City Council Minutes

Thursday, September 26,2013



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WORK MEETING
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM


PRESENT:
Mayor Daniel McArthur
Councilmember Jon Pike (arrived at 4:24 PM)
Councilmember Gail Bunker
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
Deputy City Recorder Annette Hansen

ABSENT:
Councilmember Ben Nickle

OPENING:
Mayor McArthur called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Gil Almquist and the invocation was offered by Mayor McArthur.

City Manager Gary Esplin asked the Council to reschedule the presentation from the Washington County Economic Development Council representative Scott Hirschi to later on in the agenda due to a scheduling conflict.

CONSIDER PROPOSED SUNTRAN FEE SCHEDULE CHANGES, FRED DAVIES:
Fred Davies, SunTran manager for the City of St. George presented a powerpoint discussing and including all the different aspects of the program. The power point included the following topics: SunTran’s growing services and projected increases, Paratransit services increases, current inventory, current spare inventory, Transit fleet replacement planning, Cost of one more full size bus, Continue to grow, Current fare rates, discount bulk passes, bulk pass values, Proposed fares, Dropping discount passes provides net increase in local match funds, Advertising on and inside the bus and the potential advertising revenue. Upon completion of the powerpoint presentation Mr. Davies requested from the Council permission to explore the advertising revenue option as well as restructuring the fee schedule in order to help fund the growing needs of the SunTran system. Council discussed this issue, after which a motion was made by Councilmember Gail Bunker to proceed into drafting a resolution to change the fee structure for the SunTran transit system, Motion was seconded by Councilmember Gil Almquist and unanimously approved.


PRESENTATION ON FEES CHARGED AT THE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, RICH STEHMEIER:
Airport Manager Rich Stehmeier provided the Council with information regarding capital improvement project funding, including a current fee schedule. Mr. Stehmeier recommended to the Council the implementation of fees that they haven’t charged in the past and the possible revenue increase in doing this. He then gave a brief update to the Council of upcoming events taking place at the airport within the next few months as well as possible grant funding currently available. The popularity of the newly introduced St. George to Denver flight services was also discussed. After discussion by Council on the subject, Mayor McArthur thanked Mr. Stehmeier for the excellent job he does at the airport and stated that he has received many compliments from people who visit the area and use the airport facilities.


PRESENTATION ON ELECTRIC THEATER IMPROVEMENTS:
A PowerPoint presentation was shown to the Council revealing the findings of an arts needs assessment study completed by Duncan Reed as well as highlighting all the current art facilities within St. George City. The PowerPoint included the following topics: Needs assessment results, adaptive reuse, art co-op spaces, cultural arts/creative districts, current art district. It also included a list of all the current art facilities. City Administrator Gary Esplin noted that the city was currently meeting all of the suggested needs in the study and that the Mayor and Council should be commended for their support of the arts. Councilmember Gil Almquist suggested that the St. George art district be distinguished with signs to make people aware of the designation of the area. Council then discussed the current options for the recently purchased Electric Theater buildings and the cost of each option. The different options and pros and cons of each option were discussed at great length. Ultimately the Council felt that it would be in the best interest of the City to reconstruct the Electric Theater into a functional historical building as well as restructuring the adjoining purchased buildings to make them more usable. The Council suggested that input from the Arts Commission and possibly other organizations within the City be consulted as to future needs and usage requirements to help the Council obtain the most functional design for the community.


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PRESENTATION REPORT FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, SCOTT HIRSCHI:
Washington County Economic Development Council President Scott Hirschi presented a PowerPoint to the Council explaining the entities structure and function. The PowerPoint included the following topics: Private-public partnership, Economic development definition, Economic cycle, Local economic cycle, manufacturing needs, Primary industries, Mission statement, Local projects, job impact and changing the name of the entity to “SiteSelect Plus”. Council discussed the current economic development and the benefits of being a part of the Washington County Economic Development Council and the role they help play in bringing in businesses such as Family Dollar that help with the local economy. Council thanked Mr. Hirschi for his presentation and dedication to the community and offered their support in the re-naming of the establishment.

CLOSED SESSION:
Motion was made by Councilmember Jon Pike to proceed into the publicly noticed closed session portion of the Council meeting to discuss a potential property purchase; motion was seconded by Councilmember Gail Bunker. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilmember Jon Pike, aye; Councilmember Gail Bunker, aye; Councilmember Gil Almquist, aye; Councilmember Jimmy Hughes, aye.

After discussion in closed session, a motion to adjourn out of closed session was made by Councilmember Gil Almquist; motion was seconded by Councilmember Jimmy Hughes and unanimously approved.


ADJOURN:
A motion to adjourn the City Council work meeting was then made by Councilmember Jon Pike; motion seconded by Councilmember Gil Almquist and unanimously approved. Council meeting was then adjourned at 7:15 PM.



___ Annette Hansen, Deputy City Recorder