City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 1,2014



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
MAY 1, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS


PRESENT:
Mayor Pro Tem Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Michele Randall
Councilmember Joe Bowcutt
Councilmember Bette Arial
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Recorder Christina Fernandez

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

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist read a proclamation in which Mayor Pike proclaimed May 2, 2014 as Stephen D. Nadauld Day in honor of his retirement. He also read a proclamation in which Mayor Pike proclaimed the first week of May as Youth Week.

Terry Jones, Treasurer of the Dixie Elks Lodge, explained that Youth Week consists of a carnival, a junior golf shoot out and a bowling event. Their organization supports Millcreek High School, post high school, and the Youth Crisis Center.

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:
There were no public comments.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for crushing of asphalt rubble and concrete at the reuse center.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that one bid was received from Western Rock in the amount $77,675 which is right in line from previous years.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to award the bid for crushing of asphalt rubble and concrete to Western Rock in the amount of $77,675.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for the Royal Oaks Park Phase 2 project.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that there were four bids received with the low bidder being Progressive Contracting Inc. at $411,986.30 for the base bid plus the additive alternate bid #1.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the bid with alternative #1 for $411,986.30.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye

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Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for the Snow Canyon Parkway streetscape improvement project.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised that there were four bids received. Although Feller was not the lowest bid, they were within 5% of the low bid and have agreed to match the lowest bid at $104,467. She explained that if the local vendor is within 5% of the non-local low bidder, the award of the bid shall be offered to the local bidder at the non-local bidder’s amount.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the bid for Feller Enterprises for $104,467.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid to Maxwell Asphalt to fog seal the Airport runway and taxiway.

Purchasing Manager Connie Hood advised the agreement will be with Maxwell Asphalt in the amount of $351,167 to fog seal the airport runway and taxiway. There were two responding bids.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to award the fog seal bid to Maxwell Asphalt for $351,167.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.
LEASE AGREEMENT:
Consider approval of a lease agreement for the Drug Task Force.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman stated as part of the grant, there needs to be a lease agreement with the drug task force in order to reimbursed for the use of the East Annex building.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the lease with the Drug Task Force for the East Annex building.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
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Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

FEE AMENDMENT/RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution amending fees at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center and the St. George Municipal Pool.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the fee amendments shall become effective May 23, 2014 and are as follows:

City Pool:
1. An increase in youth admission fee from $1.50 to $2.00.
2. A decrease in the unlimited hydro-tube pass from $3.00 to $2.50.
3. An increase in the adult admission fee from $2.25 to $3.00.
4. A pool reservation fee from $150.00 per reservation to $175.00.

Sand Hollow Aquatic Center:
1. A semi-private reservation will be $150.00.
2. The fee for a private registration will change from $225.00 with no limit on size of the group to limiting the size of the group to 200 people for $225.00 and an additional fee of $50.00 for each 50 additional swimmers.
3. The child admission fee will decrease for non-resident from $5.50 to $5.00.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to amend the fees as outlined.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a roll vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

FINAL PLATS:
Bob Nicholson presented the final plats for (1) Cottonwood - Phase 4, an 18 lot residential subdivision located at approximately 2950 East and 3520 South, zoning is R-1-10 and (2)
Cottonwood - Phase 5, a 17 lot residential subdivision located at approximately 2960 East and 3460 South, zoning is R-1-10. The Planning Commission recommends approval.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the final plats for Cottonwood Phase 4 and Cottonwood Phase 5 with the recommendations of the Planning Commission and to authorize the Mayor to sign them.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

FINAL PLAT AMENDMENT:
Bob Nicholson presented the final plat amendment for Primrose Point Subdivision Phase 4. The purpose of the amendment is to adjust the lot line between lots 46 and 47 in addition

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to vacating the public utility easement between said lots. Additionally, a new easement will be dedicated on the new lot line within a residential subdivision final plat. The property is zoned R-1-10 and is located at 160 South Arroyo Drive.

Councilmember Bowcutt inquired if there are utilities in the easement that will have to be moved.

Bob Hermandson, with Bush and Gudgell, stated that the house was built too close to the lot line. There are no utilities that go along the lot line.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to approve the final plat amendment for Primrose Point Subdivision Phase 4 Amended to move the lot line and to vacate the public easement and establish a new public easement.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist stated that the lot the land was taken from still meets the minimum size as allowed in this zone.

VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT:
Bob Nicholson presented a request for a lot line adjustment for 3 lots to match existing features on the ground. The property is zoned R-1-8 and is located at the southwest intersection of 200 South and 500 East. There are two existing homes built approximately 30 years ago, one of which straddles the property line. All of the properties are owned by the same property owner.

Councilmember Bowcutt commented that the lot to the south will no longer fit an R-1-8. He believes that this needs to be noted.

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised once approved it will be noted. It is not unusual for the downtown area to have lots that will not fit an R-1-8.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and adjust the lot lines.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRELIMINARY PLAT:
Bob Nicholson presented the preliminary plat for Crimson Cove, a 10 lot residential subdivision located near Equestrian Drive and Little Valley Drive. Zoning is R-1-10 and RE-20.

Councilmember Hughes inquired if it would have been better to go RE-12 or RE-12.5 versus the R-1-10.


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Mr. Nicholson stated that in 2011, there was a discussion on making a connection between the two equestrian subdivisions. When the Little Valley plan was adopted, there was a requirement that 200 feet west of Little Valley Road should be half acre or RE-20 zoning.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the preliminary plat known as Crimson Cove.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

NON-STANDARD PUBLIC STREET CROSS SECTION:
Consider approval of a non-standard public street cross section of the Villa Highlands at Hidden Valley.

Public Works Director Cameron Cutler advised that a rock wall was installed, without a permit, along a 60 foot right-of-way. Originally, it was planned to have sidewalk away from the curb and gutter with a landscape strip and 39 feet of pavement; however, the sidewalk was installed adjacent to the curb and gutter. The developer is planning on removing 3 feet of the 6 foot wall and to move it back. After looking at the site, staff felt that there will not be as much traffic as a 60 foot road would need, therefore, their recommendation is to move the right-of-way to the back of the sidewalk and make the road a 52 foot right-of-way.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the non-standard public street cross section at Villa Highlands at Hidden Valley.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

City Manager Gary Esplin arrived.

PUBLIC HEARING/GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT/ORDINANCE:
Consider a request to amend the City General Plan Use Map by changing the land use designation from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential on 8.62 acres located at approximately 1850 South River Road. Jim & Linda Cottam, applicants.
Bob Nicholson advised that the applicants are requesting to amend the City General Plan Use Map from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential. If approved, the applicants will submit a zone change request for a medium density residential project. The property grows alfalfa and has a natural area with trees and other plant life. Approximately 2.2 acres on the west border will remain natural. With regard to traffic, the property is land-locked except for the frontage on River Road. Two potential accesses to the property could be developed if the access points align with 1800 South and 1850 South. The traffic counts on River Road are approximately 24,000 drivers per day. Because of the projected traffic at 1800 South and 1850 South, a traffic signal is not warranted. A deceleration lane will have to be installed, possibly at 1850 South. Traffic will increase approximately 600 drivers per day. There were several letters received in


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opposition and there was a lengthy discussion with neighbors at the Planning Commission meeting.

Councilmember Bowcutt stated he is concerned with access. He believes that when looking at the density, the 2.2 acres that will remain natural should be subtracted from the 8.62 acres as stated in the request.

Derek Wright, owner of Wright Homes, stated that they are currently developing Cottam Cove. They have received numerous calls from residents who are looking to build a new home in the area. They are only looking to change the density at this time. He does not feel that is feasible to fit 77 units, although the density will allow for that many. He anticipates that there will be approximately 65 units and estimates an increase of 1% in traffic between a low density project and a medium density project.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated although signal is not warranted, it may be needed. The only way to reduce the traffic in that area is to stop development. The City is doing what it can to maximize River Road. The preliminary budget for fiscal 2014-2015 will include some alternatives to help with the traffic in that area.

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist inquired about the property on the north boundary. He asked if that parcel will remain R-1-10.

Mr. Wright stated that he does not know the answer.

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist opened the public hearing.

Sharon Nickle stated that she and her husband own a townhouse on the south boundary of the Cottam property. When exiting the back of their house, there is a 10 foot paved area and a seven-foot high retaining wall. When the Cottam property is developed, the homes will be built on the level of their second floor which will take away their views and privacy as well as reduce their property values. She feels that the developer wants to maximize their profit. She would like to see consideration be given to the residents of the Hills subdivision.

Ed Baca, citizen, stated that there is a need for a traffic signal in the area.

Ken Lawson, resident, stated that the Hills subdivision has 34 units on approximately six acres. He has discussed his concerns with Mr. Wright who is aware of the need for a buffer for the homes in the Hills. When the property is developed, Mr. Wright stated that they will look at a buffer. He believes it is a threat to the residents of the Hills subdivision to have a large, dense condominium project above their homes.

Councilmember Hughes commented that there would be some of the same issues if single family homes were built.

Mr. Lawson agreed with Councilmember Hughes. He feels that what is being proposed is better than having single family homes. He does not want to see very dense condominiums or apartments.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that it is important for the residents to understand that this is a general plan amendment. Based on past history, the developer will not get an R-3 zone, it will most likely be done as a PD zone. This will allow for neighbors to see what is happening as it is proposed.

Mr. Wright stated that the residents have been great to work with. The medium density helps them create a better buffer.

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist closed the public hearing.

Councilmember Hughes stated that he is concerned with left-hand turns on River Road. He is also concerned about how much density is being put in the area.


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MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the amendment to the General Land Use Map for the parcel located at approximately 1850 South River Road from low density residential to medium density residential.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

FINANCIAL REPORT:
Consider approval of the financial report for March 2014.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised the departments are staying within their budgets and revenues will exceed budgeted amounts.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the financial report for March 2014.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRELIMINARY FISCAL BUDGET/RESOLUTION:
Consider approval of a resolution adopting the 2014-2015 preliminary fiscal budget for the City of St. George.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that State law requires the preliminary budget be submitted the first City Council meeting in May. He expressed his appreciation to Deanna Brklacich for the countless hours she has spent on preparing the budget. The first public
hearing will be held at the first City Council meeting in June. He commented that the
budget is approximately $200 million and is balanced. There are no proposed increases in taxes, but there will be some fee adjustments. He encouraged the Councilmembers to review the budget binder. Additionally, he suggests the Departments Heads be scheduled at work meetings in May to give the Mayor and City Council a chance to speak with them regarding their requested budgets. This is the 39th budget that he has done.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to adopt the 2014-2015 preliminary fiscal budget for the City.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.




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PROPERTY SALE:
Consider approval of sale of approximately 2.13 acres of City owned property, in the vicinity of 2350 East in the Little Valley area, to Washington County for a library.

City Manager Gary Esplin advised that the City purchased property in the Little Valley area in hopes that it can be used for public purposes. Washington County approached the City to purchase 2.13 acres of the property for a proposed library site. The sale price is $50,000 per acre, which is slightly less than fair market value, however, the benefit of having a library site outweighs any small difference in value.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the sale of approximately 2.13 acres of City owned property, in the vicinity of 2350 East in the Little Valley area, to Washington County for $50,000 per acre.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Mayor Pro Tem Almquist advised that item 5B should have been a roll call vote.

VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a roll call vote on item 5B, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes from the City Council meeting held on March 6, 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the minutes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes from the City Council meeting held on March 13, 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the minutes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye

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Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes from the City Council meeting held on March 20, 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the minutes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes from the City Council meeting held on March 25, 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the minutes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

MINUTES:
Consider approval of the minutes from the City Council meeting held on March 27, 2014.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the minutes.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to discuss property issues.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pro Tem Almquist called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye


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Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

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

Councilmember Almquist- aye
Councilmember Hughes - aye
Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt - aye
Councilmember Arial - aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.





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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder