THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
May 26, 2020
 
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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. PATH OF POSITIVITY APPROVED
6. APPROVAL OF TAFT SUBDIVISION
7. RESOLUTION 2020-4 ADOPTED
8. COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AGENCY DISCUSSED
9. BABE RUTH TABLED
10. FIELD RENTAL AND USAGE AGREEMENT DISCUSSED
11. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION DETERMINED
12. UDOT PROPERTY ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE COTTONWOOD DETENTION BASIN DISCUSSED
13. AGREEMENT FOR THE OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANT APPROVED
14. U-HAUL DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED
15. BUDGET FOR VISIOTOR CENTER
16. OTHER BUSINESS
17. EXECUTIVE SESSION
18. RECONVENE & ADJOURN
 
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Councilmember Hansen.
 
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
 
3. ROLL CALL. Present: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson, Mayor David Ogden, Mike Langston, Michele Jolley.
 
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held April 14 and April 28, 2020. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meetings held April 14 and April 28, 2020, Action: Approved, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
5. PATH OF POSITIVITY APPROVED. Kaitlin Hansen requested approval to put rocks with inspirational messages on them around the City. She would like to create a Path of Positivity in our community because of the loss and devastation from suicide and other challenges that people face. She showed pictures of paths that have colored rocks with messages on along the paths. She felt that the bike path would be the perfect path where these rocks could be places. The rocks could be set out on the rocky side of the path. She would like to involve the whole community and have them make their own rocks and set them along the path. She thought that June 4 would be the perfect night for an activity to have them paint their own rock and they could be invited to put their rock somewhere along the path. There would be no cost to the City because we already have the paint from the recreation department art program. There could also be seasonal rocks placed along the path. Motion: Approve the Path of Positivity along the bike path, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5).
Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
6. APPROVAL OF TAFT SUBDIVISION. The Council reviewed the Taft Minor Subdivision. Brayden Gardner was present to discuss the creation of the subdivision. They want to get rid of the mow strip on and install sidewalks on the north side of the property. There is already a mow strip and sidewalk on the west side. Mayor Ogden thought that the area could use some sprucing up and that a subdivision would be great for the area. They have a verbal agreement with Mr. Schena who wants to purchase some of the property for the keeping of animals. Motion: Consider approving Taft Minot Subdivision, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
7. RESOLUTION 2020-4 ADOPTED. The Council considered adopting a resolution declaring the intention of Richfield City to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds to be used to finance costs of acquiring, constructing and equipping certain expansion and improvements to a meat processing facility for Dale T. Smith and Sons Inc. The resolution would authorize the issuance and sale of such bonds in the principal amount of not to exceed $10,000,000; establishing conditions which must be met at or prior to the issuance of the Revenue Bonds; providing for the reimbursement from the proceeds of such Bonds of expenditures for the project; and related matters. Mayor Ogden is looking forward to this being in the community because it will help with the cow/calf operations. This allows the company to have a lower interest or no federal tax. They have to spend 85% of the proceeds within 3 years of the issuance of the bonds. The project has to be more than 10 million dollars, but cannot be more than 20 million dollars. Motion: Adopt Resolution 2020-4 showing the City’s intent to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds, Action: Adopted, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
8. COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AGENCY DISCUSSED (CRA). The Council considered creating a Reinvestment Agency for tax increment financing as discussed by Malcolm Nash. Mr. Nash stated that he helped Salina City create one of these agencies and they are using it in their industrial park area to help pay for the improvements to their industrial park. It provides a revenue stream. If we compare the north end of the City with the City’s business park. The City fronted the cost to develop the business park and the paybacks come in over time as property is sold or other developments take place. In this case, the City would not have to come up with the money per say to pay for it because the companies would be paying for it as they develop over time. There are firms that could help the City analyze these particular types of projects using some fairly sophisticated models as to how this would work, where the risks are and how the revenue would be taken care of etc.
On the north interchange area this would be a way to help get utilities and improvements, public infrastructure into that area to trigger more activity on the north interchange. Mr. Nash indicated that there are other people interested in that north area. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of how the City or the reinvestment board would like to use those funds. It would give us the ability to make and improvements without necessarily covering the cost of those improvements.
A key thing to consider in using this tool from a city perspective is that because it is property tax that is being generated, the taxing entities that receive that tax are the ones that really need to participate in the process. For example, the School District is the biggest recipient of property tax revenues in the County which is very typical across the State. The School Board would need to decide as to how much, if they do at all, they would want to participate some of that new property tax growth towards making those improvements and the same with the County. If this project were to move forward the City would need to get some discussion dialogue going with the County Commissioners and the School Board to find out how much they would be willing to participate and for what period of time. This would be a policy decision for these entities.
Councilmember Burrows stated that the reason we made the deal that we did on the property was because they were going to make the improvements.
Councilmember Christensen noted that Mr. Nash indicated there were pros and cons to creating an agency. She stated that the pros have been stated, but she wondered what the cons would be. Mr. Nash stated that some of cons is that sometimes existing businesses come to the City because they were not given an opportunity when they developed their business. IN some areas like the north interchange, some companies could say that we are interested in that area, but we are not going to cover the cost of putting the improvements in, so we could miss out on some of those development opportunities. There are others besides CSS that are interested in properties in that area. If the City or County want to see something happen in a certain area, then this is one of the incentives that can be put up front.
Councilmember Nielson asked if the City were to set this up, how likely would it be that the School District and the County would come on board where their funds are limited. Mr. Nash reported that both of these entities participated in the solar farm and they agreed to do it with the Salina Industrial park because they wanted to see activity come in. The solar farm was an easy sell because there is no community impact. No impact to the students in the School District and is highly unlikely that the County would be sending sheriff’s deputies or ambulances out there.
With CSS composites there is likely going to be an impact to the School District, so they will be a little more sensitive to those issues and be a little bit more cautious.
Marcus Keller stated that he could not speak for what the School District’s position would be, but he knows that they love to see diversified tax basis as part of their credits. They typically like projects where it is not going to be a huge influx of students like a multifamily housing project would be. If it could diversify their tax base and bring more of a stable economy that would help them on their future rating they may look at this project favorably. He also noted that there is no longer a size restriction on these CRAs.
Mr. Nash stated that another con would be that some jurisdictions have given a financial incentive to the companies through the CRA, but more and more these agencies are being used just for public infrastructure improvements because people are more comfortable with the philosophically.

Councilmember Christensen if CSS puts in all of the improvements and pays for it all, the other property owners in the area would be paying the composite place for the utilities. If we go ahead and put this in then the people that have bought property for speculation, then they are getting a gift. Mr. Nash stated that we should bring someone in that would address this because he is sure that it has been handled in other ways where that has happened.
Councilmember Burrows stated that the reason we made the deal with CSS that we did was so that they would put the improvements in. There was some discussion about the cost of putting in the infrastructure would be cost prohibitive. Richfield is competing with other communities like Salina that has shovel-ready property that companies can build on immediately.
Mayor Ogden stated that there have been other people that have been interested in developing property across the street from Flying J, but there is no sewer available and the cost to run the sewer line is astronomical. If we want to attract businesses to come here so that Richfield City grows and we have an opportunity like we do now; then we have to do something.
Councilmember Hansen stated that we are probably not going to assign the full tax increment to them, so this would be new money and whatever part we get would be new money. Four percent of something is 4%, but 10% of nothing is still nothing.
Mr. Nash stated that the school districts and Salt Lake County has made the statement that they are not going to participate any more in these projects. The reason is because there is so much demand for activity in the Salt Lake and Wasatch Front area that they do not have to provide this incentive. That is good news for us. This is a tool that can be used to make the City a little more attractive. Setting up an agency and setting up the project area plan defining the boundaries can be done with or without a company in mind. What it is saying is that the City is interested in participating with economic activity in those areas and then if a company comes in then we could start talking about how it would be paid for.
Councilmember Nielson thought that it would be smart for the City to look into this. She felt we need to make this available because there are a lot of kids that would like to be able to stay in the community and have a job. To have some of these companies come in is something that we have waited for a long time to have that opportunity. She thought we would be foolish to not look into this.
Councilmember Hansen indicated that the more successful these companies are the more we all gain in every aspect. If there is only one business that takes advantage of this, we still win.
 
9. BABE RUTH TABLED. This matter was tabled because the people in charge of the program were not able to make it tonight. Motion: Table the Babe Ruth discussion, Action: Tabled, Moved by Connie Nielson, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
10. FIELD RENTAL AND USAGE AGREEMENT FOR BALL FIELDS DISCUSSED. Sherri Christensen was present to discuss rental and usage agreement for the City’s ball fields. She stated that in light of things that have happened in the last week or so, it is just a concern for the department in protection of the City. The City owns the property and we have a use agreement for the pavilions, but there is not a use agreement for the fields when outside groups come in and want to use it. Outside groups would include the Chamber of Commerce and Babe Ruth Baseball Association.
Mayor Ogden asked if this is something that we would involve our attorney in. He also asked if Ms. Christensen wanted to make a suggestion for the amounts that would be charged. She indicated that she did not care if we even charge them any money. We do not have a lot of tournaments, so at the time this was presented several years ago, the Council decided to just let people use the fields. With what we have seen the last little while, Ms. Christensen felt that we needed to protect ourselves, even if it is just from ourselves.
The other paper is a field use agreement which has no money involved in it unless they would choose to use our parks crew to prepare the fields for the first games and then after that they would be responsible to take care of the facility, but they could have the option of hiring our grounds crew.
Councilmember Nielson noted that lighting for the fields is in the agreement. Ms. Christensen stated that is another thing that needs to be discussed. Do we charge them for the lights? She does not have any numbers on this because it is not something that we have dealt with. The lighting really is not that expensive, but they would still have to go through and be compliant with our City ordinance and turn off the lights by 11:00 p.m. especially at the Rotary Park.
It also makes them responsible for their own insurance and if we want to charge them for the fields. We could have a deposit that could be completely refundable at the end if everything was in order.
Mayor Ogden wondered what the City’s exposure when we are involved in any way? If someone gets hurt, it will not matter what agreement has been signed we will be enjoined because it takes place on City property. He wondered if this in any way would discourage tournaments and ball games. Ms. Christensen stated that those entities would have some kind of liability insurance that they have to have to run their leagues. She does not know about the Chamber of Commerce. They have done a softball tournament for years and a fund raiser tournament in the fall and brought teams in from all over the State and then they have given their proceeds to different organizations. She does not know if they have any liability insurance.
Councilmember Hansen asked that Ms. Christensen find out what other communities charge and then bring it back to the Council. Councilmember Hansen would rather charge a little bit and have us take care of the fields because we know how we want them taken care of.
Ms. Christensen will get some more information and bring the matter back to the Council at a later date.
 
11. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION DETERMINED. Kevin Arrington stated that this has been an interesting week. Part of what makes this most interesting is when will we be green. Is the Governor going to push this past the July 4 Celebrations? We met last week and went over each of these events and what those events might look like under yellow. There is an option to move forward as if it is going to be green. Green opens up a lot of different things that yellow does not. At this point because we are under yellow, we have some suggestions for what that might look like. Mayor Ogden received something from the Health Department that says that parades were moved from outdoor recreation to events. Miss Richfield pageant has been cancelled for this year. The Patriotic Program; our initial thought was that we go ahead and do it in one of two ways. We social distance the audience at the SVC and try to get 150 to 175 people in spread out over both the floor and the balcony. The second thought was to go ahead and produce the Patriotic Program and show it via Facebook Live or something like that. He has been on the phone with Ann Ogden who has been talking to a number of performers and they would like to go ahead and cancel that event for this year, because they have not had a lot of practice time. No one has been practicing or rehearsing and they have not had lessons so they are a little worried about being able to put on a performance.
The Field of Stars is requesting that the event be postponed and put on in mid-September during Constitution Week. That is the week before the ATV Jamboree. Mr. Arrington felt that part of the challenge would be that we will not have people in town to go to the performance. He is also not sure how they will do some of their rehearsals.
We have two tennis tournaments and Scott Saunders runs those and he is requesting that we move forward with the singles tournament on July 2 and the doubles on July 3. Both at the tennis courts at 7:00 p.m. on those evenings. The 3 on 3 basketball we talked about the possibility of moving forward with plans. For years it was held on the street with basketball courts. Last year, they moved it into Richfield High School and the really enjoyed having it there. That would not be a possibility this year. Our thought was if they were going to move forward with it that they could use the courts at the parks and do different age groups at the different parks and try to keep those groups to a minimum.
The Children’s Parade will be switched to a bike decorating contest. We thought about having it at the SVC parking lot and the kids with the parents could bring their bikes and use one stall to park their bikes and one stall for their bikes. Maybe the Mayor could go around and judge a few bikes. Our royalties could hand out popsicles and have masks and gloves.
The hospital has indicated that they would not be involved in the diaper derby in any way. The Time Cruisers concert was scheduled for July 3 and we thought we could move forward with that event. We would not put up any chairs or a canopy we would just allow people to bring their own chairs or blankets so they could socially distance. We would start it an hour later at 8:00 p.m. so it would be a little cooler.
The canon salute will move forward as planned. The Fun Run and the Liberty Run will be held virtually. Peopled would register on line, go out and run the course in a week’s period of time on their own and record their time. We have talked about using leftover shirts from past years for those who participate.
As for the parade, there has been some discussion about a reverse parade wherein the floats and entries are lined up in the middle of Main Street and the town drives by them. No candy would be allowed. The idea with the parade is if we go green by July 1, it would be something that we could easily shift. The challenge is that we would probably lose the dance groups and the marching bands.
Councilmember Nielson worried about the reverse parade and struggling with things that would not hold still like the horses and people sitting on the floats would probably be really hot. She asked if there had been any interest in the parade. Justin Jepson stated that we have not made the applications live. He has had multiple people call about it. Councilmember Nielson would like see how many would actually sign up and then we could make the decision to make it move or stand still.
Councilmember Christensen was told about the Pahvant Elementary drive-by and how it took several hours. She said that those people told her that the City just cannot do a reverse parade because a reverse parade would be 10 times worse.
Councilmember Burrows felt that there would not be any point in having one.
He pointed out that we are not doing anything at the park and if you get six people out their playing ball, they are not going to stay away from each other.
Mr. Arrington reaffirmed that we suggesting not doing anything on the park and that people stay home and have a bar-b-que.
Mr. Jepson thought that the community would be very upset if we do not have a parade. Even if we do go green, candy and anything else thrown is out. Councilmember Hansen felt that this is good time to implement that.
Councilmember Nielson wondered about the chairs and if we would say no chairs at all. We need to make sure that this is explained. She felt that we will still have people gather at the parks for family reunions and class reunions.
Councilmember Nielson stated that they are planning a Women of the Year entry and the current Miss Richfield would be willing to be on the float in the parade. Better Days 2020 was also planning an entry for the parade.
Mr. Jepson will make sure that the parade application is up to date along with information about the yellow status and the green statue. Councilmember Hansen wondered if we could generate a mailing list from the applications from last year and send out a mass mailing or email out to people who have participated.
Councilmember Nielson suggested having a Reaper article with all of the things are appropriate and not appropriate so that people know. The radio station has requested that Mr. Arrington come on tomorrow to try and let people know what the plan is.
Mr. Arrington noted that the horse races will be moving forward as planned. The pool events and the dance are cancelled and the fireworks are still planned to take place. He wondered if we go green and shift the parade, do we try and shift the kids parade. Councilmember Nielson liked the idea of a bike contest.
Councilmember Hansen noted that in other areas of the State, concerts have been controversial. He asked Chief Lloyd what he thought. Mr. Arrington stated that there are usually not a whole lot of people that show up any way.
Councilmember Christensen wondered why the City could not just have the chairs stacked at the park so that if people want to use them they could just go and get one. Councilmember Nielson noted that if we allowed people to use the chairs we would have to disinfect everything.
Mr. Arrington suggested a theme, “Creating Our Vision of Independence Day (COVID).” The Council thought that would be a good theme.
Motion: Follow the suggestions of Mr. Arrington and approve the plan as it is set up right now, subject to change, Action: Approved, Moved by Connie Nielson, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
12. UDOT PROPERTY ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THE COTTONWOOD DETENTION BASIN DISCUSSED. Carson DeMille explained that we have been looking at bike parks and pump tracks for quite a while. They looked at Centennial Park quite a bit and Mr. DeMille called the property owner on the south east corner and had a conversation with him. We are not going to be able to get any of that property. It is too late to get funding this year. Mr. DeMille stated that he reached out to UDOT a while ago regarding the property just west of the detention basin. UDOT felt that the property was too valuable to just give away, so they are going to liquidate it or sell it. UDOT recently contacted him about some of the property on the north where the drainage culvert dumps into the detention basin because it is not really usable property for development. They would be open to the property being given to the City. It is just shy of 2 acres. UDOT indicated that the City should come up with an idea for a road or a right-of-way so that when UDOT sells the property, the City would have a way to access that north part of the property.
Brayden suggested putting the bike park on the property where the BMX track is.
Mr. DeMille will do a little more research before a decision is made.
 
13. AGREEMENT FOR THE OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANT APPROVED. Mr. DeMille stated that they were awarded the URE grant for $100,000. The City approved the $25,000 match and a $25,000 in-kind at the last meeting and the County is putting in $50,000. Motion: Approve the agreement for the funding for the mountain bike trails, Action: Adjourn, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
Mr. DeMille stated that they have been tracking the usage on the trails and we are having 30 to 50 people from the Wasatch or Southern Utah coming here every weekend. He shared some feedback that they have received. People are camping up the CC Road.
 
14. U-HAUL DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED. Mayor Ogden spoke with Brad Lang today and told him that the development did not appear to be what the City approved. Mr. Lang stated that he is working on a sign and in the next several weeks the storage units will look like one building. Right now they are working on security and he has a bid on the blacktop and he plans to go ahead. Jorgensen’s has expressed an interest to help with that part of the project and maybe acquire a grass strip on the north that is really of no value.
Councilmember Nielson asked about the front drive way because the Council was told that there would be room between the storage buildings and his trucks and vans that would allow people to drive through. The rest of the mall that was not supposed to be blocked off is blocked off. There is barely a single lane between the storage unit and where the trucks are parked. We used to have a lot of seniors who would park along the front edge and have lunch and you cannot do that anymore. You cannot even get through.
Mayor Ogden stated that this is something that we should address with him. He forgot to mention the placement of the storage units to Mr. Lang.
Councilmember Nielson thought Mr. Lang had represented that there would be 25 feet between where you parked and where he started the buildings. There is not 25 feet there.
Councilmember Hansen felt that the placement of the storage units has made the use of the stop light right there of no benefit. It pushes everyone down to the next light. We really need to have a traffic flow plan for this area.
Councilmember Nielson stated that the owner of the plaza requested that they not block the traffic when he bought it.
Mayor Ogden will meet with him and explain our concerns. Councilmember Hansen felt that it would be to their benefit to look at this because it looks out for his interest as well.
Councilmember Burrows wondered what was going on behind there because they put a big hole in the chain link fence.
 
19. BUDGET FOR THE VISITORS CENTER DISCUSSED. Councilmember Christensen thought that the visitor’s center was not going to have a budget and that the sales were supposed to be self-supporting. Mayor Ogden stated that everyone that works there is a volunteer, but there are costs associated with having anything. Councilmember Nielson stated that the Council was concerned about paying for travel to Phoenix for a show to purchase items for the visitor’s center. Mayor Ogden stated that they actually came across much better deals and opportunities from this show as opposed to going to the Vegas show. She believes that it is something over the top.
Mayor Ogden stated that the plan was to make back what we have spent, but with COVID that may not be possible. Councilmember Nielson wondered if it was really necessary to travel and spend that kind of money for a visitor’s center. She knows that we could offer a lot of local things and we do, but the Council had not really approved the travel.
Councilmember Burrows thinks we need to pull back a little and see where we are headed.
Mayor Ogden appreciated the Council being sensitive to this, but relative to the other expenses in our City, it is not very much. Councilmember Nielson stated that is just not what they expected. She does not think that it is necessary to pay someone to do that for the visitor’s center. She believed it is over the top.
Councilmember Burrows felt that we need to be cautious on all of the budgets going forward until we know what the scope of the affect the pandemic is going to have on our revenues.
Councilmember Christensen asked if we did a budget for the visitor’s center because she did not know that we have one. There is a budget and the Council was surprised that it was that big, but then when we looked at the travel, it took one-fourth of the budget to do the travel.
Councilmember Hansen asked if the income that we get from the things sold at the visitor’s center goes into a dedicated fund for the visitor’s center. It goes into the general fund for the visitor’s center.
 
20. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Burrows reported that he spoke with Fire Chief Bryan Worley and they are having some problems at the fire station with birds. The birds are pecking through the stucco at the roof line. He has been getting some bids to fix the damage. Councilmember Burrows wondered if any of this might be covered under our insurance. We will check and see.
Councilmember Burrows wondered if we were going to wait to be paid for the property at the business park until the bond is issued. The deadline on the LOI is June 20, 2020. Councilmember Burrows does not want to have that property held for 3 years. If they are not going to purchase it now then we need to check our other options. That is not fair to us. Through the conversation tonight, 85% of the money has to be spent in 3 years.
Councilmember Christensen discussed the flowers at the cemetery that are being stolen. She asked if we have trouble with that every year and it was noted that we do. She wondered if there was anything we can do about this. Councilmember Christensen had some relatives that put flowers out Friday and Saturday morning they were not there. We have discussed talked about locking the gates and stop vehicle traffic coming in and out of the cemetery, but people could walk in and out. Everyone that Councilmember Christensen knew that had something stolen had graves right a
Councilmember Hansen stated that there is a manhole cover just passed Sandi’s that is getting deep and needs to be fixed. Mr. Mogan stated that there are several manhole covers on Cove View Road that are going to be raised.
Councilmember Nielson asked if we have grubs at the cemetery because some of the grass is dead on the edges. You can tell it has been watered, but it is dried and dead. Scott Parsons does the spraying and the fertilizing.
Councilmember Christensen stated that Main Street looks really good this year thanks to Mr. Mogan and his crew. Mr. Mogan stated that they took the pots back to Anderson Floral and they are trying to decide if they want to give the pots to use because they are not going to be in business next year. If that is the case, we will need to decide who we are going to get to plant and grow them.
Mayor Ogden reported that the big flag fell. The only thing that broke was that the cable wore through the eyelet at the top. Colonial Flag cannot come for 5 to 6 weeks. That is not acceptable. We were also told that we needed to paint our pool. They said they would take it down to bare metal and put 5 coats on it, but they want over $9,000 to do this and that was 2 years ago. If we wait, we would not have it for the 4th of July. Mayor Ogden is going to look to see if there are any other options.
We had a problem with the north cell at the sewer lagoons because the inlet pipe broke so we had to transfer to the south cell. It has been brought to our attention that we have a major problem because the south cell is leaking and we need to transfer it back to the north cell. Mr. Mogan stated that we have been the south cell since May 16 of last year. John Chartier from the Health Department was out there the other day and ran some ruff calculations. We are putting about 750,000 gallons a day into this lagoon. With what the State allows us for seepage and evaporation it is roughly 400,000 gallons which means that there should still be 350,000 gallons a day going in there. With that amount in that 70-acre lagoon, in a year’s time we should be able to have about 4 feet of water in it. It should been an active lagoon and working fine. We barely have one-foot of water in the bottom of it. That tells you how much we are actually losing through seepage.
We can fix the pipe on the north side and start using that one again. He got a price from A&D Jensen and we are at about $9,700 for them to fix that section of pipe. We were at $9,500 back in 2010 when this happened before. Worst case scenario, we will have to replace more of the pipe and it could cost us $30,000 to replace it and the best case is it will cost us $9,700. Once we make the transfer back to the north cell, we need to fix the south cell. They were built in 1983 and there was no liner put into the bottom.
He has been talking to Carson DeMille about what our options are. There is the possibility of making an application to CIB and where the City is fronting the money for the lift station, there would be the possibility of getting some grant and low interest loans.
 
21. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 10:00 p.m., Motion: Adjourn to convene an executive session to discuss the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual(s) to serve on the Library Board, Action: Adjourn, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
 
22. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 10:20 p.m., Motion: Reconvene and adjourn, Action: Reconvene and Adjourn, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson.
PASSED and APPROVED this 25 day of August, 2020.

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