Gordon City Council Minutes December 11, 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., Dec. 11, 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, Morgan, and Russell. 

Absent: Evans.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

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

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

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

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


EFTPS, First National, FE, $3.00; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $62.13; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,336.20; 42507, Don Lowder, EX, $1,400.00; 42508, Airport Authority, RE, $138.00; 42509, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $230.32; 42510, Better Homes, SU, $9.99; 42511, Country Woman, SU, $18.00; 42512, Centurion, FE, $58.25; 42513, Library Petty Cash, RE, $48.97; 42514, NWRPPD, SE, $2,226.23; 42515, Board of Examiners, FE, $100.00; 42516, Real Simple, SU, $24.00; 42517, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $10.00; 42518, Self, SU, $16.00; 42519, Special Assessment BF, RE, $917.94; 42520, Viaero, SE, $128.55; 42521, Mike Winter, RE, $291.52; 42522, Chris Burdine, RE, $254.15; 42523, Void, ; 42524, Payroll Fund, SA, $23,510.62; 42525, CNH Capital, SU, $110.37; 42526, Cooportunity, EX, $7,241.65; 42527, City of Gordon, RE, $213.66; 42528, Lester Reese, RE, $66.34; 42529, USPS, SE, $191.16; 42530, National Insurance , EX, $87.04; 42531, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $400.00; 42532, Source Gas, SE, $1,051.56; 42533, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 42534, Toni Siders, SE, $40.00; 42535, Team Industries, SU, $4.50; 42536, Viaero, SE, $86.36; 42537, Data Technologies, FE, $2,560.25; WT1022, DHHS Div Public Health, FE, $963.56; 42538, Alamar, SU, $195.21; 42539, Payroll Fund, SA, $23,875.17.

Total December Paid Bills: $68,886.70.


42541, All Metal Manufacturing, SE, $549.00; 42542, Action Communications, SE, $452.00; 42543, Baker & Associates, SE, $967.03; 42544, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 42545, Bound Tree, SU, $1,759.09; 42546, Bluffs Sanitary Supply, SU, $73.83; 42547, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 42548, Black Hills Doors, SE, $390.30; 42549, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 42550, Chemsearch, SU, $272.88; 42551, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 42552, Enviro Service Inc, SE, $36.00; 42553, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $1,547.29; 42554, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 42555, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $37.44; 42556, JD Financial, SU, $528.89; 42557, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $14.97; 42558, Fleet Services, SU, $618.16; 42559, Greg’s Electric, SE, $330.11; 42560, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,359.51; 42561, Great Western Tire, SU, $523.00; 42562, Grocery Mart, SU, $191.00; 42563, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $682.69; 42564, Homestead, SU, $105.73; 42565, Husker Auto, SU, $22.71; 42566, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 42567, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,702.08; 42568, Ideal Linen, SE, $110.79; 42569, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 42570, Kelly Construction, SU, $1,453.96; 42571, Kustom Rock, SU, $56.00; 42572, FALCO, SE, $4,997.99; 42573, Law Enforcement Systems, SU, $131.00; 42574, Midwest Engines, SE, $684.07; 42575, Matthew Bender, SU, $66.08; 42576, NPPD, SE, $7,099.37; 42577, NE Total Office, SU, $17.25; 42578, NWRPPD, SE, $237.05; 42579, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $1,791.27; 42580, One-Call Concepts, SE, $6.30; 42581, Powerplan, SU, $195.18; 42582, Petersen Seeds, SU, $43.75; 42583, Petty Cash Fund, RE, $236.45; 42584, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 42585, Respond First Aid, SU, $291.86; 42586, Sheridan County Treasurer, EX, $1,016.88; 42587, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $181.00; 42588, Sides & Milburn, SE, $808.69; 42589, Superfoods, SU, $50.74; 42590, Stockmens, SU, $126.29; 42591, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $146.65; 42592, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $200.00; 42593, Sasse Animal Clinic, SE, $369.00; 42594, S & L Gas, SU, $1,305.59; 42595, Neil Skinner, RE, $146.80; 42596, Service Really Matters, SE, $496.52; 42597, True Value, SU, $853.07; 42598, USPS, SE, $136.00; 42599, USA Bluebook, SU, $702.58; 42600, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 42601, Westco, SU, $1,762.27; 42602, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 42603, Wreck-A-Mended, SE, $414.23; 42604, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 42605, Winter Sewing, SE, $9.00; 42606, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 42607, Xerox, EX, $623.07; 42608, American Water Works Assoc, FE, $295.00.

Total December Unpaid Bills: $70,120.46.

Total December Paid Bills: $68,886.70.

Total December Bills: $139,007.16.

Fire Chief Richard Haller, and Fire Secretary/Treasurer Tim McGinley were present to discuss with council equipment needs for the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department. New regulations implemented in 2008 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) require that all bunker gear that is more than ten years old be retired. Because of this requirement, no Gordon Volunteer Fire Department member has a full set of bunker gear that meets these standards. This leaves our fire fighters at risk and also prevents them from taking needed classes at fire school. The GVFD has contracted with a professional grant writer, who is also a professional fireman, to submit a grant for thirty-seven sets of bunker gear. If the fire department is awarded the grant, the out of pocket costs to the fire department will be approximately $12,000.

Enter Councilman Evans.

Tim McGinley also informed council that the breathing tanks used by the firemen will start to expire in two years. They are looking at replacing about ten a year with a cost of approximately $460 per tank. After some discussion from council, Tim McGinley and Fire Chief Haller informed council that they were not looking for an answer at this time, but wanted council to be aware that a solution was needed in the near future. Several options will be explored by the city administration and by the fire department.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to approve Jim Moon’s (American Legion) request to be open until 2:00 am New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014, and be open from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, on-sale only. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

After some discussion, motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to approve Renee Reizenstein’s (Sheridan Lounge) request to be open until 2:00 am New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014, and be open from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, on-sale, but to deny her request for off-sale on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to retain Nancy Russell as the Mayor for the City of Gordon, and Jane Morgan as Vice-Mayor for the City of Gordon, and to thank them for their continued service to our community. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to make the following board appointments with gratitude for their service. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Planning Commission: (3-year term) Tony Meyer, Rick Burleigh, and Jim Rucker.

Housing Authority: (5-year term) Sharon Harris

Human Relations Board: (3-year term) Alyce Lamont and Leon Little Moon. 

Board of Adjustment: (3-year term) Willis Gran and Wayne Muirhead.

Perpetual Care Board: (3-year term) Jim Smith.

Police Review Board: (3-year term) Bob Alcorn and Tim Bounous.

Board of Health: (1-year term) Mayor Nancy Russell, City Manager Fred Hlava, Chief of Police Jeff Brewer, Citizen Jerry Larson, and the Gordon Memorial Hospital Administrator and his/her designee.

City Manager Fred Hlava updated council on the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) project. The city has received a firm quote on the unit itself, but is waiting on final numbers for the electrical portion of the project. The project is coming together, and council will be updated again at the January 2015 meeting.

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


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 2015 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, 2015 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 11th day of January, 2014.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

Mayor, City of Gordon

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to go into executive session at 6:40 to discuss real estate negotiations. It was reiterated for the record, a second time, that the only matter to be discussed in executive session will be real estate negotiations. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

The council reconvened in regular session at 7:25 pm. With no further business and no action taken, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to adjourn. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

/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 December 11, 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: December 24, 2014