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.

 

 OCTOBER 2022 IS THE LATEST APPROVED MINUTES.  OUR CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOR DECEMBER WAS CANCELED DUE TO THE DEATH OF THE MAYOR'S FATHER.  THEREFORE THE NOVEMBER 2022 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES WILL BE APPROVED AT THE JANUARY 2023 MEETING.

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City Council Meeting     

October 17, 2022

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2022

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.  

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: Hal Jensen

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Maintenance Manager: Jordon Bosh

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

                       

                       

EXCUSED:        Council Member: Kelly Mason

 

VISITORS:    Kelly Hallows, Eric Mason, Scott Johnson, Parker Vercimak and Lora Fielding of the Salina Sun.

 

City Council Meeting-

 

1-      APPROVAL OF MINUTES-

 

The City Council reviewed the minutes of the September 19, 2022 Council meeting. 

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to accept the minutes of the September 19, 2022 meeting.  City Council Member Hal Jensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Harrison, Kennedy, Rasmussen and Jensen.

  

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2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

No one from the public came forward to address the City Council.

 

3-      UPDATE ON CULINARY WATER PROJECT-

 

Parker Vercimak brought the City Council up to date on the status of the culinary water project.  Mr. Vercimak went through the punch list and detailed those few items that are left to be completed.  Mr. Vercimak expressed his frustration with the contractor in the delays on finishing up the punch list.  He stated that it might be a good idea for Aurora City to send a letter to the contractor stating that they three weeks left to finish the project before penalties will be incurred. 

 

4-      GENERAL PLAN DISCUSSION-

 

The City Council reviewed the General Plan that had been completed by the Planning Commission.  There were a few items under the park section and the culinary water section that the City Council would like to have the Planning Commission update and review.  Mr. Johnson stated that he would take the comments back to the Planning Commission for their review.

 

5-      IRRIGATION WATER DISCUSSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg discussed with the Council the need to change city ordinances to allow citizens to use culinary water in their outdoor irrigation systems.  Mayor Quarnberg discussed how those changes could potentially be made leaving in some of the old ordinance that has state criteria and incorporating new changes so that community is safe and still able to use culinary water.  The Council discussed the situation with surrounding communities that have applied for grant money to help them convert over to the new law in HB242.  They also discussed the meeting that leaders had with State Legislators expressing their concerns about the law.  Mr. Harrison asked if the code would be changed to allow citizens to install their own backflow device with an inspection from Aurora City.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that was direction the City would be leaning with the City organizing a day of inspections where a certified inspector could come to Aurora and do multiple inspections to help reduce costs.  Mr. Jensen asked a question about the water board meeting and how helpful

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Representative Carl Albrecht has been.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that Mr. Albrecht and Rep. Snider of Paradise, UT helped to set up the meeting and have stated their support for making changes to the law.  The Mayor stated that those changes will be done during the legislative session which is three months away so a lot can happen during the time between now and the legislative session.  Mayor Quarnberg discussed a letter that Gunnison City had sent to their citizens regarding the secondary water metering.  He discussed attending their City Council meeting to get a feel from them as to why they are making those decisions with so many questions still to be answered.  The Mayor stated that Aurora City should stay on top of the issue and continue to push for changes to the law to save our citizens money that would be wasted otherwise. 

 

6-      AURORA CITY DUMP-

 

Mason Machinery owner Eric Mason came before the Council to ask what he can do to prevent Aurora City residents from piling garbage at a waste pile located on his property.  Mr. Mason stated that he felt like citizens were taking advantage of the waste pile and how, with the help of Aurora City, the dumping could be stopped.  Mayor Quanberg informed Mr. Mason that Aurora City is in favor of closing the garbage pile and that it has never been supported by the Council.  Mr. Mason stated that he intends to build a fence around the property and that may deter citizens from piling garbage there.  He also stated that he may eventually build a new store in the area which also help solve the problem.  The City Council told Mr. Mason to blame the closure on the City stating that Aurora City would love to see the pile burned and then never used again. 

 

7-      BIKE PATH DISCUSSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg welcomed Sevier County Commissioner Scott Johnson to the meeting to discuss Aurora City’s ideas for a bike path coming from Salina City to Aurora.  The Mayor stated that he had asked the Planning Commission to make some recommendations for a route from Salina to Aurora.  Ms. Kennedy stated that Planning Commission had looked at the issues and determined that their first choice was to leave Salina on Highway 50, cross the Sevier River, then turn on the Honky-tonk Road until the Rocky Ford Canal Road, then follow the Rocky Ford Canal Road into Aurora City ending at the City Park.  The second choice was just to follow the Main Highway coming from Salina and build a bike path to the side of the road.  Ms. Kennedy stated that it would be

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faster and cheaper to follow the current route and perhaps safer with people not being out on lonely roads where bad things could occur.  The Council also discussed the Lost Creek option but felt the costs associated with that path could potentially be greater, along with easement rights.  Commissioner Johnson stated that funding was beginning to be acquired for the project and decisions would need to be made soon.  He also thanked Aurora City for their input and discussed the project that was recently completed from Redmond to Salina.

 

8-      PREPARATION FOR ANNEXATION REQUEST-

 

Mr. Johnson informed the City Council that Aurora City had received an annexation request for the “South Aurora Annexation”.  Mr. Johnson went through the process of annexation for the City Council and stated that the Planning Commission had reviewed the annexation request and had voted to approve the request and send it to the City Council for their consideration.  It was noted that there was a period of time where the request was to be on the agenda and that made it possible to hear the annexation proposal at the November meeting. 

 

9-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Jim Harrison-  Mr. Harrison informed the Council he was enjoying his job signing off on the city deposits and working with Ms. King cleaning and taking care of the buildings.

Nancy Kennedy-  Ms. Kennedy stated that the planning commission has been doing their assigned tasks and working well.  

Jordon Bosh-  Mr. Bosh discussed getting a new lawn mower for the City and some of the issues with the old mowers.  He also discussed the new picnic tables for the pavilion at the City Park and that he would prefer 8 foot tables.  Mr. Bosh discussed putting up the Christmas decorations a little later than they had done last year    

 

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

 

The City Council reviewed all of the reports.

 

 

 

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11-   ADJOURNMENT-

 

The Council completed their business and the meeting was adjourned at 10:02 pm with Hal Jensen offering a closing expression of choice.

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________