Gordon City Council Minutes April 10, 2014

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., April 10, 2014 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: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

Absent:  No One.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the minutes of the February 21, 2014 special meeting.  Ayes:  Bounous, Evans, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2014 meeting. Ayes: Evans, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Enter Councilperson Morgan.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to approve the March treasurer’s report.  Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan. 

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

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


EFTPS, Bank of the West, FE, $15.00; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $132.19; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,020.21; 41657, Payroll Fund, SA, $21,643.25; 41658, Airport Authority, RE, $92.55; 41659, Airport Authority, RE, $433.10; 41660, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $702.36; 41661, Discover, SU, $24.95; 41662, Good Housekeeping, SU, $7.77; 41663, Fred Hlava, RE, $320.00; 41664, Ingram, SU, $21.38; 41665, Johnathan Johansen, RE, $320.00; 41666, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.69; 41667, NWRPPD, SE, $2,795.98; 41668, Popular Mechanics, SU, $12.97; 41669, Special Assessment BF, RE, $2,324.53; 41670, Viaero, SE, $86.24; 41671, NSFVA, SE, $175.00; 41672, Petty Cash, RE, $493.13; 41673, USPS, SE, $95.40; 41674, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 41675, USPS, SE, $220.00; 41676, City of Gordon, RE, $200.00; 41677, Dalton Wolkow, RE, $100.00; 41678, Blackboard Connect, SE, $700.00; 41679, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $150.00; 41680, Source Gas, SE, $2,329.97; 41681, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $48.00; 41682, First National Bank, EX, $16,979.87; 41683, City of Gordon, RE, $74.40; 41684, Kylie Ainslie, RE, $5.60; 41685, USPS, SE, $189.01; 41686, Payroll Fund, SA, $22,273.63; 41687, BC/BS, EX, $10,014.26; 41688, Medical Claim Account, EX, $3,000.00; 41689, NWRPPD, SE, $217.50; 41690, Viaero, SE, $88.46; , , , ; , Total April Paid Bills, $88,372.40; , , , ; UNPAID BILLS; 41691, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 41692, QLT, SE, $19.55; 41693, Candy Allison, RE, $70.00; 41694, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 41695, The Business Connection, SU, $128.65; 41696, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 41697, Barco, SU, $110.57; 41698, Black Hills Door Systems, SU, $73.48; 41699, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 41700, Customized Billing, SE, $210.00; 41701, Croell, SU, $2,871.72; 41702, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 41703, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 41704, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,320.60; 41705, JD Financial, SU, $626.83; 41706, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $27.24; 41707, Frank Ferguson, SE, $210.00; 41708, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,469.98; 41709, Gall’s, SU, $124.99; 41710, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $1,911.51; 41711, Homestead, SU, $33.98; 41712, Hillyard, SU, $1,038.51; 41713, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $97.94; 41714, HD Supply Waterworks, SU, $2,372.00; 41715, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 41716, Insurance Fund, RE, $12,162.50; 41717, Inland Truck, SU, $347.42; 41718, Ideal Linen, SE, $103.80; 41719, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 41720, Kustom Rock, SU, $600.00; 41721, Kimball Midwest, SU, $416.60; 41722, FALCO, SE, $575.00; 41723, Loup Valley Lighting, SU, $370.00; 41724, LECC, FE, $110.00; 41725, Metal Products Co, SU, $1,179.47; 41726, Mid-American Benefits, EX, $105.00; 41727, McLeods, SU, $368.45; 41728, Med Tech Resources, SU, $798.21; 41729, NPPD, SE, $6,796.29; 41730, NE Total Office, SU, $5.50; 41731, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $256.61; 41732, NE Environmental Products, SU, $143.03; 41733, Newman Traffic Signs, SU, $486.86; 41734, One-Call Concepts, SE, $10.05; 41735, Powerplan, SU, $853.57; 41736, Casey Peterson & Associates, SE, $20.30; 41737, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 41738, Superfoods, SU, $62.79; 41739, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $109.73; 41740, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $183.79; 41741, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $290.00; 41742, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $20.00; 41743, S & L Gas, SU, $2,040.73; 41744, True Value, SU, $387.24; 41745, Unique Paving Materials, SU, $322.52; 41746, Utilities Section LNM, SE, $140.00; 41747, US Welding, SU, $2,061.14; 41748, USA Bluebook, SU, $836.20; 41749, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 41750, Westco, SU, $1,844.74; 41751, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 41752, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 41753, Xerox, EX, $616.44. Total April Unpaid Bills: $65,236.53. Total April Paid Bills: $88,372.40. Total April Bills: $153,608.93.

Karen Eisenbarth, Northwest Community Action Partnership, was unable to attend the meeting. She provided City Clerk Kim Buchan with a copy the Sheridan County Transportation Agreement that NWCAP is requesting be renewed, and last year’s statistics from the program. There are no changes in the agreement from the prior year. Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Sheridan County Transportation Agreement. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Scott Decoste has applied for membership to the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad. His application has been approved by the members of the Rescue Squad. Scott is currently working for the City of Gordon as a part-time police officer. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve Scott Decoste’s application to the Rescue Squad with council’s thanks for his volunteer service. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

Sustainable water policy is going to be a critical issue facing many municipalities who draw water from the Ogallala aquifer. City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on LB1074, which if enacted, will toughen laws that prevent the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer. Currently, the aquifer loses one foot of water per year and replenishes one inch. Mr. Hlava will be keeping council informed on this situation.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Airport Renovation Project. Bid opening for the project will be April 29 at 1:00 pm. The cost and scope of the project will become more definite after the bid opening. Council will be updated further at the May meeting.

There was no information to update council with concerning the Safe Routes Nebraska project. City officials should be receiving information on this project next week.

The sign at the Skate Park was installed today, and the main lines for the sprinkler system are finished. City crews will be completing the sprinkler system and will be planting grass by the end of next week. The sidewalk will be poured the beginning of next week. This project should be completed in the next two weeks.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Playground Equipment project. The planning group is still collecting resource catalogs and more research needs to be done to know the total scope of the project. Council will be kept updated with the program.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Swimming Pool Renovation Project. Funding for the project needs to begin while the renovation is in the planning stages. Council will be given the layout for the process at the May meeting.

In the past, the City of Gordon has only had one week designated as clean-up week. City officials felt that this was not enough time for citizens to be able to accomplish needed projects. City Manager Fred Hlava proposed to council that the time frame be extended to include two weekends. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to designate April 26, 2014 to May 9, 2014 as the City of Gordon Clean-Up Weeks. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous, to allow Mayor Russell to sign the National Police Week Proclamation, and to thank them for all of their tireless hours of service. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous. 



WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States of America had designated the week of May 12 to be dedicated as “NATIONAL POLICE WEEK” and May 15  of each year to be “POLICE MEMORIAL DAY”, and

WHEREAS, the law enforcement officers are our guardians of life and property, defenders of the individual right to be free men, warriors in the war against crime and dedicated to the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and

WHEREAS, it is known that every 57 hours an American Police Officer will be killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States and 187 officers will be seriously assaulted in the performance of their duties, our community joins with other cities and towns to honor all peace officers everywhere.

NOW THEREFORE, I Nancy Russell, Mayor of the City of Gordon, Nebraska proclaim the week of May 11 to May 17, 2014 to be POLICE WEEK and call upon all the citizens in this community to especially honor and show our sincere appreciation for the police officers of this City by deed, remark, and attitude. We call upon them to show their thanks to our men who make it possible for us to leave our homes and family in safety each day and to return to our homes knowing they are protected by men willing to sacrifice their lives if necessary, to guard our loved ones, property and government against all who would violate the law.

Signed this 10th day of April, 2014 in the City of Gordon, State of Nebraska. In witness thereof the seal of the City of Gordon and the signatures of the City are affixed.

s/ Nancy I Russell


/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

The ten trees planted at the Skate Park are from the Re-Tree Nebraska grant and are part of last year’s Arbor Day. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the 2014 Arbor Day Proclamation. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

2014 Arbor Day Proclamation

Whereas, In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and 

Whereas, the holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and 

Whereas, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and 

Whereas, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, lower our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and 

Whereas, trees are a renewable resource giving up paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and 

Whereas, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and 

Whereas, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Nancy I Russell,  Mayor of the City of Gordon,  do hereby proclaim Friday, April, 25, 2014 as Arbor Day in the City of Gordon, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and Further, I urge all citizens to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations. 

Dated this 10th  day of April in the year 2014. 

s/ Nancy I Russell


Council was given several FYI’s including Energy Issues, the March Police Statistics, and NE Wind Development.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to go into executive session at 6:30 pm for real estate negotiations and personnel issues. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

The council reconvened in regular session at 7:00 pm.   With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn. 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 April 10, 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 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: April 16, 2014