City Council Minutes

Thursday, February 18,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 18, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Ben Nickle
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 Gloria Shakespeare and the invocation was offered by Gil Almquist.

Mayor McArthur announced that the Blue Bunny plant in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park was recently awarded the Dairy Foods Plant of the Year and also Frozen Foods of the year by two national publications.

Ken Kenervesky, Factory Manager, commented that the awards are quite an honor considering they were competing against Nestle, Dreyers and Breyers. The plant has improved its safety record four fold over the last year as well as reducing its fixed costs by 20%.

Mayor McArthur congratulated Mr. Kenervesky and thanked him for his community support and for supplying the ice cream for the ice cream social held each year in conjunction with Heritage Days.

TABLE ITEMS:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that Item 2B to consider award of bid for Banded Hills Drive extension and Item 2E to consider approval of an addendum to the agreement with Creamer and Noble for additional project engineering at the replacement airport have been tabled from the agenda.

CONSENT CALENDAR:
Consider approval of the financial statement for January, 2010.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that sales tax is still down 6-7%.

Councilmember Bunker inquired if further cuts would be needed.

Mr. Esplin replied that all departments have been asked to submit their expected expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year with the idea of cutting an additional 5%. Some departments cannot make additional cuts without cutting personnel.

Councilmember Pike commented that revenues are still slightly better than expenses.

Mayor McArthur advised that the building permits are about level with last year and there are a lot of remodels compared to new construction.

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

Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a line extension agreement with Dixie Escalante Rural Electric Association to provide power service to the replacement airport pump station.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the amount of the agreement is $194,874.06.

Scott Taylor explained that several months ago the City Council approved a line extension agreement with Dixie Escalante Electric Association to provide power to the airport pump station site. They were paid $66,000 for that extension. Shortly thereafter SITLA advised they wanted $250,000 for a temporary easement across their property. As a result, the City explored other options. A new route was selected which bypasses SITLA property and also provides power to the General Aviation side of the airport.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the Water Department is willing to pay a portion of the construction costs as well as 100% of the impact fee for the pump station and water tank. The airport project fund will pay for the remainder of the construction costs for the line extension.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for Banded Hills Drive extended.

This item was tabled.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for VOR-DME equipment for the replacement airport.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this bid is for navigational aids for the new airport. Bids were submitted by the only two authorized suppliers. She recommended award of the bid to Selex in the amount of $303,767.00 with an add on of $40,000 for on site training.

Airport Manager Rick Crosman explained the purpose of the navigational equipment. He advised that the equipment is an integral part of the precision instrument approach system.

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

Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Airport Manager Rick Crosman advised that the prime coat for the runway at the new airport has been laid. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.



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APPROVAL OF CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order with RS&H to redesign the replacement airport terminal building to accommodate a passenger boarding bridge.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised this change order with RS&H is to facilitate redesign of the new airport terminal building to accommodate a passenger boarding bridge. The amount of the change order is $45,822.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the terminal design had to be modified to provide
better flow for the jets to come in and park in order to make the jet bridge work.

Mayor McArthur commented that there will be room in the new terminal for two jetways.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that it is not cost effective to do more than one jetway at this time.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Nickle to approve the change order.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF ADDENDUM:
Consider approval of an addendum to the agreement with Creamer & Noble for additional project engineering at the replacement airport.

This item was tabled.

RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution increasing the entry fee for the St. George Marathon.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the St. George Marathon is one of the most successful marathons in the country and one of the better priced. While the City does not want to overprice the entry fee, this is an opportunity to help cover even more of the Citys costs.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised the Citys entry fee has always been on the low end in terms of the national spectrum. For instance, the New York marathon
charges $185 for its entry fee. The City is now faced with a decrease in sponsorships and increasing costs.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the marathon fees have always covered the Citys direct costs, but not ancillary costs such as personnel.

Mr. Perkins advised there has been a 44% increase in the cost of using the buses, a 15% increase in aid station supplies, and a 42% increase in finish line costs. It is recommended the entry fee be raised to $80, which is a 23% increase. He advised the Leisure Services Department will be e-mailing all runners from last year about the fee increase.

Councilmember Bunker inquired if Washington County residents are given a break.

Mr. Perkins replied that every Washington County resident who wants to run the marathon and registers in time can get in the marathon. This is the break they receive.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the resolution increasing the marathon entry fee to $80.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.

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

Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SALE OF CITY PROPERTY:
Consider approval of the sale of 726 sq. ft. of property at 232 East 100 South to Mr. Ron Hopkins.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the property is located next to the Elks Field adjacent to the parking lot.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the home and fence line have been in place since the early 1960's. However, the City acquired this property from Agatha McAllister in 1942. The owner of the property wants to replace the home. When the builder put the plot plan together, he discovered that the property line is 5.5 feet inside the fence line, even though it has been this way for 50 years. Mr. Hopkins is the property owner. He has offered to purchase 726 sq. ft. of City property for $1650.00.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve sale of the property for $1650.00.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Shakespeare.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

REPORT FROM PLANNING COMMISSION:
Report from the Planning Commission meeting held February 9, 2010.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained the only item from the last Planning Commission meeting is a report from the Little Valley Committee. The Committee met ten times last year and was unable to reach a consensus on the big issue, but did reach consensus on five smaller issues: equestrian trail modification, density feathering, lot size averaging in the Residential Estates zones, adding a right to farm provision to the nuisance ordinance, and to support and encourage community gardens.

Councilmember Pike inquired if density feathering was a better option than lot size averaging.

Mr. Nicholson replied that they work together and provide more flexibility in feathering to locate large lots next to horse subdivisions with smaller lots in the interior of the subdivision. The Planning Commission felt the lots next to horse lots should be half or three-quarter acre lots to protect the lifestyle of those who already purchased property in the three horse subdivisions.

Councilmember Almquist inquired if the concept of allowing one large animal on RE lots would still apply in the feathering.

Mr. Nicholson replied that yes, the number of large animals allowed is based on lot size.

Councilmember Almquist inquired if there was the possibility of smaller lots with large animals extending out of the one acre parcels into other parcels.

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Councilmember Pike replied that other agriculture zones could be created for slightly smaller lot sizes.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the RE-12.5 lot size was designed as a transition zone. He stated that whether or not this lot size is large enough to have animals needs to be discussed at a later time.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson stated that lot size averaging encourages a mix of uses and is an option. The Little Valley Committee also recommended that the sale of produce and eggs from homes in RE zones be allowed.

Mayor McArthur advised that these issues will be discussed more thoroughly in a future public hearing.

EXEMPLARY CITIZEN AWARD:
Mayor McArthur announced that he received a letter from Hank Kodele nominating Bob Rands for an exemplary citizen award. Mayor McArthur then read the letter. Mayor McArthur and the City Council congratulated Mr. Rands and presented him with a plaque.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the January 28, 2010 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Consider approval of the minutes of the February 4, 2010 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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


Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

DISCUSSION RE SALES TAX:
Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich advised that sales tax revenue is always two months behind, so the sale tax revenue just received is for the end of November. It was down 18%, but adding in the late filers, is really only 7% down. Car sales did a little better and most of the areas are starting to see an upward trend. The construction industry, however, is still hurting. There is no movement in terms of construction materials.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that if the sales tax revenue levels, the City might have more than thought. 15% was used as a target, and if the rest of the fiscal year ends up around 5-7%, then the City will be in good shape. A lot of cities have gone into their fund balances, but he will not recommend that for ongoing operational costs. The City must find some way to staff the new fire station in Sun River.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that if the new fire station is not staffed, the City would not have liability, but its insurance rating would go down and result in higher premiums to the citizens.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that he met today with Allegiant Air about the possibility of locating in the new airport. The City has been awarded a grant of $100,000 for marketing for the new airport.

Councilmember Bunker advised that the Sweetheart Swing was very successful.

Councilmember Bunker advised that the Public Arts Committee and Arts Commission is touring the new airport tomorrow in order to make recommendations for a master arts plan for the airport.

Councilmember Bunker advised that the artist of the Guitars sculpture is willing to take $15,000 for the sculpture. The Public Arts Committee recommends that $10,000 of its allocation be used for this purchase with the rest paid over time.

Councilmember Pike advised the artist has lowered his price to $12,000 for the sculpture.

After discussion, the Mayor and Council recommended that $12,000 be used from the Public Arts Committee allocation to purchase the sculpture, with the remaining funds in its allocation used for purchase of plaques for permanent pedestals.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to adjourn.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nickle.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder