THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
April 25, 2017
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Richfield City office building located at 75 East Center, Richfield, Utah. Mayor David C. Ogden presiding.
1. OPENING REMARKS
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ROLL CALL
4. MINUTES APPROVED
5. OTHER BUSINESS
6. MEETING ADJOURNED
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Mayor Ogden.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
3. ROLL CALL Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Matt Creamer, Michele Jolley. Excused: Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Mike Langston.
Others present: Dick Cumiskey, Michelle Olsen and Dave Anderson.
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held April 11, 2017. Motion: approve the minutes of the meeting held April 11, 2017. Moved by Councilmember Christensen, seconded by Councilmember Arrington, Action: Approved. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.
5. OTHER BUSINESS. Mr. Creamer reported that an open house for the new Natural Resources building is tomorrow from 9:30 to 11:30 with a ribbon cutting at 11:00 am. They have invited members of the Council to attend.
Mr. Creamer stated that the Mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017/2018 will be presented on May 9.
Councilmember Christensen stated that she drove through the industrial park the other day and there have been many complaints about how awful the landscaping looks out there. The only owner not keeping up the landscaping is the Food Bank. She thought everything else looked pretty good. Mr. Creamer stated that he is on the Food Bank board and he could put some pressure on them. Mayor Ogden reported that we will be doing a chip seal on the road through the industrial park this summer.
Mayor Ogden has been working with Mr. Cumiskey and they have been looking what could and should be at the Centennial Park. He noted that the Rotary Club is in the process of redoing the bushes in front of the Welcome to Richfield sign. They block the lights shining on the sign. As for the sign itself, the lettering for “Richfield” is so close to the same color as the stone it does not stand out. He would like to change the color of the writing and asked the Council to take a look at this.
Mayor Ogden is still planning to have some kiosks along the Main Street side of the park. On the northwest corner of the park, Mayor Ogden would like to put a sign that says welcome center. Then have a sign that says RV parking which directs them to the south road and into the parking lot south of the restrooms. We have planned to resurface this parking lot this summer. As for the restrooms, they are in good shape, but there has been some settling to the south, so Mayor Ogden asked Morgan Harward to give us a bid or cost estimate of what it would cost to put a cement pad from the porches out to the sidewalk.
The fountain is a weedy mess, but Mayor Ogden thinks it has some redeeming factors such as the big, sandstone rocks that the kids love to play on. Mayor Ogden has also asked Mr. Harward to give us a bid to put some steps up one side and down the other with a hand rail. On top we would have a flat viewing area where people could look at, perhaps through some pipes, at different locations throughout our valley.
Mayor Ogden wanted to put a mobile building on the park for the welcome center. That way, if the ground did settle or we decided we did not like the location, it could be moved. He would also like to have a restroom in this building for people who will be working there, but also for visitors. Mayor Ogden envisioned maybe having the Office of Tourism or the Chamber of Commerce in this building. According to Mayor Ogden, it would be a benefit to have something like this at the park because we could promote our City. We could promote events and surrounding tourist sites. He suggested that we may even be able to get people to donate some time at the cabins in period costume.
Mr. Cumiskey stated that he and his wife do a lot of traveling and they like to visit communities that are similar in size to Richfield. He noted that as people come off from I-70 into Richfield, the first thing they see is the large flag at Centennial Park. This draws people toward the park and then when they see the signs directing them to the welcome center. People with cars can park along the street, but people with RVs need a place to park that is easy to get in and out of.
Mr. Cumiskey stated that the mobile building that Mayor Ogden spoke of can be used for any number of uses. They come in different sizes and the smallest is 24X40 foot building which gives enough space inside for a permanent employee. He suggested that there could be handicrafts and homemade goods that represent the Richfield area. That gets people enthused. There should also be brochures showing the hotels, restaurants and shops in town. If there was a sale downtown, there could be coupons available that could be presented by an employee to a guest. According to Mr. Cumiskey, the only cost to the City would be the mobile building and they are available to purchase or rent. There is a $1,000 cost to get it on site, but the rent is approximately $800 to $1,000 a month.
Mayor Ogden stated that information would be put at the convenience stores on the north and south freeway interchanges directing them to the welcome center. Then we would have an employee at the center that would inform them as to what is going on in our community.
Councilmember Nielson asked about the RV parking they were proposing because the first thing that comes to mind is overnight parking. She felt that there should be a distinction made because we do not want overnight parking in those parking areas. Mr. Cumiskey stated that there could also be information given about the location of the KOA. He also noted that most RV users understand that you cannot camp at a welcome center.
Mayor Ogden stated that his friend that has a lot to do with the Bluff restoration said that last year they sold $236,000 worth of t-shirts and hats which could help our whole investment on the Centennial Park. Mayor Ogden said that this is just the beginning of the discussion but they will come back when they get a price on making the improvements to the bathroom because this has to be done first. Then he will get a clear definition on the cabins.
Councilmember Christensen wanted to know why we could not install something other than concrete around the bathrooms because she believed that the ground there is still settling and that it will never settle all the way, so the concrete will just crack.
Councilmember Nielson asked if there was a plan for the southeast corner of the Park. Mayor Ogden stated that the owner has come up with a price, but the City cannot afford to buy it. However, the owner would be willing to allow us to use this area for parking if we have something on the Park.
Mayor Ogden stated that when they get the facts and figures they will come back and make a proposal to the Council perhaps by the next meeting.
Councilmember Arrington stated that if the Chamber or the tourism offices are there then there would have to be office space. One of the concerns that always comes up when we are talking about these types of things is do you hire a part-time person to be there 5 hours a day so when the Chamber and tourism are out there is someone there. Then there is the question of whether you keep it open Saturday and Sunday. Councilmember Arrington noted that we would have to have someone there or build it in such a way that people could still come in and get information.
Mr. Cumiskey reported that other cities use people like Miss Richfield and Miss Sevier County or sterling scholars from the high school. Mayor Ogden suggested that the Youth City Council could be used there. Mr. Cumiskey said that it could be staffed by 90% volunteer help with one paid person.
6. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 7:46 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.
PASSED and APPROVED this 9 day of May, 2017.