City Council Minutes

Thursday, January 24,2013

JANUARY 24, 2013, 4:00 P.M.

Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Gay Cragun

Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by Scout Nick Woodland and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

Councilmember Hughes arrived.

Mayor McArthur invited Scouts in the audience to introduce themselves.

Consider approval of the final plat for Valderra Residence Club Phase 1 located on the west side of of U-18 and south of Silver Cloud Drive in the Ledges development.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this plat contains a single lot and was originally going to be a home show home. He recommended approval of the lot subject to the City Attorney signing off on the plat.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the final plat subject to Legal Department approval and authorize the Mayor to sign it.
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.

Jay Maxfield, Executive Director of the Dixie Care and Share, distributed a handout and introduced those Board Members who were present. He commented the Care and

Share needed the City’s help in coordinating efforts to find land to relocate the Care and Share.

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City Manager Gary Esplin advised that several sites have been identified, and the next step is to tour the existing facilities to see if they can be used for this purpose. The City Council has talked about several parcels for transitional housing rather than for the shelter, as this is also a need in the community. He stated he was hopeful that CDBG funds could be used for transitional housing, if a site and a partner could be found to operate the transitional housing. He suggested to Mr. Maxfield that he contact Mans Jennings to schedule a meeting and arrange a tour of the facility for the City Council.

Ed Baca inquired if other cities would be contributing toward a new facility, or if it would be primarily to serve the citizens of St. George.

Mr. Maxfield replied that all services are in St. George and he did not know if other cities would be willing to participate, but their mission is Washington County.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented he thought that Washington County would help.

Mr. Maxfield commented that as soon as they have the land and drawings they can begin raising funds.

Mayor McArthur announced that a CAT meeting will be held next Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Dixie Center to discuss safety in the community.

Energy Services Director Phil Solomon distributed a handout entitled City of St. George Energy Service Strategic Plan 1-5 Years. He briefly reviewed the handout, commenting that it lays out what strategies will be used to make decisions and set goals.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented the goal has been to live within a certain rate while not getting into the market. However, the markets have been slowing down, and perhaps the philosophy should be to go to the market a little bit more. Energy Services staff have done an incredible job in diversifying resources, and the goal is to diversify so that the City can control its own destiny. However, changes will have to be made to the City’s philosophy on reserves and rate increases.

Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich advised that 60 2010 flood projects were identified, and these are now down to five, which she then reviewed: the Santa Clara River trail phase 7, the Bloomington to Sun River trail, the Millcreek Generation Facility rip rap, the Sunbrook Golf Course maintenance road, and Riverside Drive armoring by the Doctor’s Free Clinic. 2012 flood projects totaled 12, with just a few not completed at this time: the Dean Terry project is under design, and the Bloomington irrigation project below Main Street.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that around $10 million has been spent on flood control improvements which will fall on the Flood Authority to maintain.

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Jay Sandberg advised another 2010 project consisted of clean-up around the bridges. One of the highest priorities is bank protection of River Road and the River Road bridge and debris removal on the Santa Clara River.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that one of his biggest concerns is with the River Road bridge at 1450 South. He stated this bridge is vulnerable, and the NRCS project would beef up a section of protection for the bridge. It also would provide for a trail on top of rock that will be installed by the NRCS. In this area is an easement containing the regional sewer line. He asked the City Council to consider extending this project to protect the utilities in this easement, with payment from the flood fund. The total for everything, including the trail will be $250,000. He stated he would try to get some funding from other participants as well.

Laura Taylor presented a power point presentation on the following park planning projects: the Hela Seegmiller Historic Farm, Historic Farmhouse and Granary, Orchard Installation Planned for Arbor Day 2013, Red Hills Garden, St. James Park, Virgin River Trail South Extension, Fields Maintenance Building, Christensen Park Restroom, Royal Oaks Park, Southgate Streetscape Improvements, Snow Canyon Streetscape and Drainage, Millcreek Park, Pioneer Park Restroom, Silkwood Neighborhood Park, Sand Hollow Wash Pedestrian Crossing, Little Valley Fields Phase 4, Little Valley Pickleball Facility, and Tabernacle Street Beautification.

Ed Baca inquired about supplementing the Recreation Center on 400 East.

City Manager Gary Esplin replied there are several possible sites, however, he is concerned with competing with the private sector.

Wes Jenkins distributed a handout of proposed right-of-way cross sections for small streets. He commented staff feels the new optional cross-section is appropriate for small public roadways that serve 2-50 dwelling units.

Councilmember Almquist suggested that a roadway with 22-23' of asphalt with no parking, a low back curb, and parking outside of the curb with trees interspersed be considered for unique subdivisions.

The consensus of the City Council was that the new optional cross-section was fine in limited areas, although not for through streets.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the Milepost 8 project is moving ahead. UDOT is doing an RFP design build project from 900 East to River Road which includes widening and an interchange. The Bluff and Blvd. intersection is going to a COG on February 5. The COG put Bluff Street high on the priority list. The UDOT Commission approved $1 million for improvement of Indian Hills Drive, $500,000 to widen 3000 East north of 1450, the Mathis bridge is done, 3000 East is in the process of being designed, Riverside Drive is done, 1450 South is done, and Ivins has asked the City to order a bus and have given the City routes to look at. Cameron is looking at Brigham Road and River Road, Horseman Park Drive and River Road,

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and 450 North and 3050 East. The Southern Parkway is being extended north to Warner Valley and then Washington City will extend Washington Fields Road to connect in. Construction will be done by the end of the year. Staff sent an email to Washington City to have the airport overlay zone adopted in Washington City.

Cameron Cutler advised that the 270 East speed limit can be raised to 40 mph. He reviewed Millcreek pedestrian crossing numbers.

Mayor McArthur requested that the Millcreek crossing be observed several more times.

Mr. Cutler advised staff is looking at the River Road and 700 South intersection, and has received requests for a rumble strip, flashing lights, and a “your speed” sign at the Foremaster Drive crossing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to adjourn to a closed session to discuss a property purchase and possible litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
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.

MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Pike.
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.

Gay Cragun, City Recorder