THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
September 11, 2018
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 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. OTHER BUSINESS
7. EXECUTIVE SESSION
8. RECONVENE & ADJOURN
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Mayor Ogden.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
3. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Matt Creamer, Mike Langston, Michele Jolley. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held August 28, 2018. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held August 28, 2018, Action: Approved, Moved by Kevin Arrington, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
5. EXPENDITURES. The Council reviewed the August 2018 Warrant Register and Cash Disbursement Journal. Councilmember Arrington questioned the payment to the drill team as a Fourth of July expense and what if was for. The drill team takes care of the Miss Richfield float and the Cheerleaders take care of the Council float. Councilmember Arrington asked if the payment for sponsorship of events was paid to individuals listed. The check for $1,250 to Genevieve Rodriguez was for the Native American dancers for Trail Days and it was paid directly to her. Councilmember Arrington asked if we are doing okay with the Fourth of July budget. Mr. Langston stated that it just depends on when we get the invoices because last year the expenses ended up at $57,000 and the budget was $67,000. Mayor Ogden asked how much the fireworks cost. Mr. Langston stated about $18,000, noting that it went up a little this year again. Motion: Approve the Warrant Register and Cash Disbursement Journal for August 2018, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
6. LEASE AGREEMENT WITH PAUL NIEMEYER APPROVED. Councilmember Burrows was not at the last Council meeting when this was discussed and he wanted to know if we were talking about leasing the City’s property to the east of the sewer lagoons. That was the property being discussed and Councilmember Burrows stated that he was all in favor of a lease to Mr. Niemeyer because of what he does with the youth. It was previously leased to Sharon Hunt, but that lease expired in April 2015.
Mr. Niemeyer was told that the there is a high school program for shooting now and students can actually letter in that sport. He may consider doing something on the property with that as well.
He noted that the water table on the property and there are a few months when the ground is wet enough that he is probably going to have to put in some gravel and some cement. Mr. Niemeyer asked the Council to consider leasing the round for 15 years because of the work he will need to do. There will not be a charge for the lease since Mr. Niemeyer will be putting in most of his own money to have sporting clay events for the youth and no cost to them.
Motion: Approve the lease agreement with Paul Niemeyer for 15 years, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
Mr. Niemeyer will have a liability insurance policy naming the City as an additional insured. He also invited the Council to come out to the property they have leased to the DWR and see the chuckers that are being raised there.
7. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. Brion Terry reported on the Planning Commission meeting held last week where they discussed three items. The first one was to review and approve the landscaping design for State Bank.
Second, they reviewed the 4-plex that Stacy Whitmore is building just off from 100 West and 100 North. He complied with the changes required by the Development Review Committee, so the Commission approved the project contingent upon Mr. Whitmore providing engineering documents for his dry well.
Third, they reviewed the Ideal Acres Subdivision and recommend approval by the City Council.
Councilmember Christensen asked if the 4-plex was going to be new construction or just a remodel of some the existing buildings that are already there. Mr. Terry stated that Mr. Whitmore currently has a project going on where he is taking the warehouse behind Big Daddy’s Deli and converting that into some studio apartments. He has a second project where he wants to build a 4-plex next to that. It is a really tight fit and it would not work any place but the downtown zone. The Planning Commission all had some reservations about this, but everything that he has done complies with the ordinance.
Councilmember Burrows asked about the access for the Ideal Acres Subdivision. The access for the subdivision will be off from 750 East onto 800 North. There will only be the one road going to the west and there will be a temporary turnaround and then when he does phase II he will make 800 North connect on to 600 East.
8. REVENUE REPORT FOR THE VISITOR CENTER DISCUSSED. The Council reviewed the information compiled by the staff of the expenditures for the visitor’s center. Through August, Mr. Langston reported that $24,500 has been spent on the visitor’s center. The Council approved $30,000 for the visitor’s center and Mr. Langston was not sure if the Council would consider the inventory purchased part of that or not because there would be sales to offset it. Through August, there have been sales of a little over $2,400 in concessions, but we have spent $4,600 on concessions. Mr. Langston estimated that approximately $3,000 would be left in inventory. Councilmember Christensen asked if the plan is to keep it open in the winter. Mayor Ogden believed that it would depend on what happens about the middle of October. If traffic slows down and we are not seeing any volunteers, then we will lock it up. Councilmember Christensen also asked if we received the $10,000 from the legislature. Mr. Creamer indicated that we have submitted the paper work to them for that and they have acknowledged that it is coming.
Mr. Langston stated that we are applying for some Highway 89 funds as well. Councilmember Burrows asked about utilities and what budget it is coming from. Mr. Langston stated that the utilities are coming from the $30,000. He thought that sometime during the upcoming year we will need to determine how we want to fund this moving forward. Councilmember Burrows felt that it would be nice if it just covered itself. Mr. Langston said that it would be close, but maybe a little subsidy, not a lot.
9. FINAL APPROVAL OF THE IDEAL ACRES SUBDIVISION APPROVED. The Council reviews the Ideal Acres Subdivision. Councilmember Burrows asked Mr. Ogden when he would be construction of the subdivision. Mr. Ogden stated that once this is passed, he will meet with his finance people and start that process. Motion: Approve the Ideal Acres Subdivision as recommended by the Planning Commission, Action: Approved, Moved by Councilmember Arrington, Seconded by Councilmember Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
10. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Burrows wanted to know if we were successful in getting a lease for the goats around the sewer lagoons. Councilmember Burrows just wanted to mitigate any potential liability that the City may have.
Councilmember Arrington reported that there is a meeting tomorrow night for the presidential search group and it is the public’s opportunity to give their input as to what they are hoping for and expecting of the new college president. Councilmember Burrows asked when they are planning to start the new college housing project. Councilmember Arrington stated that they have been given the go ahead to put out the request for proposals, but he does not know what the time frame is.
Mayor Ogden stated that on September 25, he would like to discuss the possibilities for our recreation/community development center. If we are going to try and do this the next legislative session, which is part of the funding of this; we need to change are CIB list and put the road project for next year for the spring, and have this other matter before the legislative session so that we can have funding from CIB in place before then. Mr. Creamer stated that we would have to have our application to CIB by October 1st, so we would have to update our projects list so they would accept that application.
Councilmember Burrows stated that this has been hashed over for years. He is okay to talk about it and he is not against the proposal. At this point, all we need to talk about is if we are willing to do our part of the funding. We do not need to sit here for 4 hours and argue about gymnasium and party rooms. That is so far down the list, so all this is about is whether or not we are willing to do our part of the four-part funding.
Mayor Ogden stated that Pat Wilson has agreed to spearhead this project to make sure that everything is done with the best quality for the best price.
Councilmember Burrows main concern is the O & M. Mayor Ogden stated that the proposal is that the City not pay any more than what we are not paying. Councilmember Arrington understood that the proposal counts on about 70% of the O & M coming through the college. Mayor Ogden stated that a conservative estimate from the Brent Tippets was 70/30 with the City’s portion being 30%. Mr. Tippets is working on a more firm estimate of what the operating cost would be.
The application to CIB to fund this would be a joint application with the County for 6 million dollars in loan and 6 million dollars in grant. The County’s obligation would be half of the 6 million dollar loan. The hope is that the when the County’s bond for the Sevier Valley Center is finished, they would use those funds to pay for the new bond payment.
11. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 8:15 p.m., Motion: Convene an executive session to discuss the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of individuals to serve on the Library Board, Action: Approved, Moved by Councilmember Christensen, Seconded by Councilmember Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
12. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 8:27 p.m., Motion: Reconvene and adjourn, Action: Approved, Moved by Councilmember Christensen, Seconded by Councilmember Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Richard Barnett, Connie Nielson.
PASSED and APPROVED this 25 day of September, 2018.