City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 27,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
JUNE 27, 2013
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Gil Almquist
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston
City Recorder Christina Fernandez

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Ben Nickle

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

Mayor McArthur advised item 4, the presentation regarding outdoor art in the Downtown area will not be presented.

ORDER:
Consider approval of an order prohibiting fireworks in designated areas of the City.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated he believes dryness throughout the City is worse this year than last year. He presented a map showing the recommended restrictions.

Mayor McArthur advised citizens can go to the City’s website to find an interactive map.

Councilmember Pike explained he had a citizen voice concerns regarding a wash area near their house. He inquired if it was covered by the restricted areas.

Fire Chief Robert Stoker advised he will look at that as the area may be included in the restricted areas.

Councilmember Pike stated what was in place last year worked well.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to approve the order prohibiting fireworks as shown on the map.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.

Councilmember Pike would like to add that Fire Chief Stoker can restrict other areas as he sees fit.

VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a vote as follows:

Councilmember Pike - aye

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Councilmember Almquist - aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRESENTATION FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT:
Ron Thompson, General Manager of the Water County Water Conservancy District, presented a power point presentation that covered the following topics: Washington County Water Analysis; United States Drought Monitor; Current Water Levels in Southern Utah; Growth Rate; Washington County Tourism; Renewable Water Resource Summary; Conservation; Current Conservation Measures; 2010 Gallons per Capita Use by City; 2010 Residential Gallons per Capita Use by City; Water Demand and Capacity; GOPB Estimates (Plus); What happens if Washington County is required to reduce its cost of allocation from existing sources?; Economics of Water; and In Conclusion.

City Manager Gary Esplin asked Mr. Thompson to address the reuse issue.

Mr. Thompson stated that one of the County’s projects is to put a reservoir in Warner Valley. They have a secondary network that connects the reuse plan from Gunlock through Santa Clara into St. George. If they had storage on the east side they can move water from Gunlock to Warner Valley. He advised the first public hearing regarding Lake Powell will be held on July 25th.

PRESENTATION ON THE NERC RELIABILITY REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS:
NERC/FERC Compliance Specialist Becky Rivera presented a power point presentation that covered the following topics: Reliability and Accountability For the Bulk Electric System; History; General Information; Chain of Command; NERC’s 8 Regions; BES Registered Functions; 14 Standards Categories With more than 1,000 Requirements; Severity Level Matrix; Violation Penalties; and 12 Most Violated Standards January - December 2012; 20 Most Violated Standards 2007-2012.

CLOSED SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Almquist to adjourn to a closed session to discuss possible litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor McArthur called for a roll call vote as follows:

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

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The meeting then adjourned after the closed session.


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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder