02.27.18 Council Minutes

THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD
At the City Council
In and For Said City
February 27, 2018
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 27, 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. JR. MISS RICHFIELD REPORT
6. ORDINANCE 2018-1 REGULATING PARADES AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS ADOPTED
7. WASTEWATER PLANNING PROGRAM REPORT FOR 2017 APPROVED
8. PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS COMMITTEE AND PROGRESS DISCUSSED
9. CITY’S WATER POLICY FOR ANNEXATIONS DISCUSSED
10. OTHER BUSINESS
11. EXECUTIVE SESSION
12. RECONVENE
13. PURCHASE OF WATER SHARES TABLED
14. MEETING ADJOURNED
 
1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Mr. Creamer.
 
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
 
3. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Bryan Burrows, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Matt Creamer, Mike Langston (, Michele Jolley.

Others present: Rachel Krueger, Julie Krueger, Heather Newby, Carson DeMille, David Anderson

 
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held February 13, 2018. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held February 13, 2018, Action: Approve, Moved by Kathy Christensen, 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.
 
5. JR. MISS RICHFIELD REPORT. Rachael Kruger gave a report about the things she has done and learned while serving as Jr. Miss Richfield. She thanked the Council for the opportunity and she will relinquish her crown on March 9, 2018.
 
6. ORDINANCE 2018-1 REGULATING PARADES AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS ADOPTED. Mayor Ogden stated that we have gone through the necessary steps and he would accept a motion to approve the motion. Motion: Adopt Ordinance 2018-1 regulating parades and other special events, Action: Approved, Moved by Richard Barnett, 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.
7. WASTEWATER PLANNING PROGRAM REPORT FOR 2017 APPROVED. Mr. Creamer stated that this is a report that the State requires to be filed each year. Mr. Creamer suggested that in a couple of months when the weather is a little warmer the Council could hold an earlier meeting to visit the new wastewater treatment facility and the new airport building. Motion: Approve the wastewater planning program report for 2017, 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.
8. PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS COMMITTEE AND PROGRESS DISCUSSED. Mr. DeMille reported that IMBA met with him and some other people to help refine the master plan. IMBA felt that we had a really good set up for a successful trail system because of the access to the mountains.
Mr. DeMille found some additional information since they last met with the Council showing a study from Fruita, Colorado, that found that the sales tax over a five-year period increased 51%, restaurant tax was up 80%, and a list of many businesses that have opened up because of their trail system. He also found statistic showing that for every dollar spent on trails, there was a $2 reduction in health care costs to the community as a result of the trails.
Salt Lake County also did their own independent needs analysis study; they have done 2 of them since 2012, and both came back stating that mountain bike trials was the number one need. Mr. DeMille felt that people are realizing the benefit, both economic and cultural, to having a good trail system.
Mr. DeMille met with the County and one of their requests was that we set up some sort of an official committee that had some sort of standing because they did not want to just donate to people who were interested in biking. Mr. DeMille felt that setting up a committee underneath the City would be a really good fit for this project. The committee would just be an advisory committee to the Council. The ordinance would give the committee the authority to expend funds that were donated to the City for trails. Other than that they would be at the discretion of the Council for any funds the City may provide. This would allow people to donate to this effort and get a tax right off. It also allows them to pursue grants and funding. It gives the County a place to donate money to and they are willing to match anything that the City puts into the project.
Councilmember Barnett would like to see the committee, if formed, create both urban and mountain trail systems. He would like to see what the City already has incorporated into the trail system.
Mr. DeMille and his committee have come up with a master plan for trails on the west mountain, which they propose to do in phases. They would also like to be able to pursue funding what they propose to be phase I. The grant they are applying for allows up to 2 years for completion of the project and then grant funds would be released as a reimbursement. They would like to begin building the trail system starting in November. The cost would be approximately $13,000 a year for 2 years, but the County indicated that they would pay half. Since it would be built over 2 years, we would just pay as we go. The in-kind or donated labor, $100,000 grant and the actual direct cost would be just under $25,000.
The grant application is due May 1. A review process and notification to the successful application takes place in August and then the project can begin in October.
Jenna, who works at Jones and DeMille, has been donating her services in doing the environmental permitting process and they have already submitted the proposed trail system. They felt that the environmental process could be done by the end of the summer and that would correspond to when the funding would be in place as well.
Mr. Creamer asked if the project would include any staging areas. Mr. DeMille stated that they budgeted for 2 nice kiosks with maps and information. They could put one kiosk at the ATV staging area, but they would propose putting another one at a new trailhead system on the North freeway exit, which is where the trail would start.
The trail will be completely separate from the ATV trial and would be approximately 24 to 48 inches wide, depending upon location, to accommodate walkers and runners as well.
We can apply for this grant every year, but Mr. DeMille proposed applying for the whole amount and spent over 2 years and then in 2 years we can apply for another grant and build 2 additional downhill trails.
The Council reviewed a proposed ordinance forming a trails committee. Mr. Langston questioned the language in the ordinance that would allow the committee to spend funds even donated funds. The ordinance was written by the City Attorney. The consensus of the Council was to move forward with the grant application and adoption of the ordinance establishing a trails committee.
 
9. CITY’S WATER POLICY FOR ANNEXATIONS DISCUSSED. Mr. Creamer stated that the Council has discussed on several occasions the possibility of changing this policy and moving away from accepting surface water and only accept underground water or cash in lieu of. Mr. Creamer stated that this policy has to be coupled with our impact fees. When this was discussed last time, the idea was that between the payment for water and the impact fee, it would cover the cost of the City providing water.
The proposal would be to change what is accepted to underground water or cash in lieu, but Councilmember Burrows did not believe that one acre foot per acre was enough water. Councilmember Barnett asked what Councilmember Burrows thought was reasonable. Councilmember Burrows thought we should require 2 acre feet per acre of ground being annexed. However, Mr. Creamer noted that this would not take in to account the impact fee that they would also be charge. Councilmember Barnett clarified that the combination of water and impact fee needs to cover the amount of water needed for the property.
Councilmember Barnett asked what 2 acre feet of water would cost today. Mr. Creamer stated that it depended on who you talk to. It could cost about $16,000 to $20,000 for 2 acre feet of underground water.
Mr. Langston stated that he and Mr. Creamer will try and put some better numbers together and discuss it again. Councilmember Barnett noted that the price of water is not going to go down.
 
10. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Barnett reported on bills that the League of Cities and Towns are watching. The League of Cities and Towns Midyear meetings will be held in St. George April 25, 26 and 27. Mr. Creamer asked the Council to let him know as soon as possible if they would be going. Rooms will be hard to come by because the counties’ convention is being held at the same time.
Mr. Creamer reported that the new well has been test pumped the past 2 days. He was told that the engineer has never seen such perfectly clean water coming out of a well.
Councilmember Burrows and Keith Mogan looked at the canal and Mr. Mogan is going to talk with A & D Jensen to see what they recommend as far as what can be done because the bank is starting to erode.
Councilmember Burrows also talked with Boyters about the road and the situation with Hansens to the south of their business. Mr. Boyter does not want curb and gutter along that street. He would rather have gutter because there is a drain on his side of the highway and he felt that would work best. Mr. Boyter showed Councilmember Burrows where the property line is and there is stuff stacked in the City right-of-way, but there equipment is all on their property.
Mr. Creamer suggested just doing something there that would define where the roadway, even some paint stripping to define where the parking lot starts.
Councilmember Arrington reported that 32 1A basketball teams are about to descend upon us. A year ago the High School Athletic Association told the 1A principles that they were going to combine the girls and boys basketball tournaments and they had 2 options. They could start on Monday with a single elimination tournament or they could have play-in games like 2A does and get down to 16 teams, 8 boys and 8 girls. The principles came back and told them that they were not doing either. They were going to show up on Wednesday and pay all 32 teams. So 16 girls’ teams will play at the SVC and 16 boys’ teams will play at the high school. Councilmember Arrington was worried about this because school is in session. The winning brackets will play at the SVC for the rest of the week and the losing bracket will play at the high school. Next year, the High School Athletic Association is not going to allow 32 teams in a tournament. They also told Councilmember Arrington that because of the shift in the 2A/3A alignment, they are hoping to host that tournament here.
 
11. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 8:54 p.m., Motion: Convene an executive session to discuss the purchase of real property, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, 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.
12. RECONVENE. At 9:25 p.m., regular session reconvened.
 
13. PURCHASE OF WATER SHARES TABLED. Motion: Table purchase of water shares, Action: Tabled, Moved by Connie Nielson, 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.
14. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 9:28 p.m., reconvene and adjourn. 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 13 day of March, 2018.