City Council Minutes
Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 23,2017



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

WORK MEETING

FEBRUARY 23, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM

 

PRESENT:

Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

Councilmember Michele Randall

Councilmember Joe Bowcutt

Councilmember Bette Arial

Councilmember Ed Baca

City Attorney Shawn Guzman

City Manager Gary Esplin 

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

OPENING:   

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Pike and the invocation was offered by Pastor Jimi Kestin.

 

UPDATE FROM SWITCHPOINT COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER:

Carol Hollowell with SwitchPoint provided the Council with an update for the center. Since 2015, they have assisted over 2,000 individuals with emergency shelter; served 3,200 households in the Food Pantry and distributed 2,272,000 lbs of food; received $994,000 in monetary donations and $2,298,000 in grant funding; gained $148,000 of income; received $4.4 million in in-kind funding; received 160,584 hours of volunteer service; assisted 640 families through TANF grant funding; assisted 370 families through CoC grant funding; and maintained 66 Switchpoint leases.  In the past year, they have averaged 81 residents per day; 76% are local to Washington County.  Those outside of Washington County are offered a 72-hour stay.  She then updated the Council on the affordable housing project.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING OPERATIONS AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE:

Councilmember Arial mentioned the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers contacted her regarding the Historic Courthouse.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin explained Ken Sizemore with the Dixie-Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (DASIA) is currently operating at the BLM office.  They proposed an idea approximately a year ago and are now willing to take over under the same conditions as there were with the Chamber of Commerce.  He does not see any liability to the City.  The building does meet ADA requirements; however, the women’s bathroom may need to be looked at.

 

A discussion took place regarding minor improvements to the building.

 

Councilmember Arial outlined their proposal; any profits made will go back to the building.  

 

City Manager Gary Esplin added that they have spoken to Roxie Sherwin.  He would encourage them to work together.

 

The consensus of the Council is to move forward.

 

 

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DISCUSSION REGARDING PARKING IN THE DOWNTOWN C-4 ZONE:

City Manager Gary Esplin explained he and Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis have been visiting about parking in the downtown area.  There have been some requests from restaurants who would not meet the parking requirements.  The downtown area is the only area zoned C-4.

 

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: C4 Central Business District commercial zone; map of C-4 zoning district; parking: north of Blvd - 260 spaces, south of Blvd - 724 spaces, total: 984; and other cities.  There are other options for situations such as the old Maverik on the Boulevard.

 

The consensus of the Council is to start with the proposed boundary and move forward.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE DRAFT LIGHTING ORDINANCE:

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: measuring light; proposed ordinance changes; unshielded and fully shielded visuals and fixtures; light trespass and no light trespass visuals; examples of canopy lighting; pump island canopy lighting; approximately 8 lumens; approximately 9 lumens; approximately 10 lumens; lumens per square foot ratio; replacement and nonconforming;

 

The Council discussed the proposed changes to the lighting ordinance and provided Mr. Willis with some suggestions.  

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE ZONING AND USES ON 3050 EAST:

City Manager Gary Esplin explained

 

Planning and Zoning Manager John Willis presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: 3050 East zoning and General Plan discussion; aerial map of the area; zoning map; options; and moving forward.

 

The Council discussed the options and provided Mr. Willis with some suggestions and asked him to also include signage for the proposed zone.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin suggested Housing and Economic and Housing Development Director Matt Loo go out and speak with current business owners in the area.

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS AND CITY MANAGER:

Mayor Pike recommended Detective Derek Lewis be commended for finding Roy Fitzell.  Detective Lewis took his private plane out to find him on his own time and at his cost.  He mentioned the Chamber Board voted today to take a position against short term rentals.  Although they haven’t seen a final draft, the bill is in the House right now.

 

Councilmember Arial reported that the Children’s Museum has seen a $5,000 decrease in revenues last year.  She mentioned some of the exhibits they have.  The Art Museum recently held an opera event.  She mentioned some of the recent events and productions being held at The Electric Theater.  Art Around the Corner has installed some new pieces recently.  She mentioned the Sweetheart Swing was highly attended and named those individuals who will receive the Excellence in the Arts awards.  

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Councilmember Randall reported on the recent Veteran’s Board meeting she attended as well as the recent Shade Tree Board meeting.  Additionally she reported on the St. George Musical Theater productions and noted that the Doctors Volunteer Clinic gala will be held on April 8th.

 

Councilmember Bowcutt mentioned the issues with the restrooms at the new Red Hills Golf Course clubhouse.  Additionally, he mentioned that Joule Plaza was approved by the Planning Commission last night.  

 

Councilmember Hughes mentioned that a representative from Dixie Little League was told they would have to pay for the lights as they were going to be treated like every other baseball team.

 

Councilmember Bowcutt stepped out.

 

ADJOURN TO CLOSED MEETING:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember to Arial to move into closed meeting to discuss property sale.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.

VOTE:             Mayor Pike called for a roll call vote, as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

The meeting adjourned following the closed meeting.



 

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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder