City Council

Thursday, July 28,2011
Minutes



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JULY 28, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gloria Shakespeare
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Ben Nickle

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by Gay Cragun and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING THE DENSITY BONUS ZONING PROGRAM IN THE LITTLE VALLEY AREA:
Bob Nicholson distributed a handout entitled Zoning Code: 10-13E, Density Bonus Overlay Zone and reviewed the following topics: Background, Experience with Administering DBOZ, Problems With the DBOZ and Recommendation. He displayed a copy of the Density Bonus Overlay Zone Map.

Ed Baca inquired if the statute required a zone change request to emanate from the landowner or the City.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied the City can request a zone change with good reason.

Councilmember Shakespeare inquired if the density bonus program were done away with, if the City would then have to purchase property on which to build a park.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied the School District master plan would have to be looked at. The City would want to buy a five acre parcel for a park.

DISCUSSION CONCERNING CONTINUATION OF UPDATING THE GENERAL PLAN IN THE LITTLE VALLEY AREA:
Bob Nicholson displayed a proposed land use map of Little Valley and advised that all medium-high density has been deleted. There is still some medium density around proposed commercial areas. The general plan does not mandate acre lots, but it does allow them.

Councilmember Pike commented that more RE zoning was needed which would allow animal rights.

Paul Iverson questioned if there was enough mass of agricultural zoning for the area to remain agricultural. He stated that the proposed zoning around the ag areas would

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eventually push out the ag use. However, this general plan is more centered than any proposed previously.

After discussion, it was the consensus of the City Council to allow no more than two units per acre in the area between the two equestrian zoned masses.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Mayor McArthur advised that he would like to cancel the work meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month of August. The public forum on the fifth Wednesday in August will still be held.

Mayor McArthur instructed Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins to look at the possibility of erecting a mausoleum type structure in the Tonaquint Cemetery area. The issue will be discussed in an upcoming work meeting.

Discussion was held about holding neighborhood meetings based on CAT areas, and holding an ice cream social for employees and their families at the Town Square.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the top of the carousel is being delivered next week and is part of the original purchase. The carousel has generated $11,000 in revenue in the first three weeks of its operation and has had 20,000 riders.

ADJOURN TO AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation and a land sale.
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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to reconvene.
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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Mayor McArthur suggested that the landscaping in the median at 2000 North and Dixie Drive be trimmed.

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City Manager Gary Esplin advised that several police officers have been deployed, one has enlisted in the Air Force Reserve, and another is on FMLA. He recommended that two additional officers, in addition to the one officer position in the new budget, be hired with the caveat that they be told they are filling a military position and the City cannot guarantee that it will keep them when the deployed officers return. It was the consensus of the City Council to approve this recommendation.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder