City Council Minutes

Thursday, August 28,2008

AUGUST 28, 2008, 4:00 P.M.

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

Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. the pledge of allegiance was led by Gloria Shakespeare and the invocation was offered by Reverend Ralph Clingan.

Steve Bradbury, representing the Southern Utah Shooting Park, distributed copies of the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Providing for the Creation and Operation of the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park Agency. He advised that the shooting park has been divided up for different uses and a pavilion is now being built. They recently finished a $400,000 200 yard range for pistols and rifles. The venue is managed by a club and is open to the public three days a week. It is a non-profit organization and small fees are charged to use the facility. He presented a power point presentation. The site consists of 500 acres, is gated, and located on BLM property. He explained that the interlocal agreement has been signed by the County and area cities. The site needs electricity and Hurricane City has offered to provide it. The Washington County Water Conservancy District will provide a tap on the line, but money is needed to install water lines, pave roads and to install lighting. He requested help from the City.

Mayor McArthur advised that the City would provide information on its web page about the Shooting Park.

Lynne Clark explained she has been a professional photographer since 1968 and has 15,000 historical photos of Southern Utah and a data base for cross-reference of the photos. The City?s sesquicentennial is in 2011 and she would like to publish a book of remembrance if the City is interested in participating. It would have to be ready for publication in the fall of 2010. She proposed a book of 140-150 pages, consisting of mostly photos with documentary about the photos. She then distributed a written proposal. The cost of the project will probably be $70,000 for 5000 copies of the book. If the City wants to be involved, there would be profit sharing.

Mayor McArthur advised that 2011 is also Dixie College?s 100th birthday. He inquired how the City could be assured the book would be ready to go in time if the City contributed funds up front.

Lynne Clark suggested the City start with funding of $15,000, and then take a look at it and see how it is working. She stated she did not know how to give any
guarantee. She advised the value of her collection is $450,000. She stated that if the book were not ready in time, the City would have $15,000 worth of photographs.

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Council Member Pike arrived.

Council Member Bunker inquired about a return on the City?s $30,000 investment.

Ms. Clark replied that $30,000 is the cost to get the book ready to publish, and $40,000 is needed for printing.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City would have $30,000 of value in the pictures if the book was not published.

Ms. Clark explained that the publisher stands the cost of printing and selling the book, and the author gets a small percentage. If the City came up with $40,000 to print the book, a good portion of the profit would go back to the City and a small portion to her. She said that marketing of the book is the question. She advised that $40,000 would probably include 2000 hard copies of the book and 3000 soft copies.

The Mayor and City Council expressed interest in the project.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised there are some funds available in the Council Unassigned account. He advised he would schedule the item on the next City Council meeting for action.

Ron Thompson presented a power point presentation covering board members, water supply, power plants, the Quail Creek Water Treatment Facility, well fields, secondary water systems, current reliable water supply, Sand Hollow southern corridor, Anasazi Tank, Warner Valley Reservoir, Anderson Junction Reservoir, new office building, SCADA project, culinary water systems, regional water supply agreement, conservation, educational cooperative desert garden, Virgin River program, and the Lake Powell pipeline project.

Chris Cannon explained the Bloomington Community Council would like to plant trees on the west side of Pioneer Road from the roundabout to Man O War Road and need irrigation water to do so. The Bloomington Community Council will purchase the trees and all materials and plant the trees. A City employee said he felt the City had sufficient irrigation water shares to water the trees. Mr. Cannon requested that the City provide a hookup and valve so that water can be run to the trees.

Gail Maxwell said permanent power was also desired but was not a necessity.

Mr. Cannon said a solar powered valve could be used or battery box.

Ray Draper advised that the Community Council would prefer to plant trees on both sides of the road.

Council Member Almquist commented that there were elevation drops on the west side of the road.

Mr. Cannon replied that they will use some of the dirt stockpiled in the Bloomington Park to raise the elevation on the west side.

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Gail Maxwell commented that permission will have to be obtained to plant trees on private property.

City Forester Doug Wulfenstein recommended that the area be over-excavated with a backhoe and sand brought in and the trees planted high, as several trees in this area have been lost when the soil sank and dirt piled up against the trunks.

Gail Maxwell presented a power point presentation on the requested configuration of Bloomington Park amenities and requested permission to start cleaning up the park. He advised that 15,000 yards of dirt are needed but the remainder is excess. He advised they have a commitment from Walmart to donate funds and labor for improvement of the park. He requested permission to rough-in the water feature.

Mayor McArthur expressed appreciation to the Bloomington Community Council for wanting to partner in the improvement of the Bloomington Park thereby saving the City money and building pride in the park.

Mr. Maxwell commented he felt that $300,000-$400,000 could be shaved off the estimated cost of the improvements, and private contributions could be solicited if the project is approved.

Council Member Pike advised that the Bloomington LDS Stake is looking for major service projects in the spring.

Mr. Maxwell advised that Bloomington also has lots of kids looking for Eagle Scout projects.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the reason it has taken so long with regard to moving the dirt stockpiled at the Bloomington Park is because a geomorphologist had to be hired to make sure the dirt is put back in the right spot and it has taken him forever to get back to the City.

Gail Maxwell commented they would prefer to bury the junk and dead tamarack instead of paying money to have it hauled off.

Mark Goble reviewed options with regard to floodlines.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City has to administer the FEMA floodplain maps or else its flood insurance rating will be taken away. He suggested the Bloomington Community Council work closely with the City as far as the floodplain. He advised that the water feature would cost $150,000 and that if money could be found, perhaps it could be moved up on the City?s list.

Ray Draper inquired if barricades could be installed on Pioneer Rd. where it turns to Sun River as three cars have gone through the fence in this location.

Brief discussions were had with regard to improvements to the river and splash pad at the Town Square, and with regard to aggressive dogs at the dog park.

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City Forester Doug Wulfenstein introduced Board members and advised they would like to meet with the City Council once a year. He distributed a handout entitled City of St. George Community Forestry Program. He advised that the Board recommends that anyone doing commercial tree work be licensed - at least one person on the job must be an ISA certified arborist.

Mark Hodges, Shade Tree Board member, commented that as a result of the shade tree inventory, it was discovered that over 50% of mulberry trees had been topped which ruins the tree and makes them unsafe.

Mr. Wulfenstein suggested that primary trees be required to be planted with 40' spacing between trees.

Council Member Almquist suggested that primary trees be required to be planted with 30' spacing between trees.

Mr. Wulfenstein suggested that pruning standards follow national standards and that tree protection zones and tree protection plans be required during construction. He also recommended that as part of a certificate of occupancy, trees and landscaping be maintained for the life of the building.

Mayor McArthur advised that the City Attorney will review these suggestions and bring them back to the City Council for approval.

Mayor McArthur advised that he received a letter from Dixie State College President Nadauld pledging $50,000 to help restore the original Dixie College building.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that an open house was held with regard to the minimum standards, rules and regulations for the new airport. The input received will be incorporated into revised documents and then will be sent out for further review. The goal is to resolve all issues before the matter comes to the City Council for decision on September 25.

Airport Manager Rick Crossman advised a new airport tenants association has been formed and he was asked to serve on the Board.

Mayor McArthur replied it would be inappropriate for Mr. Crossman to serve on the Board as it is not a City board.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised there has been concern from airport tenants about the financial burden of relocating their hangars. They have requested assistance from the City in facilitating this move. A brief discussion was then held on possible ways the City could assist in this endeavor, such as offering incentives or delayed impact fees or temporary facilities.

Council Member Bunker reported on a recent Treehouse Children?s Museum meeting. The committee reviewed the Washington County Water Conservancy District building, as suggested by the City, but came to the conclusion that it is not adequate and would not meet their needs. They would like to proceed with one floor of the Arts Center and she then reviewed their suggested alterations to the building.

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Mayor McArthur replied that structural alterations to the building could not be made and suggested that a meeting be scheduled with the School District for possible use of the Woodward building.

Council Member Allen advised that Brenda Butler, Director of the Housing Authority, is retiring the end of September. The new director is Lane Ronnow.

Mayor McArthur suggested that an open house be held in her honor.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the open house be held on September 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Council Member Almquist advised he had two companies call about converting City vehicles to natural gas.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated he would have the Fleet Manager look into this.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

Gay Cragun, City Recorder