ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
MAY 25, 2017, 4:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Mayor Jon Pike
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Michele Randall
Councilmember Bette Arial
Councilmember Joe Bowcutt
Councilmember Ed Baca
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
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 KC Zeeman and the invocation was offered by Dave Perrine with Sun River 1st Branch Bloomington Stake.
Mayor Pike mentioned that Sunset on the Square begins this Friday. The movie starts at approximately 9:00 p.m.; however, there are activities that begin earlier in the evening.
PRESENTATION FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS REGARDING THEIR FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 BUDGETS:
Water Services Director Scott Taylor presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Water Services Department budget overview; capital projects; personnel; rates; infrastructure repair and replacement; effects of last year’s rate increase; Gunlock arsenic water treatment plant; expansion master plan 2008 (updated 2015); expansion master plan update; outfall line inspection; Pro Pipe; What did it give us?; map of Lizzie Lane project; and secondary irrigation.
Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich presented the budget for the Administrative Services Department. She outlined capital outlays, overall budget; staffing; proposed projects; update on Paymentus and methods of payment; rates; notice of public hearings for unbilled utility services and transfers for administration and overhead; and updates on new personnel.
City Attorney Shawn Guzman presented the budget for Code Enforcement, mentioned a request for $10,000 in the sundry account for abatement and outlined the philosophy of the Code Enforcement Officers regarding landscaping issues and short term rentals. He then presented the budget for Legal Services outlining and discussing personnel, request for funds to purchase software, body cams, request for funds to re-write City codes, public defender costs, School Resource Officers, caseloads, request for an additional full time Legal Secretary position, and claims.
Mayor Pike called for a short recess.
Leisure Services Director Shane McAffee presented the budget for the Leisure Services Department, outlining the proposed budgets for Recreation, Parks, Administration, Arts, Park Planning, Special Events and Races, and the Dixie Center.
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The Council discussed special events and the philosophy of these events as well as the Dixie Center operations. He then discussed challenges in his divisions and future projects.
Parks Planner Millie Cockerill updated the Council on the upgrades at Vernon Worthen Park.
The Council continued discussing future projects as well as the use of City fields and parks and sports fields in general.
Mr. McAfee spoke about fees currently being charged for the Cemetery as well as the level of standard of care at the City cemeteries. Additionally, he spoke about the right of ways his staff takes care of.
Public Works Director Cameron Cutler presented the budget for Public Works including a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Public Works; commercial building permits; residential building permits; combined commercial and residential. He outlined the requests for his divisions, updated the Council on the issues with the runway, spoke about upcoming capital projects, and proposed traffic signals. Additionally, he provided an update on Commerce Drive.
City Manager Gary Esplin outlined fund balances in the General Fund and the Economic Development Fund as well as budget in general. Currently, the City is living off sales tax. He noted there are “one time dollars” available. The Fire Impact fund is a bit short of funding the fire station; he is recommending a loan out of the Capital Project Fund into the Fire Impact Fund. He explained there is $2.2 million in the Debt Service Transfers Fund so if revenues are short, $200,000 can be used on the Safer Grant to hire the firefighters as previously discussed.
REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:
No reports were given.
The meeting adjourned.
Christina Fernandez, City Recorder