City Council Minutes

Thursday, February 9,2017



FEBRUARY 9, 2017, 5:00 P.M.




Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

Councilmember Michele Randall

            Councilmember Joe Bowcutt

            Councilmember Bette Arial

            Councilmember Ed Baca

City Manager Gary Esplin 

City Recorder Christina Fernandez



Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Police Chief Marlon Stratton and the invocation was offered by Reverend Alex Wilkie.



City Attorney Shawn Guzman asked Police Captain Mike Giles to show the Council the new body cams being worn by the City’s Police Officers.  Captain Giles showed the Council how they work and stated that the Police Department has 75 body cams in use. He and Captain Giles spoke about the impact of using body cams.  He then highlighted the accomplishments of his department and the criminal cases filed in 2015 vs. 2016; criminal cases by month & total for 2014, 2015 & 2016; code enforcement violations 2016; and challenges for his department.  A discussion took place regarding short term rentals.


Water Services Director Scott Taylor highlighted projects, accomplishments and challenges for Water Distribution, Irrigation, Wastewater Collections, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Technical Services.  He mentioned that several of his employees have been with the City for a number of years and are close to retirement.


Economic Development and Housing Manager Matt Loo explained that his responsibilities include economic development, CDBG, and Golf.  He provided a packet of renderings and outlined the main floor plan for proposed Red Hills Golf Course clubhouse.  He summarized the revenue for the Golf Division.  A discussion took place regarding the St. George Golf Course.


City Manager Gary Esplin asked the Council how they would like to address affordable housing including impact fees.  The discussion included allowed heights.  


Energy Services Director Laurie Mangum mentioned the substation expansions and provided the percentages of increased loads for all substations throughout the City. She then spoke about challenges with the substations and compared the City’s residential power rates to other cities in the County.  She mentioned that many of her staff have been with the City many years after which she outlined what she is

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proposing for the FY 2017-2018 budget.  The projected rate increase is approximately $5.00 per customer.  


Police Chief Marlon Stratton thanked the Mayor and Council for their support.  He mentioned the recent Citizen’s Academy.  His focus for the Police Department is quality of life.  He outlined the challenges his department faces.


Mayor Pike mentioned that he proposes to reactivate the CAT program.  


Deputy Chief Farnsworth spoke about Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.  The St. George Police Officers have been equipped with the medication.  


Chief Stratton mentioned that vice crimes have increased recently.  He spoke about drug activity and prostitution in local hotels and mentioned the Project Lifesaver program.  One challenge that takes a large amount of time is dealing with citizens who have mental health issues.  He would like to add some Police Officers to the force, possibly five of them.  The communications center is very busy as they dispatch for almost the entire County.  They requested to add one supervisor to increase supervision.  He mentioned that recruiting for and retaining dispatchers has gotten better.  Animal Services has made tremendous progress in the past few years. Captain McCracken requested to make two of the part time Animal Control Officer positions full time, to expand shelter hours, and to work on proactive enforcement.       


Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins outlined the challenges his divisions are facing.  A discussion took place regarding the City’s role at the Dixie Center.  He then outlined what he proposes for the FY 2017-2018 budget and updated the Council on duties and projects being completed by his staff.  A discussion took place regarding RAP tax.  


Councilmember Bowcutt left during Mr. Perkins’ presentation.


The Council took a lunch break.


Support Services Director Marc Mortensen stated that his department’s theme for 2017 is “We chose to go to the moon!”, they emphasize customer service, and their motto is “Own it, act on it, answer for it!”.  He then outlined the accomplishments, projects and challenges for his divisions and showed a video showing the City’s growth since 1968.  


Councilmember Bowcutt returned during Mr. Mortensen’s presentation.


Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Taylor mentioned the new fire truck the City recently obtained.  Fire Chief Robert Stoker is currently in Wisconsin planning on another new fire truck being manufactured.  He mentioned the new fire station being built in Little

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Valley and outlined the challenges the Fire Department will face this upcoming budget year.  A discussion took place on funding for the Little Valley fire station, staffing the fire station and volunteer firefighters.  Deputy Chief Taylor outlined the requests for the FY 2017-2018 budget.    


Public Works Director Cameron Cutler outlined requests for the FY 2017-2018 budgets for his divisions and capital projects.  A discussion took place regarding the staffing of building inspectors and engineers.  He mentioned which traffic signals that are proposed in the current budget.  


Human Resources Director Sharon Hokanson provided a handout and outlined staffing in her department, City staffing, accomplishments and challenges for her department, and Citywide budget challenges. Discussions took place regarding management training, compensation, and recruitment.  


The Council took a short recess.


Administrative Services Director Deanna Brklacich spoke about the accomplishments, current projects and challenges in her department.  They want to provide more convenience for customers while protecting data.  One of their goals is to be proactive and attentive to other departments.  She then spoke about hard costs her department may be facing in the next couple fiscal years.


Mayor Pike noted that he, City Manager Gary Esplin, Human Resources Director Sharon Hokanson and Administrative Services Director Deanna Brklacich are interviewing potential candidates for the Administrative Services Director in the morning.  


City Manager Gary Esplin presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Comparison of Revenues for 1st Seven Months (July - January) Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, and 2017; General Fund Revenues Budget Fiscal Year 2017 Budget; Sales Tax Distribution Diagram; Annual Comparison of 1% Sales Tax Revenues Calendar Year by Quarter Years 2011 to 2016; Monthly Average - 1% Sales Tax Remittance by Industry Calendar Year 2011 to 2016; 2016 Property Tax Distribution St. George District (Tax Rate is .011188); Property Tax Rate Distribution Comparison (St. George District) Tax Year 2006 to 2016; Number of Building Permits Issued by Category Comparison of January through December 2010 to 2016; Value (in $Millions) of Building Permits Issued by Category Comparison of January through December 2010 to 2016; General Fund Expenditures Budget by Expense Type Fiscal Year 2017 Adj. Budget; General Fund Percent of Expenditures by Service Type; St. George 2016-17 Allocation of General Fund Budgeted Dollars; General Fund - Percentage Distribution of Personnel, Materials & Supplies, Capital Outlays, and Transfers by Expense Percentage for Fiscal Years 2008 to 2017; General Fund - Top 10 Revenue Sources to Total Salaries & Benefits; General Fund - Salaries & Benefits History; General Overview of Fund Resources and Functions; and Annual Challenges.  

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City Attorney Shawn Guzman updated the Council on a conference call he had this afternoon regarding short term rentals.  He explained to those on the call that the City has a number of people that own second homes.  Additionally, he explained to them that the City will have a hard time verifying if a short term rental is owner occupied and would need help with enforcement.  He outlined how he believes the City should proceed and stated that he feels that the definition of owner occupied

needs to be tightened up.  The Council discussed the issue after which they decided to fight.



No reports were given.



Christina Fernandez, City Recorder