City Council Minutes

Thursday, February 10,2011



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 10, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:

Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
Deputy City Recorder Judith Mayfield

OPENING:

Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The invocation was offered by Pam Karakas.

Councilmember Bunker mentioned the City is one of the sponsors for the Sweetheart Swing event, being held on Friday, February 11, 2011 and encouraged everyone to attend.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A BUILDING FAADE CHANGE:
Consider approval of a building faade change for a medical detox facility at 120 West 1470 South in a PD Commercial zone.

City Planner Ray Snyder stated he was following the councils request from the last City Council meeting to provide additional information regarding the colors for the building faade and referred to several pictures that he passed out. He said Mr. Jeff Mathis an Engineer with MRW Design Associates was present to answer any questions.

Mayor McArthur stated they had the presentation previously but wanted to see colors that would be used for the faade.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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PRESENTATION FROM THE FARMERS MARKET IN ANCESTOR SQUARE:

Ms. Nicki Richards, founder of the Farmers Market and local business owner, thanked the Mayor and Council for their support over the past years and for allowing her to make the presentation. She introduced Ms. Dorothy Engleman as a new member of the board. Ms. Richards discussed the financial issues they were having and how they were trying to keep vendors fees down in order to retain as many individual vendors as possible. She stated due to the low vendor fees they do not have any extra revenues for advertising or additional administrative fees that are essential to the success of the market. She said she is proposing they purchase a non-profit annual vendors fee instead of have to pay per vendor per week.

Mayor McArthur asked City Attorney Shawn Guzman if he had any advice for the council.

City Attorney Guzman stated that every one of the vendors should be registered with the state, have a state ID number and we should know who they are. He stated they would still want each vendor to have an individual business license and the council had the ability to waive that fee with a resolution.

Business License Specialist Laura Woolsey stated that the City is already waiving the $150 Special Events fee each week for the Farmers Market and is only requesting a $5 fee per vendor per week.

Ms. Richards stated if they could get that fee back it would help cover the costs needed to advertise, pay for musicians and for someone to manage the event.

Councilmember Almquist said he agreed that the Farmers Market was instrumental in bringing people downtown. He asked Laura Woolsey if she could tell them what the direct costs to the City were with respect to having the Farmers Market.

Ms. Woolsey said that there was a calculation that was established when the fee study was done but she didnt have the figure with her.

Councilmember Bunker asked how they ensure the vendors are local with local products.

Ms. Richards stated that they have a very detailed application that each vendor must complete before they are allowed to participate in the Farmers Market. She said that they have had vendors who tried to sell products that were not locally made or grown and they were told they could not continue to participate. She explained there is one bakery vendor that comes down from Park City but its only because there were no local bakeries interested in participating.

Councilmember Nickle asked how local is defined.

Ms. Richards explained said they include vendors from as far away as Cedar City, Baker Dam, and Colorado City.

Mayor McArthur indicated that they should find ways to help the Farmers Market be successful.


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City Attorney Shawn Guzman asked the Mayor if he wanted it similar to what they did with the local restrictions.

Mayor McArthur said that was correct.

PRESENTATION FROM WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

Director of Water Services Barry Barnum distributed a proposal for an alternative for wastewater billing. He explained the City currently bills commercial users based on gallons discharged to the sewer system. However, the Treatment Plant has three (3) capacities that are measured which are: gallons, BOD treatment and TSS treatment. He said they are recommending having the flexibility to bill a user based on which capacity it uses most rather than have it limited to gallons discharged. He said the change would allow them to offer something to commercial entities that come in that they are currently unable to offer.

Mayor McArthur said that the recommendation was thinking outside of the box and it would be great for commercial users.

City Manager Gary Esplin said they would put a Resolution Adopting Fees and Amending the Policy for Wastewater Service Charges on the agenda for the next City Council meeting.

PRESENTATION OF NEW AIRPORT BUSINESS PLAN:

Fred Davis, a representative from Tri-Star Marketing, presented a power point presentation entitled Strategic Business Plan and Marketing Action Plan for St. George Municipal Airport. The presentation provided details on the following five (5) topics. 1. Situation Analysis which covered: Current Business Environment; SGU Airport Catchment Area; Economic Data For Airport Area; Population Growth for Airport; Area Employment by Sector; Key Market for Visitors; SGU Airport Strategy; Business Tactics; and, Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats. 2. Passenger Air Service Analysis which covered: Passenger Airline Environment; Cargo Airline Environment; Top Airlines in the West; Marketing Alliances; Historical Nonstop Service for SGU; Historical Outbound SGU Passengers; Forecast for St. George Airport; SGU Passengers Choice of Airport, Top Destinations for SGU Passengers, SGU Flight Potential to HUB Airport; Passenger Air Service Opportunities; Passenger Air Service Opportunities; and, Cargo Forecast for SGU Airport. 3. New Business Opportunities which covered: New Business Analysis for St. George Airport; Business Concept and Tactics; Strategic Position for Airport Business; Categories of Business Products and Services; Inventory of Products and Services; St. George Area Meets Customer Requirements; Business Selection Criteria; Target Opportunities for the St. George Area; Market Segmentation Will Find Best Opportunities for Airport; Location of Aviation Related Business; and, Target Opportunities for the Airport. 4. Economic Impact which covered: Economic Impact of New Air Service and New Business on Airport; Levels of Service at St. George Airport; Levels of Service at St. George Airport; and, Total Revenue Impact for Air Service. 5. Marketing Action Plan which covered: Target Opportunities; Marketing Strategy; Action Program; and, Participants.



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Mr. Davis thanked the Mayor and City Council for allowing him the time to make the presentation.

Mayor McArthur said there continues to be a lot of positive talk around the country about the new airport and thanked Mr. Davis for making the presentation.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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Judith Mayfield, Deputy City Recorder