City Council Minutes

Wednesday, July 29,2009

JULY 29, 2009, 5:00 P.M.

Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Allen
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

Mayor Daniel McArthur

Mayor Pro Tem Allen called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. She excused Mayor McArthur who is out of town. The pledge of allegiance was led by Shawn Guzman and the invocation was offered by Gil Almquist.

Betty Hackett encouraged businesses to use the e-verify program for their employees and to participate in the business patriot program.

Jerry Campbell inquired if there was a chance the City?s standards for streets in PUDs would someday meet normal street requirements.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised the City has been for some time using regular street standards for PUDs.

Councilmember Shakespeare inquired of Mr. Campbell what role the AOPC plays with regard to the many PUD units that have turned into rentals with resulting problems.

Mr. Campell replied the City Code addresses some of the problems being seen and the State Legislature this year passed a law which says that if an owner of a rental is not paying the monthly assessment, the HOA can bypass the owner of the property and any need for an attorney and go to the renter and divert the rental funds to the HOA board until the arrears are taken care of. Mr. Campbell advised that most CC&Rs have a condition which requires 67% or more of the owners to agree to any change in the CC&Rs. If a PUD has a high number of rentals owned by one owner, it is difficult to get the CC&RS modified to achieve the condition wished for. A new law has been passed which prohibits any PUD from having more than a 67% requirement in order to modify the CC&Rs. The AOPC will have a seminar for HOA boards on what they need to know. There are over 650 PUDs in Washington County and 140 are members of the AOPC.

Betty Hackett commented that LaVerkin received stimulus funds for a police officer. She inquired if St. George received any stimulus funds.

Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised the St. George Police Department applied for six new positions but received nothing because St. George?s crime index is too low.

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Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the City received $8 million in stimulus funds for the Valley View Drive bridge, the new terminal building and relocation of Hilton Drive.

Development Services Director Matt Loo advised that the City?s golf courses are doing pretty well compared to others in the area. City staff did a study on all 13 golf courses in Washington County and the City?s are right in the middle as far as being down in revenues. The City courses are down 13%.

The meeting then adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Gay Cragun, City Recorder