December 4, 2017 REGULAR MEETING
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session at 7pm in the Auditorium. Notice of this meeting was given in advance by posting in three designated places, and advance notification of the trustees by delivery. Trustees present were Olson, Dittmar, Barth, Swanson, and Ehlers. Also present were Michelle and Julie from Norris Public Power, Joyce Schriner, Don Sandman, David Cradick, Tom Bliss from SENDD, Dale Kaliff, and Rebecca Sandman.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The location of the Open Meetings Act was acknowledged.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Swanson and seconded by Barth. RCV: all ayes.
The minutes of the November meeting were approved on a motion by Swanson and seconded by Dittmar. RCV: all ayes.
Reorganization of the Board was held. Nominations were opened for Chairperson. Dittmar nominated Olson for Chairman and moved nominations cease, and Swanson seconded the motion. RCV: Ayes-Dittmar, Swanson, Barth, Ehlers. Nay-None. Abstain-Olson. Nominations were opened for President. Swanson nominated Dittmar for President and moved that nominations cease, and Ehlers seconded the motion. RCV: Ayes-Swanson, Ehlers, Barth, Olson. Nay-None. Abstain-Dittmar. Swanson moved to approve the village appointments as listed, and Dittmar seconded the motion. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved to approve the members of the Aging Services Commission, and Dittmar seconded the motion. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to approve the members of the Board of Adjustment. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to approve the members of the Planning Commission. RCV: all ayes.
The Public Hearing to consider an application of a Class B Liquor License by Bronco Spur was declared open at 7:08pm. No one appeared to comment. Swanson moved and Ehlers seconded a motion to close the public hearing at 7:40pm. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to approve the application of a Class B Liquor License to Bronco Spur. RCV: all ayes.
The agreement between the Village and Norris Public Power District was reviewed. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve the agreement between the Village and Norris Public Power for a term of twenty years. RCV: all ayes. Michelle Junker then reviewed rates and future rate adjustments. She also explained about the Goodwill Fund that allows customers to round up their bill and the collected funds are available to non-profit organizations as a grant.
Chairman Olson informed the trustees that the Village’s CDBG application was approved for 1st Street improvements. There are contracts to be signed, and a timeline to follow. Once all paperwork has been finalized, the project can begin and the Village has two years to complete the work. SENDD will administer the grant for us.
A letter was sent to all utility customers about unlicensed/ inoperable vehicles and potential public nuisance properties. The city codes will be enforced beginning January 1, 2018.
Consideration for a Master Plan was given for the 1st Street project. The issue will be discussed further at the Dec. 13th meeting.
Consideration for enlarging the compost site was discussed. It will be addressed further at the Dec. 13th meeting.
Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to enter into executive session at 7:42pm to discuss personnel and prevent damage to a person’s reputation. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to return to open session at 8:09pm. RCV: all ayes.
Ditch Witch from Grand Island brought an FX30 unit to demonstrate earlier today. A few storm sewers were cleaned out, and the valve boxes at the lagoons were also cleaned out. Following discussion, Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to purchase the FX30 excavation vacuum unit in the amount of mid-$20,000. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved to appoint Dittmar and Barth as negotiators for the unit. RCV: all ayes.
The Sheriff’s report for October calls was reviewed. Ehlers moved and Swanson seconded a motion to approve the Sheriff’s report. RCV: all ayes.
There was no Fire Chief report.
There was no Zoning Inspector report.
The Chair report was given. Items discussed were: cable wires were not adjusted as promised; letter was sent to County Commissioners about designating Seward County “Livestock Friendly”; met with a person interested in constructing an assisted living-type facility; sidewalk repairs at the Senior Center.
Dale Kaliff gave the Maintenance report. Items discussed were: quotes for new controllers at the pool; getting numbers for all houses; well house repairs; continuing education classes; Snowball conference attendance. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to replace the controllers and flow meters at the pool. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to send both maintenance men to the Snowball Conference in Kearney in January. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve repairs to the south well house. RCV: all ayes.
The Clerk’s report was reviewed. Items discussed were: Neptune meter program support; designate date of January meeting; review insurance stipend for employees; discussed employee recognition dinner; reviewed water/sewer accounts. Barth moved and Swanson seconded a motion to approve the technical support agreement with Neptune. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to make the appropriate adjustments to employees for the insurance stipend, $550 for single and $650 for family coverage. RCV: all ayes. The January meeting will be held on Tues, Jan 2, 2018.
The Treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Swanson and seconded by Barth. RCV: all ayes.
Claims were reviewed. Ehlers moved and Barth seconded a motion to pay all claims. RCV: all ayes.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.
The following claims were paid:
Norris Public Power 9,319.85 Black Hills Energy 649.73
Windstream 900.71 Verizon Wireless 183.36
Kopchos Sanitation 166.00 Recycling Enterprises 345.00
Utica Community Care 2,343.50 Eco Water 33.00
The Thompson Co. 33.44 Colonial Supp. Ins. 322.17
NE Municipal Power Pool 2,126.84 Mierau & Co, CPA 85.00
Clouse Construction 11,728.36 Advanced Office 18.98
Michael Mullally 551.00 Seward Co. Independent 41.51
Seward Co. Sheriff 517.80 Kathy Calder, website 120.00
Rebecca Sandman, mlg. 46.44 Chase Card Services 118.86
WalMart Community 31.81 Great Plains Pest Mgmt. 90.00
Municipal Supply 1,806.09 PacNSave 105.99
NDEQ-Fiscal Services 71,907.25 NE Public Health Lab 33.00
Olsson Assoc, eng. 2,071.23 Hach Company 440.00
USA Blue Book 385.28 Cummins Sales/Serv. 871.24
Richard Kuil, exp. 132.12 Dale Kaliff, exp. 151.88
Larry Barth, reimb. 66.42 Sapp Bros. Petroleum 641.05
Utica Parts/Service 3,301.60 Rose Equipment 855.84
Menard’s-Lincoln 153.97 Wallingford Sign 39.00
Beaver Hardware 116.84 Fehlhafer’s, Inc. 15.96
Central Valley Ag 521.92 Jackson Services 214.74
EFTPS, pyrl tx 4,885.19 TASC, health svgs 821.00
Wages 12,242.47 MassMutual Financial 337.21