THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
July 11, 2017
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, July 11, 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. EXPENDITURES APPROVED
6. OTHER BUSINESS
7. EXECUTIVE SESSION
8. RECONVENE & ADJOURN
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Councilmember Nielson.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
3. ROLL CALL Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Michele Jolley.
Excused: Matt Creamer, Mike Langston.
Others present: Megan Mustoe, Ryan Shaddix, Richard Nordgren, Taylor Farresi, Black Nordgren, Braxton Butler, Michelle Olsen, and David Anderson.
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held June 13, 2017 Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held June 13, 2017, Action: Approved, Moved by Connie Nielson, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.
5. SEVIER VALLEY REFUGE PROGRAM DISCUSSED. Taylor Farresi who is the Youth Pastor of Calvary Chapel Sevier Valley told the Council that their goal for refuge is to provide a safe, positive, friendly, encouraging and collective environment for the youth. They have been doing this for about 3 years. He handed the Council some information stating that the program is a rec center activity with no religious programming. It is open to the public with a policy that you can come and go as you please like an open house type atmosphere similar to any other rec center, arcade or community park. They have rules that the youth are expected to abide by while on the property which are to respect others; do not damage or vandalize the building, property or neighbors’ property; stay off adjacent private property; abide by all traffic and safety laws including the use of proper crosswalks; and if the rules are broken the youth will be expected to leave the refuge either temporarily or permanently depending on the severity. They do have 4 to 6 adults present during the time that the refuge is open. Those hours are on Friday nights from
Mr. Farresi hopes to implement some community service projects that the youth can be involved in.
Ryan Shaddix who is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Sevier Valley spoke to the Council. His wife’s family is from the area and his dream in coming here was that he wanted to build and indoor skate park somewhere in Richfield. The first thing he started when he became the pastor here in Richfield was the Friday night refuge. He again emphasized that it is not a religious program. They do not do any teaching or proselyting. They just want to have a place for kids to come and hang out and be safe in a positive environment. It has averaged about 9 to 12 kids and then it just kind of caught fire this last year so now they have anywhere between 35 to 75 kids that come to hang out.
Mr. Shaddix has been in direct communication with the police department from the start. He is actually meeting with the drug task force tomorrow and they are going to train some of their interns how to spot if someone is high on something, so they are trying to be proactive. They wanted to reach out to the City and the other agencies in town because they want it known that they really, really care about what they are doing. They really care that it is a positive influence in the community and not seen as a dangerous place for kids to hang out.
He stated that they kids that come to refuge are going to be out wandering Richfield anyways. They would be hanging out at the park, the bowling alley, etc. So if they are going to be somewhere, they would like to kind of centralize them here and hopefully make a difference or a connection with some of them in the process.
Councilmember Nielson asked Mr. Shaddix about the activities that they have there. Mr. Shaddix stated that they have an air hockey table, a pool table, an X-box One, and a little snack bar where kids can buy a soda, snacks or candy, but most of their activities are pretty beat-up so they are looking at resupplying and replacing those. Mostly it is just a safe place to hang out. He said most of the kids are there hanging out and looking for a place to charge their phones.
Mayor Ogden expressed his gratefulness for Mr. Shaddix and Mr. Farresi doing this because it fills a need for our community and our youth. Mr. Shaddix stated that he has been a Youth Pastor since 2001 and in 2003 he read an article in the Arizona Republic that has stuck with him. The article stated that 30 minutes a month with at-risk youth reduces their chance of incarceration by 85%. For the past 15 years, Mr. Shaddix has remembered that statistic and hopes to make a difference. The youth that come to the refuge program are not all at-risk youth, but we know that some of the best kids have gotten tripped up by some of the most foolish things and if someone is there to lead by example it may make a difference. The youth are not all connected to a good organization and there are some great organizations in our area. There are those kids in the margin, that for whatever reason have not gotten plugged into an organization and he hopes to help them.
They would eventually like to have an after school program that is open every day after school with tutors, helpers and wifi for kids to come in and get help.
6. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Barnett commented that we have a great Fourth of July. He was surprised at the amount of people there were in town for the celebration being in the middle of the week.
Sevier County Community Theatre will be putting on Mary Poppins July 28, 29, 31 and August1. They have put a lot of time and work into this and there are over 100 individuals in the cast. Councilmember Burrows asked if they had been able to get any other commitments from any of the other communities, but no one knew for sure.
Councilmember Nielson had a lot of people comment on all of the Fourth of July activities that go on in our little town. She had grandkids here from North Carolina and they were in heaven.
Councilmember Nielson had a group come to her and tell her that we are sitting on a gold mine that we have not realized yet. We have taken advantage of our ATV trails, but the bike paths here provide so many great rides. They had as much fun on the trails in our area as they did in Moab. The people she talked to were hoping that someone would map out the bike trails like the Twist, etc. Mr. Arrington felt that Chad * from the County just might do that because he is heavily involved in the Tusher bike race. Mayor Ogden stated that the Forest Service is anxious to do community association development.
Councilmember Arrington thanked everyone for their help. It was a great Fourth of July event. The fireworks were amazing and Mayor Ogden saw that the Lion’s Park was packed.
Councilmember Christensen stated that kayaking and paddle boarding is being done on the canal. She was asked if the City could make a place for them to get in and out of the canal out easier. Councilmember Barnett stated that if we do something like that the City would assume some liability and the other issue is that we do not own the canal.
Michelle Olsen stated that the Library got two grants that she has used to purchase over 400 new books. This is the last week for the Summer Reading Program which ends July 29. They have combined with the recreation department and held some sessions 3 times a week at Summer in the Park.
7. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 7:37 p.m., Motion: Convene an executive session to discuss the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of individual, Action: Adjourn, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kevin Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.
8. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 8:29 p.m., Motion: Reconvene and adjourn, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kevin Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.
PASSED and APPROVED this 8 day of August, 2017.