La Verkin City Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 111 S. Main, LaVerkin, Utah


Present:  Mayor Kerry Gubler; Council Members:  Randy Reeve, Micah Gubler, Richard Hirschi, Ken Hooten and Chantelle Browning; Staff: Kyle Gubler, Derek Imlay, Troylinn Benson, Kevin Bennett, and Christy Ballard; Public: John Valenti and Ray Justice.


Chief Ben Lee has been excused.  


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


B.        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 5, 2016 regular meeting minutes

4.       Review Invoices and Checks:  $134,398.52


Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to approve the consent agenda as written, including the October 5, 2016 regular meeting minutes, and checks and invoices for $134,398.52, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Roll Call Vote:  Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


C.      Committee Reports:  

1.       Planning Commission-Councilman Hirschi reported a public hearing was set for the proposed Hardy one lot subdivision and the proposed Olsen one lot subdivision for the next Planning Commission meeting.    

2.      Water Board-The secondary water will be shut off for the season on November 15.

3.      Sewer Board-Councilman Hooten reported the preliminary budget was the main topic of the last meeting. 

4.      Fire District-Chief Kuhlmann reported the meeting is Monday.  They will be discussing the impact fee resolution that was passed last year.  There was some question on some of the methodology used in the study so a follow up study was done.  The second study confirmed that the original study was accurate.  He did not anticipate any changes. 

The preliminary budget will be discussed, Chief passed out a copy of that budget to the Councilmembers.  The budget proposal will be presented before the Truth and Taxation hearing begins.  The proposal explains the decrease in revenue over the last three years.  If the Truth and Taxation does pass it will increase property tax $16 per $100,000 of value. 

Chief Kuhlmann explained how the addition of Hurricane into the District has increased the cost to the District and commented on the growth Hurricane is experiencing.  That, along with the taller hotels being built requiring the need for a new ladder truck to accommodate them.  There needs to be an increase in revenue just to maintain status quo. 

             The preliminary plans for the La Verkin Fire Station remodel have been given to the engineering firm, he is hoping to get them back in the next couple of months.  The project should be ready to go out to bid at the beginning of next year. 

If the budget increase passes, the Chief anticipates La Verkin having two full time fire fighters on duty 24/7.

Chief Kuhlmann invited everyone to the public hearing on Monday. 


D.     Citizen Comment & Request for Future Agenda Items:

   No comments were made.


E.      Business:

1.       Consideration for and adoption of a Parameter Resolution authorizing the issuance of Sales Tax Revenue Bonds of LaVerkin City, Washington County, Utah and the calling of a public hearing to receive input with respect to the issuance of such Bonds and any potential impact to the private sector from the construction of the Project.

Mayor Gubler explained this item will be moved to the next meeting.  There are still a few things that need to be done before the resolution can be approved. 


Kyle stated this delay will not affect the start of the project.  The resolution should be ready by the December 7th meeting.   


2.      Discussion and possible action on the proposed LANTIS Merchandise (Fireworks) Contract and Purchase Order for fireworks to be discharged at the City’s Winterfest celebration.

Kyle reported the contract is the same as last year’s contract. 


Motion was made by Councilman Richard Hirschi to approve the LANTIS Merchandise Contract and Purchase Order for fireworks to be discharged at the City’s Winterfest celebration in the amount of $2,000, second by Councilman Ken Hooten.  Roll Call Vote:  Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes.  Motion carried unanimously. 


F.      Staff, Mayor & Council Reports:                                                             

City Administrator-Kyle Gubler

·         The attendance to the Halloween movie shown in the gym was not as good as he anticipated.  The next movie will be Friday, December 2nd as part of the Winterfest celebration. 

·         State Street Clean-up had good attendance.  Derek did have the State Road come through with their vactor truck to sweep the curb.

·         Winterfest is the first weekend in December.

·         Jana Anderson has agreed to coordinate the Christmas Eve program. 

·         Cosmopolitan magazine voted River Rock Roasting Company the best coffee shop in Utah for 2016.  Kyle would like the City to recognize them somehow for this accomplishment.        

The property north of River Rock Roasting company has been purchased by the owner of the coffee shop to use for parking.

·         The City has given the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program $150 each. 

·         Kyle will be attending the CDBG workshop tomorrow.

·         Funding Capital Improvement Projects was the main discussion at the Water District luncheon.  Specifically, the Lake Powell Pipeline project. 

·         The Capital Improvement list was included in his handout. 


Mayor Gubler agreed that the City should recognize River Rock Roasting Company.  Receiving that title is a great honor for them and the City.    


Director of Operations-Derek Imlay

·         Derek passed out the irrigation water usage for the month of October.  The City has used a little more than half of the allotted amount for the season. 

There was a main line break on 100 E and 400 N.  The repair will cost about $3,000 and will put the Irrigation Repair line over budget. 

·         The service line pipe used in the Centurion Park subdivision and the 2nd phase of Zion View Estates has been recalled.  He is getting the forms filled out and the documentation needed to put in for the settlement.  The severity of the breaks has caused the City to resurface half of the roads in Centurion Park. 

·         Derek hired 8 State inmates along with a Deputy for $300 per day for 3 days to clean curb and gutters.  They got ¾ of the town completed.  This was a great help to him since the City does not own a street sweeper and doesn’t have the manpower to stay on top of keeping the streets clean. 


Treasurer-Troylinn Benson

·         Financials were emailed to the Councilmembers. 


Mayor Gubler-The second meeting in November and the second meeting in December will be cancelled.

River Rock Roasting Company purchasing the property to the north of their shop will be a positive thing for them and for the City.   


Browning-The Mosquito Abatement seasonal employees are finishing for the year.  It was reported that the 2016 season ended with very little West Nile Virus. 

She would like City Council and Mayor salaries discussed at the next meeting.  She would also like to discuss making changes to the Capital Improvement Priority List.      


Hirschi-He sets on the Fire District Board and while he hates to see taxes increase, the District does need assistance to increase the manpower.  The employees are dedicated but they are working too much wearing themselves out.    


Hooten-Nothing to report.


Gubler-Nothing to report. 


Reeve-Solid Waste will meet next week.    


G.  Adjourn:

Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to adjourn, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi.  Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 6:32pm.



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

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