Gordon City Council Minutes December 8, 2016

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. 8, 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: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans. 

Absent:  No One.

Vice-Mayor Morgan did not run for reelection during the General Election in November, and her term has now expired. Vice-Mayor Morgan began her city council career in May of 1974. With tremendous gratitude, Mayor Russell presented Ms. Morgan with a clock commemorating her retirement. The City of Gordon thanks Ms. Morgan for her countless hours spent bettering our community and wishes her all the best on her retirement.

Mayor Russell then swore in newly elected Council Member James Paul, and welcomed him to the council.

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

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous, to appoint Kelly Grant as the Vice-Mayor of the City of Gordon. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell. Grant abstained.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the minutes of the November 10, 2016 meeting.  Ayes:  Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the October 2016 treasurer’s report.  Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the November 2016 treasurer’s report. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Paul to approve the bills.  Ayes: Russel, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Paul.

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

PAID BILLS

EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $53.70; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $523.52; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $562.39; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $778.84; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $3,421.87; EFTPS, General Checking, EX, $24,000.00; RS1137, Grocery Mart, SU, $26.70; 45096, Airport Authority, RE, $68.59; 45097, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $83.50; 45098, Amazon.com, SU, $14.39; 45099, BC/BS, EX, $10,144.44; 45100, Darcy Blow, SE, $228.00; 45101, Time, SU, $18.05; 45102, Library Petty Cash, RE, $38.77; 45103, Living, SU, $9.98; 45104, Madison National Life, EX, $57.44; 45105, NWRPPD, SE, $3,356.40; 45106, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $400.00; 45107, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 45108, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $128.82; 45109, Gordon VFD, EX, $1,200.00; 45110, Payroll Fund, SA, $32,913.04; 45111, Dynamic CAFM Services, SE, $13,272.00; 45112, St of NE Federal Surplus, EX, $24,000.00; 45113, City of Gordon, RE, $178.15; 45114, Terry Porter, RE, $21.85; 45115, Black Hills Energy, SE, $614.87; 45116, Viaero, SE, $146.81; 45117, USPS, SE, $176.15; 45118, Verizon, SE, $40.01; 45119, Payroll Fund, SA, $25,750.06; 45120, Egov Strategies, LLC, SE, $8,099.00.

Total December Paid Bills: $150,343.34.

UNPAID BILLS

45121, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 45122, Action Communications, SE, $436.41; 45123, Adamson Industries, SU, $254.90; 45124, B & T, SE, $300.00; 45125, Dan Bishop , RE, $50.00; 45126, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 45127, Bierschbach, SU, $980.40; 45128, Daylan Black Calf, RE, $50.00; 45129, Shelby Berger, RE, $50.00; 45130, Barco Municipal Products, SU, $275.86; 45131, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 45132, Customized Billing, SE, $195.00; 45133, Comfort Inn, SE, $779.50; 45134, Data Tech, FE, $2,611.71; 45135, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $3,471.65; 45136, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $4,599.88; 45137, JD Financial, SU, $154.58; 45138, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $97.94; 45139, Gordon Memorial, SU, $90.60; 45140, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,655.27; 45141, Galls, SU, $467.37; 45142, Grocery Mart, SU, $23.52; 45143, Great Western Tire, SU, $1,041.75; 45144, General Fund Money Market, EX, $3,000.00; 45145, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $73.24; 45146, Hillyard, SU, $523.96; 45147, Homestead Building Supply, SU, $33.95; 45148, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 45149, Phillip Harris, RE, $50.00; 45150, Insurance Fund, EX, $14,841.67; 45151, Ideal Linen, SE, $150.31; 45152, Johnson Hardware, SU, $355.50; 45153, Johnson Hardware, SU, $50.42; 45154, Gardner, Loutaenhiser, & Ryan, SE, $630.00; 45155, League of NE Municipalities, FE, $100.00; 45156, Municipal Chemical Supply, SU, $320.00; 45157, Madison National Life, EX, $41.76; 45158, Mid Continent, SE, $480.10; 45159, Midwest Engines, SU, $787.41; 45160, NPPD, SE, $6,077.65; 45161, NE Total Office, SU, $52.21; 45162, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $328.18; 45163, NW Community Action, SE, $133.67; 45164, Newman Signs, SU, $1,608.15; 45165, Neutron, SU, $210.42; 45166, NE Commission on Law Enf, FE, $10.00; 45167, Network Fleet, SE, $113.70; 45168, One Call Concepts, SE, $7.59; 45169, Petty Cash Fund, RE, $399.81; 45170, Public Safety Center, SU, $44.22; 45171, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 45172, Pit Stop, SE, $17.50; 45173, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $96.00; 45174, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $404.87; 45175, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $200.00; 45176, S & L Gas, SU, $1,009.18; 45177, Barb Schaer, SE, $50.00; 45178, True Value, SU, $585.97; 45179, Triangle Electric, SE, $292.98; 45180, Westco, SU, $459.10; 45181, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,716.00; 45182, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 45183, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 45184, Xerox, EX, $562.49.

Total December Unpaid Bills: $69,499.35.

Total December Paid Bills: $150,343.34.

Total December Bills: $219,842.69.

Fire Chief Rich Haller and Rescue Squad Chief Candy Allison were present to discuss their concerns about a lot recently purchased by Keith Allison. This lot is in between the North Fire Hall and the South Fire Hall. Both the rescue squad and the fire department cross this lot during an emergency call, therefore safe access through this lot is crucial. Keith Allison was also present at the council meeting and stated that he was interested in selling the lot to the City of Gordon. Motion by Evans, seconded by Grant to move forward with the process of purchasing this lot. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.

The Public Hearing regarding the application by Shopko Operating Co, LLC for a Class D (Wine and Spirits Off-Sale Only) was opened at 6:20 pm. James Larson, District Manager for Shopko was present to give a brief summary of Shopko’s policies regarding alcohol sales and to answer any questions that council may have. With no one else present to offer testimony in favor or against this application, the Public Hearing was closed at 6:27 pm. After some discussion, motion by Evans, seconded by Paul to recommend to the NE Liquor Control Commission, the approval of the application made by Shopko Operating Co, LLC for a Class D Liquor license. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.

Rena Reizenstein, Sheridan Lounge, has requested to have extended liquor sale hours on Sunday January 1st, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am, and on Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Super Bowl Sunday) from 9:00 am to 1:00 am for both on and off-sale liquor. After some discussion, motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve these hours for on-sale liquor, but deny the request for off-sale liquor. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Brett Weaver, American Legion, has requested to have extended liquor sale hours on Sunday January 1st, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, and on Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Super Bowl Sunday) from 9:00 am to 12:00 am for on-sale liquor. Motion by Evans, seconded by Paul to approve these hours. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

The General Election in November left two vacancies on the Airport Authority, one which was filled at the November council meeting with Eric Halverson. Bill Nickolisen has agreed to fill the other vacancy. Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous, to approve, with thanks, the appointment of Bill Nickolisen to the Gordon Airport Authority. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Paul.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Grant to approve the following Board appointments, with thanks. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.

PLANNING COMMISSION (3-YR TERM) NEW APPOINTMENT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2019

Tom Evans (Council Representative), Wayne Muirhead,  and Tyler Banks

HOUSING AUTHORITY (5-YR TERM) NEW APPOINTMENT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2021

Carol Metzger, Barney Fultz

HUMAN RELATIONS (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2019

Harlen Wheeler

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2019

Randy Benben, Roger Bowman, and Wayne Muirhead 

PERPETUAL CARE BOARD (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2019

Nancy Russell (Council Representative) 

POLICE REVIEW BOARD (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2019

Mitch Gallant  

BOARD OF HEALTH (ALL MEMBERS ONE YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2017

Nancy Russell (Mayor)

Jacob Sheridan (City Manager)

Adam Wackler (Chief of Police)

Candy Allison (Citizen)

Gordon Hospital Administrator and his/her designee

Motion by Paul, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Radon Action Month Proclamation. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.

PROCLAMATION

Radon Action Month

WHEREAS, Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water that can accumulate    to dangerous levels inside homes, schools, and other buildings; 

WHEREAS, radon cannot been seen, has no odor, and the only way a family can know if their house has a elevated radon levels is if they test for it; 

WHEREAS, the City of Gordon has high levels of radon with more than 50 percent of the homes tested having elevated radon levels; 

WHEREAS,  radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers; 

WHEREAS, testing for radon is simple and inexpensive; 

WHEREAS, identified radon problems can be fixed; and

WHEREAS, Panhandle Public Health Department, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are supporting efforts to encourage Americans to test their homes for radon, have elevated levels of radon reduced, and have new homes built with radon-resistant features. 

NOW THEREFORE,  the Mayor and City Council of the City of Gordon do hereby proclaim January 2017 as Official Radon Action Month in Gordon, Nebraska. In recognition of the importance of testing homes for radon, I hereby proclaim the month of January, 2017 as

National Radon Action Month,

And, I urge every member of the community to test their homes by contacting the Panhandle Public Health District at 308-487-3600 ext 108 to request a free radon test kit.

Dated this 8th day of December, 2016.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Nancy I Russell

Mayor, City of Gordon

Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to pass Ordinance 1167. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

ORDINANCE #1167

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR CONFIRMATION OF THE SALE OF CERTAIN REAL ESTATE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY.

WHEREAS the City of Gordon, Nebraska is the owner of certain real property more specifically described as:

East One-half (E½) of Lot One (1), Block Thirty (30) of the Original Townsite of the City of Gordon;

WHEREAS Resolution #2016-24 was previously passed and approved on the 10th day of November, 2016 wherein the City offered the sale of the aforedescribed property for sale to the general public and posted notice of the proposed sale including terms and conditions of the sale; 

WHEREAS the property proposed for sale had a total fair market value less than  $5,000.00; 

WHEREAS the “Notice of Property Sale” was posted in three prominent public places within the City prior to the sale of the property;

WHEREAS a bid of $1,470.00 was received by the City from Richard Haller;

WHEREAS the City Council for the City of Gordon has approved the bid from Richard Haller and approved the sale of the described property to Richard Haller; and

WHEREAS the property was authorized for sale “as is” without warranty or guarantee and by legal description only.

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

Section 1.  The Mayor and Council of the City of Gordon, Nebraska, hereby approve the sale of:

East One-half (E½) of Lot One (1), Block Thirty (30) of the Original Townsite of the City of Gordon, to Richard Haller for the purchase price of $1,470.00;

Section 2.  The Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver a Quitclaim Deed without warranty or guarantee and by legal description only to Richard Haller on behalf of the City of Gordon.  

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

PASSED AND APPROVED AND ORDERED PUBLISHED this 8th  day of December, 2016.

CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor

ATTEST:

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to waive 2nd and 3rd readings of Ordinance 1167. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan attended the last meeting of the Heartland Express Association in Rapid City. The Heartland Express is the project that will ultimately build a four-lane highway from Rapid City, SD to Denver, CO. City Manager Sheridan expressed to council his opinion that the completion of this project will be economically beneficial to the area. South Dakota has completed their portion of the project and Nebraska’s current plan is to build the four-lane highway from Scottsbluff to Alliance and a super-two lane highway from Alliance to Chadron. Gordon is hosting the next meeting of the Heartland Express Association on Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00 am. Further discussion of the City of Gordon becoming a member of this association was tabled for a later meeting.

Council was given a demonstration of SPARQ meeting software. This software would enable city staff to structure meetings electronically as opposed to the hard copies that are currently being printed off. The cost for the software would be $2,500 per year. No action was taken on this agenda item.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan updated council on the city’s new website which launched on Tuesday, December 6. The url for the website is www.gordon-ne.us. With the launch of the new website, utility customers are now able to pay their bills online. Contact the city office for more information or for assistance with online bill pay.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan suggested to council that they should hold a Strategic Planning Session to structure future goals for the city. After some discussion motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to hold a Strategic Planning session on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the council chambers. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Paul.

With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn at 7:38 pm. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, 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 8, 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

City Clerk

Published: December 14, 2016