City Council Work Meeting

Thursday, February 21,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
FEBRUARY 21, 2013, 12:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Ben Nickle

PRESENTATION FROM WEBB MANAGEMENT SERVICES INCORPORATED REGARDING THE ST. GEORGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER NEEDS ASSESSMENT:

Duncan Webb explained that he has 25 years experience and has done 290 assessments. He presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: scope and approach, the needs assessment, target areas, population growth, educational attainment, income distribution, age distribution, seasonal residents, visitors, user demand, demand by capacity range, current facilities, facility rating vs. capacity, community impacts and benefits, conclusions, recommendations, school district partnership for a new large hall, adaptive re-use co-op, downtown cultural district, festival venues, and next steps.

Mr. Webb advised that what it will cost to sustain a performing arts center is in the second part of the business plan. There is a trend around the country that if a building is not doing well and is too expensive to close down, they are now booking shows like Carrot Top. The economic pressure to sustain these buildings has forced them to abandon the reason they were built in the first place. If the City determines that they are 15 years away from building a performing arts center, there is still work that can be done now with the School District and Dixie State University to make sure that arts groups continue to access the available facilities. He suggested that a co-op be created to work together.

Councilmember Almquist commented that whatever the City ends up doing, he would like to see it done in the downtown area.

Alisha Tolman, Chair of the Arts Commission, commented that other things can be done to build marketing and fund raising skills, and to work collaboratively is the way of the future.

Councilmember Almquist commented that if a cooperative effort were formed, all parties would find themselves working together instead of fighting each other.

Mr. Webb commented that fund raising would require building relationships with seasonal groups.



St. George City Council Work Meeting Minutes
February 21, 2013
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City Manger Gary Esplin commented that as part of the second phase, the City would like to concentrate on the Electric Theater to help the downtown area.

Councilmember Bunker commented that if the downtown is built up, this will entice other things to come to town such as restaurants.

Councilmember Almquist suggested that an annual calendar be created for arts related activities.

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Mayor McArthur advised that he recently had a conversation with Jerry Anderson about the statue that was removed from the Dixie State College campus, and its possible relocation to a roundabout.

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A brief discussion was held about a possible County RAP tax.

The meeting then adjourned.



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Gay Cragun, City Recorder