City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 3,2011



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 3, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
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 Scouts and the invocation was offered by Councilmember Gail Bunker.

Mayor McArthur announced that a Transportation Expo will be held at the Dixie Center on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and he invited everyone to attend. A CAT Team meeting will also be held at the Dixie Center on that same date between 6:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. where spice will be discussed. This meeting is also open to the public. He announced that Deputy Police Chief Russ Peck retired this week after 25 years of service and a retirement party was held on Monday. He then invited Scouts in the audience to introduce themselves.

Deborah Reeder, Curator of the St. George Art Museum, made a power point presentation on art exhibits at the museum, and invited everyone to attend the Soup N Bowl event tomorrow at the Pioneer Center for the Arts.

TABLE ITEMS:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised that Item 5A to consider approval of a resolution granting easements for golf cart travel on City streets within the Sun River community, and Item 6F to consider an appeal of a sign permit denial to construct a billboard with a height of 115 feet to the top of the sign proposed along Interstate I-15 south of the Dixie Center, Sandpoint LLC, applicant, have been tabled from the agenda at the request of the applicants.

CONSENT CALENDAR:
Consider approval of airport hangar leases at the municipal airport with T. J. Clark and Company, SNF Reynolds, Gary Colf and Craig Sullivan, Transwest Aero, TBM Aviation, and War Bird Museum.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that all the new leases are standard lease agreements.

Mayor McArthur commented that all the leases are for 18 a sq. ft. per year. No more flights from the old airport will be allowed after March 10. Next year in March the Blue Angels will put on an air show called Thunder Over Utah at the new airport.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the leases.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Consider approval of the financial statement for January, 2011.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that revenues are up from last year and expenditures are within a couple percent of what they should be. The City is in good shape. Sales tax figures from December were up locally, but down 1% statewide.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

FINAL PLAT:
Todd Jacobsen explained that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held February 22, 2011, recommended approval of the final plat for Crimson Ridge Road Extension and 2710 East Street Extension, located in the Little Valley area.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the final plat.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT:
Consider approval of a conditional use permit to establish a trampoline fun center at 3879 South River Road in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park. David Benson, applicant.

City Planner Ray Snyder advised the applicant would like to withdraw this request because the property is located in an M-1 zone. He is looking at another location in a C-2 or C-3 zone.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT:
Consider approval of a conditional use permit to establish an open gym at 520 North 3050 East in the Millcreek Industrial Park. Ryan Nielsen, applicant.

City Planner Ray Snyder explained the applicant would like to open a training facility for athletes; it will not be open to the public. Hours will be from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be a small administrative office. The gym will occupy 25% of the building. The business name will be Edge Fitness. There will not be a spectator area. Members will be limited to 100-150 with only about 20 in the gym at a time. The applicant prefers this location because of the buildings high ceilings at an affordable price. The high ceilings will allow for throwing activities. Two letters of support have been received from neighboring businesses. The Planning Commission recommends approval subject to the following conditions: (1) inspection and approval is required by the Building Department prior to occupancy of the business; (2) it the use intensifies, the Planning Commission and City Council shall re-evaluate the conditional use permit; and (3) maintain clear sight areas at all corners for traffic safety.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the conditional use permit subject to the recommendations of the Planning Commission.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nickle.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

GRANT AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of FAA grant #3-49-0060-15 for the municipal airport in the amount of $15,461,555.

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City Manager Gary Esplin recommended approval. He explained the funding is generated through airport user taxes and not income tax or bail-out money.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of an agreement with Dixie Escalante REA to provide power to the FBO/Commercial area at the municipal airport.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement will finish off some of the electrical costs in providing power to the new airport. The amount of the agreement is $242,100.41 and is under budget. Funds have been set aside for this work out of the $159,000,000 for the airport.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the agreement.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:
Appointments to various boards and commissions of the City.

Mayor McArthur recommended that the Public Arts Committee be disbanded, and then the following appointments be made to the Arts Commission:

Craig Fetzer, Chair, 2 years
Alisha Tolman, 3 years
Karl Erik-Bennion, 3 years
Paul Abegg, 3 years
Alan Jacobi, 2 years
Jim Sevy, 2 years
Shane Prine, 1 year
Kathy Cieslewicz, 1 year

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the February 10, 2011 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the minutes as presented.

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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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Consider approval of the minutes of the February 17, 2011 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the minutes as presented.
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 Shakespeare - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder