City Council Minutes

Thursday, June 30,2016



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 30, 2016, 4:00 P.M.
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM


PRESENT:
Mayor Jon Pike
Councilmember Michele Randall
Councilmember Joe Bowcutt
Councilmember Bette Arial
Councilmember Ed Baca
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Recorder Annette Hansen

EXCUSED:
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

OPENING:
Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jerry Campbell and the invocation was offered by President Gil Almquist with the Bloomington Hills Stake.

Mayor Pike complimented all who ran for office in the recent primary election. He commented that everyone lead a clean and respectful campaign, and mentioned the upcoming General Elections in November.

AOPC President Jerry Campbell addressed the Council and commented that the AOPC (Association Of PUD’s and Condominiums) is closing its doors. He mentioned that they will remain in business until the end of the year, but they will no longer be holding seminars, luncheons or meet the candidate’s nights. He wished to thank the Councilmembers for their support throughout the past 15 years.

Mayor Pike thanked Mr. Campbell and expressed his appreciation for his hard work and great working relationship established.

PRESENTATION FROM VICTIM SERVICES
Alyssa Urzi with Victims Services addressed the Council and gave them an update of the happenings within their department. She presented the number of cases they helped with in 2015, explaining that they help victims of domestic abuse as well as victims of other crimes. She explained that they also help victims with getting protective orders.

Councilmember Randall explained that she had a family member with personal experience with utilizing the Victims Advocate services and she commented on how helpful they were in helping this family member to feel secure and supported. She thanked them for their professionalism and assistance with those who are going through stressful and sometimes scary times.



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APPOINTMENTS:
Councilmember Arial mentioned that there was a need to appoint a new member to the St. George Art Commission. She stated that the goal is to have as many areas of the arts covered by a member of the board. She recommended Sherilyn Davis as a representative of dance to serve on the board.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to appoint Sherilyn Davis to serve on the St. George Art Commission Board.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PUBLIC HEARING/AMEND FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016 BUDGET/RESOLUTION:
Public hearing to consider amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget.
City Manager Gary Esplin outlined the proposed amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget as follows: 1) to increase the CDBG Budget for recently approved programs and projects including funding of SwitchPoint remodeling costs not eligible for grant reimbursement, consultant fees, and additional administration fees. Also to increase the revenues budget for repayments of Down Payment Assistance loans above the amount budgeted; 2) to increase the Equipment budget for the office equipment purchases mostly funded through re-allocating other budgets within the same fund; and 3) to adjust the MBA Fund principal payment budget on the MBA 1998 Lease bond to the actual amount paid.

Mayor Pike opened the meeting to public hearing. Hearing no comments, he closed the public hearing.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve a resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

ENERGY SERVICES:
Consider ratification of natural gas purchases for May to September, 2024 and May to September, 2025 for Energy Services Department.
Energy Services Director Laurie Mangum addressed the Council. She stated that as part of their program for Energy Services, they try to procure resources out for
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several years in advance. She stated that in the past, Councilmembers have allowed for disgression when staff find a good deal on a resource to procure it for the future. She stated that natural gas prices are at a low rate right now, and would like the Council to consider the ratification of these natural gas purchases for May to September 2024 and May to September, 2025. She mentioned that this is a great price and will help the City with power production, especially in the summer months when demand is high, helping to keep the power rates stable. She also presented the Council with information on solar power workshops they would be holding in July and August to provide the general public with information and advantages of installing solar PV on their homes, as well as reviewing the City’s renewable net metering program.

Mayor Pike thanked Ms. Mangum for her hard work and efforts in helping to keep the City’s power running smoothly.

City Manager Gary Esplin mentioned an incident that happened a few weeks back where a delivery truck hit a power line and took down 7 power poles. He commended Ms. Mangum for her professionalism and that of her staff in getting these repaired as quickly as they did.

Mayor Pike also commended the power department as well as many other City staff from all different divisions of the City, such as the Fire Department, Police, as well as Streets and Maintenance in working together and helping around the clock to get those replaced. He stated it was wonderful to see them all working together efficiently and praised them for their hard work.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the ratification of natural gas purchases for May to September, 2024 and May to September, 2025 for the Energy Services Department.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

AWARD OF BID:
Consider award of bid for four (4) buses for SunTran.
Support Services Director Marc Mortensen addressed the Council and explained that this is a notice with intent to award a bid for four (4) SunTran busses for purchase in 2018. He explained that they are two years out to build and deliver, so the City needs to be on their manufacturing schedule in order to purchase them. He also explained that with new federal regulations, the City is no longer able to piggyback on other contracts. He mentioned that the Council would not be approving the contract, as it has to go before the legal department first, but just approving the bid offer they chose. He stated that prices for these in-demand busses goes up about every 6 months, so to lock in the price now makes financial common sense. He also mentioned that by the time these busses will be ready for delivery to the City, the current busses will have over 200,000 miles on them. After much research he
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recommended that the bid be awarded to Gillig LLC for the amount of $1,647,462.00, although the City would only be required to pay 20% of this up front to secure the manufacturing.

Councilmembers discussed the recently passed transportation tax as well as funding and budgeting options for the busses.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to accept the proposal from Gillig for the contract for four (4) buses as presented.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

PRESENTATION:
Presentation from consultant Thomas Wittmann from Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates regarding route plans for SunTran.
Public Works Director Cameron Cutler addressed the Council and stated that Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates has just completed a study on the best, most efficient route plans for the SunTran bus system. He then introduced Thomas Wittmann to the Council to present his findings.

Mr. Wittmann addressed the Council and presented a PowerPoint that included the following topics: Goals, Timeline, System wide Boarding, Transit Propensity, Existing Service Strengths and Challenges, Community Engagement, Scenarios Presented to the Community, Preferred Scenario and Alternative, and Vision for Expansion.

Councilmembers discussed issues with Mr. Wittmann such as cost and need for Sunday service, service to locations outside of City limits, effects of route changes on citizens, and funding options.

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that Cameron and Fred would continue to refine the numbers and come back with a presentation for the Council to discuss and address in the future.

Mayor Pike thanked Mr. Wittmann for the presentation and stated that this was very useful information for the Council in making future decisions regarding the SunTran bus schedule and routes.

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:
Councilmember Arial reported on the Arts Commission meeting and the arts conference they have planned to be held in September to discuss issues such as grant writing and business development. She also mentioned that there
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are now 6 different groups in residence at the Electric Theater and was pleased with the progress of the different arts within the community.

Councilmember Bowcutt reported that the Planning Commission is still in need of another member. He also mentioned that the Red Hills Clubhouse regrouping committee met, and they are in the process of getting cost figures and will come back to Council when planning is more complete.

Councilmember Baca reported that Dr. Liz at the Dinosaur Museum has resigned and will be greatly missed. He stated that attendance and sales there have been improving. He also mentioned issues they are having with the new construction and groundwork going on with Smith’s and the proximity to some of the large boulders at the Museum.

Councilmember Randall stated that her boards did not meet in the month, but mentioned that she did have a complaint brought to her attention that needs to be addressed regarding the semi-trucks parked on the frontage road by the Pilot Truck Stop in the Bloomington area. She stated that she personally observed the debris and traffic disorder that has been created there by the semi-trucks.
Council discussed different solutions to the problem and agreed that there needed to be some changes made there to deter the mess it has become.

Mayor Pike reported that the County is undecided as to put the transportation tax issue on the upcoming election ballot or not. He stated that he needed to discuss the issues with County Commissioners promptly to help get this issue resolved. He also mentioned legislative changes in gas tax allocation of funds and the recent decision made would cause the City to lose approximately $400,000 a year.

CLOSED SESSION:
Adjourn to a closed session to discuss property purchases and potential litigation.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to move into closed session to discuss possible property purchases as well as potential litigation.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.


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ADJOURN:
MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to adjourn the closed session and regular Council Meeting.
SECOND: The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.
VOTE: Mayor Pike called for a vote, as follows:

Councilmember Randall - aye
Councilmember Bowcutt – aye
Councilmember Arial – aye
Councilmember Baca – aye

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.



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Annette Hansen, Deputy City Recorder