City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 28,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 28, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM

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

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Ben Nickle

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 Pastor Jimi Kestin. Pastor Kestin announced that the Way of the Cross will be held tomorrow, and dedication of the Freedom Shrine at the airport will take place on April 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Mayor McArthur announced that the Art Festival will begin tomorrow. Councilmember Bunker advised that one room will be open at the Children’s Museum during the Art Festival.

DISCUSSION ON THE MP 8 PROJECT:
Laura Taylor displayed a proposed site plan for MP 88 DDI at the St. George Blvd. Interchange.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that it is hoped the project will be completed by Thanksgiving. Four contractors are submitting design build proposals. The City needs to decide whether it wants to add anything extra to the documents that Horrocks is putting together to give to the contractors. It has been decided not to include improvement of the panels at this time to allow the contractor to finish off what he is going to do, and then the City can see if they want to add anything to the panels later. However, the enhancements will probably have to be paid for by the City. Horrocks will submit the minimum requirements and the contractors can come up with a better design. He recommended that the City Council may want to upgrade the chain link fencing and pay for the upgrade. He then reviewed options for fencing and proposed traffic control islands. After discussion, the City Council decided it would like to add $180,000 in upgrades, and this amount will have to be given to the State for these betterments. He suggested that funds for this can be taken from the Economic Development Fund. July 1 is the notice to proceed date, and the businesses want the project completed as quickly as possible and to avoid big event dates. The State will paint the light poles black.

Lee Cabell, representing Horrocks Engineering, advised that the State is paying for all lighting, including pedestrian safety lighting and lighting underneath the bridge.



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Mayor McArthur commented that he would like to see raised pavement markers on the turns.

UPDATE ON SIGNALS:
Cameron Cutler advised that the City has a contract with Horrocks Engineering to design the signal on Red Cliffs Drive. It will be about $15,000 for the base design. There are additional things that can be done to improve the east leg of the intersection driveway approach, and this may cost a few thousand more. The design agreement is being reviewed by the Legal Department. The signal will be synchronized, and all signals will be connected along River Road.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the City has set a goal to be on the leading edge of operational systems to be as efficient as possible.

DUST COMPLAINT:
Cameron Cutler advised that a resident of Bridle Gate Estates is complaining about dust. One of the roads in the area has been closed to alleviate dust, but until the canal road is improved, there will still be complaints about dust.

Mayor McArthur recommended that chip seal be laid on the canal road.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented that the City will do the minimum required to cut down the dust and will lay chip seal just past the homes on the canal road.

Cameron Cutler advised that some road base has already been put on the canal road and some has been compacted down. It will be May or June before it can be chip sealed.

REPORT FROM THE AIRPORT:
City Manager Gary Esplin advised there have been many comments that the City has not been doing enough to bring other air lines to the new airport. He has personally contacted Allegiant Air, has visited their office in Las Vegas, and has been talking to them for a long time.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that parking at the airport provides the most revenue at the airport, and rental cars provide the second largest revenue.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that in this budget year the airport is paying for itself, and the City has ended up with 237 acres of property at the old airport site.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that he and Airport Manger Rich Stehmeier have made three different visits with up to six to seven different airlines.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that he traveled to San Diego to meet with airlines.

Public Works Director Larry Bulloch advised that the City has met with Allegiant Air, Alaska Airlines, United, Southwest, Sea Port, and US Air about locating at the airport.

Airport Manager Rich Stehmeier presented a power point presentation on the St. George Airport covering the following topics: How Big We Can Handle, The Type of

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Aircraft We Can Handle, How Big Can We Go, What Have We Been Doing To Market the Airport, a review of the new flights to Denver, Air Service Opportunity Presentation Network USA 2013 Conference, Mesquite Gaming Group, Blue Angel Updated, and Airport Events and News. He then updated the City Council on security inspections by the TSA. 62 hangars have been relocated from the old airport, and now there are 87, with more in the works. IHC and Hughes Construction will also build hangars at the airport. The FBO is doing better and would like the City to help with landscaping.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that there is a problem with the ARFF truck and it will be $91,000 to fix it. This will have to be done. He advised that any new airlines coming in will most likely contract with Skywest to provide baggage handling, etc. The new airlines will not hire one new employee. Skywest has 400 employees. The City is not giving Skywest preferential treatment, however, if it was true, it would be warranted, considering what they provide to the community.

Mayor McArthur commented that Skywest is one of the largest employers in the County, and the City is blessed to have them, as they could relocate somewhere else at any time. Mayor McArthur commented that the Airport Advisory Board was dissolved because it was felt it was no longer needed.

Airport Manager Rich Stehmeier agreed that an Airport Advisory Board is not needed at the present time.

Mayor McArthur commented it is still his feeling that an Airport Advisory Board is not needed, as the City Council makes the final decisions in any event. He recommended that some desert landscaping around the FBO and the air museum be added.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that he will have the City’s landscape architects look at a plan.

Councilmember Bunker suggested this airport presentation be made to the Chamber of Commerce and other service groups.

Airport Manager Rich Stehmeier advised the County has committed $75,000 in advertising funds for the airport.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to adjourn to a closed session to discuss a land sale.
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 Pike - aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion to reconvene and adjourn was made by Councilmember Almquist.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote, as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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Gay Cragun, City Recorder