City Council Minutes

Thursday, October 22,2009



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
OCTOBER 22, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
DEMONSTRATION GARDEN, ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Suzanne Allen
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur welcomed all in attendance. The invocation was offered by Pastor Jimi Kestin.

TOUR OF DEMONSTRATION GARDEN:
The Mayor and City Council Members took a tour of the Demonstration Garden at Tonaquint Park. A discussion was held on the possibility of a community garden adjacent to the Demonstration Garden. The Mayor and City Council then returned to the City Office.

Mayor McArthur led the pledge of allegiance.

TABLE ITEM:
Mayor McArthur advised that Item No. 7, a discussion concerning optional improvements at the Replacement Airport, has been tabled from the agenda.

RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution adopting an amendment to the City of St. George Cafeteria Plan to reflect certain provisions of the Children?s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Finance Director Phil Peterson explained the City?s cafeteria plan. This is a housekeeping item needed in order to comply with federal law.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the resolution.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order at the Replacement Airport.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the best way to get power to the airport site is to put it in the trench that Quality has already bid. It is cheaper to do a change order with Quality than to have Dixie REA do it. An additional clay layer has also been encountered in the parking lot of the terminal building which will have to be over-excavated.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch explained that the clay in the parking lot of the terminal building will be over-excavated and replaced with structural fill. He explained the location of the trench.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the amount of the change order for the trenching and location of the electrical line is $87,000. The amount of the change order for over-excavation of the parking lot is $170,000.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch commented that the City has known since it selected the new airport site that the site contains clay. The selection of the site was based on air space.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that many site were considered for the new airport, but the site was selected based on wind and location and is the only site within the City of St. George suitable for the new airport.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the change order.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch clarified that the correct amount of the change order is $258,150.

VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

DONATION OF EASEMENT:
Consider approval of a donation of easement for a joint utility trench at the Replacement Airport.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that the City accept an easement donation from Quality.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to accept the easement donation.

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SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City will also have to give an easement across its property to Dixie REA, which should be part of the motion.

AMENDED MOTION Councilmember Almquist amended his motion to also grant an easement to Dixie REA.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution abandoning a water and power easement in Santa Clara City.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City used to have an easement for a water line through the Heights in Santa Clara, but the lines were moved off the hill and into another easement along the main road. Some of the easement through the Heights was abandoned in a previous action. This action will allow us to abandon the entire easement in the Heights. This action has been reviewed and approved by the Joint Utility Committee. He recommended approval subject to legal review.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the resolution subject to legal review.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Allen.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

DISCUSSION RE SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS:
City Manager Gary Esplin updated the Mayor and City Council on the upcoming Ironman event.

Business License Officer Laura Woolsey explained the special event permit process.

A discussion was held on a recent concert at the Sunbowl which resulted in many complaints because of the noise and late hour.

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Ms. Woolsey advised that events in the Sunbowl are approved by the Parks Department and do not require a special event permit.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that noise levels and hours of the event can be enforced through a contract and if a violation occurs, the event can be shut down.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins suggested use of the Sunbowl during winter months as an ice skating rink. He suggested that many new special events sponsored by the City be held during the year as a way of enhancing the economy and generating more revenue within the City. He distributed a list of the proposed special events.

The Mayor and City Council encouraged Mr. Perkins to move forward with his idea.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Allen - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder