VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES -REGULAR MEETING
August 3, 2020
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on August 3, 2020, at 7 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 Baack, Ohlsen, Powell, and Swanson. Also present were Dylan Wiemer, Kathy Ohlsen, Gail Dishman, Autumn Walford, Carrie Gumaer, and Kyle Konken.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Open Meetings Act is located on the entry wall.
The agenda was approved by a motion from Ohlsen and seconded by Baack. RCV: all ayes.
Motion Baack, second Powell to approve the Minutes of the July 6, 2020, meeting. RCV: all ayes.
Public Comments: A citizen was advised that she did not need Village permission to trim branches overhanging from another person’s property, but that it would be best to discuss with the neighbor. An inquiry was made about the Covid-19 pay given to lifeguards, which was a temporary bonus of $3 per hour. Next year, pay will revert to the previous level plus whatever raise the Trustees approve at that time. Kyle Konken asked if the ball field could be used this year for an adult slow pitch softball league if one were organized. Trustee Swanson explained that if the proper forms are filed and the league avoids schedule conflicts with the Centennial High School games, the field could be used with Trustees’ approval. Some expenses may need to be paid such as dragging the field, chalking lines, and electricity if night games are scheduled.
No Old Business
- Motion Ohlsen, second Powell, to accept the One and Six Year Street Improvement plan as Resolution #2020-8 RCV: all ayes
- Motion Ohlsen, second Baack, to submit the Village of Utica 2020-21 budget to CPA Randy Mierau & Co for preparation of documents to submit the budget to the state. RCV: all ayes.
- Motion Baack, second Powell, to approved Resolution #2020-9 to appoint the Chairperson of the Utica Board of Trustees as the Public Nuisance Official. RCV: all ayes.
- Three properties have been investigated by the Health Committee. Motion Baack, second Powell to declare the following properties as public nuisances and to notify the owners by letter as to problems that must be remedied: 740 Third Street, 140 First Street, 710 E Street. RCV: all ayes. Motion Baack, second Powell, to direct the Health Committee to investigate several other properties: corner of E and Nebraska, corner of G and Nebraska, a trailer on Third Street, and the brick building between Second and Third that is leaning and has a roof problem. RCV: all ayes. Motion Baack, second Ohlsen, to send a letter regarding overgrown vegetation to the owner of property between B and Ohio near 455th Road. RCV: all ayes.
- Motion Ohlsen, second Baack, to approve actions by the Board of Adjustment at their July 21 meeting. RCV: all ayes.
- Motion Ohlsen, second Powell to approve Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance #775, with adjustments to wording: (Section 2, B) yearly application fee of $50. (Discussion clarified that nonprofit food sellers are exempt.); (Section 4, F) …during operating hours while it is parked on public or private property… RCV: all ayes. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell, that existing businesses are excluded from Ordinance #775 as long as the existing business has required certificates from the State of Nebraska. RCV: all ayes. Motion Baack, second Powell, to adjust Section 2, C, so that the license shall expire March 1 yearly. The renewal fee shall be $50. RCV Baack aye, Powell aye, Ohlsen no, Swanson aye. Motion carried. Motion Powell, second Baack, to forego three readings of the Ordinance #775. RCV: all ayes.
No Fire Chief report
No Sheriff’s report
Zoning Inspector report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Powell, second Ohlsen, to accept the Zoning Inspector report. RCV: all ayes.
Chair report by Acting Chair Swanson: Pete’s Construction installed a metal door with blinds in the window to the Village office, as previously approved for $1,452.80. Motion Powell, second Ohlsen, to grant permission for an adult coed softball team to use the Utica ball field, as long as they file required forms and Covid-19 waivers as required at least 24 hours before a game, and as long as their games do not interfere with the High School team’s schedule, and they pay for services provided by the Village, such as dragging, chalking, and electricity. RCV: all ayes.
Maintenance report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Baack, second Ohlsen, to switch contractors for the Fifth Street project to Pankoke Construction. The bid is an estimate of $3,000 to $3500. RCV: all ayes. Dylan will be certain that the Village has a permit from the Corp of Engineers for the specifications of the construction. Motion Baack, second Powell, to get an estimate for repair of the transmission of the Street Sweeper. RCV: all ayes.
Clerk’s Report attached and made a part hereof. Sharon Powell reported for Rita that all delinquent water/sewer bills were paid without any disconnects necessary. Motion Baack, second Ohlsen, to accept the Clerk’s report. RCV: all ayes.
Treasurer’s report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell, to accept the Treasurer’s Report. RCV: all ayes.
Keno report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell, to approve that report. RCV: all ayes.
Claims were reviewed. Motion Ohlsen, second Powell, to approve payment of claims. RCV: all ayes.
Motion Baack, second Powell to adjourn the meeting at 9 p.m. RCV: all ayes.
The next Village Board of Trustee meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, due to Labor Day weekend.
Claims approved for payment:
Black Hills Energy, utilities 328.26; Verizon, utilities 279.64; Windstream, utilities 930.73; Recycling Enterprise, utilities 900; K. Caulder, services 120; Advanced Office Automation, supplies 18.41, Michael Mullally, services 240; All Road Barricades, supplies 89.09; Midwest Laboratories, services 703; Nebraska Clerks Institute, education 50; Quadient Finance, postage 300; Blackburn Mfg, supplies 66.97; Nebraska Dept of Revenue taxes 1717; Nebraska Public Health, services 270; Norris Public Power, utilities 4461.33; Midwest Seamless Gutters, services 1698; John Deere Financial, supplies 129.36; Lincoln Winwater, supplies 199.74; Veseris, chemicals 401.91; Aqua-Chem, chemicals 265.60; Kopchos, utilities 92.75;
Seward County Sherifff, services 517.80; Payroll, 24495.71; Payroll benefits, 1550.64; Payroll taxes, 4966.91.
Submitted by Kathy Ohlsen, substitute secretary