City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 4,2009



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 4, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

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

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

Mayor McArthur announced that anyone desiring to lead the pledge of allegiance or offer the invocation at a future Council meeting should contact the City Recorder.

Roxanna Finnerty and Trina McCoy, representing the St. George Police Department Victim Services, distributed quarterly statistics on the number of victims served and number of services provided, a copy of the victim advocates emergency car kit, and procedure guidelines involving a death. Ms. Finnerty advised that the numbers served remain stable from last year, however, last year they served the entire County and this year they serve only the City of St. George, so there is an increase in service.

Rob Reid, an officer of the American Public Works Association Southern Utah branch, advised that National Public Works Week is the third week in May. He then presented a power point presentation.

Mayor McArthur invited several Scouts in the audience to introduce themselves.

BEER LICENSE:
Consider approval of an off-premise beer license for the Chevron Bloomington Market. Ned Julian, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained there has been a change in ownership of the Bloomington Market. The new owner has met all requirements for a beer license and staff recommends approval.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SET PUBLIC HEARINGS:
City Planner Craig Harvey advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held May 26, 2009, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for June 18, 2009, to consider:

1. A zoning amendment to amend Title 10, Chapter 11, Section 4, St. George City Code, to allow chain link fencing with slats for enclosing storage in certain situations.


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2. A zoning amendment to amend Title 10, Chapter 19, Section 4, and Title 10, Chapter 7C, Section 7, and Title 10, Chapter 9, Section 5, St. George City Code, to add a requirement for guest parking.

3. A zoning amendment to amend Title 10, Chapter 10, Section 2, St. George City Code, to delete ?landscape rock sales yard? as a conditional use in the C-3 zone and to add ?landscape rock sales yard? as a permitted use to Title 10, Chapter 11, Section 2, St. George City Code.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to set the public hearings as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a 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.

SALE OF EXCESS CITY PROPERTY:
Consider sale of 1,164 sq. ft. of excess City property near the Red Butte Subdivision.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that Chris Allred would like to purchase excess City property adjacent to his property near the Red Butte Subdivision. The excess property is higher than the existing roadway and the City cannot use it. Staff recommends approval in the amount of $1.00 per square foot.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve sale of the excess City property as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an Amendment to Sewer Line Easement Agreements with Santa Clara and Ivins.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that a sewer line used by Ivins and Santa Clara has been relocated. St. George does not use or maintain the line but its name appears on the easement in case the line becomes regional. The agreement abandons the old easement and provides a new one.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the agreement.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a Betterment Agreement with UDOT for Hilton/Blackridge Drives.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the scope of this project has changed to move the sewer and water lines out of the new roadway alignment and to include installation of a storm drain to the existing airport. This is a stimulus funding project and is a good deal for everyone.

Project Engineer Cameron Cutler explained an agreement with the property owners is close and the City has a right of occupancy signed by one of the property owners. The property owners are all onboard with the project; negotiation for acquisition of the property just needs to be finished up.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the amount of the agreement is $95,000, not $200,000.

Mr. Cutler explained that the original project was $1.2 million, including engineering. The City?s portion was $114,000, but because of stimulus funding has dropped to $22,500. This betterment agreement is for the storm drain from the existing airport. It also includes water and sewer improvements. The estimate for the total project is $2.9 million.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that some of the cost included in the $2.9 million is for exchange of rights-of-way and moving the water and sewer lines in the roadway. Stimulus funding came along after the project was designed, allowing the City to take advantage of the betterment in the amount of $95,365. He advised that when an entity does a project with UDOT, the entity has to pay its match up front.

Mr. Cutler advised that the City deposited $325,000, but will get most of that back.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the betterment agreement in the amount of $95,365.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mr. Esplin explained that the current contract takes the roadway up to the first street going over Blackridge Drive, then this portion of the project will go to bid.

Mr. Cutler advised he anticipated it would be two months before dirt is turned on Hilton Drive.

Mr. Esplin advised that both roadways will not be torn up at the same time; one will remain open at all times.

Mr. Cutler advised that the new roadway will create two parcels big enough to do something nice at the intersection.

Mayor McArthur inquired if the easements in the little triangular piece along Bluff Street would be moved.

Mr. Cutler replied that this is outside of the project and the City still has to negotiate the property acquisition.



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AUTHORIZE MAYOR TO SIGN GRANT:
Consider authorizing the Mayor to sign a document for the FAA to incorporate stimulus funding into Grant #AIP 03-49-0060-11 to build the terminal building.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this grant will allow the City to use stimulus money for the new terminal building.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to authorize Mayor McArthur to sign the grant agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to adjourn to an executive session to discuss personnel and a land purchase.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Almquist.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Public hearing concerning adoption of the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget for the City of St. George.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing and advised that another public hearing will be held on the budget at the next regular City Council meeting.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that one clarification must be made. The City was planning on using CDBG funds for Forest Park, but just found out today that CDBG stimulus funds cannot be used for parks. He recommended that road projects already done in the Dixie Downs area by Firehouse Park and in the Bowler Ence area be substituted in the amount of $128,777.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to use stimulus funding in the amount of $128,777 for qualified road projects instead of Forest Park.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
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VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Council Member Bunker commented that the budget contains itemization of 25 projects the City was able to accomplish last year in spite of less income. She commented that employees are the City?s greatest asset.

ADJOURN TO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn to a Redevelopment Agency meeting was made by Council Member Pike.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Almquist.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the May 14, 2009 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Consider approval of the minutes of the May 28, 2009 City Council meeting.

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



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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mayor McArthur advised that the Bloomington/Sun River trail dedication has been moved to June 25 at 4:00 p.m. A groundbreaking for the Bluff Street Park gazebo will be held this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Council Member Almquist.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder