Special Meeting Minutes Hay Springs City Council July 18, 2017

HEARING

Mayor Richard McKay called the Hearing to order at 7:03 p.m.  Council persons Jim Varvel, Luke Marcy and Marcella Hale were present.  Keith Kearns was absent.  City Attorney James McCave was present.  It was noted that the Open Meetings Act is posted.  

Application for Community Development Block Grant Program: Daniel Bennett was present and stated that there had not been any substantial changes to the Public Works CDBG Application Draft presented to the Council for review. Time frame was discussed. 

Varvel read a portion of the Notice published: “The City of Hay Springs, Nebraska is requesting $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for an update to their Comprehensive Plan to include an Energy component which is now required by State Statute. The total project cost is expected to be $354,900.00. Of that amount, a total of $104,900.00 will come from the city of Hay Springs and $250,000 from CDBG funds. The $250,000 in CDBG funds also includes $15,000 for general grant administration and $8,000 for construction management. It is estimated that 59.1% or $209,745.90 will benefit Low and Moderate-Income individuals. No displacement of individuals is expected to occur as a result of this project.” 

There were no comments from the public.

The Hearing was adjourned at 7:11 p.m.  

SPECIAL MEETING

Mayor Richard McKay called the Special Meeting to order at 7:11 p.m. Council persons Jim Varvel, Luke Marcy and Marcella Hale were present.  Keith Kearns was absent.  City Attorney James McCave was present.  It was noted that the Open Meetings Act is posted.  

Resolution No. 2017-6: Varvel read in its entirety: “RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIAL TO SIGN AN APPLICATION FOR CDBG FUNDS RESOLUTION NO. 2017-6

Whereas, the City of Hay Springs, Nebraska, is an eligible unit of a general local government authorized to file an application under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended for Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, and,

Whereas, the City of Hay Springs, Nebraska, has obtained its citizens’ comments on community development and housing needs; and has conducted public hearing(s) upon the proposed application and received favorable public comment respecting the application which for an amount of Two-Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) for the replacement of 780 LF of sanitary sewer main in the alley between Baker and Miller from 2nd and 3rd Streets, the installation of a 1,260 LF storm drain in alleys between Baker and Miller Streets from 1st to 3rd Street; and the paving of 760 SY in the alley between Baker and Miller Streets from 2nd to 3rd Streets; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY

City Council of the City of Hay Springs, that the Mayor be authorized and directed to proceed with the formulation of any and all contracts, documents or other memoranda between the City of Hay Springs and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development so as to effect acceptance of the grant application.”

Hale made motion to approve Resolution No. 2017-6. Marcy seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Employee Performance Evaluations: Mayor said they stand as submitted. No questions or objections from the Council.

Employee Pay Raise: There was discussion in regards to where wages for employees currently sit in comparison to other municipalities of similar population. Varvel made motion to move forward with the suggested 6% wage increase for George Christensen, a move to $15.00/hr for Aaron Taylor, and the suggested 4% wage increase for Kayley Taylor. Marcy seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Pivot Issue: No update.

No Executive Session.

Varvel made motion, Hale seconded to adjourn at 7:24 p.m.  All voted aye. Motion carried.  

Richard E. McKay

Mayor 

Kayley Taylor

City Clerk

Published: August 2, 2017