La Verkin City Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 111 S. Main, LaVerkin, Utah


Present:  Mayor Kerry Gubler; CouncilMembers:  Richard Hirschi, Ken Hooten, Randy Reeve, Micah Gubler, and Chantelle Browning; Staff: Derek Imlay, Troylinn Benson, Kevin Bennett, Chief Ben Lee, and Christy Ballard; Public: Derek Hall, Shannon & Simon Wastling, and John & Rose Valenti


A.       Called to Order – Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by Richard Hirschi at 6:00pm.


B.        Recognitions:

1.      Simon and Shannon Wastling were presented with an Outstanding Citizen Award for their help in fixing the walls going into Pheasant Glen and replacing and restoring the entrance signs at their own expense with labor and materials.

Shannon has served on the Beautification Committee.

2.      John and Rose Valenti were presented with an Outstanding Citizen Award for serving on the Winterfest Committee over advertising, taking countless pictures at various City events and letting the City use the images, they attend and support every City function and regularly attend the City Council meetings.

Both couples received a certificate of appreciation along with a gift card to Davis Market. 


C.        Appointments:

1.      Sherman Howard has been an alternate for the Planning Commission.  Kelly Wilson is leaving to serve an LDS mission and the Mayor has asked Mr. Howard to fill that vacancy.


The Mayor asked for a vote on the proposed change to the Planning Commission.

Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  The appointment was approved.


D.        Consent Agenda:  (Items on the consent agenda may not require discussion.  These items will be a single motion unless removed at the request of the Mayor or City Council.)

1.      Declarations of conflict of interest

2.      Agenda

3.      Minutes:  October 7, 2015 regular meeting minutes

4.      Review Invoices and Checks:  $

There are no invoices and checks because Troylinn was out of town at a Treasurer’s training.


Motion was made by Councilwoman Chantelle Browning to approve the consent agenda as written including the October 7, 2015 regular meeting minutes, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.    Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Hirschi-yes, Browning-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 


E.      Committee Reports:  

1.      Planning Commission-Councilman Hirschi reported the meeting has been rescheduled for October 28.        

2.      Water Board-Meets on October 28.                   

3.      Sewer Board-Meets October 22.           

4.      Fire District-Nothing to report. 


F.        Citizen Comment & Request for Future Agenda Items:

No comments were made.


G.    Business:

1.      Discussion and possible action in support of the Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing October as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Mayor Gubler reported the City received a phone call about this item asking the City’s support in declaring October as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 


Motion was made by Councilman Richard Hirschi to support the Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing October as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, second by Councilman Randy Reeve.   Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


2.      Discussion and possible action to approve the final plat for Cherry Orchard Subdivision Phase III, a 12-lot subdivision on 3.42 acres located at approximately 220 West between 300 N. and 200 N.

The address needs to be changed to between 180 W and 300 N.


Derek said this project has been in the works for about ten years.  All of the issues have been worked out and is ready to move forward. 

The light poles will be turned on once there are homes built to help cover the cost to the City.


Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to approve the final plat for Cherry Orchard Subdivision Phase III, a 12-lot subdivision on 3.42 acres located at approximately 220 W between 180 W and 300 N, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


3.      Discussion and possible action to approve Ordinance No. 2015-10; An ordinance restricting parking on Center Street from State Route 9 to Main Street; and providing an effective date.

Councilman Reeve contacted Mr. Leavenworth concerning this item. 

Councilman Reeve mentioned he has noticed children running across the road because parents are parking on the north side of the street and wondered if that is a concern. 


Councilman Hirschi said he has noticed some people parking on the north side and having their children cross Center Street, but most of them are teachers and their children.


Councilman Reeve reported Mr. Leavenworth said to him that things are better, there is some congestion but the children are safer and he is in favor of approving this ordinance.

Councilman Reeve wondered why Chief Lee felt the entire block needed to be included in this restriction. 


Chief explained the school parking lot does not have enough parking for the staff.  The teachers have opted to park on the north side of Center Street.  Closing the south side makes it consistent with the School’s safety plan, which is to have no children on that street.  It is also a good idea to keep the street clear in case emergency vehicles need access and to prevent children from crossing Center Street. 


Councilman Hirschi has noticed most people are dropping their children off in the parking lot but some are still dropping off on the south side of Center Street by the lunchroom.  He wondered how strict the police would be enforcing this ordinance.


Chief Lee replied it will take a while to get out of the habit of dropping children off in front of the school.  There were flyers sent out at the beginning of the school year explaining the drop off safety plan. 

The Police Department plans to educate parents by warning them, if a person continues to receive warnings they may receive a citation.


Councilman Gubler suggested placing signs that indicate the area is a no parking and no drop off zone.


Kevin stated the signs would need to be changed if the ordinance is approved before any citations can be issued.


Councilman Hooten commented he feels it will be just a matter of educating the parents.  He has already noticed a big improvement.  He will continue to help educate the parents and children.

The bigger danger is with people running the red light. 


Councilman Hirschi agreed.


Councilwoman Browning asked where the drop off traffic is being directed.


Chief answered the preferred drop off zone is on 100 South or 100 West.


This ordinance will restrict the parking from 7am to 4pm on days school is in session. 


Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to approve Ordinance No. 2015-10; an ordinance restricting parking on Center Street from State Route 9 to Main Street and providing an effective date, second by Councilman Micah Gubler.  Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Hirschi-yes, Browning-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.     


H.    Staff. Mayor & Council Reports:

Kyle emailed his report to the Councilmembers.

Election Day is November 3rd from 7am to 8pm.  Darshan Joshi has moved so his name will be removed from the ballot.

Winterfest will be Saturday, December 5th.

Work has started on the Sunset View Estates subdivision.

The prioritization list has the number one priority, after Sunset View Estates, as 300 West.  The estimation cost for that street is $500,000.  Kyle is looking at funding the project similar to the Silver Acres project with a $240,000 CIB loan and a $240,000 grant with the City paying $20,000 up front.  The one thing that has changed is the interest rate, from 1.5% to 2.5%.  The 20-year annual payment will be approximately $15,500.  That money will come from the new gas tax that begins in January. 

Kyle went over the steps required to apply for CIB money.  If the City does get the funding the project will probably begin early 2017. 

Kyle read some of the other items on the list and mentioned the Council can change the order at any time. 

He commented100 South would be a big project but is also one many citizens have commented on.

La Quinta is trying to get an access issue worked out before they continue. 


Public Safety- Chief Ben Lee

Marshall Bull, one of our reserve officers, has put in his two-week notice.  

Officer Fackler began field training this week. 

There was one applicant for a weekend position at the animal shelter, they have withdrawn their application so it will stay a volunteer status.

During the last legislative session, they mandated that each municipality and law enforcement agency post on their website the procedure for a critical incident. 

The Washington County Attorney’s Office created a protocol that was adopted by the County and has been posted to the La Verkin City page.


Councilwoman Browning asked how many animals are currently in the shelter and where they came from.


Chief replied there are six dogs in the shelter this week.  Three of them are from last week, two came from Toquerville and there was one owner-surrender.               


The Mayor asked Chief to explain the protocol for a critical incident, like an officer shooting. 


Chief explained they would secure the scene and call in a multiagency task force to investigate. 


Director of Operations-Derek Imlay

The irrigation has been shut off per request from the WCWCD.  There is too much debris in the River. 

It is contracted to be in the system until November 15th but we do try to keep it in as long as           possible. 

The City has only used half of the yearly allotment of irrigation water.       

There have been a lot of culinary breaks lately.


Treasurer-Troylinn Benson

Thanked the Council for the opportunity to attend Treasurer training.  They went over all the new laws and she brought a lot of good information back.

There were eighteen shut-offs yesterday, five are still off.  The crew also found a theft of service    that has been turned over to the police.     


Mayor Gubler-The City should begin to receive the RAP Tax money.  There are certain areas that money can be spent.  Staff will put together a list of items for the Council to prioritize.     


Browning-October 22 will be the last day for Mosquito Abatement seasonal employees.  There was very little West Nile Virus this year thanks to all of their hard work.   


Hirschi- Thanked Councilman Reeve for the crosswalk signs.   


Hooten-Attended a Confluence Park Board meeting.  They are working mainly on the Hurricane trial head.  They are also discussing obtaining irrigation water for the fields.  The Park is continually    improving due to the support of all the surrounding communities and the County Commission. 

     The Fire District had a meeting and approved a Merit Board that will handle all hiring and disciplinary matters.  The fire station in La Verkin is moving forward.  The Board is trying to purchase a new apparatus for the taller buildings.

The District has had a lot of turnover because people receive full time positions elsewhere as well as the retirement issue.  There is not much incentive to become a fire fighter or police officer.  The public needs to be involved with encouraging the legislature to make the retirement package for police officers and fire fighters more attractive. 


Mayor Gubler reported Confluence Park is in the negotiation process to purchase additional property that will be on the La Verkin side.         


Gubler-He wondered if it would be possible to get citizen comment on where the RAP Tax money should   be spent before any final decisions were made.


Kyle replied the Councilmembers could set a public hearing anytime.

The County has an advisory board La Verkin could access if needed.

The money is separated into three categories, recreation, arts and parks.  The Council will need to decide what percentage will be allotted to each category. 

He recommends putting together a priority list for each category. 

The RAP Tax money cannot fund an entire project.  The Tax also has a 10-year “sunset clause”.      


Reeve-Reminded the Councilmembers of the Leader in Me activity at the Elementary School on the 22nd

He had a suggestion for Founders Day honorees.  


I.     Adjourn:


Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to adjourn, second by Councilwoman Chantelle Browning.  Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 6:47pm.



            Minutes were taken on behalf of the City Recorder by Christy Ballard.

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