City Council Minutes
City Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 16,2017



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 16, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

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 Scouts and the invocation was offered by Don Bush, Director of the Salvation Army.

 

Mayor Pike welcomed the Dixie State University student teachers who were in attendance.  He then introduced Shane McAffee, the new Leisure Services Director. 

 

APPOINTMENT:

Consider appointment of the new Administrative Services Director.

 

Mayor Pike introduced Trevor Coombs after which he recommended appointing him as the new Administrative Services Director. 

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to appoint Trevor Coombs as the new Administrative Services Director.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

AIRPORT HANGAR LEASE:

Consider approval of an airport hangar lease with Transwest Aero, LLC.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin stated this item is a hangar lease with Transwest Aero, LLC.  the Gubler family has requested to change their lease back to a private hangar lease rather than a SASO lease.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the airport hangar lease with Transwest Aero, LLC.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

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

 

 

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Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT:

Consider approval of a professional services agreement with Intermountain Consumer Professional Engineers, Inc. for electrical engineering consultation.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this agreement is with Intermountain Consumer Professional Engineers, Inc. (ICPE) for electrical engineering consultation and will not exceed $30,000.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the bid not to exceed $30,000 for the professional services agreement with ICPE.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

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 primary underground wire for the Eastridge substation circuits.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin explained this bid is for the primary underground wire for the Eastridge substation circuits.  

 

Purchasing Manager Brett Whitelaw noted that two bids were received. Codale was the low bidder at $111,627.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to award the bid to Codale for primary underground wire for the Eastridge substation circuits in the amount of $111,627.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

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PUBLIC HEARING/ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE:

Public hearing to consider changing the zone from R-1-10 (Residential) to Planned Development Commercial on 12.98 acres generally located at the southwest corner of Riverside Drive and Mall Drive.  Dinosaur X, LLC.

 

Planner Ray Snyder presented the request to change the zone from R-1-10 to Planned Development Commercial on 12.98 acres generally located at the southwest corner of Riverside Drive and Mall Drive.  He showed a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: aerial map; zoning map; general plan map; erosion hazard line, 100 year floodplain and 100 year floodway; comments from Parks Department; conceptual layout and landscaping; rendering; colors & materials boars; and permitted uses.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the uses with conditions that some of the uses will be allowed for indoor use only; he outlined these uses.  He continued with the PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: signing plan; master sign plan; locations; 8’ monument sign; 10’ monument sign; 25’ project center sign; materials (freestanding signs).  After Councilmember Baca inquired about the multi use trails, he outlined them on a map.  Lighting was not discussed at the Planning Commission meeting; however, the applicant will be required to submit a photometric plan with the site plan review.      

 

Andy Spencer with Woodbury Corporation commented on the multi use trail.  They expressed a willingness to work with staff to find a route that would be acceptable to all parties.  He asked that they be allowed to work with staff further to determine a route that would be least impactful footprint from a commercial land value standpoint. 

 

Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve  the ordinance changing the zone from R-1-10 to PD-C with the conditions of the Planning Commission and to have staff work with the applicant on the multi use trail.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARING/VACATE PORTION OF ROADWAY AND WATERLINE EASEMENT/ORDINANCE:

Public hearing to consider vacating a portion of a roadway and waterline easement located at the most southerly end of Hidden Valley Drive at approximately 100 East and 3500 South.  Ivory Homes, applicant.

 

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the request to vacate a portion of a roadway and waterline easement located at the most southerly end of Hidden Valley Drive at approximately 100 East and 3500 South.  The easement was granted to the City by the State of Utah (SITLA) in conjunction with the Hidden Valley Development area.  He showed a map of the area and outlined the request.  The applicant is currently working with the JUC.

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Mayor Pike opened the public hearing.  There being no comment, he closed the public hearing.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve vacating a portion of a roadway and waterline easement located at the most southerly end of Hidden Valley Drive at approximately 100 East and 3500 South.

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 Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

SET PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Planner Ray Snyder advised at its meeting held on February 7, 2017, the Planning Commission recommended to set public hearings on March 2, 2017 to consider:  1) changing the zone from A-20 (Agricultural) to Planned Development Commercial on 19.40 acres located generally north of Mall Drive between the Virgin River and 3000 East; and 2) changing the zone from R-1-10 (Residential) to Planned Development Commercial on 9.12 acres located at approximately 550 and 650 East Riverside Drive.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to set the public hearings on March 2, 2017.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

FINAL PLAT:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the final plat for The Ledges of St George White Rocks Phase 4, a 14-lot residential subdivision located at approximately 1540 West and 4800 North; zoning is Planned Development Residential.  He showed and reviewed the final plat.

 

Councilmember Baca commented that short term rentals are not allowed in this subdivision; but are allowed nearby.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the final plat for The Ledges of St. George White Rocks Phase 4.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Arial.

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

 

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Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

FINAL PLAT:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the final plat for Sage Meadows Phase 5, a 17-lot residential subdivision located at approximately 3000 East and 1790 South; zoning is R-1-10 and R-1-12.  He showed and reviewed the final plat.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the final plat for The Ledges of St. George White Rocks Phase 4.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

FINAL PLAT:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the final plat for Brookfield Estates Phase 3, a 7-lot residential subdivision located at approximately 1050 West and 1100 South; zoning is R-1-10.  He showed and reviewed the final plat.  Although the property is located within the erosion hazard boundary line, they have done a study and installed mitigation in the subdivision.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the final plat for Brookfield Estates Phase 3.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

AMENDED FINAL PLAT/EASEMENT VACATION:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the amended final plat Bloomington Country Club Subdivision Amended and Extended, a residential subdivision located at approximately 1050 West and 3100 South; zoning R-1-10.  He showed and outlined the amendments to the final plat.

 

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MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the final plat amendment for the Bloomington Country Club Subdivision Amended and Extended.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

SUBDIVISION OF 10 LOTS OR LESS:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the request to subdivide one parcel into two parcels for Legacy Design Group located at 1670 South Street and Crosby Way; zoning is C-3 (Commercial).  He showed and outlined the record of survey - lot split.

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman advised that the City owns this property; however, it is under contract.  It was not supposed to be on the Council agenda without the easement.   He advised this will have to be done in the right order; therefore, he suggests approving the item subject to a final agreement and the easements being approved by the Legal Department.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin added that the potential buyer would like to close by the first of March. 

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to approve the lot split subject to the easements being correctly being agreed upon by the Legal Department and the agreement for both lots.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

PRELIMINARY PLAT:

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the preliminary plat for The Villas at Sun River St. George, a 259-lot residential subdivision located at 4640 South Arrowhead Canyon; zoning is Planned Development Residential.  He showed and reviewed the preliminary plat.

 

Mayor Pike mentioned that 45% of these homes will allow for short term rentals.  He asked if there is a master plan for the proposed trail.

 

 

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Scott McCall with Sun River mentioned a trail being put in along Arrowhead Canyon as well as north of the commercial properties that will connect to the existing trailhead at Bluegrass Way.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin noted that the water line is under construction.  Occupancy will not be allowed until the line is complete.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the preliminary plat for The Villas at Sun River St. George with no certificates of occupancy until the waterline is complete and operational.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

Planner Ray Snyder advised the applicant for the hillside permit has requested to table the item.

 

REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT:

Consider approval of a reimbursement agreement with Dixie Endeavor LLC for the construction of 450 North and a portion of 2720 East.

 

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins showed a preliminary plat and explained the terms of this agreement as well as the next item.  The City will be reimbursed $29,313.06 for frontage improvements.  He noted that the project will complete 450 North.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the reimbursement agreement with Dixie Endeavor LLC for the construction of 450 North and a portion of 2720 East; the City will be reimbursed $29,313.06.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT:

Consider approval of a reimbursement agreement with Highpointe Homes for the construction of 450 North.

 

 

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MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to approve the reimbursement agreement with Highpointe Homes for the construction of 450 North in the amount of $255,939.70.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hughes.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

LOCAL CONSENT/SINGLE EVENT PERMIT:

Consider approval of a local consent for a single event permit for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah.  Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, applicant.

 

Development Office Supervisor Karen Roundy explained the request for a local consent for a single event permit for Habitat for Humanity.  They are holding a fundraising casino night event and would like to sell beer and wine.  Proceeds will go towards building two homes. 

 

Applicant Lil Barron stated they are in the process in building their 22nd home. 

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Arial to approve the local consent for a single event permit for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS AND CITY MANAGER:

Councilmembers Arial and Hughes reported on the DTEC meeting they recently attended. 

 

Mayor Pike mentioned that the Chamber of Commerce recently moved into a new facility on 100 East. 

 

Mayor Pike called for a short recess. 

 

HEARING FOR AN EMPLOYEE APPEAL:

Hearing for an employee appeal of a five (5) day, unpaid suspension.

 

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston replaced City Attorney Shawn Guzman on the dais.

 

 

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A verbatim copy was made of the hearing.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Baca to move into a closed session to discuss some points. 

 

No second was made; therefore, the motion died.  With no other motion having been made, Mayor Pike provided the Council with their ballots.

 

Deputy City Attorney Paula Houston reminded the Council that they are voting to either affirm or reverse the decision of the City Manager.

 

Mayor Pike indicated that he only votes in the case of a tie; the Council may not abstain from voting. 

 

Mayor Pike read the ballots as follows:

 

Councilmember Hughes – affirm

Councilmember Randall – affirm

Councilmember Bowcutt – affirm

Councilmember Arial – affirm

Councilmember Baca – affirm

 

Mayor Pike advised the decision was unanimous, to affirm the decision of the City Manager to suspend Sergeant Heidi Palmer for five (5) days, forty (40) hours without pay.

 

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to adjourn to a closed session to discuss property issues.

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Baca.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Bowcutt – aye

Councilmember Arial – aye

Councilmember Baca – aye

         

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

The meeting reconvened following the closed session.

 

City Manager Gary Esplin updated the Council on the Fat City Manager Challenge.  He mentioned a dividend check received from PEHP in the amount  of $66,000 and asked to  take some of the funds to use towards rewarding employees for their participation and accomplishments.    

 

The Council felt that was okay. 

 

A discussion took place regarding the allowed height of buildings and the need to discuss downtown parking at a future work meeting. 

 

Mayor Pike asked the Council how they would like to proceed with short term rentals in the Legislature.  He believes this issue will be lost in the House. 

 

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The Council discussed the short term rental bill.  They would like to let Cameron Diehl from the League to get it as favorable as it can be so that it can possibly be fought the Senate.  Citizens should be encouraged to contact their Legislators. 

 

ADJOURN:

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

SECOND:        The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bowcutt.

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

 

Councilmember Hughes – aye

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