Aurora City Council Minutes


 

City of Aurora

City Council Meeting     

May 18, 2020

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION

MAY 18, 2020

FINAL

 

     The Aurora City Council came to order at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the public that proper notice for the meeting had been given.  Nancy Kennedy offered an opening expression of choice and the pledge of allegiance was given.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member:  Jim Harrison

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Kent Mickelsen

 

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

                        Maintenance Assistant: Jordon Bosh

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:       

 

VISITORS:  Weston Mason, Brett Quarnberg, Matt Long, Jon Maxwell, Kathy Maxwell, Kathryn Sedgwick, Bryce Sedgwick, Michelle Bennett, Kelsey Shaw

 

1-      REVIEW OF MINUTES-

 

The City Council reviewed the minutes of the March 16, 2020 City Council Meeting and also the minutes of the April 20, 2020 Work Session.  A few minor corrections were made.

 

City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the minutes of the March 16, 2020 meeting as corrected.  The motion was seconded by City Council Member

 

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Kelly Mason.  The motion was approved by members:  Rasmussen, Mason, Kennedy, Harrison and Mickelsen.

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to approve the minutes of the April 20, 2020 Work Session as corrected.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Andy Rasmussen.  The motion was approved by members:  Kennedy, Rasmussen, Mason, Harrison and Mickelsen.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

There we no individuals who came forward to address the City Council.

 

3-      4th OF JULY DISCUSSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg invited members of the 4th of July Committee and Fire Department to attend the meeting in order to discuss the plans for the 4th of July.  Kathy Maxwell reported that many communities in Central Utah have canceled or scaled back their celebrations because of the corona virus pandemic.  The discussion centered around being able to serve food and beverage, hold a concert, play carnival games and have bounce houses and races and still hold to the health department regulations.  The discussion centered mostly on being able to clean the facilities and keeping people apart in food lines and during the concert.  It was determined that this would be difficult.  The fire department representatives stated that they felt it would be possible to still have the fireworks display but maybe in a different location.  It was stated that it might be possible for the state to move the pandemic certification from yellow to green before the 4th of July.  It was also stated that this was not certain.  Bounce houses would be out because of the sanitization that would be required after each child played on the bounce house.  Carnival games and foot races would also require a lot of spacing and cleaning that would be problematic.  The group determined to think about the issues and meet again in a special work session to make a final decision.

 

4-      WATER PROJECT UPDATE

 

Mayor Quarnberg explained that the current culinary water project had gone through some public notice requirements and that those things were almost completed.  No other information was ready at this time.

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5-      PREPARATIONS FOR BUDGET REVIEW AND PUBLIC HEARING NEXT MONTH

 

    Mr. Johnson informed the City Council that during the June 2020 City Council meeting they would be finalizing the 2019-2020 budget and approving the 2020-2021 budget for the next fiscal year.  Mr. Johnson informed the Council that with all of the shutting down of the economy, it had affected the sales tax revenue for the past fiscal year.  It would be important for the Council to take into account the impact of the virus on future economic activity.  The Council was also informed that it would be important to include the wages of the new maintenance person in the next fiscal year’s calculations.  The Council discussed any future projects that would require more funding and determined to be prepared for next month’s meeting.

 

6-      OPEN MEETINGS TRAINING-

 

Mr. Johnson prepared an open meetings test to gauge the knowledge of the City Council regarding open meetings laws.  The test was a 12 question multiple choice test.  The Council discussed each question and the answers.

 

7-      CLEAN-UP WEEK FOLLOW-UP

 

The City Council reviewed how the last clean-up week went and what changes would cause improvement.  Council Member Kent Mickelsen stated that the dumpster at the fire station was heavily used.  He asked what would be the costs to have a full-time dumpster there for the citizens to use.  It was stated that during the summer and fall months the costs would be worth it but the cost during the winter and spring might not be advantageous. The need to send letters to Thomas Schussler and Brady Sorenson regarding clean up matters was also discussed.  Mr. Johnson was assigned to prepare the letters. 

 

8-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

City Buildings-  Council Member Harrison reported that he will be ordering supplies.

Fire Department-  It was reported that the Aurora City Fire Department had reached a certification level  where premiums on homes could be reduced by a small amount. 

Animal Control-  Numerous dogs issues were discussed, mainly dealing with dogs on 350 North and on 400 W.

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Court-  Mr. Johnson explained the new court report found in the packet of information for each City Council member.  He also discussed the fact that the state court system was still operating in RED and the courts were locked down for the foreseeable future.

NS Recreation-  Council Member Kelly Mason stated that the Recreation Department was experimenting with a soft opening of the Rec Center. 

Maintenance- Mr. Rasmussen discussed the problems they were having with the sprinkler system at the city park.  The sandy water has caused problems with the filter system and that makes it so the sprinklers stop working.  The maintenance personnel have been in touch with a company in Utah County that can possibly help with the situation.

 

9-      WATER USE REPORTS AND PAST DUE ACCOUNTS AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION-

 

The City Council reviewed each of the reports.

 

10-   ITEMS FROM THE RECORDER-

 

Mr. Johnson reported that he will attend a virtual CIB preparation meeting and invited any City Council member to join him.  He also asked about sponsoring a farmer’s market at the Aurora City Park.  The Council felt that they did not want to encourage flea market type events at the park.  Mr. Johnson also informed the Council that Aurora City had purchased 1/8 share of Rocky Ford water from a gentleman in Elsinore for $800.00.

 

11-  ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR-

 

Mayor Quarnberg discussed with the council his experience in selecting the winner of the youth court scholarship.  The Mayor also discussed his conversations with Gary Mason regarding the David Sorensen property that Aurora City would like to have to expand the cemetery and also his discussions with Jim Calton in getting the Church name off the cemetery property. 

 

12-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The Council Meeting ended at 10:37 pm.

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________