Ash Creek SSD Board Meeting May 18, 2021
Present: Richard Hirschi, Kevin Tervort, Lynn Chamberlain, Kelly Wilson, and Justin Sip.
Staff: Michael Chandler, Fay Reber, Darrel Humphries, and Blair Gubler.
Prayer and Pledge: Richard Hirschi
Public comments: None
The minutes from the April 22, 2021 meeting were discussed.
Motion by Kelly Wilson to approve the minutes as written. Second by Justin Sip. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Darrel talked about the ethics pledge that has been signed every year by both the board members and the district employees. The board members signed the ethics pledge.
Darrel talked about investing some of the savings in treasury bond through Moreton Asset Management. The money would still stay in bonds and investments approved by the state. It will take a few years to fund the ladder of investments. With the bond ladders, they will be maturing regularly and will either be reinvested or put back into the PTIF to be used for projects. With the PTIF’s low interest rate at the time, the staff is hoping this type of investment will smooth out the ups and downs of the PTIF interest rate by investing in some longer term bonds. Moreton Management and the Staff feel that 10 million dollars of the current PTIF amount could be invested and still leave the district with enough liquidity to handle anything that came up.
Motion by Richard Hirschi to invest up to 10 million dollars with Moreton Asset Management in state approved treasury bonds. Second by Kelly Wilson. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Mike talked about a waiver of monthly fee for people that qualify for the county’s property tax abatement program. The county program allows people to get relief from property taxes for income below $33,000.00. They could bring in the card stating their inclusion in the program and the district could waive the sewer monthly fee. Kelly did not feel like it was something the district should be doing. He felt there were other ways they can get the funds to pay their utilities. Kevin felt like this would give the district a way to address low income without having to check people’s income because the county had already done it. Mike said this came from discussions with developers. Justin thought it gave a way for the district to help without having to redo the work the county is doing. Lynn thought this helped the low income people without giving it to developers who are trying to get reduced impact fees. Kevin talked about unintended consequences and didn’t feel like it was something that needed to be changed. The item died from lack of motion.
Lynn said he would be out of town in July and asked if the board meeting could be changed.
Ash Creek SSD
May 18, 2021
Motion by Justin Sip to move the July board meeting to July 20th. Second by Kelly Wilson. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Mike reported an easement conflict that has come up in the Almond Heights Subdivision in Toquerville. An easement was approved by the City Council but not recorded until after one of the lots was sold. The landowners are frustrated with the restrictions of the easement. Mike thinks they will be in with attorneys to look for ways to get the easements off the properties. The board talked about trying to keep easements in the streets and out of property lines.
Mike talked about the crews using the sonar instead of cleaning trucks. because the trucks are not coming through the property, mike feel like there will be more buildings going up over time. The district is no longer allowing lines in private property that have turns.
Thursday will be the last day for the accepting applications for the assistant superintendent position. Mike is hoping to interview in June and have them start working in late July. The board asked if any of the current district employees were interested. Mike said at this time no one was qualified to operate the treatment plant. There also has not been any interest from existing employees.
Mike reported that the triticale had a good cutting. Half was put into 700 pound bales. The large bales will be sold in an auction. Some is being saved for goats.
Mike will be talking with the state about the proposed treatment facility to get it approved in the next week. He will be requesting the process be looked at as an already approved facility that has been advanced.
Mike talked about new growth being proposed.
Motion to adjourn was made at 6:59 PM
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that thisAsh Creek Special Service District Boardwill hold its regular meeting on Tuesday the 18day of May 2021 at the Ash Creek Office Building at1350 South Sand Hollow Road, Hurricane, Utah 84737
Commencing at 6:00 PM
- Call to Order Lynn Chamberlain
- Richard Hirschi Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer.
- Public comments: Public Participation (no action will be taken on any item until it is properly agendized). Citizens wishing to speak during public participation are asked to go to the podium, state their name for the record and limit comments to a minimal duration and/or no longer than three (3) minutes.
- Board comments and declaration of conflicts of interest.
- Discussion and approval of minutes from the April 22, 2021 meeting.
- Fay Reber 10 minutes Discussion of legal matters.
- Darrel Humphries 10 minutes Discussion of Ethics Pledge for employees and board members.
- Discussion and possible motion concerning District investment plan.
- Michael Chandler 30 minutes Discussion and possible motion concerning low income relief from monthly payments.
- Discussion and possible motion concerning changing July’s meeting date.
- Superintendent’s report on operational matters.
Posted this 13 Day of May 2021
Michael Chandler, Superintendent