May 23, 2012


MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE RUSH VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HELD ON MAY 23, 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, Clerk/Recorder Amie Russell and Treasurer Lacey Burrows.

REGULAR AGENDA:

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

2.Approval of Meeting Minutes for 04/25/12.  Dana Gardner made a motion to approve the minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on April 25, 2012.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

3.Consideration of Ordinance No. 2012-03 amending the requirements for the completion of town roads for development activities.   Attorney Elton recommended moving this item to the end of the agenda.  Later in the meeting Attorney Elton reviewed details of the proposed ordinance.  The examples of Russell and Davis Lanes were discussed.  Future developments cannot be supported by the current roads.  It is important to ensure the zoning code is compliant with the proposed ordinance.  The Council asked that this item be reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to final consideration.
 
4.Consideration of Town Hall Improvements.  Dana reported the town received a grant from Tooele County for $10,000.  It was proposed to use the money for repairs to the rear of the Town Hall, foundation, and new rear access to furnaces.  Chet Hovey, AE2, has completed engineering specs for this project and the town is prepared to seek bids.  It was agreed because the building is used frequently it needs to be maintained and in kept in good condition.  It was asked if the work will need to be bonded.  Attorney Elton stated that he would review the law regarding required bonds.  There is money set aside in the capital improvement fund.  The Mayor recommended using the grant money and adding $30,000 to complete the project.  Mayor Johnson made a motion to seek bids for the work to be completed per the engineered specs.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

5.Consideration of Water Improvement Project.  Dana reported that the town had received a grant from the Rush Valley Water Conservation District for $12,000.  This will help improve the water storage to better use the water that is available.  The engineered plans with an estimate of the materials has been completed by Chet Hovey, AE2.  The plans are broken into phases.  If the town uses the $12,000 grant, the town will need to supplement the project by at least $12,000.  Mayor Johnson made a motion to seek bids for work to be completed according to the engineered specs.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

6.Consideration of Power Line Crossing Under South Park Lane.  The Mayor stated that an individual building a home on South Park Lane needed power run under the road.  This work has been completed.  There is not a requirement by the town to complete a permit for this.  It was discussed to create a form which will require the applicant to provide drawings, document the conditions and to post a bond to ensure the road is restored.  It was also discussed to have an ordinance in place in order to regulate this activity.  It is not the intention to penalize, but to ensure the towns’ interests are protected.

7.Mayor’s presentation of tentative 2012-2013 Budget.  Mayor Johnson presented and discussed the proposed budget.  He said there has been a significant increase in the revenue from the State Sales and Use Tax.  He will contact the state tax commission regarding the reasons for the increase.  He stated that expenditures for utilities have increased during the current budget and the proposed budget will need to take this into consideration.  

8.Consideration of adoption of tentative budget and setting budget public hearing.  William Harding made a motion to adopt the Tentative 2012-2013 Budget as presented and to hold a budget public hearing on June 19, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

9.Safety Topic.  Mayor Johnson presented the safety topic.  He discussed the importance of being aware of spiders, snakes and other insects when crawling into small places.  He also suggested using caution when putting on boots, shoes and clothing which have been outside.  He reviewed how to administer first aid when stung or bit by an insect.

10.Fire Department Report.  Pete Albrecht reported there have been two fires.  There have been some issues with the trucks.  Ross equipment will be working on the pumps.  He reported that a fire truck broke down while on a fire call.  Pete stated he wasn’t sure of the specifics on what went wrong.  It is important to ensure the vehicles safe and operating correctly.  Pete also reported he is still working on selecting a first response vehicle for the fire department and has test driven many vehicles.  The fire department may need additional funding for a vehicle.  The toilet and sinks have been installed and the leaks have been repaired.  Mayor Johnson thanked Pete and Alan for their efforts regarding the fire department.

11.Council Reports:

Cemetery:  Alan stated he will be cleaning up the cemeteries for the Memorial Day holiday.  The shed doors have been repaired and are back on.  There is a badger at the cemetery.  The fencing project has been completed at the Clover Cemetery.

Pete Albrecht:  Pete had nothing further to report.

Roads:  William reported some road grading has been done.  He is helping Alan to get inspections completed on fire department vehicles. 

Parks:  Dana reported he is working on Rush Valley Days and the water project for the town.

Mayor Johnson reported regarding agenda items for the Planning Commission.  There were two building permit applications for Scott Harman and Jason and Codee Bolinder.

12.Payment of Bills.   Dana Gardner made a motion to pay the bills as presented.  Pete Albrecht asked that payment of $345.00 to Sorenson Towing be added to payment of bills.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

13.Public Comments.  Kevin Russell asked if Pete Albrecht and Alan Anderton had input on the water project.  Pete commented they were included to ensure the department has water available when needed.  Mayor Johnson commented that time is valuable so there needs to be a system which is time conscious and there is water when it is needed.

Holli Harding asked what can be done to recruit volunteers for the fire department.  She also stated many people in the community do not realize the consequence of not having an active fire department or volunteers.   Volunteers need to be 18 years old.  There is an explorer program for those under 18.  They will not be able to respond to calls, but can attend training and meetings.  Alan Anderton commented he would like to have Kevin paid for the training classes he gives to the fire department members.  It was suggested to submit a pay schedule proposal to the town council. Further comments were made that all volunteers don’t have to go into a building when responding to a call.  There are many opportunities for volunteers to help where they feel comfortable and also based on the training they have received.

Neal Dymock commented the town needs to contact LN Curtis to spend the grant money received from Tooele County Emergency Management (TCEM) for Homeland Security.  Alan and Pete will check on this.

Alan Anderton made a motion to nominate Holli Harding as a member of the fire department.  Pete Albrecht seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

14.Adjourn:  Pete Albrecht made a motion to adjourn.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor, the motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Amie Russell
Town clerk/recorder