REGULAR MEETING – February 5 2018
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 guests Craig Reinsch, Tom Bliss, Dale Kaliff, Autumn Walford, Carrie Gumaer, LaVern Stuhr, Joyce Schriner, Ron Tomes, Colette Stelling 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 January meetings were approved on a motion by Barth, and seconded by Swanson. RCV: all ayes.
There were no public comments.
The public hearing for the One and Six Year Road plan was opened at 7:05pm by a motion from Dittmar and seconded by Swanson. RCV: all ayes. Craig Reinsch went through the expected revenue, expense and work included in the plan. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to close the hearing. RCV: all ayes. Resolution 2018-01, to approve the One and Six Year Road Plan as presented, was moved by Barth and seconded by Dittmar. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to appoint Justin Stark as street superintendent for 2018. RCV: all ayes.
Contact has been made with Jake at Olsson Associates to develop a plan for the 1st Street project from the information submitted. Once he has that plan made, a town hall meeting will be called for local input.
No action on the sale of village property. A special meeting to take action on the sale was called for Friday, Febr. 9th.
Tom Bliss of SENDD was present to talk about the status of the CDBG project. Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve the Financial Management Certification for the CDBG project. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to approve the fair housing workshop that will fulfill requirements for the CDBG project. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to authorize a request for grant funds for the CDBG project. RCV: all ayes.
Autumn Walford of the Park Committee was present to ask the trustees how to dispose of the playground equipment that will be removed to install the new piece. After discussion, the general consensus was that the equipment should be inspected and if it is usable, it can be moved to the Tower Park. If it is not usable, it will be sold for scrap. Construction of the new playground unit will begin in April or May, weather permitting.
Colette Stelling was present to ask the trustees about opening and closing dates for the swimming pool. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to set the opening date for May 29th, and the closing date for August 12th. RCV: all ayes.
The step-plan for employee wages was discussed. Swanson moved to table the issue for further study, seconded by Dittmar. RCV: all ayes.
The LB840 budget was tabled until next month.
Ordinance 760, to update the Basic Code of Ordinances, was introduced by Swanson and seconded by Dittmar. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to suspend the rules of reading on three separate occasions. RCV: all ayes. Chairman Olson read Ord. 760 by title, and then Dittmar moved and Barth seconded a motion to adopt and pass Ord. 760 as read. RCV: all ayes.
Dittmar moved to contact Nebraska Rural Water to do a rate study of our water and sewer rates. Barth seconded the motion. RCV: all ayes.
(The last rate study was done in 2012.)
Dale spoke to the trustees about completing and filing DMR reports online. Barth moved and Dittmar seconded a motion to allow Dale Kaliff to be the cognizant official and to file DMR reports online. RCV: all ayes.
There was no Fire Chief report.
There was nothing to report in the Zoning Inspector report.
The Sheriff’s report was reviewed. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to approve the Sheriff’s report. RCV: all ayes. Dittmar moved and Swanson seconded a motion to approve the letter to residents regarding violations of the vehicle and public nuisance codes. RCV: all ayes.
The Chair report was heard. Items discussed were an emergency water leak in a residence; a dispute between the League of NE Municip. and LARM-Don will attend a meeting during the Mid-Winter Conference; continuing progress on the public nuisance properties.
Dale gave the Maintenance report. Items discussed were: the Neptune regional manager loaded an app on Dale’s phone so that he can read radio meters from his phone if he doesn’t have the Trimble reader; status report on grease in the sewer system and lift station; treating tree roots in sewer lines; water repairs; new employee starts work Feb. 12th.
The Clerk’s report was reviewed. Water/sewer accounts were reviewed, an interest payment for water bonds is due on Feb. 15; continuing education classes; and seasonal employees. Barth moved and Swanson seconded a motion to allow the clerk to attend annual clerk’s academy in Grand Island Mar 27-29, with motel, meals & travel expenses paid. RCV: all ayes. Swanson moved and Barth seconded a motion to authorize the clerk to advertise for seasonal staff for pool, ball field maintenance and mowing help. RCV: all ayes.
The Treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Swanson and seconded by Barth. RCV: all ayes. The budget comparison for October through January was reviewed.
Claims were reviewed. Ehlers moved and Swanson seconded a motion to pay all claims. RCV: all ayes.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:29pm.
The following claims were paid:
Norris Public Power Dist. 5,211.75 Windstream 900.88
Black Hills Energy 1,494.09 Verizon Wireless 183.46
Kopchos Sanitation 169.00 Recycling Enterprises 230.00
Heiman Fire Equip. 515.60 Joyce Schriner, exp. 41.00
Shaffer Comm. 2,850.00 PacNSave 397.47
Utica Community Care 1,989.90 The Thompson Co. 100.45
TASC, health svgs 1,095.28 Colonial Supp. Ins. 214.78
Seward Co. Indep. 10.35 Seward Co. Sheriff 517.80
Michael G. Mullally 399.00 Mierau & Co, CPA 85.00
Kathy Calder 110.00 Rebecca Sandman, exp 56.18
North Office Supply 20.55 Eakes Office 17.45
Edwards Environmental 375.00 Great Plains Pest 45.00
EFTPS, pyrl tx 3,311.78 Advanced Office 7.44
JR Bobcat Service 1,554.76 NE Public Health Lab 49.00
Holiday Inn-Kearney 97.95 Dale Kaliff, exp. 320.95
USA Blue Book 263.76 Nebr. Rural Water 150.00
Olsson Assoc, eng. 5,106.69 Core & Main LP 463.47
MARC Corp. 1,287.50 Utica Parts/Service 615.63
Orscheln’s Farm/Home 334.91 Central Valley Ag 196.09
Rose Equip, Inc. 3,035.05 Dept. Correctional SVCS 200.00
Chase Card Services 1,124.21 Volzke Corporation 111.28
Beaver Hardware 357.45 MassMutual Fin. 539.56