Gordon City Council Minutes April 11, 2019

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 11, 2019 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: Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.

Absent:  Bounous.

Motion by Evans, seconded by Paul to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2019 meeting. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, and Evans.

The March 2019 Treasurer’s Report was not available from Gardner, Loutzenhiser and Ryan.

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

Abbreviations for the legal:  EX, Expense; FE, Fee; GR, Groceries; MI, Mileage; RE, Reimbursement; RPT, Report; SA, Salaries; SE, Services; SU, Supplies.


EFTPS, Ally, EX, $562.39; EFTPS, Ally, EX, $523.52; EFTPS, Fleet Services, SU, $999.68; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $175.37; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $3,524.77; EFTPS, BOK Financial, EX, $6,426.75; RS1258, Grocery Mart, SU, $230.90; RS1259, Superfoods, SU, $272.31; INS1047, Security 1st, EX, $40.00; 47967, Airport Authority, RE, $785.29; 47968, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $706.63; 47969, Booklist, SU, $169.50; 47970, BC/BS, EX, $9,758.55; 47971, Kristen Kay Blanton, EX, $150.00; 47972, Family Handyman, SU, $10.00; 47973, Family Circle, SU, $9.99; 47974, House Beautiful, SU, $19.97; 47975, Ingram, SU, $49.53; 47976, Library Petty Cash, SU, $16.73; 47977, Madison National Life, EX, $47.09; 47978, NWRPPD, SE, $3,158.92; 47979, National Geographic, SU, $39.00; 47980, Shape, SU, $9.99; 47981, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $1,125.80; 47982, Xerox, EX, $192.61; 47983, Payroll Fund, SA, $33,778.95; 47984, City of Gordon, RE, $100.00; WS104, KL Wood, EX, $19,282.50; 47985, CAPstone, FE, $25.00; 47986, BH Energy, SE, $3,185.41; 47987, NPPD, SE, $22.71; 47988, USPS, SE, $164.85; 47989, Verizon, SE, $307.41; EFTPS, BOK Financial, EX, $34,352.50.

Total April Paid Bills: $120,224.62.


47991, QLT, SE, $19.55; 47992, C&R Electronics, SE, $155.92; 47993, Baker & Associates, SE, $1,472.50; 47994, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 47995, Bierschbach, SU, $2,072.64; 47996, BC/BS of NE, EX, $9,758.55; 47997, Shelby Berger, RE, $50.00; 47998, Tony Bishop, RE, $50.00; 47999, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 48000, Customized Billing, SE, $225.00; 48001, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $38.08; 48002, Enviro Services, SE, $44.00; 48003, First National Bank Omaha, SU, $596.80; 48004, First National Bank Omaha, SU, $410.18; 48005, JD Financial, SU, $1,554.91; 48006, Ford Motor Credit, EX, $374.09; 48007, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,684.43; 48008, Gall’s, SU, $234.72; 48009, Grocery Mart, SU, $28.38; 48010, Gordon Volunteer Fire Dept, RE, $720.00; 48011, General Fund Money Market, EX, $8,000.00; 48012, Hinn’s Auto Supply , SU, $736.80; 48013, Hillyard, SU, $476.80; 48014, Homestead, SU, $122.36; 48015, Colin Hyatt, RE, $50.00; 48016, Core & Main, SU, $1,335.47; 48017, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 48018, Insurance Fund, EX, $14,859.00; 48019, Ideal Linen, SE, $96.89; 48020, Kustom Rock, SU, $24.40; 48021, Gardner, Loutzenhiser & Ryan, SE, $750.00; 48022, Metal Products , SE, $283.10; 48023, Midwest Radar & Equipment, SE, $280.00; 48024, NPPD, SE, $6,246.91; 48025, NE Total Office, SU, $16.03; 48026, NW Community Action, EX, $124.33; 48027, NE Municipal Power Pool, FE, $937.48; 48028, National Pen, SU, $104.80; 48029, NE Law Enforcement Tr Ctr, SE, $40.00; 48030, NE Environmental Products, FE, $87.29; 48031, NE Rural Water, EX, $200.00; 48032, One Call Concepts, SE, $7.65; 48033, Powerplan, SU, $1,065.03; 48034, Petty Cash Fund, SU, $226.39; 48035, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 48036, Ben Plemons, RE, $50.00; 48037, Sheridan County Treasurer, EX, $2,129.46; 48038, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $48.00; 48039, Glen Spaugh, RE, $50.00; 48040, Scott Manufacturers, SE, $290.03; 48041, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $325.66; 48042, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $380.00; 48043, True Value, SU, $306.90; 48044, Seth Tausan, RE, $50.00; 48045, Seth Tausan, MI, $170.52; 48046, USPS, FE, $235.00; 48047, USPS, FE, $46.00; 48048, Rocky Mountain Air Solutions, SU, $338.06; 48049, Westco, SU, $5,271.28; 48050, Water Reserve Fund, RE, $1,716.00; 48051, Water/Sewer Bond Fund, EX, $17,200.00; 48052, Water/Sewer Bond Fund, EX, $5,000.00; 48053, Kevin Wolkins, RE, $50.00; 48054, Wreck A Mended, SE, $461.31; 48055, Keith Wolkins, RE, $50.00; 48056, Xerox, EX, $469.88.

Total April Unpaid Bills: $90,393.58.

Total April Paid Bills: $120,224.62.

Total April Bills: $210,618.20.

Motion by Paul, seconded by Grant to allow Mayor Russell to sign the National Police Week Proclamation. Ayes: Grant, Evans, Paul, and Russell.



WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Gordon Police Department;

WHEREAS, according to FBI statistics, there have been 60,211 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2017, resulting in approximately 17,476 injuries; 

WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, 21,127 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including 163 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018, and one member of the Gordon Police Department;

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.;

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of May 13, 2019;

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year on May 12-18; 

WHEREAS, May 15 is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of all fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Gordon City Council formally designates May 12-18, 2019, as Police Week in Gordon, NE, and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation. Signed this 11th day of April, 2019 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

Gordon Chamber of Commerce Director Ray Misner requested that the Sunday alcohol sales ban be on the agenda to further discuss the issue. Mr. Misner stated to council that he feels the current city ordinance is outdated and goes against the principles of free enterprise. His goal as chamber director is to revitalize Gordon’s downtown district on Sundays, and feels that allowing liquor sales on Sunday would be a good starting point as more businesses would be open. Also present in favor of updating the liquor sale ordinance was Jeff and Kerry Butler, owners of the future Daylight Donuts, Marlin Sandoz, owner of the Fuel Grill, Jean Hess, owner of the Sheridan Art Gallery and Tony Meyer, Grocery Mart. Mr. Meyer informed council that on Sundays, he has several customers that ask where they can purchase alcohol. After some discussion, motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to have an ordinance on the May agenda for consideration. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.

Charlie Schwaderer asked to address council regarding the condition of the Gordon Animal Shelter. His dog had been impounded the previous week and Mr. Schwaderer felt that the dog had not been fed or watered for the two days it had been there. City Manager Glen Spaugh assured Mr. Schwaderer that the dog had been fed and watered and was well taken care of. No action was taken on this item.

Public Works Director Dan Bishop compiled a cost estimate for the signage needed to lower the speed in the school zones. In total, for both schools, the estimated cost would be $6,210. SRO Colin Hyatt and City Manager Spaugh are working with the Gordon Rushville Public Schools in hopes that they will possibly share the cost. This item will be discussed again at future meetings and no action was taken.

Motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to approve Mitch Gallant’s (American Legion) request to have extended liquor sale hours on Sunday, May 5 from noon to 10:00 pm for a Cinco De Mayo celebration. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.

Council was given an update on the current Wastewater Project. There have been several issues with the lift station portion, including leaks in the newly installed pumps. Jack Baker, Matt Kautz, and Russ Colby of Baker and Associates joined the meeting telephonically to answer any questions that council may have. Public Works Director Dan Bishop, Utility Superintendent Shane Pascale and City Manger Spaugh have concerns that the project is not being completed to the specifications and that there will be further delays. Council will be updated again at future meetings.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Paul to pass Resolution 2019-03. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, and Evans.



WHEREAS, the City of Gordon makes water available to citizens and non-citizens for agricultural and construction purposes through the fill station located at 206 E First Street, and 

WHEREAS, the city must establish a set rate in order to cover their expenses and charge applicable citizens in an equal, fair, and efficient manner. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, that the city will charge four dollars ($4.00) per thousand gallons of water sold through the City of Gordon fill station. The fee will be effective April 11, 2019 and will be on file at the office of the City Clerk for public inspection.

Passed and approved this 11th day of April, 2019.

/s/ Nancy I Russel


ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan

City Clerk

The 2019 Community Clean Up Week in Gordon will be April 26 – May 6. Contact the city office for more details.

The Choice Gas Selection period is April 12 – April 25.

Council briefly discussed the draft copy of the ordinance book. City officials are working on updating the book, and Chief Clay Heath is working with City Attorney Jamian Simmons to update several sections. The changes need to be to McNally Law Office by June 4. This item will be on the May agenda.

Motion by Grant, seconded by Paul to go into executive session at 7:45 pm for the purposes of personnel issues and possible litigation. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Evans, and Paul.

Council reconvened in regular session at 8:11 pm. With no further business, motion by Paul, seconded by Grant to adjourn the city council meeting at 8:12 pm. Ayes: Grant, Evans, Paul, 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 11, 2019; 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 17, 2019