Gordon City Council Minutes July 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., July 10, 2014 in the Council Chambers of the City Auditorium.  The Vice-Mayor noted the location of the Open Meetings Laws poster in the back of the room.

Present: Morgan, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Absent:  Russell.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2014 meeting.  Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans, to approve the June Treasurer’s Report. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Grant.

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

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


EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $54.38; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $1,942.44; RS1091, Arrowhead Foods, SU, $820.00; RS1092, Foremost Promotions, SU, $578.00; RS1093, Grocery Mart, SU, $241.29; RS1094, Positive Promotions, SU, $290.98; RS1095, Debbie’s Cakes & Floral, SU, $33.00; SK1008, Greenamyre Construction, SU, $1,200.00; 41951, Wayne Muirhead, SE, $150.00; 41952, Alex Torres, SE, $65.00; 41953, Consumer Reports, SU, $26.00; 41954, Companion, SE, $899.00; 41955, CNH, SU, $925.97; 41956, Cooportunity Health, EX, $6,443.12; 41957, Deer & Deer Hunting, SU, $19.00; 41958, Ingram, SU, $49.59; 41959, Kids Discover, SU, $26.95; 41960, Library Petty Cash Fund, RE, $49.73; 41961, NWRPPD, SE, $2,688.37; 41962, NE Life, SU, $24.00; 41963, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $15.00; 41964, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $10.00; 41965, Saturday Evening Post, SU, $12.98; 41966, Payroll Fund, SA, $29,817.55; 41967, Airport Authority, RE, $668.67; 41968, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $1,124.75; 41969, Sandy Farmer, SE, $40.00; 41970, Greg’s Electric, SE, $1,701.90; 41971, Husker Auto, SU, $44.44; 41972, Source Gas, SE, $1,480.62; 41973, Toni Siders, SE, $120.00; 41974, Special Assessment BF, RE, $1,845.81; 41975, Viaero, SE, $87.58; 41976, City of Gordon, RE, $40.00; 41977, Tori Sandoz, RE, $100.00; 41978, Open Range Beef, RE, $100.00; 41979, City of Gordon, RE, $58.95; 41980, Sara Jackson, RE, $41.05; 41981, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $320.00; 41982, NWRPPD, SE, $77.38; 41983, SD Dept of Safety, FE, $40.00; 41984, Alex Torres, SE, $234.00; 41985, USPS, SE, $189.10; 41986, Payroll Fund, SA, $30,864.32; 41987, Alex Torres, SE, $143.00; 41988, City of Gordon, RE, $126.17; 41989, Kevin Trennepohl, RE, $27.57; 41990, Jeff Hugen, RE, $46.26; 41991, Fred Hlava, RE, $364.02; 41992, Perpetual Care, RE, $400.00; 41993, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $26.00. Total July Paid Bills: $86,693.94.


41994, QLT, SE, $19.55; 41995, Arnold Pool Company, SU, $307.40; 41996, Airport Authority, RE, $158.93; 41997, Baker & Associates, SE, $85.00; 41998, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 41999, Bauerkemper’s, SE, $308.98; 42000, Bluff’s Sanitary Supply, SU, $289.22; 42001, The Business Connection, SU, $40.50; 42002, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 42003, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 42004, Customized Billing, SE, $450.00; 42005, Croell, SU, $418.01; 42006, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 42007, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 42008, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,090.94; 42009, JD Financial, SU, $832.82; 42010, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $95.89; 42011, GMH, SU, $18.00; 42012, Greg’s Electric, SE, $122.00; 42013, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,356.29; 42014, Grocery Mart, SU, $180.99; 42015, Glass Wizard, SE, $55.00; 42016, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $74.08; 42017, Homestead, SU, $28.46; 42018, Hills Materials, SU, $905.53; 42019, Hawkins, SU, $387.75; 42020, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $104.25; 42021, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 42022, Insurance Fund, RE, $12,162.50; 42023, Ideal Linen, SE, $105.70; 42024, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 42025, Kelly Construction, SU, $2,347.88; 42026, Kimball Midwest, SU, $135.80; 42027, Kone, SE, $1,348.96; 42028, KSDZ, SE, $147.80; 42029, FALCO, SE, $575.00; 42030, Med-Tech Resource, SU, $164.83; 42031, Municipal Service and Supply, SU, $1,555.00; 42032, Midco Diving & Marine Services, SE, $3,200.00; 42033, NPPD, SE, $7,669.72; 42034, NE Total Office, SU, $47.56; 42035, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $754.50; 42036, NTC, SE, $114.63; 42037, NEMSA, FE, $900.00; 42038, NE Liquor Control , RE, $40.00; 42039, One-Call Concepts, FE, $14.40; 42040, Powerplan, SU, $76.57; 42041, PADD, FE, $1,249.45; 42042, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $24.00; 42043, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 42044, Panhandle RC&D, FE, $300.00; 42045, Quill, SU, $203.76; 42046, Superfoods, SU, $15.81; 42047, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $670.87; 42048, Sheridan County Journal Star, SU, $80.00; 42049, Toni Siders, SE, $80.00; 42050, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $575.00; 42051, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $20.00; 42052, Star Herald, SU, $149.00; 42053, S & L Gas, SU, $1,937.92; 42054, True Value, SU, $1,684.74; 42055, Van Diest, SU, $457.00; 42056, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 42057, Westco, SU, $1,266.98; 42058, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 42059, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 42060, West River Computers, SU, $3,194.39; 42061, Xerox, EX, $594.55. Total July Unpaid Bills: $69,038.91. Total July Paid Bills: $86,693.94. Total July Bills: $155,732.85.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the application by Renee Reizenstein for Special Designated Liquor License for July 24, 25, and 26, in order to have a street dance during the Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo on these dates. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Grant. Chief Brewer stressed the need for added security and communication with the police department during the event, and the need for police officers to be able to distinguish security from patrons. Ms. Reizenstein agreed to work with Chief Brewer to address his concerns.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the requests by Renee Reizenstein (Sheridan Lounge), Deann Lehman (Superfoods), Jim Moon (American Legion Club), Pam Hare (Italian Inn), and Steve Ledgerwood (Highway Express) to extend liquor sale hours July 24, July 25, and July 26 (Thursday – Saturday of Fair and Rodeo) until 2:00 am. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Vice-Mayor Morgan swore in Adam James Wackler as the City of Gordon’s newest full-time police officer. Council wishes to welcome him to Gordon and thank him for his service to the community.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to appoint Fred Hlava as primary, and Tim Bounous as secondary representative to the Panhandle RC & D Board. Ayes: Morgan, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous, to appoint Kristine Brice to the Library Board and to thank her for her volunteer service to the community. She is replacing Phyllis Hansen who has resigned from the board. This term will expire in May 2015. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

City Manager Fred Hlava reviewed with the City Council a chronology of events starting on Thursday, June 19, 2014, when the leak in the water storage tank was detected. On Friday, June 20, 2014, divers from Midco Diving and Marine Services Inc., Rapid City, SD, entered the tank to investigate and make repairs if possible. As the diver was working on the leak area, it began to expand in size. The diver was instructed to immediately get out of the tank. The diver had just exited the top hatch of the 40’ tank when the floor of the tank ruptured, draining the 700,000 gallon storage tank. On Monday, June 23, City Manager Fred Hlava met with engineers representing the insurance company, the City of Gordon, and the president of Advance Tank, the contractor of the storage tank. Fred Hlava stated that it has been determined that a metallurgist should review the failure site in the tank before a final determination can be made as to the cause of the failure. City Manager Fred Hlava said he will keep the council informed and updated on progress and plan of action for the repair.

Council was given information and an update on the swimming pool project. City Manager Fred Hlava would like to develop a plan and a final draft of the pool to present at the next council meeting for the council to review and have an opportunity to make changes or additions. This project is only in phase one or the development of the initial first draft of pool construction for the council review.

City Manager Fred Hlava attended the latest planning meeting for the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Fred Hlava told council that he has been working with JEO Engineering Firm and feels that they are very interested in assisting the City of Gordon with the Antelope Creek Renovation Project. The Hazard Mitigation Plan needs to be completed to apply for funding of this project.

City Manager Fred Hlava and Police Chief Jeff Brewer have been working to facilitate a Crime Stopper Program for the City of Gordon. This will be an invaluable resource and tool for the police force in solving crimes. City Manager Fred Hlava will keep the council updated as they proceed in the development of the program. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to encourage the creation of the City of Gordon’s Crime Stoppers Program. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Grant.

The Grand Opening for the Whirlwind Skatepark was July 2. City Manager Fred Hlava felt that it was an outstanding success and has been received well by the community. The creation of the park has been an attractive improvement to this area of Gordon, and it will be a continued asset in the future.

City officials are still working with property owners on several areas in Gordon that are in dire need of clean-up. 

The City of Gordon was given the building that now houses the Community Thrift Center with the condition that it be used for some sort of public assistance. The roof on this building is in need of extensive repairs. The City of Gordon has received a grant from the Ukena Fund for the replacement of the roof on this building. Dale and Shirley Adkinson have done a phenomenal job keeping the store open while a solution to this problem was found.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to adjourn at 6:50 pm. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Grant, and Bounous.


City Clerk



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 c\done by the Mayor and Council on July 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: July 16, 2014