Rushville City Council Minutes January 25, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Chris Heiser at 6:00 p.m. as per the Municipal Code of the City of Rushville, Sheridan County, NE. Notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Sheridan County Journal Star on January 20, 2016 as required by law and delivered to the Council in person. Present: Snyder, Willnerd, Jansen, Lovell.

The following motions were duly made, seconded and passed.

1. To approve, accept and ratify the following items listed under the consent agenda: Council minutes of the December meeting and the December Treasurers Report.

2. Approved One and Six year street plan.

3. Approved to continue Employee Health Insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

4. Approved all of the following bills for the City of Rushville and that warrants be drawn for same: 

Employee Salaries $ 19,880.49; Great Plains Communication 574.06; Northwest Community Action 229.00; Frontier 105.27; NW Rural Public Power 71.56; Nebraska Public Power District 6,967.25; Hinn’s Rushville Auto 232.03; Sides & Milburn 284.47; Sones, Peg 40.00; Rushville Service Center 62.70; Nebraska Rural Water 150.00; Source Gas 1,805.96; R&R Products 220.74; Police Sinking Fund 1,000.00; Service Really Matters 639.00; Ne Municipal Power Pool 298.82; Xerox Corp 163.76; Amazon 262.49; Westco 1,869.08; Sewer Loan DEQ 6,500.00; Sewer Maintenance DEQ 1,000.00; Parkview Lodge 3,999.85; NE Public Health 52.00; Davis Construction 150.00; Sheridan County 7,048.25; Bauerkempers 4,640.00; Black Hills Weekly 52.00; Fryr Tek 4,821.90; Copy Shoppe 76.61; Cash Wa 104.35; Cemetery Equipment Sinking Fund 200.00; Blue Cross/Blue Shield 2,917.18; Companion Life Insurance 147.27; USDA Water Loan 4,400.00; Rowena Gibbons 20.00; Taste of Home 12.98; Smith & King 230.00; Verizon 114.81; Beguin Propane 411.11; USGA 110.00; Sandhills News 54.66; USDA Water Loan Reserve 580.00; ADT Security 48.63; One Call 1.85; S&A Savings 1,000.00.

Ayes: Snyder, Willnerd, Lovell, Jansen. Nays: None.

Motion carried.

Under public comments Sherry Retzlaff addressed the Council regarding the informational meeting held with PADD representatives and interested community members on January 14, 2016. She related that PADD has offered their assistance to the community to identify and address community needs and identify opportunities for redevelopment. She noted that much of this would be through their Brownfields grant which aids communities/ property owners in cleaning up toxic areas. Although they have knowledge of other resources available to assist in property redevelopment. She invited the Council to the next meeting and requested their participation in planning and support of the project. In further discussion Diana Robbins noted that several properties were identified as possible opportunities for redevelopment, noting that housing was the primary need identified. Cam Jones and the Council raised concerns about consulting property owners about their interest before pursing any projects. 

Jim Gardner from FALCO was present to give the audit report. He informed the Council that all of the accounting records had zero variance on cash reconciliation. He also noted that the cash deposits at the bank were underinsured in the amount of $41,660.00. The City Clerk informed the Council that the issue has been salved by opening a cash sweep account to cover this. The City was reminded they still need oversight on bills. 

The South wing of the hospital was discussed. Mayor Heiser discussed this with Tom Serres of Parkview Lodge. Serres expressed concern with the lodging anyone in the rooms and possible disruption with increased traffic. Diana Robbins would like it to be used for small business or the City Office. Councilman Willnerd felt that the rooms should be left for possible growth of Parkview Assisted Living. No other action was taken at this time.

The Student Liaison was discussed. Diana Robbins explained that the liaison would be chosen by the school. Liaison would sit on the City Council and would receive the same Council packet excluding anything confidential. Cam Jones informed the Council that this may be illegal. Mayor Heiser asked the City Attorney to look into the legality of this and report back at the February Council meeting. No other action was taken at this time.

The City Boards will meet as follows: Ambulance Board February 09, 2016; Golf Board February 17, 2016.

Chris Heiser

Mayor

Connie Roffers

City Clerk

A complete copy of the minutes is available at the City Office, 208 Conrad, PO Box 99, Rushville, NE 69360 during regular business hours.

Published: February 10, 2016