Gordon City Council Minutes January 14, 2016

Notice of the meeting was given in advance by publication in the Sheridan County Journal Star and by posting in three public places, the designated methods 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 14, 2016 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: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

Absent: No One.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant, to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2015 meeting.  Ayes:  Bounous, Evans, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous, to approve the minutes of the December 21, 2015 special meeting. Ayes: Evans, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Enter Councilperson Morgan.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the December 2015 Treasurer’s Report. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

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

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, $53.77; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $2,389.62; RS1118, Pizza Hut, SU, $125.57; 43935, Airport Authority, RE, $175.42; 43936, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $226.68; 43937, Omni Advantage, EX, $6.50; 43938, Amazon.com, SU, $60.46; 43939, Country Gardens, SU, $19.97; 43940, Field & Stream, SU, $15.97; 43941, Ingram, SU, $16.38; 43942, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.00; 43943, Motor Cyclist, SU, $14.97; 43944, Madison National Life, EX, $43.64; 43945, NWRPPD, SE, $1,375.54; 43946, Networkfleet, Inc, FE, $142.12; 43947, Popular Science, SU, $19.97; 43948, People, SU, $116.70; 43949, SALT, SU, $75.00; 43950, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $545.53; 43951, Payroll Fund, SA, $22,557.62; 43952, Lorri Meng, SE, $1,191.35; 43953, Source Gas, SE, $1,597.12; 43954, Sides & Milburn, EX, $10,000.00; 43955, City of Gordon, RE, $420.00; 43956, City of Gordon, RE, $93.84; 43957, Galls, SU, $2,999.90; 43958, Viaero, SE, $158.53; 43959, USPS, SE, $186.66; 43960, Sherry Devers, RE, $6.16; 43961, Sonja Hooper, RE, $40.00; 43962, Payroll Fund, SA, $26,696.21; 43963, Sandhills Land & Property, EX, $800.00; 43964, BC/BS, EX, $10,639.49; 43965, Adam Wackler, RE, $471.49; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $391.98.

Total January Paid Bills: $83,723.16.


43967, QLT, SE, $19.55; 43968, Airport Authority, RE, $954.24; 43969, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $1,160.93; 43970, B&T Lazerwash, SE, $200.00; 43971, Dan Bishop , RE, $50.00; 43972, The Business Connection, SU, $9.99; 43973, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 43974, Bierschbach, SU, $83.25; 43975, Daylan Black Calf, RE, $50.00; 43976, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 43977, City of Gordon, SE, $40.90; 43978, Customized Billing, SE, $225.00; 43979, BC Tire Service, SE, $50.00; 43980, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 43981, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $3,009.47; 43982, JD Financial, SU, $62.34; 43983, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,396.59; 43984, Galls, SU, $21.24; 43985, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $608.03; 43986, Homestead, SU, $47.96; 43987, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $45.00; 43988, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 43989, Phillip Harris, RE, $50.00; 43990, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,859.17; 43991, Ideal Linen, SE, $185.66; 43992, Kustom Rock, SU, $762.00; 43993, FALCO, SE, $630.00; 43994, Loup Valley Lighting, SU, $64.00; 43995, Mid-States Org Crime, FE, $100.00; 43996, Wayne Muirhead, SE, $430.00; 43997, NPPD, SE, $6,721.94; 43998, NE Total Office, SU, $240.02; 43999, NWRPPD, SE, $2,653.82; 44000, NW Community Action, SE, $107.00; 44001, NESCA, FE, $15.00; 44002, Newman Traffic Signs, SU, $524.60; 44003, One-Call Concepts, SE, $3.75; 44004, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $150.00; 44005, Petty Cash, RE, $293.96; 44006, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 44007, Pit Stop, SE, $17.50; 44008, Quill, SU, $423.83; 44009, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $148.00; 44010, Superfoods, SU, $20.97; 44011, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $110.36; 44012, Sheridan County Clerk, FE, $16.00; 44013, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $653.00; 44014, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $631.25; 44015, Sasse Animal Clinic, RE, $20.00; 44016, S & L, SU, $1,369.86; 44017, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $1,807.39; 44018, True Value, SU, $893.93; 44019, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 44020, Westco, SU, $1,523.81; 44021, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,716.00; 44022, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 44023, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 44024, Xerox, EX, $583.13.

Total January Unpaid Bills: $61,905.44.

Total January Paid Bills: $83,723.16.

Total January Bills: $145,628.60.

Gothenburg City Attorney Mike Bacon, a specialist in tax-increment financing (TIF) law, gave council a power-point presentation explaining the TIF laws and procedures. Mr. Bacon has over twenty years of experience with TIF projects and laws, with an estimated 200+ successful projects. In addition to educating council on the procedures for TIF, Mr. Bacon gave many examples of successful TIF projects and the growth and revitalization it helps communities to achieve. 

Jean Parker had requested to address council concerning the city’s current program involving stray and homeless animals, but was unable to attend the meeting. Mike Winter, Utility Superintendent was present and updated council on the city’s current procedures, noting that the program was in need of change. City Manager Jacob Sheridan has had many discussions with city officials, including Mr. Winter and City Clerk Kim Buchan regarding the policies for stray and homeless animals. The program is still in the process of being changed to better suit the needs of the city. Mr. Winter wanted to stress to council that the main goal of the program will be to encourage citizens to be responsible pet owners, and not to euthanize every stray animal that city workers capture. In the past, the city had contracted with Jean Parker to adopt out animals that were homeless or that the owners had not claimed. Due to increased regulations regarding animal shelters, it is necessary for the city to be in complete control of the animal shelter, and for this reason, the city ended their informal agreement with Jean Parker. The city is currently researching to find a new option for the adoption of unwanted animals. Dee Vinton was present to show support to the council for their efforts to restructure the program, adding that the city needs to focus on the large number of homeless cats the city also has.

The review of the Hugen litigation was moved to the end of the meeting, as it will require an executive session.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to retain the current representatives to SWANN. City Manager Jacob Sheridan will be the primary representative and Kelly Grant will be the secondary. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the Nebraska Department of Roads Maintenance Agreement and the Certificate of Compliance. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to approve Rena Reizenstein’s (Sheridan Lounge) request to have extended liquor sale hours for on and off-sale liquor on Sunday, February 7, 2016, Super Bowl Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve Laveta Edwards’s (King Pin Lanes) request to have extended liquor sale hours on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, to accommodate travel league. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan addressed council via speaker phone due to the birth of his daughter. Council and all city employees wish to congratulate Jacob and his wife Gwen on the birth of Genevieve June Sheridan. Mr. Sheridan updated council on the current status of the student liaison program. Superintendent Lori Liggett, Principal Nathan Livingston and City Manager Sheridan are in agreement that the program will begin at the start of the next school year. This will give them time to develop a strong selection process.

Deputy Clerk Glen Spaugh updated council on the police department’s statistic reports. Currently the police department uses a program that is very outdated and in need of replacement. At this time, they are able to generate the needed reports for the county and the state, but are unable to generate any statistical reports. Due to the fact that support is no longer available for the current program, Mr. Spaugh is working with Chief Wackler to find a cost effective replacement.

City Clerk Kim Buchan updated council regarding the open basketball policy and the policy regarding renting the city building. In the past, open basketball was available through the police department, however, open basketball was not available over much of the school’s Christmas break due to maintenance to the building. When open basketball was made available again, the building sustained damage, which caused the policy to be changed. If someone wants to rent the building, they must do so through the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours which are 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The police department will no longer open the building for basketball. Any questions may be directed to the office of the city manager, phone number 282-0837.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to appoint Yolanda Hruby to the Human Relations Board and to thank her for her service. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Morgan.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to pass Ordinance 1152. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Morgan, and Russell.




Section 1.  That the following provision regarding hours of operation of the city parks be and hereby is adopted as Section 1-1503 in Article XV Parks: 

City parks shall be opened to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk unless special permission is granted for organized events by the city manager. No person or vehicle shall be within any park except during the operating hours.

Section 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication as provided by law.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of January, 2016.


By /s/ Nancy I Russell


ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Grant, to waive second and third readings of Ordinance 1152. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to approve the request made by Brett Weaver (Gordon American Legion) to have extended liquor sale hours on  Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am for Super Bowl Sunday. Ayes: Evans, Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to go into executive session at 7:30 pm for review of the Hugen Litigation. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans. The only topic to be discussed in executive session will be litigation review.

Council reconvened in regular session at 7:40 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 January 14, 2016; 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 20, 2016