City Council Minutes

Thursday, October 27,2016



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

OCTOBER 27, 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 

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

EXCUSED:

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

 

OPENING:   

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Support Services Director Marc Mortensen and the invocation was offered by Deanna Martin with the Interfaith Council.

 

AMEND TITLE 3, CHAPTER 3 OF CITY CODE:

Consider approval of an ordinance amending Title 3 (Business and License Regulations), Chapter 3 (Alcoholic Beverages) of City code to address the manufacturing of beer in a brewery within the City of St. George.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that staff received a request from an individual who would like to manufacture beer and wine from grapes grown in Washington County at the Industrial Park.  The ordinance will need to be amended to allow for business license as will the corresponding sections as the state requires local consent to allow these activities to occur even if there is not consumption on site. There is no intent to consume these beverages on this site. 

 

Attorney for the applicant Curtis Jensen noted that he received a copy of the proposed amendments; he is fine with the language. They intend to comply with the state.  One issue of concern is that they have an investment at the Industrial Park; they would like to make sure the application process is in place prior to incurring expenses. 

 

Applicant Mr. Ellis added that they will not have retail at this site, but they do have local consent in the County for the grapes currently.  They have to follow state and federal guidelines; all sales, except for beer, have to go through Salt Lake City.

 

Mayor Pike outlined the proposed changes to the ordinance.

 

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis noted that the amended is geared toward wholesale and manufacturing rather than selling the beer in brew pubs.

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman arrived.

 

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City Attorney Shawn Guzman explained the City is given additional authority over the distribution of beer.  Although the City gives local consent for alcohol distribution, the number of licenses that are available is regulated and checks are done by the state.

 

Mr. Ellis noted that they will not exceed the allowed limit.  Wine and spirits cannot be sold directly; they are shipped to Salt Lake and distributed to state stores.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the ordinance amending Title 3.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

            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.

 

LOCAL CONSENT:

            Consider approval of a local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture wine.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture wine.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

            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.

 

LOCAL CONSENT:

Consider approval of a local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture beer.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture beer.

            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

 

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                             The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

LOCAL CONSENT:

          Consider approval of a local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture spirits.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the local consent to allow St. George Beverage Co., LLC to manufacture spirits.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

            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.

 

Mayor Pike stepped out and asked City Manager Gary Esplin proceed with the meeting.

 

MASTER LEASE PURCHASE AGREEMENT/RESOLUTION:

            Consider approval of a resolution approving the master lease purchase agreements between the City of St. George and PNC Equipment Finance, LLC.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin reminded the Council that the current budget includes funds to purchase new fire trucks.  The financing, which has to be done by resolution, will not exceed $2,024,590.29 in principal amount.  In order to issue bonds or obtain financing like this, if more than $10 million per year, the financing is not bank eligible.  If it is bank eligible, the interest rate could be lower.  Staff is working with a finance company to determine what the interest rate may be; it may go up 4-5 basis points if they are not bank eligible.  That is a very small amount of money. 

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the resolution approving the master lease purchase agreement between the City of St. George and PNC Equipment Finance, LLC with the expected amount of $2,024,590.29.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

            VOTE:             The Council voted with 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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DISCUSSION REGARDING A REQUEST TO INSTALL FENCE ALONG DIXIE DRIVE IN THE AREA NEAR VALLEY VIEW DRIVE:

City Manager Gary Esplin explained Kole Freeman, representative for Keith Ivory, has requested to install fencing along Dixie Drive near Valley View Drive.  The request has been to the Joint Utilities Commission (JUC); however there are a few concerns.  There have been a few accidents that occurred on the north side of the road in this area, near the Sunbrook Golf Course.  Mr. Ivory approached the City requesting to either use or purchase City property to install a fence.  The concern that he has is what the wall will look like and the fact that there are utilities in the area.  If the wall is built on the line or affects the line, the wall will have to be knocked down to make repairs, the wall will have to be replaced at the owner’s expense.

 

Mr. Freeman stated that the property owners have all given consent to purchase the property if approved.  They would leave access with a 12’ gate so that service vehicles can access the lines.  Since the JUC meeting, another vehicle has gone off the road and into a backyard.  He mentioned through the sale of the property, the City can use the funds to put in the wall.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin explained if the property is sold, it would not be enough to cover the cost of a wall.  If they would like to purchase the property and install a wall, that would be ok.  Possibly, staff can install some landscaping to help the situation.  The Public Works Director indicated that he may want to install a bus stop at that location in the future as well.  He noted that the property is off the hill and is not maintained.

 

The Council discussed the proposal and access to the easement. 

 

City Manager Gary Esplin mentioned that the JUC has no issues; however, the Power Department has issues with access.  If the Council wishes to consider the request, it would have to be added to an agenda meeting.   He mentioned the Power Department’s stand on the proposal, at first they were in favor, but not so much anymore. 

 

Mayor Pike inquired if the property owners really want to own the property or if they would rather the City do something.

 

Mr. Freeman stated he would like to see protection.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin stated that he would hate to give up the property.  If they are ok to delay, he can ask Parks Planning staff to see what they can do.  He will have staff come up with some alternatives.

 

Councilmember Baca asked for input from the Police Department.

 

The Council agreed.

 

Tom Milar with Alta Planning + Design noted since 2010, there have been four crashes that were roadway departures, none of which were cited for speed.  Three of the four were travelling southbound.

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PRESENTATION REGARDING THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN:

 

Support Services Marc Mortensen introduced member of the Active Transportation Committee who were present and Tom Milar with Alta Planning + Design. 

 

Mr. Milar noted that his firm specializes only in active transportation.  He presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: St. George Active Transportation Plan; video about what active transportation is;

 

Mr. Mortensen and Mr. Milar continued with their PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: why do walking & bicycling matter?; What does the General Plan say?; Why Is encouraging and planning for bicycling & walking important?; What does the Action Plan 2016-2021 say about Economic Development?; What does St. George’s Active Transportation Plan do?; Plan Organization; 1: Vision, Goals, and Objectives; 2: Existing Conditions & Needs Analysis; 3: Public Involvement; 4: Infrastructure Recommendations; 5: Program/Policy Recommendations; What are similar communities doing?; 6: Prioritization, Implementation, & Evaluation; 7: Funding; Why do walking & bicycling matter?; and Works in Progress. 

 

Mayor Pike suggested the Council review the plan.

 

Councilmember Arial stated that she believes “no cars” is unrealistic; there needs to be respect for all methods of transportation.

 

Planning Commissioner Don Buehner explained that he appreciated the use of the word “choice”.  The City, per capita, has the highest destination for visitation in the state.  He is glad to see the City taking and continuing the lead. 

 

Mayor Pike mentioned Roger Brooks’ presentation which is available to view online.     

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBER AND CITY MANAGER:

Councilmember Bowcutt reported that the Planning Commission meetings have been long.

 

Councilmember Baca commented that he visited with cemetery staff today; they spoke about signage. 

 

Councilmember Randall reported on the Veterans Board meeting and mentioned Veteran’s Day events taking place.  She mentioned that Lieutenant Colonel Bill Toole passed away; he started the County wide group which the Veteran’s Board plans on keeping alive. 

 

Councilmember Arial mentioned that the Art Museum had a successful tour. 

 

Councilmember Bowcutt mentioned the Lineman Rodeo taking place at the SunBowl Monday morning.

 

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:  

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MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Bowcutt to adjourn to discuss property sale or purchase.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.   

            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.

 

ADJOURN:    

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to adjourn.

            SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

            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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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder