Aurora City Council Minutes



OCTOBER 2019 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES ARE THE LATEST APPROVED MINUTES....  OUR NOVEMBER CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES WILL BE APPROVED DURING OUR DECEMBER 2019 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

October 21, 2019

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 21, 2019

DRAFT

City Council Meeting-

 

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: Jim Harrison

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:          

 

VISITORS:  Bob and Karen Hales, Thurel Mason, Wes and Kari Shaw, Julia Quarnberg, Adam and James Perschon, Kent Mickelsen, Niel and Robin Anderson, Don and Wendy Gragg, Amber Curtis, Mayor Dave Ogden, Robert Johnson,  Commissioner Scott and Carol Lee Johnson, Melissa Winters, Angie Stubbs, Brett Quarnberg, Tina Johnson, Mel and Debra Yardley, Mike and Joanne Shaw, Julie Curtis, Elaine Brown, Linda Sorensen, Roger Ogden, Kay McIff, Commissioner Ralph Brown, Commission Tutor and Jeanna Ogden.   

 

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1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the September 23, 2019 meeting where a minor change was 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-      EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT-

 

James Perschon-  Eagle Scout candidate James Pershon attended Council Meeting to report on his completed project.  James and his Troop 605 cleaned up the Aurora Archery Range.  He reported that combined they had 99.25 hours of service on the project.  He presented a power point presentation with some of the pictures that he had taken to the Council.  Mayor Quarnberg commended James on his fine work and the City Council also thanked him for his worthwhile project.

 

3-      SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS- BOND ELECTION INFORMATION-

 

Sevier County Commissioner Scott Johnson made a presentation to the City Council and the residents who were in attendance at the meeting.  Commissioner Johnson stated that he was there to inform the public and answer any questions regarding the ballot initiative.  Many members of the public and the City Council answered questions about size, funding options, tax rate increases, location and conflicts with private enterprises with the proposed recreation center.  Most of the public were cordial and respectful and a good discussion took place.  The Commissioners encouraged everyone to vote in the election which was to be done by November 5, 2019. 

 

4-      WATER PROJECT-

 

Jeff Albrecht from Savage/Albrecht Engineering was in attendance to inform the City Council and the public on the status of the proposed water project.  Mr. Albrecht stated that it looks like he can secure a 31% grant- 69% loan from USDA for such a project.  Mr. Albrecht stated that an environment impact study would

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need to be completed before any such project or funding could occur.  The cost for such a study was estimated to be about $40,000.00.  The Council discussed with the public the need to improve the culinary water situation in Aurora to allow for growth and especially for times of drought.  Mayor Quarnberg informed the citizens about the steps already taken and the process which has led the Council to this point.  No decision has been made regarding a project but the need to improve the culinary water available for the citizens remains a top priority.  Mr. Albrecht stated that the environment impact study could take many months depending upon the winter weather and it might be prudent for the Council to approve the study now and then see where funding options would be at a later date. 

 

Council Member Kelly Mason made the motion to move forward with the environmental impact study and spend up to $40,000.00 for the study.  Council Member Andy Rasmussen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  K. Mason, Rasmussen, D. Mason, Kennedy and Harrison.

 

5-      OPEN SESSION-

 

Animal Control Officer Mickey McKenzie approached the City Council to express her approval of the new animal control ordinance.  Ms. McKenzie stated that she felt the new ordinance was a step in the right direction and gives her the ability to help Aurora City residents.

Aaron Ainge approached the City Council to request a hardship reduction on his monthly utility bill.  Mr. Ainge stated he was involved in an accident many months ago and it has affected his ability to have a full time job.  He further stated that he was living with family out of the area but would be returning in the next few weeks.  The Council discussed the need for him to improve the clean-up surrounding his home and Mr. Ainge stated that he would make things look better.  The Council set his utility rate at $37.25 for the next six months and then will revisit his situation after that time.

 

6-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Planning Commission-   Council Member Nancy Kennedy informed the Council that the Planning Commission was working on Section 5-Business Licenses in the Aurora City Ordinance Book and that they had decided upon a number of names to give to

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Mayor Quarnberg to make a replacement appointment for Mr. Mickelsen. 

Fire Department-  The Aurora City Council was informed that the Aurora City Fire Department open house was well attended and a success.

Parks and Recreation- Council Member Denton Mason informed the Council that NS Recreation held their monthly meeting and discussed mostly Fall recreation sports and the successful seasons that were completed.  Finances are still looking good and Salina City will be going before the CIB to obtain funding for a new city building which will take the pressure off the Recreation Center for its change over to the Salina City Offices.    

 

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

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

8-        REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

 The city council reviewed each report.

 

9-       ITEMS FROM THE RECORDER-

 

Mr. Johnson informed the City Council that the dates had been set for his annual Aurora City Audit.  Thursday December 12th and Friday December 13th were the dates the auditors will come and question and review the city finances.

 

10-  ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR-

 

     Mayor Quarnberg expressed his frustration with the ongoing delinquent water customers who are on the delinquent list every month.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that this situation cannot keep going the way that it currently has been going.  Mr. Quarnberg stated that he would like an ordinance set which would be followed for past due accounts where an individual would have water shut off without notices posted after their account has been on the list “x” amount of times.  He also stated that he would like Aurora City to require a prepayment for services for “x” amount of months ahead as well.  Mayor Quarnberg directed the Planning Commission to visit about the issue at their next meeting and come up with a workable ordinance if possible. Mayor Quarnberg also expressed his interest in knowing exactly who was on a hardship

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list and directed Mr. Johnson to prepare the information and to have it as an agenda item for next month’s meeting.

 

11-  CLOSED SESSION-

 

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

 

12-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The council concluded their meeting at 10:10 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Jim Harrison.

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Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________