City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 8,2012



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
MARCH 8, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston
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 Gay Cragun and the invocation was offered by Councilmember Nickle. Mayor McArthur invited several Scouts and students in attendance to introduce themselves.

Mary Burkett, a candidate for the newly created District 63 Congressional seat, introduced herself.

PRESENTATION FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION:
Dean Cox, School District Foundation Chair, explained the purpose of the Foundation is to benefit all students within the School District. The Foundation is involved in many types of activities and grant programs, and is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. He proposed a fundraising activity in October in the downtown area.

James English explained they would like to hold a spook alley, gala, a fair/carnival/festival, and also a teen dance. They would like a partnership with the City with site locations, staging, use of the outdoor movie screen, security, and permits. They would also like to put stuffers in the utility bills, use the billboard at the fountain for advertising, and use the DARE care. They would like the City to endorse the programs and help out with in-kind donations.

Curtis Jensen stated the board is enthusiastic about the program and they need the Citys support and assistance.

James English suggested use of the old airport hangar or terminal for a spook alley, or the former Pirate Island Pizza building, or the parking structure or the former theater on 1000 East.

Councilmember Gail Bunker suggested including the downtown core as they have 30 members.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented the City partners with the School District almost every day and they have a great relationship. He stated he felt some of the stages could be used as along as they remained in the downtown area.



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DISCUSSION ON THE PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE POLICY:
Energy Services Director Phil Solomon distributed the proposed Plug-In Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Charging Station Connection to Utility policy (see attached). He explained a policy is needed to be proactive in the event customers want to install charging stations. He reviewed the three PEHV Charging Station Options. If the policy is adopted, it will be sent to local car dealerships and put on the Citys web page. It was the consensus of the City Council to proceed with the policy.

UPDATE ON THE WATER AND POWER CONSERVATION PROGRAM:
Conservation Coordinator Ren Fleming reported on her attendance at the Governors First Annual Energy Summit. She reviewed the conservation programs that the City currently offers: the toilet rebate program, PRV program, free lawn water audit program, attic insulation program, the Energy Star appliance rebate program, the Water Week educational program, and Fix A Leak Week program. She advised that per capita water use has decreased from 179 gallons per person per day in 2007 to 152 gallons per person per day in 2011.

REPORT FROM CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ON WHICH THEY SERVE:
Councilmember Bunker reported on the following: Art Around the Corner, the Childrens Museum, Week of the Young Child Festival, the Art Museum Board, and CAT Team.

Councilmember Almquist reported on the following: Solid Waste Board, Mosquito Abatement Board, Historic Preservation Board, Dinosaur Track Board, Washington County Economic Development Board, and CAT Team.

Councilmember Pike reported on the following: Housing Authority, Arts Commission, Dixie Care and Share Board, Shade Tree Board, Lower Virgin River Fuels and Fire Board, and CAT Team.

Councilmember Nickle reported on the following: Hillside Board, Solid Waste Board, Public Works Department and Golf.

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes reported on the following: CAT Team, Flood Board, Homeless Coordinating Committee and Planning Commission.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Mayor McArthur advised that he has been receiving many emails with regard to Code Enforcement. He reminded City Council Members that there are two sides to every issue and they should not rush to a judgment. He stated he would like to address the issue and requested that City Council Members put their suggestions for changes to the ordinance in writing and submit it within the next two weeks.

A brief discussion was held with regard to spice and the challenges of enforcement.

City Manager Gary Esplin reported the City was in the market yesterday to refinance the water revenue bonds, which will result in a net savings to the City of $340,000.



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A discussion was held on prioritizing UDOT projects within the City. It was the consensus of the City Council that the Citys number one priority is the intersection of St. George Blvd. and River Road, while the States number one priority is the intersection of Bluff and Sunset Blvd.

ADJOURN TO AN EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn to an executive session to discuss a property purchase was made by Councilmember Pike.
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.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene 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 Pike - aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
Brief discussions were held with regard to new color plans for the Stephen Wade Dealership and the possibility of leasing space to the College.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder