City Council Minutes

Thursday, September 9,2010



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gil Almquist
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston
City Recorder Gay Cragun

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. Councilmember Pike reported on the Clean Air Summit. Mayor McArthur announced that tomorrow a free movie will be shown at the Town Square, and Saturday is the Preparedness Expo. Mayor McArthur then led the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The invocation was offered by Alex Wilkie.

CHANGE ORDER:
Consider approval of a change order with Ascent Construction to provide an emergency generator for the ARFF building at the Replacement Airport.

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

Councilmember Pike inquired why the generator was not included in the beginning.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised at that time it was a cost issue.

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.

GROUND LEASE:
Consider approval of a ground lease with Airfield Enterprises, LLC at the Replacement Airport.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch explained that this is the new airports first private hangar and will be 100' x 100'.

Kelly Ericson advised that the hangar will house a Gulfstream jet.


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Mr. Bulloch advised the hangar will be located south of the FBO area in Unit 15F.

Mayor McArthur advised that all leases are based on square footage.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated the lease rate is 18 per sq. ft.

Councilmember Almquist inquired what was done to prepare the soil.

Mr. Bulloch replied the area was excavated because of clay and backfilled. The lessees will have to do additional foundation design.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AIRPORT FURNISHINGS:
Presentation on the Replacement Airport terminal furnishings.

Linda Ashton advised she was focusing on holding area seating which needed to be ordered quickly because of the timeframe. She distributed a spreadsheet and reviewed each companies drawings, seating plan and specifications.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the City select what it wants and spec it out; that way anyone who wants to bid on it can do so. It was decided to bid the Arconus layout with serpentine seating and four flyaways.

Ms. Ashton advised she told each company the delivery target date is December 15.

Mr. Esplin suggested this be made a part of the bid.

Ms. Ashton advised the proposed budget will work. She then displayed pictures of proposed bench seating for other areas of the airport.

Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen showed an example of architectural windows for the new airport.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the FAA performed a flight check with a Lear jet, checked navigational aids and approved the VOR.




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SHOOTING PARK:
Presentation from the Washington County Shooting Sports Park.

An unidentified gentleman introduced Board members. He advised a while ago the Mayor offered them a 120,000 gallon water tank, and they now have three phase power to locate the pump and would like to take possession of the water tank.

Mayor McArthur advised that questions were raised about competition with the private sector with regard to use of the tank for an RV park, but the RV park will be exclusively for members of the Shooting Sports Park.

The unidentified man advised the RV park will not be a destination point for tourism.

Mayor McArthur clarified that in order to stay in the RV park, the person will have to be a registered user of the facility.

The unidentified man stated the RV park will be for the use of clientele who use the shooting park.

Councilmember Shakespeare commented that the interlocal agreement between the City and shooting park states that all participants will give money or in-kind donations to the park, and she agrees with donation of the water tank.

Councilmember Almquist pointed out that many RV parks have closed.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the State rents RV spaces at state
recreational areas and this is no different than what the Shooting Park proposes.

Councilmember Almquist commented that water at the facility site would also enable them to plant some trees.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve donation of the water tank to the Shooting Park.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a 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.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the Shooting Park board will have to pay to move the tank to their site.

The unidentified man advised the cost to move the tank will be $75,000-$85,000. They are trying to get a grant from the state to help with the water system.

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DIXIE IGLOO:
Presentation from Dixie Igloo with regard to an ice rink.

James Mitchell and David Stanley suggested again utilizing the School Districts parking lot this year for an ice rink, but proposed a smaller outdoor rink. He presented conceptual drawings. They apologized for the condition in which they left the site and advised their intention is to clean it up with the construction of the smaller ice rink.

Mayor McArthur commented that last year the tent encroached further into the parking lot than he anticipated and he wanted to be sure the rink was placed as far to the north as possible.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the rink be moved onto the grass in Town Square by the concrete seating. This way the rink would not infringe on School District property, would not affect neighbors, and would bring people to the Town Square during the winter months. The lawn would have to be resod after the rink is removed each year.

Mr. Stanley advised they would like to operate the rink from mid-November to Valentines Day and would like a venue they could use on a repeating basis.

Craig Hammer, representing the Washington County School District, explained that the former ice rink site is needed for parking, but the School Board will support the City in any decision it makes. Long term the Board will have to decide what to do with the site as it will cost about $50,000 to complete a parking lot.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City has an obligation to restore the site to its original condition, as it was the entity who approved the ice rink last year. He stated that if the funds to restore the parking lot cant be collected from Dixie Igloo, perhaps downtown redevelopment funds could be used.

Councilmember Bunker commented she supported the proposed location in the Town Square.

Mayor McArthur commented that parking may be an issue at the proposed site in Town Square as the library already complains their parking is being used.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that if the applicants are going to try the ice rink again this year, it is key that they do not miss the season. They will also have to be off the location before the Art Festival.

Mr. Hammer advised that if the former ice rink site was paved, it would create enough parking for School District use.

James Mitchell, applicant, advised that if they used the former site, they could restore the pavement and give the School District back 30-40 feet of the parking lot. They would also need to connect to power and they requested a waiver of water impact fees.

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City Manager Gary Esplin advised there is no issue with the impact fees. If the applicants are going to try it a second year, the rink should be located in the Town Square in front of the concrete seating. Larry Shane feels the sod can be easily restored in time for the Arts Festival.

Mr. Mitchell commented that three phase power was needed.

Marc Mortensen advised there is already three phase power available at the Town Square.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City will work with the School District on restoration of their parking lot.

TRAIL PATROL:
Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised an ATV will be used to help patrol the trails and will be manned by Volunteers in Public Safety. The program will be launched this weekend.

SHADE TREE BOARD:
Presentation from the Shade Tree Board.

Kristine Twiggs, Chair of the Shade Tree Board, introduced Board members. She advised they meet twice a month and in the beginning their biggest project was the Utah Green Conference, which has now been turned over to another entity. She advised the Board printed a Guide to Trees which has been very popular and is now redoing it. She said they do the beautification awards and are involved with Arbor Day.

City Forester, Doug Wulfenstein, advised the Shade Tree Board adopted the Nature Center after it was decimated by the flood and beavers, and have revegetated it and built an arbor to the entrance. They also rebuilt the amphitheater. They have planted a lot of trees and restored the wetlands in the area too.

Ms. Twiggs inquired of the City Council how the Board could better serve the City.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the Shade Tree Board can help with the Citys 150 year birthday celebration, as well as with building the park by the Dixie Center.

Mayor McArthur suggested the Board could help with tree-planting events in all communities within the City.

Councilmember Almquist suggested the Shade Tree Board be involved with decisions regarding removal of street trees and proper pruning of trees within the City. He suggested that markers with numbers be placed on street trees for inventory purposes and to educate the public about street trees.

Councilmember Shakespeare suggested the Shade Tree Board be involved with moving the Community Garden and planting trees in the new park proposed by Foremaster Ridge.

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Mark Hodges, Shade Tree Board Member, suggested that changes be made to the Shade Tree ordinance with regard to pruning and training and certification standards. He advised one of the purposes of the Board is to provide education and in the past the Board has provided certification training for arborists. He suggested the ordinance require that commercial tree pruners become certified arborists.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that perhaps a class should be required rather than forcing certification.

Steve Nelson, Shade Tree Board Member, commented that certification is not the exception but the standard in the industry. He stated that St. George had several contractors who are certified, and it was not fair to them that other contractors are not certified. He stated that other cities require certification.

Mayor McArthur requested that Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston look into this.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised this could be regulated through business licensing.

Mayor McArthur advised that the City could get the word out through its website, mailers, on the radio, and at conferences.

Councilmember Almquist commented the citizens should be made aware there is a difference between those who can prune properly and those who cant.

Councilmember Shakespeare suggested the Shade Tree Board could write articles for publication in the Inside Magazine.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that staff will find out what other communities are doing with regard to requiring certification for pruning and the item can be discussed again in another work meeting.

GENERAL PLAN:
Update on the General Plan.

Community Development Director Bob Nicholson explained staff has been working on two sub-areas - Little Valley and the Tonaquint area. The Tonaquint plan is complete and will go to the Planning Commission in October. He then presented a power point presentation on the Little Valley plan which was presented at a neighborhood meeting in 2009. He also displayed alternate plans for the Little Valley area.

Councilmember Shakespeare commented she feels the area should remain rural.

Councilmember Almquist suggested the plan should alleviate the fears of Little Valley residents concerned with the loss of their lifestyle.

After review of the proposed plans, the City Council agreed on a density feathering approach and requiring dry sewers and secondary water systems in the Little Valley area.


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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Pike.
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.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder