City Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 2,2020
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ST. GEORGE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

ELECTRONIC REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 2, 2020 5:00 P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

PRESENT VIA ZOOM:

Mayor Jon Pike

Councilmember Michele Randall

Councilmember Bryan Smethurst

Councilmember Gregg McArthur

Councilmember Dannielle Larkin

City Manager Adam Lenhard

City Attorney Shawn Guzman

City Recorder Christina Fernandez

 

EXCUSED:

Councilmember Jimmie Hughes

 

OPENING:

Mayor Pike called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. invocation was offered by Russ Cashin with the Free Spirit Community and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Mayor Pike.  He outlined the instructions for participation in tonight’s meeting. 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:

Mayor Pike outlined the rules for commenting; no comments were given.

 

CONSENT CALENDAR:

a.    Consider award of bid to Peak Asphalt for the chip seal oil supply.

 

b.    Consider approval of a Cost Reimbursement with Hughes Construction for Improvements at the Airport.

 

c.    Consider approval of a Reimbursement Agreement with Quality Excavation for the construction of a waterline loop in the Ledges area.

 

d.    Consider approval of Reimbursement Agreement with Ledges at Snow Canyon, LLC for the construction of 3670 South as part of the Fieldstone Phase 6 subdivision.

 

e.    Consider approval of a Reimbursement Agreement with Ledges at Snow Canyon, LLC for installation of rip rap bank armoring along the Fort Pearce Wash.

 

f.     Consider approval of a Reimbursement Agreement with the owner of parcel SG-5-3-8-221 where they are constructing the proposed Champions Gymnastics building at 3087 South River Road.

 

g.    Consider approval of an agreement to purchase real property from Staker & Parson Companies.

 

 

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

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Larkin.

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

PUBLIC HEARING/ISSUANCE AND SALE OF SEWER REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2020:

PUBLIC HEARING TO ALLOW PUBLIC INPUT REGARDING (A) THE ISSUANCE AND SALE BY THE CITY OF ST. GEORGE, UTAH OF NOT MORE THAN $45,000,000 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SEWER REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2020; AND (B) ANY POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THE PROJECT TO BE FINANCED WITH THE PROCEEDS OF THE SERIES 2020 BONDS ISSUED UNDER THE ACT MAY HAVE ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR; AND RELATED MATTERS.

 

Jason Burningham with Lewis Young Robertson and Burningham explained this public hearing is being held to receive input with respect to the issuance of the Series 2020 Wastewater Revenue Bonds, and any potential economic impact the Project being financed would have on the private sector.  He provided an update on the market and where the bond stands. 

 

Mayor Pike added this is something that cannot be put off. 

 

After being asked by Councilmember Larkin, Mr. Burningham explained what happens if he goes to market and timing doesn’t look good.  He and his staff will work with the City Manager, the Mayor, and the Finance staff.

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard commented this is not a growth-related project.  The payment will be shared with other communities within the County that utilize the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

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

 

Mr. Burnignham stated no action is required. 

 

A resident tried speaking but could not connect to audio; he called on the phone to City Attorney Shawn Guzman.

 

Mayor Pike noted the resident would like to speak on an item further on the agenda.

 

 

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PUBLIC HEARING/AMENDED FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAT:

Public hearing and consideration of an amended final subdivision plat for Escapes at the Ledges Phase 5 Amended by adjusting units 515-518, which affects the common area (easements).

 

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins presented the request to consider an amended final subdivision plat for Escapes at the Ledges Phase 5 Amended by adjusting units 515-518, which affects the common area (easements). 

 

He showed the final plat and outlined the proposed amendments.  It will shrink the common area just a bit.  He explained the public hearing is being held because the applicant was unable to obtain 100% of the consents of owners within this plat. 

 

Applicant Reed Scow explained when this project came forward, 516 and 518 were sort of flipped.  It is not much of a difference in square footage.  The HOA did approve the request. 

 

Derek Judd noted they have reached out to all of the homeowners; they have obtained approval from all but one who has been ill and not able to sign the consent.

 

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

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember McArthur to approve the amended final subdivision plat for Escapes at the Ledges Phase 5 Amended by adjusting units 515-518, which affects the common area.

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Randall.

 

Councilmember Smethurst thanked Mr. Judd for explaining how he obtained the signatures.

 

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

ZONE CHANGE/ORDINANCE:

Consider approval of an ordinance for a zone change from OS (Open Space) to PD-R (Planned Development Residential) on property generally located at 3174 South Bloomington Drive.

 

Planner Dan Boles presented the request to change the zone from Open Space to Planned Development Residential on property generally located at 3174 South Bloomington Drive.  He noted the Council originally heard this request on March 5th;

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however, it was tabled.  He presented a PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics: zoning map; proposed site and landscape plan. 

 

Applicant Scott McCall explained they propose to reduce the 4-sotry building to a 3-story building which will allow for two (2) parking spaces for each unit and full guest parking.  The total unit count will be 118; it was 140 originally.  He stated there will be ten (10) units per floor for buildings 1 and 2; twelve (12) units per floor for building 3; and fourteen (14) units per floor for building 4.  The height for building 4 will be approximately 38’ tall.  He showed the current proposal site plan.

 

Mayor Pike noted this is not a public hearing; but he will allow comments.

 

Darcy Stewart thanked the Council for their consideration. 

 

Resident Al Easton commented his concern is traffic on Bloomington Drive.  He asked if there has been a traffic study for the project and if these units are going to be apartments or condos. 

 

Mr. McCall noted these are apartments and a traffic study has been done.  It has shown that this road can support the proposed project. This proposal and the complex across the street are less than originally planned in the traffic study.  Condos and apartments generate the same amount of traffic. 

 

Assistant Public Works Director Wes Jenkins added the traffic study was done a number of years ago. Even with the original traffic study, Bloomington Drive would support both this project and the previous project across the street.

 

Resident Greg Freeman, president of the Vintage HOA, mentioned an email he sent to the Mayor and Council.  Looking at the site diagram, the developer is getting a variance in the amenities and green space.  He is also concerned with pets as there is no walkable area.  He asked about a rumor he heard that the City is exchanging buildable land to the developer for this project.

 

Mr. McCall commented that the required recreation space is accounted for.  The City and Bloomington are exchanging a couple of small parcels.  The benefit to the City is Bloomington will be improving and repairing a portion of the trail in the area.  The site is set below the road; they do not anticipate there will be a lot of migration to the Vintage development.

 

Mayor Pike stated this was the general plan for this area as they proposed previously.  At the time, many residents in the area were grateful for the County Club to stay “green”. 

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard clarified the property that the City is exchanging is not buildable.  Staff prefers the trail realignment than the current route. 

 

Resident Tracy Baker stated her questions have already been answered. 

 

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Mr. McCall noted every resident will be a social member of the Bloomington Country Club.  After being asked by Mayor Pike, he indicated they are committing to making this happen; they need the funding for the Country Club.   

 

Councilmember Smethurst commented he grew up in the Bloomington area; what is being proposed is nice and well thought out.  With the improvement in this area, he believes the area can handle the proposal.  He is appreciative of the applicant taking the Council’s comments into consideration.

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman clarified that while the applicant has plans for each apartment to become members of the Country Club; there is no way to enforce that unless the applicant wants the language on something recordable. Either it is required and the applicant agrees or they are just saying it is something they would like to do. 

 

Mr. McCall stated it is the business model.  It is their intent. 

 

Mayor Pike added it is up to the Council if they want to make it a requirement.   

 

Mr. Stewart noted the purpose of bringing additional density to the area is for additional funding for the Country Club.  They will need to look at the market when charging fees; he does not want to be bound to that.  There are a number of apartment communities being built.  This project is part of the Country Club; the amenities will be amazing. He feels they need to be flexible on whether or not they have to charge people and explained the difference between an apartment and condo.  It will not change the look or density; it is simply a legal difference.  They want units under one management to keep it looking nice. 

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman commented the difference is that a condo can have individual ownership; apartments will not.  He explained they could make them condos only if they meet the building codes for condominiums which is different for apartment complexes. 

 

Mr. Stewart stated his architect stated they could be condos, there is no difference, just a different platting process.

 

Mr. Willis commented he would have to check whether apartments are meeting what the condominium standards were.  Most people built them in accordance with condominiums so they can switch them over if they want to.

 

Councilmember Randall commented she hopes they get a great property management company for these. 

 

Mr. Stewart stated looking at all of their projects, they are extremely nice; that is the intent. He believes most of the residents will be age qualified people.  They plan on having a full menu of activities for them.   

 

The Council thanked Mr. Stewart for what he has done in this area.

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MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the ordinance changing the zone from Open Space to Planned Development Residential on property generally located at 3174 South Bloomington Drive with the changes that have been discussed tonight; the 4-story building will now be 3-story and no parking variances. 

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Larkin.

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PROCESS FOR BID OPENINGS TO ALLOW ELECTRONIC OPENINGS:

Consider approval of an ordinance amending the process for bid openings to allow electronic openings.

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard explained City code requires all bids to be open in person in public.  Due to the current situation, the ordinance will allow staff to do this electronically. 

 

City Attorney Shawn Guzman noted state law allows for electronic bid openings, but City code does not.  This will be a permanent change; it will not expire when the situation betters.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to approve the ordinance amending the process for bid openings to allow electronic openings.

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Smethurst.

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

REPORTS FROM MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS, AND CITY MANAGER:

Councilmember Larkin noted that the Dove Center has moved to mostly electronic, but still available.  She thanked City staff for working so hard during this time.

 

Mayor Pike explained the Council will take an issue that ties to the COVID 19 experience and help get information on social media.  He thanked the Council for their support during this time.

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Councilmember McArthur reported on the Greater Together Small Business Fund.  If there are any business in need of assistance, he suggested visiting the Chamber of Commerce website.  He also reported on the Dino Museum Board meeting he recently attended. 

 

Mayor Pike stated he appreciates the businesses who have taken Governor Herbert’s non-binding directive and have closed or made changes. 

 

Councilmember Smethurst and City Manager Adam Lenhard spoke about the WCIA Board meeting he attended.  They authorized to engage an architect to look at a potential expansion. 

 

Councilmember Smethurst inquired about golf course and pickleball court closures.

 

Mayor Pike stated this is being left up to each County and City.  He provided information he received from Dr. Bloggett with regards to the COVID 19 coronavirus and noted the state is ramping up testing.  He recommends the City hold to what it is doing.

 

City Manager Adam Lenhard commented it has been interesting to see the feedback of residents regarding closures.  He expected for them to be disappointed; however, the overwhelming majority is criticism that the City is still not doing enough.

 

Councilmember Smethurst stated he just wanted to make sure there weren’t going to be any changes right now.

 

Mayor Pike noted the decisions being made have nothing to with financial reasons.  He stated he is going to draft a letter regarding Zion National Park; in hopes they will close it – the park has approximately 2,500 visitors a day; 60% are from other states.  He would include that they want to ramp up quickly when the time is right.

 

The consensus of the Council is move forward to help control the spread of the virus.

 

MOTION:      A motion was made by Councilmember Randall to support of a letter recommending Zion National Park be temporarily closed for the period of this emergency.

SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Dannielle.

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

 

Councilmember Randall – aye

Councilmember Smethurst – aye

Councilmember McArthur – aye

Councilmember Larkin – aye

 

The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

ADJOURN:

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

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SECOND:      The motion was seconded by Councilmember Smethurst.

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

 

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