Gordon City Council Minutes April 9, 2015

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 9, 2015 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 March 12, 2015 meeting. Ayes: Bounous, Evans,Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

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

Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan 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, FNBO, FE, $128.41; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $1,980.16; 42910, Payroll Fund, SA, $22,770.15; 42911, Airport Authority, RE, $589.01; 42912, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $775.40; 42913, Fleet Services, SU, $718.65; 42914, Greg’s Electric, SE, $986.13; 42915, General Money Market, EX, $2,094.23; 42916, Homestead, SU, $66.67; 42917, House Beautiful, SU, $17.97; 42918, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.33; 42919, NWRPPD, SE, $2,674.77; 42920, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $1,062.90; 42921, Western Horseman, SU, $24.00; 42922, Alex Torres, SE, $104.00; 42923, Consolidated Mngmt, SE, $57.00; 42924, NE Law Enf Training Center, FE, $50.00; 42925, Viaero, SE, $130.40; 42926, Omni-Air Methods, EX, $78.00; 42927, Mid States Organized Crime, FE, $100.00; 42928, First National Bank Gordon, EX, $16,979.90; 42929, Alex Torres, SE, $65.00; 42930, Payroll Fund, SA, $26,484.33; 42931, Omni-Air Methods, EX, $60.00; 42932, BC/BS of NE, EX, $9,604.65; 42933, City of Gordon, RE, $110.82; 42934, Angel White Eyes, RE, $89.18; 42935, Consolidated Mngmt, SE, $61.25; 42936, National Insurance, EX, $45.19; 42937, USPS, SE, $185.88; 42938, Source Gas, SE, $1,755.23. Total April Paid Bills: $89,898.61.


42940, Advanced Building, SE, $2,450.00; 42941, QLT, SE, $19.55; 42942, Baker & Associates, SE, $469.88; 42943, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 42944, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 42945, Bierschbach, SU, $554.50; 42946, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 42947, Customized Billing, SE, $435.00; 42948, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 42949, Enviro Service, Inc, SE, $108.00; 42950, Terry Eaton, RE, $50.00; 42951, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,164.90; 42952, JD Financial, SU, $58.71; 42953, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $244.01; 42954, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,358.71; 42955, Grocery Mart, SU, $27.13; 42956, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $309.25; 42957, Hillyard, SU, $593.80; 42958, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $27.44; 42959, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 42960, Hinn’s Furniture, SU, $13.99; 42961, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,702.08; 42962, Ideal Linen, SE, $110.79; 42963, Jonathan Johansen, RE, $25.00; 42964, Kustom Rock, SU, $95.25; 42965, FALCO, SE, $610.00; 42966, Layne Christensen, SE, $1,300.10; 42967, Med-Tech Resources, SU, $217.56; 42968, Matheson, SU, $218.46; 42969, NPPD, SE, $6,721.67; 42970, NE Total Office, SU, $29.44; 42971, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $475.43; 42972, One-Call Concepts, SE, $11.40; 42973, Petersen Seeds, SU, $208.50; 42974, Public Safety Center, SU, $116.08; 42975, Petty Cash Fund, RE, $137.16; 42976, Panhandle Sales & Service, SU, $395.00; 42977, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 42978, Pollard Water, SU, $256.21; 42979, Pit Stop, SE, $25.00; 42980, Respond First Aid, SU, $94.89; 42981, Ramada, SE, $350.00; 42982, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $450.00; 42983, Superfoods, SU, $34.73; 42984, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $5.92; 42985, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $291.21; 42986, Toni Siders, SE, $210.00; 42987, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $800.00; 42988, S & L, SU, $924.64; 42989, Michael Todd, SU, $1,167.73; 42990, True Value, SU, $241.64; 42991, Treasures, SU, $13.00; 42992, Viaero, SE, $86.73; 42993, Unique Paving Materials, SU, $122.51; 42994, US Welding, SU, $491.29; 42995, US Welding, SE, $194.86; 42996, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 42997, Westco, SU, $750.87; 42998, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,600.00; 42999, Wingate, SE, $371.80; 43000, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 43001, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 43002, Xerox, SE, $579.38. Total April Unpaid Bills: $58,516.20. Total April Paid Bills: $89,898.61. Total April Bills: $148,414.81.

Karen Harbach, Executive Director of Northwest Community Action Partnership, presented the proposed Sheridan County Public Transportation System agreement. In past years, the City of Gordon has provided $300/year to this system. Now that Gordon no longer has the public transportation offered through Gordon Memorial Health Services, NW Community Action has seen a very large increase in the number of users from Gordon, and are now asking for increased financial support. The proposed agreement asks for $107.00/month from the City of Gordon. After some discussion, motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the agreement with NW Community Action Partnership. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

The Choice Gas Selection period is April 10 – April 23, 2015. The City of Gordon is an ACE member community. This program gives back to member cities, and as of this date, ACE has returned over $20,000 to the Gordon community, assisting with a variety of projects. The past year’s return was used to help offset the cost of the Whirl Wind Skate Park. Citizens may call the city office with any questions.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to pass Resolution 2015-02. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.



WHEREAS, the current Sewer Jet is thirty-one (31) years old and in need of replacement, and

WHEREAS, the City of Gordon was able to purchase a demonstrator Sewer Jet Model 700 at a discounted price.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to signature said lease/purchase agreement with the First National Bank, Gordon, NE in the amount of $60,000.00.

Passed and approved this 9th   day of April, 2015.

/s/ Nancy I Russell



/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Evans to declare the 2001 Chevrolet Lumina, owned by the City of Gordon, surplus property. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Limited Power of Attorney to allow State Surplus to sell the 2001 Chevrolet Lumina at public auction. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

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


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, 24, 2015 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 9th  day of April in the year 2015. 

/s/ Nancy I Russell


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


WHEREAS, each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Fair Housing Counseling Centers across the Nation commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which states there shall be no discrimination in the acquisition, ownership, possession, or enjoyment of housing, and

WHEREAS, the Fair Housing Center of NE/IA and High Plains Community Development Corp., Fair Housing Education and Outreach Programs, will continue to provide and collaborate with others to avert any decay of housing rights.

WHEREAS, The City of Gordon acknowledges the efforts of The Fair Housing Center of NE/IA, High Plains Community Development Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to eliminate discrimination in housing and ensure equal opportunity in housing for all residents of Gordon, Sheridan County, Nebraska.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Nancy Russell, Mayor of the City of Gordon, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the month of APRIL 2015 as FAIR HOUSING MONTH in Gordon.

I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance by continuing to support Fair Housing opportunities in Gordon. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand to be affixed this 9th Day of April, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fifteen.

/s/ Nancy I Russell

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



WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States of America had designated the week of May 10 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 10 to May 16, 2015 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 and women 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 and women willing to sacrifice their lives if necessary, to guard our loved ones, property and government against all who would violate the law.

Signed this 9th day of April, 2015 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

Council was given two FYI items – the March police statistics and the February PACE financials.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to go into executive session at 6:24 pm for real estate negotiations and personnel issues. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

The council reconvened in regular session at 6:40 pm.   With no further business, motion by Evans, 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 9, 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 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 15, 2015