06.27.23 Council Minutes

At the City Council
In and For Said City
June 27, 2023

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Richfield City office building located at 75 East Center, Richfield, Utah. Mayor Bryan L. Burrows presiding.

  11. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Councilmember Hansen.
  12. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Mayor Burrows.
  13. ROLL CALL. Present: Bryan Burrows, Brayden Gardner, Kip Hansen, Elaine Street, Kendrick Thomas, Michele Jolley. Excused: Tanner Thompson, Tyson Hansen.
  14. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the meeting minutes for May 2, May 30, and June 13, 2023. Motion: Approve the meeting minutes for May 2, May 30, and June 13, 2023, 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, Kendrick Thomas, Kip Hansen. Excused: Tanner Thompson.
  15. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. Josh Peterson, Planning Commission Chair, reported on the June 7, 2023, meeting. He stated that they started with some discussion on the zoning code, which is being updated. They are trying to get through it in a timely manner. They discussed changes to the fence ordinance between residential and commercial and what materials should and should not be allowed. The Planning Commission addressed some requests for conditional uses. One was for a salon next to Richfield Monument, which was approved. The other was for a home occupation to do foot zoning, but it was tabled because the individual was not present. Another request for a nail salon as a home occupation was approved.

They had a project review for a proposed short-term rental development on 1300 South next to the new RV Park. It would include two buildings with ten rooms each, and they would be for family rentals. They recommended approval of this project with the condition that it comply with the DRC requirements. He noted some concerns about fire hydrants and spacing, so they were told to follow up with the fire chief to ensure they were doing what they were supposed to.

The owner of Ville 647 was present to discuss the demolition and construction of a new building. The new building would be closer to Main Street, and the parking lot would go out to the east around the building. The Planning Commission reviewed the plans, but no action was taken because it was just a concept.

Zach Leavitt showed the Planning Commission a GIS program that his group is developing, and Richfield is going to be the pilot for this project.

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH HERSETH FEEDLOTS APPROVED. The Council reviewed a Settlement Agreement to finalize the Quiet Title Action. The City Attorney has represented the City through this process and recommends that we sign the agreement. Motion: Approve the Settlement Agreement with Herseth Feed Lots, Inc., Action: Approved, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Elaine Street.

  1. REAL ESTATE PURCHASE CONTRACT APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS. The Council discussed purchasing land at approximately 750 South 100 East for $65,000. Councilmember Gardner felt that the dates should be pushed out for ten days, July 17, so we have the chance to review a title policy if there is an exception. He noted on the addendum that the seller can remove certain things and leave the others. He would probably say that the seller should take all fencing because he fears the City will end up with all the garbage.

Councilmember Gardner also suggested that it should be subject to due diligence under Section 8.1 so that once there is a title report, we have the right to review it. Motion: Approve the Purchase Agreement with the three deadlines being extended by ten days and Section 8.1 being subject to due diligence, Action: Approved, Moved by Brayden Gardner, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kendrick Thomas, Kip Hansen. Excused: Tanner Thompson.

  1. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Gardner reported that the work on the rifle range project kind of got stalled, and they are hoping to do something in July. Councilmember Hansen likes the flowers downtown and thinks it is very attractive. Councilmember Thomas noticed a safety hazard on the west side of the road by the cemetery entrance, with a buckled sidewalk. It is quite a serious issue that we should look at. Mr. Mogan stated that he knows this and plans to repair it.

Miss Richfield Millie Ice just relinquished her crown, and her platform was for first responders, “Angles by Our Side.” Mayor Burrows stated that she raised $1,250 through her platform and is donating that back to the City and our first responders.

Mayor Burrows reported on an issue on 1300 South where the sewer was bored under the highway. A farmer is trying to get into his field to cut his grain and cannot because the hole is open, and a backhoe is blocking the road. Mr. Mogan stated that he would get ahold of Jared Cefalia and have him move the backhoe.

The condition of the bulb-outs on Main Street was mentioned. The sprinkler lines are broken because of the tree roots. Public Works has not had a chance to fix them, so all the vegetation in the bulb-outs is dying. This is an ongoing problem. The tree roots branch out instead of down, continuing to break the sprinkler lines. Mayor Burrows suggested we pull everything up and fill the bulb-outs with rocks. Councilmember Hansen liked Mayor Burrows’ idea and felt we should not fix the lines. He thought we should xeriscape it and be done with it. He said that for a couple of reasons. Some of the merchants do not like them because they obstruct their businesses. We are not removing the bulb-outs for now. Councilmember Street thought we should pick a rock and make something cool with them.

Councilmember Gardner agreed with getting rid of the majority of the plants, but he likes the looks of the trees. Mayor Burrows was not talking about getting rid of the trees.

Councilmember Thomas noted that St. George City had done art displays or history plaques in their landscape areas.

Chief Lloyd explained that he budgeted for two vehicles this fiscal year, and they were supposed to be here this week, but they will not be. That means the payment will have to come out of next year’s budget.

  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 7:36 pm, Motion: Adjourn to convene an executive session to discuss a possible litigation matter, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kip Hansen, Seconded by Brayden Gardner. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kendrick Thomas, Kip Hansen. Excused: Tanner Thompson.
  2. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 7:54 pm, Motion: Reconvene and adjourn Action: Adjourned, Moved by, Seconded by. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 4). Yes: Brayden Gardner, Elaine Street, Kendrick Thomas, Kip Hansen. Excused: Tanner Thompson.

PASSED and APPROVED this 11th day of July 2023.