City Council Minutes

Thursday, July 9,2009

JULY 9, 2009, 4:00 P.M.

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

Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by a Scout Daxton Vandenberg and the invocation was offered by Pastor Jimi Kestin.

Mayor McArthur introduced City Princess Alexis Rich, who in turn introduced her attendants.

Federal Magistrate David Nuffer distributed a history of court-related federal presence in St. George and Washington County. He advised that the new courthouse will have a courtroom dedicated to federal court use. He explained he was appointed as a federal magistrate seven years ago for an eight year term. He advised that another district judge position soon will be open and he would like to move into that position. He asked that the Mayor and Council Members let Senators Hatch and Bennett and Congressman Matheson know that he is trustworthy, has experience, and would serve well as a district judge in Salt Lake City with an ear to Southern Utah.

Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: general fund revenues budget fiscal year 2010; general fund top 10 revenue sources to total salaries and benefits; general fund comparison of top 10 revenue sources to total salaries and benefits; 2008 property tax distribution St. George district; general sales taxes; sales tax revenue analysis highlights; monthly average sales tax remittance by industry; department/box stores local tax remittance by month; retail, fast food and restaurant local tax remittance by month; new car sales local tax remittance by month; lumber, steel, electrical, plumbing wholesale local tax remittance by month; and number of building permits issued by category. She then distributed a hand-out of sales tax analysis by sic code and reviewed it.

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Phil Tuckett introduced Christina Shultz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Dixie College, and explained that the festival is his brainchild. He has been a producer and director of special projects/films for the NFL for 38 years. He was recruited by Dixie College to run the digital film department and school production company. He explained there are a number of people well versed in film making involved in the international festival which will be based on the foundation of the college. He explained this was a huge undertaking and requested the City?s help with transportation, communications, sales and marketing and funding. The festival will be held for 10 days in September with venues in Kanab, Springdale and St. George. He advised that the Utah Film Commission is involved.

Ms. Shultz advised that the Utah Film Commission offered to send marketing for the festival to all film commissioners in the world and send an e-mail blast to all Sundance attendees. The total budget for the festival is $100,000. Kanab is contributing $10,000, Kane County is contributing $20,000 and Washington County has offered to help with marketing. They are also applying for co-op marketing money. A ribbon cutting will be held September 24.

Mayor McArthur stated he felt the City could contribute $20,000-$25,000.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson presented a brief update on progress of the Little Valley Committee. They have met four times and taken a tour of the area. A composite map of areas proposed for large lots was presented. A meeting has been scheduled with property owners of large parcels in the area.

Councilmember Pike advised that some of the larger property owners are willing to sign on to preserving their land for half or one acre lots, while others will do some if they are allowed feathering on the outskirts. The goal is to find a balance. One consensus reached is that an equestrian trail along 3000 East is not needed as the road is too busy.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson distributed proposed sign regulations with regard to temporary promotional materials and reviewed them. The matter will be scheduled for the next work meeting.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that no work meeting will be held July 23.

Councilmember Almquist advised that Desert Hills High School would like to put their name on an adjacent City water tank. It was the consensus of the Mayor and Council that this not be allowed.

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Councilmember Bunker reported that the Public Arts Committee would like to publish historical stories so that artists can come up with creative ways to replicate portions of the stories along the Water Walk.

Councilmember Almquist reported that the Shade Tree Board would like to conduct a tree inventory and put an insignia on trees with identifying information to add character to the downtown area.

City Manager Gary Esplin reported that the bike patrol and motors squad have moved into the old Water Conservancy District building.

Councilmember Allen reported that Kathy Thayne would like to move the renaissance fair back to the City of St. George and wondered if there were any property which could be leased by the river, perhaps even in the floodplain for the event.

Councilmember Allen advised that donations would be appreciated to help Solomon?s Porch remodel the second story of the old First Security Bank building on 400 East.

Councilmember Shakespeare reported that she has had complaints from neighbors in the area of the City pool on 700 South about the loud music being played at the pool. City Manager Gary Esplin advised he would look into it.

The meeting then adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Gay Cragun, City Recorder