04.28.20 Council Minutes

At the City Council
In and For Said City
April 28, 2020
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, April 28, 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 were offered by Mayor Ogden.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
3. ROLL CALL. Present: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson, Mayor David Ogden, Michele Jolley
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held February 25, 2020. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meeting held February 25, 2020. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meeting held February 25, 2020, Action: Approved. Moved by Councilmember Gleave, Seconded by Councilmember Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen.
5. 4TH OF JULY. The Council reviewed the Plans for the 4th of July. Councilmember Gleave discussed the Governor’s orders that were given today. We will be going to orange, but we do not know when we will go to yellow. It was reported that the Health Department has given the swimming pool permission to open on Monday at half capacity. This requirement is more in line with the yellow phase.
Mayor Ogden has been contacted by several of the business owners who have asked him not to cancel the 4th of July.
Councilmember Hansen felt that if there were ever a time when we needed to celebrate our independence, our freedoms and our liberty; it is now. He stated that we should encourage those who are in the high-risk category to stay home and we should approach KTTA and see if they would broadcast the parade like they are doing with the graduations.
Connie Nielson says that even if the parade is canceled, she thinks the fireworks are still needed. A lot of the people can stay at home so social distancing would not have to be a problem.
The fish grab was discussed and it was felt that this event should be cancelled because it draws a lot of people in close proximity of each other which is what we need to avoid. It may also be necessary to not have the booths on the park this year.
Councilmember Burrows felt that it would be premature to make a decision tonight.
Mayor Ogden agreed with Councilmember Hansen in that people need to celebrate our freedoms and that is hard to do if you are stuck in your homes. He believed that we are going to need a celebration at some time and what is better than the 4th of July. He stated that if it is at all possible, we ought to do it.
Councilmember Nielson suggested contacting people to find out beforehand if people are even interested in doing this.
They will discuss this subject again at the next meeting.
6. PURCHASE OF DUMP TRUCK AND LOADER. Mr. Mogan was present to discuss the purchase of a new dump truck and loader. Mr. Mogan stated that the bed on one of the two dump trucks that we have is so rusted that we cannot even use it. The bed has been patched several times, but at this point, it is beyond repair. The gauges are not working in the truck and makes work a little difficult for the workers. A new dump truck would cost approximately $80,000. This was budgeted for this year, but because of the state of the economy due to the coronavirus, Mr. Mogan suggested that we wait to see how the revenue comes in over the next few months. Purchasing this would be a benefit for all of the departments. It does not require a CDL to drive it so if the golf course needed to haul sand, they would be able to use it.
As for the loader, our current loader is a 1975 model and it is getting harder to find parts for it. There is one for sale in the community right now from Johnny Evans. It is a 1995 and it is just a little smaller than our current loader. Mr. Evans is asking $40,000 for it. If we were to purchase a new one we would be looking at approximately $160,000. For as much as the loader is used, Mr. Mogan did not feel that it would justify a $160,000 purchase. Mr. Evans has taken good care of the loader. It has 5,400 hours on it, which is fairly low compared to the 2000 backhoe that we have that has just over 5,000 hours.
Councilmember Burrows felt that we should hold off and see where we are in a couple of months. Councilmember Nielson was also concerned about these purchases and she also felt that we should wait.
Councilmember Nielson asked what we would do with the old dump truck. Mr. Mogan asked Jay Robinson about the truck and he said that the motor and transmission are good and that it would be worth about $6,000 to $8,000. Not only is the bed and sides rusted out, but the hydraulic hoist works sometimes, but not others. The lights and gauges do not work and there is also rust coming up in the cab.
If we were to order and truck today, we would not get it until late September. Councilmember Burrows did not think that we needed to purchase a loader right now.
Councilmember Nielson asked Mr. Mogan why we were purchasing tools for the guy that is taking Wayne’s place. Mr. Mogan stated that the tools are scattered all over the shop and we do not have a complete set. We did purchase some tools that we needed. Councilmember Nielson wanted to clarify that they were not Wayne’s tools and Mr. Mogan stated that a few were and he is taking them with him. Councilmember Burrows asked how much money was spent. Mr. Mogan stated that they spent about $2,800 and got a cabinet that would lock because the tools seem to disappear. Councilmember Nielson understood that we had spent $10,000 on tools. Mr. Mogan stated that David Robertson has saved us money already. We needed to have a light bar installed on one of our trucks and Mr. Robertson was able to do it which saved us $1,500.
Mr. Mogan stated that we will need to get a few new cabinets to meet OSHA requirements. We are also going to be doing all of the oil changes for City vehicles, so we will have to purchase some oil in barrels.
Councilmember Burrows asked about the two new leased trucks and how long they were leased for. Mr. Mogan explained that we had leased the trucks for one year. Councilmember Burrows wanted to know what we are going to do next year. Mr. Mogan stated that we were hoping to lease them again. Councilmember Burrows wanted to know how we were going to hand anything down. He does not see where we are going save any money. Mr. Mogan stated that we were trying to shift some vehicles around. One of the trucks went to the parks, one to the golf course and one to the cemetery.
Councilmember Hansen felt that we needed to have a fleet manager and that maybe Mike’s replacement could take on that roll. He also thought that having new equipment and vehicles helps with morale.
Councilmember Burrows agreed that we need to get a plan for vehicles for the whole City.
7. HEALTH INSURANCE CHANGES APPROVED. The Council discussed the changes to the Health Insurance changes. The only change is that it does increase out of pocket max. The quotes from the other insurance are not even close, so the Select Health quote is the only health insurance that is close to the same coverage as what the employees have now. This will also reduce our cost by 5.24% which will save the City approximately $27,000 a year. Motion: Approve the City’s health insurance remaining with Select Health, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen.
8. ARBOR DAY PROCLAMATION. The Council reviewed an Arbor Day Proclamation urging all citizens to plant trees to promote the well-being of present and future generations. The City’s Arbor Day Celebration has been set for May 15. The Youth City Council has put together some online games and some other activities and they will be giving out prizes for those who participate. They want to plant a tree with a plaque dedicated to Mike Langston. Motion: Adopt Arbor Day Proclamation, Action: Adopted, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen.
9. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Christensen has been noticing the semi-trucks parked along the streets. We do have an ordinance that does not allow the semi-trailers to park in residential areas. Chief Lloyd said that usually he calls the trucking company and lets them know and they talk to the drivers. Councilmember Christensen wondered if there are some drivers that may not know they cannot park their trailers in residential areas.
10. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 7:00 p.m., Motion: to adjourn and convene an executive session to discuss the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of individuals, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 5). Yea: Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Connie Nielson, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen.
11. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 8:30 p.m., regular session of the Richfield City Council reconvened and adjourned.
PASSED and APPROVED this 14 day of July, 2020.