08.14.18 Council Minutes

At the City Council
In and For Said City
August 14, 2018
Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 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 were offered by Councilmember Arrington.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Councilmember Christensen.
3. ROLL CALL Present: Mayor David Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen, Michele Jolley. Excused: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Matt Creamer, Mike Langston.
Others present: Carson DeMille, Micklane Farmer, Trenton Willson, Dave Anderson.
4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the regular meetings held May 22, June 12, June 26, July 17 and special meetings held May 29, and June 19, 2018. Councilmember Christensen corrected the minutes of the meeting held July 17, 2018 on page 2 and line 7 where there were 2 verbs “is and will” so the verb “is” was removed. Motion: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings held May 22, June 12, June 26, July 17 and special meetings held May 29, and June 19, 2018, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kevin Arrington. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson.
5. INTRODUCATION. Mayor Ogden introduced Trenton Willson. He is with the Utah State University Rural Initiative. Mr. Willson explained that he is with the USU Extension Office. The Rural Online Initiative is due to legislation that was passed and granted USU 2.27 million dollars to create online jobs.
6. LEASE OF PROPERTY DISCUSS. Paul Niemeyer explained that he does a lot of clay pigeon shoots for the youth in our area. He has a trailer he pulls around to do this with, but he would like to have a place to put the equipment and have shoots there. He asked the Council to consider leasing a parcel of property near the sewer lagoons for him to utilize for shoots.
Mr. Niemeyer works with youth a lot and during these shoots that he does, they work with safety a lot. There are rules for loading the guns in the station and shooting all of the shells, set the gun down and leave the station. He felt that kids are going to be around guns at some point in their lives, so he believed that anything we can do to help goes a long way.
He did not know what kind of terms the Council would have for a lease, but he indicated that he may have to haul in some gravel because the ground is really muddy at certain times during the year. Mayor Ogden explained that there is not a current lease on the property now. He spoke with Councilmember Burrows who was not able to make it tonight. Councilmember Burrows mentioned that Mr. Niemeyer does a lot for the youth and always has done, so he would be in favor of leasing him some ground.
The Council discussed the prior lease on the property to a lady who had horses for disabled children. The Council did not charge a lease, but required her to maintain the fencing and the property. Mr. Niemeyer stated that there really is not a fence on the property.
Councilmember Barnett had a few concerns. One was the fact that even though the clay pigeons are biodegradable, there could still be a buildup of broken clay pigeons if it is being used very often. He does not know of any other potential use for this property and it would never be developed into housing or businesses because of the proximity of the sewer lagoons. This might be a use of property that would otherwise just sit idly.
Councilmember Barnett wondered if we needed to put this out for a public bid. When the property was leased before, it was not put out for bid because of what the property was going to be used for. Councilmember Barnett asked if there was enough area out there that to be able to direct fire in such a way that it would not be a hazard to the public. Mr. Niemeyer stated that the stands he uses have 3 sides. When the person gets in there, they can only shoot a certain range and distance.
Mr. Niemeyer explained that the shooting would take place toward the northwest and the entrance to the property is to the east. He does not foresee there to be a safety issue.
Councilmember Barnett wondered about the shots landing in the sewer lagoons and if that could create a problem. Mr. Niemeyer stated that the lagoons would be far enough away that the shots would not reach that far. The shots only travel about 200 yards and the lagoons are at least 450 yards away.
Councilmember Barnett felt that if the Council could put some sort of a lease together and get the terms of the lease to where they are manageable he thought the Council would be happy to approve that. Councilmember Arrington would be in favor of doing something like we did before and not charging for the lease based up what is going to be used for.
7. CIVIL AIR PATROL AIRPORT LEASE TABLED. Motion: Table the discussion of the Civil Airport Lease, Action: Approved, Moved by Richard Barnett, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson.
8. PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT. No report was given.
9. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Barnett asked about the two cars parked for sale on the vacant lot on the corner of 800 South and Main Street. This has been looked into and the cars are owned by the property owner, so it meets our ordinance.
Councilmember Barnett stated that we have money set aside for the past 3 years to put lights on the bike path and there are still no lights on our bike path. He wants to know why and what we have to do to get this done. Carson DeMille stated that we probably need to get the lights from Cecilia Bytheway.
Councilmember Barnett was glad to see the new school zone signs across Main Street that UDOT installed.
Councilmember Arrington asked when the stop lights on 1300 South were going to be installed. Carson DeMille updated the Council noting that the project is advertised and the bid opening will be on August 23. Assuming the bids come in comparable, we could award that on August 28. There has been some delay and we were going to include 1000 South in the project, but that has been taken out and will be done next year with the City’s road project. Mr. DeMille noted that we are still waiting on the property agreements. We can award the project pending the agreements, but if it goes too long, we will have to push it to spring because we are on a tight schedule.
Councilmember Barnett was told by a resident that there is a traffic hazard with the rose bushes on the corner of 300 North and 500 West. Mayor Ogden will call Charles Billingsley and get this taken care of.
Councilmember Barnett thought that we need a drinking fountain at the visitor’s center. Mayor Ogden stated that there is a drinking fountain out by the old fountain and it could be made to work. He will get with Mr. Anderson and get that taken care of.
10. MEETING ADJOURNED. At 8:14 p.m., Motion: Adjourn, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Richard Barnett. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yea = 3). Yea: Kevin Arrington, Richard Barnett, Kathy Christensen. Excused: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson.
PASSED and APPROVED this 28 day of August, 2018.