Aurora City Council Minutes


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City of Aurora

City Council Meeting     

April 19, 2021

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

APRIL 19, 2021

FINAL

 

     The Aurora City Council came to order at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the public that proper notice for the city council 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:  Jim Harrison

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kent Mickelsen                

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

                        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

 

EXCUSED:       

 

VISITORS: Parker Vercimak – Jones & DeMille, Kathy Maxwell, Greg Harwood, Richard Curtis, two individuals via zoom.

 

City Council Meeting-

 

1-      REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES-

 

The City Council reviewed the minutes of the March 15, 2021 meeting and the April 7, 2021 work session.  A few corrections were made.

 

 

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City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the minutes of the March 15, 2021 meeting and the April 7, 2021 work session as corrected. The motion was seconded by City Council Member Jim Harrison.  The motion was approved by members:  Mason, Kennedy, Harrison, Rasmussen and Mickelsen.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

Richard Curtis came before the council to discuss development of his property just to the west of his current home.  Mr. Curtis stated that he intends to split the property into two separate lots for future development or homes for his children.  Mr. Curtis stated that he has purchased from Aurora City 1 share of water for $5000.00.  The Council discussed the size of the two lots and how there could potentially need to be more irrigation water assigned to the property.  The Council also discussed the need for each property to have the needed frontage along a designated city street.  The Rocky Ford canal runs between the city street and the new lots so a bridge would need to built to access the property.  Mr. Curtis stated that he would like to build only one bridge to access each of the two properties, the Council stated that ordinance states that each property needs their own access in the event that the property is ever sold to a non-family member or if there are disputes that arise.   Mayor Quarnberg stated that there are a lot of questions for the Council to consider and directed that it be placed on next month’s agenda.

 

3-      DONATION REQUESTION FROM THE SALINA YOUTH COURT-

 

Greg Harwood and Kathy Maxwell approached the Council to request a donation for a scholarship for one of the senior members of the North Sevier Youth Court. Officer Harwood discussed the function of the Court and stated that participation from youth from Aurora is strong.  Last year’s scholarship winner was Ray Bennett’s daughter from Aurora.  Mr. Harwood and Ms. Maxwell also discussed coordinating service hours with city officials.  It was noted that last year Aurora City donated $300.00.  Mr. Harwood also asked for a volunteer from the City Council to serve on the board of the Youth Court.  Council member Nancy Kennedy volunteered to serve.   

 

City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to donate $300.00 to the North Sevier Youth Court.  Council Member Nancy Kennedy seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Rasmussen, Kennedy, Harrison, Mason and Mickelsen.

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4-      MISS NORTH SEVIER DONATION REQUEST-

 

Aurora City received their annual letter from the Miss North Sevier Scholarship Pageant requesting a donation to the pageant.  A few of the City Council members regretted that no one came to the council meeting for an in-person request.

 

City Council Member Kelly Mason moved to donate $200.00 to the Miss North Sevier Scholarship Pageant.  Council Member Kent Mickelsen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Mason, Mickelsen, Kennedy, Harrison and Rasmussen.

 

5-      CULINARY WATER PROJECT UPDATE-

 

Mayor Quarnberg discussed with the Council some of his take-aways from the CIB meeting where Aurora City received a 70% grant and 30% loan on the financial package received.  Mayor Quarnberg also discussed the one negative issue that was brought up by more than one CIB member.  The Community Impact Board gave feedback to Aurora City that a 15,000 gallons monthly allowance base was probably excessive.  The Mayor and Council discussed the ramifications of reducing the monthly allowance and how that would affect the larger water users.  The Council also discussed the problem that recently came up with inactive culinary water service locations being brought back into service.  The Mayor stated that most of the inactive meters have been out of service for many years, a new meter always needs to be installed at a cost only to Aurora City and not the property owner.  The property owner also has not been paying for up-keep with the culinary water system.  At one time, all of the connection fees and impact fees were paid for the inactive locations, but they haven’t provided their share of maintenance costs for many years.  The Mayor asked the Planning Commission to look at the issue and bring a recommendation back to the City Council.

 

6-      APPROVAL OF CONTRACT WITH ZIONS FINANCIAL SERVICES-

 

Marcus Keller with Zions Financial Services has been advising and helping Aurora City for many months with their culinary water system.  Zions has been helpful in providing needed financial advice and offering interim financing for the project especially when the City was going to go through USDA-Rural Development.  Now that the City has selected to go with CIB, the amount of help needed is less, but they are available to help

 

 

 

 

 

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with any problems that arise or interim financial help that will be needed.  Mr. Johnson stated that Zions has been crucial in helping to advise the City on how to proceed with certain aspects of the application process.

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to approve the contract with Zions Financial Services.  City Council Member Kent Mickelsen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Kennedy, Mickelsen, Harrison, Rasmussen and Mason.

 

7-      PREPARATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 BUDGET-

 

Mr. Johnson asked the City Council to prepare for next year’s budget by looking at their departments and needs for next year’s budget.  Mr. Johnson also stated that the second round of COVID money could be approved by the Utah State Legislature soon and that could possibly provide Aurora City with $117,335.75.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that he would like to provide the Fire Department with boots for the Firemen because of the cost that they have had to provide by themselves for boots in the past.  The Mayor also stated that he would like to provide new pagers for the firemen as well. 

 

8-      4TH OF JULY DISCUSSION-

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen stated that the company used in the past for inflatables has now sold out to another company in Cedar City.  Mr. Rasmussen was checking into finding another company to provide inflatables for the celebration.  Mr. Rasmussen also floated the idea of having a foam machine purchased by the city to provide foamy fun for a lot of kids.  The Council discussed the booking of the band Border Line, roping off the area, fireman’s dinner and inviting Kathryn Sedgwick to next month’s meeting.

 

9-      CLEAN-UP WEEK-

 

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The City Council discussed their plans for the upcoming clean-up week.  The dumpsters at the Fire Station were set to be delivered for the Aurora citizens to use to clean up their yards.

 

10-  DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Planning Commission-  Ms. Kennedy reported that the planning commission welcomed a new member, Dana Coates to the Planning Commission and that they were continuing to work on the city issues.

Parks and Recreation-  Mr. Mason stated that the Recreation Board was still working on a way to obtain the east lot near the NSCC to develop into a park and playground.

Cemetery- The Council discussed some of the issues with cremation requests from individuals, flag poles, animal burials, fees.  The Mayor directed the Planning Commission to look at the issues and bring some ideas to the City Council.

Animal Control-  Mr. Johnson stated that there have been numerous dog complaints in the recent weeks.  He has discussed some of the issues with Animal Control Officer Mickie McKenzie and they were working on the problems

 

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

 

The City Council reviewed each of the reports.

 

12-  REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION-

 

The City Council reviewed all of the financial information.

 

 

13-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The Council Meeting ended at 8:23 pm and an expression of choice was offered by Kent Mickelsen.

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________

 

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April 26, 2021

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CITY OF AURORA

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

APRIL 26, 2021

FINAL

 

     The Aurora City Council came to order at 7:00 pm.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the public that proper notice for the city council meeting had been given.  The purpose of the meeting was to pass a resolution to begin the process to receive funding for the Culinary Water Project

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member:  Jim Harrison

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kent Mickelsen                

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

                        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

 

EXCUSED:        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

VISITORS: Parker Vercimak – Jones & DeMille, Sevier County Commissioner Scott Johnson, UDOT Representative Rick Torgerson, Marcus Keller-Zions Public Finance via zoom.

 

City Council Meeting-

 

1-      RESOLUTION TO BEGIN THE PROCESS TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THE AURORA CITY CULINARY WATER PROJECT-

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy made the following motion:

 

 

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“Consideration for and adoption of Parameters Resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds not to exceed $1,500,000.00 in Water Revenue Bonds of Aurora City and calling of a public hearing to receive input with respect to the issuance of such Bonds and any potential impact to the private sector from the construction project.”

City Council member Andy Rasmussen seconded the motion.

A Roll Call vote was taken:

 

Kent Mickelsen-AYE

Kelly Mason-AYE

Nancy Kennedy-AYE

Andy Rasmussen-AYE

Jim Harrison-AYE

 

Marcus Keller of Zions Public Finance informed the Council about the next steps in the process especially with regards to financing.  Parker Vercimak, engineer with Jones and DeMille also addressed the timeline expected for the project and some concerns that increase in material costs could impact the project.

 

2-      BIKE PATH DISCUSSION-

 

Sevier County Commissioner Scott Johnson and UDOT Representative Rick Togerson addressed the Council concerning a bike path that is in the planning stages from Redmond south toward Richfield.  Currently, funding has been approved for the path from Redmond to Salina.  The path will follow the Sevier River from Redmond passed the Salina City sewer lagoons to about 400 N. in Salina where a Salina “leg” will head into the City.  Mr. Johnson and Mr. Torgerson pulled up google earth on the City computer and asked the Council where they would like to see the path continue from Salina to Aurora.  Numerous options were discussed but no final decision was made.  The two men asked the Council to consider the best path possible and make a decision so that funding could be obtained soon.

 

3-      REVIEW OF EMERGENCY PLAN-

 

The City Council reviewed the current emergency plan, made some changes to names and phone numbers.

4-      ADJOURNMENT-

 

The City Council completed their discussions at 8:40

 

City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Jim Harrison.  The motion was approved by members Rasmussen, Harrison, Mason, Kennedy and Mickelsen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________