ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
OCTOBER 12, 2017, 4:00 PM
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE ROOM
Mayor Jon Pike
Councilmember Joe Bowcutt
Councilmember Bette Arial
Councilmember Ed Baca
City Attorney Shawn Guzman
City Manager Gary Esplin
Deputy City Recorder Annette Hansen
Councilmember Jimmie Hughes
Councilmember Michele Randall
Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Parks Planning Manager Jeff Peay and the invocation was offered by Reverend Michael Chamness from the Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church.
Mayor Pike mentioned that Dave Robinson, a longtime volunteer of the St. George Fire Department, passed away recently and informed the Council of the funeral services should they wish to attend.
Mayor Pike commended staff and all the volunteers that helped to make the St. George Marathon such a huge success this year.
DISCUSSION ON THE PROPOSED BETTERMENTS FOR THE BLUFF STREET PROJECT:
Public Works Director Cameron Cutler and Parks Planning Manager Jeff Peay addressed the Council to discuss the upcoming Bluff Street project that is scheduled to begin in January 2018 and is estimated to take a year to complete. He explained the agreement that UDOT has proposed with the City for betterments to the roads and what the cost will be to the City. He presented a PowerPoint containing different renderings and proposed changes that would be made to Bluff Street which included the following topics: Betterment cost estimate, betterment agreement, wall locations, pedestrian tunnel (Structure E-2697), Shotcrete wall (Wall R-757), Cast in Place Wall (Wall R-779), Soil Nail Wall (Wall R-786), Landscape, Retaining Wall (Wall R-805), Bluff and St. George Blvd. fountain, Council was then shown a UDOT video rendering of the Bluff Street Corridor project that is available for public to view on their website
Council then took a 10 minute break at 5:04 PM.
DISCUSSION REGARDING TITLE 10 OF CITY CODE AND FUTURE REVISIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE:
Jodi Hoffman PowerPoint presentation which covered the following topics: overview; big picture; constitutional separation of power; state land use law: imposes municipal ‘separation of powers”; state land use law: imposes municipal “separation of powers”; The language of legislative power vs. administrative power; 2017 state
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land use law amendments; limits of administrative discretion; common law rules of interpretation; accountability-appeal authority—plain meaning; why we are here and why has it taken so long to get here?; first step – clarity and compliance; second step – eliminate Administrative Discretion; third – simplify; fourth – critical recodification direction; next steps.
Ms. Hoffman then asked the council for direction as to how to continue to proceed with the process. Council agreed that the process explained to them would be the way they would like to proceed and to continue forward with the process. Ms. Hoffman stated that the goal is to have this complete by the end of the year. Mayor and Council thanked her and legal staff for all the hard work so far.
Annette Hansen, Deputy City Recorder