City Council Minutes

Thursday, January 28,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 28, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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 Dean Heuring.

APPOINTMENT OF CITY OFFICIALS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS:
Mayor McArthur recommended that all City officials and department heads currently serving in the following positions be reappointed:

Matt Loo - Development Services Director
Bob Nicholson - Community Development Director
Shawn Guzman - City Attorney
Larry Bulloch - Public Works Director
Robert Stoker - Fire Chief
Marlon Stratton - Police Chief
Kent Perkins - Leisure Services Director
Phil Peterson - Finance Director
Tiffany LaJoice - City Treasurer
Phil Solomon - Energy Services Director
Barry Barnum - Water Services Director
Gay Cragun - City Recorder

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to reappoint the department heads and City officials as recommended by Mayor McArthur.
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.

UPDATE ON TRAILS SYSTEM:
Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins introduced Mark Goble, Landscape Architect,

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and Laura Taylor, Parks Planning Division Manager. He advised the City has four landscape architects working on 47 different projects. He presented a power point presentation covering first trails, first trail funding, first parks and trails master plan, first critical area plan trail system, 1992 UNLV survey, Three Rivers Trail, bond, bond survey, 2002 parks and trails master plan, 2006 parks, recreation, arts and trails master plan trails map, survey results of 2006 parks recreation arts and trails master plan survey on trails, trails plan 2010, trails to date, paved regional trail system cost, trail system funding sources, trailheads, confluence area bridges and underpasses, halfway wash trail underpass at snow canon parkway, middleton wash trail underpasses, trail building resources, trail gaps, challenges, virgin river trail corridor, and multi-modal trails.

Mayor McArthur inquired about the pavement management plan for trails.

Mr. Perkins replied there is a pavement management program for parking lots and trails and the Bloomington trail was completed last year.

Ed Baca inquired about the Mall Drive bridge trail.

Mr. Perkins replied this trail is part of the trail system.

Councilmember Pike commented that the trail from Bloomington to Sun River is fine for what it is, but he would like to see it someday overlaid with asphalt.

Laura Taylor advised that this trail is 18 inches deep and will stand up to a bigger flood than a typical asphalt trail built on 6" of gravel, and in the long run is a good investment.

A general discussion was held on the Middleton Wash trail.

Councilmember Almquist inquired if the natural trail in the area of Price City Hills on the east side of I-15 on the water tank easement is still in the works.

Mr. Perkins replied that it is.

Mayor McArthur explained how the first recreation bond for improvements came to be.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that at some point the City is going to have decide if it wants to replace some assets with others in order to make more parks and trails. He advised that the $18,000,000 recreation bond caused the only increase in property tax by the City in over 35 years and it was voted on and approved by the public. With the addition of grants and donations, the City has built improvements totaling more than $25,000,000.

Ed Baca inquired if there was anything on the drawing board for new swimming pools, etc.

He was advised there was nothing on the drawing board at this time as these types of facilities lose money.

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City Manager Gary Esplin commented that building recreation centers and pools can be considered competing with the private sector. The Citys present recreation center, however, it marketed to a different group of people and marketing efforts are low key.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE TRUCK-N-GO PARKING LOT:
Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen distributed the Truck-N-Go parking policy and application. He advised last July the City built a truck parking lot in the industrial park on property jointly owned by the City and UDOT. A policy was put in place to make sure it did not turn into a storage yard for inoperable vehicles and junk. However, at present only one truck is parked in the lot. In order to make the lot more user-friendly he recommended that the policy be loosened to allow the parking of commercial, registered trailers and to allow parking for two weeks, instead of ten days. He recommended keeping the current price structure in place which is six months for $35 or $30 for one year. It was the consensus of the Mayor and City Council to implement the changes suggested.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Councilmember Pike commented he was made aware that a historic tree was removed at Worthen Park and inquired if this removal was approved by the Shade Tree Board.

Councilmember Almquist replied that this tree removal did not go through the Shade Tree Board, and after inspecting the trunk, it was his opinion that the tree was saveable and not so ill that it could not recover. He stated that one more step to the Shade Tree Board should have been made before removal so that the public would understand the process of how a tree close the street can be taken out and the playing field leveled.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that while the removal of every tree cant be taken to the Shade Tree Board, there should be some standard for tree removal and he will review the situation and find out who made the decision and if it went through a review process.

Councilmember Pike suggested that future plans for the downtown be discussed in an upcoming work meeting.

City Manager Gary Esplin invited City Council Members to put any item they would like to discuss in a work meeting on the e-net. They can then prioritize the items for discussions and they will be scheduled on upcoming work meetings.

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


Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye

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Councilmember Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

GOOD LANDLORD PROGRAM UPDATE:
City Attorney Shawn Guzman updated the Mayor and City Council on his recent meeting with Paul Smith of the Apartment Owners Association and his lobbyist to discuss a proposed landlord/tenant bill.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder