City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 23,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
MAY 23, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
REGULAR MEETING
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM

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

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge of allegiance to the flag was led by City Manager Gary Esplin and the invocation was offered by Sheila Smith from the Christian Science Society.

Mayor McArthur mentioned upcoming events happening throughout the City.

BETTERMENT AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a Betterment Agreement with UDOT for the St. George Boulevard Interchange.

City Manager advised the selection for the contractor for the improvements on St. George Boulevard takes place next week. This betterment agreement would be for above and beyond what is in the contract with UDOT.

Parks Planning Manager Laura Taylor stated the agreement includes $3000.00 to bring conduits to the landscape island, $107,550.00 to install landscape into the islands, $62,100.00 to paint the structure and $7000.00 to install tubular steel fence outside of the sidewalks that are on the outside of the interchange. The total is $179,650.00.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to approve the betterment agreement in the amount of $179,650.00.
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.

Councilmember Almquist inquired about adding the name of the City on the structure.

Mayor McArthur explained the structure is not big enough; however it can be added off to the side on the right-of-way.


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City Manager Gary Esplin stated possible locations are being looked at, but that is not included in the cost.

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a Landscape Maintenance Agreement with UDOT for maintenance of enhanced landscaping within the UDOT right-of-way on St. George Boulevard.

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement states the City will maintain the betterment improvement items that were just discussed. This is the same kind of agreement the City has to maintain miles 2,4 and 6.

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.

City Manager Gary Esplin updated the City Council on the current years budget. He stated E911 revenues are up 3.89%, telecommunications are down 3%, highway taxes are up 18.72%, sales tax is up 11.74% and room tax is up 4%.

PRESENTATION FROM THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT:
Finance Director Phil Peterson reviewed projects in the department. They are testing the e-billing program with a number of utility accounts. He provided a handout that shows how payments have been received for fiscal years 10 - 13.

PRESENTATION FROM THE POWER DEPARTMENT:
Energy Services Director Phil Solomon updated the City Council on the projects his department is currently working on and the challenges they are facing. They do not foresee any major changes in the next fiscal year.

PRESENTATION FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Police Chief Marlon Stratton updated the City Council on the department’s personnel, the types of calls they are responding to, the work that the VIPS have done with 578 donated hours per month, the new Washington County Citizen Alert System and how things are working with Gold Cross Ambulance.

PRESENTATION FROM THE WATER DEPARTMENT:
Water Services Director Scott Taylor updated the City Council on the challenges his departments are facing this year. In a couple of weeks, they will be requesting to initiate Stage 1 of the drought plan as it has been a pretty dismal water year.

PRESENTATION FROM THE SUPPORT SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
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Support Services Manager Marc Mortensen advised his department consists of IT, Fleet and Facility Services. He updated the City Council on projects his departments are working on. He advised he is requesting to replace fuel tanks in the Fleet yard that will come out of the

Capital Projects Fund. He provided a handout that lists the buildings, in tiers, that the City currently owns.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated he would like to recommend a change to the budget process this year, he is proposing to hold two public hearings for the budget. He advised there are drainage issues at Entrada and they have asked if the City would consider purchasing pipe to assist them with their issues. The drainage impact fund has enough to spend $100,000.00 to $150,000.00. The City would purchase the pipe and Entrada will install it. He updated the City Council on his plans for the market-based salary program for employees.

ADJOURN TO A CLOSED:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Pike to adjourn to a closed session.
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.



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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder