Aurora City Council Minutes



FEBRUARY 2020 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES ARE THE LATEST APPROVED MINUTES....  OUR MARCH CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES WILL BE APPROVED DURING OUR APRIL 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

February 17, 2020

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 17, 2020

DRAFT

 

     Mayor Daven Quarnberg welcomed everyone to the public hearing and

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 and then the pledge of allegiance was given.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Kent Mickelsen

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        C Council Member:  Jim Harrison

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                       

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:       

 

VISITORS:  Robin Anderson

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

     The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the January 20, 2020 meeting where a few minor changes were made. 

 

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February 17, 2020

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

approved by Council Members Rasmussen, Kennedy, Mason, Harrison and Mickelsen.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

     Animal Control officer Mickie McKenzie informed the Aurora City Council that there was an individual in Aurora who had been informed on February 1st that his two goats were being sheltered and fed at the home of Brian Sprague and that he would need to pick up those goats as soon as possible.  Officer McKenzie stated that she had received a phone call from Mr. Sprague stating that the goats were still in his pasture.  She and her husband then proceeded to go and pick up the goats and take them to the Animal Shelter on Friday February 14th.  Mrs. McKenzie stated that the owner still has not come to claim the animals and wanted to know what the City Council would like for her to do with the situation.  The Council discussed abandonment of the animal and what the ordinance states the city should do after five days of housing the animals with no one coming to claim them.  It was determined that the city would get in touch with the owner and give him one more chance to claim the animals and pay the pound fee.  After five days, if the city had no contact with the owner, they would be allowed to be adopted.

 

3-      PROCEEDURE FOR HIRING OF NEW MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR-

 

     Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that the position of Maintenance Supervisor

will close on Friday February 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm.  He asked the Council if they would be available on Monday February 24, 2020 to review applications and to determine who and when to hold interviews. 

 

4-      SALINA CITY LIBRARY DONATION-

 

Salina City Librarian Ronda Huntsman came to City Council Meeting to request the

annual donation for the Salina City Library.  Mrs. Huntsman stated that she could use the money to purchase a new copy machine and/or fax machine to upgrade her library.  She also discussed what will happen when Salina City builds their new city office building and how the size of her library will expand. 

 

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Council Member Kent Mickelsen moved to donate $1300.00 to the Salina City Library.  Council Member Nancy Kennedy seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Mickelsen, Kennedy, Mason, Rasmussen and Harrison.

 

5-      UPGRADE TO MASTER METER PROGRAM-

 

Maintenance Supervisor Dan Rasmussen informed the Council that the current master meter reading program Aurora City uses to read meters is very much out of date.  The program and laptop that Mr. Rasmussen uses was started in 2002.  Scholzen Products and Master Meter are having a special where Aurora City can upgrade the software and reading devices for Aurora City at a cost of around $10,000.00. 

 

City Council Member Andy Rasmussen moved to approve the money needed to upgrade the meter reading software and devices for Aurora City.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Rasmussen, Mason, Kennedy, Harrison and Mickelsen.

 

6-      CIB LIST REVIEW-

 

Mayor Quarnberg provided the Council with last year’s CIB list where Aurora City had their water project listed at $400,000.  Mayor Quarnberg stated he would get approval to put the Aurora City water project back on the CIB list but at a price of $4,000,000.  The Council agreed.

 

7-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

City Buildings- Mr. Harrison informed the Council that there was a request from DUP to have a clock at the scout cabin.  Council Member Kelly Mason stated that he will see that a clock is placed at the scout cabin.

Planning Commission- Mrs. Kennedy announced that the planning commission was diligently working on the new ordinances and utility shut off ordinance.  It was also determined that a thank you card for Elaine Brown should be signed by the Council thanking her for her service as she steps down from the planning commission.

 

 

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Court- Update on the hiring of a new Aurora City Justice Court Judge.

Public Safety- 

Animal Clinic-  The dog licensing changes have been very successful with Aurora City licensing over 160 dogs during the free period. 

Fire Department- 

Parks and Recreation-  Kelly Mason informed the Council that NS Recreation had changed their review of participation where Aurora’s participation rate will drop to 23%, Redmond’s rate has increased to 25% and Salina City’s rate will remain at 49%.  This rate determines that amount of payment each city makes to the Recreation program and director.

 

8-      REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

 The city council reviewed each report and were pretty hard on City Recorder Clint Johnson for the few individuals who were over $200.00 on the delinquent list.  Mr. Johnson committed to do a better job of getting people to pay their bills.

 

9-      ITEMS FROM THE MAYOR-

 

Mayor Quarnberg turned the time over the Council Member Nancy Kennedy who discussed the research she had done concerning new Christmas decorations for Aurora City.  Mrs. Kennedy stated that she was in contact with a company from Salt Lake City who would provide new Christmas decorations for the city.  The cost for the new decorations will be $5400-$6000.  Mrs. Kennedy stated that she prefers the snowflake decorations.

 

Council Member Kent Mickelsen moved to approve funding for new Christmas decorations.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Mickelsen, Mason, Kennedy, Harrison and Rasmussen.

    

10-  CLOSED SESSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg stated that there would be no need to go into a closed session.

 

11-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The council concluded their meeting at 9:13 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Clint Johnson.

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Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________