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August 2, 2016
Minutes of the Centerville City Council meeting held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Centerville City Hall, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.
Mayor Paul A. Cutler
Council Members Tamilyn Fillmore
STAFF PRESENT Lisa Romney, City Attorney
STAFF ABSENT Steve Thacker, City Manager
VISITORS David Hirschi, Planning Commission Chair
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER OR THOUGHT Councilman McEwan
Dale McIntyre – Mr. McIntyre stated he was pleased when the Council voted to stream Council meetings live, but has been disappointed that the live streaming has not always happened. He asked if there is a way to ensure the streaming will work.
Lawrence Wright – Mr. Wright referred to a discussion that took place at the previous Council meeting, and thanked the Council for taking the safety of bike trails on Parrish Lane seriously. He stated that the level of discussion that took place clearly shows how seriously the Council takes safety – something he feels was missed by KSL Radio. He expressed disappointment in the way the issue has been escalated by the media, and said he feels taking the time to deliberate is the right approach. Mr. Wright said he was troubled by comments and behavior of the Community Development Director at the previous meeting. He stated he knows Councilman Ince to be a man of integrity, and thanked the Council members for representing the community.
Kyle Green – Mr. Green asked the Council to reconsider the debris basin property on 100 South and try to prevent it from being developed with homes. He said he feels it would be unwise to eliminate prevention methods already in place within the city. Mr. Green also asked when the City will begin issuing permits for the urban deer control program.
Bree Johnson – Ms. Johnson asked when further discussion of passive versus active space is scheduled to take place. Council members Ivie and Mecham indicated willingness to put the issue on an agenda. Mayor Cutler suggested Ms. Johnson submit suggestions to the City prior to further Council discussion.
PUBLIC HEARING – ZONING CODE AMENDMENTS – SOUTH MAIN STREET CORRIDOR (SMSC) OVERLAY – CHAPTER 12-48
Mayor Cutler thanked the citizens in attendance and stated that public comments are welcomed in writing as well as spoken during the public hearing. Cory Snyder, Community Development Director, described the purpose and function of a Public Space Plan. The Council adopted a Public Space Plan with the SMSC Overlay Zone in November of 2015. In January of 2016, the Council directed staff to prepare specific edits to the SMSC Overlay Zone related to the Public Space Plan, and have the Planning Commission weigh in on the matter. Mr. Snyder described the Planning Commission’s process in reexamining this issue. One difference between the Planning Commission’s previous recommendation and the recommendation approved by majority vote of the Commission on July 13, 2016, is the addition of striping on Main Street for bike lanes south of Parrish Lane.
Chair Hirschi read aloud portions of the General Plan pertaining to the SMSC (adopted in 2007), stating that Main Street is a major entrance to Centerville City, and such an entrance is important to the overall appearance and atmosphere of the city. He went on to quote the following statement from the General Plan considered by the Planning Commission during their examination: “Growth and revitalization strategies ought to encourage infill and redevelopment in balance with the community’s desire to highlight Centerville Main Street. The South Main Street Corridor can and will thrive if included in the design framework for this area is a scheme that provides various alternatives to purely an automobile oriented street. Pedestrian friendly amenities, alternative forms of transportation, proper architectural building designs, and other similar concepts need to be considered in designing the South Main Street Corridor District. Redevelopment and enhancements need to focus on such concepts to create a stronger, more vibrant Main Street environment.” Chair Hirschi also read ten goals for the SMSC set forth in the General Plan.
Chair Hirschi stated the Planning Commission learned from a UDOT representative that UDOT would not be opposed to the proposed plan as long as certain guidelines are met. He reported that a Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) representative gave encouragement for improvement along Main Street. With regards to legal liability, the Planning Commission refers the City Council to the City Attorney’s privileged memorandum, dated March 18, 2016. Councilman McEwan thanked the Planning Commissioners for their efforts and asked how many of the owners of property on Main Street were solicited for their input. Chair Hirschi responded that public hearings were held, but the Planning Commission did not receive much input from property owners. Chair Hirschi pointed out, however, that the focus of the plan is on developing improvements in the public right-of-way – only the trees in the plan would be on private property, and would be planted and maintained by the City. Chair Hirschi emphasized that the Planning Commission is open to working with the Council to put together the best plan possible. Councilman Ince commented that, although all elements but the trees are in the public space in the proposed plan, the size of the public space is significantly increased. Chair Hirschi responded that in some areas there may need to be some expansion, and added that details are yet to be worked out. Councilwoman Mecham asked if property owners are expected to pay for the improvements in the proposed plan. Chair Hirschi responded that the Planning Commission did not stipulate funding, but said he assumes the City would be financially responsible for elements within the public area.
Mayor Cutler explained why the City has different design standards for different areas, and suggested it would be most helpful to the Council if citizens provide feedback on specific elements of the proposed Public Space Plan. He emphasized that standards and requirements included in the proposed Public Space Plan would only apply to new development or redevelopment within the SMSC. Responding to a question from Councilwoman Mecham, Mayor Cutler stated it is his understanding that the ordinance passed in 2015 places financial responsibility for installation of the improvements on individual developers. Councilwoman Mecham said she feels there has been misinformation spread that the Council is not pro-bike or pro-bike lanes. She stated she is pro-bike and pro-bike lanes. She clarified that the Council’s discussion at the previous meeting centered around a concern for safety with bike lanes on Parrish Lane. She repeated the desire she stated at the previous meeting to meet with cyclists to more fully understand all aspects of the issue. Councilwoman Fillmore said she left the previous meeting with the impression that staff was directed to hold UDOT off on finishing the striping on Main Street. Councilwoman Mecham disagreed, stating that no such direction was given.
Lisa Romney, City Attorney, reviewed City Code regarding civil discourse. Mayor Cutler opened the public hearing at 8:03 p.m., asking the public to limit comments to two minutes.
Gary O’Brien – Mr. O’Brien said he owns O’Brien Glass Products and adjoining properties on Main Street between 300 South and 400 South. He stated he has never been contacted or talked to about the proposed plan.
Jeff Lewis – Mr. Lewis said he is a new resident of Centerville and thinks it is a great city. He thanked the Council for supporting bike lanes, and respectfully disagreed with the tone of the comments about aggressive cyclists. He said he is within the law when cycling, and is concerned about his safety when cycling. Mr. Lewis said he did not get his impressions from the news – he watched the previous meeting before attending this evening.
Spencer Summerhays – Mr. Summerhays expressed appreciation for Chair Hirschi’s presentation of the General Plan language, setting the context for what is in place and what we hope Main Street will become. He said he understands property owners have concerns, and agreed with the Mayor that it might take 15-20 years for changes to come about. Mr. Summerhays said he feels the City needs to have a vision for the future, and suggested that the built environments we love to visit have aesthetic features and are not sterile hard-scapes. He said he supports the proposed plan as it stands now. Mr. Summerhays said he has hope for the future, and would be disappointed if, after all the work and research that has been done, the ideas are not implemented. He mentioned there are tighter bike lanes across the country, and said he feels it can work if people are respectful of each other.
Jason Pitt – Mr. Pitt thanked the Council for holding the public hearing. He said he works on Main Street and observes the corridor being used by joggers in the morning, cyclists, and kids walking home from school in the afternoon. The corridor is not used for retail shopping, and citizens are not walking up and down the street sitting on park benches. He said he is in favor of beautifying Main Street, but he wants everyone to recognize the difference between dream and reality. Mr. Pitt stated he has issues with the proposed plan since it would affect him now as a business owner, and later as a developer. The reality is that business owners would have to pay for and maintain the elements in the plan. He asked who is responsible or liable if something happens in front of a business on one of the improvements.
Dale McIntyre – Mr. McIntyre disagreed with the idea that Main Street is a major entrance to the city. He stated the major entrance to the city is Parrish Lane, so the purpose supposedly being met by the Public Space Plan is a false purpose. He asked when Main Street was named a major entrance, and suggested it never will be a major entrance unless high density is approved. Mr. McIntyre stated that a good part of Centerville has told the Council they do not want high density.
Matthew Larsen – Mr. Larsen said he feels any long-term planning ought to be based on what Main Street can become, not what it is today. He said the purpose of the proposed plan is to improve what it is today. He expressed support for the Planning Commission’s recommendation, and support for a publicly funded approach.
Mario Schroeder – Mr. Schroeder said he owns a business on Main Street. He said the crosswalks in the proposed plan are welcome to him. He expressed the opinion that the speed limit on Main Street is not conducive to a walking area, and suggested that something as simple as flags or a flashing light would be incredibly effective at the crosswalks. Mr. Schroeder said his building is right on the sidewalk with no offset, and expressed concern that if he ever wants to make a change or improvement, he will be forced to pay. He mentioned that with a past improvement on the property the City promised reimbursement that never occurred.
Kyle Green – Mr. Green suggested the City use an email chain or reverse phone call to spread information regarding public hearings. He said it seems the property owners and most citizens were not notified of the issue. He pointed out the General Plan was put in place in 2007, and the City has changed a lot since then. Main Street is not a destination area. He urged the Council to consider the use of the SMSC. Mr. Green said he is concerned about the rate at which funds are spent, and referred to utility rate increases that have occurred in the last two years.
Lawrence Wright – Mr. Wright thanked the Planning Commission for the incredible amount of planning done in the last ten years. He said the Commission has done everything the Council has asked. Mr. Wright stated that, as a former Council member, his concern last year was that the vision of the plan was not clearly defined, and said he felt there was a big push to get it passed before the new Council members took office. He encouraged the Council to look not only at the vision, but how it will be funded. He mentioned the City has big infrastructure needs, yet is still paying on UTOPIA, which will get more and more expensive. He suggested the Council needs to keep in perspective what the City is capable of dealing with.
Brian Knox – Mr. Knox said he is concerned that at some point property owners will have to bear financial burden in excess of what they anticipated. He said a majority of citizens want the city beautified, but it is not right for the beautification to be funded by the property owners. He questioned whether the Council has the fundamental right to impose additional costs on property owners. He suggested the costs anticipated by the property owners should be used as a baseline, with any additional costs born by the citizens of Centerville in general.
Nancy Smith – Ms. Smith said she would like to see Main Street beautified and have conformity, but said she feels 18 feet in from the curb is excessive and is a taking of property that is not fair or reasonable. She said she feels the concept of only needing to comply in the event of redevelopment breeds deterioration. She said she is in favor of bike lanes, she feels bike lanes are a mute point. She does not agree with planter boxes or colored concrete on the curb – not because of maintenance, but because it would add dead space. Ms. Smith said when she thinks of open space she thinks of elements that soften space. She said she is in favor of benches at bus stops at the expense of UTA, but is not in favor of requiring property owners to pay for benches unless it is required for the entire bus route along Main Street. She expressed the opinion that Main Street does not need to be walkable unless improvements extend from Parrish Lane to Pages Lane. She asked if the Council is considering the same thing for Parrish Lane. She said she does not want Main Street to be walkable if the expense is density.
Tiffany Reese – Ms. Reese said she likes bike lanes. She grew up in Centerville and walked to the Junior High, and she feels the sidewalks are wide enough as they are. She said she does not think benches would be a wise expense since most people would not sit on benches to watch cars go by. Ms. Reese stated Centerville is a desirable community, and people want to live here. To beautify is good, but she feels the proposed plan is a little excessive. She said she feels the focus should be on Parrish Lane.
Bruce Smith – Mr. Smith related a lesson he learned several years ago while volunteering at the Whitaker Museum – don’t put decoration over functionality. He said the City need not decorate to the extent that functionality is lost. He said the way Main Street is now has withstood the test of time. He said he believes it is functional, it works, and although it could be beautified, he feels it needs to be neat and comely and simple. He suggested the proposed elements would only be nice for about a decade until trends and styles change.
Ronnie Boutte – Mr. Boutte stated he lives in Layton. He said he feels the proposed plan is myopic, and said the same planners and City Council caused the mess on Parrish Lane in the first place. He said he is concerned about Councilmen Ince and McEwan’s tone in the last meeting and this evening, equating himself and his service with the Nazis. Mr. Boutte stated that obviously this Council has distain for the true safety of the people who transport themselves through the city. He said he believes planters on the side of the road would block the view from the road. He emphasized there are ramifications to what is said in meetings.
Ms. Romney reminded those in attendance that public comments should be addressed to the City Council, not the audience.
Bill Erickson – Mr. Erickson stated he coaches the biking teams for the local junior high and high schools. The whole purpose and intent is to provide an opportunity for the youth to get outside and experience a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Erickson said he feels part of that healthy lifestyle is riding bikes in the community and getting around the community in an alternative way. He said he believes it is the Council’s job to set the tone, and said he is concerned by some of the Council’s comments. He suggested the discussion should not be about whether or not to have bike lanes, but about how to have more bike lanes.
Tim Hawkes, UT House of Representatives – Representative Hawkes thanked the Council and the Planning Commission for the time they have put into this issue. He said he believes everyone in attendance is concerned about the city and its future. He said he senses commonality from the comments that have been made – that a lack of plan or the wrong plan could undermine those things that are valued by the community. He said there seems to be agreement in wanting good public spaces. Representative Hawkes mentioned that a lot of other cities have tackled this problem and done it well. The most important features seem to be consistent looking sidewalks, trees, and light posts. He commented that the cost of water is going to go up dramatically in the near future, and suggested the Council take that into consideration when planning park strips. Representative Hawkes said he feels it is vitally important to have the businesses on board, and expressed confidence that an effective public space proposal would be supported because it would improve property value.
Larry Peterson – Mr. Peterson said he is an avid cyclist who moved to Centerville 10 years ago. He said that ten years ago he was basically the only cyclist on the road, but now there are a lot of cyclists using the corridor. He commented that the white stripe is critical for separating traffic, and added that he generally does not have any trouble when a white stripe is present. He encouraged the Council not to wait 15-20 years to put down a white stripe.
Bret Hayman – Mr. Hayman commented that all of the Planning Commission hearings were publicly noticed, and said he does not believe there was any attempt to hide information. He said that citizens need to make an effort to be aware. He said he believes everyone who walks or drives Main Street would agree it is not a pretty place, comparable to inner-city Detroit, and if it is not changed property values will be depressed. Mr. Hayman expressed the opinion that putting in park strips would not be enough. The proposed plan does not have to be adopted as it is, but he said he feels some agreements need to be reached.
Rick Bingham – Mr. Bingham commented that one thing begets another. He said he would like to see Main Street look better, but feels it would take a lot of money to change the hodgepodge that has grown up over the years. He said his neighborhood has many wonky and hazardous sidewalks that have not been maintained. If planters and benches are added along Main Street they will have to be maintained. Mr. Bingham mentioned that Salt Lake City spent $5 million putting bike lanes on 300 South, and he has only ever seen two or three bikers use them. He encouraged the Council to spend the funds on fixing what the City already has.
Gary Pettit – Mr. Pettit stated that words have power. He said he has been a cyclist most of his life, and he is concerned by recent comments made by Councilman Ince. He said the attitude expressed cannot be easily taken out of context. Mr. Pettit said he uses the D&RG and Legacy Parkway Trails because he does not want to get hit. He asked the Council to keep in mind that a car can be weaponized. Flippant remarks can encourage behavior.
Kim Samuelson – Mr. Samuelson stated he owns a business on Main Street. He said he knows Councilman Ince to be an honorable man, and added that everyone makes off comments sometimes. He thanked the Council and the Planning Commission for their hard work, and agreed that the SMSC is used to get from one place to another. He said that Main Street could be improved, but all streets could be improved. Mr. Samuelson said he does not feel adequate notice was given, and that the plan was put through quickly by the previous Council, knowing that this Council would not pass it. He said he is not in favor of the proposed plan.
Dionne Holt – Ms. Holt said she wants Centerville to be beautiful. She said she feels the City has done a horrible job with crosswalks. She said her child was hit while walking her bike across a crosswalk, and she feels crosswalks on both Main Street and 400 West should be improved with signs or lights right away.
Zach Pinnau – Mr. Pinnau stated that words can be powerful. He said he has a hard time letting go of certain comments when he has almost been driven off the road multiple times while cycling. He said he feels the Council members are in a position of power and should watch what they say. Mr. Pinnau said the roads are scary as a cyclist, and said he is in favor of painted bike lanes. He agreed there are some cyclists that are stupid, but added there are also drivers who do not follow the laws.
Garth Heer – Mr. Heer said he likes Main Street and thinks it is beautiful with its variety. He said he does not think the City should spend a lot of money to change it into something it is not. He said he feels the proposed plan is too uniform and sterile. Mr. Heer said he thinks the painted bike lanes sound good in theory, but if drivers and cyclists do not understand how to share the street, money should be spent on education. He suggested that if money is going to be spent on bike lanes, the city needs east/west lanes to connect to the trails on the west side. Mr. Heer added that he thinks the school zones are too short and need to be extended.
Phil Ellsworth – Mr. Ellsworth thanked the Council and Mayor for their service to the community. He said he does not think the plan needs to be an all-or-nothing deal. He suggested it is a matter of balancing functionality and aesthetics. Many have agreed with the safety concerns with regards to crosswalks and bike lanes. He commented that purpose and need should be considered with the aesthetic side of things. Mr. Ellsworth said he feels 15 feet into private property seems excessive, and he is concerned about the funding. He expressed the opinion that the plan should not be adopted if a solid plan for funding is not in place. He said he is not in favor of getting outside funding or raising taxes for the improvements.
Mark Gabriel – Mr. Gabriel said he feels there is a double standard going on with the Council. He said he believes it is important to remember charity in all that we do. He thanked the Council for their service. Mr. Gabriel suggested the Council stick to fundamentals – safety and crosswalks. He said there are a lot of repairs and maintenance to take care of before thinking about benches.
Jennifer Beckstrand – Ms. Beckstrand stated that KSL and Councilwoman Fillmore were not responsible for Councilman Ince’s comments. She commented that Centerville has the best looking Walmart in the State because the Planning Commission had a vision and a plan in place. She recommended increasing the level of requirement for the plan from 30% to 50% so that a significant investment is already being made by the property owners. She expressed the opinion that the section of Main Street in question is an eye sore, and will deteriorate further without a plan.
Tena Allen – Ms. Allen suggested the City send out or deliver notices to those who are directly involved. She said she thinks the proposed plan is a beautiful plan, but she has a problem with the portion that goes onto private property. She said she would love to see a plan that stays in the public right-of-way.
Steve Allen – Mr. Allen said he thinks the Council should seriously consider dumping the existing zoning code and starting fresh for the SMSC. He said there should be a plan to beautify Main Street consistent from Parrish Lane to Pages Lane, but it should be kept within the right-of-way. He expressed the opinion that continuity would be difficult with property owners developing at different times.
Loretta Pierce – Ms. Pierce said she lives across from Centerville Junior High. She was contacted to give the Planning Commission input during the process. She said the most important thing is that discussions continue. She said she feels there is room to compromise on a lot of elements. It is apparent the City needs to do something to improve safety, particularly the crosswalks. Her children walk to school, and she said she would like the same care and concern given to her needs as are given to all the other residential areas in the city.
Lee Skabelund – Mr. Skabelund stated that as a former recreation planner for the Forest Service he has an appreciation for things that look nice. He said his choice to live in Centerville had nothing to do with the appearance of Main Street; his main concern was to avoid the main concentration of population density. He said he feels traditional community values are important, and said he feels the future quality of Main Street will be dependent more on the quality of residents and business owners on Main Street. Mr. Skabelund suggested solid crosswalks and more street lights. He said he thinks the City is becoming a little heavy handed in resorting to ordinances and laws, and said he feels there should be room for diversity and variation.
Connie Davies – Ms. Davies said she would like to have more sidewalks for better walkability in the city. She said she has sent several emails to the Council with specific suggestions. She moved here because she likes walkability, and she would hope for compromise as discussions continue.
Brita Johnson – Mr. Johnson said she runs, cycles, and walks with her family on Main Street. She said she believes kids should walk and should feel safe walking. She said she would like to see wider sidewalks. She feels park strips on the west side would be unnecessary. Ms. Johnson said she feels lighting is important, and benches at bus stops would be nice. She said the high speed limit should be reconsidered, and the school zones are too short. She commented that many parents drive their kids short distances to school because they are afraid to let them walk.
Megan Wells – Ms. Wells said she does not walk that portion of Centerville because it is not safe. The proposed plan would make it safer. She commented that trees are nice, and said she feels the corridor needs to be more accessible to wheelchairs. As a physical therapist, she commented that benches can be helpful for those setting distance goals.
Mindy Maglson – Ms. Maglson said she supports making Main Street more beautiful, but the city does not need everything in the proposed plan. She said she does not think Main Street needs benches or planters, but she does agree with wider sidewalks. She said the money could be spent fixing up things in need of attention. She commented that Councilman Ince has apologized for his comments and should be forgiven.
Mark Burhold – Mr. Burhold said he is accustomed to seeing a master plan that is based on more substantive data than he is seeing. He formally requested the Council put the SMSC plan on hold to obtain data regarding traffic count, traffic flow, and a general study of all main thoroughfares in Centerville to avoid pushing traffic to residential streets. He said he has lived in communities where planters and other elements were added, with the result that traffic was shunted to more residential streets.
Mark Oligschlaeger – Mr. Oligschlaeger is a member of the Centerville Trails Committee. He commented that this has been done well in other cities, and there are things that can be done to beautify the street and bring everyone together in terms of vision and purpose. He said he feels lamp posts can make a difference in the look and feel of the street. He commented that this has been in the works for some time, and it is time for action. Mr. Oligschlaeger said it is not fair to doubt Councilwoman Fillmore’s integrity, and he would like to see more courtesy within the city. He said he listened to the previous meetings, and is more concerned about the comments that led up to Councilman Ince’s comment used by the media. He expressed concern with respect to misunderstandings of how cyclists use the community. He said he is looking forward to the upcoming Trails Committee and City Council work session.
Rob Oakes – Mr. Oakes presented a petition signed by 287 residents of Centerville. He said he has lived in Centerville his whole life, and the city has changed enormously. Fields and meadows are now stores and shops. He said the City needs a comprehensive plan to guide development of the city. Bountiful Main Street is a result of a plan put together 20 years ago. He said he thinks the addition of bike lanes and other elements would transform the area. He said he feels the proposed plan represents a comprehensive vision for the future, and he fully supports the elements in the proposed plan. The petition is attached.
Kami Layton – Ms. Layton thanked the City Council. She said she works on Main Street in Bountiful and feels some of the elements are a hazard. She said the planter boxes are out too far and the trees are too close together and not maintained. Benches are only needed at bus stops. She said she likes Centerville Main Street the way it is. She said complaints should not be made about properties on Main Street unless complaints are also made about residential yards all over the city that are not kept up. She said she likes some aspects of the proposed plan, and expressed confidence that the Council will be careful with city funds.
Brian Willey – Mr. Willey commented that Centerville will never be Bountiful or Downtown Disney. He asked what the total cost of the proposed plan would be and how much taxes would be raised. He said if he is going to go to a gathering place, he will go to Farmington Station or Salt Lake. He said he is in favor of improving Main Street safety, but fluff and bells and whistles are unnecessary.
Robin Gabriel – Ms. Gabriel said she is okay with having a plan, and the foremost reason needs to be safety. She said the best idea she heard is for flashing lights in crosswalks, but they should not be at the expense of individual rights.
Brooke Holman – Ms. Holman read the petition presented by Mr. Oakes in support of improving Main Street to make it friendly to all users. The petition is attached.
John Urry – Mr. Urry thanked the Planning Commission for their work, and thanked all five members of the City Council. Mr. Urry said he favors the present plan as a starting point, and said he thinks much of Main Street is very ugly and needs to be improved. He said he feels it is worth putting money into making Main Street more beautiful than it is.
Sarah Hatch – Ms. Hatch said she bikes on Main Street and has a hard time when she tries to cross Main Street. She said she would love a really awesome crosswalk, ideally east of the library. Ms. Hatch said it would be fun to see more people outside, and agreed that flashing lights for crosswalks are a good idea.
Bud Hollingshead – Mr. Hollingshead said the SMSC has gotten uglier and uglier over the years. He encouraged this Council to take advantage of the chance to leave a legacy that will be appreciated for many years. He stated they do not need to do everything in the plan, but encouraged them to work on it and improve it, not throw it out. He complimented the efforts to work together.
Mayor Cutler closed the public hearing at 9:54 p.m. Councilwoman Mecham said the owner of Don’s Meats asked her to state he is against the proposed plan. The Mayor encouraged citizens to go to the City website and sign up for regular notices and alerts. Responding to a question asked during the public hearing, Ms. Romney stated the City has a duty to maintain public improvements in the public right-of-way. Private amenities on private property are the responsibility of property owners. She advised keeping public elements within the public right-of-way.
The Council took a break at 9:59 p.m., returning at 10:21 p.m.
Mayor Cutler suggested the Council continue to accept written public comment until the next meeting. The Council agreed. In addition to continuing to accept written comments, Councilwoman Fillmore asked the Council to either lay out a process for moving forward, or schedule another work session with the Planning Commission. Mayor Cutler suggested the Council could also invite business owners for a discussion of what would be appropriate. The Mayor said he heard a lot of comments in favor of having a plan.
Councilwoman Ivie said she measured 18 feet back on properties in the corridor and found that 29 established trees would have to be removed according to the proposed plan. She also commented that Main Street is not flat, which would mean several retaining walls would be necessary. Councilwoman Ivie also said she feels the east and west sides of the street are so different that symmetry is unrealistic. Councilwoman Mecham related the concern of a property owner who has no plans to redevelop, but is concerned that if a neighboring property makes improvements his property will look worse. Councilman Ince said he feels there should be resolution concerning sidewalks and trees before a plan is put in place. The Council is meeting in a work session regarding sidewalks and trees prior to the August 16th Council meeting.
Councilwoman Fillmore explained the process followed for putting the General Plan for the SMSC in place in 2008, including representation and input from property owners, residents, the Planning Commission, and City Council members. All property owners were invited to participate. The City held an open house with specific invitations sent to any property owners with property touching that portion of Main Street. She said she feels it is important to have that plan in place for protection. The process and gathering of data matters. Councilwoman Fillmore said she wants it to be perfectly clear that she did not contact the media.
Councilman Ince made a motion to continue to receive public comment, written and electronic, until the next Council meeting, and to work with City staff to schedule a work session. Councilman McEwan seconded the motion, which passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
DISCUSSION WITH POLICE CHIEF
Police Chief Child explained his revised request for a new civilian position in the Police Department. He stated the Department is getting busier and busier, with the patrol division on increasingly more calls, and stress levels continue to rise. He recognized from the City’s perspective that money is tight, and hiring an officer is expensive. With the goal of increasing the effectiveness of his officers, he explained his plan for another civilian office staff member that would have the following three main responsibilities: evidence technician; some emergency management; and general support (training); with additional responsibilities as time allows. Mayor Cutler expressed appreciation for the Chief’s efforts. Councilman McEwan asked what kind of training would be needed for an evidence custodian. Chief Child responded he would like someone with good education or background in either emergency management or evidence handling, so that training is only necessary in one of those two areas of responsibility. A fair amount of training would be required for evidence custodian. A majority of the Council appeared to be supportive of moving forward with the civilian position proposed by Chief Child.
Councilman McEwan made a motion to authorize the Chief to proceed with hiring a new civilian position for the Police Department. Councilwoman Ivie seconded the motion, which passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
SPEED DETECTION SIGNS
Chief Child updated the Council regarding speed detection signs that have been placed on 400 West. He said he feels the signs make the biggest impact on traffic in the first week in any location. The Chief reported his support staff feel the speed detection signs are a good investment, and said he likes the ability to collect data. He recommended moving forward with the purchase of another speed detection sign. A majority of the Council indicated support for moving forward with the purchase. Councilman Ince stated he feels there needs to be a discussion about crosswalk safety city-wide. Chief Child responded that Mayor Cutler brought up crosswalk safety with him a month or so ago, and the Police Department took an assessment of all crosswalks. The Department has ordered more signs to be up to minimum standard. Another crosswalk on 400 East at Porter Lane has been requested for the Junior High. Regarding signage on Main Street, Chief Child pointed out that Main Street is a State highway. The Council discussed the use of flags at crosswalks, and Chief Child said he thinks they are a good idea, especially in intersections used by school children. He said he has noticed flags migrate from one side of 400 West to the other at Chase Lane as children walk to school in the morning and then return home in the afternoon. Mayor Cutler said he would be happy to work with the Chief to talk to UDOT about what could be done to improve crosswalks on Main Street.
Randy Randall, Public Works Director, explained the request to replace 292 water meters servicing commercial customers to radio-read technology. After this conversion, these meters would be read each month as an employee drives down the street with appropriate equipment in the vehicle – rather than walking and reading each meter individually as currently done. Converting the commercial meters to radio-read will be used as an opportunity to evaluate the cost versus benefit of potentially converting all meters to radio-read in the future. The approved FY 2017 Budget for the Water Fund includes $45,000 for this project. The radio-read technology has a 20-year battery life guarantee.
Councilman McEwan made a motion to approve the purchase of radio-read equipment for commercial water meters from Mountainland in the amount of $44,939. Councilman Ince seconded the motion, which passed by unanimous vote (5-0). Mr. Randall said he estimates it will take a year to see a savings in staff time, although the savings in staff time will not recover the cost of the equipment. He estimated converting the entire city would cost $750,000.
• A public hearing is scheduled for August 10th regarding Truth in Taxation for the Fire Service Area.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Jake Smith, Assistant to the City Manager, mentioned a change that needs to occur in the Council’s work session schedule—switching the topics for the September 6 and October 4 work sessions.
The Council discussed the possibility of making the new tree chipper available for citizen use. Ms. Romney commented the tree chipper is dangerous machinery that would require training for use. Mayor Cutler said it would be worth having a conversation with the Parks and Recreation Director and Public Works Directors about possibilities. Councilman Ince made a motion to approve the purchase of a Vermeer tree chipper from Vermeer Rocky Mountain in the amount of $36,329.40. Councilwoman Ivie seconded the motion. Councilwoman Fillmore stated she knows the tree chipper is needed, but hopes the City will also invest in equipment that helps plant trees in the future.
MINUTES REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE
The minutes of the July 19, 2016 work session and regular Council meeting were reviewed. Councilwoman Fillmore requested an addition, and said she felt a substantive portion of a specific discussion was not represented in the minutes. Councilman McEwan made a motion to table approval of the work session minutes and direct the Recording Secretary to prepare a transcript of the discussion mentioned and suggested language. Councilwoman Ivie seconded the motion, which passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
At line 33, page 4 of the July 19 minutes, Mayor Paul Cutler, directed Steve Thacker to write an article about bike lanes, cyclists, how they interact, and how drivers should deal with aggressive cyclists. Councilman Bill Ince flippantly commented “like run them off the road?” Councilman McEwan continued the discussion in a different direction.
Councilman Ince requested inserting the following comment in the July 19 City Council meeting minutes, but it was agreed to include it in the August 2 minutes:
[Honestly, I have no recollection of the statement. When the first person came to me complaining about it, I indicated as much. I then attempted to find it on the recording, but could not. However, since then the You-tube video has become available, and I can see my faux pas, and do not deny it. I totally regret the comment, and apologize to anyone who felt it was anything but a “flippant comment.” It is by no means a joking matter. I in no way believe or endorse what some people argue was implied. It is my view we need to all be considerate of those around us on the road (cyclists, pedestrians, and cars), even if we think they are violating, what we think is our space or our turn, because the impact of not doing so is so disastrous.]
Mayor Cutler stated he sincerely believes the Council members have good intentions, and encouraged everyone to give others the benefit of the doubt and not take offense. Councilwoman Fillmore requested an amendment to the July 19 regular meeting minutes, and made a motion to approve the regular meeting minutes as amended. Councilman Ince seconded the motion, which passed by unanimous vote (5-0).
ADJOURNMENT AND CLOSED MEETING
At 11:29 p.m. Councilman McEwan made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting and move to a closed meeting for the annual performance review of the City Manager.