City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 21,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 21, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

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

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order at approximately 4:15 p.m. and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by Ben Nickle and the invocation was offered by Pastor Alex Wilkie. Mayor McArthur apologized for being late, explaining that he was meeting with officials from UDOT. John Njord, Director of UDOT, and Jerry Lewis, Board Member, are retiring and he thanked them for their support and service.

City Manager Gary Esplin was excused from the meeting.

Mayor McArthur read a proclamation proclaiming the fourth week of March, 2013 as Wellness Week in the City. He advised that the Fourth Annual Wellness Expo will be held at the Senior Center tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Shanna Bland, Senior Center Director, advised the Expo will have 50 vendors, free screenings, and lunch will be served. She then introduced members of the board. Mayor McArthur then presented the proclamation to her.

Mayor McArthur advised that Water Services Director Barry Barnum is retiring after 15 years of service with the City. The Mayor and City Council congratulated Mr. Barnum on his retirement, thanked him for his dedicated service to the City, and wished him the very best. Mayor McArthur then presented him with a clock. Mr. Barnum thanked the Mayor and Council for the opportunity to serve the citizens of St. George and expressed appreciation to the Mayor and City Council and employees of his department.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW WATER SERVICES DIRECTOR:
Mayor McArthur recommended appointment of Scott Taylor as the new Water Services Director.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to appoint Scott Taylor as the new Water Services Director.
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.

Mr. Taylor advised that he is a native of St. George and was fortunate to be able to work for Barry Barnum and grateful for the example set by Mr. Barnum.

Mayor McArthur invited all Scouts in the audience to introduce themselves.

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT:
Consider approval of a special event permit to hold a dance on the water tank on the Red Hill. St. George Youth City Council, applicant.

Taylor Robles, Youth City Manager, and Katelyn Alexander, Youth Mayor, explained the Youth City Council would like to hold a dance on the water tower because of its historical significance. There are several issues, however, such as no restrooms, inadequate parking, noise issues, and ADA issues. They are asking the City for help with these issues. There is also a safety issue and weight issue. They requested that the City have an engineer determine how much weight the water tank can hold.

Mayor McArthur inquired about insurance.



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Ms. Alexander replied that they have not yet looked into insurance and are trying to decide if they want to hold a dance for high school students, or have a dinner dance for older participants. A date for the dance has not been decided.

Mayor McArthur expressed support for the dance.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the special event permit subject to working out all the details with City staff.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Almquist, including waiver of all fees.
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.

ARTS COMMISSION AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE:
Alisha Tolman, Chair of the Arts Commission, explained that this year the Arts Commission selected two recipients for their Excellence in Arts award - Lynne Clark and Roy Fitzell. This selection was based on dedication to their craft and their accomplishments. A power point presentation was made for each recipient, and each was presented with their awards.

Mayor McArthur advised that tomorrow the Art Around the Corner gala will be held.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised that next week is the 34th annual St. George Arts Festival at Town Square. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be 113 artists, 19 different crafts for the kids, and 20 food booths.

Councilmember Gail Bunker advised that as part of the Art Around the Corner program, the sculptures in the downtown area will be removed and replaced.

TABLED ITEM:
Item 2A on the agenda to consider approval of a supplement to the Quality Excavation airport paving and lighting agreement was tabled.

AGREEMENT:
Consider award of an agreement with Banner Aviation and Management Services to close out the FAA Replacement Airport Construction Program.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood recommended approval of the agreement with Banner Aviation in the amount of $70,095 in order to meet FAA requirements.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the agreement, noting that it is savings for the City over the previous agreement.
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.

PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDED FINAL PLAT/ORDINANCE:
Public hearing to consider approval of an amended final plat for Coyote Springs. David Goodsell, applicant.

Todd Jacobsen advised the amendment consists of changing a note on the plat for the walk out basements.

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 plat.
SECOND The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
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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.

SET PUBLIC HEARINGS:
City Planner Ray Snyder explained that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held March 12, 2013, recommended that public hearings be scheduled for April 4, 2013 to consider (1) a zone change from Open Space to A-1 on 1.50 acres located at 2000 East 3800 South, and (2) a zone change from A-1, A-20, and R-1-12 to R-1-10 on 23.28 acres located between 2780 East and 3000 East Streets and north of 2000 South Street.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to set the public hearings 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.

PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Wes Jenkins presented the preliminary plats for Villa Highlands at Hidden Valley on 14.62 acres, zoned PD Residential. Both plats were reviewed by the Planning Commission, and the applicant is requesting approval of both plats. Option A has 46 townhome units with 18 green court units and 28 units fronting on a private street with an alley in the rear. Option B is a 45 unit green court plan and is preferred by the Planning Commission, applicant, and staff. Option B would have all utilities located within or near the 20' wide rear alley and because of this will need a new utility cross-section, and there are some utility issues that need more detailed engineering, as well as approval from Dixie REA. With regard to parking, Option A provides 101 parking spaces when 110 are required, and Option B provides 120 parking spaces when 132 are required. The Planning Commission felt both plans provided adequate parking.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve both plats, with Option B being the preferred plat, and subject to all recommendations of the Planning Commission.
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.

HILLSIDE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT:
City Planner Ray Snyder presented the request for a hillside development permit for a proposed residential subdivision currently called Boulder Cove. The applicants, however, will be changing the name of the subdivision. The Hillside Review Board met on site in December and tabled the request because they were not comfortable with placement of the homes so close to the toe of the hill. They met again in February and the plan was changed significantly after a rockfall hazard report was prepared. 14 lots were removed from the plan. The plan will now consist of 105 lots on 73 acres, with 28 acres to remain undisturbed. The Planning Commission recommends approval subject to the recommendations of the Hillside Review Board.

Jim Raines with Bush and Gudgell advised the new name of the subdivision is now Cottam Cove. There is a new and safer standard of care when dealing with hillsides. The non-disturb areas will not be part of lots and will remain open space and be dedicated to the City. He explained that access to Lot 67 is through a flag lot. There will be two 45' wide streets within the project and the rest of the streets will meet City standards.
There will be a new entrance off River Road where there is an existing home. The

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Cottams own the balance of the property to the south. The parents and one son will retain their homes in the area and will have an access. There is also a significant section of hillside, and non-hillside with a rockfall hazard, that will be dedicated to the City.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the hillside development permit subject to the recommendations of the Hillside Review Board.
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.

FEE WAIVER:
Consider approval of a fee waiver for the Breathe Easy 5K and 10K Fun Run.

Steve Rossberg, representing the Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation, and Race Director, explained the Foundation’s mission is to promote the overall health and well being of everyone in the region. This will be the third year for the race and they would like to hold it at the ridgetop complex. He requested a waiver of fees and stated they have been waived the last two years.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the fee waiver.
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.

FEE WAIVER:
Consider approval of a fee waiver for the Make That Change 5K Run.

Penny Hutchings and Heather Cox explained the run will be held in conjunction with their 25 year class reunion for Dixie High School and Pine View High School. The run will be held at the ridgetop complex on June 22. All money raised will go to scholarships for Pine View and Dixie students to attend Dixie University. They are working with Pam Graff with the School District.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the fee waiver.
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.

REQUEST TO USE AIRPORT:
Consider approval of a request to use the Airport for naval training exercises. Department of the Navy, applicant.

Lane Pughe, Special Agent with the NCIS, explained they would like to use the new airport for a Realistic Urban Training refueling exercise. He displayed the site plan and advised there would be no interference with the commercial terminal. They will be there May 9-10, for less than 24 hours. There will be multiple aircraft landing, and this is an actual operation and not an air show. He then reviewed media inquiries, VIP visits, and security.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the request.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

CDBG FUNDING REQUESTS:
Consider approval of CDBG funding priorities for FY 2013-2014.

CDBG Administrator Karen Christensen reviewed a summary describing the program, the national objective, and how this coordinates with the City’s objectives. One of the major priorities has been the prevention of homelessness. This has been taken into consideration when reviewing and ranking the requests. There have some new applications this year. She then reviewed the summary of rankings and recommendations.

Councilmember Pike commented that he wanted to make sure the City Council was mindful of the needs of the Dixie Care and Share and he would like them to be a priority when deciding on funding to help them obtain the property they need. Helping to fund a purchase or trade of property is crucial in helping them get a new shelter and kitchen in a suitable location. However, the Dixie Care and Share is asking for $1.5 million and he did not think the City could encumber those funds for the next few years.

Ms. Christensen advised that a big portion of the funding has been set aside to address the Dixie Care and Share request. She advised that funding this year will probably be decreased about 7% or more from last year, for a total of about $424,000.

Councilmember Almquist commented on the high cost of replacing five feet of concrete along the north side of 200 East from the Arts Museum to 100 East.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch replied that the cost also includes retaining walls, gutter and sidewalk.

Councilmember Bunker inquired about the criteria for ranking the requests.

Ms. Christensen replied that the national objectives are to benefit low and moderate income persons and the elimination of slum or blight with urgency, combined with the objectives of the consolidated plan. All of this is looked at in ranking the projects.

Councilmember Bunker inquired if the Dixie Care and Share project could be moved up to number one on the rankings.

Ms. Christensen replied that this can be done.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to approve the funding priorities.
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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held February 28, 2013.

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

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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held March 7, 2013.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the minute as presented.
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.

Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held March 14, 2013.

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

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Councilmember Hughes.
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.




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Gay Cragun, City Recorder