Aurora City Council Minutes


 

City of Aurora

City Council Meeting     

February 15, 2021

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 15, 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. Kent Mickelsen 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 via zoom

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kent Mickelsen                

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

                        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

 

EXCUSED:        Maintenance Manager:  Jordon Bosh

 

VISITORS: Parker Vercimak – Jones & DeMille, Cody Mickelsen C&M Sealcoating, 2 participants via zoom

 

City Council Meeting-

 

1-      REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES-

 

The City Council reviewed the minutes of the January 18, 2021. A few corrections were made.

 

 

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City Council Member Jim Harrison moved to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2021 meeting as corrected. The motion was seconded by City Council Member Andy Rasmussen.  The motion was approved by members:  Mason, Kennedy, Harrison, Rasmussen and Mickelsen.

 

2-      OPEN SESSION-

 

No members of the community came forward to address the council. 

 

 

3-      CULINARY WATER PROJECT UPDATE-

 

Parker Vercimak of Jones and DeMille Engineering Firm informed the Council that there wasn’t any new information regarding the status of the culinary water project.  Mayor Quarnberg discussed the email received from Candace Powers regarding their dislike of the fact that Aurora City had been to both the Division of Drinking Water and USDA Rural Development and had received offers from both entities.  Mayor Quarnberg responded to the email and currently Aurora City has not received a response from CIB.   Mr. Vercimak also passed out a scope of work proposal and contract from Jones and DeMille for Aurora City.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that he would review the contract and then it would be signed at a future date.

 

4-      BID OPENING-

 

Aurora City had advertised a request for competitive bids for a road crack and seal project.  Those bids needed to be received by Friday February 12th at 4:00 pm.  Aurora City received one bid for the project.  Mayor Quarnberg opened the bid from C&M Sealcoating.  The bid was dated 2-10-2021 and was for a total of $11,400.00.  The description stated that it will not exceed 6 tons of rubber and if all the product is not used then the price will be less.  The rate will be at $1900.00 per ton.  Mr. Mickelsen attended the meeting and stated that he is willing to stack the product at the Aurora City maintenance shed so that city employees can monitor the use. 

 

City Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to accept the bid and award the project to C&M Sealcoating.  Council Member Andy Rasmussen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by members:  Kennedy, Rasmussen, Mason, Mickelsen and

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February 15, 2021

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5-      PLAYGROUND AT THE AURORA CITY PARK-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the City Council that work has begun on the installation of the new playground at the Aurora City Park.  The Mayor asked for the opinion of City Council members regarding a grand opening celebration or ribbon cutting ceremony.  The Council was supportive of such an event and it will be planned later when the exact time of the playground installation is completed.

 

6-      4th OF JULY DISCUSSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg stated that he was contacted by Salina City to discuss the events surrounding the 4th of July.  The Mayor stated that having the 4th of July land on Sunday made scheduling complications with the neighboring city.  Salina City requested that Aurora City move their Fireman’s Dinner and Fireworks show to Friday July 2nd and allow Salina City to have their fireworks show on Saturday July 3rd following the rodeo.  The Mayor had discussed the move with the Fire Department and with 4th of July Chairman Kathryn Sedgwick who were fine with the change.  Councilman Andy Rasmussen who is over the event stated that the thinking is such that having a crowd on Friday July 2nd is more likely than having a larger crowd show up on Monday July 5th.  Council Member Nancy Kennedy requested permission to order Aurora City shirts for the City Council members and those serving on the committee so that they will be recognized at the events.  Ms. Kennedy was given permission to go ahead with the purchase.

 

7-      BACKHOE LEASE DISCUSSION-

 

Maintenance Manager Dan Rasmussen informed the Council that this new backhoe that Aurora City just picked up from Mason Machinery would be the last one offered on the New Holland lease program.  Mr. Rasmussen stated that other options are available or purchasing of the current backhoe would be a way to fill the need.  The current backhoe will probably be available for purchase at around $80,000.00.  Council Member Kent Mickelsen presented an offer from Wheeler Machiner that would provide a yearly leased backhoe to Aurora City for about $12,000.00.  The Council determined to look again at the lease around July and see what option and recommendations are available then.

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8-      AWARD FOR DAN RASMUSSEN FROM RWUA

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the Council that Maintenance Manager Dan Rasmussen has been awarded the Outstanding Service by a Water Operator Award.  The award will be given to Mr. Rasmussen at the annual RWUA conference to be held the first week of March in St. George.  Any members of the City Council who would like to attend the award’s ceremony were invited.

 

9-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Planning Commission-  Ms. Kennedy reported that the planning commission canceled their February meeting because many members of the commission had conflicts on the specified meeting night.

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.  Many different opinions and suggested are being worked through by the NS Recreation Board.

Animal Control-  Mr. Johnson stated that the Animal Clinic had been a great success, over 150 dogs had been licensed during the clinic.  Mr. Johnson also noted that Dr. Johnson offered to give the rabies vaccine at next year’s clinic at no charge. 

 

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

 

The City Council reviewed each of the reports.

 

11-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The Council Meeting ended at 8:55 pm and an expression of choice was offered by Nancy Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________