Gordon City Council Minutes March 13, 2014

Gordon City Council Minutes

March 13, 2014

Notice of the meeting was given in 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 6:05 p.m., March 13, 2014 in the Council Chambers of the City Auditorium.  The Mayor noted the location of the Open Meetings Laws in the back of the room.

Present: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

Absent: Evans.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant,  to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2013 meeting.  Ayes:  Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to approve the February 2014 treasurer’s report.   Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

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

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


EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $43.50; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $1,968.24; 41560, Payroll Fund, SA, $21,593.76; 41561, Shad Bryner, SE, $165.00; 41562, Airport Authority, RE, $478.86; 41563, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $799.85; 41564, Cosmopolitan, SU, $27.97; 41565, Cowboys & Indians, SU, $29.95; 41566, Handyman, SU, $12.00; 41567, Field & Stream, SU, $8.00; 41568, Library Petty Cash, RE, $46.58; 41569, Midwest Living, SU, $19.97; 41570, NWRPPD, SE, $3,207.46; 41571, Outdoor Life, SU, $19.97; 41572, People, SU, $116.07; 41573, Star Herald, SU, $149.00; 41574, Special Assessment BF, RE, $1,543.67; 41575, Taste of Home, SU, $19.98; 41576, Viaero, SE, $85.40; 41577, Clerks Institute, SE, $393.00; 41578, Xerox, SE, $161.76; 41579, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $48.00; 41580, Wingate, SE, $339.80; 41581, Frank Ferguson, SE, $380.00; 41582, City of Gordon, RE, $304.06; 41583, Jessica Carbajal, RE, $64.10; 41584, Liz Buchan, RE, $11.84; 41585, USPS, SE, $184.37; 41586, Dan Bishop, RE, $320.00; 41587, Fyr-Tek, SU, $212.37; 41588, NWRPPD, SE, $237.69; 41589, Rodeway Inn & Suites, SE, $445.54; 41590, Source Gas, SE, $6,287.22; 41591, Viaero, SE, $86.25; 41592, Payroll Fund, SA, $23,891.88; 41593, BC/BS, EX, $10,014.26; 41594, Sheridan County Treasurer, EX, $1,328.00; 41595, GMH, EX, $266.50; SK1005, All Metal Mfg, Inc, SU, $1,545.00. Total March Paid Bills: $76,856.87.


41596, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 41597, Alamar, SU, $67.14; 41598, Alco, SU, $34.98; 41599, Baker & Associates, SE, $165.00; 41600, B & T Lazerwash, SE, $200.00; 41601, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 41602, The Business Connection, SU, $82.53; 41603, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 41604, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 41605, Customized Billing, SE, $345.00; 41606, Deeter Foundry, SU, $348.00; 41607, DHHS, FE, $40.00; 41608, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 41609, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $518.86; 41610, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 41611, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,318.39; 41612, JD Financial, SU, $89.94; 41613, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $13.59; 41614, Fleet Services, SU, $597.19; 41615, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,296.13; 41616, Grocery Mart, SU, $5.98; 41617, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $1,388.30; 41618, Homestead, SU, $48.37; 41619, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $226.55; 41620, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 41621, Insurance Fund, RE, $12,162.50; 41622, Ideal Linen, SE, $102.45; 41623, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 41624, FALCO, SE, $575.00; 41625, Meller Repair, SE, $40.00; 41626, Mid-American Benefits, EX, $105.00; 41627, McLeods, SU, $80.65; 41628, Med Tech Resources, SU, $788.10; 41629, Wayne Muirhead, SE, $200.00; 41630, NPPD, SE, $6,993.77; 41631, NE Total Office, SU, $20.26; 41632, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $276.34; 41633, NE Rural Water, EX, $200.00; 41634, Neutron, SU, $216.37; 41635, One-Call Concepts, SE, $3.70; 41636, Public Safety Center, SU, $157.58; 41637, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $111.00; 41638, Casey Peterson & Assoc, SE, $12,779.83; 41639, Jean Parker, SE, $75.00; 41640, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 41641, Rushville Service Center, SE, $84.77; 41642, Rushville Vet Clinic, RE, $20.00; 41643, Sides & Milburn, SE, $39.85; 41644, Superfoods, SU, $17.88; 41645, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $139.77; 41646, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $290.00; 41647, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $10.00; 41648, S & L Gas, SU, $1,602.52; 41649, Taser International, SU, $692.06; 41650, True Value, SU, $683.71; 41651, US Welding, SU, $237.52; 41652, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 41653, Westco, SU, $1,319.94; 41654, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 41655, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 41656, Xerox, EX, $569.87. Total March Unpaid Bills $65,276.39. Total March Paid Bills $76,856.87. Total March Bills $142,133.26.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the playground equipment for Winship Park. The Gordon Lions Club has had two fund raisers to date, and will continue to work with the city in raising the funds needed for this project. Now that the Whirlwind Skate Park project is near completion, the city and community will focus on raising the needed funds for the playground equipment. He will have an update on this project for council at the April meeting.

With the new requirements of the workmen’s compensation insurance, the city has had to make several changes involving the Volunteer Fire Department and the Volunteer Rescue Squad. To facilitate these changes a Memorandum of Understanding between the City, the Gordon Rural Fire Protection District, the Gordon Rescue Squad, and the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to authorize Mayor Russell to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

Council was given information about the current Kone Elevator contract. City officials were notified by Kone Elevators that there would be a 3.36% increase in cost for the new contract. Fred Hlava told council that there has always been an excellent working relationship with Kone, and he has been very satisfied with the service that we receive. 

The City of Gordon recently received a distribution in the amount of $1,244.00 from the Public Alliance for Community Energy (PACE). To date, Gordon has received $18,559.00 from PACE. The recent refund of $1244.00 will be dedicated for the Winship Park playground equipment fund.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Problem Gambling Awareness Month Proclamation. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

“Problem Gambling Awareness Month”

WHEREAS, our community is home to individuals and families adversely affected by problem gambling; and

WHEREAS, compulsive gambling is often hidden from family members, social services and mental health professionals; and

WHEREAS, compulsive gambling often occurs in combination with other disorders such as chemical dependency and depression; and

WHEREAS, it is important to raise awareness of the warning signs of compulsive gamblers and connect them with professional help,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Nancy I. Russell, Mayor of the City of Gordon, Nebraska do hereby proclaim March 2014 as “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” and urge citizens to learn more about the consequences of problem gambling.

Date: 3/3/14

Signed: /s/ Nancy I Russell


Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to go into executive session at 6:37 pm to discuss personnel and real estate negotiations.  Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Council reconvened in regular session at 7:45 pm.  Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant, to accept City of Gordon City Manager’s contract as presented for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, with thanks for his dedication and commitment to the city. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to adjourn at 7:50 pm.  Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

/s/ Nancy I Russell


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 March 13, 2014; 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 Gordo from which the foregoing proceedings were written from 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: March 19, 2014