Aurora City Council Minutes


City of Aurora

City Council Meeting

June 17, 2019

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CITY OF AURORA

PUBLIC HEARING & CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JUNE 17, 2019

FINAL

Public Hearing-

Mayor Quarnberg welcomed everyone to the public hearing which began promptly at 7:00 pm. 

1-      Review of the final FY 2018-19 budget.  The City Council reviewed the final numbers for the fiscal year.  Mr. Johnson reported that things turned out well for the year.  Aurora City did not go into the red for the coming year and was able to cover all costs.  The Enterprise fund was also in a positive balance for the year.  A few minor changes were made.

2-      Review of the proposed FY 2019-20 budget.  The City Council reviewed the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.  Mr. Johnson discussed the need to make a few changes depending up the set tax rate and any increase in the compensation schedule.  More money was placed in the vehicles purchases account to prepare for the purchase of a new police car. 

3-      Tax rate, utility billing charges and compensation schedule.  Mr. Johnson informed the City Council that the certified tax rate set by the state of Utah was 0.001054.  This reflects a growth in the assessed valuation of Aurora City which would reduce the tax but cause for an increase in the amount of dollars received by Aurora City.  The Mayor mentioned that he had discussed the tax rate with Sevier County Auditor Steve Wall, and his determination was that it would be a tough sell to convince the state that a tax increase would be needed because of the financial position that Aurora City currently enjoys.  The council discussed the need to increase utility rates to help recover some of the costs Aurora City spent when they went through the culinary well refurbish project.  The City Council determined that a small increase now would help to defray future increases that could be necessary.  A cost of $1.50 would make the culinary water costs raise from $36.30 to $37.80.  That increase would raise a typical utility bill from $88.50 to $90.00.  The City Council also discussed a raise in the compensation schedule for city employees.  The costs of any cost of living increase would be split between the general fund and the enterprise fund.  The increase in pay for firemen, planning commission members, city council members, maintenance staff, office staff etc.  The decisions will be made during the regular city council meeting. Mayor Quarnberg closed the meeting.

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City Council Meeting-

 

Mayor Daven Quarnberg welcomed everyone to the city council meeting at 7:46 p.m.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the public that the time place and agenda of the meeting had been placed on the state notice website and provided to the Salina Sun newspaper via the state website notification system. Each member of the city council also received notice of the meeting and agenda at least two days prior to the meeting.  The notice and agenda were also posted at the Aurora City Office Building, the US Post Office lobby and on the auroracity.org website.  Jim Harrison offered an opening expression of choice.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Denton Mason

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Jim Harrison

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:       

VISITORS:  Robin and Neil Anderson, Parker Vercimak, Suzie Coates and Chief Matt McLean.

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the May 20, 2019 meeting where a few minor changes were made. 

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Council Member Denton Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members Rasmussen, Kennedy, D. Mason, K. Mason and Harrison.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

No one came to address the city council during open session.

 

 

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3-      WATER PROJECT UPDATE-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that Mr. Albrecht had informed him that the new well water project had received the 3rd review.  Some changes to the application have been made and the application will be resubmitted to the USDA for their review. 

 

4-      DRAIN ON MAIN STREET PROJECT-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the City Council that bid documents were ready for the project. 

 

5-      4th OF JULY PREPARATIONS –

 

Aurora City Council Member Andy Rasmussen informed the City Council that preparations were set for the annual celebration.  The Council discussed the need for generator to be placed for the inflatables.  The Council also discussed the entertainment for the night of July 3rd with the addition this year of the band “Borderline”.  Council Member assignments were made for taking tickets and the Fire Department was all set for their portion of the July 3rd activities. 

 

6-      FINAL READING OF THE PROPOSED NUISANCE ORDIANANCE-

 

The City Council reviewed the final copy of the nuisance ordinance. 

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the nuisance ordinance.  Council Member Nancy Kennedy seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members Rasmussen, Kennedy, K. Mason, D. Mason and Harrison.

 

7-      2nd READING OF THE ANIMAL CONTROL ORDIANCE-

 

The City Council reviewed the Animal Control Ordinance for the second time.  One idea that had come from the Planning Commission is that Aurora City change the focus.  The goal is for the City have all of the dogs in the community licensed and vaccinated.  To that end, Aurora City would give a free dog tag to any citizen who has

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solid proof of rabies vaccination for the coming year between the dates of January 1, 2020 until March 1, 2019.  Aurora City would continue to hold the dog clinic where residents can come and license and vaccinate their dogs.  After March 1st, the regular dog licensing fees would go back into place.  After April 1st, the citizens will be charged a $25.00 late fee for each dog.  This experiment will see if the city can license and vaccinate more dogs during the first two months of the year.

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to waive the dog licensing fee for any dog that proves solid rabies vaccination between the dates of January 1, 2020 to March 1, 2020.  The fee will be reinstated after March 1, 2020 until April 1, 2020.  A late of $25.00 for each dog licensed after April 1, 2020.  Council Member Nancy Kennedy seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members Rasmussen, Kennedy, K. Mason, D. Mason and Harrison.

 

8-      APPROVAL OF FINAL FY2018-19 AURORA CITY BUDGET.

 

Council Member Denton Mason moved to approve the final FY 2018-19 budget.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members D. Mason, K. Mason, Kennedy, Rasmussen and Harrison.

 

9-      APPROVAL OF FY 2019-20 BUDGET, SETTING OF TAX RATE, COMPENSATION SCHEDULE AND UTILITY RATES-

 

The City Council had a lengthy discussion about the setting of three of these items.

 

Council Member Denton Mason moved to set the 2019 tax rate to 0.001054.  He also moved to approve the FY 2019-20 Budget.  Council Member Jim Harrison seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members D. Mason, Harrison, K. Mason, Kennedy and Rasmussen.

 

Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to approve a 3% raise in the compensation schedule for City employees: Dan Rasmussen, Clint Johnson, Chief Matt McLean, Julie Harrison, BeLinda Gibb and Brady Edwards.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members:  Kennedy, K. Mason, Rasmussen and D. Mason.  Council Member Harrison abstained from the vote because of a conflict of interest with his wife being a city employee.

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City Council Member Kelly Mason moved to increase the culinary water rate by $1.50 from $36.30 to $37.80.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Denton Mason.  The motion was approved by Council Members K. Mason, D. Mason, Kennedy, Rasmussen and Harrison.

 

10-  DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

City Buildings-  Council Member Harrison informed the City Council that the small vacuum at the city building was not operating and that there was a problem with some of the counter top in the kitchen.

Planning Commission-  Council Member Nancy Kennedy mentioned that the Planning Commission has canceled their July 2019 meeting.

Parks and Recreation- City Council Member Denton Mason reported that the North Sevier Recreation Board had their monthly meeting.  The Recreation Board passed the coming fiscal year’s budget.

Court-  Mr. Johnson reported that the first court audit was completed and that there will be two more phases of the audit coming in the near future.

Maintenance-  City Maintenance Manager Dan Rasmussen reported that there were no serious maintenance issues currently in the city. 

 

11-  REVIEW OF CULINARY WATER USE REPORT AND PAST DUE ACCOUNTS-

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

12-    REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

 The city council reviewed each report.

 

13-   EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Mayor Quarnberg stated that there would be no need for an executive session.

 

 

14-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The council concluded their meeting at 10:35 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Denton Mason.

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________