City Council Minutes

Thursday, April 30,2009



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
APRIL 30, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Jon Pike
Council Member Suzanne Allen
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Gloria Shakespeare
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. He then led the pledge of allegiance. The invocation was offered by Jon Pike.

Mayor McArthur stated that anyone wishing to offer the invocation at a City Council meeting should contact the City Recorder. He then invited a Scout in the audience to introduce himself.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an interlocal agreement for the 2009 Justice Assistance Grant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the agreement is with Washington County and Hurricane for a justice assistance grant stimulus funds in the amount of $233,068 in stimulus funds. Of that amount St. George will receive $194,000. The funds cannot be used for personnel but can be used for equipment. Hurricane has already signed the agreement and the County has agreed to it. It needs to be signed before May 1.

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

The cote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRESENTATION ON THE FERAL CAT ISSUE:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City Council heard a presentation a few months ago on this issue.

Chris Neal presented a power point presentation covering the topics of alternatives to trapping and killing cats, what is being seen in town with the economic downturn, what is going on in the shelters, and how cats are being fixed. She advised that the


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goal is to have St. George sponsor a voucher program for spaying and neutering feral cats.

Shelley with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary explained that communities would spend less money spaying and neutering feral cats instead of killing them. She then reviewed what other cities are doing to combat the feral cat problem.

Chris Neal explained that cats can be fixed cheaper than they can be killed, and she suggested a portion of the funds used to euthanize cats instead be used to fix feral cats.

Animal Control Officer David Vane advised it costs $40 to have a male cat neutered and $60 to have a female cat spayed.

A video of the Jacksonville, Florida feral cat program was presented.

Shelley advised that feral cats could be microchipped for about $4 a piece.

David Vane commented he receives complaints about feral cats being a nuisance.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that staff will determine what the actual costs are.

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ON THE RENTAL DWELLING UNIT FEE STUDY:
Jeanette Harris from Lewis Young presented a power point presentation entitled Business License Fee Overview 2009 covering the topics of the business license cost analysis process, direct business license costs, indirect fixed and variable costs, indirect overhead, per minute indirect costs, supplies, basic regulatory business license renewal, basic regulatory business license new application, disproportionate services, base service calculation, disproportionate service cost, rental units cost/fee comparison, and revenue projections. She then distributed a handout entitled Analysis of Business License Fees.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the recommended fees will be refined and presented to the Mayor and Council at a later date.

Council Member Almquist arrived.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Mayor McArthur recommended that 50-60' of sidewalk be installed on River Road by Zions Bank for safety reasons. Zions Bank will provide the material and it will be installed by City crews. It was the consensus of the City Council to go ahead with this project.

Marc Mortensen, Assistant to the City Manager, explained that Fiesta Fun would like to extend their entrance to the street. The City?s engineering department has reviewed the request and there are no site distance issues. The City has agreed to allow them to do this and in exchange they will put in a paved trail and gate. The City will retain a utility easement because someday a storm drain will have to be installed in this area.



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City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the City will be quit-claiming its interest in the property (which no one has clear title to in any event), and in exchange will be getting a trail. There is no cost to the City.

Marc Mortensen advised that Fiesta Fun will relocate the City?s sprinkler and curbing.

It was the consensus of the City Council to allow the project to proceed.

Bids for the terminal building at the Replacement Airport were discussed.

Council Member Bunker advised that she has had a complaint from a resident about a bright street light. A metal shield was ordered and installed on the light, but the light is so tall it does not help. The only thing that will help is to lower the light.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that staff will have to look at this for safety issues because a shorter light throws out less light in the area.

A brief discussion was held on the possibility of a flagpole by the Chevron Market in Bloomington. Mr. Esplin advised that he would find out what the cost is.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist 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 Almquist - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye
Council Member Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Council Member Bunker.
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.

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
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Gay Cragun, City Recorder