Gordon City Council Minutes December 12, 2103

Notice of the meeting was given to advance by publication in the Sheridan County Journal Star, the designated method for giving notice as shown by the affidavit of publication on file in the City Clerk’s office. Agendas of the meeting were simultaneously given to the Mayor and all members of the Council. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

A meeting of the City Council of the City of Gordon was called to order at 6:00 p.m., Dec. 12, 2013, in the Council Chambers of the City Auditorium. The Mayor noted the location of the Open Meetings Laws poster in the back of the room.

Present: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Russell. 

Absent: Morgan.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to approve the October treasurer’s report. Ayes: Evans, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve the November treasurer’s report. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evnas to approve the bills. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Russell.

Abbreviations for the legal: EX, Expense; FE, Fee; GR, Groceries; MI, Mileage; RE, Reimbursement; RPT, Report; SA, Salaries; SE, Services; SU, Supplies.

PAID BILLS

SK1002, Homestead Building Supply, SU, $5,134.20; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,526.07; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $45.55; 41198, Brent Townsend, SE, $3,000.00; 41278, USPS, SU, $138.00; 41279, Brent Townsend, SE, $3,500.00; 41280, Sandra Farmer, SE, $152.50; 41281, Ingram, SU, $17.49; 41282, Kone, SE, $626.88; 41283, Library Petty Cash, RE, $48.61; 41284, Motorcyclist, SU, $10.00; 41285, MicroMarketing, SU, $190.92; 41286, Newsweek, SU, $20.00; 41287, Reader’s Digest, SU, $19.98; 41288, Real Simple, SU, $24.00; 41289, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $66.00; 41290, Self, SU, $10.00; 41291, Viaero, SE, $85.10; 41292, Scott Decoste, RE, $50.01; 41293, Airport Authority, RE, $309.69; 41294, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $286.82; 41295, Special Assessment BF, RE, $1,741.14; 41296, Payroll Fund, SA, $23,709.78; 41297, City of Gordon, RE, $36.10; 41298, Hazel Prentice, RE, $3.90; 41299, USPS, SE, $179.87; 41300, BC/BS, EX, $10,087.35; 41301, NWRPPD, SE, $5,504.39; 41302, Source Gas, SE, $1,586.28; 41303, Data Technologies, SE, $2,510.05; 41304, Health Education Design, SU, $30.00; 41305, NWRPPD, SE, $72.86; 41306, Viaero, SE, $40.67; 41307, Payroll Fund, SA, $20,939.69. Total December Paid Bills $82,703.90.

UNPAID BILLS

41309, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 41310, Baker & Associates, SE, $392.00; 41311, Bluffs Sanitary Supply, SU, $40.08; 41312, The Business Connection, SU, $28.77; 41313, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 41314, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 41315, Customized Billing, SE, $360.00; 41316, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 41317, Deeter, SU, $898.00; 41318, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 41319, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $715.05; 41320, JD Financial, SU, $1,936.73; 41321, Fleet Services, SU, $679.10; 41322, First Wireless, SE, $35.45; 41323, Gordon Memorial Health Services, SE, $52.90; 41324, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,291.33; 41325, Grocery Mart, SU, $11.66; 41326, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $676.90; 41327, Homestead, SU, $73.34; 41328, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $56.85; 41329, HD Waterworks, SU, $1,092.79; 41330, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 41331, Insurance Fund, RE, $12,162.50; 41332, Ideal Linen, SE, $102.45; 41333, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 41334, Kustom Rock, SU, $300.00; 41335, Kimball Midwest, SU, $52.67; 41336, FALCO, SE, $5,027.41; 41337, Loup Valley Lighting, SU, $461.25; 41338, Clyde Lefler, SU, $30.00; 41339, Mid-American Benefits, EX, $105.00; 41340, McLeod’s, SU, $731.76; 41341, Med-Tech Resources, SU, $173.96; 41342, Wayne Muirhead, SE, $125.00; 41343, NPPD, SE, $6,648.67; 41344, NE Total Office, SU, $63.55; 41345, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $639.07; 41346, NESCA, FE, $15.00; 41347, NDOR Board of Examiners, FE, $60.00; 41348, One-Call Concepts, SE, $5.20; 41349, Powerplan, SU, $1,335.79; 41350, Police Officer’s Assoc of NE, SU, $136.25; 41351, Jean Parker, SE, $200.00; 41352, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 41353, R & L Irrigation, SE, $122.02; 41354, Super Foods, SU, $10.99; 41355, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $149.13; 41356, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $200.00; 41357, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $20.00; 41358, S & L Gas, SU, $1,325.69; 41359, True Value, SU, $957.97; 41360, USPS, SE, $250.00; 41361, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 41362, Ken Ward, SE, $162.50; 41363, Westco, SU, $982.60; 41364, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 41365, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 41366, Barb Winter, SE, $424.00; 41367, Xerox, EX, $547.52. Total December Unpaid Bills $59,713.90. Total December Paid Bills $82,703.90. Total December Bills $142,417.80.

James Smith, Chairman of the Gordon Cemetery Board, was present to accept a Certificate of Commendation from Mayor Nancy Russell. Mr. Smith has, for many years, volunteered his time for this position. He is responsible for asset management of the money paid to the City of Gordon for the purchase of cemetery lots and perpetual care of these lots. Council wishes to thank him for his commitment and dedication to our community as a volunteer in providing professional services in this capacity.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Grant, to elect Nancy I Russell as Mayor of the City of Gordon. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous, to elect Jane Morgan as Vice-Mayor of the City of Gordon. Ayes: Evans, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Certification of Street Superintendent, Mike Winter, for the Nebraska Department of Roads. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans. The Council wishes to thank Mike Winter for all of the hard work he and his crew put into maintaining the streets for the City of Gordon, and for the extra effort put in after the October blizzard. 

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to make the following board appointments with gratitude for their service. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Russell.

Planning Commission: (3-year term) Tim Bounous, Wayne Muirhead, and Jerry Larson.

Human Relations Board: (3-year term) Harlen Wheeler. 

Board of Adjustment: (3-year term) Randy Benben, Roger Bowman, and Jerry Larson.

Perpetual Care Board: (3-year term) Nancy Russell.

Police Review Board: (3-year term) Bill Powell.

Board of Health: (1-year term) Mayor Nancy Russell, City Manager Fred Hlava, Chief of Police Jeff Brewer, Citizen Jerry Larson, and the Gordon Memorial Hospital Administrator and his/her designee.

Council was given information on the recent ACE By-Law Amendments.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to approve Resolution 2013-18. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

RESOLUTION 2013-18

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

WHEREAS, THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA, suffered from a disastrous blizzard occurring on October 4-6, 2013, and

WHEREAS, the blizzard caused severe damage to public and private property and disruption of utility services.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor of Gordon has declared a State of Emergency authorized under Nebraska State Statute R.R.S. 81-829.50 on behalf of the City of Gordon, and will execute for and on behalf of the City of Gordon, the expenditure of emergency funds from the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor’s Emergency Fund.

Passed and approved this 12th day of December, 2013.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST:

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to approve Resolution 2013-19. Ayes: Evans, Bounous, Russell, and Bounous.

RESOLUTION 2013-19

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA:

WHEREAS, THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA, proposed to apply for assistance from the SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM for the purpose of improving crosswalk intersections, ADA accessibility, creating/improving sidewalk routes and pathways, and

WHEREAS, the City of Gordon, Nebraska has available the funds to finance the activity until reimbursed by the Safe Routes to School Program, and the financial capability to operate, maintain, and manage the completed project in a safe and attractive manner for public use; and

WHEREAS, the proposed application and supporting documents were made available for public review at a properly announced meeting of the City of Gordon, Nebraska;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA that the City of Gordon, Nebraska applies for assistance from the Safe Routes to School Program for the purpose of improving crosswalk intersections, ADA accessibility, creating/improving sidewalk routes and pathways.

Passed and approved this 12th day of December, 2013.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST:

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the current Airport Runway Renovation Project. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the preliminary plans, so the project can now move forward. Bidding for the project is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2014, with the completion of the project in 2014-2015. 

Fred Hlava reviewed with the council the grant that has been submitted on behalf of the Gorodn Volunteer Fire Department for new personal protective equipment. Currently, the gear they are using is 15-20 years old. The expected life expectancy for this gear is 10 years. The cost for one set of gear is $2021. Fire Chief Rich Haller and Tim McGinley have been working with City Manager Fred Hlava on the application process for a Fireman Personal Protection Equipment grant. Council will be updated at a future meeting on the outcome of this application process.

City Manager Fred Hlava is currently working with Dean Strong on the city’s workmen’s compensation insurance policy. An agreement has been reached with the Rural Fire Department and the Gordon Rescue Squad on how to move forward. Our insurance agent Dean Strong will review the proposed plan with the worker’s compensation insurance carrier for acceptance. Council will be updated at a later date.

Council was given two FYI items – the PACE October Financial report and the October Police Statistics.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to go into executive session at 6:27 to discuss real estate negotiations. It was reiterated for the record, a second time, that the only matter to be discussed in executive session will be real estate negotiations. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

The council reconvened in regular session at 6:52 pm. With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Russell.

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

I, the undersigned, City Clerk for the City of Gordon, Nebraska hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the proceedings had and done by the Mayor and Council on December 12, 2013; that all of the subjects included in the foregoing proceedings were contained in the agenda for the meeting, kept continuously current and available for inspection at the office of the City Clerk; that such subjects were contained in said minutes of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gordon from which the foregoing proceedings have been extracted were in written form and available for public inspection within ten working days and prior to the next convened meeting of said body; that all news media requesting notification of the time and place of said meeting and the subjects to be discussed at said meeting.

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Published: December 18, 2013