City Council Minutes

Thursday, January 26,2012



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JANUARY 26, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
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 to the flag was led by Ben Nickle and the invocation was offered by Sheila Smith of the Christian Science Society.

PRESENTATION FROM BEST FRIENDS ON A TRAP, NEUTER AND RELEASE (TNR) PROGRAM:

Captain Lorin Johnson introduced Kris Neal of the One More Chance feral cat program and advised that Ms. Neal has teamed up with the Best Friends group to present some great ideas and opportunities for the City.

Ms. Neal presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: an alternative to trap and kill, what are community cats, what is the problem, how many kittens, what is the solution, what is the caregiver, what is the importance of trap, neuter, return (TNR), who pays for it, and TNR promotes community relations.

Councilmember Pike arrived during the power point presentation.

Jamie Aylan of Best Friends presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: about community cats, the philosophical shift in animal control, lethal control, what is trap neuter return, types of cats that qualify for TNR, benefits of TNR, community goals on TNR, Four Directions community cat program, Utah defines community cat, community cat act, new impound period for stray animals, how does it work, Jacksonvilles feral freedom, and Salt Lake Citys feral fix program.
She advised that Best Friends would like to provide the City with $20,000 toward neuter and spay surgeries and employ a part-time transporter and vehicle for field work, along with trapping assistance and educational materials.

Kris Neal advised that most of the colonies in St. George have not had an increase and most of the managed big colonies have decreased.

Ms. Aylan explained that Best Friends would like to help increase the save rate of animals in the community and decrease the euthanasia rate.

Captain Johnson advised that since implementation of the TNR program, calls for service have gone down.


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Chief Stratton advised the only challenge he sees is the community perception of the TNR program. He advised he has seen it work in his own neighborhood and the police department supports its.

DISCUSSION ON PICKLEBALL COURT LOCATIONS:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained there are funds in the budget for pickleball courts. He met with a group of pickleball supporters and they are a well-organized group. There is a growing demand for pickeball courts. The bottom line is what to do with the funds earmarked for pickleball courts and how to plan for the future if pickleball continues to grow in popularity.

Laura Taylor presented the original Snow Park design for the pickleball courts. She said there are a few possible locations for pickleball court complexes such as the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center or at The Fields complex. She explained there are two philosophies: spreading eight court pods throughout the City, or building eight courts where there is room to grow.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that eight courts could be built now at Snow Park or Worthen Park, but there is a lot more space and land in Little Valley. He recommended that the courts be built in Little Valley because there is the potential there for growth. Funds could also be budgeted every year for a few other courts to be built around the City. It would be shortsighted to not develop the Little Valley site. The pickleball association has the ability to help the City with funding if terms of the donation can be worked out. The pickeball associations goal is to have 24 courts in one location.

Brad Johnson, representing Southern Utah Pickleball, advised that pickleball players gather in mass to socialize and play at different skill levels. They will migrate to wherever the most courts are. Eight permanent courts and 12 temporary courts are needed to host a national tournament. $50,000 has been pledged so far and another fundraiser at Sun River will held in April. However these funds are earmarked only for a 24 court complex.

Bob Claridge from Sun River advised that the largest club in Sun River is the pickleball club and it has grown to almost 300 players. He said they would like an outstanding facility to play in like the Citys other facilities. They would like the courts to be in one place and not spread out all over the City. They can help provide funds for a complex, but they cannot provide all the funds needed.

Mr. Johnson advised that they could have had 600 pickleball participants in the Senior Games but had to limit it to 400 because of the lack of facilities.

Councilmember Almquist commented he liked the idea of having a megacomplex and also spreading courts throughout the City.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented he would like the pickleball association to see what they could do to help with funding for parking if a megacomplex is built in Little Valley. The City could build eight courts to start with, but could not guarantee anything more at this time. Funds from the capital project fund would be used, and


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then the City Council would need to prioritize projects and not make any further commitments until it has looked at all available funds.

Mr. Johnson advised that naming rights are tied with their fundraising for a 24 court complex. If the master plan idea is lost, the pledge of $50,000 might also be lost.

TRAIL IN SUN RIVER:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised the City is trying to build a trail in Sun River but needs a 16 acre piece of property in the river in order to do it. The Citys policy has always been to try and purchase all river property that it can. He recommended purchase of the property for $16,000 which is the County tax value. It was the consensus of the City Council to proceed.

DISCUSSION ON IMPLEMENTATION OF A NOISE ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained the Citys current nuisance policy. Staff would like to figure out a way to put more teeth into the ordinance. He inquired if the City Council was interested in looking at a new noise/nuisance ordinance.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: nuisance party ordinance, nuisance parties, current ordinance, proposed nuisance party ordinances, nuisance party prohibited, police authorized to cease nuisance parties, penalties and enhancements, code enforcement violations.

It was the consensus of the City Council to proceed with discussions about changing the ordinance.

DISCUSSION ON THE GOOD LANDLORD PROGRAM:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the Good Landlord program goes along with crimes and the noise ordinance. The City previously hired a consultant to look at the police records to see the number of calls from multi-family complexes and match those up with the expenditure of resources to deal with them. The Good Landlord program will try and recoup some of those costs. He inquired of the City Council if they were interested in proceeding with adoption of a Good Landlord program.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that state law allows the adoption of a good landlord program.

Councilmember Pike commented that he would like to proceed but cautiously and after much review. He stated he did not want to penalize the good guys because of the bad guys. He also expressed concern that it would result in more government.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the Utah Apartment Association is in favor of it because they are being penalized now by disproportionate fees for everyone who has a rental unit.

Police Chief Marlon Stratton commented that his staff would work directly with the apartments for a successful program.




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Councilmember Almquist commented that the Good Landlord program can help the Police Department by not using the Police Departments valuable resources and those funds could then be reallocated in other areas.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that big developers and realtors within the state are not in favor of doing anything to create more government, but the apartment owners association likes the program. The ordinance for this program is very short. It would also work the same for those who own just one or two rental units.

City Manager Gary Esplin inquired of the City Council if they wanted to pursue discussion about the program.

Councilmember Almquist requested that the programs and ordinances from other communities be emailed to the City Council so they could review them.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to a closed session to discuss a property sale.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Councilmember Hughes was excused from the meeting.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Nickle.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder