Aurora City Council Minutes


City of Aurora

City Council Meeting

March 18, 2019

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CITY OF AURORA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING

MARCH 18, 2019

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.  Clint Johnson offered an opening expression of choice.

 

PRESENT:        Mayor: Daven Quarnberg

                        Council Member: Denton Mason

Council Member: Nancy Kennedy

                        Council Member: Jim Harrison

                        Council Member: Andy Rasmussen

                        Council Member: Kelly Mason

                        Maintenance Supervisor: Dan Rasmussen

 

STAFF PRESENT:  Clint Johnson, City Recorder

EXCUSED:       

VISITORS:  Fred Christensen, Parker Vercimak, Luella Cosby, Howard Lewis, Kelly Hallows and Marina Hallows.

 

1-      APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

The Aurora City Council reviewed the minutes of the March 18, 2019 meeting where major changes were made. 

 

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

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2-      OPEN SESSION-

No one came to address the city council during open session.

 

3-      PAIUTE TRAIL PRESENTATION-

 

Fred Christensen from the Paiute Trail Committee made a presentation to the city council.  Mr. Christensen highlighted some of the service projects the committee had completed along with some of the work they do on the kiosks that are found in the communities.  Mr. Christensen stated that the two kiosks in Aurora City were in need of repair.  Mr. Christensen asked the city council for their support in allowing the committee to proceed with some work on the kiosks.  The city council expressed their support for the good work that the committee has done.  Mr. Christensen explained that the best place for a new kiosk would be across the bridge by the state canal as one travels up to the West Park.  Mr. Christensen explained that he would run the decision by the BLM and get their approval for the new site. 

 

4-      HALLOWS BUILDING LOT – PUBLIC UTILITIES EASEMENT ISSUES-

 

Kelly and Marina Hallows approached the city council to discuss easements and issues with the new building lot that they have recently purchased.  Mr. Hallows mentioned that the irrigation valves are about 12 feet into his property and it makes it difficult for him to plan to build any buildings in the area.  Aurora City Maintenance Manager Dan Rasmussen stated that he could move the valve a small amount to make the irrigation valve fall within the 10 foot public utility easement at the back of the property.  The Hallows also discussed side public utility easements and front easement to get an idea of where their structure could be located. 

 

5-      WATER PROJECT –

 

Mayor Quarnberg informed the city council that putting the well back together with an oil drip system will be accomplished in two to three weeks.  Mayor Quarnberg also stated that he and Jeff Albrecht had visited with Mr. Forbush from the Division of Water Rights.  They had discussed what Aurora City would have to do to get tentative approval to drill a new test well.  Mr. Forbush told them that

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Aurora City would need to transfer a few water shares from the current well to any new culinary test well site.  Mr. Albrecht and Mayor Quarnberg have also driven around the outskirts of Aurora to identify and potential water well site.  The ability to get three phase power to the site and an engineer’s aquifer map will be some of the important things to consider in any new well site.  Mayor Quarnberg also said that it will probably cost an additional $49,102 for parts to finish up putting the old well back together.

 

6-      POLICE DEPARTMENT UPGRADES-

 

Chief Matt McLean from the Aurora City Police Department was in attendance at the city council meeting to discuss upgrades to the police car and equipment.  The city council discussed any vehicles that might become available from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department or through the government purchasing website.  The council also discussed the need for a dash camera to have a backup for Chief McLean on any traffic stops.

 

7-      NUISANCE ORDINACE REVIEW- SECTION 8 OF AURORA CITY ORDIANCE BOOK-

 

 The Aurora City Planning Commission had completed work on the Nuisance Ordinances and had sent the section to the city council for their 1st reading.  Members of the city council had only had two days to review the large ordinance for the 1st reading.  There were some questions mostly regarding the abandoned car section of the ordinance.  The city council will spend more time on the ordinance and have it placed on the agenda for the 2nd reading next month.

 

8-      DEPARTMENT REVIEWS-

 

Planning Commission -  City Council Member Nancy Kennedy informed the council that the planning commission was now working on Section 9 – Animal Control in the Aurora City Ordinance Book.  Mrs. Kennedy also reminded the council that next month the council would be reviewing the Emergency Plan. 

Parks and Recreation- City Council Member Denton Mason reported to the City Council the status of the North Sevier Recreation Department.  Mr. Mason reported that things were going well with the new items at the Recreation Center.  He also stated that Mr. Edwards had requested a cost of living pay increase.  The council discussed

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Mr. Edward’s wages and how all three communities in the North Sevier area would be responsible for any increase in wages.  Mayor Quarnberg stated that wages and compensation should be discussed during the budget reviews at the beginning of a new fiscal year.  The council determined to take any pay increase under advisement and discuss the issue with other communities.

 

9-       REVIEW OF CULINARY WATER USE REPORT AND PAST DUE ACCOUNTS-

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

10-    REVIEW OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION, BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES

 

The city council reviewed each report.

 

11-   ITEMS FROM THE RECORDER

 

Aurora City Recorder Clint Johnson informed the city council that he would be attending a court clerk training on March 28-29 in St. George.  Mr. Johnson also informed the council that he had attended a training meeting for municipal elections that was offered by Sevier County.  Mr. Johnson had informed the county that Aurora City will be holding a mail in election and Sevier County would be helping them with any election issues that may arise.  Mr. Johnson also discussed an insert sheet to go along with the utility billing that will discuss the irrigation water situation, clean up week and free days at the Sevier County landfill.  Mr. Johnson also informed the council that he will be meeting with Brandon Mellor of the Division of Water rights to discuss last year’s water usage report.  This is an annual visit from the division and they like to go over all of the culinary and secondary water usage from 2018. 

 

12-  EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The city council determined that there was no need for an executive session.

 

13-  ADJOURNMENT-

 

The council concluded their meeting at 10:20 pm and a closing expression of choice was given by Nancy Kennedy.

 

Approved: ________________________________________

 

 

Mayor: ___________________________________________

 

 

Recorder:  _________________________________________