Confluence Park Executive Board and

Technical Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:00 p.m.

435 N. Main, LaVerkin, Utah


Board Members:

Lynn Chamberlain                    Washington County-HCP

Kerry Gubler                            La Verkin City

Paul Heideman                         Toquerville City

Kaden DeMille                         Hurricane City


Rhett Boswell                           UDWR

Kathleen Nielson                      Grant Writer

Blair Gubler                             Ash Creek SSD

Ken Hooten                              La Verkin City Council Representative

Derek Imlay                             La Verkin City

Christy Ballard                         La Verkin City


        I.            Meeting Called to Order:  Kerry Gubler called the meeting to order at 4:11pm.


  1. Approve Minutes: 

Motion was made by Lynn Chamberlain to approve the August 17, 2016 minutes, second by Paul Heideman.  Lynn-yes, Kerry-yes, Paul-yes, Kaden-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Business:                            

A.    Discussion on the Irrigation System for Confluence Park

Blair reported Ash Creek SSD had Alpha Engineering stake out where the line would be along their property at the base of the hill.

On October 1, 2016 Ash Creek SSD will begin ground work on the trail that will be along the base of the mountain.  The irrigation line will be in the trail.  When the treatment plant is built, Ash Creek SSD will install a sewer line in that same trail.  The trail will probably be fifteen feet wide and be drivable for emergency vehicles.  It will have road base on it. 

The road may move once the treatment plant goes in.  If that does happen, the road will go to the fence and then around the treatment plant. 


Lynn pointed out aesthetically it may be better to leave the road where it is.     


B.     Discussion on the Confluence Park camping policy

Lynn had a map of the Park.  He explained to the Board and Committee where the pipe line will be and where the sewer treatment plant will be located.

Lynn explained if a large campground was put in it would be very popular, especially once there was water in the Park.  He does not think the Park should move in that direction.  He would rather see it used primarily by locals. 

Lynn explained on the map where he would like to see three individual camp sites against the fence on the north end of the Park.  They would be a gravel pad and perhaps a single faucet with another water facet by the restrooms.  He would also like a short stay, large group camp site at the end of the field.  With parking available in the parking lot.  The individual camp sites could fit a small trailer but the large site would be tent only. 

The other group site would be where the picnic tables are located.  He feels there is enough room for two large camp sites that could be for a longer stay. 

He feels the Board should limit camping to three nights’ maximum unless they are issued a special permit for things such as a Boy Scout camporee. 

Lynn would like a water tap installed for drinking water, not for each camp site but some place closer to that end of the Park.   

It would be primarily walk in with the ability to open the gate to get a truck with equipment to the site. 

He would like to see the La Verkin City police department patrolling the Park on a regular basis and thought the County could pay them a little for that service. 


Ken Hooten reported the agreement La Verkin signed with the Park will include some hours each week of police patrol. 


There was a discussion on installing stainless steel flush toilets in the Park because the sewer line and water lines will be there.  Pit toilets cost more to maintain but flush toilets can have large items put into them causing them to not work.


Lynn mentioned they will need to find out the most cost effective way to get culinary water to the south end of the Park.  He feels there needs to be two restroom spots in the Park for the camp sites, one at each end of the Park.      


The Board and Committee felt keeping the camping low scale works better with the deed easement.  There will be no advertising and all permitting will be done through Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.  The guests will be required to have the permit with them, either an electronic version or paper copy. 

It was decided to charge a small amount to help offset the costs.    


Lynn is working on his budget for next year and will try to get some money to develop the campsites.

The north end campsites will be developed first; they will be the easiest to get ready.    


Lynn mentioned there is a fire hydrant in the Park that is Hurricane’s water, he wondered if the pipe could be extended from Riverwood subdivision so all the water in the Park is coming from the same place.

It may be more cost effective to bring the water off the hill for the south end of the Park.

There will need to be an agreement with La Verkin City if the Park does use their water. 


Mayor Gubler reported La Verkin may purchase some property along the cliff in the Pheasant Glen subdivision for a small park that could possibly have a trail going down to Confluence.


The camping fee will be $5 for individual camp sites and $15 for the group sites.  This will be for a 24-hour period.  There will need to be a limit on the number of people in the individual sites, that number will be determined once the camp sites are created.



Rhett suggested posting signs that state “pack it in, pack it out” especially once the camp sites on the south end are in use.  Garbage cans will not be at the campsites.


Lynn thanked everyone for their help.


Kathleen asked if flush toilets would work in the Park.  She stated when plans for Confluence were first being worked through flush toilets were suggested but the pressure of the line was an issue and the cost to remedy that was too much.


Blair replied that flush toilets at the current restrooms and by the Ash Creek SSD pump station would be okay.  Anywhere else it could be an issue. 

If the Park gets more popular a pit toilet will need to be pumped out once a week and that can get expensive. 


There was a discussion on the cost to install and the size of pipe needed for culinary water.  The Board would need to know what they want to do throughout the Park to determine the size of the line.  And if it would be more cost effective to run the line from the fire hydrant and use Hurricane’s water or install one and use La Verkin’s.    


  IV.            Public Concerns for Board Consideration:

No comments were made.


    V.            Board Members Concerns:

Rhett suggested holding a meeting down at the Park.


Kathleen asked about the schedule for the irrigation lines installation.


Blair responded that once the trail was put in, Ash Creek SSD will begin installing the irrigation lines. 

A sprinkler system will be expensive so Ash Creek SSD is considering terracing the field to flood irrigate, which is what they do at the sewer lagoons.  It is the most cost effective. 


Kathleen mentioned flood irrigation works great in the Park, it is keeping with the pioneer atmosphere.


Mayor Gubler said if Confluence Park flood irrigates when they are on La Verkin’s system they will have to coordinate with each other to keep the pressure up.  Once the Park is using the water from the sewer plant there shouldn’t be an issue. 


We will have a regular meeting in October and will meet at the Park in November. 


  VI.            Adjourn:

Motion was made by Lynn Chamberlain to adjourn, second by Paul Heideman.  Lynn-yes, Kerry-yes, Paul-yes, Kaden-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 4:58pm.



Minutes taken by Christy Ballard.

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