City Council Minutes
City Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 20,2020



ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 20, 2020 8:00 A.M.

WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT CONFERENCE ROOM

 

PRESENT:

Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

Councilmember Michele Randall

Councilmember Bryan Smethurst

Councilmember Gregg McArthur

Councilmember Dannielle Larkin

City Manager Adam Lenhard

City Attorney Shawn Guzman

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

OPENING:

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. The invocation was offered by Public Works Director Cameron Cutler and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Councilmember Bryan Smethurst.

 

CONSENT CALENDAR:

a.    Consider award of bid to Interstate Rock Products for the Chip Seal Aggregate Supply.

 

b.    Consider approval to award contract to Holbrook Asphalt for the HA5 Parking Lots and Trails Surfacing Project.

 

c.    Consider approval of a Reimbursement Agreement with Rogers Construction for the installation of a 12" diameter irrigation transmission line in Sky Rocket Road.

 

d.    Consider approval of the Financial report for January 2020.

 

ADJOURN:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the consent calendar.

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Smethurst.

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021 BUDGET:

City Manager Adam Lenhard read a letter he wrote to the Mayor and Council regarding the budget and the budget process.

 

Councilmember Hughes arrived.

 

 

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Administrative Services Director Trevor Coombs presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: What we’ve accomplished in FY19/FY 20 TD- Finance; What we’ve accomplished in FY19/FY 20 TD- Utilities; and Currently working on FY20/FY21.

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Legal Department Mission Statement; Number of attorneys vs. other cities; Legal Services budget; Claims Management; Liability and property insurance structure; Insurance coverages/premiums; Number of liability claims 2013-2019; Liability claims paid 2013-2019; Worker’s Comp claims by number 2013-2019; Worker’s Comp claims paid 2012-2019; Criminal cases filed 2012-2019; Criminal cased filed 2019; Criminal cases filed 2012-2018; Civil matters; Accomplishments; Challenges; and 2020 goals.

 

Human Resources Manager Sharon Hokanson spoke about their budget.  They support the employees of the City so they can promote a thriving community.  Employees are the most valuable asset the City has.  Currently have over 700 full time and 550 part time employees – HR has six (6) employees.  They hire over 400 employees each year, over 2,000 applications annually.  She outlined some of what the Human Resources office handles after which she touched on the goals for her department.

                                                                          

Communications and Marketing Director David Cordero presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Duties; and How can we reach more people?

 

Community Development Director John Willis provided PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Accomplishments and goals; Building Division; Building permits; Business Licensing; Code Enforcement; Planning and Zoning; Planning applications; and Digital transition.

 

The Council took a 15-minute break.

 

Economic Development and Housing Director Shirlayne Quayle provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Goals & focus areas; Biggest need and asset; Memberships & sponsorships; Projects; Refresh downtown; and Budget increase request.

 

Fire Chief Robert Stoker presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Call data; Staffing; Firefighter levels; Station 6; Capital equipment/projects; and What’s Happening Ahead?

 

Police Chief Richard Farnsworth provided a handout outlining 2015-2019 statistics; 2019 certified/trainee hiring results; and Building permits vs. call volume; after which he presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Expansion/remodel; Dispatch construction; Fleet considerations; Plan for growth and staffing; Current shift staffing/hours; Officer availability; Swing cover shift; and Officer wellness vs. fitness.

 

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Public Works Director Cameron Cutler presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Council direction; Keep services moving; Suntran Division; Public Works capital projects; PWCP roadway improvements 3000 E, 1450 E realignment; Quarry Ridge Dr, Commerce Dr, Southern Hills Parkway; 1450 S extension, Bloomington Hills Dr Path, Tech Ridge access, 1450 E; and 700 S striping, 100 S striping, 100 S 1000 E turn lanes.

 

Zach Renstrom, General Manager for the Water Conservancy District welcomed the Mayor and Council. 

 

The Council took a 30-minute break.

 

Support Services Marc Mortensen provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Support Services Management Team; Facilities – By the numbers, Employees, Energy savings, completed projects, SHAC schedule, Home for Facilities, and Proposed projects; Technology/GIS – Employees, By the numbers, Current projects, Completed projects, Proposed projects, Remote work support, and Google data & analytics; Golf – Employees, Current projects, Completed projects, Proposed projects, and Proposed purchases; Bikeshares & scooters; and Ironman.

 

Energy Services Director Laurie Mangum presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Our world in 90 seconds (video); Completed projects; Aging work force; Generation; Transmission & Distribution; and Substation.

 

Water Services Director Scott Taylor presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: 2019 Water Services Department summary; Water conservation; Budget kick-off meeting with City Council; Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion; Gunlock arsenic treatment plant; Culinary water, secondary irrigation & sewer master plan updates; Water rate restructuring; Sewer rates; Aging infrastructure; Existing sewer rate; 2019 annual utility rate survey; Avg. monthly wastewater utility fee; Avg. monthly wastewater utility fee; Federal and state legislation; Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals; Revised lead & copper rule: EPA; Water loss audit; City Creek to Ledges Pipeline; Ledges reuse line; Sand Hollow Regional connection; Entrada irrigation line; Future water supply; and Department goal for 2020.

 

Leisure Services Director Shane McAffee provided a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Budget FY 2020/2021; Divisions; Parks/Recreation/Trails Master Plan; Master Plan highlights; Parks operations/maintenance; Park operations; Arts & Events; Arts; Marathon and Events; Recreation – sports/facilities; Highlights; Dixie Center; Park Planning; Current projects; Future projects; Goals; Impact Fees for Parks; Need for parks; Growth; and Recreation Bond.

 

Budget and Financial Planning Manager Deanna Brklacich presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: Fiscal Year 2020 $353.1 Million Budget; FY2020 General Fund Budget: $77.4 Million; Building blocks; Annual challenges; General Fund revenues 3-year comparison; 2020 General Fund budgeted revenues; Sales Tax revenues; Sales Tax revenues (1.00% local option); Sales Tax distribution diagram; 6-Year comparison of distribution formulas for St. George Sales Tax

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FY2014-FY2019; Analysis of all local option sales tax remittance based on SIC code – calendar year Jan. to Dec. 2019; Sales Tax remittance by Industry FY2010 (Recession) and FY2016 to FY2020 (4 months to Dec. in FY2020); Property taxes; Positives; Property Tax revenues projected by the certified tax rate compared to actual (TY219 and TY2020 are estimates; Challenges; 2019 Property Tax percentage of total levy rate by taxing agency and by budget type; Property Tax rate distribution comparison – St. George district tax year 200 to 2019 (Fiscal Year 2010 to 2020); Amount per each $100,000 taxable value primary residential property; Comparison of Property Tax rates to top 10 cities in Utah; Number of building permits issued by category comparison of January through December 2012 to 2019; Value (in $millions) of Building Permits Issued by Category – Comparison of January through December 2012 to 2019; Charges for Services; Revenue policies; Fees and charges; Consolidated budget by fund type; Consolidated budget by expense type; General Fund expense budget FY2020 by Department and Divisions; General Fund; General Fund expenditures – amount by service type; General Fund expenditures – percent by service type; FY20 Budget – personnel costs; General Fund – salaries & benefits history; Compensation summary; Balancing the challenges of funding capital outlay requests in the General Fund; and Method of prioritizing capital outlay requests.

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard noted that staff will be asking the County for tourism funding; he will provide a list to the Council soon. 

 

Deanna outlined the remainder of the budget timeline.

 

Mayor Pike noted next Thursday’s meeting will be a Neighborhood Open House at Sun River. 

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:

 

ADJOURN:

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember McArthur 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 Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

 

 

 

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Christina Fernandez, City Recorder