City Council Minutes

Thursday, February 25,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 25, 2010, 3:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

Present:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Ben Nickle
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

SITE VISIT:
A site visit to the new replacement airport was taken.

SITE VISIT:
A site visit to the former courthouse building at 220 North 200 East was taken.

The meeting then resumed at the City Office, Administration Conference Room, at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that AT Asphalt owns a company in St. George called Southern Utah Asphalt. City staff checked with the State and Southern Utah Asphalt is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT Asphalt. It is the legal opinion of the City that AT Asphalt qualifies as a local business and therefore it is recommended that this bid be awarded to them as the low bidder.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to award the bid to AT Asphalt.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a 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.

PRESENTATION ON THE DIXIE DRIVE INTERCHANGE:
Lee Cabell, Horrocks Engineers, introduced Ben Willits with Horrocks Engineers, Brandon Anderson with UDOT and advised that Dana Meier, UDOT is the main project oversight engineer. He explained Horrocks has been working for five months on this project with the State and City staff, and the State has recently implemented new aesthetic guidelines and formed an aesthetics committee. This project has already been approved by the aesthetics committee.

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Ben Willits presented a power point presentation covering the project design concept, enhancement opportunities, design elements, budget items, and elevation details. The enhancement grant and landscaping were also discussed.

Councilmember Almquist suggested using crushed sandstone rock already on site as rock mulch in the median.

Mr. Cabell advised that before colors are finalized mock-up panels will be prepared for approval.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that if the City Council agrees, capital project funds in the amount of $200,000 could be used to landscape the entire corridor from the Dixie Drive Interchange to the Bluff Street Interchange.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:
Mayor McArthur advised that even though the City Managers contract was just renewed, he should be officially appointed to the position.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to appoint Gary Esplin as City Manager.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:


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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Councilmember Almquist advised that an Eagle Scout candidate would still like to paint a T for Desert Hills High School on a water tank in the area.

Mayor McArthur advised he was not in favor of the idea as the City has tanks everywhere and might receive similar requests for all its tanks. Painting a T on the tank would also draw attention to the tank and make it more visible when the City tries to blend the tanks into the surroundings. He stated he felt no one should be using the Citys tanks for advertisement purposes.

Councilmember Bunker agreed, stating she felt it might set a precedent.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to adjourn.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder