Gordon City Council Minutes September 10, 2015

Gordon City Council Minutes

September 10, 2015

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 6:00 p.m., September 10, 2015 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, and Russell.

Absent:    Evans and Morgan.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2015 regular meeting.  Ayes: Bounous, Russell, and Grant.

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

City Manager Fred Hlava recognized and thanked Terry Rajewich, NPPD Account Manager and TJ Rutledge, NPPD Supervisor for this area. They were present at the council meeting to recognize Fred Hlava and to congratulate him on his retirement. City Manager Fred Hlava stated that the City of Gordon has been a retail franchise community with NPPD for many years. Mr. Hlava stated that he has greatly appreciated the assistance from the administrative department and service departments of Nebraska Public Power and has always felt fortunate that the quality of service in both areas was excellent in all phases. NPPD is the provider of electrical energy for our community, but has provided many additional services for the community in terms of economic development and an assistance with hanging the Christmas lights and numerous other projects that are a benefit to our community. We are the only state in the United States that has a public power system statewide and the City of Gordon is very fortunate that we have had the direct benefit for the many years we have been a retail customer for NPPD.

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

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

PAID BILLS

EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $78.46; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,433.03; RS1114, Grocery Mart, SU, $181.14; 43553, Payroll Fund, SA, $32,996.09; 43554, Jacob Sheridan, RE, $1,750.00; 43555, USPS, SU, $120.00; 43556, American Cowboy, SU, $14.95; 43557, Traveler, SU, $19.97; 43558, Fur-Fish and Game, SU, $17.95; 43559, Ingram, SU, $543.06; 43560, Library Petty Cash, RE, $48.00; 43561, Midwest Living, SU, $19.97; 43562, Madison Nat’l Life, EX, $41.74; 43563, McCall’s Quilting, SU, $21.98; 43564, More, SU, $30.00; 43565, NE Library Commission, FE, $500.00; 43566, NE Life, SU, $24.00; 43567, OCLC, FE, $96.82; 43568, Viaero, SE, $112.13; 43569, Mike Wellnitz, RE, $10.25; 43570, Alex Torres, SE, $130.00; 43571, Darius Maltbie, SE, $150.00; 43572, Alex Torres, SE, $273.00; 43573, Airport Authority, RE, $197.56; 43574, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $257.39; 43575, Source Gas, SE, $593.11; 43576, Special Assessment BF, RE, $339.59; 43577, BC/BS, EX, $8,903.46; 43578, Paul Hotz, RE, $40.00; 43579, Fyr-Tek, SU, $1,237.02; 43580, USPS, SE, $188.13; 43581, Payroll Fund, SA, $29,182.84; 43582, Sandhills Land & Property, EX, $400.00; 43583, Viaero, SE, $76.59; 43584, Alex Torres, SE, $182.00; 43585, Alex Torres, SE, $234.00.

Total September Paid Bills: $81,444.23.

UNPAID BILLS

43586, Air Methods Corp, EX, $19.50; 43587, Baker & Associates, SE, $360.00; 43588, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 43589, Charles Biegler, SE, $200.00; 43590, Bluffs Sanitary Supply, SU, $142.98; 43591, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 43592, Bierschbach, SU, $1,429.50; 43593, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 43594, City of Gordon, SE, $37.28; 43595, Customized Billing, SE, $300.00; 43596, Channing Bete, SU, $81.95; 43597, CNH Capital, SU, $36.66; 43598, Croell, SU, $287.27; 43599, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 43600, EnviroService Inc, SE, $120.00; 43601, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $1,414.66; 43602, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,551.69; 43603, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $62.64; 43604, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,369.37; 43605, Galls, SU, $278.97; 43606, Grocery Mart, SU, $21.90; 43607, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $522.87; 43608, Hills Materials, SU, $969.10; 43609, Husker Auto, SU, $58.83; 43610, HD Supply Waterworks, SU, $3,252.59; 43611, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 43612, Clay Heath, RE, $500.00; 43613, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,702.08; 43614, Ideal Linen, SE, $110.79; 43615, Jefco Inn, SE, $52.50; 43616, Kelly Construction, SU, $2,383.45; 43617, League of NE Municipalities, FE, $1,456.00; 43618, FALCO, SE, $610.00; 43619, Layne Christensen Co, SE, $13,102.99; 43620, NPPD, SE, $10,725.92; 43621, NWRPPD, SE, $6,041.05; 43622, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $1,137.05; 43623, NW Community Action, SE, $107.00; 43624, NE Dept of Revenue, FE, $25.00; 43625, NE Environmental Products, SU, $286.04; 43626, Otte Feeds, SU, $24.00; 43627, One-Call Concepts, SE, $11.80; 43628, Public Safety Center, SU, $146.90; 43629, Petty Cash, RE, $228.07; 43630, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $24.00; 43631, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 43632, Panhandle RC & D, FE, $300.00; 43633, Pit Stop, SE, $12.00; 43634, Joe Peters Roofing, SE, $10,260.30; 43635, Public Safety Information, SU, $144.00; 43636, Quill, SU, $231.36; 43637, Source Gas, SE, $56.86; 43638, Share Corporation, SU, $279.99; 43639, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $66.00; 43640, Superfoods, SU, $9.99; 43641, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $1,870.19; 43642 Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $463.48; 43643, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $1,630.00; 43644, S & L, SU, $824.89; 43645, Simon Contractors, SU, $9,801.35; 43646, True Value, SU, $1,056.40; 43647, League of NE Mun Utilities, FE, $598.00; 43648, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 43649, Westco, SU, $689.12; 43650, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 43651, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 43652, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 43653, Xerox, EX, $600.47.

Total September Unpaid Bills: $110,881.80.

Total September Paid Bills: $81,444.23.

Total September Bills: $192,326.03.

Mayor Russell recognized new City Manager Jacob Sheridan and welcomed him and his wife Gwen to the community. Mr. Sheridan stated to council that he was excited about the challenges ahead of him and thanked council for this opportunity.

Mayor Russell announced the opening of the Special Hearing at 6:15 pm and turned the conduct of the Special Hearing over to City Manager Fred Hlava, who presided as Hearing Officer. Fred Hlava stated the purpose of the Special Hearing was to take action on the application by Bosselman Pump & Pantry Inc, dba Pump & Pantry 34 for a Class D Liquor license. This will replace their current Class B Liquor License. He then asked if anyone was present to give testimony in opposition or as a proponent for this application. City Manager Fred Hlava recognized Craig Cummings, District Manager for Pump & Pantry who was present to represent the management of Pump & Pantry, Inc. Mr. Cummings explained to council that the purpose of applying for this Class D liquor license was to increase sales in their stores and to become consistent in all stores throughout Nebraska. He explained to council the safeguards they have in place to help ensure compliance with all liquor laws in Nebraska, including a private third party firm that inspects all stores in the same manner as the Nebraska State Patrol by setting up “stings” to make sure that employees are checking ID’s as required. Pump & Pantry 34 is also installing a new POS system that will scan ID’s. Councilman Bounous voiced concern as to where the liquor will be displayed for sale. Mr. Cummings informed council that they are in the process of remodeling and the liquor will all be kept behind the registers and will not be accessible by customers. Brenda Schwaderer, Manager of Pump & Pantry 34 was also present to assure council that she and her crew will be working diligently to comply with all applicable laws. No one was present to give testimony, oral or written, in opposition to this application. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the application by Bosselman Pump & Pantry Inc, dba Pump & Pantry 34 for a Class D Liquor license. Ayes: Bounous, Russell, and Grant.

The Special Hearing was closed at 6:27 pm and conduct of the meeting was turned back to Mayor Russell.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve the application by Tiffany Thompson to become a member of the Volunteer Rescue Squad upon completion of all training. Ayes: Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the application by Kyle Kruger to become a member of the Volunteer Rescue Squad upon completion of all training. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, and Russell. Council wishes to thank both applicants for their service.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to appoint City Manager Jacob Sheridan as primary representative and Councilman Tim Bounous as secondary representative to Panhandle Resource Conservation and Development. Ayes: Bounous, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve Laveta Edward’s request for King Pin Lanes to have extended liquor sale hours on the following days: Sunday, October 4, 2015, Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 7, 2016, and Sunday, April 3, 2016. On all days the hours she is requesting are from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to host travel league. Ayes: Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to go into recess at 6:32 pm. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, and Russell.

Council reconvened at 6:50 pm. Vice-Mayor Morgan was now present for the meeting.

Mayor Russell announced the opening of the Special Hearing and turned the conduct of the Special Hearing over to City Manager Fred Hlava, who presided as Hearing Officer. He explained and reviewed with the Council the request to adopt a property tax request for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 different than the prior year tax request. He explained for council that this is something that has been done every year. Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan to approve Resolution 2015-13. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

RESOLUTION NO. 2015-13

WHEREAS, Nebraska Revised Statute 77-1601.02 provides that the property tax request for the prior year shall be the property tax request for the current year for purposes of the levy set by the County Board of Equalization unless the Governing Body of the City of Gordon passes by a majority vote a resolution or ordinance setting the tax request at a different amount; and

WHEREAS, a special public hearing was held as required by law to hear and consider comments concerning the property tax request; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City of Gordon that the property tax request for the current year be a different amount than the property tax request for the prior year.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Gordon, Nebraska by a majority vote, resolves that:

1.  The 2015-2016 property tax request be set at $238,548.89 for the General Fund and $20,000.00 for the Bond Fund; a total of $258,548.89.

2.  A copy of this resolution be certified and forwarded to the County Clerk on or before October 13, 2015.

Passed and approved this 10th day of September, 2015.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

The Special Hearing was closed at 6:55 pm. and conduct of the meeting was returned to the Mayor.  

Mayor Russell announced the opening of the Public Hearing for review of the 2015-2016 Budget and Budget Summary. Mayor Russell turned the conduct of the Budget Hearing over to City Manager Fred Hlava, who presided as the Hearing Officer. For the record, there was no opposition or or changes needed for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget.  Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to exceed the budget limit for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year by an additional 1%.  Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan to pass the first reading of Ordinance 1150.  Ayes:  Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to waive second and third Readings of Ordinance 1150.  Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

ORDINANCE 1150

AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Gordon, Nebraska:

Section 1.  that after complying with all procedures required by law, the budget presented and set forth in the budget statement is hereby approved as the Annual Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.  All sums of money contained in the budget statement are hereby appropriated for the necessary expenses and liabilities of the City of Gordon.  A copy of the budget document shall be forwarded as provided by law to the Auditor of Public Accounts, State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, and to the County Clerk of Sheridan County, Nebraska, for use by the levying authority.  The total budget of expenditures for all funds if $3,425,979.00 plus necessary cash reserves of $345,912.00 for a total of $3,771,891.00.  Total Unused Restricted Funds Authority $322,935.84.

Section 2.  This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage, approval, and publication or posting as required by law.

Passed and adopted this 10th Day of September, 2015.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

The special hearing was closed at 6:59 pm and conduct of the City Council meeting was turned over to Mayor Russell.

The Office of the City Clerk had one citizen request a copy of Ordinance 1148, but there were no complaints or questions received. No one was present at the meeting to give testimony in opposition or as a proponent for Ordinance 1148. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to pass the third reading of Ordinance 1148. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

ORDINANCE NO. 1148

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA, PROVIDING PROCEDURES FOR DISCONNECTION OF WATER SERVICE; REPEALING CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

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

SECTION 1. That Section 6-101 of the revised municipal code of the City be and hereby is amended to read as follows:

I. RIGHT TO DISCONNECT. The City of Gordon Water Department may disconnect water utility service for any of the following reasons:

A. Failure to comply with applicable provisions of federal, state, or municipal law, statute, ordinance, or regulation of policy.

B. Violation of the ordinances or regulations pertaining to utility service.

C. Nonpayment of past or present utility bills.

D. Willful or negligent waste of service due to improper or imperfect pipes, fixtures, and appliances, or otherwise.

E. Tampering with any meter, seal or other equipment controlling or regulating the supply of utility service.

F. Theft or diversion and/or use of service without payment therefore.

G. Vacancy or abandonment of premises.

II. DELINQUENT BILLS

A. All utility bills are mailed on the first day of every month and are due the 15th of each month.

B. Bills are considered delinquent on the 16th of each month and are subject to disconnection of services.

C. A disconnect notice will be mailed to all utility customers that have had a delinquent balance for more than thirty days.

D. Disconnection for non-payment will occur on the last business day of each month. If this day falls on a holiday or a weekend, disconnection will occur on the next business day.

III. SERVICE DISCONNECT NOTICE

A. Before disconnection of utility services, the City Clerk shall give notice by first class mail to the customer whose utility service is to be disconnected. Such mail will be conspicuously marked as to its importance. The City Clerk shall also notify all property owners that have renters receiving service disconnect notices.

B. The City Clerk will provide third party notice if requested by the customer. Any customer who has previously been identified as a welfare recipient to the utility by the Department of Social Services, shall be served notice by certified mail and notice of such proposed termination shall be given to the Department of Social Services. All third party notices will be served by first class mail.

IV. CONTENTS OF DISCONNECT NOTICE. The disconnection notice, by state law must contain at least the following information.

A. The reason for the proposed disconnection.

B. A statement of intention to disconnect unless the customer either pays the bill or reaches an agreement with the Gordon Water Department regarding payment of the bill.

C. The date upon which service will be disconnected if the customer does not take appropriate action.

D. The name, address and telephone number of an employee designated by the Gordon Water Department to whom a customer may address inquiry or complaint.

E. A statement of the customer’s right, prior to the disconnection date, to request a conference regarding any dispute over the proposed disconnection.

F. A statement that the Gordon Water Department may not disconnect utility service until the conference is concluded.

G. A statement to the effect that disconnection may be postponed or prevented upon presentation of a duly licensed physician’s certificate which shall certify that the customer or resident within such customer’s household has an existing illness or handicap which would cause such customer or resident to suffer an immediate and serious health hazard by the disconnection of the utility’s service to that household. Such certificate must be filed with the Gordon Water Department within five (5) days of receiving notice of disconnection and will prevent the disconnection of utility service for a period of thirty (30) days from such filing. Only one (1) postponement of disconnection shall be allowed for each incidence of nonpayment of any due account.

H. A list of all payments and costs that must be remitted to the Gordon Water Department for reconnection, including any reconnect charges and payment of all past due accounts.

I. A statement that the customer may arrange with the Gordon Water Department for an installment payment plan.

J. A statement to the effect that those customers who are welfare recipients may qualify for assistance in payment of their utility bill and that they should contact their caseworker in that regard.

V. INSTALLMENT AGREEMENT

A. The balance of a past due account must be made by the date given in the Notice of Disconnection sent to the delinquent utility account customer, unless an installment agreement has been accepted by the City Manager.

B. No extension of time to pay will be given over the phone. Customers with delinquent accounts must appear in person to apply for an installment agreement. Exceptions will only be made for persons with illnesses or handicaps that prevent them from leaving their homes. Presentation of a certificate from a duly licensed physician certifying that the customer is unable to appear in person is required.

C. The installment agreement will require payments that total all past due amounts plus the current bill, and must be paid in full before the current due date.

D. Failure of the utility customer to abide by the approved installment agreement will result in disconnection of services without any further notice from the Gordon Water Department.

E. No utility customer will be allowed to enter into an installment agreement more than three (3) times in a twelve (12) month period.

F. If a utility customer entering into an installment agreement with the Gordon Water Department is a renter, the Water Department will send a copy of the installment agreement to the owner of the property.

Vl. CONFERENCE WITH UTILITY CUSTOMER

A. To request a conference, a customer must notify the City Manager in writing and state the reason for disputing the proposed discontinuance of service and the relief requested. Upon a written request for a conference, the City Manager will:

1.  Schedule the conference within 14 days of receipt of customer’s request for conference.

2. Notify the customer in writing of the time, place, and date scheduled for the conference.

B. Failure by the customer to attend the conference shall relieve the Gordon Water Department of any further action prior to the disconnection of utility service. The customer may, prior to the scheduled conference, give good and sufficient reason why he or she will be unable to attend the conference at the appointed time and date. The City Manager shall make a reasonable effort to reschedule the conference.

C. The City Manager shall, based solely on the evidence presented at the conference, affirm, reverse, or modify any decision by the Gordon Water Department involving a disputed bill which results in a threatened termination of utility service. The employee shall allow disconnection of utility service only when all less drastic remedies have been exhausted.

D. If the City Manager determines at the conference that the customer did not receive proper notice or was denied any other right afforded to the utility customer by State or Municipal statute, the City Manager shall recess and continue the conference at such time as the customer has been afforded his or her rights.

VII. REPAIRS. lnterruptions of service or disconnections made pursuant to repair, maintenance, health or safety reasons shall not constitute a disconnection for the purposes of this policy.

VIII. RECONNECTION OF SERVICES

A. Any City of Gordon utility customer’s service terminated for nonpayment may not be reconnected until the following obligations are met:

1.  Pay all past due amounts on their account.

2.  Pay the reconnection fee.

3.  Pay current bill.

4.  Payment of the above must be in cash, check, money order, or credit card.

B. The customer must make full payment during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Payments must be in cash, check, money order, or credit card.

C. Normally, service will be restored only during regular business hours. However, service can be restored after hours if the customer or other occupant of the premise has an existing illness or disability or would suffer immediate or serious health hazard if the service was to remain off. A physician’s certificate, certifying that this person’s condition does exist, must be picked up by the service person before service will be reinstated. The customer must pay an after-hours call charge in addition to any other payments required to reconnect service.

SECTION 2.  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.  

SECTION 3.  This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force on after its passage, approval, and publication as required by law.

Passed and approved this 10th day of September, 2015.

CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Council was given information on a newly formed group that has recently started a drive to hold a special legislative session on reducing property taxes. This is an issue council will monitor closely as it has the potential to impact all local governments.

City Manager Fred Hlava gave council the final cost on paving the alley between the Post Office and Dollar General. Early estimates were approximately $13,000, but the final cost came in at $9,801. Council and city staff have received numerous compliments on this paving project.

City Manager Fred Hlava has been working with Source Gas to renegotiate the city’s franchise agreement with Source Gas. Source Gas has agreed to increase the franchise fee the city will receive to $.0070 per therm for natural gas delivered to the City of Gordon. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to allow to pass Ordinance 1151. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA

ORDINANCE NO. 1151

AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO SOURCEGAS DISTRIBUTION LLC, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, THE RIGHT, PERMISSION AND AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE A GAS TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, INCLUDING MAINS, PIPES, CONDUITS, SERVICES AND OTHER STRUCTURES, IN, UNDER, UPON, OVER, ACROSS AND ALONG THE STREETS, ALLEYS, BRIDGES AND PUBLIC PLACES WITHIN THE PRESENT AND FUTURE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF , NEBRASKA FOR THE FURNISHING, TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF GAS WHETHER ARTIFICIAL, NATURAL, MIXED OR OTHERWISE, FOR LIGHTING, HEATING, DOMESTIC, INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER USES IN SAID CITY AND ELSEWHERE, LIMITING THE TERM OF SAID GRANT, PRESCRIBING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH SAID COMPANY MAY OPERATE, AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NOS. .

A complete copy of Ordinance 1151 is available at the City Office, 311 N Oak Street.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to waive second and third readings of Ordinance 1151. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Winship Playground Equipment project. The equipment has been delivered and beginning Monday, city crews will start to strip and tear down the old equipment. City crews will then begin to prepare the sight for installation. On September 28th, the representative from the company will be here and the installation will begin on September 29th with completion by September 30th.

City Manager Fred Hlava stated to council that the Airport Runway Renovation Project is awaiting the final review, but all aspects of the project look good. Fred Hlava has received many compliments from pilots landing at our airport, and the Federal Aviation Administration will be using our airport as an example of the benefits of this type of remediation at their upcoming convention.

The airport’s Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) project will begin construction in early Spring 2016. The decision to delay it until then was based on many factors, one being the need to store the equipment over the winter and risking damage to this equipment.

Council was given information on the rate structure of SWANN compared to other facilities in our area. SWANN consistently charges the lowest fees in the area, which speaks highly of the well organized and well managed agency.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to accept the Letter of Resignation from retiring City Manager Fred Hlava. Council wishes to thank Fred Hlava and his wife Wendy for all of the sacrifices they have made to help build Gordon into the amazing community that it is. The countless hours spent on the hundreds of projects Fred Hlava has completed in his thirty years as City Manager are appreciated greatly and will be remembered as the City of Gordon moves into the next phase of its history with City Manager Jacob Sheridan. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

Dear Mayor Russell and City Council Members, 

It has been my sincere pleasure to serve as City Manager for the City of Gordon for the past 30 years. 

I would like to thank all of the past and current City Council members, employees and Board Members for their leadership and dedicated service to our community; as well as all of the many valued volunteers that are the heart and soul of our community. 

It has been a very gratifying experience to be able to work and raise my family in such a wonderful community and I look forward to sharing and enjoying the fruits of all our labors as we move forward in the 21st century. 

Please consider and accept this letter as official notice of my resignation as City Manager for the City of Gordon, Nebraska effective September 11, 2015.

Sincerely,

Fred Hlava

City Manager   

Council was given two FYI items – the August police statistics and information on health insurance premium increases in the next year.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to go into executive session at 7:30 pm for the purposes of personnel issues. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Council came out of executive session and reconvened in open session at 8:00 pm. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to authorize Mayor Russell to signature the School Resource Officer Agreement with the Gordon/Rushville Public School System after the City Manager affirms that all issues and questions for the employment of said officer have been answered. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn at 8:20 pm.  Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan.

City Clerk

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 September 10, 2015; 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 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.

City Clerk

Published: September 16, 2015