June 19, 2012


MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE RUSH VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON JUNE 19, 2012, AT THE RUSH VALLEY TOWN HALL, 52 SOUTH PARK STREET, RUSH VALLEY, UTAH. THE MEETING BEGAN AT 7:00 P.M.

Mayor and Council Members Present:  Mayor Brian Johnson, Council Members Dana Gardner, Pete Albrecht, Alan Anderton and William Harding.

Appointed Officers and Employees Present:  Attorney Ron Elton and Clerk/Recorder Amie Russell.

REGULAR AGENDA:

1.Roll Call.   Mayor Brian Johnson, Council Members Dana Gardner, Pete Albrecht, Alan Anderton and William Harding.

2.Public Hearing upon proposed 2012-2013 fiscal budget.  There were no public comments offered.

3.Public Hearing upon proposed 2011-2012 budget adjustments.  Mayor Johnson discussed the significant increase in sales and use taxes received for 2011-2012 and which are projected to be received in the next budget year.  In discussions with the Utah State Tax Commission, Rush Valley Town was set as the Point of Sale (POS) for EC Source.  The state flagged the increase to monitor, but then took the flags off.  This money was put in the Capital Improvement Fund.  The state is aware of this increase.  No public comments were offered.  

4.Consideration of Resolution adopting 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Budget and Tax Rate.  The mayor discussed the budget for each department and the capital project funds.  Pete Albrecht made a motion to adopt Resolution 2012-01 which adopts the 2012-2013 Town Budget.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

5.Consideration of Resolution amending the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year Budget.  Mayor Johnson discussed the increases in revenue and also in expenditures.  The town hall has been used more than in the past which contributed to the increase in utility expenses.  The council indicated its desire not to charge for use of the town hall.  Mayor Johnson suggested setting timers on the heating system to conserve power and propane.  William Harding made a motion to adopt Resolution 2012-02, which amended the 2011-2012 Budget to reflect actual revenues and expenditures and that the excess be applied to the capital improvement project fund for Town Hall and related improvements.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

6.Approval of Meeting Minutes for 05/23/12.  Dana Gardner made a motion to approve the meeting minutes as written for 05/23/12.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

7.Appointment of Fire Chief.  Pete Albrecht made a motion to appoint Kevin Russell as the Town’s new Fire Chief.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.  Mayor Johnson expressed his appreciation to Kevin for taking on the chiefs’ position.  He also thanked Alan Anderton for his service as the acting fire chief.  Alan thanked the town council for their support and also thanked the firemen who have responded to the fires this past week.  Pete Albrecht thanked Alan for his efforts to step up as acting fire chief.  He also commented that many in the community go unrecognized for their volunteer time and efforts to participate in the community and pull together.

8.Consideration of pay increase for Fire Chief.   Pete Albrecht made a motion to increase the compensation for the Fire Chief to $100.00 per month effective immediately with proration as necessary for partial months.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.  Mayor Johnson stated the pay would be prorated from June 20th and payment for $40.00 would be made to Kevin Russell.

9.Consideration of Purchase and Installation of New Emergency Reporting System.  Pete Albrecht made a motion to authorize the purchase and installation of the emergency reporting software.  This web based software will allow the fire department to generate reports on fires, keep track of inventory, budget information, volunteers and training hours.  Mayor Johnson made a motion to authorize up to $800.00 for the single source software.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

10.Authorization to renovate pump plumbing on the water tanker.  Two phone quotes were provided to renovate the plumbing.  Ross Equipment quoted $2,155.95 and Aparatus Equipment quoted $1,800.00.  Alan Anderton made a motion to accept the quote from Aparatus Equipment.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

11.Safety Topic.  Dana Gardner presented the safety topic on gas and charcoal grills.  Grills should be inspected prior to use for insects, debris and excessive grease.  The grill should also be checked for any gas leaks.  It is important to keep cigarettes and matches away from the grill.  The grills should be used at least 10 feet away from the home or buildings.  Follow the manufacturers recommended use and instructions.  Charcoal grills should not be used in vehicles, indoors or in tents.

12.Fire Department Report.  Pete Albrecht thanked everyone for their support and time donated.  There will be a fire meeting on June 20th.  There will be a questionnaire for volunteers to help find out who can help and what they are willing to do.  There have been several fires and emergency call outs.  Fire department meetings will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and everyone is invited to attend.  Pete and Kevin met with Kari Sagers and reviewed options for grants from Homeland Security.  There were two options presented that will be voted on.  Option 1 Rush Valley would receive $1,432.37; Option 2 combined cities with Fire and Police Departments for $2,154.57.  Last year the town received $5,600.00.  Pete also asked about other grants that were available that the fire department could apply for.  90% of the equipment from the grant has been received.  The town pays for the equipment then completes the paperwork to receive reimbursement from Tooele County Emergency Management (TCEM).  Mayor Johnson appreciates their efforts to go after money for grants.  He also stated if the fire department is interested in having another summer BBQ, he is willing to cook.   Dana Gardner asked if it had been considered to have a well and water storage system in St. John. 

Kevin Russell had the following comments.  The Ford brush truck needs the carburetor checked.  A complete inventory was done at the fire station.  He plans on getting Standard Operating Procedures for the Fire Department to Pete and would like them reviewed by the Town Council.  Kevin believes part of the increase in fuel consumption by the fire department is due to using a lot of fuel to refuel the trucks.  He talked with Marilyn Candelaria about NIMS Training.  Mayor Johnson stated he would check on who has received this training.  There are problems with the batteries on the Pierce truck.  He also mentioned beautification and weed control around the fire station.  It was discussed to recognize past fire chiefs by having some type of stepping stones in front of the station.  The station sign on the East side has blown off the building.  Alan Brigs, the new district officer has proposed each community sign an MOU with the state or BLM.  Kevin suggested this be reviewed and discussed.  Mayor Johnson and Pete Albrecht support the fire chief in this decision.  Lastly, Kevin stated he needs the councils support for the fire department and also with recruiting new members.

13.Council Reports:

Cemetery:  Alan stated there was one burial at the Town Cemetery for Lee Johnson.  Flowers are left on graves for one week after a burial.  He is working on getting the sagebrush out of the St. John Cemetery and trimming the trees in the Clover Cemetery.  The fence on the south side of the Clover Cemetery is finished.  He is considering putting privacy slats in south fence in the St. John Cemetery.

Pete Albrecht:  Pete expressed concerns on the speed of the Dugway traffic through the Town.  It was discussed to send a letter to the Dugway Commander, Garrison Manager, West Desert Commander and also to the Tooele County Sheriff.

Roads:  William reported that Bill Bradbury will start mowing Town Roads.  He asked the council for input on areas that need speed limit and children at play signs. 

Parks:  Dana had no comments.

Mayor Johnson reported the Planning Commission was going to review the proposed road ordinance.

14.Payment of Bills.   Mayor Johnson asked to add payment to Rocky Mountain Power when the bill was received.  Dana Gardner made a motion to pay the bills as presented and to include payment to Rocky Mountain Power.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

15.Public Comments.  There was a discussion on burning.  A warning can be given by Council Members, the Mayor or the Fire Chief if there is a violation.  If there is a second violation they can be prosecuted by the town attorney.  If there is any burning, contact the fire chief as a courtesy.  The town needs to comply with state regulations. 

16.Adjourn:  Alan Anderton made a motion to adjourn.  Pete Albrecht seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor, the motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.


Amie Russell
Town clerk/recorder