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., July 14, 2016 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: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.
Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2016 meeting. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Bounous.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to approve the May 2016 Treasurer’s Report as presented. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Bounous, and Evans.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the June 2016 Treasurer’s Report as presented. Ayes: Russell, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Morgan to approve the bills. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.
Abbreviations for the legal: EX, Expense; FE, Fee; GR, Groceries; MI, Mileage; RE, Reimbursement; RPT, Report; SA, Salaries; SE, Services; SU, Supplies.
RS1124, Candy Allison, RE, $76.25; RS1125, Misty Belsky, RE, $44.57; RS1126, Grocery Mart, SU, $45.37; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $562.39; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $523.52; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $630.08; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $85.06; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,658.83; 44543, Airport Authority, RE, $1,256.77; 44544, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $1,530.32; 44545, BC/BS, EX, $11,678.64; 44546, Neal Ibus, SE, $120.00; 44547, National Insurance, EX, $60.89; 44548, NWRPPD, SE, $3,154.13; 44549, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $2,359.00; 44550, Payroll Fund, SA, $39,485.08; 44551, City of Gordon, RE, $100.00; 44552, CNH Capital, SU, $79.38; 44553, Companion Corp, SE, $899.00; 44554, Fur Fish and Game, SU, $17.95; 44555, Cengage Learning, SU, $75.98; 44556, Ingram, SU, $655.36; 44557, Jerry Krasomil, SU, $201.29; 44558, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.72; 44559, Network Fleet, SE, $120.23; 44560, Rapid City Journal, SU, $321.33; 44561, Upstart, SU, $189.56; 44562, City of Gordon, RE, $156.45; 44563, Harry Ritz, RE, $23.55; 44564, Stan Houston, SE, $750.00; 44565, Source Gas, SE, $1,355.16; 44566, Scottsbluff Screenprinting, SU, $60.08; 44567, Viaero, SE, $158.95; 44568, USPS, SE, $174.28; 44569, Verizon, SE, $40.00; 44570, Payroll Fund, SA, $38,183.92; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $562.39; 44571, Air Methods Corp, EX, $26.00; 44572, BC/BS, EX, $11,567.57; 44573, Susan Hill, SE, $560.00; 44574, Petty Cash, RE, $393.57; 44575, NE DHHS, SE, $80.00.
Total July Paid Bills: $121,072.62.
44577, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 44578, QLT, SE, $19.55; 44579, Airport Authority, RE, $192.12; 44580, Arnold Pool Co, SU, $157.85; 44581, Airport Bond Savigns, RE, $234.05; 44582, Adapco, SU, $489.60; 44583, Baker & Associates, SE, $600.00; 44584, Chris Burdine, RE, $50.00; 44585, B&T Lazerwash, SE, $300.00; 44586, Dan Bishop , RE, $50.00; 44587, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 44588, Bierschbach, SU, $1,143.70; 44589, Daylan Black Calf, RE, $50.00; 44590, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 44591, Customized Billing, SE, $210.00; 44592, Chadron Plumbing, SE, $678.52; 44593, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 44594, DAK Generator, SE, $100.00; 44595, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $844.05; 44596, Eagle Chevrolet, SE, $256.50; 44597, Enviro Service, Inc, SE, $45.00; 44598, Essence, SU, $63.00; 44599, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $4,945.86; 44600, JD Financial, SU, $539.71; 44601, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $188.00; 44602, GMHS, SE, $200.00; 44603, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,533.77; 44604, Gall’s, SU, $358.15; 44605, Grocery Mart, SU, $27.19; 44606, Ryan Gehrt, RE, $50.00; 44607, GIS Workshop, EX, $2,000.00; 44608, General Fund Money Market, EX, $2,000.00; 44609, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $154.68; 44610, Homestead Building Supply, SU, $114.86; 44611, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 44612, Phillip Harris, RE, $50.00; 44613, Ideal Linen, SE, $129.17; 44614, Johnson Hardware Co, SU, $20.40; 44615, Kustom Rock, SU, $507.50; 44616, Gardner, Loutaenhiser, & Ryan, SE, $630.00; 44617, Loup Valley Lighting, SU, $216.00; 44618, Lynn Peavey Co, SU, $32.10; 44619, Med-Tech Resources, SU, $55.08; 44620, Midcontinent, SE, $554.00; 44621, Michael Todd, SU, $104.74; 44622, NPPD, SE, $8,992.10; 44623, NE Total Office, SU, $39.15; 44624, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $1,820.63; 44625, NW Community Action, SE, $107.00; 44626, NE Law Enforcement Training Ctr, SU, $95.00; 44627, Networkfleet, Inc, SE, $113.70; 44628, NE Environmental Products, SU, $207.46; 44629, One Call Concepts, SE, $23.85; 44630, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $400.00; 44631, Physio Control, SE, $310.00; 44632, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 44633, Pioneer Manufacturing Co, SU, $453.15; 44634, Pollardwater, SU, $120.06; 44635, Pit Stop, SE, $27.50; 44636, Panhandle Area Development Dist, FE, $1,249.45; 44637, Panhandle RC & D, FE, $300.00; 44638, Quill, SU, $334.37; 44639, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $542.00; 44640, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $11.98; 44641, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 44642, Schumacher Irrigation, SU, $282.28; 44643, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $342.79; 44644, Sheridan County Journal, SU, $80.00; 44645, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $335.00; 44646, S & L Gas, SU, $1,171.46; 44647, Sirchie, SU, $51.89; 44648, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $866.70; 44649, True Value, SU, $3,385.85; 44650, Triangle Electric, SE, $325.00; 44651, US Welding, SU, $201.63; 44652, Van Diest, SU, $473.00; 44653, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 44654, Westco, SU, $504.10; 44655, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,716.00; 44656, Winter Sewing, SE, $16.05; 44657, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 44658, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 44659, Wreck-A-Mended, SE, $507.60; 44660, Xerox, EX, $576.84.
Total July Unpaid Bills: $62,089.74.
Total July Paid Bills: $121,072.62.
Total July Bills: $183,162.36.
The public hearing for the zoning amendment application made by Oppidan Investment Company was opened at 6:07 pm and conduct of the meeting was turned to the public hearing officer, Jacob Sheridan. He explained for council and those present that Oppidan Investment Company has applied to have the zoning for free-standing signs in the C-2 zoning district changed to allow for a sign with a total surface area of 150 square feet. Oppidan is the company that is building the structure that will house Shopko. At the June 14, 2016 meeting of the Gordon Planning Commission, the commission voted to recommend to the Gordon City Council approval of the application and to amend the request to 200 square feet of total surface area. Hearing Officer Jacob Sheridan asked for public comment. With no one present to offer testimony for or against the approval of this zoning change, the public hearing was closed at 6:09 pm., and conduct of the meeting was returned to Mayor Russell. City Manager Jacob Sheridan provided council with data showing what other communities in Nebraska allow regarding free standing signs in their commercial highway zoning districts. Increasing the total surface area allowed to 200 square feet will put the City of Gordon in the mid-range of what is allowed by other cities. Motion by Evans, seconded by Morgan to pass Ordinance 1162. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Bounous.
ORDINANCE NO. 1162
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 9-207, PARAGRAPH B (15)(a)(i) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF GORDON, NEBRASKA TO ALLOW SINGLE FREE-STANDING SIGNS WITH A MAXIMUM AREA OF 200 SQUARE FEET IN ZONING DISTRICT C-2 FOR THE HIGHWAY BUSINESS DISTRICT.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA:
Section 1: SECTION 9-207, paragraph B(15)(a)(i) of the Municipal Code of Gordon, Nebraska is amended to allow businesses, buildings and structures in the C-2 Highway Business District, the use of a single free-standing sign with a maximum area of 200 square feet.
Section 2: SECTION 9-207, paragraph B of the Municipal Code of Gordon, Nebraska is amended to read as follows:
B. Permitted Uses. In the C-2 Highway Business District, buildings, structures and land shall be used only for the following purposes:
1. Farm Equipment Sales and Service.
2. Automotive Sales, Services and Storage.
3. Restaurants, Cafes, Drive-in Restaurants and Drinking Establishments.
4. Motels, Hotels and Tourist Accommodations.
5. Trailer Sales, Separate from Trailer Parks.
6. Commercial Recreational and Entertainment such as Drive-In Theaters, Miniature Golf Courses, Bowling Alleys, Dance Halls, Skating Rinks, Dragstrips and Golf Driving and Target Ranges.
7. Truck Terminals and Related Storage Facilities.
8. Gas Stations.
9. Public and Private Parking Lots.
10. Food, Drug, Dairy, Liquor, Furniture and Appliance Stores.
11. Dry Cleaners, Laundries, Barber and Beauty Shops, Lumber Yards, Paint Stores, Clotting Stores, Farm and Garden Supplies, Sporting Goods and Hobby Shops.
12. Medical Clinics, Hospitals, Convalescent Homes, Funeral Homes and Veterinary Clinics excluding kennels.
13. Public or Private Clubs, Lodges, Social, Recreational and Entertainment Facilities; or Grounds for Games and Sports, including public or privately owned museums.
14. Accessory uses and buildings that are not clearly incidental to the permitted use and that will not create a nuisance or hazard.
15. Signs. No signs intended to be read from off the premises shall be permitted except:
a. Permanent illuminated or non-illuminated advertising signs identifying the use of the building, structure or premises. Such signs shall be in harmony with the intended use of the land and character of the zoning district in which they are to be erected, consisting of no more than:
i. One single free-standing sign with a maximum area of 200 square feet.
ii. One single sign, attached to and parallel with the façade of the building, occupying no more than 10 % of the surface area of said facade.
iii. One single billboard-type sign 24 square feet in area for use as advertising products or services considered incidental to the primary use of the building or premises attached to and parallel with the facade of the building.
b. One temporary on-site sign, non-illuminated, not to exceed 16 square feet in area and advertising the sale or rental of the property.
c. Signs which do not exceed 35 feet in height.
d. Approval of permits for advertising signs and advertising signs specifications shall conform to Section 9-302 through 9-304.
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage, approval and publication as required by law.
Section 3. This ordinance identifies the amendment made to paragraph B(15)(a)(i) of section 9-207 of the Gordon Municipal Code. The remainder of section 9-207 shall remain unchanged. All provisions of section 9-207 of the Gordon Municipal Code is available for review at the Gordon City Offices, 311 N. Oak St., Gordon, Nebraska.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 14TH day of July, 2016.
CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA
/s/ Nancy I Russell
ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan
Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to waive second and third readings of Ordinance 1162. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Bounous, and Evans.
Trevor Johnson, Dynamic Public Records Management System (Dynamic CAFM), was present at the council meeting to give a demonstration of his company’s software to the city council. Dynamic CAFM is a records management software used by law enforcement. The current software that the Gordon Police Department uses has become obsolete because the company went out of business in 2006 and software updates and support are no longer available. This type of software is essential to the police department so that they can stay in compliance with state laws. City Manager Jacob Sheridan and Chief Adam Wackler have been researching companies providing this type of software, and feel this company is best suited for the Gordon Police department’s needs. After the presentation and some discussion, motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to table a decision on this software until the August meeting so that more information on the company may be obtained. Ayes: Russell, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.
Mayor Nancy Russell presented Lt. Clay Heath with a watch honoring his twenty years of dedicated service to the City of Gordon. Mayor Russell, on behalf of the Gordon City Council and all members of the City of Gordon, congratulated him and thanked him for all he has done for our community.
At the June 2016 council meeting, council was informed of the Gordon Rural Fire Department’s intentions to move their portion of the Firepack insurance to Security 1st Insurance with Becky Haller being their agent. Becky Haller, Security 1st Insurance, and Dean Strong, Strong Insurance, were both present at the meeting to offer information regarding the Firepack insurance to the council. After some discussion, motion by Evans, seconded by Morgan to retain Dean Strong, Strong Insurance, as the agent of record for the City of Gordon’s portion of the Firepack insurance. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.
City officials have been informed of the school board’s intention to renew the contract with the City of Gordon for the School Resource Officer program. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Evans to renew the contract with the Gordon/Rushville Public Schools for the School Resource Officer. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Bounous.
The Gordon Rescue Squad was given a grant by the State of Nebraska for a Lucas Chest Compression System device. This grant covers 100% of the cost of the device, the city will only have to cover the cost of the training. Mayor Russell expressed interest in having members of the rescue squad demonstrate it at a council meeting when the device is put into service.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to appoint City Manager Jacob Sheridan to be the city’s representative on the Panhandle Area Development District board. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Bounous, and Evans.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Morgan to appoint City Manager Jacob Sheridan as the primary and Councilman Tim Bounous as the secondary representative to the Panhandle RC & D Board. Ayes: Russell, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the Gordon Airport Authority’s preliminary tax request in the amount of $10, 650. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.
Council was given a copy of the proposed City of Gordon employee handbook. The biggest change will be the addition of a section covering safety procedures. The handbook will be an agenda item on the August agenda.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the application of Ryan Burdine for the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad, and to thank him for his service. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Bounous.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to approve the request made by Brett Weaver (American Legion) for extended liquor sale hours during the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo. The hours requested are July 25 – July 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 am. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Bounous, and Evans.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to move item T, City Manager contract, into executive session at 7:25 pm. The executive session is for the purpose of personnel matters only. Ayes: Russell, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.
Council reconvened in regular session at 8:00pm. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to approve the contract with City Manager Jacob Sheridan. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.
With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to adjourn at 8:02 pm. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Bounous.
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 July 14, 2016; 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
Published: July 20, 2016