November 7, 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. Roll call was answered by Trustees Olson, Dittmar, Barth, Swanson, and Ehlers. Also present were Autumn Walford, Carrie & Andrea Gumaer, Joyce Schriner, LaVern Stuhr, Greg Dodson, Cheri Rinne, James Brown, Jonathan Jank, Steve Palandri, Holly Keil, Craig Wolf, 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 Barth, and seconded by Swanson. RCV: all ayes.
Minutes of the October meeting were amended to show the park playground equipment quote was $27,682.89 instead of $18,827. Swanson then moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve the minutes as corrected. RCV: all ayes.
Barth moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to appoint Olsson Associates as the Street Superintendent. RCV: all ayes. The annual street report will be submitted soon.
Autumn spoke to the trustees about the ballfield playground equipment. If GameTime allows construction and installation of the equipment without an approved supervisor, $1750 can be cut from the cost. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to purchase the ballfield playground equipment at a cost of $27,682.89 with the understanding that $1750 may be deducted if supervision isn’t necessary for insurance. This quote includes the manufactured fiber ground cover.
Ordinance 758, an ordinance to direct the sale of village property to Gregory & Wendy Dodson, was read. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to introduce Ordinance758. RCV: all ayes. The rule of reading on three separate occasions was suspended on a motion by Dittmar and seconded by Swanson. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to adopt and pass Ordinance 758 as read. RCV: all ayes.
Potential public nuisance properties and unlicensed/inoperable vehicles were discussed. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to send a letter to all residents as well as a copy of Ord. 585, to request each resident to comply with city codes on nuisance issues. RCV: all ayes.
Meter reading problems continue. Municipal Supply will be contacted to troubleshoot and assist in correcting meter reading issues.
Craig Wolf gave the Fire Chief report. Election of officers was held recently, and Amanda Struble is the new Rescue Captain. New members will be filling out their paperwork so that they are added to the insurance.
Jonathan Jank spoke to the trustees about filling the Utica representative seat on the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership currently held by Marci Fehlhafer. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to appoint Jim Swanson to the SCCDP, with a term that will expire December 31, 2020. RCV: Ayes-Dittmar, Barth, Ehlers, Olson. Nay-None. Abstain-Swanson.
Carrie Gumaer spoke to the trustees about the possibility of a new concession stand for the UBO. Carrie was advised to get a committee together of UBO members who will meet with Jim and Larry, the park board liaisons.
The proposed lease agreement between the Village and Norris Public Power District was reviewed.
The keno gaming contract with Craig Blake, dba CBlake, LLC was reviewed. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve entering into a contract with CBlake, LLC contingent on approval from the village attorney. RCV: all ayes.
Maintenance supervisor Dale Kaliff submitted information on a wart hog nozzle and root cutter kit purchase for the sewer jet. Barth moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to authorize the purchase of a wart hog nozzle and the root cutter kit in the amount of $2045. RCV: all ayes. This equipment will benefit the sewer jet in cleaning out lines.
The trustees considered a request of a resident to waive the regulation of a state inspection for her dogs. There are four dogs in the household and all are neutered. After discussion, Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to deny the waiver of a state inspection in regards to a kennel permit. RCV: all ayes.
Dale informed the trustees he successfully completed the water and wastewater courses and his certificates will be mailed soon. Barth moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to increase Dale’s hourly pay by $1.00 for the grade 3 water and wastewater operator’s certificates. RCV: all ayes.
Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve Dale and Richard as full-time employees and be eligible for benefits, and to send a thank you to Doug Pollak and Gary TeSelle for their service. RCV: all ayes.
A request for a special designated liquor permit from the Knights of Columbus Council #14508 was considered. Barth moved and Ehlers seconded a motion to approve the Knights of Columbus Council #14508’s request for a special designated liquor permit for an event to be held on Febr. 11, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall from 3-9pm. RCV: all ayes.
There was no Sheriff’s report.
The Zoning Inspector report showed four building permit applications. Two permits were for demolition, one for a fence and one for a garage. Barth moved and Swanson seconded a motion to approve the Zoning Inspector report. RCV: all ayes.
The Chair report was heard. Items discussed were: a meeting was held with the Seward City Administrator & Mayor to discuss setting up an RTSD for a quiet zone; BNSF administrators were contacted about railroad track improvements, crossings & mowing issues; Business After Hours will have an event on Nov. 19th at Breeza Fans and all are invited; anhydrous tanks parked close to city limits; resident’s access during water main construction.
Dale gave the Maintenance Report. Items discussed were: the new sign at the RV camp sites was posted; new stop signs were purchased and will be installed; replacement of lighting at water plant and parks; repairs to the backhoe; discussion on the water line being replaced in the next phase; calibration of Hach testing equipment; request to have a demonstration of an FX30 sewer jet machine with a vacuum. Swanson moved and Ehlers seconded a motion to authorize the Chairman to purchase signs as necessary. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to have the backhoe repaired at Utica Parts/Service. RCV: all ayes. Barth moved and Swanson seconded a motion to have the water line placed at a depth of 4-4.5 feet, above the storm sewer line in the next phase of water main replacement. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to enter into an agreement with Hach Chemical to perform annual equipment calibration tests on village equipment. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to have Grand Island’s Ditch Witch demonstrate the FX30 sewer jet unit with vacuum. RCV: all ayes.
The Clerk’s report was reviewed. Water/sewer accounts were reviewed, correction of legal description for village property; cable service rate increase; meter reading issues were discussed.
Barth moved and Swanson seconded a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report. RCV: all ayes.
Claims were reviewed. Swanson moved and Ehlers seconded a motion to approve the payment of all claims. RCV: all ayes.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:27pm.
The following claims were paid:
Norris Public Power Dist. 3,153.12 Black Hills Energy 418.72
Windstream 898.54 Verizon Wireless 183.36
Kopchos Sanitation 185.50 Recycling Enterprises 230.00
Heiman Fire Equip. 7,320.00 Page My Cell 550.00
Hockenberg’s 156.03 The Thompson Co. 72.34
Joyce Schriner, reimb. 67.80 Colonial Supp. Inc. 214.78
Mierau & Co, CPA 85.00 NE Municipal Clerks 35.00
Michael Mullally 717.00 Seward Fam. Med. Clinic 31.00
Kathy Calder, website 120.00 Cornhusker Press 69.05
Seward Co. Sheriff 517.80 Seward Co. Indep. 34.43
York News-Times 44.54 WalMart Community 59.83
Chase Card Services 1,031.88 Automated Office 15.00
NE Public Health Lab 33.00 Olsson Assoc, eng. 739.29
MARC Corp. 2,960.00 Lincoln Winwater Works 56.71
Beaver Hardware 54.59 Miller Seed/Supply 29.50
Midwest Sales/Service 213.l9 Pieper’s Pottys 75.00
Central Valley Ag 100.61 Jackson Services 293.97
Utica Parts/Service 655.82 PacNSave 213.51
EFTPS, pyrl tx 2,904.36 MassMutual Financial 202.02
Wages 9,723.24 TASC, health svgs 821.00