City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 30,2011



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 30, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember GloriaShakespeare
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
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 Larry Bulloch and the invocation was offered by Councilmember Pike. Mayor McArthur announced that anyone wishing to offer an invocation should contact the City Recorder. He announced the various Fourth of July activities, including a breakfast at Worthen Park, a parade, games in park, and in the evening a concert at the Sunbowl and then fireworks. Dedication of the carousel in Town Square will take place at 3:00 p.m. on the 4th.

CONSIDER ACCEPTANCE OF AN EASEMENT FROM QUALITY VENTURE ONE AND QUALITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE DESERT CANYONS AREA:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained when the Southern Corridor was built, one exit was built by Quality Development with a loan from the State of Utah with the City as the conduit. The City received property adjacent to the exit as collateral to ensure repayment of the loan by Quality Development. Since the City has title to the property Quality Development is asking for an easement for a road through this parcel. This road will benefit the propertys value.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to accept the easement.
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.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A SOLE SOURCE PURCHASE CONTRACT FOR THE CAROUSEL IN TOWN SQUARE:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that official action is needed to authorize the expenditure of $275,000 for the carousel with a $5,000 credit for a new top. He explained that funds to purchase the carousel are Downtown Redevelopment Funds and can only be used in the downtown area. They are the same funds used to put in the splash pad and the entire Town Square project. He explained that admission fees

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for the carousel will pay for the carousel in less than ten years. The purchase is a sole source. A new carousel could have been purchased at a much higher price. An iron railing to go around the carousel site is now out to bid.

Mayor McArthur commented that the flag in Town Square has been moved to a new site.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that a planter be installed around the flag as well as a plaque relating the history of the historic parade grounds and Town Square area.

MOTION: A motion to approve the sole source purchase contract was made by Councilmember Bunker.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that until the iron fence is built, a chain link fence will remain around the carousel. Cameras will also be installed.

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 A RESOLUTION SETTING THE FEE STRUCTURE FOR THE CAROUSEL IN TOWN SQUARE:
Recreation Manager Steve Bingham presented a power point presentation covering hours of operation, fee structure options, birthday package pricing, and group rentals.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the carousel was purchased in California. It was used in Chicago through 2006, at which time a private party bought it and restored it.

Councilmember Nickle inquired about liability.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman replied there will be some liability but not anything unusual.

Recreation Coordinator Christopher Beckstead advised that children soaking wet from the splash pad will have to dry off before being able to ride the carousel in order to prevent them from slipping off the carousel horses.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that if a child is under 42 inches, an adult will have to stand beside them on the carousel. He advised that the carousel platform has a non-skid surface.

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Steve Bingham announced that Mayor McArthur will cut the ribbon on the carousel at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. A promotion on Facebook will be held for the opportunity to win a spot on the first ride.

Discussion was held with regard to contacting local food vendors to determine their level of interest in partnering with the City to provide food for the parties and group events.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve Option Two as follows, including approaching various restaurants to participate as a food vendor:

Children under 42 inches free with paying ride partner
Children over 42 inches up to age 14 - 50 per ride (2 ride minimum)
14 and over - $1 per ride
20 childrens rides - $8
20 adult rides (14+) - $15
Birthday parties - $65, $100, $150
Group rentals, exclusive use - $185
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.

DISCUSSION ON TREES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY IN THE PINEBROOK SUBDIVISION:

City Forester Doug Wulfenstein advised that the Pinebrook Subdivision is located along the Santa Clara River off Indian Hills Dr. The subdivision has 129 ash trees. Some of the trees can get up to eight feet across and cause a lot of upheaval in the sidewalks resulting in trip hazards. He then presented a power point presentation covering tree species and trees that can be replanted, along with pictures of the damaged sidewalk areas.

City Manager Gary Esplin inquired of the City Council what they wanted to do - leave the tree until problems are seen and then replace them with another tree, or replace all the trees now. Either way it will be at the Citys expense.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch proposed taking each property as a trip hazard is identified, replacing the sidewalk and giving the homeowner the option of whatever the City wants to offer.



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Mr. Wulfenstein advised it is the consensus of the homeowners that they want the grass strip maintained and they want the option to choose a new tree. Staff did not commit to anything.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the homeowners be given a voucher to a nursery for a replacement tree.

Mr. Wulfenstein advised there are 140 trees in the subdivision.

City Manager Gary Esplin asked Cameron Cutler to look at the tree species and consider a meandering sidewalk with places for shade trees for new subdivisions.

Mr. Wulfenstein advised that the Pinebrook residents requested that the Shade Tree Board assist them in selecting and replanting the new trees.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the Pinebrook homeowners be offered a $50 tree voucher.

Mr. Wulfenstein recommended that all the trees be removed at once and then a planting day scheduled.

Mayor McArthur suggested that all the homeowners be talked with before their tree is removed.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested that the Streets Department, Foresty employees, and Shade Tree Board go individually to every home to advise when the tree will be removed, present the homeowner with a $50 tree voucher, and assist with selection of a new tree.

Mr. Wulfenstein advised that this is not the time to be planting as it should be done in the fall.

It was decided that the trees should not be removed until the fall when the new trees are ready to be planted.

DISCUSSION ON THE PROPOSED INTERLOCAL FLOOD AUTHORITY:
Public Works Director Larry Bulloch explained that numerous meeting with other cities and the County have been held with discussion about the floods of 2005 and 2010 and how things that happen in one city affect another city. He then distributed a copy of a draft interlocal agreement. He advised that no one is maintaining the debris basin in the County that protects Washington and St. George and it is deteriorating and has to be upgraded because of high hazard damage. It is now apparent that there are things that need to be done and cities need to start meeting together, such as the MPO is doing. It was decided to create a flood control authority with Washington, Santa Clara and St. George as members. Other cities in the County would like to participate but do not want to contribute financially. It was then decided to create two types of member - a primary member with full rights and responsibilities to pay into the flood authority, and a cooperating member with no rights who would simply sit in and listen.


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Mayor McArthur advised there was discussion on membership fees based on population, and based on one vote per member. No fees have been set as of yet. A capital facilities plan will first be done, and then fees will be decided upon.

Mr. Bulloch advised that if the City Council feels the concept is acceptable, the flood authority will meet again on the 5th and then a final draft will be made for adoption.

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 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.

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 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.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder