost to place lines underground is four times the cost of overhead lines. The only place where high voltage lines are buried are in large urban areas where the customer base is large enough to absorb the cost. If the City were to bury high voltage lines, both impact fees and rates would be a lot greater than they are now. In Las Vegas it cost over $1.5 million dollars to bury 1000 ft. of line to the Bellagio hotel.

Mayor McArthur explained that the City?s purchasing policy states that any purchase over $25,000 must be approved by the City Council. Any purchase less than $25,000 can be done through the Purchasing Department.

ORDINANCE:
Consider approval of an ordinance amending Title 9, Section 13, St. George City Code, dealing with permanent and temporary signs for residential developments.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed a handout entitled ?Promotion Signs for Residential Development? and reviewed the proposed changes. He then reviewed the ordinance changes contained in the Council agenda packet. One of the proposed changes is that developments with more than 10 units may have up to three ?for sale? signs with the total cumulative sign area not exceeding 120 sq. ft. Action flags would not be counted in these three signs.

Council Member Pike inquired if there was a proposed time limitation for use of action flags. He suggested that an extension could be made on a yearly basis if not all of the lots had been sold.

Mr. Nicholson suggested that a two year time limitation on action flags be imposed, with extension on a year to year basis after that.

Council Member Almquist inquired about pennants.

Mr. Nicholson replied that pennants are prohibited.

Council Member Bunker inquired how the Southern Utah Homebuilders Association felt about the proposed ordinance.

Mr. Nicholson replied it was the builders who were mainly concerned with the ordinance. The proposed changes allow more flexibility.

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston advised that a standard to be used as a guideline would have to be established for yearly extensions of action flags.

Mayor McArthur suggested that perhaps the standard could be based on the number of lots sold, such as 50% of the lots sold after two years,

Mr. Nicholson clarified that if at the end of two years 50% of the lots remained unsold, this would be grounds to extend use of the action flags.

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston recommended a definite ending time, such as a five year maximum.


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Mayor McArthur suggested a five year cut-off for use of action flags be used.

Council Member Shakespeare inquired if any concern with the proposed ordinance changes from businesses had been expressed.

Mr. Nicholson replied that the ordinance changes deal with promotional signs for real estate and residential development. Two years ago the ordinance went through a major update on commercial advertising signs, however, there still may be some issues with banners which have not been totally resolved.

Council Member Pike suggested that the City had to start somewhere and see how the proposed changes work as they can always be changed as needed.

Scott Leishman, Ence Development, advised that the Southern Utah Homebuilders Association is aware of the ordinance changes and is happy with what is taking place. He stated he had two concerns with the proposed ordinance. He stated the 120 sq. ft. cumulative limitation on signs should be increased, and a five year cap on use of action flags is not long enough.

Council Member Almquist commented there are several purposes for which action flags are used. He inquired of Mr. Leishman if he was trying to say that the uses of action flags should be broken down into classifications.

Mr. Leishman replied that it should be broken down.

Mayor McArthur commented that the proposed ordinance was at least a start.

Mr. Leishman suggested that the cap on three signs should be 196 sq. ft.

James Sullivan commented that Paradise Canyon took seven years to build, and there should not be a five year cap on use of action flags.

Mayor McArthur replied that every new phase would add a couple of years to use of the action flags. He advised the proposed changes with regard to increasing the size of the signs and the cap on use of action flags would be sent back to the Sign Review Board to look at and make recommendations.

Mr. Sullivan commented he wanted to make sure there was not a five year cap on use of action flags.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the proposed ordinance.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman arrived.

PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for The Park at Paradise Canyon located at 1449 North on 1400 West Street. Robert Anderson, applicant.

Jay Sandberg explained that the project is under construction, but the applicants have decided to condominiumize the units.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that staff has looked at the project and agree that the applicants can condominiumize the units. The final plat has been scheduled on an upcoming Planning Commission agenda.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

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MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the preliminary plat.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for the Park Central Townhomes located on 300 South at approximately 550 East. Steve Jennings, applicant.

Jay Sandberg explained that the project is located within a PD zone and surrounded by R-1-8 zoning. It was approved by the City Council on September 20, 2007 with stringent requirements, which he then reviewed. Four units are being added. All units will be single level with tile roofs and two car garages. There is a 20' setback. HOA documents will be rewritten so all the units are part of one project. There is also a provision that all the units have to be owner-occupied and cannot be rented to part-time residents. The existing irrigation ditch will be piped.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

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

PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Escalara Phases 3-6 located at 1900 East and 1100 North in the Middleton area. Stacey Young, applicant.

Jay Sandberg advised that the Red Cliffs Park Subdivision was recently approved by the City Council. The only change from the previously approved plat is the connection road to the east has been moved to facilitate the Red Cliffs Park Subdivision. Everything else is the same.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Floyd Sutton inquired if there would be access to the desert reserve.

Mayor McArthur replied that there would be access.

Mr. Sandberg advised that the desert reserve map shows a trail east and west along the boundary line.

There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the preliminary plat.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Public hearing to consider approval of the preliminary plat for Sun River Phase 29 located at about 4880 South Angel Arch Drive. Scott McCall, representative.

Jay Sandberg advised that a flood plain map revision has been approved by FEMA enabling the applicant to move forward subject to certain conditions. Final approval from FEMA is needed before grading can be completed. While the number of units has gone beyond those needed for a traffic study, staff and the developer agree that a traffic study will not be done until completion of the new interchange. The Atkinville Wash flood plain is required to be restored with natural landscaping. A church site is also planned.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the preliminary plat subject to FEMA?s final approval of the flood plain map.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.

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VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Public hearing with regard to the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget for the City of St. George.

Mayor McArthur advised that this public hearing is one of two which will be held.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this year?s budget is a couple of million down in the General Fund. It is a status quo budget. Costs have gone up significantly. There is $45 million in the General Fund. The City Council will have to make decisions with regard to rate increases. He suggested that the public comments be responded to in two weeks when the final budget is adopted.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Jeannie Fowler, CAT representative for the Desert Hills neighborhood, advised there is currently no sidewalk along the community drive where the mailboxes are located and this is a safety concern for the children. She requested $15,100 from the City, the amount of the bid from Triple B Construction, for completion of the sidewalk. The community will participate in the project. 650 feet of sidewalk is needed.

Wayne Staub, a resident of Dammeron Valley, inquired where the Leisure Services budget comes from.

Mayor McArthur replied it comes from the General Fund.

Mr. Staub inquired if it was normal to have a 41-42% benefit package for employees.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied this is patterned after the rest of the State of Utah, but 41-42% sounded high.

Mr. Staub advised he had questions on the Leisure Services budget related to the golf courses, golf cart leasing, professional and technical services, and lease payments. He stated that out of hundreds of line items in the budget, only three related to income. He stated it was difficult for anyone to determine what parts of the golf f program are good and bad and requested that the City Council consider special rates for county residents. He stated it was common for non-residents to pay higher fees.

John Gallacher advised that there is resistance to any increase in golf fees, however delineated. One week from today there will be a public meeting at the Elks Lodge for senior citizen golfers regarding the increase in golf fees. There is going to be resistance to increased fees on behalf of senior golfers.

Marti Paul thanked the City Council for their support and installation of the first dog park.

Jo Litzinger thanked the City Council for the dog park.

Kate Ramsussen thanked the City Council for the dog park and asked the City Council to consider more dog parks.

Ed Baca inquired about the population base for which the City provides services.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied the estimate is 70,000-75,000, which does not include visitors.

There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Public hearing regarding the authorization, issuance and sale of not more than $50,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Electric Revenue Bonds, Series 2008 (to be issued in one or more series and with such other series or title designation(s) as may be determined).

City Manager Gary Esplin explained a public hearing is required for issuance of the bonds for the next gas turbine project. Moody?s has upgraded the City?s rating for this bond issue which will help the interest rate significantly.


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Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the issuance and sale of the bonds.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license for Player?s Sports Grill located at 1699 Convention Center Drive. Patrick Oki, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the restaurant is located by the Dixie Center. The application meets all requirements and staff recommends approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the beer license and local consent.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

SPECIAL EVENT FEE WAIVER:
Consider approval of a request to waive the special event permit fee for the Dixie Fiesta. The Spectrum, applicant.

Council Member Bunker inquired if the City would be listed as a sponsor in the advertisements.

Kevin Jenkins, representing the Spectrum, replied that the City is listed as a sponsor.

Business License Officer Laura Woolsey clarified that the fee being waived is the special event fee.

Mr. Jenkins commented that this same request was made last year.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to waive the special event fee.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a beer license and local consent for a limited restaurant liquor license to serve beer and wine at the Panda Garden restaurant. Ivan Szu, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the application meets all requirements and staff recommends approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the beer license and local consent.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

BEER LICENSE:
Consider approval of an off-premise beer license for La Raza Market at 1397 West Sunset Blvd. #115. Patricia Del Garcia, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the application meets all requirements.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the beer license.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

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City Manager Gary Esplin clarified that an off-premise license means the beer is consumed off-site.

FINAL PLATS:
Todd Jacobson advised that the Planning Commission recommends approval of the final plat for Banded Hills Drive located off of 3000 East and 3800 South, and Coral Desert Phase 2, a three lot commercial subdivision located at Foremaster Drive and 1450 East, and Las Colinas Phases 1 and 2, located on the west side of Pioneer Road and the Calvary Chapel at approximately 4000 South and 800 West. He explained that Las Colinas Phase 1 is a 32 lot residential subdivision. There are 23 residential lots in Phase 2. Staff had concerns with the existing power line which runs through the project, but after discussion with Dixie REA and in accordance with a development agreement, the line will be moved.

Council Member Almquist commented that a drainage channel off I-15 on the opposite side of the road has been changed. He inquired if drainage through the project had been altered.

Mr. Jacboson replied he was not aware of the drainage change, but the project design should take care of any drainage.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the final plats and authorize the Mayor to sign them.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

REQUEST FOR ARCHERY EVENT:
Consider approval of a request from the Huntsman Senior Games to hold an archery event in Mathis Park.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City has a prohibition against these types of events in the parks. Granting the request would be an exception to that policy. If the request is granted, the park should be closed for that period of time to anyone walking or jogging past the site.

Mayor McArthur commented he felt the event is a good thing and would be nice to see.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the closure would be noticed, and just the section of the park where the event will be held will be closed. The other areas of the park can still be used.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve use of the park for the event.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

ACCEPT PROPERTY DONATION:
Consider acceptance of a property donation from Leucadia Financial Corporation.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the property to be donated is located between the Las Colinas project and the river where a trail is being built along the edge of the subdivision. Leucadia would like to donate 3.7 acres. Mr. Esplin advised that Jeff Morby is Leucadia?s agent and has been good to work with over the years.

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

Mayor McArthur invited a Scout in the audience to introduce himself.

EXTEND LEASE:
Consider approval of a request to extend the lease for an air quality monitoring station located in the Vernon Worthen Park. State of Utah, Division of Facilities Construction and Management, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained an air monitoring station is currently located at Worthen Park near the horseshoe pits, and has been there for five years with no problems. He recommended approval of the extension.


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MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the lease extension.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

SOLAR CAMPAIGN:
Consider approval of the Solar Project Public Information Campaign.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this project will be one of the first in the state. In order to make it worthwhile, the public has to be involved and the City needs to get information out about it. He recommended approval.

Mayor McArthur advised the budget is $60,000. The City helped sponsor legislation which lets citizens purchase a part of the solar system and receive tax credits in exchange. The solar system will be placed by the wastewater treatment plant.

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

SALE OF CITY PROPERTY:
Consider approval of a sale of excess City property near the 11th green at Southgate Golf Course. Ron Whitney, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained staff recommends approval of the sale of surplus property to the abutting property owner for $2 per sq. ft. The property is not useful to anyone else.

Mayor McArthur commented sale of the property would clean up the area, and is one of a number of such sales of surplus property to adjacent property owners.

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

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an agreement for transfer of water rights between the Bloomington Country Club and the Southgate Irrigation Company.

Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained the seep ditch irrigation company by Southgate is an old company with few shareholders. The City holds the majority of the shares and runs the company. Steve Larson at the St. George Golf Course is president of the company. The company has agreed to transfer all water rights to the City and do away with the company completely in exchange for the City delivering water to those who have had a right to use the irrigation water in the past. It can be delivered through a number of ways, including reuse water.

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

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of the fourth amendment to the Ft. Pierce loan agreement.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that approval of this agreement will authorize the amount to increase from $1.2 million to $1.7 million. He explained that when the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park was built, Dixie REA and the City were going to be partners in Park. Some issues arose, and the City agreed, because of economic development benefits, to loan some money to the developer to do the infrastructure. A loan was necessary because SITLA owns all the property, and this was a creative way to allow the Industrial Park to be built for the good of the City to create new jobs. The private property owners have stepped up and increased the valuation of the property. There are also three EDAs in this area. It has been worthwhile for the City. The City is getting a higher rate than the borrowing rate and it is a win-win for everyone involved. He recommended approval.

Council Member Pike inquired if the increased amount was for additional infrastructure.



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Mr. Esplin replied that it was. He advised a certain percentage of the sale of each lot comes back to the City.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

DEED PROPERTY TO COUNTY:
Consider approval to deed property to the County for location of the new library.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that when the County relocated to the new library site, the City owned the property. This action is a housekeeping item. The County in return is deeding property to the City.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve issuance of the deed.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

APPROVAL OF GRANT:
Consider approval of the FY 09 airport grant for $9,741,606.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that this is the first payment under the letter of intent to build the new airport.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the special City Council meeting held May 8, 2008.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike,
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

Consider approval of the minutes of the regular City Council meeting held May 15, 2008.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

ADJOURN TO RDA MEETING:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn to an Redevelopment Agency meeting was made by Council Member Bunker.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, and all voted aye. The motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN TO EDA MEETING:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn to an Economic Development Agency meeting 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.

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

UPDATE FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised that the Victim Services Program has been in place for several years and now has one full time advocate and two part-time advocates. The advocates are now calling every victim of a crime against persons, and they are also helpful with protective orders and stalking injunctions. A private room for interviews is available, but

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there are cases when more than one victim is speaking with the advocates. The officers who are School Resource Officers are now serving in other capacities now that school is out. Five new officers are in training, and one officer just returned from serving in Iraq, with another serving in Afghanistan. There are eight officers in the bike patrol and gang enforcement has been increased. There is one vacant position.

Mayor McArthur announced that a pedestrian awareness program will begin tomorrow.

Council Member Shakespeare inquired why there was not a crosswalk by the temple.

Chief Stratton replied that crosswalks give people a false sense of entitlement and security, but this is a engineering decision.

Council Member Almquist inquired if there was an update on the ATV problem by the new Maverick on Riverside Drive.

Chief Stratton replied that officers have been enforcing in this area and the situation has improved.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Council Member Bunker.
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