City Council Minutes
City Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 24,2018



          ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

MAY 24, 2018, 4:00 PM

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 Adam Lenhard

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

OPENING:   

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.  The invocation was offered by Dell Pulley with the Santa Clara 16th ward and The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Bowcutt.

 

DAYTIME WATERING RESTRICTIONS:

Consider implementing daytime watering restrictions for those using culinary water for irrigation.

 

Rene Fleming presented the request to implement day time watering restrictions which limit outdoor watering for those using culinary water for irrigation to between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.  This does not affect those users of irrigation quality water as the production and storage capacity of the irrigation system is such that the large users would not be able to complete irrigation cycles in a twelve hour period.  This is consistent with the water conservation plan and actions taken by other area communities.  The watering restrictions would be in effect from May until September; no penalties are attached, this is more for education.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Hughes to implement the daytime watering restrictions for daytime watering use from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

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.

 

UPDATE FROM ALISSA URZI FROM VICTIM SERVICES:

Victim Services Advocate Alissa Urzi provided an update for the Victim Services division which included statistics from 2017.  Almost 3,000 victims were served,

 

 

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approximately 2,000 female and 1,000 males.  The majority of those served were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. 

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2018-19 BUDGET AND UTILITY RATE ADJUSTMENT:

Mayor Pike invited Ray Draper and Tom Werner with the Bloomington Community Council to speak about Bloomington Park.


Mr. Draper stated that he heard talk about eliminating the horse arena.

 

Mayor Pike noted there is no talk about eliminating the arena.

 

Mr. Draper and Mayor Pike spoke about L’Dean Trueblood’s statue to be placed in the Bloomington round-a-bout.  Mayor Pike would like to have Ms. Trueblood and her family to be involved.  The consensus of the Council is to go ahead with placing the statue there.

 

Mr. Draper mentioned the park used to be a nice community park; however, all that is there is ballfields.  They helped considerably with the pickleball courts.  He would like to see landscaping around them and a splash pad installed.   He and the Council discussed the park and its amenities. 

Mayor Pike proposed to sit down with Parks Planning staff to plan the remainder of the park.  He noted that Elks Field was not replaced, instead another little league sized field was built.  Additionally he spoke about the timeline for updating the park; possibly in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.    

 

Human Resources Manager Sharon Hokanson outlined the proposed 2018-19 budget for her department with regards to personnel and the salary survey.  After being asked by Councilmember Baca, she explained what changes were made to the City’s health insurance benefits. 

 

Administrative Support Services Director Trevor Coombs presented the proposed 2018-19 budget for his department.  He highlighted items such as utility billing services and outsourcing of bills.

 

Fire Chief Robert Stoker outlined the proposed 2018-19 budget for his department including personnel and staffing, amount of calls, compensation, stations, and capital outlays.   

 

Councilmember Hughes stepped out for a family emergency.

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard explained a new state statute that requires the City to fund a death benefit for Police Officers and Firefighters who are killed in the line of duty; it was agreed to fund this for the volunteer and part time Firefighters also.

 

Police Chief Marlon Stratton outlined the requested and recommended positions in the proposed 2018-19 budget for his department.

 

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A discussion took place regarding adding additional requested positons into the budget.  In addition to the recommended budget, the Council agreed to add two additional Police Officer positions.  Additionally, the Council discussed having a Police Officer stationed in the emergency room at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman arrived during Chief Stratton’s presentation.

 

Mayor Pike called for a short recess.

 

Leisure Services Director Shane McAffee presented the proposed 2018-19 budget for his department.  He outlined reorganizing Recreation, updating the master plan, and the Dixie Center.  He then provided a list of projects included in the proposed budgets.

 

A discussion took place regarding the trail and underpass at 3000 East and Banded Hills Drive.  Mayor Pike recommended putting this project on hold.  Additionally, they discussed the need for additional Cemetery property; the Virgin River South Trail repair which was not recommended by the City Manager - the Council would like to see it added back into the budget if funds are available; the Virgin River Trail north – the Council would like to budget $500,000 for this project and noted that further research is needed such as a cost and the County’s part in the trail.    

 

Councilmember Arial commented that the list only has one project for the Arts and that there are not any Bloomington areas projects. 

 

Mr. McAffee noted these are only Capital Projects, everything that was requested for the Arts was recommended by the City Manager.  Additionally, he spoke about the Community Garden, Thunder Junction improvements, and planning of Bloomington Park improvements. 

 

Councilmember Hughes returned.

 

A discussion took place regarding RAP tax allocations – Arts funding will be increased by $25,000, reducing the amount for Electric Theater operations and maintenance.  The Council was okay with the recommendation.  The Council also discussed the proposed performing arts center, $150,000 for the scar on the black hill, and sand traps and improvements needed at Sunbrook Golf Course.

 

Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich outlined the proposed City Council and City Manager budgets.   Two new positions are recommended in the City Manager budget – an Assistant Budget Manager and Communications and Marketing Director.  Additionally, she noted that materials & supplies increased $50,000 for

items needed for the Communications Manager and the training budget increased $50,000 for leadership training.

 

Mayor Pike reminded the Council about the social with the Washington City Council next Wednesday and asked them if they would still like to meet on Thursday to discuss the budget further.

 

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A discussion took place regarding the Red Hills Clubhouse, 400 South pedestrian underpass, and police drug seizure fund.  The Council asked for more information regarding the Communications Director position; City Manager Adam Lenhard will email the Mayor and Council an outline for the position.  The Council discussed businesses that don’t look very nice; they would like Code Enforcement to look into this.

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:

Councilmember Arial noted she would like to have homeowners who are renovating older homes to receive some sort of recognition.

 

Councilmember Hughes stated that she would also like to recognize property managers for crime free housing.

 

Mayor Pike mentioned that he met with the owner’s of Champ; the family will let the City know who they would like to have Champ now live with.  City Attorney Shawn Guzman is working on an agreement. 

 

ADJOURN:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Arial to adjourn.

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.

 

 

 

                            

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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder