THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
June 9, 2020
 
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, June 9, 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. APPOINTMENTS
6. PUBLIC HEARING ON TENATIVE BUDGET 2020-2021
7. HARE SUBDIVISION DISCUSSED
8. REQUEST TO VACATE A STREET DISCUSSED
9. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT
10. JENSEN SUBDIVISION PLAT APPROVED
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. MEETING ADJOURNED
 
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Chief Trent Lloyd.
 
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Nielson.
 
3. ROLL CALL Present: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson, Mayor David Ogden, Michele Jolley. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
4. APPOINTMENTS. Mayor Ogden stated that he spoke with Brooke Hales and she is willing to serve on the Library Board. He recommended that she be appointed to the Library Board. Motion: Appoint Brooke Hales to the Library Board, Action: Appointed, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
5. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held April 14, 2020. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held April 14, 2020, Action: Approved, Moved by Connie Nielson, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
6. PUBLIC HEARING ON TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR 2020/21. Mayor Ogden opened a public hearing at 7:04 p.m. to receive comments on the tentative budget. Michelle Olsen stated that if there are some extra funds left in the library budget this year, she would like to have those funds moved into a capital improvement fund for the library. Mayor Ogden closed the hearing at 7:07 p.m.
 
7. HARE SUBDIVISION DISCUSSED. The Hare Subdivision is located on 500 East and the owners are asking if the waiver of improvements would still be granted if an amended plat were filed. Connie Hare stated that they are wanting to amend their subdivision plat because her daughter is wanting to build a house there. However, there are some power lines that affect the property so the lots as platted are not usable. They would be eliminating a lot line and combining the land into one lot. Councilmember Christensen stated that the Council had briefly discussed this and the majority did not feel that Ms. Hare should have to do the asphalt. Motion: Waive improvements for the Hare Subdivision if and when a plat amendment is filed, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
8. REQUEST TO VACATE A STREET DISCUSSED. Mr. Cary Day is requesting that the City consider vacating a portion of a street south of the entrance into the South Meadow Subdivision. Mr. Day purchased the property that is adjacent to Lot 12 in the South Meadows Subdivision. When he purchased this property, it was represented that the property actually went to the street. However, the City owns a corner of the property which is dedicated as a street. He stated that there is a lot of trash that collects on this property. He would like to acquire that property or be able to fence the property and take care of it.
Mr. Robinson stated that this came up when Mr. Day was trying to establish where the access to this property would be.
Ms. Jolley spoke with Mr. Day about vacating the street, but the law states that if a street is vacated, the property owners on each side of the property. If the City vacates this portion of the street, Mr. Day will only receive half of the property.
If the City does not vacate the property, Mr. Day is asking the City to consider allowing him to fence the property. The City Attorney stated that the City could enter into an agreement with Mr. Day to allow him to fence the property with the stipulation that the City would have access in order to maintain the manholes and sewer line.
Mr. Day would put a gate there so that the City would have access. Councilmember Christensen asked Mr. Robinson what his opinion would be on the matter. Mr. Robinson stated that Mr. Day wants to clean up the property and make it look better, which he believed would be a good thing. Mr. Mogan stated that the City would have to be able to inspect the manhole every so often.
Councilmember Nielson asked if Mr. Mogan if there would ever be a time in the future that he could foresee it being a hazard to have a fence there. Mr. Mogan did not foresee a problem. The road will never go any further south because Mr. Day owns the property where the road would go. Motion: Enter into an agreement with Mr. Cary Day to allow him to fence a portion of the City’s property as long as the City has access to its sewer manholes and sewer lines, Action: Approved, Moved by Connie Nielson, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
9. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. Rick Robinson reported on the Planning Commission held June 3, 2020. The Commission had a public hearing on a subdivision application filed by Jared and Kenneth Jensen to create lots at 545 South Main. The Commission approved the subdivision and recommended approval to the City Council. A conditional use for the business Sevier Valley Massage to locate at146 North Main Street Ste 4 was approved. David Owens gave an update on plans to operate an Adult Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation to be located at Knight’s Inn at 89 South Main. This was to be approved as long as the Fire Chief was okay with the fencing and the ability of the fire department to access the property in the event of a fire.
 
10. JENSEN SUBDIVISION PLAT APPROVED. The Council reviewed a subdivision application filed by Jared Jensen and Kenneth Jensen for property located at 545 South Main Street (parcel no. 1-56-41). Motion: Approve the subdivision filed by Jared and Kenneth Jensen for property located at 545 South Main, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.
 
11. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Nielson had some people come and ask her about personal fireworks for the Fourth of July and if the City was going to go ahead and allow them because of the dryness. The City does not really have any restrictions on fireworks. Councilmember Gleave stated that we are actually trying to encourage people to stay home and celebrate with their families. Councilmember Christensen asked Chief Lloyd if there is a problem with fireworks in the City limits. He told the Council he would enforce whatever the Council wants enforced. For the most part, 99% of people do a good job. It is just the 1% that get a little out of hand. Last year our fire department was spread thin for about three to four hours, but it was an unusual year.

Councilmember Nielson asked if there have been any changes to the plans for the Fourth of July. The location of the Children’s bike decorating contest will be at the City Park instead of at the Sevier Valley Center. She asked Dave Anderson from the Reaper if he would be putting together a schedule of events. He stated that they usually do a special section, but they do not have a lot of things to publish in it this year so they will just include information in the regular section. Councilmember Hansen noted that the only thing that would change if we go green is how we do the parade. Chief Lloyd stated that right now we will probably just run a normal parade, but the longer we go and the more cases we get, the more worried he gets. We have a parade permit for a normal parade, but if we absolutely have to, we can switch it. Councilmember Gleave asked if we were going to try and get a mass gathering permit or are we just going to do it. Chief Lloyd stated that we got a parade permit from UDOT an there was no requirement for a mass gathering permit.
Smith Meats has requested an extension on their letter of intent until the end of July. They are planning to use some of the funds from the private activity bond to purchase the property. We will know by then, if they were able to get the private activity bond. The consensus of the Council was to allow the extension until the end of July.
Mr. Mogan reported that a resident in North Meadows had an issue with some standing water because of the mosquitos. The water comes from the other side of the airport and there are some drains on the east side of the highway. There is supposed to be an open ditch from there down the fence line which heads out toward the sewer lagoons. The water has pooled in that corner right off the highway for several years. It is also impacting a couple of building lots in the North Meadows Subdivision. The homeowners there really want something done. We have met with them and explained that they need to contact the property owner because the ditch needs to be dug out the entire length of the property. They called a couple days ago with the same issue and they were told that they need to get in touch with the farmer that is running that field. Mosquito Abatement contacted him because the property owners had contacted Nate Curtis with the Sheriff’s department because the water on the field is not in the City limits. Mr. Mogan was told that the Commissioners were going to get involved in this. He did find out that David Brown leases that field.
 
12. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 7:45 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 4). Yea: Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson. Excused: Bryan Burrows.

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