Rushville City Council Minutes January 30, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Chris Heiser at 6:00 p.m. as per the Municipal Code of the City of Rushville, Sheridan County, NE. Notice of the meeting was given by publication in the Sheridan County Journal Star on January 25, 2017 as required by law and delivered to the Council in person. Present: Lovell, Jansen, Willnerd, Snyder. Absent: None.

The following motions were duly made, seconded and passed.

1. To approve, accept and ratify the following items listed under the consent agenda: Council minutes of the December meeting and the December Treasurer’s Report.

2. Approved Resolution #2017-01. BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Rushville, Nebraska, a long-range one and six-year plan of highway, road and street improvements based upon priority of needs and calculated to contribute to the orderly development of integrated statewide system of highways, roads and streets.

3. Approved all of the following bills for the City of Rushville and that warrants be drawn for same: 

Employee Salaries $ 21,704.13; Great Plains Communication 584.74; Northwest Community Action 273.50; Frontier 258.95; NW Rural Public Power 72.21; Nebraska Public Power District 7,579.09; Hinn’s Rushville Auto 51.63; Sones, Peg 40.00; Rushville Service Center 102.40; Nebraska Rural Water 225.00; Hinn Hardware 583.54; Police Sinking Fund 1,000.00; Michael Todd 512.37; R & R Products 1,353.40; Ideal Market 14.70; Xerox Corp 163.76; Amazon 69.46; Westco 1,283.90; Sewer Loan DEQ 6,500.00; Sewer Maintenance DEQ 1,000.00; Parkview Lodge 2,969.00; NE Public Health 33.00; Security First Insurance 1,075.20; Gordon True Value 66.23; Sheridan County 7,048.25; Black Hills Weekly 52.00; Copy Shoppe 56.64; Power Plan 112.94; Cemetery Equipment Sinking Fund 200.00; Blue Cross/Blue Shield 2,098.33; Companion Life Insurance 147.60; USDA Water Loan 4,400.00; Rowena Gibbons 20.00; Smith & King 237.50; Verizon 114.53; Beguin Propane 437.48; Sandhills News 391.19; USDA Water Loan Reserve 580.00; ADT Security 51.30; One Call 5.31; John Deere Financial 7.43; Action Communication 293.96; S&A Savings 1,000.00; Personnel Concepts 37.90; Gordon Police Department 250.00; Black Hills Energy 2,093.01.

Ayes: Snyder, Willnerd, Lovell, Jansen. Nays: None.

Motion carried.

Under public comments Mayor Heiser and the Council commented on how great the City crew has been on snow removal. Mayor Heiser read the public notice of grant for the Assisted Living Roof from USDA Rural Development. There was no public comment on the USDA Rural Development Loan. Kris House was present to request the Feasibility Study from Burback Aquatics for the Swimming Pool to be put on the agenda for the February meeting.

Jim Gardner from Gardner, Loutzenhiser, and Ryan was present to give the audit report. He informed the Council that all of the accounting records had zero variance on cash reconciliation. He also noted that the cash deposits at the bank were underinsured. The City Clerk informed the Council that the issue has been salved by opening a cash sweep account to cover this. Gardner advised he would be sending information to contact Ameritas Financial as a means to lower the interest rate on the water bond. He also advised that the USDA debt for the hospital was $38924.00. 

Sheridan County Public Transportation was tabled at this time.

Terry Rajewich from NPPD was present to discuss the Operations Agreement with the City of Rushville. NPPD pays the city lease every year and agree to maintain operation and take care of the billing. The current Operations Agreement is for 25 years and will expire on December 2028. She noted that NPPD has not had a rate increase in 4 years. There was discussion on changing the street lights to LED lights. She will send information to the Council regarding the costs and benefits of such a change, foremost being less maintenance. The change would involve approximately 290 lights and does not include any on Highway 20 or Highway 250.

The City Boards will meet as follows: Ambulance Board February 14, 2017.

Chris Heiser


Connie Roffers

City Clerk

A complete copy of the minutes is available at the City Office, 208 Conrad, PO Box 99, Rushville, NE 69360 during regular business hours.

Published: February 15, 2017