Meeting Minutes April 2008
MINUTES OF THE
PUBLIC HEARING OF THE
TOWN COUNCIL OF
GARDEN CITY, UTAH
The Garden City Town Council held a Public Hearing on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Garden City Office Building located at 145 W. Logan Rd. Mayor Hansen opened the meeting at 4:30 p.m.
Board Members Present:
Ken Hansen, Mayor
Sharlene Millard Paul & Kathy Webb
Anita Weston Jason Linford
Travis Hobbs Brenda Terry
Jeff McPhie Pat Argyle
Frank Smith III Kent Fisher
Norm Mecham Rulon Crosby
Brandon Moldenhauer Doug Thompson
DJ Ballingham John Holman
Tanner Hunsaker Jay & Julie Law
Pat Argyle Shayne Ashten
Gary Sivertsen Jennifer Huefner
#08-06, Planned Unit Developments and Planned Residential Unit Developments
There was no comment from the audience.
#08-07, Subdivision Ordinance
There was no comment from the audience.
#08-08, Planned Unit Development and Planned Residential Unit Development Zone
Anita Weston asked if these ordinances will help to make it easier for the Planning &
Zoning Commission to understand? Mayor Hansen said yes, before, it used to be hard to get information from both sides. Now we’ve simplified them for the Town Council, Planning Commission and the Clerks.
Ms. Weston said they really need to look at the whole plan and then update it as they go along.
There was discussion about a few changes that were made in the ordinances.
There was discussion about the proposed parking lot by the church. They would like to make it a two-way road that exits only on the right. Council Member Huefner said she found out we need to have an interpretive sign ordinance as part of the grant. Jason Linford said we are required to have some ADA parking spaces. There will be a total of 145 spaces.
Hodges Canyon is approved and the plan is set said Jason Linford. We just need to advertise then he needs the OK to start. Mayor Hansen said we need to look at the budget first.
Jason Linford said the only place on 3rd West that the snow hasn’t melted is where they need to finish the survey for the turn lane. Mayor Hansen said he will be meeting with UDOT on April 22nd. He invited Mr. Linford to come to it.
Mayor Hansen said we need to look at alternatives for concrete tanks to see if there’s anything that will work as well and cost less.
Mayor Hansen closed the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Ken Hansen, Mayor Assistant Clerk
MINUTES OF THE
REGULAR MEETING OF THE
TOWN COUNCIL OF
GARDEN CITY, UTAH
The Garden City Town Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Garden City Office Building located at 145 W. Logan Rd. Mayor Hansen opened the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Board Members Present:
Ken Hansen, Mayor
Sharlene Millard Paul & Kathy Webb
Anita Weston Jason Linford
Travis Hobbs Brenda Terry
Jeff McPhie Pat Argyle
Frank Smith III Kent Fisher
Norm Mecham Rulon Crosby
Brandon Moldenhauer Doug Thompson
DJ Ballingham John Holman
Tanner Hunsaker Jay & Julie Law
Pat Argyle Shayne Ashten
Gary Sivertsen Jennifer Huefner
The minutes of the regular Town Council meeting of March 13, 2008 were presented. Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept the minutes as presented. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
The minutes of the special Town Council meeting of February 27, 2008 were presented. Council Member Schnetzer made the motion to accept the minutes as presented. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
SWAN CREEK TREATMENT PLANT UPDATE
Jason Linford said Kathy Hislop did an amazing job and got approval from the Rich Co. Commissioners for the plat. Jeff Hansen is making a few changes on it. It’s been approved. We may have a place to build the treatment plant. We have not heard back from Rural Development who thought they could get another $200,000 –250,000 of grant money that is needed. Monday should be the latest to hear from them. We’re getting to the point of awarding the bid if we’re going to go big. The attorney is okay with the bid. He’ll check the easements to see if they’re in place.
The County submitted the right of way survey application to Wildlife Resources to go through their property. They don’t have to wait for the attorney approval of easements to bid the award.
The power will be run underground which means the rules have changed. It will be a little more expensive, but should work well.
Kathy Hislop will get signatures next week on the plat. There’s still a lot of snow up there right now. The contractor would like to start as soon as possible.
Jason Linford said the Mayor will need to sign the paper awarding the bid. Then they just need to be notified. Mayor Hansen said the only thing left is to work with Lyn Sager.
Jason Linford said if there’s money in the budget, he can start with the Hodges Canyon project. He’ll work with Kathy Hislop to get the intersection and widening of the road advertised.
Mayor Hansen thanked Jason Linford for everything he does to help us.
BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT
John Abraham is at a class this week. The building report was shown to the Town Council. There were no questions.
WATER OPERATOR REPORT
Travis Hobbs said it’s been pretty slow. They haven’t had the freezing pipes to deal with this year. They’ve been maintaining and exercising the fire hydrants.
Both Travis and Riley Argyle passed their water certifications. Mr. Argyle passed the Water Distribution I certification and Mr. Hobbs passed the Water Treatment I certification when they were in St. George.
Travis Hobbs said he hopes they’re done plowing roads. They’ve opened the bike path as much as possible. There are a few signs around town that have been damaged, which they’ll fix soon.
Travis Hobbs said at the request of Council Member Schnetzer, he received a quote to remodel the restrooms at the park from Tom Andersen. He quoted about $14,000 for new fixtures, new toilets, re-painting the inside with tile on the walls and putting epoxy on the floor. Council Member Schnetzer will look at her budget to see what we can do. We’ll also get bids from a few other people. There was discussion about the problem with doors. Mayor Hansen suggested looking into fixing the outside of the restrooms so we don’t need doors. In the winter, we could board it up.
Travis Hobbs asked about putting a shed at the park to store the lawn mower, gator, etc. The Council thought it was a good idea.
Travis Hobbs said on the new maintenance building, the drywall has been hung and the siding has been started. It’s heated, which is nice. They’re starting to move some water parts in there.
Jason Linford suggested that while Mr. Hobbs is out exercising the fire hydrants, it would be good to GPS them also. Mayor Hansen said we need to have Mr. Bob King come and show us how to take points and collect them again. We could take a picture also at the same time. Jason Linford will go over it with them when he comes again.
Mr. Hobbs would like to work with the fire district to know which hydrants are operational or not. Council Member Leonhardt said that would be good.
Council Member House suggested putting the epoxy paint on the wall with the tile. Travis Hobbs would like to have the restrooms at the park finished by July 4th.
Mayor Hansen asked Mr. Hobbs to prepare for flooding. We should also be willing to help Randolph and Laketown.
Travis Hobbs said he has told the state they’re welcome to use the backhoe if they need it.
Dahl Holding, LLC
There was no one here to represent Mr. Dahl.
Frank Smith said they have a couple extra rooms at Harbor Village where they would like to sell art, crafts and antiques. It will be on 2 levels. It will be in the octagon shaped office, downstairs, which used to be the restaurant.
He’ll be having the artsmen’s and craftsmen’s products on consignment and would like to let them sell outdoors on the weekends, but he would hold the license. He has applied to the state for sales tax. He would like to start the business mid-May.
Council Member Leonhardt asked if he’s in a situation where he would need a letter from anyone or if he has a partner that they need to know about. Mr. Smith said no.
Mr. Smith said he has plenty of restrooms. He would like to be able to bring in a good sandwich shop eventually, but not a restaurant.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to approve Frank for his Lighthouse Treasures business dependent on his state license sales tax. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Quick ‘n Tasty
Tanner Hunsaker said he’ll be running the drive-in the same as it has been. They’ll be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. He will get his own sales tax number.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion to grant the Business License for Quick ‘n Tasty Drive for Tanner Hunsaker contingent on the state sales tax number. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Mayor Hansen encouraged Mr. Hunsaker to join the chamber and be active in the community.
Gary Sivertsen said they have placed some segways in the airports, and about 88 in the Philadelphia police department. Mr. Severson said the state doesn’t classify segways to be a motorized vehicle. Mayor Hansen said Garden City does classify them as a motorized vehicle.
Council Member Leonhardt said in the ordinance it’s very specific about what is motorized and what isn’t.
Council Member Huefner said Jackson does allow segways outside of the downtown area.
Mayor Hansen said we would set a precedent if we allow them. He’s concerned with the safety of the young children riding their bikes on the path.
Shayne Ashten said segways have been deemed to be the quickest stopping vehicle other than a hand powered wheelchair. They don’t go over 12 mph and can be programmed to go less. They cause fewer injuries. There is no gas or braking. It’s all due to body
motion. It’s 26 inches wide. The segways are for 18 year old and older so there is some responsibility.
Mr. Sivertsen said the KOA would be renting these out and there would only be about
4-6 machines. He wondered if the same ordinances apply to the streets? They are illegal on roadways that the speed limit is over 35 mph. He thinks it would be a fun way to bring revenue into the area.
Council Member Huefner said they might be allowable on Paradise Parkway. Mayor Hansen thought so. Council Member Huefner said there might be a future for them here, but it will be a year or so before Paradise Parkway is done.
Council Member Schnetzer said she would like to see them come in, but until we get Paradise Parkway in, there wouldn’t be a significant difference between them and the electric scooters. Mr. Sivertsen asked if they could be used within the KOA Park? It was stated that they would be on private property, it would be okay. They can go on roads, just not on the bike path. Mr. Sivertsen asked if they could go on sidewalks? Council Member Schnetzer said we don’t have sidewalks. Mayor Hansen said he wouldn’t care if they go on the town streets either.
Council Member Huefner said that KOA would need to warn the people who rent the segways to stay off of the bike path. Council Member Leonhardt said there is an avenue behind the KOA that they could get to the city park. He also said to make sure the renters know they’ll be issued a citation if they’re on the bike path.
Mr. Sivertsen said they could make up a map showing where they can go and showing the ordinance.
SHORT TERM RENTALS
Bear Lake Lodging
Council Member Huefner told Jeff McPhie that they appreciate the time he’s put into this. Mr. McPhie said it’s taken a long time, but they’re getting the items taken care of.
He thinks it’s been a benefit to find where things are. They found a water shut-off for the whole building, not as an individual condo. The parking is pretty much what they already had.
Mayor Hansen said we’re working with the rental approvals. We’re not waiting to approve them until the inspection happens. If it ends up being a long drawn out process, not for any reason of ours, then we’ll go after those who don’t conform.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept the Bear Lake Lodging list that has been approved at this time. Mr. McPhie there should be about 10 more coming. Council Member Leonhardt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member House made the motion to accept BLH Enterprises short-term daily rentals with the information that has been provided at this point. There are 3. Council Member Leonhardt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Bear Lake View Properties
Blake Pugmire said there are a few more they’re working on. Mayor Hansen thought there was more last month. He would like them to get a complete list to us of what they’re renting.
Council Member Huefner made the motion that we accept Bear Lake View Properties and their list of last month and this month, but we would like to see a complete list. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Harbor Village Reservations
Council Member Huefner made motion to accept Spencer Association doing business at Harbor Village Reservations with Kari Spencer and her list. Right now, all I see are 3. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member Huefner made motion to accept Mark Russell’s Vantage Rentals LLC, as listed. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Dee & John Curtis
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept Dee Curtis and John Curtis for their short-term rental application. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Bear Lake Discount Condo’s
Mr. Holman said this is a private condo. Mayor Hansen said he appreciates him working with the ordinance. Mr. Holman wondered if the building inspector is inspecting the unit. The Town Council said yes, he makes the determination of sq. footage, etc., when he’s there. He wondered if there is a contact close by. Mr. Holman wrote in a name of someone to be used as a contact.
Council Member Huefner said they are especially finding that they need fire extinguishers and fire alarms.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept John Holman and his Bear Lake Discount Condo’s as the short-term rental application. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept the Ideal Beach Resort rental units short-term rental application with Carol Salzetti and David Hiatt as being representatives. Council Member Leonhardt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Amkids LTD Partnership
This was not accepted because there was no contact listed.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept Christopher Hunsicker’s short-term rental application. The contact is Jerry Hunsicker. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept Toby Rolfe’s short-term rental application for Mackinaw Cabins. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Bear Lake House
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept Kyle Linds short-term rental application for the Bear Lake House. Council Member Leonhardt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Mayor Hansen said he would like items we’re working on consolidated in the future. So when we get the arterial roads or collector roads defined, we’ll know what they are. We need to know all the different roads. He and Council Member Huefner will work fast and accurately to put together the part of the ordinance that deals with roads. Hopefully, the confusion will go away.
Jennifer Huefner wondered if Jason Linford couldn’t prepare it really fast. Mayor Hansen said we have it but it ‘s so fragmented. He would also like a policy that talks about entryways, etc. So on the General Plan map it will show the roads and define which kind they are. Council Member Huefner would like it done before December.
100 WEST AND COTTONWOOD SUBDIVISION DISCUSSION, Rulon Crosby
Mr. Crosby said it’s been three years since he and his partner have been working to get 2 acres into 4 lots. Their first attempt was to put in the intersection of Cherimoya and Pickleville Parkway. They were told that the intersection might be delayed for a few years, so they came back with a second proposal of a 4-lot subdivision with a temporary road. Now they hear that the intersection and the road for Pickleville Parkway is back in the works. They would like to find out from the town where this is going. They’re
spending a lot of money in engineering and town fees and nothing is happening.
Mayor Hansen said the road should turn south at the intersection at Hodges Canyon. Doug Thompson asked about the timeframe. Council Member Huefner said we are working on it, but it may be at least a year.
Mayor Hansen said we have asked the surveyor to plot the route. We can begin to work with the property owners. We are collecting impact fees to build the road. That’s our only source to build the road. We’re limited to what we can do.
Mr. Crosby asked if they’re going to wait until the property owners decide to develop the land. Mayor Hansen said they’ll buy the land as impact fees become available, or if someone is willing to donate the land, it could be used as a tax write-off, and we may entertain having the developer put in the infrastructure if they so choose. This is all speculative. We need to talk with the town attorney first.
Mr. Crosby said they would be happy to donate 6000 sq. ft. towards developing the 100’ right of way on Pickleville Parkway. He would like the council to give them the opportunity to install a private 20’ driveway between the homes on Bear Lake Blvd. and give them an exemption from the interpretation from the Planning Commission and the Variance Board in respect to the setbacks of the homes.
Mayor Hansen said they don’t have the authority to give them anything off of SR30. That comes from UDOT. They would be hesitant to do that anyway, because they don’t want that to turn into a permanent situation. They want everything to come off of Pickleville Parkway.
Council Member Huefner said she’s read what he’s been through, and realizes it’s been hard. She wondered if someday they might not want to use the private drive? Mr. Crosby said there are many driveways in town that service 5-8 homes. He’s not asking for anything different than anyone else. It would be their responsibility to make a deal with the state. They’re just asking for the Town Council’s blessing to put the access through the homes. They’re lacking 3’ to meet the setback requirements.
Mayor Hansen said they can’t circumvent the ordinance. If he can’t put the driveway between the homes without meeting the setbacks, that will put him in a non-compliance situation.
Doug Thompson wondered if it would work to use it as a temporary access. Council Member House said it’s still a non-compliant situation. Mr. Crosby said they have been able to come up with a definition of what constitutes a private drive. They are continually facing a different interpretation. None of it is spelled out in the ordinance.
Jennifer Huefner read from the ordinance of what a driveway is.
Mr. Crosby said he’ll just put his plans on hold.
Norm Mecham said he’s also very willing to donate property to the town for Pickleville Parkway also. He’s willing to help them with what they may need.
Mayor Hansen suggested them working with Mr. Mecham to get an adequate road, even if it’s gravel, to help with their 3rd West access. Mr. Mecham said he’s fine with that. It will be in the exact place. If they can get the last signature on the page, he’ll help them.
Council Member Huefner said we can’t do eminent domain yet, we have to do a survey and other things.
Mayor Hansen said he could call Mel Larsen and talk with him. If he says yes, they’ll have to go get his signature right then.
COBBLESTONE DISCUSSION/APPROVAL, Shawn Strong
Shawn Strong said his PUD, the Cobblestone, will extend from 100 W. to 300 W. There will be 152 units which each individual unit will include 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a 2-car garage. They will do it in 5 phases, which might take 2-5 years. They will start on 100 W. and work towards 300 W. He feels they have put in a lot of parking. Each unit has a 2-car driveway, besides the 2-car garage. They’ve tried to buffer his project along 100 W. and 300 W.
Mayor Hansen wanted the Town Council to understand that they’re not approving a PUD preliminary or final, just a PUD permit which allows him to start the application process for the phases. It’s similar to a concept plan. We realize there are some changes that will happen.
Mr. Strong said his actual building footprint is 23%. It’s on 16 acres. Mayor Hansen said he’s confused. The plat says the total area is 16.39 acres and the open space is 6.74 acres, which they calculate out to be 41%. It doesn’t add up to the 70/30 requirement. Streets don’t count as open space.
Mr. Strong said the open space is 6 acres.
Jennifer Huefner said if parking is an access to recreational areas, it counts as open space.
There was discussion about passive and active open space. Mr. Strong said he’ll have the engineer look at it again.
Council Member House thinks we can approve the concept and he can change the calculations for each phase. 70% needs to be open.
Council Member House said Phase II and Phase III don’t have anything written down for open space. Council Member Huefner encouraged Mr. Strong to put in a secondary access so the large trucks won’t ruin his pavement.
Council Member House made the motion to recommend that we grant the PUD permit for Cobblestone, with the correction that we’ve noted in the open space area. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Mayor Hansen said this is a PRUD.
Council Member House changed the motion to accept the PRUD with the noted changes in the open space. Mayor Hansen said we need to get used to saying PRUD permit. Motion died for lack of second.
Council Member House made the motion that we accept the PRUD permit based on the open space that we asked to be corrected. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Pat Argyle asked if we can pass this as a PRUD if the ordinance hasn’t been approved.
Council Member Schnetzer said it says PUD on all the paperwork.
Council Member House made the motion to change or amend his motion to state that we accept the PUD permit that has been presented before us for Cobblestone, with the note changing the open space. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Mayor Hansen told Mr. Strong that when he comes next month for a Phase approval, we’ll amend the motion to a PRUD.
LODGE AT BEAR LAKE DISCUSSION/APPROVAL, Bret Peterson and Norm Mecham
Mayor Hansen left the room for a conflict of interest. He asked Council Member House to proceed with this item.
Bret Peterson and Norm Mecham are here for a PUD permit. Mr. Peterson said they brought plans for a PUD of the Lodge at Bear Lake. He said they met with the Planning Commission last week where many good ideas were presented from the public and the Commission. He showed the plans with the changes talked about.
Mr. Peterson said they are proposing a mixed-use development, which consists of 137 condos of various sizes with parking and amenities; pool and open space. It will be on approximately 10-11 acres. One of the items that was discussed was parking access, especially on 150 S., and how to improve that access, it make it more attractive and open up the view on that street.
Mr. Petersen said it was earlier discussed to add longer parking for boats and trailers and to have more parking for residents of Shundahai to be able to use some of the parking. It was also talked about to relocate the entrance further to the east to allow for more area to stack cars. They feel like they could do some of these things, but some constraints are that they want to do nice commercial year-round businesses and restaurants. But they’re dependent on their residential portion to do this and to subsidize it. They have to get very creative to do this. They want 12-month businesses here. They want to promote a pedestrian atmosphere.
Mr. Petersen said they took all those ideas and talked about what they could do. They are proposing re-locating some of the units on the south and putting them on the top of the other units of condo’s facing the lake. They feel they’re trying to be respective of the height restrictions. He wondered about shrinking their footprint and opening up more space especially along the 150 S. corridor and making it wider.
Council Member Schnetzer asked about the height. Does he want to go over the 35’? Mr. Petersen said yes, they would eliminate two buildings on the south side and go over the 35’ on two buildings. They would like to keep the commercial area at 35’ and below. You won’t be able to see the condo’s from the front commercial area.
DJ Ballingham asked if they are hurting the view corridor of the lake? The Planning Commission didn’t feel changing the height of 5-10 feet would change the view. It’s a very small corridor and it promotes parking and things we want downtown. It will be more functional for them and for the town.
Mr. Petersen said they are trying to address preserving that view corridor, providing additional on-site parking to address concerns of the Planning Commission. They did present some updated sketches showing removal of two of the buildings along 150 S. which would push those townhomes away from the street and provide private parking for the Shundahai residents, larger parking for trailers and additional off-150 S. parking for townhomes and no parking for their uses on the street. If they are able to raise the building and put underground parking, they could provide additional parking of the residents, which was a concern of the Planning Commission. It would take their parking from the original 351 to 510 stalls.
Mr. Petersen said they would lose about 25 units and gain 14 by putting the units on top of the condo’s. They propose putting in 5 townhomes. By raising the buildings to put in parking underneath, it would allow for basement studio units, which would have walkout capability. Mr. Mecham said the height would be 40-42’ with architectural pop-ups of 45-47 feet. It doesn’t change the footprint.
Mr. Petersen said they could share the cost of the improvement of 150 S. with the town. The road will be full width. They could help with a pedestrian walkway, off-street parking, nice lighting, etc., to entrance the lake off of Bear Lake Blvd.
Mr. Petersen thinks it may take about 3 years to build. The condo’s towards the lake will be 2 stories high.
Every building and the parking structure will have sprinklers. They’ve planned the fire escape use road to be heavy and large enough for fire trucks. Council Member Leonhardt is concerned that the higher the buildings go up; there is no access to the rooftop for fire concerns. They are struggling with access for the tops of the roofs. Having sprinklers inside is good, but if the fire gets in the walls, it doesn’t help. But having development is good.
Council Member Leonhardt said Utah State is helping to market a new ladder truck, but a new truck is $650,000. They’re hoping to get a lot of donations. They’re in the infant stages. They can’t use their impact fees towards the footprint, just maintenance and building.
Mr. Petersen said they’re happy to work with the town. If they’d rather have money towards a fire truck than changing their development, they could work on that.
Council Member Huefner said neighbors are important and it would be wise to fence the common area that borders them. They have no problem with that.
Mr. Petersen and Mr. Mecham like the flat roofs and said they will only be used for the people who own the units by the lakeside.
Council Member Leonhardt said the fire district would like keys to the accesses of the condo’s on the top of the roof.
Council Member Huefner said it just seems so dense now, but it’s well planned out. She likes the commercial part, but the acreage is so dense. Mr. Mecham said this is really similar to a hotel situation as opposed to being more wide open and more space around it. Mr. Petersen said we need a nice commercial area, but economically, we need a nice area behind it also. Part of the reason we need it so dense is to make it economically feasible to have the commercial area.
Council Member Leonhardt said as long as you meet the criteria of the ordinance, there’s not much we can do.
Council Member Huefner said this will tie our town together by making it look better.
Council Member Schnetzer said Dave Stringham has a concern with the sewer. Mr. Petersen said he has talked with him and the lift station will need to be improved and they will be helping with that. They feel fine with that.
Mr. Petersen said they’ve already met with the Corp. of Engineers and their plan will
have to meet their requirements. The storm water is designed fit in the open common areas and will be separated from those water points.
Mr. Mecham said this is more for conceptual, we’ll go back to the engineer, have it design it and make sure it works.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion that we approve the PUD permit for the Lodge at Bear Lake with the suggestions of the Planning & Zoning. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
The Town Council took at five-minute break.
UDOT TRANSPORTATION DISCUSSION
Mayor Hansen said he’s talked with UDOT and said we have them stirring. They want to try to help us with our traffic problems at the intersection, both ways, and left and right turn lanes. He’s met with Brad Humphrey’s and Cory Pope. They’re very aware of our needs and are sympathetic. He will be meeting with them on April 22nd. They are all welcome to come. Jason Linford will also be there.
There has been discussion about a seasonal traffic light. They realize there’s a real situation. They also thought angle parking on the main street needs to go and there needs to be parallel parking and off-street parking. They believe our traffic flow problem is because people are scared to go through town and it slows things up.
There may even be a possibility to get money to improve the road and go north.
CHILD AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER
Stacey Wright is from the Child and Family Support Center. She said they service both Cache and Rich Counties. April is child abuse prevention month and she wanted to make us aware of the services they provide; parenting in-home classes, parenting classes in Logan, and they are funded to have some classes in Rich County, so she has three classes scheduled for here and a couple in Randolph. They have their center that provides crisis help for children from abusive homes.
Their classes are free and you get $10.00 per session for coming.
Mayor Hansen wondered what the trend is in our area. He wondered if it’s an increasing problem here. Ms. Wright said she doesn’t know. There is an increase of awareness but it may be because it’s being reported more.
DJ Ballingham said he thinks it’s increasing. He thinks there is very little reporting. A lot of those issues come up. As much as we would like to close our eyes and pretend it’s
not here. We probably have more abuse in our county than anywhere in our state. Mayor Hansen wondered what we can do to help them. She said her director is working on that. She would like to have satellite centers here. Mayor Hansen said we may be able to help with an office, etc. She said her vision would be mainly to have a nursery to drop off their children and also a place to do a little education. It doesn’t have to be very big.
Mayor Hansen said we have just purchased a building and maybe we could help with a room. Council Member Leonhardt said maybe a room large enough for counseling, etc.
DJ Ballingham said they are offering something like that through the clinic. He could talk to her later.
DJ Ballingham said in our area, we need more specialized training for the Police Dept. -for protecting the individuals who have been in situations of abuse. The law enforcement is phenomenal right now, but additional training would be great.
Mayor Hansen read the resolution he wrote. He said the lake is a natural lake and if there any possibility of changing the color or quality it would be terrible. He thinks there is another place it could be done.
He explained that everyone was led to believe that the pressure in the pipe would be very detrimental. In reality, the velocity would be very slow. The water dumps back into a big pipe, which again reduces the velocity. It’s not even close to what we were led to believe. Mr. Ballingham said there are a number of individuals who are very knowledgeable reviewing this system. The information presented was not accurate. As they went through their studies, they were erroneous. The impact indicated was actually much larger than what they presented. There will be some ongoing studies and research. He’s concerned that the statement made was that the study was flawed and there needs to be additional research for future impact. After that was stated, the CEO left the room.
Mayor Hansen said he’s approaching this as a standpoint that the lake is very old. He doesn’t want Bear Lake to be known as the Hook Canyon Project. It will change the look of things. The landscape will visually change because of a reservoir. They can spend a billion dollars and have engineered plans, but when they flip the switch and something happens that they didn’t think of, what do we do then? We just don’t know what will happen.
The reservoir won’t be used for recreation. Mayor Hansen said this project will not succeed without support from the surrounding areas and the state. It’s on SITLA lands and Parks and Recreation land. Kent Fisher asked how the project is to benefit the town if they have to give up their livelihood for years down the road. Mayor Hansen said the danger is that it would eventually come to its demise. The fish will become endangered.
We’re trying to stop it before it gets to that point if we can convince the state officials.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion to accept the resolution. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Fee Schedule for Land Use
Council Member House made the motion to accept the fees as presented. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Motor Vehicle Access
Council Member Huefner said Jason Linford has gone over this and likes it. She didn’t like the way “H” is worded. She feels it’s awkward. Mayor Hansen explained a swale as a dip across the driveways.
Commission Member Schnetzer made the motion to accept the ordinance #08-04, with the couple of corrections made on “H”. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Dark Sky Ordinance
Council Member Schnetzer said she has a problem with “D” on the ordinance. She thinks all flags should be able to be shown. Council Member House said the ordinance doesn’t say other flags can’t be lit, but government flags have to be lit.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept the Dark Sky Ordinance as written. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
PUD and PRUD Regulations
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept the ordinance #08-06. Council Member Leonhardt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
DJ Ballingham said it needs to be spelled out that voluntary contributions to help with roads would be necessary in the ordinance or the roads will never get done.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to approve ordinance #08-07, an ordinance updating the regulations and procedures for subdivisions of land within the Garden City Town Limits. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
PUD and PRUD Requirements
Council Member Huefner made the motion to accept Ordinance 08-08, an ordinance
establishing requirements for a Planned Unit Development/Planned Residential Unit Development. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
PETITION TO ANNEX
Mayor Hansen showed the annexation map. He suggested in the annexation letter to zone Recreational Residential, but if there are any changes that need to be made, that can be done. We will be creating a PUD zone if anyone wants that. The Recreational Residential is the most likely used. It’s a starting point. He suggested going to the ordinances on the website and looking at the different zones listed. He feels that most will be zoned Recreational Residential with exceptions of commercial in one area.
The maximum annexation fee is $1000 for the whole thing. Then a plat will be created for the whole annexation area. That would really clean up the town limits. The town will service the area with water. But the developers will have to come with water rights. We won’t be responsible for the roads within a subdivision.
Mayor Hansen said the Bessinger property is the largest property within the annexation area and he had a verbal agreement on the phone that he will petition to join.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion to accept the petition of annexation. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
ORDINANCE # 08-09
Council Member Huefner said she tried to include what Jennifer Huefner and Elizabeth Seiler had already done for their Bore Cut standards and permit ordinance. But she didn’t combine it. Council Member Huefner said she will work on this for another month.
Mayor Hansen said the state is very strict on how we cross their road. We can’t cut the road unless the pipe we’re connecting to is under the asphalt or if you bore under and fail, or if you can show adequate evidence that you cannot bore from past experience, then you can bore, but then there are strict rules of helping the road not sink. When you haul all the material you’ve dug out, fill with sand, and fill within a foot or two of surface, compact it, add flow-able fill in, it won’t settle. He doesn’t see how our roads are any less expensive that Utah State Highways.
Mayor Hansen suggested to also add the safety stuff in the ordinance; that there can’t be uncovered trenches, etc.
Community Commercial Zone
DJ Ballingham said our present ordinance is inadequate in addressing some items. He has looked at some of the other towns in the area; they are much further along than we are. We’ve had the ability to see their successes and hopefully ways to avoid areas of failure for the future. Mr. Ballingham has divided the commercial zone into 3 zones. There’s been a lot of discussion about this from the Planning &Zoning along with input from the community. Hopefully this will determine what the town will look like in 5-10 years from now.
A C-1 zone is essentially a retail area. It will include nice businesses and restaurants. Something nice that people will see when they come through a main road of Garden City.
This will be a nice corridor along highway 89 and Paradise Parkway from where it intersects Highway 89 on the north to where the park is on the south. This will include about 6-7 blocks. We need to maximize use of the space, because once it’s used for another purpose, it can no longer be used for our intentions. He wants to see department stores and automobile dealers, but no automobile garages. We want to have businesses that are nice and attractive and where they can walk from one business to another.
Mayor Hansen suggested any time there is a gas station; it needs to be under a Conditional Use Permit.
In a C-2 zone, are automobile service stations, garages, gas stations, commercial parking lots, carpenter shops, electrical, plumbing and heating shops. This is essentially the light industrial zone. Storage Sheds, commercial landscaping buildings, etc. They would like to create a corridor that is not on the main street and is hidden behind the retail corridor
That can have all the other services that our town and tourists will need.
A C-3 zone will be a mixture of C-1 and C-2 zones, minus the storage sheds, construction sheds, lumberyards, garages, etc. You can put subdivisions, homes, PUD’s or a retail business if you choose. If a business is next to a residence, a fence will need to be put up. The height regulation is 35’. He would like to recommend a 10’ front setback that is for landscaping to create a setback off of Paradise Parkway. The goal is to create the roads with berms and entrances. Most people are looking at the beautiful landscaped area, not the fronts of their buildings. It takes traffic off of the main road and into the parking lots.
Council Member Huefner has a problem with the architectural standards being on three sides of a building. She strongly encouraged doing 35-40% of the building, but for businesses that make their money in 3 months a year, it makes it very expensive.
Commission Member Ballingham feels that in 5 years, we may be more of a year-round recreation area. Some things will need to occur before that happens. The Planning & Zoning and Town Council will help that growth by how they plan now. The construction at the beginning may be a little more expensive, but that’s short-lived.
Every time we approve a project, it has two costs, the cost of the developer, and also varying costs for the town. Those costs have everything to do with opportunity. If we set the standard now, it will build our economy.
Council Member Huefner said we also need to decide if we’re another Jackson or not.
Council Member Leonhardt said people are coming in with so much money; they can buy expensive land and add a building for their business. They don’t have to buy the mom and pop shops.
Commission Member Ballingham said we need to look out for the citizen’s. The majority of the people that live here make their money off of tourism. If the buildings are beautiful, it just brings more tourism. We’ll benefit from creating this corridor.
Jennifer Huefner said an important aspect of the planning is landscaping. There’s a certain corridor that usually stands out. She’s would like to see that look for our downtown area. In addition to the architectural standards, the landscaping is very important and should be maintained.
Mayor Hansen said it doesn’t need to be high water landscaping to have it still look nice. It’s also refreshing to go somewhere and walk into a McDonald’s or an Albertson’s and it doesn’t have to look like one from the outside.
Commission Member Ballingham said he’ll re-work the ordinance and have it ready for next month. He showed a map of the zones and the different commercial areas. He said
most of the poor decisions made in history are made by a large group of people who have very little vision, very little education, or both. We’ll find that a number of the individuals at the Public Hearing are uninformed or do not understand what we’re trying to achieve. We’ll also find individuals that have a financial interest. If we bow down to those individuals in those groups, we’re doing a disservice to everyone else because we’re losing the vision of what we want for the town.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to move the Ordinance, Chapter 11C-1500 Community Commercial Zone with the proposed changes to the Garden City Public Hearing for the Planning & Zoning for their next meeting. Motion died for lack of second. Mayor Hansen suggested having the map on power point to show the zones for the public hearing.
DISCUSSION ABOUT MOBILE HOME PARKS
The Town Council understood that earlier, the ordinance pertaining to mobile home parks had had the density changed from 8 to 12. That change will be made in the ordinances.
Mayor Hansen will go over the budget with Council Member Leonhardt this next Tuesday.
Community Development Block Grant
Council Member Huefner said when Kathy Hislop comes back; they’ll work on the CDBG Grant.
Scenic Byway Grant Application
Council Member Huefner said the Scenic Byway Grant has been sent and we will know after July 17th if we get it.
Council Member Huefner looked at the fee schedule and wondered how to rent the new library building; by square footage, by group or non-profit group, etc. Mayor Hansen said he and Council Member Schnetzer had some ideas. They believe there will be very little renovation that needs to be done in the office side of the building. He said we’ll leave the bathrooms in and put doors into them from the hallway. With the rest of them, we can take the plumbing out and make the rooms into closets. We will expand a room for the clerks. The upper floor, we’ll leave in tact for the other groups. We’ll leave the door locks for each room. We’ll leave the Sheriff’s office as it is, even with the beds. They can stay in there and as they want it changed, we can do it later.
Council Member wondered about leaving the RV sites for FEMA emergencies. Council Member Schnetzer thinks the RV sites should stay. Mayor Hansen said we can mow the grass and keep it up, but we shouldn’t be in competition with members of the community trying to make a living.
Council Member House thought putting the FEMA trailers there would be good. Mayor Hansen doesn’t want to junk up the area either. He thinks we need a policy. The building should be reserved for public meetings. The civic center will be for church groups, etc. He’s opposed to someone reserving the building for the whole year. He feels reservations shouldn’t be made any longer than 2-3 months in advance. No alcohol will be allowed.
Regional Commission Board Member
Council Member Leonhardt volunteered to be a new board member for the Regional Commission.
Additional power pedestals in the park
Council Member Schnetzer said the Raspberry Days Committee feels that they need more power at the park. Mayor Hansen prefers not to put them in. He said they’re hard to mow around and we only need them 3 days a year. They may be moving Raspberry Days to the new park. They may be able to do it there.
Copies made for Bear Lake Watch
Council Member Schnetzer said we should donate the copies that were made. That should be our way of helping out.
We have a member of the community who needs to do some service hours. It was suggested that he could talk with the Mayor for projects i.e. cutting down trees, trimming trees, sweeping the sidewalk, leveling the new park, putting the siding on the new building, etc. He should work at our convenience.
Council Member Schnetzer said Angie McPhie is the new chairman of the beautification committee. She wondered who to talk to about getting street lights. It was suggested to call Montpelier or Richmond. They have nice lights.
Council Member Schnetzer asked about remodeling the park restrooms. She will need 2-3 advertised bids.
The library committee has been meeting with the Logan’s library for suggestions.
Council Member Schnetzer wondered if it would be reasonable to do a library foundation. The council agreed that it would.
Raspberry Days Breakfast
Council Member Schnetzer said Gwenda Hansen is uncomfortable giving money from the Raspberry Days breakfast to the library. The Town Council agreed that it would be fine to do so. Council Member House suggested finding a cooler to put the food in. Council Member Leonhardt said the Bear Lake Pizza had a trailer that helped out last year. Also Carmen Madsen always helps out.
Council Member Huefner said she had a letter about a grant application for sidewalks.
Mayor Hansen said it wouldn’t work for us because it needs to be on the state highway and needs to address the needs of children.
Council Member Huefner said the Transportation Committee hasn’t met yet. The snow is
too deep. She’s glad to see that Travis Hobbs has cleaned the bike path. She said they won’t be doing 150 S. this year. Mayor Hansen thinks that’s a wise decision. He said the Lodge will be helping to make it nice down there.
Anita Weston asked if they couldn’t at least take some brush and posts out. She said it’s very narrow there. Council Member Huefner said we could move the ditch over. Mayor Hansen said that would also help the Sewer District get the pumping station moved also.
Council Member House said he’s been working with Hook Canyon and the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion to go into Executive Session at 10:15 p.m. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member House made the motion to go out of Executive Session at 10:18 p.m. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member Leonhardt made the motion to let Mr. Martineau go ahead and take care of town business. Council Member Schnetzer seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member Huefner made the motion to approve the payment vouchers. Council Member House seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Council Member House made the motion to adjourn at 10:20 p.m. Council Member Huefner seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Ken Hansen, Mayor Assistant Clerk