Utica Nebraska Village Board of Trustees
November 2, 2020 Regular Meeting
The Village Board of Trustees met in regular session on November 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 Ryan Sturman, Zane Francescato, Jonathan Jank, Jennifer Igo, Manicela Galdamez, Craig Wolf, Mike Fehlhafer, Dylan Wiemer and Rita Maier.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The Open Meeting Act is located on the back wall.
The agenda was approved by a motion from Swanson, second Baack. RCV: all ayes
Motion Ohsen, second Powell to accept minutes of October 5, 2020 regular meeting.
Ryan Sturman from Epp Foundation Repair explained their solution for fixing the bowing walls in the basement of the library. There was discussion about Epp’s bid and Thrasher’s bid. Epp would install more support, so a motion by Swanson, second Ohlsen to enter into a contract with Epp Foundation Repair to repair south and west walls of Library RCV: all ayes.
Motion Powell, second Swanson that the Village Maintenance will mow the lawn at the Senior Center going forward. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Powell to continue suspension of Peddler’s licenses until March 1, 2021. RCV: all ayes.
Resolution 2019-01 about purchase orders was discussed. Motion Swanson, second Baack that Baack, Swanson and Dylan Wiemer will prepare a revised resolution to present. RCV: all ayes.
Zane Francescato from Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership spoke about Rural Workforce Housing Fund project the SCCDP is working with.
The Village deferred to the Aging Commission for them to decide if they want to place Christel Fehlhafer onto the Senior Center Checking/Debit account.
There was discussion about our water/sewer application and deposit. Olson to get more information.
There was discussion about having an application and fee to construct utilities in right-of-way. Rita to ask for Seward’s application and ordinance for that.
Powell and Swanson reported on the progress of the swimming pool restoration project.
Motion Swanson, second Powell to provide full-time employees with a 2% raise starting with the first pay period in November. RCV: all ayes.
Fire Chief Report: Craig reported having ISO inspection, that the dept. had election of officers in October, and that they have purchased necessary equipment for new truck. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept Fire Chief Report. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept Sheriff Report. RCV: all ayes
Zoning Inspector report: Baack reported only one permit approved for October. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept Zoning Inspector report. RCV: all ayes
Chairman’s report: Olson reported that some of the trains are not blowing their whistles at E street. He stated that the Determination of nuisance property form was delivered to owner of 1085 G street. He reminded the board about on-line courses for the National Incident Management System. Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept Chairman’s report.
Park Report: Park committee met and has several requests. Motion Swanson, second Powell to purchase one lifeguard chair for wading pool and shallow end of main pool and new ladder for east end of pool from the park budget. RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Baack to offer the lifeguards up to a $45.00 credit for pre-selected swimsuit , whistle, fanny pack and tee shirt for about $67.00 total as a hiring incentive package at beginning of season RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Baack to offer to pay ½ of the lifeguard certification or recertification, ½ of this incentive will be paid at the beginning of the swim season and the other ½ to be paid at end of the season to all lifeguards that work 40% of the days the pool is open. RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept Park Report.
Maintenance report: Attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Powell for Dylan to contact Eric Peeks about replacing East door of Library. RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Baack to purchase new snow plow cutting edges. RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Baack to get the gas detector calibrated. RCV: all ayes. Discussed south well possibly pumping sand. It was decided not to spend the money to pull the head and run a camera down it. Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept the Maintenance report. RCV: all ayes.
Clerk’s report: Attached and made a part hereof. Discussed that residences can only have 3 dogs per our Village ordinance, we are not interested in changing law firms, we are not interested having articles written for us to post, board aware of public concerns. Motion Swanson, second Powell to buy a storage cabinet for the Village office. RCV: all ayes. Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to accept Clerks report. RCV: all ayes.
Treasurer’s report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Powell to accept Treasurer’s report. RCV: all ayes.
Keno report attached and made a part hereof. Motion Swanson, second Baack to accept Keno report. RCV: all ayes.
Motion Swanson, second Ohlsen to approve claims. RCV: all ayes
Motion Swanson, second Powell to adjourn at 10:08 pm. RCV: all ayes.
Claims: Pac N Save, supples 26.71; Quandient Finance, postage 330; B. Wiemer- refund 62.93; League Assoc. of Municipalities- insurance 91.78; NE Dept of Rev- sales tax 1989.75; Norris Power-utilities 4019.52; NE Dept of Rev.- taxes 122; St Paul Lutheran School-meals 1375; Seward County Treasurer- title 10; Ebay- supplies 66.94; Orscheln- supplies 31.68; Walmart- supplies 115.47; Western Edge-uniforms 193.48; USPS-postage 7.50, G. Dittmar-services 102; Michael Mullallay-services 135; Lincoln Winwater-supplies 110.69; Black Hills Energy-utilities 312.13; Verizon-utilities 276.48; Windstream-utilities 908.50; League of NE municipalities-dues 956; Life guard MD-supplies 295; Nebraska Generator-maintenance 1170.29;
Rose Equipment-repairs 391.23; Fastenal-supplies 7.00; Aqua-Chem-chemicals 223.50; Nebraska Public Health-services 33; Advanced Office Automation-supplies 14.36; Mid-American Research-supplies 1896.80; Seward County Independent-services 29.15; Beaver Hardware-supplies 277.38; K Caulder-services 130; Recycling Enterprise-services 450; Seward County Sheriff-services 517.80; Wages 12768.86; Benefits 1728.12; payroll taxes 6292.42.