THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
June 27, 2017
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, June 27, 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
5. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WTH THE DIVISION OF FORESTRY, FIRE AND STATE LANDS APPROVED
6. BOB MORPHIS DISCUSSED STORY ROAD UTAH
7. OTHER BUSINESS
8. MEETING ADJOURNED
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Mayor Ogden.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Konner Eyre of troop 605.
3. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Matt Creamer, Michele Jolley. Excused: Mike Langston.
Others present: Konner Eyre, Dawson, Grundy, McCoy Kreitzer, Jackson Archibald, Matt Christensen, Rick Kunzler, Aidan Hernandez, Adam Jones Johnny Holt, Rhett Peterson, Michelle Olsen, and David Anderson.
4. APPOINTMENTS. Mayor Ogden proposed to reappoint Colleen Graf to the Library Board for a second term. Motion: Appoint Colleen Graf to the Library Board, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, 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.
Mayor Ogden proposed to appoint Lance Stott, Randy Brown, and Ryan Thalman to the Library Board. Motion: Appoint Lance Stott, Randy Brown and Ryan Thalman to the Library Board, Action: Approved, 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.
5. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WTH THE DIVISION OF FORESTRY, FIRE AND STATE LANDS APPROVED. The Council reviewed a cooperative agreement with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, which was discussed in the Council’s meeting of June 13, 2017. Motion: Approve the Cooperative Agreement with the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, 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.
6. BOB MORPHIS DISCUSSED STORY ROAD UTAH. Mr. Morphis explained that his parent company, Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, has been passionately gathering heritage and pioneer stories in the State for the last 7 plus years. The result is that they have realized that all of the stories they have been putting on CDs have a location. They came across a company that has created a virtual map scenario similar to what realtors do. Story Road is where they have gone with this technology and they are telling the stories of Utah that can be accessed with a mobile app.
The mobile app identifies stories along the way and provides an entertainment component while you are traveling. It helps entice people to stop along the way and look at or visit a particular site on the map. Mr. Morphis is of the opinion that there needs to be a cluster of things so that there is more than one reason to take a side trip.
Mr. Morphis has visited with Mayor Ogden about this promotional tool and the City does not have the budget for it. He wondered if the Council had discussed what direction they wanted to go with this. Mayor Ogden asked how travelers from Denver to LA would know about Story Road Utah and how are we going to get them to turn on the app.
Mr. Morphis stated putting up billboards along I-70 in each direction, and that is something that they as a company would share the cost of because they are in a position to do that. There is also the potential of looking into what radio stations would be worth advertising on. Inside area we would want to focus on rap cards, placards, and things along those lines that any tourist related business would be interested in having, like restaurants, motels, hotels, etc.
Mayor Ogden imagined that there would be technology that would look in each store and he wondered if they were doing this in Kane County. Mr. Morphis stated that the app has been up for almost a month and they have had some good response and great feedback from people who are taking the off-road adventures. The reason Kane County got involved was due to their huge problem with search and rescue and people going out in the wilderness areas and getting lost. They are really pushing this at their visitor center so that people will know where the attractions are even when they are outside of cell service.
They are looking at the prospect of creating enough of an alliance between towns so that they can see the value as well.
Councilmember Arrington wondered why the Utah Office of Tourism would not fund this program. Mr. Morphis was told that they could not fund Story Road Utah based on the current budgetary scenario. Councilmember Arrington noted that the Utah Office of Tourism funds County websites and he wondered what the difference would be. Maybe they cannot fund Story Road directly, but he suggested that if the County and the City worked together and went to them with a grant application for our portion of this program, he would think that would qualify.
Mayor Ogden noted that the Governor has an initiative to get businesses in rural Utah and he thought that this might tie into a way where Mr. Morphis could make a point to the Tourism board that this would help our economy and help people come here. Mr. Morphis stated that as soon as they have sufficient proof of that, it would be a natural thing to follow up with the Tourism board.
Mayor Ogden stated that there is a map of a walking tour of Richfield and he has asked for some help from some people to create a new walking tour so we would encourage anyone to stop and do that. This is something we need to decide what we want people to stop here for besides to get gas and have a great meal and shop at some of our unique, wonderful shops.
Mr. Morphis stated that the Heritage Center the City is proposing is exactly the kind of place where these stories from our County could be told on a rotational basis almost year round and that would be advertised as a cool place for people to come and hear those stories, even if they did not get the entire story. Mayor Ogden felt that we needed to create a story about the ATV Jamboree, even if some of it is fiction. That would create someone’s interest. Because the City’s budget was just passed, we do not have anything set aside for this. Next year, if something could be developed so we could say these are some stories that will bring people to Richfield, then we could look at promoting that. It would be great to develop a story about our community, whether it is an old story or a new story.
Mayor Ogden noted that we do have a quilt festival in October and we do think that this will be ongoing and there are other things that we do here that we could promote. We need to develop a story about the ATV Jamboree and that might be a hook to get people off the freeway.
Mayor Ogden stated that the City would participate in support of a County effort for Trail Country Utah, which we could have part in, and perhaps next year we could put something in the budget. Mr. Morphis asked if the City would be willing to give him a letter of interest or a letter of intent that they could use as they move out and approach investors.
Councilmember Arrington likes the idea of focusing on the trails, but he is not sure that the ATV Jamboree fits in to what Story Road is trying to do. Maybe the focus could be less on driving through the county and more on what you can do when you are out in Trail County.
7. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Nielson reported on the Miss Richfield pageant. She thanked Councilmember Arrington who was able to live stream the crowning of Miss Richfield. Her daughter in North Carolina watched us crown Miss Richfield. They are going to sell a big portion of the decorations to Richfield High School and South Sevier High School for their Jr. Proms.
Councilmember Burrows stated that for about 1½ or 2 years, the City was approached about developing a shooting range west of town. There is a lot of interest in the community and there are people on board to survey it, develop it and whatever we need to do with drainage. A contractor is willing to come in and do the dirt work and there are grants available. They are looking at doing a noise study and Mayor Ogden talked with UDOT to see if they had any information on that. Councilmember Nielson asked if it is where the kids ride their motorcycles. Councilmember Burrows stated that it would be north of that and that there may be part of a few trails there that would be gone. The problem they are having with the current shooting range is that there are so many users that it is not working well. Some of the funds would come from hunter safety money to provide a place for kids to shoot. It will be fenced and more controlled. Councilmember Burrows thought this would be a great project for the community. Mr. Creamer asked what Councilmember Burrows thought the cost to the City would be. Councilmember Burrows stated that it would probably be the cost of some fencing and then it would take the City’s property. Councilmember Nielson asked if there would be someone there to watch over it or would it be like the other shooting range and first come, first serve. Councilmember Burrows stated that it would be on a first come, first serve basis, but he would like to see it reserved on Tuesday nights for young men’s group and he thought that hunter’s safety programs should take precedence over everything. Councilmember Christensen expressed her concern because it is located so close to town. Councilmember Burrows stated that he would look into getting some better information.
Councilmember Arrington discussed some items for the 4th of July. There have been some complaints about people leaving cars parked along Main Street to save spots for the parade. They had some signs made up that state no overnight parking. Councilmember Barnett asked if this is going to be enforced. Councilmember Arrington indicated that there is a question about that. Councilmember Barnett stated if we are not going to enforce it then we should not put the signs up. Mr. Creamer stated that we had to get the police to call people parked along the park so that we could get in and set up the canopies. Councilmember Nielson thought we had said that chairs could be put up after 9:00 p.m. on the 3rd of July so that they did not interfere with the businesses up and down Main Street.
Councilmember Arrington discussed the parade permit and UDOT’s requirement that spectators must be kept at a safe distance from the participants to view this event. He has asked both ATV clubs if there was any interest in patrolling the parade route and they have declined. He has asked the Southern Utah OHV club again if they would consider doing this, but he has not heard back from them yet. Councilmember Arrington stated that another option would be to put some yellow tape. Mr. Creamer stated that that will only last until someone goes under the tape.
Mayor Ogden thought it would be cool to have someone in golf carts patrolling the parade.
Councilmember Burrows reported that Bret and Cher Ross have scheduled an Angel of Hope walk this Saturday to help raise money for the statue.
8. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 8:41p.m., Motion: 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 25 day of July, 2017.