La Verkin City Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 111 S. Main, LaVerkin, Utah


Present:  Mayor Kerry Gubler; Council Members:  Richard Hirschi, Ken Hooten and Chantelle Browning; Staff: Kyle Gubler, Troylinn Benson, Kevin Bennett, Chief Ben Lee and Christy Ballard; Public: John Valenti, Debbie Lee and family.


Councilmembers Randy Reeve and Micah Gubler have been excused.  Derek Imlay has been excused.    


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


B.        Recognitions:

1.      Debbie Lee was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the work she put into the July 4th Celebration.


D. Appointments:

1.      Election of Mayor Pro Tem

Motion was made by Councilman Richard Hirschi to nominate Councilmember Ken Hooten as Mayor Pro Tem, second by Councilwoman Chantelle Browning.  Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


C.        Presentation:

1.      GroupSolver survey-Kyle Gubler

Kyle explained GroupSolver is a company that approached him to see if the City was interested in trying a complimentary survey to see how their company works.  The survey question that was put out on Facebook was “If you were a member of the La Verkin City Council what would you do to improve La Verkin City?  Please be detailed and specific.”  There were 81 people that completed the survey. 

Kyle went over the responses and explained how the software works and the different information you can get from these surveys.  He also passed out a packet with the information in it.    

He is not sure of the cost of the software. 


The Councilmembers all mentioned they felt like information from the citizens is always useful but they would be interested in the price of the software.         


E. 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: June 15, 2016 regular meeting minutes

4.      Review Invoices and Checks:  $291,769.10


Motion was made by Councilman Richard Hirschi to approve the consent agenda as written, including the June 15, 2016 regular meeting minutes, and checks and invoices for $291,769.10, second by Councilwoman Chantelle Browning.  Roll Call Vote:  Hooten-yes, Hirschi-yes, Browning-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


F.       Committee Reports:  

1.      Planning Commission-No meeting. 

2.      Water Board-Mayor Gubler reported the Water Board met and discussed the possibility of increasing water rates because the Washington County Water Conservancy District has increased the City’s wholesale water rates. 

3.      Sewer Board-Councilman Hooten reported the Sewer Board met and the main topic was planning for the future.  They also discussed replacing current water lines and additional treatment plants in the area.     

4.      Fire District-Chief Kuhlmann reported the Hurricane Valley Fire District reached an all-time high on call volume, with 8 calls at one time. 

They also have three major projects in the works; the La Verkin remodel, the new Coral Canyon building and a new ladder truck.  The Coral Canyon project will be under contract by the middle of August then the attention can be focused on the La Verkin remodel project.  Chief Kuhlmann will be in Salt Lake next week finalizing the financing for the ladder truck which will be housed at the La Verkin station. 

Chief Kuhlmann presented Mayor Kerry Gubler and Councilmember Ken Hooten with an appreciation award for their service on the Fire Board. 


Councilmember Browning asked the procedure followed when they receive multiple calls at the same time with a limited crew.


Chief Kuhlmann replied the closest resource responds to the call at hand and they hope the volunteer fire fighters respond as well.  Fourteen people showed up to handle those 8 calls mentioned. 

           The District currently has two people on 24/7.  

The District has applied for the Staffing for Adequate Fire Resources grant which is a federal grant.  If they are awarded the grant it will give the District six additional full time employees for two years with no cost to the communities the District serves.  In that two years he plans to retire some of their debt services. 

The District is working with Washington City on the Coral Canyon station.  They will help with the debt service as well as staffing for the station. 

With the number of calls received and the task they are assigned to the District should have 21 full time firefighters, they have two. 

He hopes to have four more full time employees within the next six months.      


G.    Citizen Comment & Request for Future Agenda Items:

   No comments were made.


H.    Public Hearing:

1.      CIB loan and grant funding for the 300 West Street Project.


The public hearing opened at 6:29pm


Councilman Ken Hooten stated the public needs to be informed that while a request for funding may be made to the PCIFB for Grant to fund a particular project, the CIB Board may instead offer to La Verkin City the CIB funding in the form of an interest bearing loan which would require repayment.


No comments were made.


The public hearing closed at 6:30pm


I.       Business:


J.      Staff, Mayor & Council Reports:

City Administrator-Kyle Gubler

Kyle emailed his report to the Councilmembers.

·         Friday, July 15th will be the Movie in the Park.

·         Thursday, August 4th will be La Verkin Water Day.

·         The LaQuinta Hotel should be working on the second floor soon.

·         Sunset View Estates is also moving forward, just very slowly.

·         There were 15 new residential construction permits pulled in the past year. 

·         Kyle will meet with the CIB Board on August 18.  The City is asking for a 50/50 grant loan.  It will be a 20 year loan with an interest rate of 2.5%.

·         The Gas Tax was originally going to increase the revenue for all of the communities by 20-25%.  Utah Association of Counties presented HB60 this year and it was passed.  This bill changes the amount given to La Verkin to only 7%.  The Utah League of Cities and Towns have asked each of the City’s elected officials to contact their Legislators, the County and the Governor’s office to express their concern.  Most of the cities involved in the webcast ULCT held on this issue, including La Verkin, have already included this money in their budget.

·         The KFH Group held a presentation in Hurricane on the feasibility of the St. George to Zion Transit System.  There were a lot of questions asked about the types of busses used, the number of stops and how often they would be going to and from Zion.  The Group will find out that information and come back with a final recommendation. 

·         The staff does not recommend purchasing the street lights in La Verkin.  After talking with Rocky Mountain Power, they stated over time as the lights wear out RMP will replace them with the newest model of street lights.  The other reason is that the incentive has dropped by 68%.    


Public Safety-Chief Ben Lee

·         Officer Gardiner has completed his training.

·         The Department passed their BCI audit.

·         The Department has been very busy the last several weeks.   Officer Crouse followed up on some leads which led to three drug related arrests.  There have been several DUI arrests.  A couple sex offenses were reported, arrests have been made but the investigations are still ongoing.  There was also a stolen vehicle that was recovered.

·         The Officers have been able to do more code enforcement.  There have been several citations issued.

·         Washington City received a grant for Project Lifesavers and invited La Verkin City to be part of the program at no charge to the City.  Project Lifesavers is a program for the elderly or children with autism that have a tendency to run off.  They wear a device that can be tracked so the police can find them. 

·         Dixie State University offered the La Verkin City Police Department a scholarship for advanced mobile forensics.  Chief Lee accepted the offer and will put one of the officers through that training. 

·         There have not been many leads in the vandalism case.  Chief explained the efforts by Derek’s crew to clean the vandalism.


Councilman Hooten thanked Chief for the Department’s service and mentioned Officer Gardiner appears to fit in well.        


Mayor Gubler-The July 4th celebration was outstanding.  There was great participation and Debbie did a great job.


Browning-There is a lot of mosquitos now because of the hot weather. 

The number of male mosquitos is down from last year and they are not receiving as many calls as usual so they feel like the treatments are effective. 

There have been no signs of West Nile Virus.


Treasurer-Troylinn Benson

The Utah Government Trust sent out independent auditors to conduct an educational Workman’s Comp audit on each city.  Our auditor stated he hoped other cities were as ready as La Verkin was.


Hirschi-Nothing to report.


Hooten-Thanked Debbie for the July 4th celebration and encouraged the citizens to do likewise.   


K.    Closed Session:

Motion was made by Councilmember Chantelle Browning to adjourn to a Closed Session at the location of 111 South Main Street, La Verkin Utah for the purpose of discussing pending or reasonably imminent litigation, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Hooten-yes, Hirschi-yes, Browning-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 6:56pm.


L.     Reconvene from Closed Session:

Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to reconvene from the Closed Session and return to the regular meeting, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 7:27pm


M.   Adjourn:

Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to adjourn, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 7:27pm.



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

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