Gordon City Council Minutes January 8, 2015

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 8, 2015 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: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Absent: No One.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans, to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2014 meeting.  Ayes:  Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

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

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

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, $52.81; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $1,707.83; 42609, Airport Authority, RE, $30.57; 42610, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $45.13; 42611, Customized Billing, SE, $420.00; 42612, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.08; 42613, Motorcyclist, SU, $14.97; 42614, Rachael Price, MI, $104.34; 42615, Special Assessment BF, RE, $297.97; 42616, Cooportunity, EX, $7,241.65; 42617, Digital-Ally, SU, $9,230.00; 42618, National Insurance , EX, $86.35; 42619, NWRPPD, SE, $4,017.14; 42620, NE Law Enf Training Center, SU, $95.00; 42621, Viaero, SE, $128.55; 42622, Payroll Fund, SA, $22,741.86; 42623, Payroll Fund, SA, $1,116.83; 42624, Kim Buchan, RE, $320.00; 42625, Source Gas, SE, $2,156.48; 42626, Adam Wackler, RE, $68.78; 42627, City of Gordon, RE, $198.03; 42628, Kyla Likes, RE, $1.97; 42629, Viaero, SE, $86.36; 42630, USPS, SE, $191.11; 42631, Payroll Fund, SA, $23,116.10; 42632, NE Law Enf Training Center, FE, $4,560.00.

Total January Paid Bills: $78,078.91.


42633, QLT, SE, $19.55; 42634, Alamar, SU, $98.23; 42635, Armstrong Extinguishers, SE, $385.00; 42636, Nebraska Arborists Assoc, FE, $65.00; 42637, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 42638, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 42639, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 42640, Chemsearch, SU, $36.25; 42641, Customized Billing, FE, $375.00; 42642, Chamber of Commerce, FE, $275.00; 42643, Display Sales, SU, $100.75; 42644, Data Technologies, SU, $129.74; 42645, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 42646, Enviro Service Inc, SE, $45.00; 42647, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 42648, Essence, SU, $63.00; 42649, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $86.47; 42650, JD Financial, SU, $579.23; 42651, GMC of Chadron, SE, $778.56; 42652, Greg’s Electric, SE, $83.73; 42653, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,360.51; 42654, Grocery Mart, SU, $12.87; 42655, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $1,150.02; 42656, Hawkins, SU, $601.52; 42657, HD Supply, SU, $1,480.41; 42658, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 42659, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,702.08; 42660, Ideal Linen, SE, $184.16; 42661, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $50.00; 42662, FALCO, SE, $610.00; 42663, Mid Continent, SE, $270.00; 42664, NPPD, SE, $7,693.86; 42665, NE Total Office, SU, $20.62; 42666, Nebr Transport Company, SE, $186.28; 42667, NESCA, FE, $15.00; 42668, One-Call Concepts, SE, $4.10; 42669, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $400.00; 42670, Petty Cash Fund, RE, $39.48; 42671, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $76.00; 42672, Jean Parker, RE, $100.00; 42673, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 42674, Quill, SU, $493.43; 42675, Rushville Service Center, SE, $247.80; 42676, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $317.00; 42677, Superfoods, SU, $33.31; 42678, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $32.00; 42679, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $192.34; 42680, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $200.00; 42681, S & L Gas, SU, $1,316.11; 42682, True Value, SU, $385.24; 42683, US Welding, SU, $263.01; 42684, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 42685, Westco, SU, $1,647.05; 42686, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 42687, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 42688, Winter Sewing, SE, $33.00; 42689, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00.

Total December Unpaid Bills: $55,082.71.

Total December Paid Bills: $78,078.91.

Total December Bills: $133,161.62.

City Attorney Dennis King was present to review the water storage tank litigation. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to go into executive session for the purpose of litigation review for expense recovery on the city’s water tank failure and repair. It was reiterated for the record the only topic for the executive session was litigation discussion. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Council reconvened in regular session at 6:45 pm. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to authorize City Manager Fred Hlava and City Attorney Dennis King to proceed and to incur the needed expenses for claim litigation. This process will be updated and reviewed at the February council meeting. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

City Manager Fred Hlava reviewed the correspondence received from the USDA Rural Development authorizing the use of Reserve Account funds for payment of expenses incurred for the city’s water tank repair. This approval for use of funds has a condition or stipulation that the city will request the services of the NeRural Water Association to complete a water rate increase survey to include a short term asset replacement. This must be implemented within four months. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to allow City Manager Fred Hlava to work with the NeRural Water Association to proceed with the request as stipulated by the USDA. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

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

Council was given information on the League of Nebraska Municipalities Midwinter Conference to be held February 23-24 in Lincoln. Any council member interested in attending must contact City Clerk Kim Buchan to make arrangements.

City Manager Fred Hlava presented council with just received information concerning the city’s current health care provider, Cooportunity Health. Cooportunity Health is in a process of rehabilitation or possible insolvency with the states of Nebraska and Iowa, and the city has been advised to secure another healthcare provider immediately. This process has to be completed by January 15 to insure that there is no lapse in coverage. Understanding the importance and urgency of the situation, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to allow City Manager Fred Hlava to move forward with securing a new healthcare provider as discussed. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Grant, and Russell.

City Manager Fred Hlava has been working with Lori Liggett and Sherrie Retzlaff in an effort to secure a School Resource officer for the Gordon/Rushville Public Schools. Ms. Liggett and Mrs. Retzlaff are applying for a grant that would pay for one third of the cost of the officer, and are asking that the city do a cost share for the remaining two-thirds. Chief Jeff Brewer stated to council that he felt a school resource officer would be an important asset to the community, one worth the extra cost to the city. The resource officer would not only alleviate routine calls to the school, but would also provide the security needed at extra-curricular functions. Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan to move forward with the school resource officer, with a cost share of 60% to the Gordon/Rushville Public Schools and 40% to the City of Gordon. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

The Dog Control Update will be discussed at the February meeting.

Council was given several FYI items – the November and December police statistics, a 2015 Energywise Tip, information on Nebraska Public Power District, and a thank you from the Reckless Youth Organization.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to go into executive session at 7:25 pm for the purposes of litigation review and personnel issues. It was reiterated for a second time the only topics for the executive session are litigation review and personnel issues. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans. 

Council reconvened in regular session at 7:45. With no further business, motion by Evans, seconded by Grant to adjourn at 7:47 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 8, 2015; 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 14, 2015