08.24.21 Council Minutes

THE STATE OF UTAH
COUNTY OF SEVIER
CITY OF RICHFIELD

At the City Council
In and For Said City
August 24, 2021

Minutes of the Richfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021,
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. SMITH’S LOFT PROPERTIES DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED
  6. PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENTS DISCUSSED
  7. ORDINANCE 2021-14 TABLED
  8. RESOLUTION 2021-13 ADOPTED
  9. CANVASS OF PRIMARY ELECTION HELD AUGUST 10, 2021
  10. OTHER BUSINESS
  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  12. RECONVENE & ADJOURN
  1. OPENING REMARKS were offered by Bryan Burrows.
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was led by Kathy Christensen.
  3. ROLL CALL. Present: Mayor Ogden, Bryan Burrows, Kathy Christensen, Todd Gleave, Kip Hansen, Connie Nielson, Michele Jolley, Tyson Hansen.
  4. MINUTES APPROVED. The Council reviewed the minutes of the meetings held on July 13 and July 27, 2021. Motion: Approve the minutes of the meetings held on July 13 and July 27, 2021, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Connie Nielson. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.
  5. SMITH’S LOFT PROPERTIES DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSED. Tim Soffe was present to discuss Smith’s housing development and the improvements to 100 West along the east side of their development. He explained that both of the Smiths; Darrell, and Brett, were unable to attend. Mr. Soffe explained that they would like to ask for a modification to the agreement that was arrived at previously. There are some power poles on 100 West that would need to be relocated to accommodate the road improvements. They asked that they be allowed to make the improvements to 100 West as part of phase II instead of phase I.

Mr. Soffe stated that these improvements are more associated with phase II than they are with phase I. They are willing to assure the City with a surety bond of $355,000.

Councilmember Nielson wanted to go over what the improvements were. Councilmember Burrows noted that we waived the sidewalk and curb and gutter until phase II in our early agreement. We were requiring asphalt on the shoulder at their side of the street.

Councilmember Hansen felt like the relocation of the poles was probably the biggie. Mr. Soffe stated that the street is more associated with phase II than phase I. Carson DeMille stated that they would still have gravel access from phase I out to 100 West for emergency vehicle access.

Councilmember Christensen asked how they would access phase I. Mr. DeMille stated that the access would be from 1500 South. Councilmember Gleave asked if there would be any access from the west side. Mr. DeMille stated that they originally met with UDOT and went through everything they would require, but Smiths would have had to improve the highway from the 1500 South intersection out to Twelve Timbers just for that access. The cost was huge and not practical.

Councilmember Burrows asked when Jones and DeMille were going to do their project? Mr. DeMille was not sure, but when they do, they will have to widen out their side of the road.

Councilmember Nielson asked how many units there will be in phase I. Mr. Soffe stated there would be 120 units.

Councilmember Burrows does not see any reason why we should not allow them to wait until phase II develops, but he would like to see Jones and Demille Engineering develop their side of the street at the same time so that we are not tearing up the road twice.

Councilmember Hansen said that this seems like a reasonable request.

Councilmember Nielson asked when they would be starting. Mr. Soffe stated that they are working through the final stages and they are supposed to close at the end of this month and then construction could begin. However, he felt that they were probably a month behind and probably will not close until the middle or end of September.

Motion: Modify agreement for the improvement along 100 West with Smith Lofts Properties until construction of phase II with a surety bond as discussed, Action: Approved, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Kathy Christensen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

  1. PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENTS DISCUSSED. Councilmember Hansen was looking at the ordinance regarding parking for multiple family units. It states, “multiple family units with 5 units or more in the building would require 1 1/2 parking spaces per bedroom. As he did the math on this, it appeared that this might impede some potential development. 4-plexes would be exempt from this. He wondered if this would trump any prior requirements for parking. The ordinance that was recently passed for the high-density, multi-family residential would require 2 1/2 spaces for apartments with 2 to 3 bedrooms shall have 2 1/2 spaces per unit, not per bedroom. If also does not address anything more than 4 units. Since there is a discrepancy, we would have to default to the least amount of spaces required.

Councilmember Nielsen stated that to her, requiring parking spaces based on the number of bedrooms would make sense for student housing.

Councilmember Hansen would like to see how we could rectify this before it becomes and issue.

Councilmember Burrows felt that the parking should just be 1 ½ parking spaces per bedroom whether it is high-density or RM-11.

The Council asked that the Planning Commission address this discrepancy and make a recommendation to the Council on how the parking in the zoning ordinance and the parking for multi-family should be handled.

  1. ORDINANCE 2021-14 TABLED. The Council reviewed and discussed the proposed development on the property located at approximately 500 South 1100 West. Councilmember Burrows stated that it was brought to his attention that the north end of this property where the mound was found to be an Indian burial ground. When they were putting the freeway in, they had to shift the freeway to the west because of it. He went up and walked the property and found a half dozen shards and some charcoal in the wash. He does not know if the developer is aware of this, but if he is getting State of Federal money, they are not going to allow him to build there.

Councilmember Hansen felt that this is a good location for this development. Councilmember Burrows understood that there was a record of this at the State Archives.

Councilmember Christensen felt that this would be a good location because of the college. Motion: Table Ordinance 2021-14, Action: Tabled, Moved by Bryan Burrows, Seconded by Todd Gleave. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

  1. RESOLUTION 2021-13 ADOPTED. The Council discussed accepting the annexation petition filed by RM24, LLC for property located at approximately 550 West 1300 South. Motion: Adopt Resolution 2021-13 accepting the annexation petition filed by RM24, LLC, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.
  2. CANVASS OF PRIMARY ELECTION HELD AUGUST 10, 2021. The Council reviewed the results of the 2021 Primary Election held August 10, 2021. The candidates certified for the general election in November were K. Jeana Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Elaine Street and Tanner Thompson. Councilmember Christensen thought it was sad that only 38% of the people voted.

The election signs were discussed because some of the candidates still had their signs up. It was determined that we should follow the law at the all of the signs should be removed until September 2, which would be 60 days from the election. Motion: Accept the canvass of the election held August 10, 2021 and certify K. Jeana Ogden, Kevin Arrington, Elaine Street and Tanner Thompson as the candidates moving on to the general election in November, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

  1. OTHER BUSINESS. Councilmember Gleave stated that the first show of At Your Leisure with the City’s commercial was aired and there is another one coming up. He thought it turned out great, but if it did not, please let him know. There will be a second commercial that will come out as well. Mayor Ogden asked how long the commercial will be aired. Councilmember Gleave thought it would be for the next year. He talked to Shannon Bushman today and he was headed out to do the filming on for the 360 Trails on 2 of the trails today and tomorrow.
    Councilmember Nielson wanted to thank the recreation department and Erin Thompson because she had 420 kids playing soccer and Councilmember Nielson thought she did an excellent job. This is a great program.

Councilmember Nielson got a call from Shelly Brown from Central Valley and she wanted the City to have the information. Ms. Brown stated that they are very happy with their splash pad. She could not remember if it had been 4 or 5 years since the put it in. It cost them at the time $95,000. They did have a big problem with it the first year that it was put in and that is because the put the pipes too low and they froze. Since that time, they have built a shed to protect the pump and mechanical equipment and they redid the pipes so they are insulated. Ms. Brown told her that both Monroe and Central Valley had placed a circular cement pad around them because they get muddy. Right now, we have some costs that are valid, even though they are old. There is a big difference because even if the $95,000 was doubled, it would be $200,000. The estimate that were given was $250,000 to $350,000. That is a big difference in cost and she is not willing to spend half a million dollars on a splash pad. When you see what Monroe and Central Valley have done and what it cost, that does make a difference. They are both recirculating. Ms. Brown did say that they do have to test the water 3 times a day, but they do have automatic sensors that notify them. The interesting thing that Councilmember Nielson found that workers from Sevier County did the work to install it.

Councilmember Burrows was hoping that this would still be on the table and still be considered for that park. He thinks that anything that shoots water up out of the ground would be very well received.

Councilmember Nielson stated that they did have some cautions about some of the features because they are finicky, like the bucket, and need to be repaired a lot. There are others that have not needed to be repaired. She thinks that when the time comes we just need to be smart about what features we install down the road.

There are 5 splash pads in the St. George area. Councilmember Hansen stated that they were not anything fancy as he recalls. They were just nozzles on a flat piece of concrete.

  1. EXECUTIVE SESSION. At 8:02 p.m., Motion: Adjourn to convene an executive session to discuss the purchase of property, Action: Approved, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Bryan Burrows. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.
  2. RECONVENE & ADJOURN. At 8:11 p.m., Motion: Reconvene and adjourn, Action: Adjourned, Moved by Kathy Christensen, Seconded by Kip Hansen. Vote: Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote (summary: Yes = 5). Yes: Bryan Burrows, Connie Nielson, Kathy Christensen, Kip Hansen, Todd Gleave.

PASSED and APPROVED this 10 day of October, 2021.