City Council

Thursday, December 20,2012
Minutes



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 20, 2012, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS


PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Ben Nickle
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Gail Bunker
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 Mayor McArthur and the invocation was offered by Jon Pike. Kelly Humphries presented a power point presentation of the recent marathon delegation trip to Ibigawa, Japan and thanked the Mayor and City Council for the opportunity. Two students and a representative from the School District reported on their experience.

Mayor McArthur read a proclamation in support of the name “Dixie” to remain as part of the new university name. He asked for the support of the City Council. He advised that a meeting will be held on January 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium where the findings of all the hearings on the matter will be presented.

CONSENT CALENDAR:
Consider approval of the financial statement for November, 2012.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City is in good financial condition. Mayor McArthur noted that revenue accounts are up in golf, energy and water.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the financial statement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
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.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for a 2013-2014 Gillig 29' Transit Bus.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this bid is a piggyback bid award in an amount not to exceed $365,000.

Mayor McArthur commented that delivery of the bus will be in 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
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.

AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a professional services agreement with JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc. for SVE Gas Remediation Monitoring and Reporting for Vapor Extraction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained the agreement is for continued monitoring of gas and water samples at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, in the amount of $41,670.
St. George City Council Minutes
December 20, 2013
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MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the agreement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
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.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for electrical material for the Energy Warehouse.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood explained this is a yearly blanket award, in an amount not to exceed $350,000 based on annual usage. The bid will be split three ways between three vendors to take advantage of the best price and best availability. All three companies have agreed to this, and all are local companies.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to award the bid as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
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.

Councilmember Almquist inquired about recycling of transformers and other materials.

Energy Services Director Phil Solomon explained that all useable cable is coiled onto a spool for use on other jobs, or put into a scrap bin for sale. All PCB transformers have been removed, and transformers are sold to second-hand suppliers. The reason a blanket purchase order is used is to reduce the City’s cost by having three suppliers and their shelves are used to store the materials.

Mayor McArthur invited everyone to attend the City’s birthday party on January 19th from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Social Hall for free root beer floats. Sun Tran is free that day, as well as free swimming at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center.

ART TOUR:
Consider approval of the Arts to Zion Studio Tour.

Bobbi Wan Kier reported that last year’s tour went very well. This year’s tour will include home studios all the way to Zion. 60 pieces of art will be for sale. The tour will benefit the artists and artists guild and the Arts to Zion project for next year. She requested support from the City and permission for the home studios to conduct retail sales on the three days of the event, a sign permit waiver for directional signs, and to put the decorative lizard on the Art Center the weekend in advance of the tour. Artists Skylar Hebert, Kent Harris, Amy Bonham, Bob Ford, and Michael Foote introduced themselves.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the Arts to Zion Studio Tour, including approval to display the lizard on the Arts Building with a time period acceptable to both parties, allowing sale of art work from the home studios and in the industrial area, and approval of directional signage for the event.
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.


St. George City Council Minutes
December 20, 2012
Page Three

SET PUBLIC HEARINGS:
City Planner Ray Snyder advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held December 11, 2012, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for January 3, 2013 to consider (1) proposed amendments to Title 10, Chapter 13A, Hillside Overlay Zone, dealing with the possible removal of small hills, a requirement for visual imaging, and building setback modifications on plateaus and ridges, and (2) a proposed amendment to Title 10, Chapter 12, Open Space Zone, to allow limited numbers of poultry and rabbits in the Open Space zone subject to certain standards.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to set the public hearings as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
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.

FINAL PLATS:
Wes Jenkins presented the final plats for Royal Pines Estates Phase 2, Silkwood Phase 7 and Sun River Phase 35. The applicants for the Royal Pines Estates Phase 2 subdivision will bond for improvements on 3000 East.

Councilmember Bunker inquired about the walls on the back side of the landscape strip in the Royal Pines Estates Phase 2 Subdivision.

Mr. Jenkins replied that the developer will build the walls along 3000 East so they will be uniform in appearance.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the final plats and authorize the Mayor to sign them.
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.

MOU:
Consider approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Best Friends Animal Shelter with regard to community cats.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City is pleased with its relationship with Best Friends and the community cat program.

Janice Danker introduced herself and explained that she runs the community cat program for Best Friends. Best Friends has spayed and neutered 1,300 cars from the St. George area, and the intake rate has decreased almost 50% this year. Approval of this agreement will allow Best Friends to pull cats from the shelter and therefore save more lives. 117 cats and dogs were adopted at the recent Petsmart pet adoption event.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the agreement.
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.



St. George City Council Minutes
December 20, 2012
Page Four

PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDED FINAL PLAT/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider approval of an amended and extended final plat for The Village at Little Valley Phase I Amended. Jason and Dawn Hafen, applicants.

Wes Jenkins presented the plat for The Village at Little Valley Phase I Amended. He explained that the purpose for the amendment is to expand the size of Lot 1 to include a portion of City property between the northerly boundary of Lot 1 as recorded and the Washington County School District property. The purchaser of Lot 1 would like to purchase this 7' strip.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended $1 per sq. ft. for the 7' strip, noting that it is not worth anything except to the owner of Lot 1.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the amended final plat by ordinance.
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 Nickle - aye
Councilmember Pike - aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AUTHORIZE SALE OF CITY PROPERTY:
Consider approval to sell City property located between Lot 1 of The Village at Little Valley Phase 1 to the north and the Little Valley Elementary School to the south totaling 1,665 sq. ft. Jason and Dawn Hafen, applicants.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to authorize the sale of property as discussed.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
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.

PUBLIC HEARING/VACATION OF EASEMENTS/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider vacation of a sewer easement and a public utility and drainage easement located between 120 East Street and 270 East Street and between 1670 South Street and the road south of the Dixie Center.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the City currently owns property next to the Dixie Center on which there is an easement that is no longer needed. The City is also in the process of selling the property. He recommended abandonment of the easement.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to abandon the easement by ordinance.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
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.


St. George City Council Minutes
December 20, 2012
Page Five

PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider approval of a zone change for Las Colinas future phases from PD Residential to R-1-10 on 32.02 acres located on the west side of Pioneer Road and southwest of the Las Colinas Phases 1-4 subdivisions.

Wes Jenkins advised when Las Colinas came in, through a development agreement they were given a high density PD residential zone in exchange for building a park and trails. However, the City built the trail and sewer improvements, and Las Colinas agreed to reimburse the City for these improvements. In addition, every 16th lot was to be an affordable home. The new owners would now like to down-zone from PD Residential to R-1-10, to become Las Colinas Phases 1-4 Subdivisions. The new owners are asking to
amend the development agreement, with the property for the park being turned over to the City for City development, and the City taking over improvement of the landscaping and maintenance along Pioneer Road. The HOA will be dissolved. Las Colinas will pay back to the City the $80,000 the City paid for improvements on the trail, and they have already paid $30,000 for improvement of the sewer. They also feel they have met the quota as far as affordable housing.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that Las Colinas will still donate the trail property and other property to the City. Everything north of the trail will be donated to the City.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that all property extending into the river will also be donated to the City.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the zone change for Las Colinas future phases.
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.

PUBLIC HEARING/BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider approval of a boundary line adjustment between the City of St. George and the City of Santa Clara for 2.489 acres located one half mile west of the Entrada Golf Clubhouse on Tacheene Drive.

Brian Chadaz, representing the applicant, explained the reason for the boundary line adjustment is to build a custom home on the lot. The property is located on the edge of Entrada and borders Santa Clara City. It makes sense to de-annex from Santa Clara City and annex into St. George as there is a St. George City roadway next to this lot which contains all utilities. Santa Clara City does not have the ability to service the lot and provide utilities. Santa Clara de-annexed the property on December 12.

Mayor McArthur opened the public hearing. There being no public comment, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the boundary line adjustment.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Nickle.
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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held October 18, 2012.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the minutes as amended.

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December 20, 2012
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SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
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.

Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held November 29, 2012.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
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.

Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held December 13, 2012.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Nickle to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist.
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.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to an executive session to discuss litigation.
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 AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Councilmember Almquist.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Pike.
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