Utica Nebraska Village Board of Trustees
April 6, 2020 Regular Meeting
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm 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, Swanson, Baack, Ohlsen and Powell. Also present were Zan Francescato, Mellisa Grantski, Mike Fehlhafer, Dylan Wiemer and Rita Maier.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Open Meeting Act is located on the entry wall.
The agenda was approved by a motion from Ohlsen, second Baack. RCV: all ayes
Motion Baack, second Ohlsen to approve the March 2, 2020 minutes. RCV: all ayes
No public comments.
No Old Business.
Zane Francescato with SCCDP presented the results of a Seward County Wide survey on housing.
Melissa Grantski reported on Utica Days. If the event can take place, she asked about shutting down certain streets for activities and the use of the ball fields. Board decided to table until May meeting to see what restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell to allow part of D street and part of 1st to be shut for the car rally on June 5th. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to forgive 6 months of payments to LB840 loan because of COVID-19 financial impact.
Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to allow a 6 month delay in paying sidewalk assessment by two down town businesses because of COVID-19 financial impact.
Opening the swimming pool for the 2020 season was discussed. Gov. Ricketts’ responded that pools may not be able to open before July 15th. Board would like to open pool if feasible. Motion Ohlsen, second[NW1] Powell to offer lifeguards $3.00 an hour above wage to work with the delayed opening date. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohlsen, second Powell to offer Pool Manager job to Kathy Calder with a $3.00 increase above wage for the late start. RCV: all ayes
Ballfield maintenance was discussed. Motion Baack, second Ohlsen to once a week have ballfield mowed and infield drug (to keep weeds down). RCV: all ayes
Village parks and playgrounds have been shut down. Questioned if the schools should also post the closing of playgrounds and open areas. Clerk to check with state office and recommend to the schools.
Mike Fehlhafer reported the changing of florescent light bulbs to LED bulbs at the Senior Center. It was also discovered that the Emergency Lighting System was not working and required new fixtures and that the Exit lighting wasn’t working. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell that he is to order the 5 Emergency Lighting fixtures and fix the Exit lighting batteries or new fixtures depending on price. RCV: all ayes
Discussion on Maintenance Employee uniform allowance. Tabled until May meeting to get some prices.
Motion Baack, second Powell to purchase Case Tractor with 5 year extended warranty from Nebraska Equipment. RCV: all ayes
Discussion of LB840 loans. All information refers to the loans for businesses. What determines a business was discussed. Board will defer to the LB840 board.
Motion Baack, second Ohlsen to name Dylan Wiemer, Rick Hemphill and Rita Maier as essential Village employees. RCV: all ayes
Fire Chief Report: Reported that new Pumper truck is here. Insurance is done but need to get license plates yet for it.
Sheriff report: Have Feb report, but not March report.
Zoning Inspector reported approving one building permit for Steinhausen. Motion Powell, second Ohlsen to approve zoning inspector report. RCV: all ayes
Chairman report: Was about the Senior Center lights, and sidewalk assessments. These were already discussed.
Maintenance report: attached and made a part hereof. Motion Baack, second Powell to purchase necessary brooms and water pump to fix the street sweeper. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to accept Maintenance report. RCV: all ayes
Clerks report: attached and made a part hereof. Motion Powell, second Ohlsen that we do not disconnect in April and if payment arrangements are made and kept to not charge late fee. RCV: all ayes
Motion Baack, second Powell to close Village Office and the shop to the public. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to accept Clerk’s Report.
Treasurer’s Report: attached and made a part hereof. Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to accept Treasurer’s report. RCV: all ayes
Keno report: attached and made a part hereof. Motion Baack, second Ohlsen to accept Keno report. RCV: all ayes
Review/ approve payment of claims: Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to pay bills. RCV: all ayes.
Motion Ohlsen, second Baack to adjourn at 9:55 pm. RCV: all ayes
Village Clerk /Treasurer
Claims approved 4-6-20
York Times-825.56 Advertising; All Road Barricades-471.00 Streets; Kopchos-373.00 Services; Great Plains Pest Management-100 services; Mierau & Co.-200 accounting; Advance Office Supply-22.57 supplies; Pac N Save-162.37 supplies; Norris Public Power-4547.45 utilities; CED-1443.75 supples; Centennial Public Schools-220 Occupancy tax; Black Hills Energy-853.00 utilities; Verizon-279.76 utilities; Windstream-921.63 utilities; HR Engineering-520.45 maintenance; gWorks-6000 software; John Deere Financial-229.67 Equipment; League Association of Risk Management-867.41 insurance; Mid-American Research-405 chemicals; Nebraska Public Health-33 supplies; Nebraska Rural Water-300 education; Nebraska Generator-1375 repairs; Olsson-698.83 services; Kathy Caulder-170 labor; Seward County Sheriff-517.80 labor; Uline-59.24 supplies;
One Call-11.91 services; Midwest Machinery-1641 repairs; Utica Parts & Service-1129.09 repairs; Jackson Services-164.71 uniforms; St Paul Lutheran School-1866 meals; Nebraska Municipal Power Pool-719.69 software; Central Valley Ag-246.27 fuel; Roger Cradick-1200 rent; Mike Fehlhafer-485 labor; Carl Fehlhafer-310 labor; Sargent Drilling-600 maintenance; Wages-13529.03; Payroll Benefits/taxes-5524.95