City Council Minutes

Thursday, August 13,2009



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WORK MEETING
AUGUST 13, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember 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. The pledge of allegiance was led by Mayor McArthur and the invocation was offered by Paston Dean Heuring.

PRESENTATION FROM THE ST. GEORGE ARTS COMMISSION:
Gary Sanders and Summer Belnap Robertson, Chair of the Arts Commission, reviewed the Arts Commission mission statement, community arts focus group desires, action items, city/county coordination and partnerships, cultural programming, and grant recommendations.

Councilmember Allen arrived.

Summer Belnap Robertson requested direction from the City Council on what the Arts Commission should be doing.

Mayor McArthur suggested that perhaps the Arts Commission could train volunteers to care for the statues in the downtown area.

Gary Sanders commented that they will work with the Parks Department on this.

Mayor McArthur suggested that volunteers be assigned to care for the City-owned statues in the downtown area.

Summer Belnap Robertson advised that the Arts Commission would like to be involved in selecting art for the Replacement Airport.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE CITY?S RESERVATION POLICY AND FEES TO BE CHARGED FOR CITY PARKS AND BALLFIELDS:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City?s goal is not to get into specialized advanced programming, but to provide a basic recreational level for the citizens of the City.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins recommended that neighborhood parks not be rented for organized sports activities. He recommended that active sports facilities be rented Monday through Friday for four hours only each day, and on Saturday and Sunday only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The key is balance and to treat all facilities the same. He recommended that all play be stopped at 10:30 p.m. with lights off by

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11:00 p.m. He distributed a draft field reservation policy and explained staff recommends giving scheduling priority to the youth. He reviewed proposed fees.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that a formal policy and fee schedule will be brought back to the City Council for approval.

PRESENTATION FROM BAJA:
Bill Shaw, General Manager, presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: Utah fiber network, plant hardening, constant construction, advanced services launch schedule, video, data speed enhancements, voice, cable regulators, municipal regulation, video competition, existing HSD/data and phone competition, and renewal criteria,

DISCUSSION CONCERNING PROPOSED STORM WATER ORDINANCE AND CONFORMANCE TO THE UPDES PERMITTING PROGRAM:
Jeremy Spangler, staff engineer, presented a power point presentation covering the proposed storm water ordinance.

Councilmember Allen was excused from the meeting.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the ordinance will be scheduled on the next agenda if staff is ready to enforce it.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Mayor McArthur reminded members of the City Council that they are members of the Washington County Solid Waste Board and should attend the meetings.

Mayor McArthur advised that prisoners will be used to pick up litter and debris along the freeway and U-18 on the first and second Monday and Tuesday of every month.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder