City Council Minutes

Thursday, October 11,2012



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
OCTOBER 11, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Gail Bunker
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Jon Pike

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

PRESENTATION ON THE MILEPOST 8 STUDY:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the number one traffic problem in the City is where St. George Blvd. meets Red Cliffs Drive/River Road. The City has some funds budgeted to participate with UDOT in looking at the issue, as the State has programmed some funds to make changes to the interchange in that area. The problem also extends to the City’s surface streets. This study deals with alternatives relating to traffic issues on the Boulevard.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch stated that the interchange won’t work without the intersections being upgraded. The City has asked UDOT to study the 1000 East St. George Blvd. and the Boulevard and River Road intersections to improve their operation. The intersections will need to be upgraded when the interchange construction is done, which is hopefully a year from now.

Jerry Amundsen, Lochner Engineering, distributed a handout titled River Road Alternative Screening. He presented a power point overview covering the following topics: Milepost 8 traffic study, outline, context/purpose of the study, study area, and 1000 East interchange problems.

Charles Allen, Interplan, reviewed 1000 East interchange phasing options, a simulation video, River Road intersection problems, River Road intersection option B, River Road intersection option C, summary, and conclusions.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the State has budgeted $15.9 million for interchange improvements, and the City has budgeted $508,000 for the intersections. It will have to be determined during the design process if there are enough funds for the dual left turn lanes.

Dana Meier, UDOT, advised that anything done in a design-build project has to be included in the project from the beginning.



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Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the City has budgeted $200,000 for the new signal. It has also budgeted funds for the 1000 East intersection, but there are no funds for the additional $700,000 to widen the Boulevard for a block to the west. A cost share arrangement would have to be worked out with UDOT for this funding.

Dana Meier, UDOT, advised the more economical way to address the issue is to work together. UDOT does not have an extra lane funded on the Boulevard, and that is the key to making the project successful. He stated he was not saying that UDOT was not a willing participant, but that he didn’t know what the funding source looked like at this point. He stated he felt UDOT has an obligation to help out and will not let the City carry the full burden.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated the City has two choices - to do nothing, or to come up with some extra funds beyond its obligation so that the State can use the funds as leverage for more funding. If the worst case scenario happens and the State says it has nothing to give to the project, even though it is a state highway, he stated he felt it could be made to work by maximizing impact funds. The City already has the $200,000 for the traffic signal.

Marc Mortensen inquired about placing a City entrance sign at the new interchange.

Mr. Meier replied that he would push the idea upstream and see where it goes.

PRESENTATION ON THE BLUFF STREET/RED HILLS PARKWAY AESTHETICS PLAN:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this project is included in UDOT’s future budget. Work on the interchange is scheduled to begin in July, 2014. As part of that project, the City is working on what to do with the landscaping and how the design will work with the interchange. Consultants have been hired to do the design, but they cannot go much further without direction from the City on what it would like to see there.

Zac Koceja with Park Planning, advised that the proposed aesthetics package has already been approved by UDOT. He then presented a power point presentation titled Bluff Street Interchange and Red Hills Parkway Aesthetics Plan, covering the topics of theme, aesthetics guidelines and enhancement opportunities, design concepts, and preliminary estimate of probable cost. He distributed a handout.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that there are funds for this project in the Capital Projects Fund which can be earmarked for this project.

UPDATE ON THE FIST PROGRAM:
Police Chief Marlon Stratton advised that FIST stands for “Fraudulent Identity Securities Threat Team”. The gang unit focuses on gangs and fraudulent identity thefts. There is good cooperation with the Sheriff’s office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sgt. Johnny Heppler presented a power point presentation titled Fist Unit Progress Report, covering the topics of mission statement, a video of gang members in St.


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George, gang statistics, ID theft statistics, Selvin Amilcar Tahual case, Heriberto Ramos-Falcon case, Magaly Pena case, Ruth Gonzales case, Joaquin Betancourt case,
drug trafficking organization, Raymundo Carpio case, the Angelino Heights gang, Vagos gang, Bandidos gang, graffiti, gangs in schools, and training.

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 Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Nickle - aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder