City Council Minutes

Thursday, September 27,2012



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jon Pike
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 Shawn Guzman and the invocation was offered by Councilmember Hughes.

Mayor McArthur advised that at the next City Council meeting he will issue a proclamation to Paint the Town Pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. He announced that anyone wishing to offer an invocation at a City Council meeting should contact the City Recorder. He advised that tonight at 5:00 p.m. an addiction recovery event is being held at Town Square.

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT:
Consider approval of a special event permit, fee waiver, and City sponsorship for Flood the Love, a fund raising event to be held at Town Square for the victims of the Santa Clara flood.

Deanna Brklacich advised that Cross Fit Gym is sponsoring this event. 100% of the donations will go to those affected. She then showed a brief video clip about the Cross Fit program.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the special event permit, waive any fees, and approve City sponsorship for the event.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS:
Consider Requests for Proposals received regarding a feasibility study for a performing arts theater.

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City Manager Gary Esplin advised that funds have been set aside in the budget for a feasibility study for a performing arts theater, and a committee has reviewed the proposals.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins explained that Statements of Qualifications were sent out and four were received. Staff asked three firms to submit formal proposals, and three were received. A committee of four reviewed the qualifications of each proposal received, and held a telephone interview with Webb of New York City. Proposals were also submitted by AMS of Connecticut, and The Cultural Planning Group of San Diego.

Gary Sanders advised that last year City staff toured performing arts facilities in the Salt Lake City area.

Mr. Perkins advised the committee did not want a company who had a vested interest in any architectural firm, so they chose three firms not directly aligned with any architectural firm.

Gary Sanders advised that they also called the projects the three firms are currently working on.

Councilmember Pike commented he felt that a performing arts center is needed at some point in time, but the question is if now is that time. The proposals are set up in phases, and the process can be stopped at any phase.

Gary Sanders advised that phase one consists of finding out about the community and what St. George is looking for. It will consist of looking at the market and an audience assessment, a community survey, a regional facility inventory and analysis, facility use partnership opportunities, touring potential sites, analyzing the benefits and impacts, a workshop, and a report.

Councilmember Pike commented that the committee felt that Webb was the best fit and the committee liked what Webb has done. The Arts Commission met this morning and they were asked to make a recommendation. It was unanimous to recommend proceeding with phase one. He commented he felt the same way, but the bottom line is that he did not think the City could fund a performing arts facility without a revenue stream which would happen through a RAP tax or a huge donation.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied that the key is planning. There is no reason for a RAP tax if it is not known if the project can be successful or that it can pay for itself.

Councilmember Pike commented that the City needs to make sure the project is feasible before proceeding to phase two.

Councilmember Bunker commented that she liked the fact that the director of Webb was in performing arts. There were several other aspects of their proposal that were superior as well.



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MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to select Webb for phase one of a feasibility study, with a reimburseable of $5,000, and with the caveat that the possibility of proceeding to phase two will be revisited when phase one has been completed.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AMENDMENT TO CONTRACT:
Consider approval of an amendment to the affordable housing contract with Dixie Downs Development.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that Dixie Downs Development developed the property where the old trailer park was located in the Dixie Downs area. The City donated $250,000 to this group in order to have the property cleaned up and for them to provide an affordable housing opportunity. In the contract they agreed to provide eight homes to meet the City’s affordable housing goals, to be determined by meeting the medium density requirements in the HUD program. The amendment to the contract will recognize that they have provided housing that meets affordable standards but they are not requiring that those who purchase the homes certify that they meet affordable housing requirements.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the amendment subject to legal review.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRESENTATION ON PROPOSED ENTRANCE SIGNS:
Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen presented a power point presentation entitled Entry Monuments designating proposed monument locations. Nine signs are proposed at a cost of $10,000 per sign. Materials and construction were reviewed.

Kim Campbell presented two design options: an obelisk design, and a horizontal design.



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After discussion, Mr. Mortensen advised that he will bring back the designs showing what each will look like at each location, and with landscaping. He will work with Shane Moore on the landscaping.

CAROUSEL UPDATE:
Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that the carousel is currently being repaired and should be up and running in time for the Taste of Dixie event.

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

Councilmember Bunker - aye
Councilmember Almquist - 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 Bunker.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that with regard to required radio frequency changes, it will cost $88,000 for the hardware to do the frequency changes on the golf courses. If it is not done by January 1, the City will be subject to fines.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that sales tax numbers from last month were up significantly.

Water Services Director Barry Barnum explained that significant review has been made of water bills for home owner associations, with the result being that lowering the billing from a 2" meter rate to the rate of a 3/4" meter would result in a 3% reduction in revenue to the City. The billing formula has been changed so that everyone is being billed for a 3/4" meter.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that he will prepare a resolution for the rate change.


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Mayor McArthur advised that L’deane Trueblood would like to sell a bust of Glen Blakely to the City for her casting costs, which are $1,900. After discussion, it was the consensus of the City Council that a procedure involving the Arts Commission should be developed to handle these types of requests, and the precedent issue needs to be evaluated before the City could make such a purchase.

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

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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Gay Cragun, City Recorder