City Council Minutes

Thursday, October 30,2008



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
OCTOBER 30, 2008, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

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

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A TEMPORARY ORDINANCE SUSPENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF ST. GEORGE CITY CODE, TITLE 3, CHAPTER 3, REGARDING SALES OF ALCOHOL ON ELECTION DAY.
City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained that the State regulates the sale of liquor and the City regulates the sale of beer. The State recently changed the law which now allows liquor to be served on election day while the polls are open. The City?s current ordinance prohibits the sale of beer for on-premise consumption while the polls are open. He advised it made no sense to allow the sale and on-site consumption of alcohol while prohibiting the sale and on-site consumption of beer. He recommended the City change its ordinance to allow the sale and on-site consumption of beer to avoid confusion. He stated that when the State changed the law, they inadvertently left out the State liquor stores, so they will both be closed while the polls are open.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the ordinance.
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 Almquist - aye
Council Member Pike - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:
Mayor McArthur recommended that the current Housing Authority board members be reappointed, as follows:

Gary Carter, Chairman, with a term to expire December 31, 2011
Richard Hafen, with a term to expire December 31, 2010

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Diane DePew, with a term to expire December 31, 2011
Kay Canterbury, with a term to expire December 31, 2010
Sybil Livingston, with a term to expire December 31, 2009

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to reappoint the Housing Authority Board Members 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.

PRESENTATION FROM THE ENERGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
Energy Services Director Phil Solomon advised there are four energy presentations posted on the Washington County website to educate citizens on what is coming down the pike with regard to energy. There is a lot of potential legislation looming in the near future which will have a significant effect on the City?s energy department and cost to citizens. He advised he would like to present these presentations to the City Council, one at a time, over a six month period. The City is trying to be proactive by looking at alternative sources of energy and practices and implementing a energy efficiency program.

Conservation Coordinator Ren? Fleming distributed a handout entitled City of St. George Energy Services Efficiency Program and reviewed it. The hand out includes a program overview, qualifying customers, qualifying measures, existing residential construction, and rebate applications. She advised that tax credits were also available for some improvements. Questar Gas also has a rebate program. She advised that the City wants to encourage energy efficiency for commercial buildings also in conjunction with the LEED program, a national program with national standards.

Mr. Solomon advised a copy of the energy efficiency program will be submitted to SUHBA for their review and brought back to the City Council for approval.

Ms. Fleming presented a power point presentation on the City?s new SunSmart program which is open to all residents. A video advertising the program was also shown.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING ALTERNATIVE ACCESSES TO THE EXISTING AIRPORT:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that as part of the agreement with Anderson Development and the State of Utah, they are asking the City to show that the City is serious about a second access to the existing airport. The City must show that it is funded, part of the budget, and viable.

Jerry Amundsen from Carter Burgess presented a power point presentation on secondary access options to the existing airport. He presented three suggested locations as secondary routes to the airport: 1350 South Black Ridge Drive, 1470 South Black Ridge Drive, and 1700 South Black Ridge Drive. All have steep slopes and will involve cuts to the hillside.




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Mayor McArthur suggested the secondary access be considered from 250 West at about 1230 South instead, as it would cut through the least amount of slope. He suggested a field trip be taken to the site.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that none of the proposals include right-of-way costs. He advised that a site visit could be made as soon as the drawings are done.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch updated the City Council on plans for the intersection of Black Ridge and Hilton Drive and Pioneer Road and Man O?War Road.

Council Member Almquist suggested that a sign be added to the stop sign advising of cross traffic at the Pioneer Road and Man O?War intersection.

ADJOURN TO AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to adjourn to an executive session to discuss land sale and purchase.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Council Member Pike - aye
Council Member Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to reconvene and adjourn.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote and all voted aye. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder