City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 18,2009



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 18, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Gil Almquist
Council Member Jon Pike
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Gloria Shakespeare
Council Member Suzanne Allen
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 to the flag. The invocation was offered by Gil Almquist.

Mayor McArthur invited anyone wishing to offer an invocation at a future City Council meeting to contact the City Recorder.

Terri Kane, Dixie Regional Medical Center Administrator, and Council Member Allen, who also serves as the Chairman of the Governing Board of Trustees, reviewed 2008 statistics and accomplishments at the hospital.

Ed Baca inquired how the hospital was progressing on mental health and substance abuse issues.

Terri Kane responded that three more beds are being added to the 400 East in-patient unit. The hospital does not have a drug rehab program as that is provided by the Doctor?s Free Clinic.

REMOVE ITEM FROM AGENDA:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that Item 6D to consider approval of a request for a mobile catering license for Blue Oasis Catering has been removed from the agenda.

CONSENT CALENDAR:
Consider approval of the financial statement for May, 2009.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the budget is in pretty good shape considering it is down 10% from the original budget. If things continue at the present rate the budget should be able to remain in the black.

Mayor McArthur commented that the budget has been frozen.

Mr. Esplin commented that because last month?s sales tax revenue was down 23%-24%, a freeze has been put on expenditures to stay within the budget.

Council Member Allen commented that employees did not get a raise or additional compensation but continue to perform in an excellent manner.

Mr. Esplin advised there are 35-40 positions open right now which are not planned to be filled until revenues increase. Employees have done a good job of doing more with less. They will not receive an increase in salary next year either.

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

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

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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF CONTRACT:
Consider award of a contract to install joint utility lines to the Replacement Airport.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that a joint utility trench is being used, and because of individual utility requirements, only four contractors could be agreed upon between the various parties. The bid was sent to only those four companies who were pre-qualified based on the requirements of the utility companies. This is why only four bids were received.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended award of the bid to Desert Hills Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $209,674.59.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Council Member Almquist commented that Desert Hills Construction is a local company.

Council Member Allen commented that Desert Hills Construction certifies that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a request for an on-premise beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license for the Osaka Japanese Bistro at 42 South River Road #11. I-Lun Chen, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City of St. George does not have a quota for beer licenses or restaurant liquor licenses; a quota for restaurant liquor licenses is established by the State. The application meets all requirements.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Shakespeare to approve the beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license.
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 vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The applicant advised that the restaurant will be open next month in the old Gandolfo?s storefront.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a request for an on-premise beer license, local consent for a restaurant liquor license and local consent for a banquet hall license for The Palms located at the Holiday Inn, 850 South Bluff. Troy Gubler, applicant.
City Manager Gary Esplin advised the Palms currently has a beer license and restaurant

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liquor license, but there is a new owner. The application has been reviewed and staff recommends approval.

Council Member Bunker inquired of the owner if they will retain the same name.

Craig Gubler replied that two franchises are interested in locating there - TGI Friday?s and Black Bear.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a request for a restaurant beer license and local consent for a limited restaurant license for Jazzy?s Rock n Roll Grill at 285 North Bluff Street. Reid Smeltzer, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this is a new license. The application has been reviewed and meets all requirements. The applicant has agreed that no dancing will be permitted in conjunction with the live music as a dance hall is governed by a different ordinance.

Reid Smeltzer, applicant, advised that he has operated Jazzy Java for ten years and has decided to diversify and provide entertainment in response to tourist demand.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the applicant can have live entertainment but dancing is not permitted as that would be a dance club license and there are different requirements.

Mr. Smeltzer advised he has had dancing there in the past.

Mr. Esplin replied that the applicant would have to submit a request for a dance hall license.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that if the applicant wants to have dancing, he will have to obtain a private club license and there are none available under the City?s quota as established by ordinance. He suggested the applicant meet with the City?s Business License Officer.

Mayor McArthur pointed out that at this point the request is for a beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license, and that is all the City Council can approve.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the request for a restaurant beer license and local consent for a limited restaurant license.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Council Member Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a 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.


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Mr. Smeltzer commented he thought with passage of the new state laws that private clubs were discontinued.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied the new state law deals with separation, and this is not the same thing.

Mr. Smeltzer inquired if he would be allowed to have dancing if alcohol was not served.

Mr. Guzman advised Mr. Smeltzer to meet with the City?s Business License Officer to discuss various options.

BEER LICENSE/LOCAL CONSENT:
Consider approval of a request for a beer license and local consent for a restaurant liquor license for Wingers located at 188 South River Road. Brett Hastings, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that Wingers in under new ownership and therefore a new license is required. Staff recommends approval.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SET PUBLIC HEARINGS:
Community Development Director Bob Nicholson advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held June 9, 2009, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for July 2, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. to consider: (1) an amendment to a portion of an existing PD Commercial zone located generally on Riverside Drive west of the US Post Office; and (2) a zone change request from Open Space to R-1-10 located at 1090 W. Baneberry Drive adjacent to the Bloomington Gardens Subdivision.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to schedule 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 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.

FINAL PLAT:
Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the final plat for Red Cliffs Park Phase 2 has 10 lots and is located on 1200 North and 2050 East. Bob Hermanson with Bush and Gudgell is the representative. The Mayor and City Council walked this area about a year ago - it is located up above Middleton. Phase One is below this proposed phase and ties into a public street.

Council Member Almquist inquired if any lots were platted where the road continues to the east in the hillside area.

Stacy Ulm, representing the applicant, advised that the road will be double loaded and connected. The hillside is on the other side of the wash and the lots back onto the

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wash. There is over 100' of open space in the drainage and the other side of the wash has the rock outcroppings.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the final plat.
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 Allen - aye
Council Member Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT:
Consider approval of a conditional use permit for a group home for the elderly in a home at 3039 Birch Circle. Lucia Cooper, applicant.

City Planner Craig Harvey explained the request is for up to five elderly people. The home is located in the Bloomington South Subdivision. Zoning is R-1-8. The General Plan indicates the site as Low Density Residential. The applicant is required to have a state license and a city business license. The applicant proposes to operate a Type 1 Assisted Living Care Facility. In addition to the five elderly persons, the state requires there be a minimum of two persons present in the home. Hours of operation are 24 hours per day, seven days a week. He then showed slides of the site. The applicant presently has two parking spaces and two more are required. There will be no full-time staff. No opposition was received from neighbors at the time the Planning Commission report was written, however, since that time one neighbor has expressed concern that the landscaping is a fire hazard. The applicant was told that she will have to pass all fire regulations. The Planning Commission recommends approval of a maximum of five elderly persons in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Cooper.

Council Member Shakespeare inquired if a separation requirement between similar facilities is still in place and if there are landscaping requirements.

Mr. Harvey replied there are no landscaping requirements as the property is zoned residential.

Council Member Almquist commented it looked like there was access to River Road from the property?s backyard and that River Road is a non-access road and cannot be accessed from adjacent backyards for safety reasons.

Mr. Gary Cooper replied that the sidewalk to the back is 2' above their property and they do not access River Road from their backyard. Mr. Cooper advised that several neighbors attended the Planning Commission meeting and were supportive of the request. He stated he felt the fire hazard referred to was from an adjoining lot.

Mrs. Cooper explained the fire exit routes in the home.

Mr. Cooper advised that the Health Department conducts surprise visits. He advised that they have a good relationship with the families of their residents and most are visited on a regular basis. There is a requirement that the residents are able to dress themselves and come to the table to eat. He advised they do not take care of invalids.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City cannot impose an arbitrary radius for these types of homes and any denial must be based on other criteria such as if the use causes too much traffic or parking problems.

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



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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an agreement with the Five County Association of Governments to administer the Down Payment Assistance Program using CDBG funds.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the agreement is similar to one in the past with Five County Association of Governments. They charge a 15% administration fee. He recommended approval.

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the entire $280,000 will be used solely for St. George residents.

BLM RIGHT-OF-WAY GRANT:
Consider approval of a BLM right-of-way grant to build the Flying J road.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City has been working for years to complete this right-of-way next to the Flying J. The BLM has given the City criteria which must be met in order to obtain the easement. He recommended approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Allen to approve the right-of-way grant subject to legal review.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider amending 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 add ?landscape rock sales yard? as a permitted use in the Manufacturing zone.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the current code allows landscape rock sales as a conditional use in a C-3 zone. The recommendation is to make it a non-permitted use in commercial zones and a permitted use in the M-1 zone. The reason for the suggested change is concern with noise, dust, and rock spills and incompatibility with commercial areas. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval.
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Council Member Pike commented he felt it made sense to limit this type of use to industrial or manufacturing zones in terms of traffic, nose, dust and rock spills.

Council Member Almquist commented that display of rock and small quantities of flagstone, etc. is still allowed; it is the gravel operation which includes anything that needs to be weighed or scaled or dumped in a large truck which would be prohibited in the commercial zones. He advised that anything that can reasonably be carried by hand to the car would be allowed.

Mr. Nicholson commented that the new ordinance refers to rock sales as the primary business.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that this could be clarified by having a size limitation, i.e., if so much space is used for the sale of rock.

Council Member Almquist advised that Lowe?s and Home Depot do not have loose rock sales, but bagged rock products are sold there.

City Manager Gary Esplin inquired what would happen if another nursery located in a commercial zone and 80% of the product they sold is plant material and 10-20% is bulk rock material. He inquired if they would be able to sell bulk rock since it would be allowed because it is not the primary business. He stated a clear definition was needed.

Council Member Almquist replied the issue is public safety. It is not safe to have large vehicles delivering that kind of material on a street similar to Sunset Blvd. There are safety issues with rocks in the street, let alone dust and noise issues. He stated it was still his feeling that if someone wanted to have this kinds of sales, they must have a yard for it and display it there.

Mayor McArthur commented he did not see a noise problem or a problem with rocks on the streets as this type of product is delivered on City streets everyday.

Council Member Almquist replied that both rock operations on Sunset Blvd. are selling gravel and nursery material and are very similar in operation. He stated the ordinance currently allows a gravel sales operation on the former Stock Lumber property between Main Street and Bluff Street.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson suggested that bulk sales be prohibited in commercial zones and bagged rock permitted.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that ?bulk? would have to be defined.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. He suggested that staff continue to work on the proposed ordinance.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the matter will be rescheduled on a future agenda.

PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider amending Title 10, Chapter 19, Section 4, and Title 10, Chapter 7C, Section 7, and Title 10, Chapter 8, Section 5, St. George City Code, to add a requirement for guest parking.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained that Council Member Shakespeare has been the driving force behind this proposed amendment. Staff has done a fair amount of research into what other cities have done. The City?s parking requirements for residential projects is two parking spaces per dwelling unit which is the standard for most cities. A survey was done, and some cities have requirements for guest parking but many do not. The City?s parking code gives the Planning Commission discretion to reduce the parking ratio to 1.5 spaces per unit for a project with more than 50 units where the applicant can show that two spaces per unit is excessive. The proposed new language provides that for any project with a density of six or more dwelling units per acre, one guest parking space shall be provided. He advised that he picked three projects and would like to show the City Council how the new requirement would impact the projects. He suggested that each project be looked at on a case by case basis and that flexibility be given to the City Council to waive the requirements. A

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cost estimate per parking space is $2,000 each which includes the cost of land at $3 a square foot.

Council Member Bunker pointed out that this cost does not include the cost of losing a home on space required for parking.

Mr. Nicholson advised that there is a need for guest parking in some projects and in some there is not.

Council Member Bunker commented that perhaps the way to approach this is to have a guest parking requirement and then the applicant can make a case for less parking.

Mayor McArthur inquired of Council Member Shakespeare if she was aware of any projects where parking is a problem.

Council Member Shakespeare replied that she was aware of some, but since the economy is down right now there are a lot of empty units. She advised a problem also exists when unassigned parking spaces are filled with boats and trailers. She suggested that the City require three parking spaces for every unit, giving the City wiggle room to make adjustments on a case by case basis. She suggested that studies be conducted for a year on parking problems in neighborhoods.

Mayor McArthur commented there are parking problems with units which do not have a 20' setback, but since a 20' setback has been required, he has not seen a problem.

Council Member Bunker commented that she liked the idea of a study as she feels uncomfortable passing an ordinance without more information. The proposed ordinance seems to impose a huge financial burden on projects.

Council Member Allen commented she also liked the idea of a study over an entire year to obtain concrete information.

Council Member Shakespeare commented she would like the proposed ordinance passed so that there is something on the books to protect the City until the study is completed.

Council Member Bunker commented she hated to pass an ordinance arbitrarily without more information as it would place a great burden on some developers.

Council Member Shakespeare commented she was not sure an accurate picture of the parking problems can be obtained in this down economy.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Fire Chief Robert Stoker advised there are several planned unit developments in town in which the fire trucks cannot get into because of the narrow streets and cars parked on the streets. He stated he was supportive of more guest parking and that it needed to be strategically placed within the developments. He stated the Fire Department would like to be involved, and if an exemption is requested, the Fire Department would also like to be involved and provide input.

Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

Council Member Pike commented he was hesitant to put something into place the City did not intend to enforce. He suggested that if something is passed, that it be ratcheted down a little bit and studied at the same time.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the proposed ordinance could be ratcheted down for now while the issue is studied further. He stated that the ordinance could be presented again in two weeks with a number that has less of an impact.

PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider amending Title 10, Chapter 11, Section 4A to allow chain link fencing with slats for enclosing outside storage areas in certain situations.


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City Planner Ray Snyder reviewed the existing ordinance, reviewed the new proposed language, and showed slides of examples in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park.

Mayor McArthur inquired why a gate had to be solid when it is open during business hours and is used for security only.

Mr. Snyder explained the ordinance will apply only in M-1 and M-2 zones.

City Manager Gary Esplin clarified the ordinance would not be retroactive.

Council Member Bunker inquired if it is necessary to require fencing.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson replied it is necessary to secure outside storage of equipment or materials.

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

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the ordinance without the requirement for solid gates, and with Alternate B which does not require slatted fence around the interior.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/RESOLUTION:
Public hearing to consider amendments to the 2008-2009 budget for the City of St. George.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that some adjustments were needed to deal with unforeseen expenditures that came up during the year. He then reviewed the changes to the budget.

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

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the amendments by resolution.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Council Member Allen - aye
Council Member Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/RESOLUTION:
Public hearing to consider adoption of the 2009-2010 budget for the City of St. George.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that funding be continued for the school resource officers in intermediate schools. He explained that after examining savings to the City?s budget by implementing a feral cat program, $3200 could be allocated to that organization.


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Mayor McArthur commented this $3200 would be money the City would otherwise spend on the feral cat problem, and perhaps this new program will reduce the problem further. He then opened the public hearing.

Ed Baca inquired if the budget reflected the care and treatment needed to be given to City employees with regard to health insurance. He inquired if the new Sun River fire station will be able to be built and staffed full time since impact fees cannot be used for employees. He inquired if litigation costs with regard to the new airport will come out of the fund balance. He inquired about the status of the golf courses with regard to maintenance and accessibility to citizens. He stated he became aware the City is now a Class Two city, but he has not seen any reports on this and inquired if the City will be managed differently, if there will be an impact on cost, if more meetings are required, and if the form of government is going to change.

Mayor McArthur affirmed that the City is now a Class Two city and the City Council is required to meet only once a month, however the St. George City Council will continue to meet weekly. The City meets all requirements.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that City employees did not receive raises this year and will not receive raises next year. The City went out to bid on insurance and deductibles were changed, but employees still have insurance. The City offers a very good package, if not better than what is offered in the private sector. With regard to the new fire station, there are enough funds in the current budget and if costs come in as anticipated enough impact fees will be accumulated to pay for the new station. Equipment will have to be juggled to make the station operational. The City has applied for a grant to staff the station, but if it is not successful, existing staff will be allocated. It may have to be staffed with certified part-time staff. The City is also applying for stimulus funds for the cost of the fire station. He explained that no increases in water and power fees are projected in this year?s budget. With regard to the fund balance, the State allows the general fund to carry 18% of anticipated revenues in the fund balance. The City of St. George carries 10-12%.The City is keeping sufficient revenue in contingency funds for the airport litigation. With regard to the golf courses, they are slow across the country and are down significantly in revenue. The City?s courses are down 13-15% in revenue this year. The City will try to cut down its debt service to provide operating costs, and no increases are proposed. Staff will look at the current rate structure and have a recommendation for the Council when the season starts. Rounds are up but revenues are down which shows that the City has been giving discounts.

Council Member Pike commented that the transfer of the $500,000 from the Economic Development Fund to the Golf Fund is consistent with prior years.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that golf courses provide sales tax and revenue for the motels and restaurants. Once the debt service is paid off the golf courses can begin to pay back the Economic Development Fund.

Council Member Pike advised that the City?s health insurance package is very competitive and fair and consistent with local and state standards. Some cities are seeing a 20%-30% increase in health insurance.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that by changing the deductible and co-pays, there was no increase in cost to the City and that helped the budget.

Council Member Bunker commented that no one in the City has lost their job.

Council Member Almquist commented that he talks to City employees all the time, and almost universally all express how grateful they are to have a job and insurance.

Chris Neal thanked the City Council for the funding for the feral cat program.

Joe Christopher explained he has been involved in a feral cat project at his place of employment and he can verify that the program works.

Mary Bingus, one of the co-founders of PAWS, verified that the program works and is working all over the country.

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Betty Hackett objected to taxpayer funds going toward the Replacement Airport as people were misled in believing they were getting a new airport, but once approved it became a replacement airport. She commented this was a waste of millions of taxpayer?s money without getting any more service. The current location is adequate.

Mayor McArthur replied the new airport has always been a replacement airport.

Ms. Hackett replied when she moved here it was referred to as the St. George International Airport.

Mayor McArthur replied that this was not correct; it has always been referred to as a replacement airport or a regional airport.

Ms. Hackett commented the new airport site has a problem with the soil and cannot accommodate larger aircraft.

Mayor McArthur replied this is not true. The present airport site cannot be expanded. The Replacement Airport is being funded 85%-90% by the FAA and was never intended to be international. The City must accommodate the service it now has, which is Skywest, and the Replacement Airport is able to expand if services expands.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the existing airport?s runway is 6.500'; the Replacement Airport?s runway will be 9,300'. The existing airport cannot land regional jets. The Replacement Airport will be able to land a 100 seat regional jet, with capacity to add an additional runway which will accommodate a 737 in the future. The City can only provide expanded service if people are willing to use that service. Not one dollar of City taxes is going to the new Replacement Airport.

Ms. Hackett replied she was a federal taxpayer as well.

Mr. Esplin replied that $123,000,000 from the FAA plus the land sale of the existing airport will pay for the new Replacement Airport and cannot be used for anything else.
Washington County Economic Development Director Scott Hirschi, who is in the audience, can attest that he has already had several companies looking at St. George because of the Replacement Airport. Never once has the federal government or the City said the new airport would be an international airport; this would be foolish as there is an international airport within 100 miles of St. George. The Replacement Airport has always been a safety-related project and has been many, many years in the planning and many public hearings have been held on the issue. The Replacement Airport will be one of the best things to happen to St. George.

Ms. Hackett inquired where the money to pay the contract awarded to Desert Hills was coming from.

Mr. Esplin replied it was coming from the airport budget.

Ms. Hackett commented she hoped she saw the expanded service in her lifetime as flights out of St. George go to Salt Lake City and Los Angeles and nowhere else.

Mayor McArthur advised that the Salt Lake City hub has flights that go all over the world.

Council Member Allen commented that Skywest recently dropped rates to Salt Lake to $99 each way.

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

Council Member Allen commented that as long as stimulus money is available, the City Council and staff will do everything it can to get some for St. George citizens, who paid it.

Council Member Pike pointed out that while the budget has been cut, public safety has not, and in fact, the Fire Department?s budget has increased by 2.75%. The City is cutting where it can but is not cutting key training or certifications.



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MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to adopt the budget along with all recommended transfers, by resolution.
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 Pike - aye
Council Member Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

ADJOURN TO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn to a 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, as follows:

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.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
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 Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

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


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June 18, 2009
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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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Gay Cragun, City Recorder