City Council

Thursday, June 2,2011
Minutes



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 2, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gil Almquist
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 to the flag was led by City Manager Gary Esplin. The invocation was offered by Gil Almquist.

Mayor McArthur announced that tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Burns Arena a Community Covenant event will be held to support the troops that are leaving Saturday for deployment overseas. He then invited a Scout to introduce himself.

TABLE ITEMS:
City Manager Gary Esplin announced that Item 6D to consider approval of a request to open a clearinghouse account in which the City will deposit funds and TSA will draw from this fund as background and security clearances are requested for the airport is tabled from the agenda. Also, as part of the Planning Commission report, the final plat for Tuscan Hills Phase 2 has been tabled from the agenda.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for Exit 4 landscaping.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the bid summary was opened after the agenda was prepared.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the estimate for this project was $225,000. The low bidder was Kokopelli Landscaping of Mesquite, Nevada in the amount of $182,565. They have performed all requirements including purchasing a business license and complying the e-verify requirements. She recommended award of the bid to Kokopelli Landscaping. The next lowest bid was $213,019.57.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to award the bid to Kokopelli Landscaping in the amount of $182,565.
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.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for Tyler Technologies software upgrade and SAN server storage system network.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this bid is for the Sysco servers to merge everything into one. She recommended award of the bid to the low bidder, Cache Valley Electric, in the amount of $64,400.98.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to award the bid to Cache Valley Electric in the amount of $64,400.98.
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
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June 2, 2011
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Councilmember Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SET PUBLIC HEARING:
City Planner Ray Snyder advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held May 24, 2011, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for June 16, 2011 to consider (1) a zoning regulation amendment to allow sales of eggs and produce in the RE zones on lots of 20,000 sq. ft. or larger; and (2) a zone change from PD-RES to M-1 on 51.95 acres located on the east side of River Road east and northeast of the existing Sunroc block plant at about 3600 South River Road to allow a proposed expansion of a gypsum and limestone mining operation.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to schedule the public hearings as recommended.
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.

FINAL PLAT:
Project Manager Todd Jacobsen advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held May 24, 2011, recommended approval of the final plat for Red Canyon Townhomes Phase 2 Amended. The purpose of the amendment is to increase the size of the building pad for Unit 502 so the owner can add on to the back of his home. 100% of the consents have been obtained.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the plat and authorize the Mayor to sign it.
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.

LOT SPLIT:
Project Manager Todd Jacobsen advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held May 24, 2011, recommended approval of the lot split for Hackwell Properties, Lot 10 of the St. George Industrial Park, at 535 North 1300 East. The purpose for the lot split is to separate the two buildings because of their different uses. The owner will also give the City a 25' easement for ingress and egress and utilities.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the lot split.
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.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a reimbursement agreement with Questar Gas for AC current and voltage testing on underground gas lines.


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June 2, 2011
Page Three

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement is to test the current in the Citys 138 line on Riverside Drive. There is a question if this line has some effect on the gas line along the roadway. The City and Questar will each pay $40,000 for the study. He recommended approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the agreement.
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.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a federal aid agreement for the Dixie Drive transportation enhancement funding project for a trail and landscaping.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that by accepting this grant the City will earn in-kind contribution credit for design services which can be started now before work on the interchange is completed.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker 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.

LEASE:
Consider approval of a property lease with TSA for office area in the new terminal building.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Shakespeare to approve the lease.
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.

LEASE:
Consider approval of a lease with St. George Landsmen dba AVIS Rent-A-Car at the terminal building with 21 parking spaces.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended approval of the lease which contains the same conditions as the other leases at the terminal. The business is just changing hands.

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

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

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June 2, 2011
Page Four

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

DISCUSSION ON MASTER ROAD PLAN:
Monty Thurber displayed old and new Master Road Plan maps. He explained that missing from the 2004 Master Road Plan is the Dixie Drive Interchange, connections in the South Block area, the Hilton Drive realignment, connection on Mall Drive, and interchange points on SR 7. The new Master Road Plan aligns more with zoning changes.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch explained the northern corridor which connects from the I-15 to SR 18 is included in the new Master Road Plan, coming off Red Hills Parkway at the debris basin. The Citys preferred route is through T-Bone Mesa. The City is working with the State to obtain a general statement saying that a northern corridor is needed, with resolution of the issues at a later time.

DISCUSSION ON THE TRAILS MASTER PLAN:
Parks Planning Manager Laura Taylor explained the Parks Department has worked with the Engineering Department to overlay the Road Master Plan and the Trails Master Plan so they will be well coordinated in the future. She then reviewed the changes since the Trails Master Plan was last done. In 2006 the City published a Trails Master Plan which has been the guiding document. She then presented a trail mileage summary.

Mayor McArthur suggested that a trail to one of the valleys in the area of Price Hills on the south side of Webb Hill be included to a site which has been previously discussed with SITLA, the owner of the land.

Councilmember Almquist inquired about a trail to the water tank on the east side of Bloomington.

Ms. Taylor replied that this trail is still in the works and will remain a natural trail.

DISCUSSION ON ZONE CODE AMENDMENT WITH REGARD TO ANTIQUE STORES, CONSIGNMENT STORE, USED FURNITURE STORE, PAWN SHOP, SECONDHAND STORE, AND THRIFT SHOP:
City Manager Gary Esplin recommended that the City Council consider approval of an ordinance that would deal with the redevelopment boundaries, a 15 block area which includes the historic area of the City and that payday stores, loan stores, and check cashing stores not be allowed or permitted in the C-4 zone or in any zoning within the redevelopment area of town. This will give the City Council additional time to talk about distances and any other zones with that type of use.

PUBLIC HEARING/MASTER ROAD PLAN/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider update of the Master Road Plan.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

Ed Baca inquired if a priority listing or suggested time frame for installation of traffic signals at important intersections would be included in the Master Road Plan.

Monty Thurber replied that the City has a Master Signal Plan, but new signals will not be installed until they are warranted and then reviewed by the Engineering Department. He advised that the information concerning which intersections the City is looking at can be found on the Citys website.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised in the current budget there are funds for a signal at Riverside Drive and the new road by the Dixie Center.

There being no further public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the ordinance updating the Master Road Plan.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
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.


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June 2, 2011
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PUBLIC HEARING/TRAILS MASTER PLAN/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider update of the City-wide Trails Plan.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the ordinance updating the Trails Master Plan, recognizing the need for discussion on some of the detailed crossings.
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.

PUBLIC HEARING/ZONING CODE AMENDMENT/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider amendment of Title 10, Chapter 10, St. George City Code, to designate as either a permitted or conditional use the following uses: antique store, consignment store, used furniture store, pawn shop, secondhand store and thrift store.

Mayor McArthur suggested that the City first look at the downtown redevelopment area of the City, and then consider the rest of the City at a later time.

City Planner Ray Snyder reviewed proposed code changes.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the C-4 zone covers the redevelopment area of the City.

Bob Nicholson advised that the RDA boundary ends on 100 West, and the C-4 zone continues to 400 West.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the C-4 zone was created for the central business district. He suggested approval of an ordinance prohibiting payday loan stores in the C-4 zone at this time, with discussion about extending the prohibition outside the C-4 area until a later time.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing.

There being no public comment, Mayor McArthur closed the public hearing.

Councilmember Bunker suggested that payday loan stores be prohibited in C-2, C-3 and C-4 zones.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that staff was not ready at this time to make a recommendation about extension of the payday loan store prohibition outside of C-4 zones.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City Council could take action tonight prohibiting payday loan stores in the C-4 zone. Staff is also recommending the prohibition in the C-1 zone as well.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented this would make sense, as the C-1 zone is a neighborhood-type commercial zone.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to prohibit payday lending and title loan stores in the C-1 and C-4 zones.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that the public hearing be continued to discuss the remainder of the uses, and schedule the discussion for the next regular City Council meeting on June 16.

VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call 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.

PUBLIC HEARING/FISCAL BUDGET:
Public hearing to receive public input on the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget for the City.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing. He advised another public hearing will be held in two weeks.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the budget will also be discussed in another work meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING/EASEMENT ABANDONMENT/RESOLUTION:
Public hearing to consider an easement abandonment and lot merger for Lots 58 and 59, Southgate Hills Subdivision Phase 5. Pennee Kirchhausen, applicant.

Project Manager Todd Jacobsen explained the applicant owns both lots and wants to merge them into one lot. The easement needs to be abandoned.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the easement abandonment and lot merger.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Shakespeare.
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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the May 12, 2011 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the minutes as amended.
SECOND: Councilmember Bunker seconded the motion.
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 May 19, 2011 City Council meeting.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: Councilmember Shakespeare seconded by the motion.
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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June 2, 2011
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Newly appointed Deputy Chief of Police Rich Farnsworth thanked the Mayor and City Council and said he was excited to be the new Deputy Chief and would work hard for the City.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Councilmember Bunker.
SECOND: Councilmember Shakespeare seconded the motion.
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