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 by Mayor Russell at 6 p.m., May 9, 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: Bounous, Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.
Absent: No One.
Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to approve the minutes of the April 11, 2019 meeting. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Paul, to approve the March 2019 Treasurer’s Report. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.
The April 2019 Treasurer’s report was not available from Gardner, Loutzenhiser and Ryan.
Motion by Paul, seconded by Grant to approve the bills. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.
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, $1,247.45; EFTPS, FNBO, FE, $75.86; EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE, $3,549.99; INS1049, Security 1st, EX, $40.00; 47990, Payroll Fund, SA, $26,271.99; 48057, Airport Authority, RE, $2,478.70; 48058, Airport Bond Savings, RE, $2,287.71; 48059, Amazon, SU, $106.81; 48060, Biblionix, EX, $1,100.00; 48061, Gale/Cengage, SU, $98.57; 48062, Library Petty Cash, RE, $68.92; 48063, Lookout Books, SU, $145.75; 48064, Madison National Life, EX, $47.09; 48065, NWRPPD, SE, $3,349.12; 48066, Verizon Connect, SE, $113.70; 48067, Special Assessment Bond Fund, RE, $3,876.55; 48068, Xerox, EX, $87.71; 48069, DHHS Licensure Unit, SE, $80.00; 48070, NE Secretary of State, FE, $30.00; 48071, Payroll Fund, SA, $28,436.92; 48072, Gordon Volunteer Fire Dept, RE, $2,250.00; 48073, City of Gordon, RE, $28.23; 48074, Maria Cerven, RE, $86.19; 48075, Gordon Thiessen, RE, $71.77; 48076, NE City Manager Assoc, FE, $100.00; 48077, NE Law Enf Tr Center, SU, $135.00; 48078, NPPD, SE, $8,516.39; 48079, Perpetual Care Fund, RE, $400.00; 48080, BH Energy, SE, $1,873.04; 48081, USPS, SE, $165.69; 48082, Verizon, SE, $110.10; 48083, Petty Cash, RE, $567.70.
Total May Paid Bills: $88,882.86
48085, Baker & Associates, SE, $4,009.99; 48086, Dan Bishop, RE, $50.00; 48087, Shelby Berger, RE, $50.00; 48088, Bauerkempers, SE, $74.80; 48089, Tony Bishop, RE, $50.00; 48090, City of Chadron, EX, $45.00; 48091, Customized Billing, SE, $150.00; 48092, Chadron Ace Hardware, SU, $369.09; 48093, Emergency Medical Products, SU, $239.10; 48094, Essence, SU, $39.00; 48095, First National Bank Omaha, SU, $4.67; 48096, First National Bank Omaha, SU, $437.52; 48097, JD Financial, SU, $449.76; 48098, Ford Motor Credit, EX, $374.09; 48099, Great Plains Communications, SE, $1,677.33; 48100, Grant Writing USA, SE, $455.00; 48101, Gall’s, SU, $246.72; 48102, Grocery Mart, SU, $7.44; 48103, General Fund Money Market, EX, $8,000.00; 48104, Hinn’s Auto Supply , SU, $340.14; 48105, Colin Hyatt, RE, $50.00; 48106, Clay Heath, RE, $50.00; 48107, Insurance Fund, EX, $14,859.00; 48108, Ideal Linen, SE, $96.89; 48109, Kustom Rock, SU, $60.50; 48110, Gardner, Loutzenhiser & Ryan, SE, $750.00; 48111, MPC Heating, SE, $12,048.46; 48112, Madison National Life, EX, $47.09; 48113, NPPD, SE, $6,143.07; 48114, NE Total Office, SU, $261.32; 48115, NW Pipe Fittings, SU, $67.75; 48116, NW Community Action, EX, $124.33; 48117, One Call Concepts, SE, $32.39; 48118, Otte Feeds, SU, $26.00; 48119, Powerplan, SU, $219.57; 48120, Petty Cash Fund, RE, $125.99; 48121, Shane Pascale, RE, $50.00; 48122, Ben Plemons, RE, $50.00; 48123, Radiology Imaging, SE, $34.00; 48124, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE, $612.00; 48125, Glen Spaugh, RE, $50.00; 48126, Dan Sasse, RE, $50.00; 48127, Stockmen’s Drug, SU, $8.38; 48128, Sheridan County Journal Star, SE, $811.51; 48129, Smith King & Simmons, SE, $972.50; 48130, True Value, SU, $616.22; 48131, Westco, SU, $1,795.15; 48132, Water Reserve Fund, RE, $1,716.00; 48133, Water/Sewer Bond Fund, EX, $17,200.00; 48134, Water/Sewer Bond Fund, EX, $5,000.00; 48135, Kevin Wolkins, RE, $50.00; 48136, Waugh Welding & Construction, SE, $1,202.57; 48137, Keith Wolkins, RE, $50.00; 48138, Xerox, EX, $458.47.
Total May Unpaid Bills: $82,758.81.
Total May Paid Bills: $88,882.86.
Total May Bills: $171,641.67.
Janet Hess was present representing the Lone Willow Tree Chapter, DAR to discuss with council the chapter’s project to erect an historic marker to the lone willow tree. They have received approval from the NE Department of Transportation, and are now working to gather the $2,300 to complete the project. They have several fund raisers planned in the future, but any business or private citizen may donate to the project. Donations can be left at the Sandhills Land and Property office.
Terry Rajewich, NPPD Account Manager, Doug Johnson, local NPPD Manager, and Jennifer Branson, Chadron NPPD Office Manager were present to review with council the new Retail Operations Agreement that is available to the City of Gordon and to give a retail briefing regarding NPPD. The new agreement gives the city options to generate more revenue through the lease agreement. Mayor Russell was also presented with a clock in recognition with the long standing relationship between NPPD and the City of Gordon. No action was taken on this item.
Council was asked by a group of local business-people and private citizens to consider an ordinance that would allow the sale of alcohol within the city limits on Sunday. Motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to pass first reading of Ordinance 1182 – An ordinance of the City of Gordon, Nebraska amending Section 4-205 of the Gordon Municipal Code: Hours of Sale – Providing for changes to the hours of sale of alcoholic beverages. Councilman Bounous stated that he had not heard a reason that would justify changing the ordinance. Chamber President Ray Misner was present and stated that he believed allowing the sale of alcohol on Sunday would help to increase the revenue of all Gordon businesses on weekends, and would give the liquor license holders in Gordon the same opportunities as the ones outside of the city limits. Also present in favor of the ordinance change were Marlin Sandoz, Fuel Grill, Jeff and Kerry Butler, Daylight Donuts, and Maureen Hess, Sandhills Land and Property. City personnel have received two written protests to changing the ordinance, but no one was present at the meeting that voiced opinions against the proposed change. After some discussion, Mayor Russell asked for a roll call vote to the motion on the floor. Ayes: Evans and Paul. Nays: Russell, Grant, and Bounous. Motion defeated.
Motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to approve Marlin Sandoz’s, Fuel Grill, request for extended liquor sale hours on Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska event. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.
Motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to approve Marlin Sandoz’s, Fuel Grill, application for a Special Designated Liquor license for Saturday, June 1 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the Gordon Hospital Foundation’s Bikes, Brew, and BBQ fundraiser. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.
Motion by Paul, seconded by Evans to approve Marlin Sandoz’s, Fuel Grill, application for a Special Designated Liquor license for Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska event. Ayes: Paul, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.
Motion by Grant, seconded by Paul to approve Resolution 2019-04. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Paul.
WHEREAS, the City of Gordon intends to create a parade route from 1st and Main to 5th and Main for the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
WHEREAS, closure of roadways along the parade route is necessary to relieve the through traffic from the area in the City of Gordon, Nebraska on or near the parade route, and to provide a safe event for participation and spectators, and;
WHEREAS, the Main Street (Nebraska Highway 27) roadway from 1st Street to 5th Street is part of the state highway system and is located within the official corporate limits or zoning jurisdiction of the City of Gordon, and;
WHEREAS, the City of Gordon, while making use of the state highway system for a special event, shall have the legal duty to protect the highway property from any damage that may occur arising out of the special event and the state shall not have any such duty during the time the City of Gordon is in control of the property as specified in the notice provided pursuant to LB 589/N.R.S §39-1359, and;
WHEREAS, any existing statutory or common law duty of the state to protect the public from damage, injury, or death shall become the duty of the City of Gordon while making use of the state highway system for a special event and the state shall not have any such statutory or common law duty during the time the City of Gordon is in control of the property as specified in the notice provided pursuant to LB 589/N.R.S §39-1359, and;
WHEREAS, pursuant to LB 589/N.R.S §39-1359, thirty (30) days advance written notice of the special event must be provided which specifies the date and time City of Gordon will assume control of the identified state highway property, as well as the date and time the City of Gordon will relinquish control of such state highway property to the State of Nebraska. In addition, the City of Gordon shall provide beginning and ending locations for the highway closure including sufficient area for the placement of advance warning and/or detour signing, and include sufficient time for the City of Gordon to prepare and later clean the property prior to returning possession back to the State of Nebraska, and;
WHEREAS, LB 589/N.R.S §39-1359 dictates that if a special event includes any portion of the State of Nebraska Highway System, the City of Gordon shall, if a claim is made against the State of Nebraska, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the State of Nebraska from all claims, demands, actions, damages, and liability, including reasonable attorney’s fess, that may arise as a result of the special event; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that said Parade Route and road Closure referred to hereinabove is hereby adopted. That the governing body of the City of Gordon acknowledges and accepts all duties set out in LB 589/N.R.S §39-1359, subsection (2) and accepts that the City of Gordon shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the State of Nebraska from all claims, demands, actions, damages, and liability including reasonable attorney’s fees, that may arise as a result of the event and such Parade Route and Road Closure is accepted by the City of Gordon and the Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute same on behalf of the municipality.
CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA
/s/ Kelly Grant
ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan
Motion by Evans, seconded by Paul to approve Bobby Delgado’s application to the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad and to thank him for his service. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Bounous to approve Sherrie Kaplan’s application to the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad and to thank her for her service. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Paul, Russell, and Grant.
The City of Gordon’s sewer vacuum is very outdated and repairs to the equipment are becoming very costly. In the past, the city’s utility crew would clean out drainage pits at several local businesses. Due to the condition of the sewer vacuum, it is no longer possible for the city to offer this service. Private contractors will now have to provide this service and have a place to dump the wastewater. Motion by Grant, seconded by Paul to pass Resolution 2019-05. Ayes: Evans, Paul, Russell, Bounous, and Grant.
A RESOLUTION SETTING A FEE FOR CUSTOMERS DUMPING DIRECTLY INTO THE CITY OF GORDON’S WASTEWATER LAGOON.
WHEREAS, plumbers, contractors and other customers of the City of Gordon require a safe and sanitary way to dispose of wastewater collected during the cleaning of septic tanks and other wastewater collection devices, and
WHEREAS, it is necessary for the Public Works Director, the Utility Superintendent, or their designated employee of the City of Gordon to oversee the disposal of wastewater directly into the City of Gordon’s lagoon to insure the security of the lagoon and that the wastewater is disposed of in a sanitary manner, and
WHEREAS, for the purposes of this Resolution, a “load” of wastewater dumped directly into the City of Gordon’s wastewater lagoon is defined as each time a City of Gordon employee must oversee a single truck dumping into the lagoon, and
WHEREAS, the city must establish a set rate in order to cover their expenses and charge applicable customers 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 fifty dollars ($50.00) per load of wastewater dumped directly into the City of Gordon’s wastewater lagoon. The fee will be effective May 9, 2019 and will be on file at the office of the City Clerk for public inspection.
Passed and approved this 9th day of May, 2019.
/s/ Nancy I Russell
ATTEST: /s/ Kim Buchan
City Manager Glen Spaugh updated council on the current solar project. The state electrical inspector has done the final inspection. Once GenPro receives the certificate of inspection they will file it with Northwest Rural Public Power District. City Manager Spaugh also needs to complete some paperwork with NWRPPD. The solar panels are projected to be on line in June.
City Manager Spaugh updated council on the NE State Fly-In on Sunday, June 1, and the fund raiser for the event on Saturday, May 18. The fund raiser will be held at the Gordon City auditorium from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. There will be a soup, bread and dessert meal for a free will donation and a silent auction. The Airport Authority is accepting donations for the silent auction which can be dropped off at the City Office, 311 N Oak Street. If you are unable to attend the fund raiser, but would like to donate money to the Fly-In, checks can be dropped off at the city office. Make checks payable to the Gordon Airport Authority, and put Fly-In on the memo line, or mark any cash donations.
The property to the north of the city shop is currently on the market. Public Works Director Dan Bishop is interested in acquiring the property to use as storage for city equipment. City Manager Spaugh will begin the process to purchase the property.
Council was given one FYI item – a thank you from NE Rural Water for the city’s equipment donation.
With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Paul, to adjourn at 7:25 pm. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Paul, and Russell.
/s/ Kim Buchan
/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 May 9, 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
Published: May 22, 2019