Aurora City Council Minutes


 I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE THE MINUTES ARE BEHIND, BUT REMEMBER ONLY APPROVED MINUTES ARE POSTED.  USUALLY THE MINUTES FROM A CITY COUNCIL MEETING ARE APPROVED THE FOLLOWING MONTH.  FOR INSTANCE, MAY 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES WILL BE APPROVED AT THE JUNE 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND THEN POSTED FOLLOWING THAT MEETING.

 

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

AUGUST 16, 2021

FINAL

 

     The Aurora City Council came to order at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the public that proper notice for the public hearing and city council meeting had been given.  

Jim Harrison gave an opening expression of choice, and the Council recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member:  Jim Harrison

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason  arrived at 7:16 pm.

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                         Council Member:  Kent Mickelsen

                       

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

                        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

                       

EXCUSED:        Maintenance Manager: Dan Rasmussen

                        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

 

VISITORS: Bryan Sprague, Dan McKenzie, Josh McKell, Ryan Hatch

 

 

City Council Meeting-

 

1-      APPROVAL OF MINUTES-

 

The City Council reviewed the minutes of the July 19, 2021 Council meeting.  A few corrections were made.

 

 

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City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to accept the minutes of the two meetings as corrected.  City Council Member Jim Harrison seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Rasmussen, Kennedy, Harrison, and Mickelsen.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

No members of the community came forward with concerns for the Council. 

 

3-      STORM DRAINAGE DISCUSSION-

 

Aurora residents Bryan Sprague and Dan McKenzie approached the City Council to discuss the diversion of flood water from 500 W to an area that would be a direct shot to the canal.  Mr. Sprague stated that during the recent downpour a stream of flood water traveled past Mr. McKenzie’s home along the back of Vicky Barney’s and Angie Merchant’s homes and into his garage.  Mr. Sprague stated that the damage was minimal but that he was out of town at the time, and it caused a great concern for his wife.  Mr. Sprague mentioned that he would like to have the city divert the flood water at 200 S. and cause it to be a direct shot east and travel to the windy canal.  Mayor Quarnberg stated a concern that diverting the water may impact others who live along the new route.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that he would visit with the Maintenance men and see what their opinion of a diversion would do. 

 

4-      VISIT FROM UTAH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TRUST OFFICIALS-

 

Josh McKell and Ryan Hatch from Utah Local Government Trust visited the City Council Meeting to discuss the renewal of the Aurora City policy and the problems that incurred when a claim was made last May.  Mr. McKell and Mr. Hatch apologized for the poor service that Aurora City received when they filed their previous claim.  The two men also explained what changes had been made in order to prevent the recurrence of such problems.  Mr. Hatch and Mr. McKell discussed the importance Aurora City has for them and how they would hate to lose the city as a customer.  The Council asked many questions and then the representatives of Utah Local Governments Trust made a power point presentation.  Later in the meeting, after the guests had left a motion was made.

 

City Council Member Jim Harrison moved to retain insurance services through Utah

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Local Governments Trust.  Council Member Kent Mickelsen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Mickelsen, Mason, Harrison and Kennedy.  City Council Member Andy Rasmussen abstained because of a conflict of interest.

 

5-      CULINARY WATER PROJECT-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that Parker was out of town for the day, so he had some issues to present before the Council.  MayorQuarnberg presented a contract from Rocky Mountain Power for electrical upgrades for the new well.  The contract requested $14,368.76 to install the upgrades.  Mayor Quarnberg also stated that the second bid was ready to be sent out to contractors.  The City will hold a pre-bid meeting on September 7th at 11:00 am and then bids will be required to be submitted by 4:00 pm on Thursday September 16th.  The City Council will award the winning bid at their regular City Council Meeting to be held on September 20, 2021.   Mayor Quarnberg also stated that drilling on the new well should begin at the end of September or first part of October.  He also informed the Council that Jones and DeMille had a payment request for $109,000.00.  The Mayor stated that Aurora City could go ahead and make the payment from funds in the Enterprise Fund and then once the CIB loan closes, reimbursement to that fund can be made. 

 

6-      CHANGES TO THE WATER UTILITY ORDINANCE REGARDING INACTIVE METERS-

 

The City Council reviewed the changes they had made to the current city ordinance regarding inactive meters that they had approved at last month’s meeting.  This was the first reading of the ordinance.  No changes were made and Mr. Johnson was directed to make the 2nd and 3rd readings available for next month’s meeting.

 

7-      CEMETERY ORDINANCE CHANGES DISCUSSED-

 

The Planning Commission had requested direction from the City Council regarding some of the cemetery ordinance changes.  The Council discussed charging more for non-residents for a burial plot and a grave opening and closing.  The Council also gave their opinion on setting in place a policy that would allow burial plots to revert back to the ownership of Aurora City if there was not any changes made to the ownership within 75 years of the date of passage.  The Council also discussed the proposed cremation portion of the cemetery and possible rules regarding that.  All of the discussion will be

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taken back to Planning Commission and they will present their recommendations at next month’s meeting.

 

8-      9/11 SERVICE PROJECT-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that there will be a city wide service project to be held on September 11, 2021.  The project is headed by Ked and Pam Nielson and will have volunteers clean the weeds along Main Street, paint the corners of the intersections red and also painting the railings off the bridges on Center, 100 South and 100 East.  Mayor Quarnberg asked the members of the City Council to try and be there to help with the project.

 

9-      COUNCIL MEMBERS REPORTS-

 

Jim Harrison-  Mr. Harrison discussed a gap on the outside door in the kitchen of the city building.  He stated that he would let Dan and Jordon know about it.

Kelly Mason-  Mr. Mason reported that the NS Recreation meeting for August had been held and that Fall Sports were beginning soon.  Mr. Mason also mentioned that progress on the new Recreation Park was beginning and that there were many ideas for the new park. 

Nancy Kennedy-  Ms. Kennedy reported that the Planning Commission had their meeting on August 3rd and that they were finishing up the subdivision ordinance.  She also mentioned that they had discussed the cemetery issues that were discussed previously during City Council Meeting.  Ms. Kennedy also discussed a few changes that needed to be made to the Emergency Plan.

Andy Rasmussen-  Mr. Rasmussen discussed trying to form a new committee for the 4th of July celebration.  The Council determined that they would select a list of candidates and send them a letter to see if they would be interested in being on such a committee.  The list was composed of Kylie Burgess, Michelle Bennett, Jodi Gurney, Kelsey Shaw, Natalie Porter and Kathryn Sedgwick.  Mr. Johnson will see that the letters get sent.  Mr. Rasmussen also informed that Council that next year the 4th of July is on a Monday so that will cause a Saturday/Monday celebration.

 

10-   REVIEW OF WATER USE REPORTS, BUDGET, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, REVIEW OF THE CHECK REGISTER AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

 

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The City Council reviewed all of the reports.

 

 

11-  ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that Bill Hales and Chad Booth would like to hold a meeting with Aurora City on Wednesday August 18th to explore some funding that could be used to improve ATV facilities in Aurora. 

 

12-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The Council completed their business and the meeting was adjourned at 10:20 pm with Ken Mickelsen offering a closing expression of choice.

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________