Aurora City Council Minutes



DECEMBER 2019 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES ARE THE LATEST APPROVED MINUTES....  OUR JANUARY CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES WILL BE APPROVED DURING OUR FEBRUARY 2020 CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  I KNOW THAT SEEMS LIKE WE ARE FAR BEHIND, BUT IT GIVES THE CITY COUNCIL A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE MINUTES FOR ERRORS BEFORE THEY ARE POSTED TO THE PUBLIC.

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City Council Meeting

December 16, 2019

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

DECEMBER 16, 2019

FINAL

 

Mayor Daven Quarnberg welcomed everyone to the city council meeting at 7:00 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.  Denton Mason offered an opening expression of choice and then the pledge of allegiance was given.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Denton Mason

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:        Council Member:  Jim Harrison

 

VISITORS:  Kent Mickelsen

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the November 18, 2019 meeting where a few minor changes were made. 

 

Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Council Member Andy Rasmussen seconded the motion.  The motion was

 

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approved by Council Members Rasmussen, Kennedy, D. Mason and K. Mason.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

Council Member Kelly Mason asked about the progress on clearing the sidewalk along Main Street.  Mr. Mason noted that the bushes are still bad enough at the home of Megan Allred that individuals are unable to use the sidewalk.  Mr. Johnson stated that the church had volunteered to help Mrs. Allred but so far no progress had been made. 

 

3-      WATER PROJECT UPDATE-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that there wasn’t much new to report on the water project.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that he had visited with Scott Anderson to see if Aurora City could get an easement to run a water line through his property to the culinary water tank.

             

4-      SUB FOR SANTA DONATION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg asked the Aurora City Council for their continued support of the Aurora Fire Department’s Sub for Santa program. 

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to provide the Aurora City Fire Department with a $500.00 check to support their Sub for Santa program.  Council Member Denton Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Kennedy, D. Mason, K. Mason and Rasmussen.

 

5-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

City Buildings- Mr. Johnson informed the Council that the small vacuum in the city building was broken and needed repair.  Mr. Rasmussen stated that he would look at it.

Planning Commission- The Planning Commission canceled their December meeting.

Court- Update on the hiring of a new Aurora City Justice Court Judge.  Mr. Johnson stated it could be several weeks until a new Judge would be hired and ready to go.  Mr. Johnson stated that it might become necessary for Aurora City to employ a temporary Judge if the process lasts longer than a few weeks.  Mr. Johnson

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provided the City Council with Resolution 12-16-2019.  This resolution would allow Aurora City to hire a part-time Judge until a full-time Judge could be retained.

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the resolution which would allow Aurora City to hire Judge Mark McIff or Senior Judges Cordell Pearson or Les Scott on a “as needed” basis if the hiring of a new Aurora City Justice Court Judge goes slowly and cases will need to be heard.

 

A roll call vote is as follows:

 

Andy Rasmussen            Aye

Nancy Kennedy              Aye

Denton Mason               Aye

Kelly Mason                    Aye

 

Fire Department-  Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that new officers had been elected for the Aurora City Fire Department.   Weston Mason was selected as the new Fire Chief with Matt Long as Assistant Chief and Dustin Bullard as secretary.  The Mayor stated that he would like to swear in the new officers at next month’s city council meeting.

 

6-      BUSINESS LICENSE APPROVAL-

 

The City Council reviewed a business license request from Abbi Porter.  Ms. Porter would like to operate a homebased business where she could sell cosmetics.

 

Council Member Denton Mason moved to approve the business license for Ms. Porter.  Council Member Andy Rasmussen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  D. Mason, K. Mason, Rasmussen and Kennedy.

 

7-        REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

 The city council reviewed each report.

 

8-       ITEMS FROM THE RECORDER-

 

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Mr. Johnson informed the City Council that next month the swearing in of new City Council Members would take place at the beginning of city council meeting.  Mr. Johnson also noted that he would need to schedule a public hearing in order to change the budget to include the fireman’s grant money and fire department’s checking account.  A public hearing will also be necessary to review the findings of the Aurora City audit and then to approve the audit.

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9-      ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR-

 

The Mayor made a presentation to Council Member Denton Mason thanking him for his service the past four years. 

    

10-  CLOSED SESSION-

 

    There was no need for the Council to go into a closed session.

 

11-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The council concluded their meeting at 8:00 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Clint Johnson.

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Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________