Gordon City Council Minutes January 9, 2014

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., January 9, 2014 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: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Absent: No One.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2013 meeting.  Ayes:  Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

The December Treasurer’s report was not available from FALCO.

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

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


EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $42.95; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $1,945.74; SK1003, Greg’s Electric, SE, $1,041.83; SK1004, Greg’s Electric, SE, $640.05; RS1083, Candy Allison, RE, $281.14; 41308, Greg’s Electric, SE, $1,800.00; 41369, Greg’s Electric, SE, $921.44; 41370, Airport Authority, RE, $52.17; 41371, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $48.32; 41372, Cooking Light, SU, $24.00; 41373, Country Woman, SU, $19.98; 41374, Family Circle, SU, $9.99; 41375, Ingram, SU, $1,526.05; 41376, Library Petty Cash, RE, $43.71; 41377, Living, SU, $24.00; 41378, MicroMarketing, SU, $211.96; 41379, NWRPPD, SE, $2,403.65; 41380, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $80.00; 41381, Special Assessment BF, RE, $334.19; 41382, Smart Apple Media, SU, $134.90; 41383, Viaero, SE, $86.23; 41384, Payroll Fund, SA, $22,505.83; 41385, City of Gordon, RE, $300.00; 41386, BC/BS, EX, $10,087.36; 41387, City of Gordon, RE, $34.94; 41388, Zech Brown, RE, $65.06; 41389, USPS, SE, $178.08; 41390, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $200.00; 41391, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 41392, NWRPPD, SE, $575.79; 41393, Source Gas, SE, $2,583.85; 41394, Viaero, SE, $84.87; 41395, Frank Ferguson, SE, $230.00; 41396, Payroll Fund, SA, $19,602.52. Total January Paid Bills: $68,136.60.


41397, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 41398, QLT, SE, $19.55; 41399, Alco, SU, $33.69; 41400, Bound Tree, SU, $417.38; 41401, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 41402, Barco, SU, $509.96; 41403, Cassie Banks, RE, $16.42; 41404, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 41405, Customized Billing, SE, $210.00; 41406, Data Tech, SU, $151.93; 41407, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 41408, Eagle Chevrolet, SE, $300.59; 41409, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $23.98; 41410, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 41411, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $251.03; 41412, JD Financial, SU, $195.09; 41413, Greg’s Electric, SU, $9.99; 41414, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,284.13; 41415, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $848.57; 41416, Homestead, SU, $538.93; 41417, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $92.71; 41418, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 41419, Insurance Fund, RE, $12,162.50; 41420, Ideal Linen, SE, $170.95; 41421, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 41422, Kustom Rock, SU, $267.00; 41423, FALCO, SE, $575.00; 41424, Law Enforcement Systems Inc, SU, $48.00; 41425, Mid-American Benefits, EX, $105.00; 41426, Matthew Bender, SU, $65.08; 41427, Med-Tech Resources, SU, $1,090.60; 41428, MOCIC, FE, $100.00; 41429, NPPD, SE, $7,183.80; 41430, NE Total Office, SU, $27.99; 41431, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $515.00; 41432, NMCA, FE, $100.00; 41433, Otte Feeds, SU, $26.00; 41434, Powerplan, SU, $374.11; 41435, Petty Cash, SU, $118.85; 41436, Petty Cash, RE, $250.78; 41437, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $44.00; 41438, Jean Parker, SE, $25.00; 41439, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 41440, Pollardwater, SU, $1,018.55; 41441, Quill, SU, $265.55; 41442, Sheridan County Treasurer, EX, $1,014.92; 41443, Superfoods, SU, $20.17; 41444, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $172.69; 41445, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $343.00; 41446, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $20.00; 41447, S & L Gas, SU, $1,793.57; 41448, True Value, SU, $1,135.44; 41449, US Welding, SU, $141.78; 41450, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 41451, Westco, SU, $1,219.84; 41452, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 41453, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 41454, Xerox, EX, $553.64. Total January Unpaid Bills: $53,697.76. Total January Paid Bills: $68,136.60. Total January Bills: $121,834.36.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous, to appoint Pastor Barney Fultz to the Human Relations Board. He replaces Father James Joseph. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous, to allow the American Legion to have special liquor sale hours for on-sale only (no off-sale) from 2pm to 10pm on February 2, 2014 for Super Bowl Sunday. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Evans, to allow Mayor Russell to sign the 2013 Certificate of Compliance for the NDOR Maintenance Agreement. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans, to appoint Fred Hlava as the primary representative to SWANN, and Kelly Grant as the secondary representative. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Council was given information on the Fireman’s Tornado/Spotter Class. It will be held on March 3 at 7:00pm at the firehall.

After some discussion, motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous, to approve Resolution 2014-01. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.



WHEREAS, the City of Gordon has received fund from the Overmass Trust designated for patient ambulance transportation, and

WHEREAS, a separate accounting of these funds is necessary,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT by the City Council of the City of Gordon, Nebraska, that the City Clerk may open an interest bearing money market account entitled “Ambulance/Overmass Fund”, and that City Manager Fred Hlava and City Clerk Kim Buchan be the designated signers.

Passed and approved this 9th day of January, 2014.

/s/ Nancy I Russell


ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Fireman’s Turn-out gear grant. Currently the grant is going through the computer review, and once that is completed, officials will begin the second review. This is expected to begin the first part of February.

Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Roads met with City Manager Fred Hlava and Brett Meyer, Baker & Associates regarding the Safe Routes Nebraska Grant. Fred Hlava stated to council that the first review process went well, and he will update council as the grant progresses.

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


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 2014 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, 2014 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 107 to request a free radon test kit.

Dated this 9th day of January, 2014.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor, City of Gordon

With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn at 6:18 pm.  Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

/s/ Nancy I Russell


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 January 9, 2014; 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 Gordo 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.

/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Published: January 15, 2014