Aurora City Council Minutes


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City Council Meeting

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CITY OF AURORA

PUBLIC HEARING AND CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JUNE 18, 2018

FINAL

PUBLIC HEARING-

ORDINANCE REVIEW-  Mayor Quarnberg called the public hearing to order at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of the public hearing was to gain input from the Aurora City residents regarding the proposed “Parking on Public Property” Ordinance.  The Mayor reviewed the issues leading up to the ordinance.  Aurora resident Neil Anderson expressed concern about the ordinance stating that Semi trucks must have their tractors pulled back 30 feet from the property line in order to avoid any obstruction of view problems.  Mr. Anderson felt it was unfair to have that requirement listed only for tractor and trailer operators.  He felt that travel trailers, abandoned cars, farm equipment and etc. should all have the same requirement.  The city council agreed and the item was changed to include all objects. 

PROPOSED MOVING OF MONEY FROM THE ENTERPRISE FUND TO A WATER PROJECT FUND-

Mr. Johnson informed the city council that Aurora City would like to move $225,000.00 from the enterprise fund to a water project fund.  This move would allow the city to prepare a financial package that would be attractive to funding agencies in the event that Aurora City moves forward with a water project.  The movement of money from an enterprise fund now requires a public hearing with an explanation of where the money is going to be spent.  The city council also discussed budgets, utility rate increases, compensation schedule and tax rate.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING-

 

Mayor Daven Quarnberg called the city council meeting to order at 7:50 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.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Denton Mason

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Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Jim Harrison

 

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

 

VISITORS:  Jim and Barbara Cosby, Tyson Hansen and daughter, Neil and Robin Anderson, Jeff Albrecht, Dale Coates, Kathryn Sedgwick and Wynona Mangrum

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the May 21, 2018 meeting.

 

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

 

2-      OPEN SESSION

 

Aurora City Resident Tyson Hansen came before the city council to discuss the flood zone areas in Aurora City and the increase of costs to homeowners who live in such areas.  Mr. Hansen explained that he had recently purchased a property along 500 W with the intention of building a new home on the property.  Once Mr. Hansen started the project, he became aware of the increase in insurance costs for building on such a property.  Mr. Hansen informed the council that he had been working with an engineering firm who told him that there would be expenses in building a retaining wall along with building up of dirt just to bring the property to a point where it could be insured.  Mr. Hansen asked the council to look at the problem and explore any resolutions that could be done to help citizens avoid such expensive requirements.  The council expressed their desire to do what they could to help solve some of the problems.  Jeff Albrecht of Savage/Albrecht Engineering firm told the council that he would send the city an updated map of the flood zone area and see just how many residents are impacted.

 

3-      4TH OF JULY PREPARATIONS-

 

 

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Council Member Andy Rasmussen and 4th of July Chairman Kathryn Sedgwick went over the last minute plans for the annual 4th of July celebration.  The Council discussed assignments for the event and some of the checks that will be needed to pay venders. 

 

4-      PARKING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY ORDINANCE DISCUSSION-

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the council that after months and months of discussion and changes to the ordinance, it was time to finalize and vote on the issue.

 

Council Member Denton Mason moved that the Parking on Public Property Ordinance be adopted with the changes made to the ordinance during the public hearing, namely moving the 30 ft set back requirement to include all items listed in the ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Andy Rasmussen.  A roll call vote was taken.

 

Jim Harrison         yes

Andy Rasmussen  yes

Nancy Kennedy   yes

Denton Mason     yes

Kelly Mason         yes

 

The ordinance was passed and will take effect as of July 1, 2018.

 

5-      ENTERPRISE ZONE DESIGNATION-

 

Mayor Daven Quarnberg had invited Malcom Nash from the Sevier County Economic Development office to come and explain to the council the process in declaring Aurora City an Enterprise Zone.  This designation will allow businesses in the community to obtain tax breaks for certain equipment and items purchased for their business.  Mr. Nash did not attend the meeting as so the Mayor directed that it be placed on next month’s agenda.

 

6-      WATER APPLICATION AND FUNDING DISCUSSION-

 

Jeff Albrecht from Savage/Albrecht engineering provided a copy of the water project application to members of the City Council.  Mr. Albrecht told the council that the application was due by June 27th and they should read through the document and make

 

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any changes that they deemed necessary before he would submit the application.  The council also reviewed the water emergency and conservation plan that Mr. Albrecht had prepared.  This plan is necessary to go along with the application and will help Aurora City deal with water issues when Aurora City’s irrigation water becomes depleted.  The council was told to review the document and come prepared to make changes or to approve the plan during the July 2018 city council meeting.

 

7-      FY2018 FINAL BUDGET APPROVAL-FY2019 PROPOSED BUDGET APPROVAL- SETTING OF UTILITY RATES, COMPENSATION SCHEDULE AND 2018 PROPERTY TAX RATE

 

Mr. Johnson had provided the City Council with all of the budget information in their packet of information.  The Council also had discussed changes to the city utility rate to reflect the fuel surcharge imposed by White’s Sanitation.  The council also discussed increasing the culinary water rate from $35.30 to $36.30 to help the city with the increases in costs for the coming fiscal year.  The city council discussed providing the employees a wage increase of 2.7%.  Mr. Johnson also informed the council that the proposed property tax rate of 0.001182 would be a reduction in taxes and yet an increase in funds because of the small amount of growth in Aurora City.  The new tax rate will provide the city with $49,152.00 in revenue which is about $2,000.00 more than last year.

 

Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to approve the finalized FY2018 Budget, the proposed FY2019 Budget and to move $225,000.00 from the Enterprise Fund to the Water Project Fund.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members Kennedy, K. Mason, D. Mason, Rasmussen and Harrison.

 

Council Member Jim Harrison moved to set the 2018 Property Tax rate at 0.001182.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Andy Rasmussen.  A roll call vote was taken:

 

Kelly Mason         yes

Denton Mason     yes

Nancy Kennedy   yes

Andy Rasmussen  yes

Jim Harrison         yes

 

Council Member Denton Mason moved to increase the Aurora City utility bill to reflect the fuel surcharge increase by White’s Sanitation and to cover increased Aurora City costs by

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$1.25 from $87.25 to $88.50.  Council Member Kelly Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members D. Mason, K. Mason, Kennedy, Rasmussen and Harrison.

 

Council Member Nancy Kennedy moved to increase compensation for Aurora City employees by 2.7%.  Council Member Denton Mason seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by Council Members Kennedy, D. Mason, K. Mason and Rasmussen.  Council Member Jim Harrison abstained from voting because of a conflict of interest in that Aurora City employs his wife Julie.

 

8-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Planning Commission-  Council Member Nancy Kennedy explained that the planning commission had canceled their meeting for July and that the city council members should review the Section 15-Land Use ordinances approved by the planning commission by next month’s city council meeting.

Animal Control-  A few specific animal control issues were discussed.

Parks and Recreation-  Council Member Denton Mason informed the council that North Sevier Recreation held their 6 month review meeting during the past week where Mayors reviewed how things were going and discussed any issues.  The Recreation Board is moving forward in a good way and things seem to be running smoothly.

Streets-  The city council discussed drainage problems in the city and the best way to prepare for future flooding.  Mayor Quarnberg discussed developments on the Lost Creek Road project as well as some future annexation requirements.

 

  1.   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.

 

 

 

 

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11. OPEN MEETINGS TRAINING

 

Mr. Johnson provided the city council with a presentation on open meetings laws and requirements.

 

  1.   EXECUTIVE/CLOSED SESSION

 

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

 

  1.   ADJOURNMENT

 

The council concluded their meeting at 10:35 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Nancy Kennedy.

 

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________