THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD

At the City Council
In and For Said City
August 8, 2017

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, August 8, 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. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT
7. OTHER BUSINESS
8. MEETING ADJOURNED

 

1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Councilmember Nielson.

 

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Burrows.

 

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

Others present:

 

4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held July 11, 2017. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held July 11, 2017, Action: Approved, 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.

 

5. EXPENDITURES. The Council reviewed the Warrant Register and Cash Disbursement Journal for June and July 2017. Motion: Approve the Warrant Register and Cash Disbursement Journal for June and July 2017, Action: Approved, Moved by Kevin Arrington, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

 

6. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. Brion Terry reported on the Planning Commission meeting held August 2, 2017. The Koosharem Band of Paiute Indians is building a clinic on Main Street. They were able to purchase additional property so they came back with a revised plan for the project. The building plan will stay the same; they are just going to change the location of it.

The Planning Commission approved an addition to the south side of the Sevier Valley Oil building for offices and conference room.*Last month, the Planning Commission had received some information from Austin Spencer who owns a home and wanted to increase his fence height from 6 feet to 8 feet along the back of his property to provide a little more privacy. The Spencers’ property sits up higher than their neighbors. They had a letter from the adjacent neighbor so the Planning Commission approved the additional height of the fence to 8 feet.

Jorgensens’ presented a second concept plan for a new 35,000 square foot shop building west of their existing building and they will be coming back to the Planning Commission next month to finalize those plans.

There was a request for a conditional use permit for a major home occupation for a pet groomer on Ogden Drive. There was not the proper approval for this business. The Planning Commission had received a couple written letters from some of the neighbors expressing their concerns and complaints. Those neighbors were there and they were given time to voice their concerns. Those items were addressed with the business owner. The owner agreed to find a new location for the business within 90 days. They gave the business owner 30 days to comply with the immediate conditions of taking care of her gray water, no employees and no signs. Mr. Terry stated that Mrs. Duhart agreed to find a new location for her business within 90 days. Where it is a home occupation, if she met the conditions required by our ordinances, then there is some question as to whether or not we could deny her a conditional use permit to do business in her home.

The Planning Commission reviewed the development of some storage units in the Industrial Park. It was just a concept idea and there are maybe some concerns that we need to work through in our ordinance where are requirements may not be necessarily appropriate because it would not be cost effective.

There was another conditional use permit considered for a home occupation for a car detailing business. There was a neighbor there to complain about the permit. The business uses detailing equipment like compressors and pressure washers late into the night and the neighbor did not like the terms. Mr. Terry thought it was more a neighbor dispute than not allowing someone a conditional use permit. The Planning Commission set time limits on when they could use their power equipment.

The Planning Commission also reviewed a business for Anchor Recovery for an outpatient drug rehab business which wants to locate in the Centennial Park development. They have a really solid business plan and they have their own conditions that their patients must comply to which are actually more strict than what the Planning Commission discussed.

Councilmember Nielson asked if they would have inpatient services. Mr. Terry explained that it would be all out-patient services. The patients are part of the general population in our area right now and this would be a place for them to go during the day to receive treatment, counseling, etc. There will always be a mental health professional, doctor and nurse on site while patients are there.

 

7. AGREEMENT FOR THE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE AND UP-KEEP OF THE FLAT CANYON FLOOD MITIGATION IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED. Mr. Creamer stated that the five entities are Richfield, Sevier County, Richfield Canal, Sevier Valley Canal and UDOT. After the engineer had reviewed the project, he estimated that it would not take more than $25,000 a year to maintain the structure. The City would just budget the $5,000 and if needed pay the City’s 20% share of the costs. *The County is applying for some other funds and if they are successful, it would fund a flood detention pond for Flat Canyon which would more permanently solve the flooding issues, but what has been done will still help. Those improvements are almost complete. Motion: Approve the Agreement for the annual maintenance of the Flood Canyon Mitigation system, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Richard Barnett.

 

8. OTHER BUSINESS. Mr. Langston discussed the current sales tax report for the year. We had a $56,000 increase over last year. The highways tax was up approximately $10,000. The transportation tax is fairly new so Mr. Langston did not have a comparison, but it is really close to what was budgeted. The recreation tax was up slightly by approximately 1.6%. The revenue has met or exceeded our projections. We are growing at a slow rate, but the State as a whole is growing faster than we are.

Mr. Langston stated that we had received two bids from A&D Jensen and Baldouf Excavating to repair the water line the water line on 1000 to 1200 South on Main Street and then east on1000 South. The low bid was from A&D Jensen at $58,010. The other bid was about $1,500 higher. The bid is for labor and installation of the materials only. The City would purchase the materials and that was estimated to cost approximately $25,000 to $30,000; so the project would cost about $90,000. There have been 5 breaks on this line in the last year and it is a very difficult line to repair because it is on Main Street and near a high-pressure gas line, underground power line, etc. We have had businesses out of water quite a bit so Mr. Langston and Mr. Creamer felt that it was really an emergency situation. A&D Jensen would not be able to get to this for about 2 weeks.

Mr. Creamer reported that the building at the airport is under construction. The summer road maintenance project was almost complete. The sewer inlet station was also underway. The well drillers have been delayed until the first of next week.

League of Cities and Towns meetings were scheduled for September 13, 14 and 15, 2017. Registration is due by Thursday.

Mayor Ogden reported that the American Legion motorcycle riders were scheduled to be here next Monday. At last count, he understood that there was a possibility that there would be upwards of 500 riders.

Councilmember Burrows asked if a letter had been sent on the house at the airport. Mr. Creamer stated that he was still waiting on a letter from FAA.

The lawn in the northwest section of the cemetery in the middle was all dead.

Councilmember Burrows stated that he was worried about the requirements for businesses. He stated that the ordinance for the Industrial Park has changed 3 or 4 times. He felt that sometimes we take the common sense out of decisions and so he wondered if this could be running people off. He felt that it was a frustrating process and while he does not know how to make it better, but if there were some dialogue about the process, we could be able to make it better. Councilmember Burrows was going to work with Mr. Terry to see what they could come up with.

The Sevier County Fair starts tomorrow. The Sevier Valley Center parking lot is scheduled to be paved next Thursday.

9. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 7:52 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Approved, 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.

 

PASSED and APPROVED this 22 day of August, 2017.

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