THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD

At the City Council
In and For Said City
July 25, 2017

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, July 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. CITY SERVICES FOR RED HILLS BMX ON COUNTY PROPERTY APPROVED
6. PAYMENT CONTRACT WITH SEVIER COUNTY FOR EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1500 SOUTH SEWER INSTALLATION
7. OTHER BUSINESS
8. MEETING ADJOURNED

 

1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Councilmember Arrington.

 

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.

 

3. ROLL CALL Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Mike Langston, Michele Jolley. Excused: Richard Barnett, Matt Creamer.

Others present: Brayden Gardner, Kirby Gardner, Shelby Gardner, Jason Christensen, Jacy McConnell, Michelle Olsen, Carson DeMille, and David Anderson.

 

4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held May 16, the special meetings held May 23, June 20, and the regular meeting held June 27, 2017. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meetings held May 16, the special meetings held May 23, June 20, and the regular meeting held June 27, 2017, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kevin Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

 

5. CITY SERVICES FOR RED HILLS BMX ON COUNTY PROPERTY APPROVED. Brayden Gardner addressed the Council about the BMX outdoor tracks. The current track is at the Fairgrounds and is about 800 feet long. They would like to have a bigger, better, longer track because it is not as long as other tracks, so they have a tough time getting riders from other parts of the State and other states because it is a lesser facility. They are meeting with Sevier County next Tuesday about potentially moving the location or expanding where they are currently. If they can utilize the current location and get a little bit longer, better and a little taller track, they would like to stay there because of the amenities that are currently there.

There are some conflicts with the horse racing and having horses on the track when they are there and vice versa, so that is the biggest challenge that they are facing.

Five years ago there was a proposal put together to locate a track on the County property in northwest Richfield. At that time, the City agreed to allow a water and sewer connection to this property.

Councilmember Nielson stated that 5 years ago she had a boy involved in BMX and it was one of the most fun experiences he had growing up. She was impressed with the number of volunteers and she thought that this is a great project and that it would draw people into town.

Mr. Gardner stated that winter races are held once a month at the Black Hawk Arena in Salina. There are people who come to those races from Grand Junction, Salt Lake, Las Vegas and those races are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so they must be staying.

There are 12 indoor tracks in the whole country and Utah as a whole has 3 of those indoor tracks, one being ours. If we can get a bigger facility going we could hold races one time a month for 3 days which would bring in a lot more people from other states. Right now we only have a race on Thursday night. The indoor races average about 150 riders a night on the smaller races. Larger races with state qualifiers have anywhere from 250 to 300 riders a night.

Mr. Gardner asked if the City would reduce the cost of impact fees, or donate some back. Councilmember Burrows felt that the City should do just what they agreed to 5 years ago. It appears that the BMX was going to pay the impact fees and the City agreed to donate that amount of money to them. Mr. Langston stated that the impact fees have changed since this was approved.

Mr. Gardner asked about the monthly bill and if the City would be willing to donate that monthly fee.

Motion: Provide water and sewer services to the property for the cost of the impact fees and the City will donate that back, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4).
Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.
Motion: Amend the motion to include that a change of use or the sale of the property, the new owner or developer would have to pay an impact fee for the new use. Action: Approve, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

 

6. PAYMENT CONTRACT WITH SEVIER COUNTY FOR EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1500 SOUTH SEWER INSTALLATION. The Council did not recall that it committed to pay the County for the installation of the sewer line on 1500 South. Mr. Langston noted that charges could be recouped as the property is developed by assessing a proportionate share to each property that has the potential of connecting onto this line. They would also be required to pay an impact fee which would also go toward the improvements.

Motion: Approve contract with Sevier County for repayment of the sewer line on 1500 South, Action: Approve, Moved by Kevin Arrington, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

 

7. OTHER BUSINESS. Mayor Ogden stated that we have been having major repair issues on the water line on south Main Street and they have cost us quite a bit of money and they are going to continue to cost us a lot of money. Mr. Langston stated that we have had 5 major leaks on this line this year. They are extremely difficult to repair because of the location. It also puts businesses like Ace Hardware out of water for several hours and even the whole day. Mr. Langston explained that we have been putting money away in the budget to do infrastructure repairs as they came up since we raised the rates a couple of years ago. This is going to cost about $80,000 for a two block area. This line just keeps breaking and we think it is caused by electrolysis. We have one bid and we are going to get another one. We need to move forward with this. It is probably going to take money from this year and maybe next year, but it is probably the highest priority item that we have.

Councilmember Burrows was approached by a business owner who is unhappy about the trees on Main Street because they are blocking the store fronts. Mayor Ogden stated that we need to contact our arborist out of Cedar City. Councilmember Christensen stated that the trees need to be thinned out. Mr. Langston stated that the reason these trees were planted was because the type of trees, they are supposed to grow tall enough that their canopies will be above the store fronts. Councilmember Burrows noted that maybe it will take a little more time for them to reach that stage. Councilmember Nielson suggested that Councilmember Christensen contact the arborist to take care of the trees. Councilmember Nielson suggested letting the business owners know that we have to wait until spring to trim the trees.

Councilmember Burrows asked who was doing the road out behind Home Depot. The County is taking care of it because we have an agreement with them that they will take care of it and then we take care of other roads that may be in the County. Mayor Ogden stated that the County is going to fix the corner of Technology Drive which creates a safety hazard.

Councilmember Arrington stated that next year the Fourth of July is on Wednesday and he wondered if there would be any concern if the Sevier Valley Center scheduled a concert for Monday July 2. Councilmember Christensen wondered about the Field of Stars. Councilmember Arrington noted that they held their performances at the High School this year. He understood that they wanted to go back to the SVC for next year so this will be a discussion that we need to have.

 

8. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 8:15 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

PASSED and APPROVED this 22 day of August, 2017.

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