La Verkin City Council Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 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, Chief Ben Lee, and Christy Ballard; Public: Maureen Hersh, Jana Anderson, Steven Bryner, Karl Bryner, Kade Ballard, Tom Kuhlmann and Blair Gubler.
A. Called to Order – Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was given by Ben Lee at 6:00pm.
1. Jana Anderson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift card for coordinating the Christmas Eve Program.
2. Christy Ballard received the Employee of the Year award for 2016.
C. 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
3. Review Invoices and Checks: $156,635.97
Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to approve the consent agenda as written, including the checks and invoices for $156,635.97, second by Councilman Micah Gubler. Roll Call Vote: Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Hirschi-yes, Browning-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
D. Committee Reports:
1. Water Board-The secondary water was shut off for the season on November 15 and will be back on March 15.
2. Planning Commission-Councilman Hirschi reported the Planning Commission is working on an RV Resort. Staff is drafting the ordinance now, then it will be brought before the Council.
3. Sewer Board-Blair Gubler reported the pipe for the Confluence Park project has been ordered.
Wintertime is usually when the District does its maintenance and upkeep, this winter has been too busy to do that.
4. Fire District-Chief Kuhlmann reported the conceptual drawings for the La Verkin Fire Station addition should be ready by the next Council meeting. He hopes to have the project out to bid by the end of the month with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The truck for the station should be ready in late February, early March.
E. Citizen Comment & Request for Future Agenda Items:
Maureen Hersh-Lives at 140 North 500 West. She has a copy of statements and signatures from other citizens that live on this street regarding their concerns with the condition of the road.
In the four years she has lived there, the only work done on the road has been gravel put down after her husband called the City office. He almost pulled the bumper off his car after it had rained heavily several days in a row. The City will only do patchwork on the road and that is making it bumpier. She has had to pay over $600 in maintenance for her car from damage done by the road. Her neighbors have similar experiences.
There have been pipes burst. The City will dig the road up and then leave it wide open for days, weeks even. She would like to know when 500 West will be on the agenda. The last meeting she attended the budget was discussed and she was surprised to find the road budget was only $110,000. She doesn’t think anything will get done with that small amount and would like to see the budget increased. There are a lot of people getting very frustrated on her street.
The Council was trying to pass something that would fine people if they had multiple families in their home. She does not agree with that. There have been multiple times different family members have lived in her home due to financial hardship and what not. She does not agree with someone telling her what she can and cannot do in her home. Please don’t place more restrictions on homes and the rights of property owners. She feels we need less restrictions and more neighborly love.
Finally, while she does like Ben Lee, she does not feel the police department needs a wage increase. She feels that money needs to be used to increase the budget for the roads. La Verkin has awful roads all over. Many of them are as bad as hers.
The money could also be used on the irrigation system. The irrigation system is awful. She has lost hundreds of dollars in plants. She is an irrigation technician so she understands the issues with sediment, etc. She is hoping the irrigation system could be looked at when discussing where to put funds.
Carl Bryner-He is Steven Bryner’s brother. They live at 324 W 500 N. He and Steve are concerned with the renovation of Steve’s home and property and the water and drainage that comes off the hill that has never been properly addressed. They had assurances from La Verkin City that it was on the calendar. He wondered if it was indeed on the calendar because there were some things left in place that protect the properties below them if there was high-water runoff.
Mayor Gubler replied he is not able to give Mr. Bryner an answer tonight but will try and find out.
Carl said he feels the City should fund its officers. The police department should be given all the necessary tools to protect public safety and public interest.
F. Public Hearing:
1. The issuance of the Parity Sales and Franchise Tax Revenue Bonds and any potential impact to the private sector from the construction of the 300 West Road Improvement Project.
The public hearing opened at 6:17pm
No comments were made.
The public hearing closed at 6:17pm
1. Discussion and possible action to approve Amendment 1 to Work Release No. 2016-1; An agreement with Sunrise Engineering regarding the 300 West Road Improvement Project.
Kyle explained when the CIB loan/grant was renegotiated part of the engineering fees were removed. This modifies the agreement between the City and Sunrise Engineering.
Motion was made by Councilman Richard Hirschi to approve Amendment 1 to Work Release No. 2016-1, an agreement with Sunrise Engineering regarding the 300 West Road Improvement Project, second by Councilman Ken Hooten. Roll Call Vote: Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
2. Discussion and possible action to approve the Municipal Advisory Services Agreement with Zions Public Finance.
Mayor Gubler explained Zions Public Finance has been working with us for several years however, there was a change in administers and they would like a new agreement.
Motion was made by Councilman Ken Hooten to approve the Municipal Advisory Services Agreement with Zions Public Finance, second by Councilman Micah Gubler. Roll Call Vote: Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes, Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
3. Discussion and possible action on the Capital Improvement Priority List.
Kyle passed out the current list along with a list of suggested changes requested by the Mayor and Councilmembers.
Items 1 and 2 will be left in place, they are in the process of being completed.
Councilman Hooten is against removing item 7, pickle ball courts, from the list. He feels this would benefit the community. This would be a great project to spend the funds that must be used for parks and recreation.
The Mayor began at item 3.
The Councilmembers discussed each item to determine if and where they would like it on the list.
The Mayor asked Chief Lee to see if Homeland Security offered grants for water tank security.
Item 3-Water Tank Security will stay.
Item 4-100 South to State will stay.
Item 5- State Street Beautification will be removed from the list and 500 West will be moved from item 8 to item 5.
Item 6-Irrigation System will stay.
Councilwoman Browning said she would like the Councilmembers to notice the category the numbers fall under. Items 1-7 are a high and moderately high priority. While the pickle ball courts would be fun, she doesn’t feel they are a moderately high priority and should be placed further down on the list.
Councilman Hooten feels things like playground equipment, basketball courts and pickleball courts promote the health and wellbeing of the community. He doesn’t disagree with Councilwoman Browning but he does feel pickleball courts are a priority and would like to keep it on the list.
Kyle pointed out certain monies must be spent on specific types of things.
This priority list can be changed at any time and items on the list don’t have to be completed in order.
Item 7-Pickleball Courts will stay.
Item 8-500 West moved to item 5. Item 9 will move up to item 8.
Item 9-Main Street Sidewalks will move to item 8.
Item 10-Main Street Sidewalks will move to item 9.
Item 11-Downtown Parking Lot will move to item 10.
Item 12-100 East Project will move to item 11.
Item 13-Cats at the Animal Control Shelter will move to item 12. Item 13 will now be State Street Beautification.
Councilwoman Browning would like to add playground shade structures to the list.
Item 20 will be playground shade structures.
Mayor Gubler would like to add 210 South public park to the list. The City is in negotiation with Ash Creek Sewer District to get that 2-acre parcel.
Item 21 will be the 210 South public park.
Councilman Gubler asked Kyle to separate the list into different categories according to the source of funds.
Motion was made by Councilwoman Chantelle Browning to approve the changes made to the Capital Improvement Priority List, second by Councilman Richard Hirschi. Reeve-yes, Gubler-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes, Hirschi-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
4. Discussion and possible action regarding Mayor and City Council wages.
Councilwoman Browning said that during the last meeting the Councilmembers said they didn’t think the amount would be helpful. She suggested instead of an overall increase in the employee wages, use the money for after-hour emergency call or a particularly difficult police case. She is not sure how to do that but feels the employees would appreciate the gesture.
Councilman Hooten said he thinks it is noble to want to do something like this. He feels an easy solution would be to allow each Councilmember to make the decision of donating their salary back to the City. Then the ordinance would not need to be changed and it would not affect future councils.
Councilman Gubler said if employee wages need to be re-evaluated then he suggested doing that during budget planning.
Councilman Reeve mentioned he had asked the Councilmembers to review the ordinance and determine if they would like to make any changes. The ordinance is the only thing the Council can do anything about, the Mayor sets increases.
Councilwoman Browning is in favor of decreasing the Mayor and Council wages.
Councilmembers Hirschi, Hooten, Gubler and Reeve are not in favor of decreasing those wages.
H. Mayor & Council Reports:
Mayor Gubler explained the Directors will begin emailing their reports to the Councilmembers instead of giving verbal reports. The Councilmembers will have the opportunity to ask them any questions.
Public Works-Chief Ben Lee
· Condolences to the Steve Cox family.
· He is still in the process of gathering data on rental ordinances.
· Thanked Councilman Hirschi for his many years of service as a crossing guard.
That position has been filled.
Nothing to report.
Director of Operations-Derek Imlay
· There will be a training on the new crack seal machine if the Councilmembers are interested.
Mayor Gubler-he suggested combining Founders Day and Winterfest to free up some of that money for other areas.
Browning-Mosquito Abatement presented year end numbers at the last meeting. Overall, Washington County is down in the number of mosquitos trapped. There were 4 non-human cases of West Nile Virus, which is average.
She also expressed her concern of the Mayor not disclosing that he owns a home on 300 West during the discussion and voting of the 300 West road project.
Mayor Gubler replied that he does own a home on 300 West but it never occurred to him to declare a conflict of interest.
Hirschi-The Animal Shelter could use help on Saturdays taking care of the dogs if anyone was interested.
Hooten-Wanted to recognize Chief Kuhlmann and his employees and the amount of work they accomplish with their small numbers.
He also wanted to recognize Ash Creek Special Service District and thank them for all they do.
Gubler-Nothing to report.
Reeve-During the last City Council meeting he passed out the ordinance that explained what the Council can do as far as setting wage ranges. He was hoping they would read and ponder it and decide whether they would like to have Kyle study the wages to see if he would recommend any changes. He would like to see a study conducted and asked if that is something the Council would consider.
Mayor Gubler suggested forming a committee consisting of Kyle and one or two Councilmembers to conduct that study.
This item will be on the next agenda.
Motion was made by Councilman Randy Reeve to adjourn, second by Councilman Micah Gubler. Hirschi-yes, Hooten-yes, Browning-yes, Gubler-yes, Reeve-yes. Motion carried unanimously at 7:09pm.
Minutes were taken on behalf of the City Recorder by Christy Ballard.