Daniel Town Council Meeting
Monday June 1, 2020 @ 6 PM
Wasatch County Service Complex,
Conference Room B
55 S 500 E, Heber City, UT 84032
Town Council Quorum: Mayor Chip Turner, Council members: Eric Bunker, Stefanie Grady, John Glodowski and Merry Duggin. Clerk Mary Snyder online for minutes; Treasurer Sherri Price present.
Member of public: Shelly Bunker, Ryan Taylor, Pam Skinner
The meeting was called to order at 6:11 PM by Mayor Turner.
1) PUBLIC COMMENT:
Council member Duggin thanked the Mayor arranging for the Council to be together during the meeting with respect to the social distancing.
2) PUBLIC HEARING (CONT): FY 2020-2021:
Council member Duggin made a motion to open the public hearing, seconded by Council member Grady. All members in favor.
Mayor Turner stated that there was prior conversation about road projects and at this time would like to increase the budget amount to $100,000. Council member Duggin inquired about the roads that are being reviewed at this time to be completed. Ryan Taylor stated that part of Daniels Rd and Southfield Road where completed several years ago with an overlay. There are several roads that were chipped seal within the last 5 years. Council member Duggin stated this would be a great year to do road projects.
Council member Bunker addressed his concern with the legal fees. He stated that as of current we have spent $130,000 out of the town budget and not counting what has been paid through the insurance. He stated that we have several upcoming legal issues we are facing. Mayor Turner stated that he would like to maintain the property taxes if possible. He recognized that we have pending litigation issues and have spent a lot, but in years past have not. Council member Grady inquired about other municipalities having their own Attorney or if we could potential share an attorney? Mayor Turner stated that they do have Attorney’s or a firm but addressed the concern of switching with pending litigation status. Council member Duggin stated that the legal could be reviewed and adjusted at a later part of the year if needed. Council member Grady stated that she would also like to maintain property taxes and agreed that it could be adjusted later if needed. Council member Duggin stated that if possible, she would like to see the budget stay as low as possible, as most entities are trying to make cuts. Mayor Turner stated that we would leave the legal fees at $60,000 at this time.
Council member Bunker stated that per the Water Fund budget that there needs to be a review of the water fees. Council member Duggin stated that the expenses exceed the revenue and should be reviewed. Mayor Turner requested this item be added to the agenda for the following meeting.
Per the Storm Haven budget, Council member Duggin asked about engineering cost. Ryan Taylor stated that there is a property owner willing to give the town two acres for a new water tank and are looking to move forward with a tank design. He also stated that if we receive any grant monies, its beneficial for the town to be shovel ready.
Council member Duggin made a motion to end the public hearing at 6:36 PM, seconded by Council member Glodowski. All member in favor
3) APPROVAL of FY 2020/21 BUDGET: DR2020-06-01 (A):
Council member Duggin made a motion to approve the resolution for the 2020/21 Budget DR 2020-06-01 (A), seconded by Council member Grady. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady, Duggin and Glodowski. Against: Council member Bunker.
4) APPROVAL of AMENDED FY 2019/20 BUDGET: DR 2020-06-01 (B):
Council member Glodowski made a motion to approve the resolution for the Amended FY Budget 2019/20, DR 2020-06-01 (B). This was seconded by Council member Bunker. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady, Duggin, Bunker and Glodowski. All members in favor.
5) APPROVAL of FIREWORKS & OPEN FLAME RESOLUTION: DR 2020-06-01 (C):
Council member Grady made a motion to approve the resolution for fireworks and open flame restriction, DR 2020-06-01 (C), seconded by Council member Duggin. For: Mayor Turner, Council members Grady, Duggin and Glodowski; Against: Council member Bunker. Motion passes.
6) BUSINESS LICENSES:
Renewals: Daniels Academy, A-1 Roofing (Kimball Roofing), Daniel Creek Construction, Daybreak Pasture, LLC, additional: Stone Cutter
Council member Glodowski made a motion to approve all renewal business licenses, seconded by Council member Duggin. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady, Duggin, Glodowski and Bunker. Motion passes.
7) DANIEL MUNICIPAL WATER:
No comments were made
a) CHARLESTON WATER EXPANSION:
Mayor Turner stated that there could be some negative and some positive with the proposed project and would like to hear the comments from others. Council member Duggin thanked Council member Bunker for forwarding the comments as well as the Planning Commission for sending in their concerns in regard to the Charleston Water Expansion.
Ryan Taylor stated that there is a lot to understand. He stated that impact fees are helping to fund projects at this time. We also have the Capital Improvements Fund in which the town has 7 years to spend the money on projects or the town will have to give it back to the State. The $10,000 in impact fees currently is not enough to help fund projects. When the school came in with a large impact fee, this helped to fund two big projects. There are no more school projects coming. There are a couple commercial projects in the works, but not enough to help fund a major project. Grants are near impossible to qualify for unless there is a substantial increase in service fees to all customers. There are water projects that the town is wanting and needing to complete, but not enough funding. Council member Duggin stated that upon her review of warrants for the last year, both water funds are running in the negative and at some point, the service fees are going to need to be increased to cover the deficits. Mr. Taylor stated that based on the proposed project, the town could increase their service area and could be a favorable project.
Currently, Charleston is looking for an approval from all entities. The 3 existing buildings could be a potential $700-1000 per month in fees depending on the meter size to have them connect to the project. He stated that the first hiccup could be a waterline break based on the town accepting the existing lines upon tying into them. Or another issue could be a dispute between the developers and who is responsible to pay for what.
Council member Bunker stated that upon review there were a couple issues of concern from the Planning Commissioners. First, the town is not furnishing Charleston with water. This is an expansion of the current water system. This project does not entail only the lower end, it would also include the upper end as well which would include the capacity, what can safely be delivered to customers and still provide service to the current or better level.
The second issues of concern are funding. This project is self-funding and the town is not on the hook. If the area is not developed, the project does not move forward. Council member Bunker stated that he spoke with a Charleston Water Board member and they had placed $200,000 worth of pipe in the ground to provide service and receive $30 per month for those services. They do not have adequate pressure and therefore they are looking to Daniel Town to help supply service and increase a pressure zone. Ryan Taylor stated that Charleston is looking to Heber City for sewer connection as they are part shareholders in the sewer sanitation district, but they cannot provide water to the area in question.
Mr. Taylor stated that this first part of the project extends the existing 8” line to a 10” to cross the highway at 3000 South to provide water to the undeveloped lot and potential new lots. The hypothetical issue could come from the existing 1000’ of line that services the current building that ends up needing replaced due to a fatal flaw and the warranty has expired. If the town has accepted ownership in which the town could potential be responsible for the repair or replacement at the Town’s expense.
Council member Duggin stated that is important that residents understands that the town is not looking to place additional burden of debt. She stated this could be the perfect project to benefit the town as well.
8) STORM HAVEN WATER:
No comments were made
9) APPROVAL of COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES: May 4, 2020
Council member Duggin made a motion to approve the May 4, 2020 meeting minutes, seconded by Council member Glodowski. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady, Duggin, Glodowski and Bunker. Motion passes.
10) RECORDER’S OFFICE: Warrants approval, announcements, etc.:
Treasurer Sherri Price stated that on the Commissioner’s wage there was an increase of 3% and should be $51.50. She also stated that she was contacted by Commissioner Kim Norris and would like to pass on payroll.
Council member Bunker made a motion to approve the warrants to include the correction of the Commission payroll and include the Smith & Hartvigsen bill. This was seconded by Council member Glodowski. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady, Duggin, Glodowski, and Bunker. Motion approved
11) POSSIBLE CLOSED SESSION: Legal issues, Property acquisition
Closed session was held for legal pending issues.
Council member Glodowski made a motion to enter closed session at 8:08 PM for pending legal issues, seconded by Council member Grady. For: Mayor Turner, Council members: Grady
Council member Duggin made a motion to end closed session at 8:44 PM, seconded by Council member Grady. All members in favor.
Council member Glodowski made a motion to proceed with Legal to issues a Cease and Desist letter for pending legal issue, seconded by Council member Grady. For: Mayor Turner, Council members Grady, Glodowski and bunker. Against: Council member Duggin.
Council member Duggin made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Council member Glodowski. All members in favor at 8:45 PM.