Gordon City Council Minutes March 10, 2016

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., March 10, 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, Morgan, and Russell.

Absent: Evans.

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan, to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2016 meeting. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to approve the February 2016 treasurer’s report. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to approve the bills. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, 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, $62.73; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $442.93; EFTPS, Bank of the West, SU, $8.00; 44119, Payroll Fund, SA, $33,626.14; 44120, Amy Deines, EX, $100.00; 44121, Airport Authority, RE, $352.75; 44122, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $434.73; 44123, American Cowboy, SU, $20.00; 44124, BC/BS, EX, $9,148.45; 44125, Cowboys & Indians, SU, $29.95; 44126, Cengage, SU, $37.99; 44127, Huskers Illustrated, SU, $62.95; 44128, Ingram, SU, $550.03; 44129, Library Petty Cash, RE, $49.85; 44130, Madison National Life, EX, $50.54; 44131, Popular Mechanics, SU, $19.97; 44132, Seventeen, SU, $14.97; 44133, Star Herald, SU, $156.00; 44134, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $649.53; 44135, Alex Torres, SE, $156.00; 44136, Xerox, EX, $203.40; EFTPS, NE Department of Revenue, RE, $2,365.22; 44137, Candy Allison, RE, $25.00; 44138, Omni-Air Methods, EX, $2,170.00; 44139, League of NE Municipalities, EX, $371.00; 44140, Jacob Sheridan, RE, $1,000.00; 44141, Payroll Fund, SA, $29,752.66; 44142, Bell Emergency Training, SE, $247.50; 44143, ND Bismarck Mission, RE, $100.00; 44144, Kevin Herron, RE, $49.94; 44145, City of Gordon, RE, $90.06; 44146, Source Gas, SE, $2,147.44; 44147, Viaero, SE, $158.98; 44148, USPS, SE, $182.86; 44149, Verizon, SE, $80.06; 44150, Alex Torres, SE, $130.00; 44151, Sandhills, EX, $400.00; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $562.39; EFTPS, 1st National Bank, EX, $83,814.08; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $507.76; 44152, City of Gordon, RE, $32.25; 44153, Tucker Keiser, RE, $67.75; 44154, General Fund Money Market, EX, $45,801.97.

Total March Paid Bills: $216,233.83.


44156, Chris Anderson, RE, $50.00; 44157, Alamar, SU, $157.99; 44158, Action Communications, SE, $2,482.71; 44159, Chris Burdine, RE, $50.00; 44160, Dan Bishop , RE, $50.00; 44161, Jeff Brewer, RE, $50.00; 44162, Brown/Nelson, SE, $271.69; 44163, Daylan Black Calf, RE, $50.00; 44164, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 44165, City of Gordon, SE, $37.28; 44166, Customized Billing, SE, $330.00; 44167, Casey Peterson & Associates, SE, $13,220.34; 44168, Scott Downing, RE, $50.00; 44169, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $11.94; 44170, Emblem Enterprises, SU, $266.84; 44171, First National Bank of Omaha, SU, $1,449.56; 44172, JD Financial, SU, $1,096.96; 44173, Farmer’s Coop, SU, $89.00; 44174, FedEx, SE, $83.51; 44175, Gordon Memorial Health, SU, $20.00; 44176, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,439.05; 44177, Graphics Designs Int’l Inc, SU, $491.32; 44178, Grocery Mart, SU, $45.79; 44179, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU, $515.29; 44180, HD Supply Waterworks, SU, $278.42; 44181, Husker Auto Parts, SU, $120.94; 44182, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 44183, Phillip Harris, RE, $50.00; 44184, Insurance Fund, RE, $14,859.17; 44185, Ideal Linen, SE, $116.30; 44186, Kimball Midwest, SU, $322.20; 44187, Kustom Rock, SU, $179.00; 44188, Gardner, Loutzenhiser, & Ryan, SE, $630.00; 44189, Law Enforcement Systems, SU, $44.00; 44190, Loup Valley Lighting, SU, $1,007.00; 44191, Modern Marketing, SU, $270.90; 44192, MPC Heating & Cooling, SE, $208.57; 44193, McLeods, SU, $134.80; 44194, Midwest Radar & Equipment, SE, $160.00; 44195, Municipal Code Services, SE, $160.00; 44196, McNally Law Office, SE, $75.00; 44197, NPPD, SE, $6,685.06; 44198, NE Total Office, SU, $49.98; 44199, NW Community Action, SE, $107.00; 44200, NE DHHS, FE, $40.00; 44201, NE Planning & Zoning Admin, FE, $15.00; 44202, Networkfleet, Inc, SE, $92.79; 44203, One-Call Concepts, SE, $6.03; 44204, Petty Cash, RE, $445.39; 44205, Physio Control, SE, $596.88; 44206, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 44207, Respond First Aid, SU, $125.65; 44208, R & L Irrigation, SE, $1,955.66; 44209, Superfoods, SU, $52.77; 44210, Sheridan County Journal, SE, $352.81; 44211, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $662.50; 44212, Sasse Vet Clinic, RE, $40.00; 44213, S & L, SU, $717.36; 44214, True Value, SU, $425.59; 44215, US Welding, Inc, SU, $121.77; 44216, Ken Ward, RE, $50.00; 44217, Westco, SU, $596.16; 44218, Water Reserve USDA, RE, $1,716.00; 44219, Barb Winter, SE, $48.30; 44220, Water System Impr Project, EX, $15,800.00; 44221, Adam Wackler, RE, $50.00; 44222, Xerox, EX, $634.36.

Total MarchUnpaid Bills: $72,457.63.

Total MarchPaid Bills: $216,233.83.

Total MarchBills: $288,691.46.

Les Evert was present at the meeting to accept a plaque thanking him for his service to the community through the Airport Authority. Mr. Evert has been a faithful and valuable member of the authority since April 1970, and has submitted his resignation from the Airport Authority. Mayor Russell, the Gordon City Council and all citizens of Gordon are grateful for his forty-six years of community service and wish him the best on his retirement.

Doug Woodbeck has agreed to fill the vacancy on the Airport Authority left by Les Evert’s retirement. Motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to appoint Doug Woodbeck to the Airport Authority. His term will expire in December of 2018. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell. Mayor Russell wished to thank Doug for his service to the community. Councilman Bounous stated to those present that he felt the Gordon Municipal Airport was a wonderful asset to the community thanks to the efforts of the Gordon Airport Authority and the City of Gordon employees, and that Doug Woodbeck is an excellent choice to replace Les Evert.

Geneie Andrews from GIS Workshop was at the meeting to give council a presentation regarding the services offered by her company. GIS is a geographical information system that creates web based GIS sites for counties as well as cities to map their assets (water lines, storm drains, sewer system, etc.). Currently, Sheridan County works with them, as well as several area municipalities. City Manager Jacob Sheridan stated that he felt this would be an invaluable tool for the city as long time employees move closer to retirement. After some discussion, motion by Morgan, seconded by Bounous to table a decision on GIS until the April meeting. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant. 

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to approve the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad application of Marchelle Paul, and to thank her for her service. Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.

The Public Alliance for Community Energy (PACE) recently announced its annual revenue return to its member communities. The City of Gordon received $3,636 as their portion. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to designate these funds to needed repairs at the Gordon swimming pool. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan. The city pool is currently in need of a new hot water heater, and the PACE funds will aid in purchasing this.

The City of Gordon’s annual clean up week will be April 1- April 11 this year. Information regarding the help offered to citizens during this week will be in the Sheridan County Journal Star, or by calling the city office at 282-0837.

Ordinance 1156 – Backflow/Sprinkler systems was not ready at meeting time, and will be on the April agenda.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan updated council on the current AWOS project at the Gordon Municipal Airport. He has been working closely with Marcy Meyer, NE Department of Aeronautics, to ensure that the project is finished this spring. The AWOS system will allow pilots to receive real time weather reports for the Gordon airport.

City Manager Jacob Sheridan and Deputy Clerk Glen Spaugh have been working on the city’s emergency notification system. The city is currently using the company Blackboard Connect. During the last test of this system, it took approximately 45 minutes for the call to be sent out. Blackboard Connect is in the process of restructuring its company as more of an informational system used by school systems, as opposed to an emergency notification system. Mr. Sheridan has been testing Code Red which is offered for free through Region 23, and has been very satisfied with this system. During the first test, the call went out immediately, which is what the city would need in the event of a tornado or other emergency situation. City Manager Jacob Sheridan informed council that it would be in the city’s best interest to move forward with Code Red and not renew with Blackboard Connect. He also thanked Modern Farm for their past financial support of the city’s emergency notification system.

Resolution 2016-03 was discussed by council. The City of Gordon is proposing to increase the existing City Sales and Use Tax by an additional one-half percent (½ %), which requires the approval of the qualified electors of the City. Council was given information on the sales tax rate charged by other municipalities in our area. After some discussion, motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to table Resolution 2016-03 to the April meeting. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

The City of Gordon’s audit report showed that the city had begun to make progress in funding of the water and sewer departments, but they were not yet where they need to be. The city’s infrastructure is also aging and there are currently several projects that have been put off in the past due to lack of funding, that are going to have to be completed. One example of these projects is the dredging of the city’s lagoon, which could cost an estimated $850,000. In an effort to put the city in a financial position that will be able to maintain and repair the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, Ordinance 1154 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING WATER AND WASTEWATER RATES FOR THE YEARS 2016 THROUGH 2021, is being proposed. A full copy of this ordinance is available at the Office of the City Clerk. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to approve Ordinance 1154. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Grant, and Russell. Second reading of Ordinance 1154 will be at the April 2016 meeting.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Morgan to allow Mayor Russell to sign the agreement with the Panhandle Area Development District (PADD). Ayes: Morgan, Russell, Grant, and Bounous. This agreement will allow PADD to perform a blight study. This study is the first step in allowing the city to participate in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Bounous to pass Ordinance 1155. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Morgan.

Ordinance No. 1155

An ordinance of the City of Gordon, Nebraska creating the Community Development Agency for the City of Gordon, Nebraska, designating the membership thereof, and establishing the powers of such Community Development Agency; repealing all other conflicting ordinances or parts of ordinances; and providing for publication and for an effective date of this ordinance.


 SECTION 1. There is hereby established pursuant to section 18-2101.01 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes (Reissue 2012) a Community Development Agency for the City of Gordon, Nebraska.

SECTION 2. The mayor and city council of the city are hereby designated to be the Community Development Agency for the city.

SECTION 3. The mayor of the city shall be the chairperson of the Community Development Agency; the president of the city council shall be the vice chairperson; and the city clerk shall be the secretary of the Community Development Agency.

SECTION 4. The Community Development Agency shall have the power and authority to exercise those powers and authority granted to a community redevelopment authority under sections 18-2101 to 18-2154 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes.  The Community Development Agency shall also have the power and authority to do all community development activities, and to do all things necessary to cooperate with the federal government in all matters relating to community development program activities as a grantee, or as an agent or otherwise, under the provisions of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended through the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1981.  The Community Development Agency may levy taxes for the exercise of such jurisdiction and authority and may issue general obligation bonds, general obligation notes, revenue bonds, and revenue notes including those general obligation and revenue refunding bonds and notes for the purposes set forth in such sections and under the powers granted to any community redevelopment authority described therein.

SECTION 5. All other ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

SECTION 6. That this ordinance shall take effect and shall be in full force from and after its passage, approval and publication in pamphlet form according to law.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 10th day of March, 2016.

/s/ Nancy I Russell



/s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

Motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to waive second and third readings of Ordinance 1155. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Morgan, and Russell.

Council was given one FYI item – information on the sale of Source Gas to Black Hills Corporation and the effect on the ACE Choice Gas program.

With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Morgan to adjourn at 8:10 pm. Ayes: Bounous, Morgan, Russell, and Grant.

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 done by the Mayor and Council on March 10, 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.

City Clerk

Published: March 16, 2016