2003 Minutes & Agendas: Minutes - April 1, 2003 (Workshop)
Minutes of the Centerville City Council Financial
Planning Work Session held Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 5:45 p.m. in the Centerville
City Council Chambers, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.
Mayor: Michael L. Deamer
David R. Gill
R. Dean Layton
Debbie L. Randall, arrived at 6:45 p.m.
Nancy F. Smith
Steve Thacker, City Manager
Blaine Lutz, Finance Director/Asst. City Manager
Richard Hunt, Recreation Supervisor
Lisa Summers, Recreation Coordinator
Bruce Cox, Parks Supervisor
Neal Worsley, Police Chief
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary
Steve Thacker explained this work session is
a continuation of the Financial Planning Work Session held on March 25, 2003.
He said it is not intended that any financial decisions be made at this work
session, but only to receive information.
Mayor Deamer reported a new sports complex has
been proposed by Bountiful City at a cost of $20 million. Bountiful is considering
creating a sports district covering south Davis County to help fund this complex.
Richard Hunt introduced Lisa Summers who is
the Recreation Coordinator for Centerville. Mr. Hunt stated he currently uses
Centerville Jr. High and Reading Elementary for his Jr. Jazz Basketball Program
at a cost of $10,000 per year in rental fees. Neal Jenkins has talked with the
Parks and Recreation Committee about the possibility of using Bountiful schools
for the games. Mr. Hunt explained the Jr. Jazz program is self supporting, but
does not include Mr. Hunt’s salary. There were 600 children who signed up for
Jr. Jazz during the 2002/03 year. Mr. Hunt began running the baseball program
two years ago and currently has 150 more players signed up for this year compared
with last year.
Mr. Hunt distributed a cost sheet on the Summer
Recreation Program for 2002. There was a decrease in the number of children
participating in the program from the previous years, which may be attributed
to the downturn in the economy. Steve Thacker reported 2000 Census shows a decrease
in the number of children under 15 years of age. Mr. Hunt said that indirect
costs can be reduced by eliminating some expenses such as T-Shirts and employee
luncheons. He said that Centerville has subsidized the Summer Recreation Program
about $30,000 for a number of years. Mr. Hunt is trying to reduce this subsidy
amount by making the program more self sufficient.
Lisa Summers said the Recreation Program provides
an excellent service to the community. Lisa said she believes the recreation
program is an investment in our children, as it is a preventative program for
law enforcement to keep children out of trouble. Mr. Hunt praised Lisa for her
efforts, as Centerville has the best summer recreation program in Northern Utah.
Mr. Thacker asked the City Council to consider
the degree of subsidy that is acceptable for the Recreation Program, or does
it need to be able to pay for itself entirely.
Parks and Cemetery
Bruce Cox reported the City has 85 acres of
land that is maintained by the Parks and Cemetery Department. He stated his
department is in need of a one-ton dump truck for the cemetery to replace the
current dump truck that has over 200,000 miles on it. There is also a critical
need for a tri-plex lawn mower to replace the current mower that is ten years
old. Mr. Cox distributed photos of the vehicles that need to be replaced.
Mr. Cox said the Founders Park restrooms are
46 years old and they do not meet the facility ADA requirements for handicapped
individuals, and the roof is caving in. He believes a new restroom should be
built, as it is not cost effective to try and repair the current facilities.
Playground equipment at Founders Park is also needed, as the old playground
equipment did not meet safety requirements and much of this has been removed.
Steve Thacker distributed a letter from Randy
Randall that lists the public parking lots that are in need of resurfacing or
rebuilding during the next five years.
Neal Worsley, Police Chief, reported his department
currently has 15 police officers, plus one officer who is on military leave
who should be returning soon. The Police Department is currently advertising
for an employee to work 15 hours per week on records. Mayor Deamer stated he
would like to see a female patrol officer added to the force if the opportunity
Chief Worsley said his greatest need is for
a large storage facility for evidence. This facility would have storage bays
to be used by the Police Department, Parks Department, Whitaker Museum archives
storage, and possibly a room for physical fitness.
Chief Worsley also requested three patrol cars
and one detective car to replace vehicles that have over 100,000 miles. He would
like to have two motorcycles to patrol the foothills. He reported that eight
citations have been issued recently to violators on the foothills, only one
of which was a Centerville resident. Chief Worsley explained his department
has submitted for grants that, if received, could be used towards the purchase
of motorcycles. The Police Department is in need of modular office furniture
for the officers. Beginning next year, the lap top computers will need to start
being traded in on a rotation basis.
Chief Worsley said there are no requests for
officers this year, but he would like to have a detective next year. At this
time, Vaughn Steenblik is carrying a workload as Sergeant, plus he is doing
detective work. He said that another police officer will probably be needed
in 2008 to coincide with the increase in population.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m.
Marilyn Holje, City Recorder
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary