Utica Nebraska Village Board of Trustees
July 6, 2020 Regular Meeting
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on July 2, 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 Olson, Swanson, Ohlsen, Baack, and Powell. Also present were Gale Dishman, Joyce Schriner, LaVern Stuhr, Autumn Walford, Jody Wiemer, Byron Wiemer, Colette Stelling, Sandi Swanson, Melissa Grantski, 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 Swanson, second Baack. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept minutes of June 1, 2020 regular meeting. RCV: all ayes
No Public comments.
No Old Business.
Jody Wiemer from the Ageing Committee presented a report on the Senior Center. Because of COVID-19 and lack of fund raisers the board asked if the manager’s wages might be paid out of the General Fund for 2020-21.
Melissa Grantski from the Utica Heritage Days Committee presented events they thought they could hold and still protect the public. Motion Swanson, second Powell to allow the Heritage Days committee to move forward with organizing/assisting with the Road Rally, Firemans’ Water Fight with hamburgers/hot dogs to go, Cruse route with balloon creations, collection of non-perishable food items for local food pantry, Ice cream-snow cone concessions, softball tournament, and kid’s tractor pull all with social distancing as a priority. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Baack to move into an agreement for street superintend work for 2021 with Olsson’s.
Motion Swanson, second Baack to enter into the Larm renewal coverage for 3 years with the 5% discount. RCV: 5 ayes
Motion Swanson, second Powell to open Auditorium for rentals, following social guidelines, not more than 50 people, renter must sign COVID-19 License & Management Agreement and not renting closer than 1 week apart. RCV: all ayes. Monthly meetings can occur sooner with proper prior sanitizing.
Motion Swanson, second Baack to add Sharon Powell to the First Bank of Utica checking account. RCV: Swanson, Baack, Ohlsen, Olson voting aye, Powell abstaining.
Motion Swanson, second Baack to approve Application for Itinerant Sales. RCV: all ayes
Park Committee pool report attached and pay a part hereof. Several suggestions for future playground equipment were presented. Future swimming pool needs was also presented. Pool complaints were addressed. Motion Swanson, second Baack for the Park Committee to draw up a draft handbook for pool employees. RCV: all ayes
Motion Powell, second Swanson to hire Danielle Grantski as assistant pool manger at $10.00 per hour. RCV: all ayes. Motion Powell, second Swanson to reimburse Kathy Caulder for the cost of Danielle’s certification course with a copy of the receipt or documentation of the cost. RCV: all ayes
Public nuisances were discussed. We have some bad looking properties which could be a health/safety hazards. Board to look at ordinances about fines and other solutions for these properties.
Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept the $1698 bid from Midwest Seamless Gutters for gutters on the Maintenance Shop. RCV: all ayes
Fire Chief report: Had their first meeting last week since the beginning of COVID.
Sheriff Report: Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept report. RCV: all ayes
Zoning Inspector report: Bittenger would like alley access for garage-Ok; Wullenwaber should go to Board of Adjustments; Hoops-ok; Kucera-ok Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept report. RCV: all ayes
Chair report: There has been box traps set to catch foxes. Reminded incumbents to register for re-election before July 15th. Should be reimbursed by Burlington Northern soon. Talked about some of the projects we might budget for 20-21 year. Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept Chair report. RCV: all ayes
Maintenance report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Baack, second Swanson to purchase mosquito fogging chemicals. RCV: all ayes Motion Powell, second Swanson to purchase online Waste Water test prep for Rick. RCV: All ayes Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept report. RCV: all ayes
Clerk’s Report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Powell to have General Fire & Safety to have automatic payments from checking. RCV: all ayes Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept report. RCV: all ayes
Treasurer’s report attached. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to approve report. RCV: all ayes
Keno report attached. Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohlsen, second Swanson to approve payment of claims. RCV: all ayes
Chairman excused himself.
Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to adjourn meeting at 10:10 pm. RCV: 4 ayes
Claims: Seward Cty Sheriff, services 517.80; Black Hills Energy, utilities 294.70; Kopchos, services 207.50;
Windstream, utilities 916.90; Aqua-Chem Inc, supplies 1358.25; Beaver Hardware, supplies 470.68,
Colonial life, benefits 320.80; Diane Fehlhafer, repairs 500; General Fire & Safety, services 390.75; Iowa Pump Works, services 1423; Josh Warren, services 220; Kansas City Life, Insurance 2808; Mid-American Research, services 1777.75; Mark Muller, repairs 210; Municipal Automation & Control, services 2369.92; Nebraska Public Health, services 270; Seward Cty Independent, publishing 19.94; Southeast Nebraska Development District, membership 1577.58; Springer Electric, repairs 1182; St Paul School, services 2700; Volzke Corp., repairs 24.92; Central Valley Ag, fuel 802.58; Great Plains Pest Management, services 221; Jackson Services, services 91.19; One Call Concepts, services 59.59; Mierau & Co., servives 200; Pac N Save, supplies 91.23; Norris Public Power, utilities 4461.33; Verizon, Utilities 279.64; TASC, Benefits 500; Seward Cty Treasurer, fees 16; Michael Mullally, services 200; Midwest Laboratories, services 164; Advanced Office Automation, services 14.95; The Lincoln National Life Co, benefits 199.74; Ken Ekeler, supplies 65; Nebraska Rural Water, repairs 640; JR’s Bobcat Service, services 835; Midwest Service & Sales, equipment 301.70; Municipal Supply Inc, supplies 508.92; Quadient Finance, postage 101.78; Norris Public power, utilities 3527.60; Wages, 1540.48; Mass Mutual, benefits 845.92; taxes 4810.55.