City Council Minutes

Thursday, May 8,2014

MAY 8, 2014, 4:00 P.M.

Mayor Jon Pike
Councilmember Gil Almquist
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Michele Randall
Councilmember Joe Bowcutt
Councilmember Bette Arial
City Manager Gary Esplin
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
Deputy City Recorder Brooke Smith

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Councilmember Jimmie Hughes and the invocation was offered by Chaplain David Jones from the Utah National Guard.


Larry Gibbon, Director of Business Development from Rocky Mountain Recycling, Gordon Raymond, General Manager from Republic Services, and Jay R Stancliff, General Manager and Local Plant Operator, are present.

Director of Business Development Larry Gibbon presented a PowerPoint presentation that covered the following topics: The Future of Curbside Recycling; History of Single Stream (Curbside); Recycling Facts; Recycling Facts Continued; The Current Status Curbside Recycling; RMR and Washington County; Current Program; Diversion History; Washington County; What Can the Program Offer?; RMR Sort line; Options for Program; What Can We Find in the Normal Trash Can?; The Future of Curbside Recycling; Drop Off vs. Curbside; RMR Video; Questions and Answers.

Councilmembers and Rocky Mountain Recycling discuss different recycling options: Opt out vs. Mandatory; Average cost per home; City demographics; 2nd Resident opt-out option; Contamination - National average in a recycling program is around 20% (example: food left on plastic material); Educating citizens about recycling; Reducing cost to citizens; Profit or kickback that goes back into the City and community (example: bleachers or play ground equipment); Cost per resident for pickup; Structure of cost and whom is taking on the risk; The future of the landfill and its capacity.

Councilmember Hughes clarifies Republic Services would gather the recycling and Rocky Mountain would sort it.

Mr. Gibbons from Rocky Mountain Recycling recommends an opt-out program for the City of St. George to see what they can divert and what they can keep out of the landfill.

Mayor Pike request Rocky Mountain Recycling put numbers together and gather information on what other cities are doing.

Mayor Pike and Councilmember Hughes discuss if a Request For Proposal (RFP) is necessary.
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City Manager Esplin states he doesn’t think an RFP is necessary since a pick-up is already contracted with Republic Services. Rocky Mountain Recycling would be working within their existing contract.


Greg Aldred and Jack Tices from Star Max Energy Solutions ( are present.

Mayor Pike introduces Greg Aldred who will present a PowerPoint presentation on thermal energy and how it has help other cities in different applications that the City could take advantage of in the future.

Greg Aldred presented a PowerPoint presentation that covered the following topics: Sandhollow Aquatic Center; Heating Our Water With The Sun; Why Should We Do This?; How Does It Work?; Solar Thermal Panels; Murray Utah Boilers; What Will It Save; How Long Will It Last?; Sandhollow Aquatic Center; Why Should We Do This?; Pool Locker Room Shower Heaters; Hurricane City Pool Locker Room; Sandhollow Aquatic Center; Mayor Dan Snarr Visiting Silver Creek in St. George.

Greg invites the City to look for local contractor for future thermal energy applications to City facilities.

Mayor Pike called for a short recess so that he and the Councilmembers can attend the Special Olympics Torch Run located at the School District parking lot.

Mayor Pike opens the meeting back up to City Manager Esplin.


Mr. Esplin introduces Kyle Case, Director of Huntsman World Senior Games.

Huntsman World Senior Games, Kyle Case presents PowerPoint (Prezi) presentation: What is the Huntsman’s World Senior Games; 1987 Founder - John Morgan; Total Number of Participates; Direct Economic Impact; Number of Sports Offered; Growth in Participation; Average age of Participants; Geographics of where athletes come from; Marketing efforts - Ads in magazine; Website Marketing; Facebook; Twitter; Annual Newsletter; Handbook; Official Program; Results Book; Sponsorship - Levels of Sponsorship; Sponsorship Rate Increase Explanation.

Councilmembers and Mr. Case discuss sponsorship increase; Local City facility use donations; Registration fee; Participation fee; Economical benefit to the City, County and State; Sales Tax; Building additional complexes to accommodate sporting events; Net sales from local business owners; Ripple effect of those who move or visit here after the games; Brand and vision of St. George future with this event and other events that want to come in.

Mayor Pike requests more time to discuss St. George City’s sponsorship.

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Mayor Pike opens the floor to City Manager Gary Esplin regarding the budget.

Mayor Pike calls for a short recess.


Judith Mayfield, Human Resource Manager, states that in July, Vickie Weir, Human Resources Administrator will be retiring. She currently handles recruiting, selecting and the retirement program for the City. The recommendation is that the part-time administrative employee be converted to full time position.

The City has a Health Care Committee that meets with different representatives and different organizations about future health care options. This year, Select Health has increased five percent (5%) on medical and ten percent (10%) on dental. Human Resources is currently working on Open Enrollment for the City employees and needs to get the dollar amount to the City employees for their benefit program.

Mr. Esplin indicates that he included Select Health increase in the budget request.

Mayor Pike asks the Council if they have any questions. He recommends next year the City goes out to bid to see who is all out there.

Mr. Esplin indicates that next year they can look at different insurance options with self funding, stop/loss, format the City’s insurance plan differently or use Utah League of City and Towns (or something similar) to structure an insurance plan for the City.

After discussion, the Council approves the insurance increase.


Phil Peterson, Finance Director, addresses the Council. He thanks the Council for their support and everything they have. He has several employees who have been there for several years who have earned and deserved vacation time so his biggest challenge is making sure he has enough employees there to staff his department. He is not requesting or adding additional personnel to his department.


Phil Solomon, Energy Services Director, addresses the Council on the capital projects his department is currently working on and the challenges they are facing. They plan on buying some new equipment this next fiscal year but are not planning on adding any additional staff.


Marlon Stratton, Police Chief, reviews with Council current department personnel: Patrol squad, Investigation, Special Enforcement team, Animal Services, School Resource Officers, and Dispatch. They plan on upgrading some computer and training equipment as well as recommending four (4) new vehicle purchases with
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general fund and four (4) additional vehicles in supplemental budget request. They are currently in the process of hiring a new police officer.

Mayor Pike advises that the Youth Crisis Center (YCC) has contacted him about funding their center since the state has cut the budget. Mayor Pike requested the YCC provide numbers to the Council so they can address their request.


Marc Mortensen, Manager of Support Services, advised his department consists of IT, Fleet, and Facility Services. He updated the City Council on IT Department’s personnel, security, achieve system, firewall and team viewer. They are not asking for additional employees this next fiscal year. They are currently working on adding WIFI to a few more buildings. They are currently updating the City website. The soft launch for the website is May 1st with plans to release it to the public on June 1st.

Mr. Mortensen updates the City Council on Facility Services. City Manager, Gary Esplin recommends 2 new employees this next budget year.

Mr. Mortensen updates the City Council on Fleet. He advises the City Council on projects they are working on and some of the issues they are facing with the increase fleet size and the limited number of bays and space to work. They are not requesting any additional employees.


Mayor Pike asks the City Council if there are any critical reports.

Councilmember Bette Arial indicates she has several but she will present it at a later time. She handed out the Art Around the Corner flyer.

Councilmember Gil Almquist talks about flood control contract and make sure Shawn is involved and has read the contract.

Councilmember Michelle Randall advises Council about the Mayor’s meeting and upcoming City parades discussion.

Councilmember Joe Bowcutt advises Council about a complaint received regarding Bloomington Park; Sons of Utah Pioneer Memorial; 1st annual flag retirement ceremony; and the certificate he received from the Utah State Auditor.

Councilmember Gil Almquist advises Council about the re-use center on Brigham.

Councilmember Jimmy Hughes advises Council about a letter he received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The meeting then adjourned.

Brooke Smith, Deputy City Recorder