City Council approves land sales; future library site, power substation in Little Valley

St. George City Council, St. George, Utah, January 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George New

ST. GEORGE – City officials approved the sale of city-owned land Thursday for the eventual construction of a new library and power substation in the Little Valley area.

The St. George City Council approved the $103,700 sale to Washington County of a 2-acre parcel of land in the area between 2350 East and Sullivan Lane for the future site of a library. It will be the second branch of the Washington County Library in St. George. The preexisting library branch is located on 100 South next to the Town Square.

“We’re excited about this,” Mayor Jon Pike said. The location of the new library will place it within walking distance of two schools in the area and provide a “great resource” for the people in Little Valley, Desert Hills and the surrounding community, he said. “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Also approved was the $200,000 sale to Dixie Power of a one-acre parcel of land connected to the Seegmiller Historic Farm on 2450 South for the creation of a power substation.

The station will help provide power to the city’s fastest growing area and also remove the need to have a 69-kiloliter power line on 3000 East to feed power into the area.

“Money (from the sale) must be used for the betterment of the park, which we’re excited about,” said Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager.

The Seegmiller Historic Farm is a 33-acre park where the city is recreating a portion the farm as it would have been in the late 1800s and early-1900s. Once finished, the farm will be used as an educational facility showcasing the agricultural history of a bygone era.

Read more: Building to preserve the past; Hela Seegmiller Historic Park

Other items of note

The City Council also approved a conditional use permit allowing for the building of a five-story hotel behind the Dixie Center St. George along 270 East. Slated to be a Holiday Inn, the hotel’s total height will be nearly 70 feet, which exceeds the city’s code limiting buildings to a height of 35 feet. However, it was noted that the Dixie Center itself is 40 feet high, and the hotel next to it is 63 feet.

The Holiday Inn will be built on the southern portion of a piece of land between 270 East and 1670 South. A group called the Island Trading Company has an option to buy the northern piece of the property and is evidently considering building a water park or venue offering some other form of entertainment at that location.

An agreement with SunRoc Corporation for the River Road asphalt repair project was approved for $127,851. The area to be repaired is located north of the Virgin River bridge.

A $29,187 bid was awarded to Campbell & Associates for a professional service agreement for the St. George Recreation Center’s remodel phase II design. Office space once used by the city has been vacated and is slated to be remodeled into a lounge and larger gaming area.

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  • Big Guy October 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Most likely the 3000 East power line would have been a 69 kilovolt line. No such thing as kiloliter power line.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic October 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I wondered the same thing, Big Guy. Google: kiloliter power line. There are too many instances of its use, some technical some not, to choose one result over another to link here. But try it, see if you are satisfied, as I was, that it’s an appropriate term. If not, please return and tell me – I always want to know. I do! 😀
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Big Guy October 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        Liter is a measure of volume that has nothing to do with electrical power. I googled kiloliter and unsurprisingly got containers. If you check out the link below, you’ll see that “69 kV” (kilovolts) is “…used for distribution in urban and rural areas.”

  • Renee October 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    So glad to see the city council moving on improvements. Please consider doing something about traffic controls at Horseman Park and River Rd. in Little Valley. With all the residential development in the area by Little Valley Elementary, traffic is becoming more and more of a problem. It is nearly impossible to get out of The Knolls neighborhood without risking your life.

  • Dolly October 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    A new library will be nice for Little Valley, but where exactly is Sullivan Lane? I can’t find it on any map. I agree with Renee about getting a signal at Horseman Park and River. Between the school traffic and the rush-hour traffic from the industrial section further south on River, it’s really dangerous.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic October 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hi Dolly, thank you for the question. Our reporter, Mori Kessler, said Sullivan Lane is a proposed road that hasn’t been built yet. The library will be in the area of 2350 East and Horseman Park Drive. Sullivan Lane would be on the other opposite side of the library from the looks of it. And this is the same area as Little Valley Elementary and Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School.
      I hope that helps?
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • just sayin October 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The “Santa Clara” library branch is in St George city limits, so technically the new branch would be the third inside St George city limits….that is all.

  • Dolly October 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks Joyce, and yes, that helps a bunch!

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