Confluence Park Executive Board and
Technical Advisory Committee Minutes
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:00 p.m.
435 N. Main, LaVerkin, Utah
Cameron Rognan Washington County-HCP
Kerry Gubler La Verkin City
Paul Heideman Toquerville City
Kathleen Nielson Grant Writer
Mike Chandler Ash Creek SSD
Rhett Boswell UDWR
Dennis Kay VRLPA
Christy Ballard La Verkin City
I. Meeting Called to Order: Kerry Gubler called the meeting to order at 4:04pm.
Motion was made by Paul Heideman to approve the January 18, 2017 minutes, second by Cameron Rognan. Paul-yes, Cameron-yes, Kerry-yes. Motion carried unanimously.
A. Update on the installation of the Irrigation System.
Mike Chandler reported pipe has been installed to about 300 yards from the Toquerville pump station.
The old irrigation pipeline runs under the creek over to the fields and was still in good condition so they are using it as casing for the new 8-inch HDPE line. That enabled them to get pressurized service to the fields without getting in the creek too much. The stub outs are about 60-80 feet from the fields.
Ash Creek SSD has only spent about half the approved $150,000 County budget for the project so they are going to try and install the next phase of the project, which will require the road to be shut down while they cross over Hurricane’s transmission line.
They are going to try and install some of the diffusers. He thought this Board wanted to green up the fields this year, which is a possibility. The District wants to make sure they install what will help them. However, the easiest field to irrigate is the pasture that sits between La Verkin Creek and Ash Creek.
Mike explained where the pipe and stub outs are for the field and said the Board needs to decide if they want to maintain what is there, the line of cottonwood trees, or maximize land application and farming ability for the area. The pasture does require some terracing so they can flood irrigate it but there is an issue with how to get farm equipment in there. Mike wondered if installing a permanent culvert was an option, like what Hurricane has at 1150 West.
He explained on the map where the pipe will be and the areas that need terracing.
Kathleen said the Park Plan calls for either a pedestrian foot bridge, a low-level crossing, or a regular crossing bridge where the culvert would go for access to the field. The Board needs to decide what they would like to see there. She felt the vehicular low-level crossing would be good if there was ever a fire.
Mike suggested putting in a larger 4-6 inch minus pad then you could either have a fish clearance when you have something crossing or raise it just enough for a low-level crossing. That would give passage for aquatic life but a fish clear wouldn’t need to be done every time you cross.
The next phase of the project should be competed mid-March to early April.
The main transmission line should be completed within the next two weeks.
Ash Creek SSD will be bringing in some road base to clean up the road in some areas but he would like the Board to consider the low-level crossing, it was not included in the original estimate. It may fit into the budget but the District will need to know what is acceptable there.
Rhett thought the Division would probably want a permanent structure that would not require a clearance. Something that would allow fish passage but be only for authorized vehicle use.
Mike asked the Board what they would like to see happen in the pastures. With building a treatment plant there, Ash Creek SSD would like to maximize anywhere they can send water. So they need to know what is untouchable and what is free reign.
Rhett replied, as far as the deeds go, the fields are free reign if it is agriculture. He would like to see a spot for a native plant nursery. He did want to know who would be maintaining the fields.
Mike explained the District intends to have a lease for at least the fields.
He asked if the District could begin taking down range fences to spread the agriculture areas.
The range fences are okay to be removed.
Cameron mentioned he would not like to see the trees removed.
Mike pointed out trees in the area that will be flooded will probably die. The District would like to get new trees planted along the margins with a drip system going to them. The District needs a list of approved species and where the Board would like to see trees planted.
The fields will have perennial pasture grass in them.
Rhett will get a list of native trees, hedges, and shrubs.
Mike said the project is under budget so they do plan to put the remaining balance into Park improvements.
Kathleen asked if the District was going to do anything with the area by the pecan trees.
Mike replied the original plan did not go that far south but the District is going to have a hard time getting rid of all the water, he would like to spread it as far as possible. He has talked with Hurricane and Ron Thompson with the WCWCD on getting water to their properties. Getting water to the power station should be easy. In the future, when the sewer line goes in from the La Verkin pump station they could run the water line in a parallel trench. They are looking at culinary water in that area anyway to service restrooms there.
There was a discussion on different options to eliminate coyotes and deer if they get to be a problem once the pastures have greened up.
B. Discussion on priorities for cleanup projects in the Park
Cameron reported Dixie Academy will be doing a cleanup project on February 25th at the old dump site on the Hurricane side of the Park. They will be removing large items with a truck and trailer.
Cameron will have them spread out and put items further down by the road and he will have someone pick them up.
Cameron asked if there were other potential projects.
Rhett suggested, in the Spring, removing any woody invasive growth just to stay on top of it.
Active planting may be a good project as well, when the water comes in.
Cameron had a neighboring property owner come to him to request a be fence put up to keep hikers/horse riders out.
There was a discussion on cost sharing the fence. It was decided that since it is a private property issue the owner would be responsible. If the County needed the fence to manage livestock etc then cost sharing would be more appropriate.
Kathleen mentioned Lynn Chamberlain was going to write a letter that would be sent out to different groups that may be interested in volunteer cleanup projects. She asked if the Board was still interested in doing that? He was also going to put together a list of Eagle Scout projects for anyone interested.
Cameron said Just Serve is a website where projects are listed for people to choose from that are interested in doing something like that.
Kathleen pointed out the project description would need to be very specific because the County cannot provide any tools for projects.
C. Consideration of a biking event at Confluence Park.
Cameron explained Kevin Lewis does a lot of the tourism and recreational events in Washington County. One of those is an annual bike event. The area the event has been held in the past has had some development so Mr. Lewis is looking for a new location.
Cameron had explained to him the issues such as number of people, condition of the trails, the amount of parking it would require and the fact that the easement may not even allow it.
The Board didn’t feel staging that size of event would be good for the Park. It borders on not lining up with the Easement Agreement and the pastures cannot be used for parking.
IV. Public Concerns for Board Consideration:
No comments were made.
V. Board Members Concerns:
Rhett invited the Board members to monitor the Park at 9am tomorrow with Cameron and him.
Motion was made by Paul Heideman to adjourn, second by Cameron Rognan. Cameron-yes, Kerry-yes, Paul-yes. Motion carried unanimously at 4:46pm.
Minutes taken by Christy Ballard.