City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 27,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
REGULAR MEETING
MAY 27, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare

SITE VISITS:
The meeting convened at the Town Square. Those present toured the statues in the downtown area. A tour was then made of the old Pendleton home on 100 West. The meeting then reconvened at the City Office at 5:20 p.m.

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance was led by Gay Cragun and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an agreement to allow the Dinosaur Ah!torium Board to operate the Dinosaur Museum.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that an agreement has been worked out between the City and the Dinosaur Ah!torium Board for operation of the dinosaur museum. The Board will be responsible for expenses that occur in June and will take over operation of the museum June 1. The agreement will be effective May 28. Some remaining issues are the surrounding properties and access. The Board will not be allowed to make any structural alterations to the building. The City will be involved in knowing what the entrance fees will be. The City has previously budgeted funds for promotional-type items and will proceed with them.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the Board has already provided the City with an insurance certificate.

Mr. Esplin explained that the lease is renewable annually.

Mayor McArthur commented that for some time the City has talked about doing a public/private partnership, and this is a great opportunity to try it. He wished the Board well. He stated that the dinosaur museum will still be linked to the City via its website.

Mr. Esplin advised that the City will be giving notice to some of the museums part-time employees. He advised that the lease agreement contains the operating parameters for the museum.

Councilmember Bunker advised that the City is not turning the museum over to novices. Board members have expertise, dedication and passion for the facility.

Gary Watts, Board Director, introduced Rusty Salmon.


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Ms. Salmon stated she is enthusiastic to be working for the City. She is the former director of the museum in Moab which was owned by Grant County and operates under a similar agreement.

Lyle Drake advised that Ms. Salomon has a background in science and management and was not only the director of the Moab museum but was also the curator. She will be the executive director of the museum.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that maintenance of the outside of the building is the Citys responsibility.

Councilmember Pike inquired why the foundation board could do a better job than the City in managing the dinosaur museum.

Councilmember Bunker replied that the City has done a remarkable job with the museum, but the City has an advisory board and there is also a foundation board, and their duties overlap. Additionally, the dinosaur museum will be the foundation boards sole interest, whereas the Citys Parks and Recreation Departments has several things under their jurisdiction. She advised that the foundation board will retain the paleontologist.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that formal action needs to be taken to abolish the dinosaur advisory board. He advised that he will schedule this item on an agenda.

Lyle Drake advised they have a board meeting scheduled for June 8 and will invite advisory board members to see if they want to join the board.

PRESENTATION FROM THE UTAH NATIONAL GUARD:
Captain Jason Seegmiller presented a power point presentation on the Utah Community Covenant Program which has been adopted by the State.

Mayor McArthur invited a Scout to introduce himself.

UPDATE ON THE FERAL CAT PROGRAM:
Kris Neal advised that last year 330 cats in the City limits were trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and the returned to their neighborhoods. That amounts to about 2,016 cats which were not born in the City this year.

Lorin Johnson advised that Kris has been excellent to work with and the money has been used well. From a police standpoint, she has reduced manhours at the shelter.

Mayor McArthur commented that he would like to continue the program.



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Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised that the grant has expired and he recommended that the grant be renewed. There is a revenue source from the spay and neuter program. The feral cat program saves a tremendous amount of work at the shelter.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that a $6,000 grant be extended to Ms. Neal to continue the feral cat program.

DISCUSSION ON THE 2010-2011 FISCAL BUDGET:
City Manager Gary Esplin distributed a proposed budget and reviewed each departments budget. He advised that a few years ago the City received $16,000,000 in sales tax, but is now receiving $11,000,000. This is the main source in the general fund.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder