01.20.21 Council Minutes


At the City Council
In and For Said City
January 20, 2021

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 20, 2021
at 4:00 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 Todd Gleave.
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Kathy Christensen.
  3. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor Ogden, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson, Michele Jolley, Tyson Hansen.
  4. PUBLIC HEARING – SMITH ANNEXATION. Mayor Ogden explained that a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed annexation of property located at approximately 191 West 1500 South was held at the Council’s last meeting but because of a problem with noticing the hearing, it was necessary to schedule another hearing. He opened a public hearing at 4:04 p.m. opened. No comments were made. Mayor Ogden closed the hearing at 4:04 p.m.
  5. SMITH ANNEXATION ORDINANCE 2021-1 RE-ADOPTED. This matter was also on the Council’s last agenda and because of the notice requirements, needed to re-adopted. Motion: Re-adopt Ordinance 2021-1 annexing the property owned by Smith’s Loft properties with zoning for said property to be multi-family residential (RM-11) and general commercial (CG), Action: Adopted, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Todd Gleave. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.
  6. GURNEY ANNEXATION RESOLUTION 2021-1 ADOPTED. The Council reviewed the resolution to accept the annexation petition filed by Gurney Investments, LLC. Motion: Adopt Resolution 2021-1 accepting the annexation petition filed by Gurnery Investment, LLC.

Councilmember Gleave asked if Mr. Gurney purchased the little strip of land along 500 West. It was not known at this point if he had purchased this property. Councilmember Burrows asked if we got the water for this annexation. The water would not be required until the property is annexed.

Action: Approve, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Todd Gleave. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

  1. TRUCK LEASES FOR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DISCUSSED. Mr. Mogan explained that we leased two vehicles for $4500 per truck per year. We need to know soon if we are going to renew the leases. Mr. Hansen asked the Council if they wanted to continue to lease or if they wanted to focus more on purchasing. They will need two trucks in May. Mr. Mogan got some figures from Classic Chevrolet and we could purchase a new truck that would be equipped well enough for resale, for $41,400.

We could get on a rotation every year or every two years. Mr. Hansen is confident that we could break even and sometimes make a little. Councilmember Burrows wanted to know if we need to get a diesel. Mr. Mogan stated that they have used the truck he has to pull equipment around. The one that Mr. Blackett has we could get by with a gas motor. He did not get a price on a gas motor.

Councilmember Gleave noted that if we are going to turn them over, diesel is going to make the money.

Councilmember Christensen felt that our residents must wonder why we are buying or leasing such nice trucks. She wondered if it was cheaper to rent a truck that would look like a service or city truck instead of one that looks like it has all the bells and whistles on it. Mr. Mogan stated that when we lease, they only have to offer certain trucks because that is how they make their money.

Councilmember Burrows suggested purchasing one diesel truck and then lease the other one.

Councilmember Hansen stated that we are looking at the residual value. He asked if there would be an incentive for us to buy that mid-life truck versus a tradesman model. Mr. Hansen stated that the reason Horsepower buys Laramie, LTZ, and Lariats is not because of what the truck costs, but what it costs them at the end of the year. If you get on a rotation, it does not actually cost anything for the vehicles
Councilmember Burrows stated that if we go this route, we will have to purchase one every year, and then what do when we need something to give to the cemetery or the golf course. This is where he sees us getting into a problem.

Mr. Mogan said that they have we are going to have to buy a truck every year or two to get the value of it.

Councilmember Nielson asked what Mr. Hansen would suggest. He would like to see the City buy and sell because he thinks that we could do it for cheaper than leasing them for $4500 a year.

Councilmember Hansen is more in favor of purchasing rather than leasing them. He likes the idea of rotating them to keep the costs down.

Councilmember Burrows suggested that Chief Lloyd, Mr. Hansen, and Mr. Mogan get something put together so that we can move forward with whatever we are going to do. We will discuss this at our next meeting.

  1. REMOVAL OF 3 TREES ON 100 NORTH AND 233 WEST DISCUSSED. Mr. Isbell owns the home located at this address. There are 3 trees in front of the home on the City right of way. The way the trees have been cropped by the Power Company has created a hazard in his opinion. He is concerned that they could fall on the home.

Councilmember Christensen drove by this house and she thought the trees looked really nice and she did not see a reason that they should be removed. Councilmember Nielson agreed with Councilmember Christensen. Further, she wanted to know why Doug Bentley can decide what the City needs to cut down and whose responsibility it is. She has heard that he has told people not to pay to cut the tree down because the City will do it for free. Councilmember Nielson thinks that this is the wrong message to send. If the property owner has a tree they want to take down, it would be their decision, but she does not think it is the City’s obligation.

Mr. Isbell is willing to take trees out, but he would leave the stumps and then plant some different trees in between them. They would be trees that would not grow up into the power lines.

Councilmember Burrows suggested that we let Mr. Isbell know that the Power Company will remove the trees in March or April of 2022 on their next rotation.
If he wants to take them out before them, then that would be on him and not the City’s responsibility. The Power Company is going to get a hold of him, but we could tell him who to contact.

Councilmember Christensen stated that there is a guy at the extension office who would help us determine if a tree should be taken out. His name is Justin Short.

Councilmember Burrows stated that the Power Company is taking the stance that they would sooner remove the trees than trim them.

  1. OTHER BUSINESS. Mr. Hansen stated that we have had to get the salt for the roads from the County. Mr. Mogan wondered if it would be possible to get a building like a coast-to-coast building that would be enclosed on three sides. We can go to Redmond and get salt for $22 a ton and we are having to pay the County $35 a ton for salt. Also, if we need salt and call the County, they will not give us some until they have used what they need. We used to be able to go out and load it ourselves, but they will no longer allow that. They have to have someone there to load it and to weigh it. We can build a 20X20 for about $4,500. We would put some wafer board along the sides.

Councilmember Burrows indicated that we have a place to put the salt in the yard now and wondered what was wrong with that. Mr. Mogan stated that we can only keep enough salt there for one storm. He also noted that the salt is eating away the building.

Councilmember Burrows stated that he does not think the coast-to-coast building is the way to go and if we are going to do something we need to do it right. Mr. Mogan indicated that we had a bid several years ago to build a 4-foot tall concrete stem wall with a metal building on top of that and it was $70,000. He said doing something similar to what the County has and similar to what UDOT uses would cost $70,000 to $80,000.

Councilmember Burrows wondered about getting some of those jersey barriers and putting them in a square with an open end and some posts with a roof. He wondered what that would cost. Mr. Mogan thought that we could do some stem walls and put one of the coast-to-coast buildings on top.

Mr. Mogan asked some contractor to give him some costs to put the sewer line in the business park behind Dogberry. We have another business moving in there and they will need sewer. He had Baldauf, A & D Jensen and Kirt Boshard. Baldauf was the lowest at $28,000 to put in 700 feet of sewer main, 3 manholes, and 3 services.

Councilmember Nielson asked if anything on the drainage for Scott Hyatt has been figured out. Mr. Mogan stated that the grate that is in the grass over by the Dollar Store takes some water from the sprinklers, but there is a line that comes in from under that parking lot. Mr. Mogan stated that there is not any way to get the water from down to 1300 South in a pipe or open trench. The gas company would not allow an open trench on top of their gas line and the gas line is there.

Councilmember Burrows talked to Bill Crane who said that when they built K-Mart they had a pit out there and they could not pump it fast enough to pour the concrete. All of that drainage has been blocked off, so he is assuming that is where a lot of it is coming from. He does not know what we can do.

  1. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 5:05 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

PASSED and APPROVED this 13th day of April 2020.