03.12.24 Council Minutes

THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD

At the City Council
In and For Said City
March 12, 2024

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Richfield City office building located at 75 East Center, Richfield, Utah. Mayor Bryan L. Burrows presiding.

  1. OPENING REMARKS
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. ROLL CALL
  4. MINUTES
  5. EXPENDITURES
  6. OTHER BUSINESS
  7. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  8. RECONVENE & ADJOURN
  9. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Elaine Street.
  10. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Kip Hansen.
  11. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor Bryan Burrows (not voting), council members Brayden Gardner, Kip Hansen, Elaine Street, Tanner Thompson, City Administrator Michele Jolley (Not voting), Financial Director Rob Jenson (Not voting).
    Excused: Kendrick Thomas.
  12. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held on February 27, 2024.
  13. EXPENDITURES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the February 2024 Warrant Register. Motion: Accept the warrant register as presented. Action: Approve, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Brayden Gardner.
    Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4).
    Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson.
    Excused: Kendrick Thomas.
  14. Business:
    a. Public Works Director Keith Mogan presented awards the City received from the Rural Water Association of Utah. Richfield was presented the Outstanding Water Service to Customer Award. Mogan said this award includes everyone from the front office staff to the public works crew, from billing to fixing leaks. It takes a team working together to provide the best service possible to the citizens of Richfield. Keith explained the award that was received for excellent customer service throughout. The public works department has a combined 153 years of experience among nine people. Mogan introduced the crew and discussed their years of service with Richfield City and the certifications they hold. They are an important part of Richfield City. He said his crew is called out at all times, even during weekends and holidays. He expressed appreciation to the members of the crew and their families.

Richfield also submitted a water sample to the taste test competition. Richfield came in third place out of more than 30 entries across the state. Bear River was awarded the top award in the taste test. The test includes criteria including taste, smell and clarity.

Councilmember Hansen was at the fire department’s sweethearts dinner and one of the retired firefighter told him about a water leak there was in front of his home. The firefighter told Hansen about an after hours water leak and how and how quick and responsive the city crew was to get it fixed

b. Planning Commission Report. Tyler Jeffs wanted a sign for Farm Bureau Insurance’s new location. It will be moving into the old Paradise Press, located east of Burger King. The insurance company want to wanted to place a sign underneath the Burger King sign just off of Main Street. The ordinance does not allow off premise signs, so the planning commission denied the sign permit.

Brent Poulsen presented a concept for the old Knight’s Inn facility. The commission did recommend approval of it, but some other issues arose after the planning commission meeting. The number of housing units for which the facility was initially approved for as a mixed-use development was increased in the Poulsen brothers’ presentation. There is going to be some more work done before it heads back to council.

Councilman Thompson asked what the Poulsen brothers are trying to do with the property. Anderson said they were approved for a mixed-use. The presentation included a real estate office and another office in the downstairs of the main building, and the rest being refurbished into apartments.

Councilman Hansen said he’d spoked with Troy earlier in the day. He said the requirement for mixed-use or retail was a challenge for the Poulsen brothers. Anderson explained the mixed-use isn’t necessarily retail, it could be office space, a Calvary church or some other use that is generally accessible to the public.

Mayor Burrows said the developers need to adhere to what was originally agreed upon during their initial approval for a mixed-use.

Mark Dean requested expansion of a non-conforming use. He has a carport that is nonconforming as it is built on the property like. Mr. Dean wants to enclose it into a garage. The commission approved the proposal as they felt it wasn’t going to change access or drainage.

Another property owner was on the agenda to request for non-conforming use to add two bedrooms to an existing home, but he was not able to attend so the commission tabled it.

The planning commission also discussed the possibility of redefining the RM-11 zone, making it a high-density zone in the general plan. The planning commission felt the RM-11 is still a medium density zone and should stay as such. However, the planning commission did discuss some limitations on the RM-11 zones, which would be structured similarly to those for RM-24 zones.

The proposed limitations would include the following – 1 acre or less = No distance requirement; 1 to 2 acres = distance of 1/4 mile (1320 feet); 2 to 3 acres = distance of 1/2 mile (2640 feet); Maximum number of units in a development is 33 units. Also, there would be a requirement for 25 percent open space. An ordinance for the limitations will be drafted and presented to the council in an upcoming meeting.

c. Consider approving Resolution 2024-5 accepting the annexation petition filed by Gordon Anderson and Natalie Call to annex property located at approximately 1129 North 500 East. Councilman Thompson asked if they are going to be required to do curb, gutter and sidewalk in that area. The annexation process isn’t to that point yet. Mayor Burrows said he thought perhaps those requirements had waved on that street.

Councilman Thompson asked why they are requesting annexation. It is due to the fact they want to build a home and have access to city water. Thompson said as that area develops, 500 East will become increasingly busy with vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic and it will have to be addressed at some point.

Councilman Hansen asked what the contiguous zone would be, which is RR1. City Administrator Jolley said the property owners would also like to be included in the RR1 zone. Hansen asked if it would be the default zone, which is would be.

Councilmember Gardner asked how much of the Gordon Anderson property this would include. It would be the southern part of it. Motion: Accept the petition for annexation as presented. Action: Approve, Moved by Brayden Gardner, Seconded by Elaine Street. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson.
Excused: Kendrick Thomas.

d. Consider approving Resolution 2024-4 accepting the annexation petition filed by Jeff Albrecht for property located in the southwest at approximately 900 West and 1900 South. Mayor Burrows asked if the property owner would have the same agreement as others in the area that they would connect to the sewer and water once they reach that portion of town. Administrator Jolley said if the council wanted that to be a condition of annexation, they could require it. The property would also likely be subject to an avigation agreement due to its proximity to the airport. Motion: Accept the annexation petition as presented. Action: Approve, Moved by Tanner Thompson, Seconded by Brayden Gardner.
Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson. Excused: Kendrick Thomas.
e. Consider approving the installation of rock in the landscape areas on North Main near the north interchange. Mayor Burrows asked if this is something that had already been done. The rock hasn’t been put in yet, but since the cost estimate is approximately $25,000 it has been brought before the council.

The plan is to install weed block and cover it with decorative rock along Main Street along the north side near the I-70 interchange. This would help keep the weeds down and clean up the area. There would still be bubblers to help the established trees in the area. Currently the city crew does do some spaying of the area to try and keep the weeds down.

The area in front of Chevron, Arby’s, Subway and the two hotels in the area would be included, as would the area near Flying J on the east side.

Councilman Thompson asked if a future bike path that would connect the city’s pump track to the mountain bike trailhead northwest of the freeway could be located in the area where the rock would be placed. However, no concrete plans have been put in place at this time.

Councilman Hansen asked about plants for landscaping. Other than the trees, there is no plan to add greenery to the area. Councilman Gardner said it makes sense, and that he had been in contact with two business owners that would like the see the area cleaned up. Motion: Approve the installation of the weed barrier and rock along the proposed area. Action: Approve, Moved by Tanner Thompson, Seconded by Elaine Street. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson.
Excused: Kendrick Thomas.

f. Consider adopting Ordinance 2024-3, amending the Zoning Code to change the requirements for canopies at convenience stores. Motion: Adopt Ordinance 2024-3 amending the zoning code removing the restriction for canopies at convenience stores. Action: Approve, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Tanner Thompson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson. Excused: Kendrick Thomas.
g. Consider adopting Ordinance 2024-4, amending the Future Zoning Map of the General Plan to remove the designation of high-density, multi-family housing (RM-24) zones. Motion: Adopt ordinance 2024-4 removing the designation of high-density, multifamily housing from the Future Zoning Map. Action: Approve, Moved by Brayden Gardner, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson. Excused: Kendrick Thomas.

h. Consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the City, Snow College, Sevier School District, and Richfield Baseball for maintenance of the ballfield facilities. Heidi Stringham, representing Snow College, expressed appreciation to the different groups coming together to document things so the agreement could be formalized.

Mayor Burrows expressed appreciation for the work that went into the developing the agreement. The initial term of the agreement is one year, with an option to renew for annually with review for five additional one-year terms.

Councilman Thompson said he would like to see more tournaments in town as they are good for business and culture, and he would like to see future collaboration continue.
Councilman Hansen said there needs to be a comma in the “Richfield with fertilize and move all outfield grass twice a week” so it is clear the city is not fertilizing twice a week, only mowing.

Mayor Burrows said this allows the city to revisit the agreement, and it an aspect of it puts the city’s staff in a bind, it can be adjusted to insure the future operation and maintenance of the fields.

Motion: Approve the Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the roles each partner executes in the maintenance of the baseball fields. Action: Approve, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Elaine Street. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson. Excused: Kendrick Thomas.

  1. OTHER BUSINESS. Public Works Director Keith Mogan provided an update on the spring reconstruction project. Currently the project looks like it will be able to start pumping water sometime between the middle of April and the first of May. Mogan said the water supply should be adequate heading into the lawn watering portion of the year. The city will be starting work on the deep shop well by next week in preparation for it. The city will also be taking the cemetery well off line temporarily to install a new chlorinator.

Mayor Burrows said the city has received appropriation funding through Congressman Celeste Malloy’s office for the looping of a waterline near the golf course and developments south of it. It was $1.125 million, which the city will have to include a match to complete the project.

  1. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 7:40 p.m., adjourn. Motion: Adjourn meeting. Action: Adjourn, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Brayden Gardner. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kip Hansen, Tanner Thompson. Excused: Kendrick Thomas.

PASSED and APPROVED this 26 day of March 2024.