Utica Nebraska Village Board of Trustees
May 4, 2020 Regular Meeting
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on May 4, 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, 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 April 6 regular meeting.
Public comments: none
- Utica Days tabled until June Meeting.
- Uniforms: Moved Swanson, second Powell to allow $400 per full time maintenance employee to purchase their own jeans and logo shirts. RCV: all ayes
- Moved Swanson, second Powell to approve additional $3500 from LB 840 to go to the T.I.M.E. project.
- Pandemic situations: Campground units 1-3-5 will be open for use. Social distancing between nonfamily units must be observed. It was reported that someone is using the playground equipment at the ball field as exercise equipment, even though park is closed and posted as such. Board suggests calling the sheriff. Motion Swanson, second Baack to forgive April 23 water/sewer bills for 3 rescue response members. RCV: all ayes
- Swimming pool: tabled until June meeting
- Fireworks stand: Motion Swanson, second Powell to allow usual fireworks stand along Hwy 34. RCV: all ayes Board suggests that they move stand farther west instead of on the corner and that she remind her customers about social distancing.
- Shrub-barricades on E Street: Discussion but decided to wait.
- Recycle bins: Discussion on how often they are full, people outside of Utica are depositing in them and when full bags are placed on the ground and the company does not pick these up. Will discuss again at June Meeting.
Fire Chief report: none
Sheriff report: Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept March & April reports. RCV: all ayes
Zoning report: Discussion about set backs and property lines. Zoning permits okayed-Strubble, and Watson. Birkel does not need permit. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept zoning report. RCV: all ayes.
Chair report: Had one application for a TIF project. Not eligible as project already started and TIF only covers certain aspects of a project. Reports that invoice has been mailed to railroad for work done and to the state Dept of Transportation for payment. Suggested that Dylan Wiemer determine when ballfields need to be mowed to help reduce some hours worked on it. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept chairman’s report. RCV: 4 ayes Olson abstained.
Maintenance report: Attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept maintenance report. RCV: all ayes
Clerk report: Attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept clerk’s report. RCV: all ayes
Treasurer report: Attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept treasurer’s report. RCV: all ayes
Reviewed claims. Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept and pay claims. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Baack to adjourn meeting at 9:10pm. RCV: all ayes
Claims: Norris, utilities 4194.24; Dept of Revenue, sales tax 2084.76; First Bank of Utica, box rent 20;
Quadient, postage 300; Midwest Lab, testing 30.60; LARM, insurance 75.29; Mid-American, chemicals 774.75; Advanced Office Automation, copier 41.78; Dept of Rev., Keno 319; Seward County Treasurer, license plates 17.00; Pac N Save, raw food 192.01, supplies 11.11; Blue Valley Public Safety Inc, repairs 3523; Carl Fehlhafer, repairs 100; Fehlhafers Inc, supplies 38.24; Mike Fehlhafer, repairs 35.75; Tammy Winkelman, refund 75; Beaver Hardware, repairs 325.71; Seward County Independent, printing 25.99; Great Plains Pest, maint 126; Jackson Services, uniforms 219.12; Central Valley Ag, fuel 429.67; Aqua-Chem Inc, chemical 201.15; Mark Mueller, maint. 131; St Paul Lutheran School, meals 470; Kathy Calder, labor 140; Mierau & Co, services 100; CNA Surety, bond 100; SENDD, services 5253.30; Dankers Concrete, repairs 4560; Clouse Construction, repairs 2950; NE. public health, services 33; Municipal Automation, repairs 155.66; Seward County Sheriff Dept, services 517.80; York Equipment, Inc, repairs 108.93; wages 18038.39; payroll taxes, 5911.38; and employee benefits, 1872.90.
May 4, 2020 Board Meeting Maintenance Report
Street Sweeper repairs were made and street sweeping is taking place.
– We had an issue at the water plant with the battery backup inside the control panel, this happened after a change in power from the generator. The battery needed replaced, it was ordered and installed.
-The East well drawn down and static water level probe was installed and is working properly again. – Routine water sampling for the month was completed and recorded.
-Monthly Reports were filled out and sent in.
– 1st Quarter DMRS were submitted and accepted.
-Periodic sewer checks are taking place throughout the collection system. We have had several instances where we have found non- flushable wipes and paper towel products causing blockages or near blockages again this month. We have been flushing and jetting to remedy.
– Lagoon drawdown has completed.
– The new Case tractor was delivered and is working well.
– Clouse construction completed the work at E St. crossing.
– Concrete repairs were made at 4th & D street, and East of the CVA scale.
-Emergency sirens were repaired and PMs were done on all 3. All batteries were replaced as well.
– We are working to haul out large logs, sweepings and other materials from the compost site. -We have been spraying parking lots and park for weeds, we will be spraying the parks for dandelions as weather allows.
5th Street Concrete work Springer Electric quote for Dakota & Montana Circle lights.
32 reminder notices sent. 16 still not paid bills (due 4-17)
- Polling at the Senior Center 5-12
- Reminder to committees to prepare budgets and turn in June 15
- Mike Fehlhafer-Thank you
- May: Virtual Clerk’s jump start $50.00
- June: Virtual Municipal accounting/finance conference LONM- Cost unknown
- Insurance claim for rescue responders exposed to COVID-19
- Minor driving utility vehicle
- Monthly reduced w/s prices for low income households ($600)
- Is camping site open?
- Why no parking lines west of Post Office?
- Resident exercising on Playground equipment at ball field
- Barking dogs