THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD


At the City Council
In and For Said City
December 12, 2017

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 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 were given by Councilmember Barnett.

 

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was given by Councilmember Christensen.

 

3. ROLL CALL - Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Matt Creamer, Mike Langston (Not voting), Michele Jolley.

Others present: Brion Terry, Kary Monroe, Tom Bogh, AJ Smith, Matt Day, Trent Brown, and Dave Anderson.

4. INTRODUCTION of Sunrise Engineering personnel who will be providing interim building inspection services.

 

5. EXPENDITURES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the warrants and cash disbursements for October and November for 2017. Mayor Ogden asked if the storage rental for the police department was to store bikes and if the payment of $180 was for one year. Mr. Creamer thought it was for a quarter. Mayor Ogden asked if George Siggins was doing some of the maintenance work at the pool now. Mr. Creamer stated that Mr. Siggins has been doing some of the maintenance and is actually doing a really good job for us. Mayor Ogden asked about the airport improvements and how much of it the City pays. Mr. Langston stated that some of the costs for the building will be paid for 100% by the City. Mr. Creamer stated that this would include all of the finishes for the office and we planned on this when we got our loan from CIB.

Mr. Langston mentioned the sales tax numbers for the year and noted that after 3 or 4 months it continues to be really good. We are looking at really good growth and are up about $60,000 over last year for the same 4 months. The PAR tax, recreation tax and highways tax are all up as well. Motion: Approve the warrant register and cash disbursements for October and November 2017, Action: Approve, 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.

 

6. PUBLIC HEARING – CDBG. Mayor Ogden opened a hearing at 7:21 p.m. to provide citizens with pertinent information about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and allow for discussion of possible applications. Mr. Creamer explained that the CDBG program provides funding for projects that benefit low and moderate income individuals. Our community qualifies as a low to moderate income community and the funds can be used for water and sewer systems, roads, sidewalks, curb and gutter, and housing projects. The most recent CDBG funding the City received was used to help with the self-help homes. Those funds have been used to reduce the lot prices. Applications are due the end of January. Mayor Ogden closed the hearing at 7:24 p.m.

 

7. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. Chairman Brion Terry was present to discuss the Planning Commission meeting held Wednesday, December 6. The Planning Commission is recommending to the council that the subdivision filed by Tom Bogh be approved and that we approve a waiver of the hard surface pavement of the approach going into his flag lot. It is currently finished like 750 East is.

The Shaver brothers who own the business Dogberry requested approval to construct a new showroom on Annabella Road. They agreed to set it back a little further as suggested by the Planning Commission so that parking would not be an issue. There is some question about the right-of-way of the road and whether or not it is a 66-foot right-of-way. They also requested a waiver for the curb, gutter and sidewalk. That whole intersection is misaligned so the Planning Commission recommended the Council grant this waiver as well.

The Planning Commission reviewed an amended plat for Centennial Plaza and thought that it made sense to vacate and amend the plat for this development, so they recommended approval of this as well.

A concept plan for a fellowshipping coffee shop was discussed. They are proposing this to be a place where people can go to get support.

The Planning Commission also discussed the Council’s recommendations for vacation rentals and they will be sending something back to the Council for review.

 

8. AMENDED PLAT FOR CENTENNIAL PLAZA PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT APPROVED. Kerry Monroe explained that when this was originally approved it was platted as a planned unit development. It had two components to it; a residential and a commercial component. As it started to develop, the residential went fairly well, but the commercial just did not do anything. New owners acquired the property and have been trying to sell it for several years, but nothing has happened. Part of the reason the property has not sold is thought to be that it was cut up into small lots. By vacating the commercial portion of the PUD, the property will be in large chunks and will allow more flexibility. Mr. Monroe explained that with the exception of one of the buildings, all of the property is owned by Deer Run Timber, LLC. The two owners have entered into an agreement and once the plats have been approved, the agreements will be filed.

Councilmember Barnett stated that in his mind, the subdivision was purchased by another individual and because of the way it was platted, he has been unable to sell any of the parcels; therefore he is asking to get rid of the commercial part of the subdivision and start over. Motion: Approve a plat to vacate and amend the commercial area of the Centennial Plaza Planned Unit Development, Action: Approved, Moved by Richard Barnett, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.

 

9. SUBDIVISION FILED BY TOM BOGH FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 833 E 770 N APPROVED AND WAIVER OF THE REQUIRED HARD SURFACE PAVEMENT ACCESS APPROVED. Councilmember Burrows clarified that this parcel will be separate from the north parcel when it is subdivided. Mr. Bogh acknowledged that this parcel would be a separate lot and not be part of any subdivision. Motion: Approve a subdivision for Tom Bogh located at 833 E 770 N and waive the requirement for hard surface pavement, 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.

 

10. WAIVER FOR SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AND THE REQUIREMENT OF CURB, GUTTER AND ASPHALT FOR DOGBERRY COLLECTIONS AT 253 E ANNABELLA RD TABLED. Motion: Table, Action: Tabled, Moved by Kevin Arrington, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.

 

11. ORDINANCE 2017-5 VACATING A PORTION OF 700 EAST STREET NORTH OF 700 NORTH STREET ADOPTED. Motion: Approve ordinance to vacate 700 East Street north of 700 North Street, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Richard Barnett. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.

 

12. RESOLUTION 2017-6 ADOPTING BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT FEES APPROVED. The Council reviewed a resolution to set rates for building permits and development fees. Motion: Approve resolution 2017-6 setting building and development fees, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, 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.

13. PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO REGULATE PARADES AND SPECIAL EVENTS DISCUSSED. The Council reviewed a proposed ordinance to regulate parades and special events. Recommendations for the Fourth of July parade discussed. It was suggested blocking off the parking spaces along the City Park the week before the parade. There was some discussion about people moving barricades to park their vehicles and that the City would probably have to enforce the towing of vehicles. The Council was concerned about getting this information out to the public suggesting it should be sent in the water bill and printed in the newspaper.

There was also some discussion about what the City would do with the chairs that are placed on the sidewalks before the time allowed. Where will the chairs be stored? We may not know who the chair or chairs belong to. A public hearing will be set for the next meeting in January.

 

14. ANNEXATION OF CITY PROPERTY ALONG AIRPORT ROAD DISCUSSED. The Council reviewed a map showing the City owned property around the Airport and discussed whether or not to annex the property. Councilmember Barnett wondered why we have not annexed this property. It just has not been done. The County has asked us to annex this property because of the road. The City cannot claim the road, even though it is owned by the City, for class B road funds. The County can claim it as their road, which they are currently doing. Motion: Approve moving forward to annex the City’s property, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Richard Barnett. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson.

 

15. OTHER BUSINESS. Mayor Ogden asked everyone to participate in the Christmas tree sing along in our community. On December 23, we are asking people to park a few blocks away according to the map sent out with the water bill. Mayor Ogden thought it would be a great, unifying, wonderful thing to do as a City to come together on the park at the community Christmas tree and sing. We have 6 songs and this year we are asking them to bring their own hot chocolate and invite friends and neighbors. Another year, if it is very successful, we may want to provide something there at the Park.

Councilmember Barnett was at the Utah League board meeting and there were a couple items discussed that he wanted to give the Council a heads up on. One of the things was they talked about some pending legislation with State retirement and rehiring individuals within the one-year period and the potential of waiving that requirement for certain people, mostly for peace officers. They were talking about a tradeoff and having them pay up to 65% retirement benefits for the time they work before the year mark. The other thing discussed was Tier 1 and Tier 2 benefits for peace officers because the Tier 1 can retire at 20 years with 50% retirement benefits and Tier 2 have to wait for 25 years and they only get 37%. There are some unhappy peace officers because of these differences. They are trying to change the Tier 2 to be 50% after 25 years to make it fairer. If this happens, we will have to increase our benefits package by 3.74% to make that happen.

Councilmember Barnett would like to get electronic agendas and packets.

Councilmember Burrows asked who is doing the sidewalk project on 300 North. Mr. Creamer stated that this is a State project. He noted that the State had asked us to get a contractor and they would pay us for it, but we were not able to get a contractor to give us a bid.

Councilmember Burrows asked if there was anything found out about the Airport fence and gate and if we are going to move forward with it. Mr. Creamer stated that we are still working with FAA in terms of funding. He thought he should have something for the Council by next meeting.

Councilmember Burrows remembered that the Council had discussed the value for water on an annexation and how much cash in lieu of should be. He felt that the City just ought to require a cash payment or an underground water right. We talked about having the engineers evaluate the quantity needed.

Mayor Ogden asked how the new sewer lift station was working. Mr. Creamer stated that it has been on line for about 3 weeks. It seems to be working fine. There are only a couple of punch list items the contractor has to finish, so it is substantially complete.

 

16. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 8:32 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, 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.

PASSED and APPROVED this 9 day of January, 2018.

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