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City Council Breezes Through Agenda

City Council Breezes Through Agenda
March 26
13:58 2015


City CouncilII

By Aaron Kellar

Page City Council held their regular meeting last night, (March 25th) to discuss bid awards, a lease agreement, hear a report from a board liaison, and appoint a liaison for the Page Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The meeting started with the immediate approval of an amendment to the Bed and Breakfast Homestay-Ordinance 624-15, 2nd reading.

Following the amendment, Council moved on to discuss the renewal of a lease agreement at 27 Poplar Street, (the old Page Electric Utility Satellite building) between the city of Page, Page Utility Enterprises, and Jen Lund and Melissa Leach of the B’Dazzled Salon.

The original lease agreement was a 3 year contract that required the tenants to pay $1,000 per month for the first 2 years, and then pay $1,500 per month for the 3rd year, with the intent to purchase the building.

The tenants had spent much more on the building than anticipated for renovations, and were hoping to negotiate a new lease agreement at a lower rate.

Bryan Hill, the General Manager of Page Utility Enterprises presented the idea of an alternative lease agreement to Council which would eliminate the raise to $1,500, and create a new lease for 2 years, at the current rate of $1,000 per month, with the intent to purchase the building.

The presentation by Hill was to get direction from Council on how to proceed.

Council said they wanted Hill to bring back a plan with the discussed terms, so they may reach a resolution.

Following the discussion of the lease agreement, Council moved on to award bids.

The first bid was awarded unanimously to the Page Fire Department to have Star Roofing Inc. conduct a roof membrane replacement.

The other bid in question, yielded a disagreement among Council members.

The bid, to pay Onsite Development Inc. to begin renovations on the Lake Powell National Golf Course Clubhouse, was for a bathroom remodel, as well as a kitchen remodel.

When the vote was called to question, Councilor Levi Tappan was the only member of Council that was against the bid.

He believed in renovating the bathrooms to make them handicap accessible, but not the renovation of the kitchen.

Speaking to Lake Powell Communications Councilor Tappan said, “I don’t believe in spending tax payer’s money so a business can run a restaurant out of there.”

Councilor Warner made the motion that it was an “all or nothing” package deal, which the rest of Council voted to approve.  Councilor Tappan was outbid 6 to 1 and the bid was awarded.

Mayor Diak moved on to his State Legislative Update, inferring that House Bill 2254, (aka the rental tax emption bill) might soon die off, as it has not come out of house, and there are indications that Governor Doug Ducey has no intent to sign it.

“The renter’s tax (exemption bill) at this time appears it may die,” Diak said with a grin.

Following the State Legislative Update, Mayor Diak appointed Councilor Dugan Warner as liaison to the Page Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

“You deserve it,” Diak joked to Warner.

Councilor Michael Bryan then gave his report as liaison to the Tourism Board.

According to Bryan, the Tourism Board is planning a summer entertainment series to be brought back to Council for consideration.

Council then ended the meeting on a rather unsettling note, by going into executive session to discuss allegations of employee misconduct.

The next Page City Council meeting is slated for April 8th at 6:30pm.



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