City Council Minutes

Thursday, December 29,2011



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 29, 2011, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

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. He then offered the invocation.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A DONATION AGREEMENT WITH QUALITY DEVELOPMENT LLC FOR 9.42 ACRES OF PROPERTY IN THE BLOOMINGTON AREA:

and

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A DONATION AGREEMENT WITH QUALITY EXCAVATION INC. FOR 4.14 ACRES OF PROPERTY IN THE TONAQUINT AREA:

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that both of these properties will be used for open space. The City will have control over what is developed on the properties.

Mayor McArthur expressed his appreciation to Quality Development LLC and Quality Excavation Inc. for their donation. He noted that the companies will have to determine the value of the property being donated.

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested the approval be subject to review by the Legal Department to ensure the correct forms are being used.

MOTION: A motion to approve the donation agreement with Quality Development LLC for 9.42 acres of property in the Bloomington Area as well as the donation agreement with Quality Excavation Inc. For 4.14 acres of property in the Tonaquint area was made by Councilmember Shakespeare subject to the Legal Departments approval.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A HANGAR LEASE WITH THE KB FAMILY LTD. PARTNERSHIP:

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement is with Kerry Johnson at site 55E. He stated all requirements have been met.

MOTION: A motion to approve a hangar lease with the KB Family Ltd. Partnership 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 Nickle - aye
Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Shakespeare - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

CONSIDER A PROPOSED ELECTRIC SYSTEM OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM:

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that the City currently has an apprentice program for the Lineworker position. This program has helped the City compete with other power companies in the surrounding areas.

Mr. Solomon provided a handout detailing his proposal, see attached Exhibit A. He explained the federal government has mandated that the City meet certain regulatory reliability standards. One of the requirements state that since the Citys transmissions are greater than 100,000 volts they are required to meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirements. In order to be certified, they will need to pass a test within one year and have a number of hours of continuing education. Mr. Solomon would like to turn this into an City sponsored apprenticeship program certified through the Department of Labor. The program requires a third party to administer the test which will be Bismark State College. Each employee that enters into this program will have to sign a form which states that if the employee were to resign within two years after completing the training, they would be required to reimburse the City for the entire cost of his/her education. This form met the approval of City Attorney Shawn Guzman.

Mayor McArthur inquired if our employees would fall under both Class A and Class B of the Apprentice Wage Scale.

Mr. Solomon explained that our employees will fall under the Class A scale since our employees do not have the responsibility of trading power, they rely on UAMPS to do so. He then explained how an Electric System Operator would trade power.
Councilmember Bunker asked what assurance do these applicants have that they will have the job.

Mr. Solomon answered that the City will have six positions and will be filled as needed. Any employee hired will have to follow the Citys probation policy and must meet the requirements of the program.
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City Manager Gary Esplin stated that if the Mayor and Council were in favor of the apprenticeship program, he would like to implement this soon.

Mayor McArthur commented that the program sounds great as did the Councilmembers.

Councilmember Nickle inquired why did Mr. Solomon choose Bismark State College.

Mr. Solomon explained that there are only two institutions that are NERC certified and Bismark State College is one of them. In addition, the courses are offered online.

ADJOURN:

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:30 p.m.




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Christina Fernandez, Deputy City Recorder