City Council Minutes

Thursday, January 17,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 17, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Council Member Jimmie Hughes
Council Member Ben Nickel
Council Member Jon Pike
Council Member Gail Bunker
Council Member Gil Almquist
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
Deputy City Recorder Judith Mayfield

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He stated that it was the 151st anniversary of the founding of the City of St. George and asked everyone to join him in a round of “Happy Birthday.” August Mizmer, a First Class Scout from Troop 0509 led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance and the invocation was offered by Council Member Jimmie Hughes.

Mayor McArthur welcomed the Boy Scouts in the audience and introduced Geri Jorgensen who gave a brief report on the programs offered by Desert Solace. Ms. Jorgensen stated they were launching a campaign called “Keeping It Clean In 2013” and free kits would be available at City Hall and other locations as well.

Mayor McArthur informed the audience that there would be a Community Action Team (CAT) meeting at the Dixie Center on January 29th which would focus on safety issues particularly in the schools.

Mayor McArthur explained that the Heritage Choir would be performing on Friday and Sunday at the Tabernacle in celebration of the City’s 151st birthday. He stated Lynn Clark would be speaking at the performances as well. On Saturday, January 19th, people will be able to attend the Art Museum and Sand Hallow Aquatics Center free as well as being able to ride free on SunTran and the Carousal in Town Square. The Mayor and City Council Members will be making complimentary root beer floats between Noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Social Hall.

Mayor McArthur introduced a 15 year old young man who is a resident of St. George who will be traveling to Russia next month with Team USA. He is a six times Junior Golden Glove winner in six different weight classes.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for asphalt maintenance of trails.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood stated they went out to bid and Holbrook was the only supplier who submitted a bid and they were the same supplier they were using this year and have had a very good working relationship with them. The contract is not to exceed $100,000 for trails for the year and will include crack sealing and striping.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the award to Holbrook in the amount of $100,000.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:




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Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution accepting the annexation petition for the Tonaquint Addition.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained the first step in an annexation is the approval of a resolution accepting the petition. He stated this is from SITLA for property west of Tonaquint area out to the Green Valley area.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the resolution accepting the annexation petition for the Tonaquint Addition.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SET PUBLIC HEARING:
City Planner Craig Harvey advised that the Planning Commission, at its meeting held January 8, 2013, recommended that a public hearing be scheduled for February 7 to consider a zone change from A-1 and RE-37.5 to RE-37.5 and RE-20 on a 10.89 acre parcel generally located at 3860 South and 2420 East in the Meadow Valley Farms area and a zone change from A-1 to R-1-10 and R-1-12 for Fieldstone at Little Valley, a site on a 18.5 acre parcel generally located at 2150 East and south of Equestrian Drive.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to set the public hearings as recommended.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist but with a question.

Council Member Almquist asked if the applicants for Item 1B, Fieldstone at Little Valley, were not desirous of the recommended adjustment.

Craig Harvey stated they did not agree with the Planning Commission’s recommendation.

Council Member Almquist said he seconded the motion.

VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mayor McArthur stated he had a few additional items he wanted to address. The first was “The Presentation of Rock Fall Hazards” which will be presented on January 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers by the Utah Geological Survey. On February 5th there will be a Transportation

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Expo from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on the 9th there will be a Sweetheart’s Ball at 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Center, 3rd floor.

FINAL PLATS:
Todd Jacobsen presented the final plat for Ft. Pierce Area No. Five (5) roadway dedication located on the east side of River Road at approximately 4900 South. This is for access to the Family Dollar Distribution Center.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this would be the road to get employees into the parking lot for the Family Dollar Distribution Center.

Todd Jacobsen explained that Item 2B, consider approval of a final plat for 270 East & 1670 South roadway dedication amended and extended is the public hearing scheduled for 5 p.m.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the final plats and authorize the Mayor to sign them.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Nickle.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

LOT MERGER/ROAD DEDICATION:
Todd Jacobsen advised this is to consider approval of a lot merger/road dedication for the proposed RV Storage to be adjacent to the existing Monster Storage facility generally located at the west end of 700 South Bluff Street. He explained this was a requirement of the recently approved Conditional Use Permit by the City Council.

Council Member Almquist asked if everything was in compliance with what was discussed in the public meeting.

Mr. Jacobsen stated it was.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Pike to approve the lot merger/road dedication.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRELIMINARY PLATS:
Wes Jenkins stated the applicant for preliminary plat Stonecliff Phase 12 had requested this to be rescheduled for a later date due to some issues that have come forward.




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Mr. Jenkins explained that staff had asked that the preliminary plat request for Riverstone (formerly Las Colinas) Phases 1 - 9 and the preliminary plat request for Royal Pines Phase 4 – 7 be delayed until some additional information can be resolved.

PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Wes Jenkins presented the preliminary plat for Cottonwood Phase 1 – 4 to create a thirty-seven (37) residential lot subdivision. The project is located on the south side of Crimson Ridge Drive and east of the Washington County School District property. The subdivision is located on 11.62 acres with density at 3.2 dwelling units per acre. It is zoned R-1-10 and the General Plan shows it as a low density residential area. The applicant is Quality Development and Stacy Young is the representative. Mr. Jenkins explained there will be lot size averaging with a maximum lot size of 12,800 square feet and a minimum lot size of 8,000 square feet.

Council Member Bunker asked if there was open space in the area or park amenities.

Mr. Jenkins stated there is Silkwood Park nearby and another park is proposed that would be directly east of the area.

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

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PD-R TIME EXTENSION:
Wes Jenkins explained this request is to extend the zoning designation time for an additional two (2) years on a PD-Residential Zone property (Sunbrook Ranch) formerly the Moore Business Forms plant. He stated staff supports the current PD-R & PD-Commercial Zoning and the reverting of the land back to M-2 would not be in the City’s best interest. The Planning Commission recommends approval of the requested time extension for two (2) years and possibly consider extending the time for four (4) years.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented that the extension could only be for as long as the period allowed under the ordinance.

Rob Reed with Rosenberg & Associates representing the applicant explained there are no current plans for the property and it could continue to be that way for the next 18 months.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the request to extend the zoning designation time up to the maximum allowed under the ordinance.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Pike with the clarification that they will need two accesses to the property.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye

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Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT:
Consider a request for a conditional use permit to construct a detached garage that will exceed the normal height and size limits for a detached garage at 158 East 400 South. Mr. Cline Durfey, applicant.

Craig Harvey stated the applicants were Mr. Cline Durfey and Mr. Joseph Kolar. He explained there are two homes on either side of the property and the back of the property is a maintenance lot for the church. He said the detached garage will exceed the allowable area of twenty-five percent (25%) of the rear yard because of the small size of the lot and it will also exceed the allowable height.

Council Member Bunker asked what types of materials were going to be used for the construction of the garage.

Mr. Harvey said the materials would be stucco and tile shingles. He also stated the home would be constructed of the same materials. The Planning Commission recommended approval with the conditions regarding the building materials as well as shifting the garage 3 feet to the east with no increase to the foot print of the garage.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Hughes to approve the request for a conditional use permit to construct a detached garage that will exceed the normal height and size limits for a detached garage with the recommendations made by the Planning Commission.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.


Council Member Almquist wanted to clarify that the land had been resurveyed recently.

Mr. Harvey stated that it had.

VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

SALE OF CITY PROPERTY:
Consider a sale of 336 sq. ft. of City property at 555 South Bluff Street. Bob Hermandson, applicant.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained that this remnant parcel along Bluff Street reverted back to the City when the State gave back all of the extra right of way along Bluff Street. The property would be sold to the applicants at $1.00 per square foot.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the sale of the property for $1.00 per square foot.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:



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Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mayor McArthur asked several Boy Scouts to come to the podium and introduce themselves.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Public hearing to approve the final roadway dedication plat for 270 East Street and 1670 South Street amended and extended.

Todd Jacobsen explained that the plat was originally approved in approximately 2006. With the realignment of the roadway the plat has to be amended to match the new improvements that were done with Dixie Drive and I-15 interchange and to include the widening and extension of 270 East Street to the north from the original plat. He stated the easements have been realigned and narrowed in some areas to meet City Standards for easements but no other changes were made or intended on this Final Plat Amendment.

Mr. Jacobsen explained that the name of the street will need to be looked at because of addressing issues.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that there would be time to look at the naming of the street in the future.

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

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to amend and extend 1670 South Street and to approve the final roadway dedication plat for 270 East Street.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.
APPOINTMENTS:
Appointments to boards and commissions of the City.

Mayor McArthur recommended the following appointments: Joe Viers to the Art Museum Board (3 year term); Kim Campbell and Ross Taylor to the Planning Commission (4 year term); Dave Black, Kim Whitney, Todd Edwards, Bruce Neiderhauser and Russ Owens to the Hillside Review Board (2 year term); Kenna Tanner and John Sorenson to the Shade Tree Board (4 year term); and, Jim Sevy to the Art Commission (2 year term).

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to approve the Mayor’s appointments to the various Boards and Commissions.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mayor McArthur stated that he had talked to two or three people about being on an advisory committee to fix the scar by the “D” on the hillside. He asked for suggestions for other members from the City Council Members.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held December 20, 2012.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Almquist to approve the minutes as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes of the City Council meeting held January 3, 2013.

Council Member Almquist requested that the minutes be corrected.

MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Nickle to approve the minutes as corrected.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Pike – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Nickle – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Council Member Bunker to adjourn to a closed session to discuss personnel and litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Almquist.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Council Member Nickle – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye

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Council Member Pike – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene was made by Council Member Almquist.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Bunker.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Nickle – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Pike – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSIONS:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained that the City was helping with providing a safe and secure place for the homeless people that are also being helped by members of Grace Episcopal Church. The hangar at the old airport is being made available between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for approximately 12 – 15 homeless men. Grace Episcopal Church is transporting the men back and forth between the hangar and Dixie Care and Share and also providing a chaperone to stay with the men during the night.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that he has been talking to Kent Perkins about vacating the Leisure Arts Building to make room for the Children’s Museum. The top floor would still be available for use by the City.

Council Member Bunker stated the Board would be very appreciative for the space.

Mayor McArthur stated that there were questions about the trail between Man of War and Sun River. He said they have to have it done by October but can’t work on it between April and August. They are still talking to home owners impacted by trail. Mayor McArthur said they have to move on it by the end of the month.

Council Member Pike talked about a group that is trying to lobby for pennants, feather flags, and signage in parking lots. He said that he would like to bring to the Council after City staff does some investigating about the size and proximity to streets.

Council Member Almquist stated the Kevin Carter is coming down in February and will call Gil to set up a meeting with a couple of council members to discuss working relationships with SITLA.

ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to adjourn was made by Council Member Hughes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Council Member Nickle.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

Council Member Nickle – aye
Council Member Almquist – aye
Council Member Hughes – aye
Council Member Bunker – aye
Council Member Pike – aye




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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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Judith Mayfield, Deputy City Recorder