City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 13,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JUNE 13, 2013
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM

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

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The pledge allegiance to the flag was led by Councilmember Nickle and the invocation was offered by Reverend Alex Wilkie.

Mayor McArthur stated tomorrow is Flag Day and the Elks Lodge will be holding a ceremony to properly dispose of tethered flags and on Monday, The McQuarrie Museum will be having a ceremony to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

PRESENTATION FROM THE ST. GEORGE MUSICAL THEATER:
Bruce Bennett with the St. George Musical Theater presented a power point presentation covering the following topics: St. George Musical Theater, SGMT Provides; City Provides; Benefits; Recommended Modifications; Estimate of Revenues; Average Performance Attendance ; Riser Layout; SGMT 2013-214 Season Proposal.

Mayor McArthur inquired if the revenue would cover the cost of the utilities.

City Manager Gary replied yes.

Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins advised the Opera House currently generates an average of $17,000.00 in revenue which would be lost since, based upon the proposed schedule, other events could not be accommodated.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised if the St. George Musical Theater were to use the Opera House, items cannot be stored outside as they were in the past.

Mayor McArthur expressed he is concerned because the City is no longer renting the third floor of the Arts Building that the Opera House will not be available for use. He stated he does not want the Opera House modified.

Mr. Bennett stated the schedule is a tentative schedule. There are no plans to modify the building; however, they plan to update the lighting and speaker system.

Councilmember Pike advised he is in favor of the City assisting the St. George Musical Theater with regard to getting it up and running but if they were to move, he does not feel the City will be able to help again.

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Mr. Bennett stated they do not want to ask the community for money. The Eccles foundation has said they would match contributions up to $250,000.00 for them to be able to get into a larger building.

Councilmember Bunker stated she feels the City should support the St. George Musical Theater if possible. She believes the only negative would be that the City would not be able to rent the Opera House any longer.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised allowing the St. George Musical Theater to use the Opera House would benefit the downtown area. Based on past history, he is concerned that the building may be damaged. Additionally, he questioned what will happen if there are no options for a larger venue in the future.

Mr. Bennett stated the St. George Musical Theater would stay longer if needed. He stated he would need a decision soon.

PUBLIC HEARING:
Public hearing to receive public input on the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

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

FISCAL YEAR BUDGET/RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution adopting the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

City Manager Gary Esplin recommended transferring $1,031,750.00 from the Capital Projects Fund to the General Fund to fund the following: $219,6000.00 for the purchase of six vehicles for the Police Department, $195,440.00 for an overhead tank for the fuel yard, $44,000.00 to repaint City Hall, $252,000.00 to replace the sweeper truck in the Streets Department, $133,000.00 for Tawa Ponds improvments and $132,610.00 to maintain and update the 700 South Pool and Sand Hollow Aquatic Center. In addition, he recommended the following: $144,510.00 for improvements on City Creek to be paid out of the Drainage Utility Fund; transferring $86,000.00 from the Capital Projects Fund to the General Fund to update the Recreation Center; $179,650.00 for the Betterment Agreement with UDOT for mile post 8; $150,000.00 to repair the Black Hill scar; $500,000.00 for the Tabernacle round-a-bout; $750,000.00 to build offices for the Leisure Services Department at the old courthouse; and $100,000.00 to repair drainage issues at Entrada to be paid out of the Drainage Impact Fund. He explained how the City acquired the old courthouse.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to adopt the budget by resolution.
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

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The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

DISCUSSION ON THE LAKES GENERAL PLAN:
City Manager Gary Esplin explained the General Plan was adopted for the area called The Lakes, south of Sunbrook Golf Course.

Matt Ence proved a hand out entitled The Lakes at St. George, Community Image Booklet and reviewed it. The hand out includes project narrative, Land use master plan, neighborhood plan (parcel 6), neighborhood plan (parcels 10 & 12), landscape master plan, community park and sports park, Plantations Drive (primary entry), Plantations Drive (secondary entry - alt. B), Plantations Drive (secondary entry - alt. B), neighborhood entry, Lago Vista Drive, Alienta Drive and bridge, pedestrian underpass, Lake Ramada, neighborhood walls, community signage and street sections. He advised they are not changing any of the agreement and that the Master Plan was adopted approximately six years ago.

Rick Rosenberg stated the roadways will follow the City’s Master Plan. Issues will need to be resolved with regard to increased traffic.

Councilmember Almquist inquired what the overall density was.

Mr. Rosenberg stated the density is 3200 units on 730 acres. He advised roads will cross properties.

City Manager Gary Esplin commented he is concerned when projects are split up into phases. There has to be some assurance that the phases will be completed. In addition, as a homeowner in the area, he is concerned about traffic on Canyon View Drive.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated he sees a potential problem with the larger street that will go through private property.

DISCUSSION ON DEVELOPMENT AT 200 WEST TABERNACLE:
Wes Davis presented a power point presentation that covers the following topics: Wilkinson-Mixed Use Concept Proposal; The Site; Current Zoning; Views; Mixed Use; Corner; Zoning Adjacencies; process sketches; Corner Mixed Use; Building #2; Building #3; Building #4; Townhomes; Hardscape; Landscaping; Totals; Birds Eye; Studio; 2 Bedroom; 3 Bedroom; Interior Renderings -Conceptual; Townhomes; and Conceptual Perspective - Context; Conceptual Elevations - Context.

Bob Nicholson stated the City can leave the zoning C4 if the ground level were to have offices. The back portion would be PD Residential.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised there may be zoning issues as the City does not have anything like this, the best way may be to split the zones. He inquired what the phasing will be.

Mr. Davis stated phasing has not been discussed yet.

The consensus of the City Council was for the developer to move forward.
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DISCUSSION ON PROPOSED SUNTRAN/IVINS CONNECTION:
Public Works Director Larry Bulloch introduced the new Suntran Manager Fred Davies.
Mr. Davies advised he recently spent ten hours traveling all of the bus routes.

Mr. Bulloch provided a handout on the proposed Ivins Commuter Route. The route will start at Sunset and Bluff, will travel down Snow Canyon Parkway into to Ivins and loop around back into St. George. He would like to offer full service, but that is not feasible. Having a commuter service will work better. Ivi ns has budgeted

$122,000.00 to purchase a new bus, the balance will come from FTA grants. He read through the agreement.

Mr. Davis advised the recent customer satisfaction survey showed 76% of the customers use the system four or more times per week and do not have any other transportation options. He explained the para transit approval process.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to a closed session to discuss property sales.
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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

RECONVENE AND ADJOURN:

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bunker to reconvene and adjourn.
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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder Date