April 5, 2016 Work Session

Minutes of the Centerville City Council work session held Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Centerville City Council Chambers, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.


Mayor                           Paul A. Cutler

Council Members        Tamilyn Fillmore
William Ince (arrived at 5:41 p.m.)
Stephanie Ivie
George McEwan
Robyn Mecham

STAFF PRESENT        Blaine Lutz, Finance Director/Assistant City Manager
Lisa Romney, City Attorney
Katie Rust, Recording Secretary

STAFF ABSENT        Steve Thacker, City Manager
Jacob Smith, Assistant to the City Manager

VISITORS            Roger Timmerman, UTOPIA Executive Director
Kim McKinley, UTOPIA Marketing Director
Kirt Sudweeks, UTOPIA Chief Financial Officer


Roger Timmerman, UTOPIA Executive Director, reported on UTOPIA operations, infrastructure expansion, technology, and strategies moving forward.  Mr. Timmerman and Kirt Sudweeks, UTOPIA Chief Financial Officer, reported on UTOPIA/UIA finances.  Mr. Timmerman stated they do not anticipate assessing the cities for operational expenses in FY 2016.  Timing of repayment of the assessments back to the cities has not been set.  The UTOPIA representatives explained that the UIA Board has chosen to invest revenues in continued growth and refresh of the system.  Councilman McEwan commented that data showing the total number of actual connections relative to the total number of possible connections would be helpful.

Kim McKinley, UTOPIA Marketing Director, and Mr. Timmerman explained current marketing efforts.  Mr. Timmerman explained that UTOPIA anticipates a payback period of less than 60 months when determining return on investment (ROI).  UTOPIA has only built outside of the UTOPIA cities when financially beneficial to the UTOPIA cities with and AOI of 24 months. Mayor Cutler recommended the City include a UTOPIA mailer in the City utility bill/newsletter a couple times each year.  The UTOPIA PowerPoint presentation is available with the agenda on NovusAgenda.

Councilman Ince stated he is offended that UTOPIA is essentially controlled by three cities.  He asked if it has been discussed that a certain number of smaller-city votes should be necessary for a vote to pass.  The Mayor responded that the idea was discussed, but agreement was not reached.  Councilman McEwan asked how UTOPIA intends to leverage Senate Bill 114.  Mr. Timmerman responded that Senate Bill 114 is designed as a tool available to cities to fund completion of the network.


Mayor Cutler thanked the UTOPIA representatives for their time, and adjourned the work session at 6:57 p.m.

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Marsha L. Morrow, City Recorder            Date Approved

Katie Rust, Recording Secretary