Aurora City Council Minutes


City of Aurora

City Council Meeting

November 19, 2018

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

FINAL

 

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.  Nancy Kennedy offered an opening expression of choice.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Denton Mason

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Jim Harrison

 

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

 

VISITORS:  Jason Harvey, Joshua Eubanks

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the October 15, 2018, November 2, 2018, and November 5, 2018 meetings.  A few corrections were made.

 

Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members K. Mason, Kennedy, D. Mason, Rasmussen, and Harrison. 

 

 

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2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

No one from the community came forward during open session.

 

3-      AURORA CITY PROPERTY- JOSHUA EUBANKS-

 

Aurora City resident Joshua Eubanks came forward to ask what the Aurora City Council plans to do with the small strip of property that the city owns next to his home.  Mr. Eubanks would like to see a sidewalk or trail established on the property in order to allow children to make a direct walk to the city park without going through his property.  The City Council explained to Mr. Eubanks that the strip of property does not extend the entire length of the property to the culd-de-sac area.  The city council further explained that the expense would be prohibitive at this point, but that if there were to be more children in the subdivision in the future, the City Council would revisit the question.  The city council told Mr. Eubanks that he can trim the weeds and use the property until the city determines what they would like to do. 

 

4-      WATER PROJECT/ WELL REBUILD-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the City Council that a few problems have come up during the test pumping of the city well.  The contractor found that the old pump was damaged and unusable.  The casing in the well was also found to have a lot of deterioration.  The contractor would like to clean the casing and then see if the test pump would be usable to test the well.  Some other repairs would likely be needed to test the capacity of the well.  A change order will be issued and the contractor will move forward with the project.

 

5-      LOST CREEK INTERSECTION PROJECT-

 

Mayor Quarnberg explained that the Lost Creek intersection project is moving forward.  There was no new information but Mayor Quarnberg committed to keep the City Council informed.

 

6-      REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FROM MAYOR ODGEN OF RICHFIELD CITY-

 

     Mayor Quarnberg stated that he had received a phone call from Richfield City Mayor Dave Ogden requesting a letter of support for the $24 million dollar aquatic center planned to be built in Richfield City.  The Mayor stated that he had told Mayor Ogden that he would visit with  

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the Council and see what their feelings about the project would be.  Mayor Quarnberg also stated that Aurora City had not given any financial support to Salina City’s pool project and it would perhaps cause some friction between the communities if Aurora City suddenly gave support to Richfield City’s project.  The Council discussed the issue and there was no support on the Council to support the huge project in Richfield City.  The Council also felt that the project should be a Sevier County project if Richfield City is requesting support from the communities in Sevier County. 

 

7-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Buildings-  Council Member Jim Harrison stated that a new mop bucket would need to be purchased for the scout cabin. 

Planning Commission-  Council Member Nancy Kennedy discussed that the planning commission were continuing to work on Section 8 – Nuisance Ordinances.  The Planning Commission also discussed the storage of tailings at Western Clay.  Some on the Planning Commission felt that a problem might be coming with the size of the tailings pile and questioned what exactly Aurora City could do about it.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that he could request some information from Western Clay and would pass that information along to the Planning Commission.

Court-  Mr. Johnson explained that court had 6 intense cases that were heard on November 14th.  Mr. Johnson stated how this was unusual to have attorneys and prosecutors come to our court.  Most of the cases have been resolved but one case is still on track for an eventual trial.  Mr. Johnson will keep the council posted on the progress.  Mr. Johnson also reported on his court clerk training conference.  One issue that was learned at the conference was the fact that small courts such as the Aurora City Justice Court need to keep a separation between city and court.  It is important that the community see that separation and not feel as if the city has influence over the court.  The Utah State Courts are very sensitive to conflicts of interest and don’t want the perception that there is collusion between the two entities.  

Fire Department- Mr. Johnson stated that he is going to send out participation checks to volunteer firemen for their service from February through November or $500.00 if they attended the meetings each month.  Mr. Johnson has received the roll from the fire department for each month and he will make the checks out accordingly. 

Maintenance-  The City Council reviewed the Encroachment Agreements and made some suggestions for changes.  Mr. Johnson will make the changes and the agreements could be approved during next month’s meeting.

 

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8. REVIEW OF CULINARY WATER USE REPORT AND PAST DUE ACCOUNTS-

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

  1.   REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

10. ITEMS FROM THE RECORDER-  Mr. Johnson reported he had received the money from Rocky Mountain Power for the Christmas Celebration.  Mr. Johnson also discussed the new franchise agreement that Rocky Mountain Power would like the City Council to approve.  Representatives will be at the February 2019 meeting to begin the process.  Mr. Johnson also included in the packet a business license request from Michael Petersen for his knife making business.  The Council had no issues with the license request.

 

  1.   ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR- 

 

Mayor Quarnberg asked the City Council what they would like to do for Christmas.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that in the past, hams were given to all individuals who work for the city or who help the city in any way.  He stated Aurora City doesn’t usually do a party or other activity but felt it was important that those who help with Aurora City be thanked in some way.

 

City Council Member Denton Mason moved that Aurora City purchase hams to give to all city workers for the holidays.  City Council Member Jim Harrison seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  D. Mason, Harrison, K. Mason, Kennedy and Rasmussen.

 

  1.   EXECUTIVE/CLOSED SESSION

 

The city council had no need to go into a closed meeting

 

  1.   ADJOURNMENT

 

The council concluded their meeting at 9:40 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Clint Johnson

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________