November 28, 2012


Mayor and Council Members Present:  Council Members Dana Gardner, William Harding and Alan Anderton.

Appointed Officers and Employees Present:  Attorney Ron Elton, Clerk/Recorder Amie Russell and Fire Chief Kevin Russell.

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

2.Approval of Meeting Minutes for 10/24/12.  Dana Gardner made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

3.Consideration to purchase six Personal Alert Safety Systems – Fire Department.  Fire Chief Kevin Russell stated that all Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) systems have a PASS system for safety.  He indicated that the Terra Fire Department has 6 each of these systems which they are willing to sell to the Rush Valley Fire Department for $1,000.00.  These PASS systems are manually activated.  They are not compliant with current codes, but are better than the current equipment.  New air packs are estimated to cost $1,400.00 to $1,500.00 each.  It was asked how many the fire department needs.  The department needs 10 each, but 4 is the minimum number required at this time.  The balance of the fire department budget is about $2,800.00.  Mayor Johnson recommended applying for grants through Rocky Mountain Power EC Source and Wal-Mart to get new packs rather than procure the Terra equipment.   Kevin Russell stated he will get more cost information on the SCBA and PASS equipment and present it to the council for options to fund the purchase of new equipment in the future.  No further action was taken on this item.

4.Consideration of Resolution adopting the Rush Valley Town Covenant to Honor, Support and Celebrate the Military Men and Women of Rush Valley and their families. Lt. Williams was present at the meeting and was acting on behalf of CPT Simmons.  He stated this program was adopted by the state of Utah in 2010.  This is for all branches of the service and for anyone who has been in active in the service.  William Harding made a motion to adopt resolution 2012-03.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

5.Consideration of proposed Ordinance Amending the Requirements for the Completion of Town Roads for Development Activities.  The council and Attorney Elton discussed this ordinance.  It will help define the requirements for the roads.  This ordinance will repeal the previous ordinance.  It was suggested to have this item go back to the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider including these regulations in the zoning codes.  This ordinance is to help ensure public safety equipment to access and to provide services.  Private roads still have to comply with the town’s road ordinances already in place.  Kevin Russell asked if the fire department would be liable if they cannot access a property because the road was not up to code.  Attorney Elton stated they would not.  Dana Gardner made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2012-03.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

6.Consideration of Dalene Russell’s legal correspondence regarding a proposed subdivision.  Attorney Elton stated Attorney White requested this item be added to the next regular agenda.  

7.Consideration of bids for surplus storage tanks.  There were three bids received for the tanks.  Ed Johnson bid $151.00 each on the steel tanks and $26.00 each on the plastic tanks, totaling $229.00.  Sharon Gardner bid $25.00 for one of the plastic tanks and $30.00 for a steel tank, totaling $55.00.  Scott Harmon bid $200.00 each on the steel tanks and $33.33 each on the 3 plastic tanks or $500.00 for all tanks.  William Harding made a motion to accept the bid from Scott Harmon for $500.00 for all tanks.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.  The Fire Department budget will be amended to include this $500.00.

8.Quarterly review of Budget.  Mayor Johnson discussed each department’s expenditures to date and the budget remaining.  Copies were distributed to each council member.

9.Safety Topic.  Mayor Johnson presented the safety topic on winterizing homes.  Furnace filters need to be replaced, chimney should be checked for debris and nests, check exterior windows and doors for drafts.  It was also suggested to check rain gutters and downspouts for blockages.  Change batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are operating properly.  Disconnect hoses from house bibs.  Have an emergency kit on hand.

10.Fire Department Report.   Kevin Russell stated a Fire Fighter I Class has begun.  There has been some station maintenance completed.  Exterior light bulbs have been replaced.  Mayor Johnson stated this expense should come out of the general fund.  A flammable locker was purchased.

11.Council Reports:

Cemetery:  Alan reported one cemetery burial as the result of the death of Bill Soffel.

Pete Albrecht:  Pete was excused from the meeting. 

Roads:  William stated the plow is on the truck and running well.  He will talk with Alan and make arrangements to get some sand for weight.  William mentioned he had noticed someone getting water from the spigot at the fire station.  He recommended asked everyone try to be more aware of activity at the town hall and the fire station.

Parks:  Dana reported the furnaces were serviced and a new motor inducer was installed to replace the damaged one.  The contractor is still waiting on the other pump.  It should arrive by December 3rd.  The contract stated they will install bollards by the new hydrant.  Pest control will be sprayed indoors at the town hall and fire department on Friday.

Mayor Johnson reported he has dealt with some dog issues.  The county animal control has assisted in these issues.  Mayor Johnson stated he issued a warning and the one of the issues was to be resolved between residents.

12.Payment of Bills.   Dana Gardner made a motion to pay the bills as presented.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor and the motion carried.

13.  Public Comments.  Lacey Burrows commented she went to the County Commission Meeting and voiced her option on the canceling of the bookmobile service.  Mayor Johnson commented he would bring up what services were provided to the town by the county in the Council of Governments Meeting.  Dana Gardner made a motion to hold a special meeting on December 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in lieu of the regular December meeting.  After the meeting a dinner will be held for volunteers, elected officials, and part-time employees.  Alan Anderton seconded the motion.  The regular meeting scheduled for December 26, 2012 will be cancelled.

14.Adjourn:  Alan Anderton made a motion to adjourn.  William Harding seconded the motion.  All present voted in favor, the motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Amie Russell
Towl clerk/recorder