Minutes for Hay Springs City Council Meeting June 8, 2021

REGULAR MEETING

Call to Order: Mayor Richard McKay called the Regular Meeting of the Hay Springs City Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Council persons Keith Kearns, Luke Marcy, and Marvin Blundell were present. Brant Buettner was absent. Attorney Jamian Simmons was absent. It was noted that the Open Meetings Act is posted.

Minutes Approval: Kearns made motion, Marcy seconded to approve the Minutes from May 11th, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried. 

Brant Buettner arrived at 7:02 p.m.

Agenda Approval: Marcy made motion, Blundell seconded to approve the agenda for June 8th, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Dave Agnes: Parking in front of Mac’s Restaurant: Not present. 

Public Concerns: Three Animal Control complaints were received; two for an aggressive dog running at large at Hay Springs Public School and another for excessive dog barking. Mayor McKay received a phone call in regards to another dog running at large. The Council requested Mayor McKay contact the Animal Control Officer to set a plan in motion to resolve these issues. 

Reports of Officers, Boards and Committees:

Street/Water/Clerk: Lists were submitted by employees. Street sweeping; ditch drainage by Panhandle Drilling. Water at ball fields; Token machine is leaking. 

Krystyn Turman – Pioneer Manor: No report. 

Brant Buettner – Finance: Everything is fine.

Keith Kearns – SWANN: Meeting last month, no changes to rates this year. 

Luke Marcy – Lister-Sage: No meeting. 

Richard McKay – Mayor: Animal control complaints, checked on employees – thanked City employees for making the Cemetery look nice for Memorial Day. 

OLD BUSINESS

PADD Update: No update.

Water Loss Report: 48% this month – 15% previous – 35% last year.

Unattended camper at Sunset RV Park: Tabled.

Employee vacation use and policy: Tabled.

Defining “potentially dangerous dog”: Blundell brought the Gordon Ordinance for the Council to review and possibly consider implementing certain portions. There was much discussion. Kearns suggested having the Animal Control Officer submit a monthly report for the Council to review.

Resolution No. 21-5 Sunset RV Park bathhouse, Sunset Park bathrooms policies: Kearns read Resolution No. 21-5 in its entirety:

CITY OF HAY SPRINGS

RESOLUTION 21-5

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING POLICIES FOR USE, ACCESS, AND RENTAL OF PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES LOCATED AT SUNSET RV PARK AND SUNSET PARK; 

WHEREAS, the City of Hay Springs owns and maintains Sunset RV Park, a campground located within the City of Hay Springs, Nebraska, which includes restroom facilities; 

WHEREAS, the City of Hay Springs owns and maintains Sunset Park, a recreational park located within the City of Hay Springs, Nebraska, which includes restroom facilities; 

WHEREAS, the City of Hay Springs desires to develop policies governing access to and the use of, restroom facilities for Sunset RV Park and Sunset Park; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAY SPRINGS, that the city adopts and approves the following policies attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, regarding access to, and the use of restroom facilities at Sunset RV Park and Sunset Park. 

3. Cleaning Deposit. At the time of application, a cleaning deposit of $50 shall be made payable to the City of Hay Springs. Said deposit will be held by the City until the end of the application time period. If the restroom facility and keys are returned to City clean and in good condition, said deposit will be returned to applicant. In the event the restroom facility must be cleaned by City, City will maintain the cleaning deposit for the City’s exclusive use to compensate the cost and of cleaning the facility.

Approved this 8th day of June, 2021.

Kearns made motion to approve Resolution No. 21-5. Marcy seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 21-03 amending 3-321 (impounding): Kearns read Ordinance No. 21-03 in its entirety:

CITY OF HAY SPRINGS, NEBRASKA 

ORDINANCE NO. 21-03

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HAY SPRINGS, NEBRASKA AMENDING HAY SPRINGS CITY ORDINANCE SEC. 3-321 TO REQUIRE AN UNREGISTERED ANIMAL BE REGISTERED PRIOR TO RELEASE FROM IMPOUNDMENT. 

BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF HAY SPRINGS, NEBRASKA:

Section 1:   Article 3, Section 3-321, IMPOUNDMENT shall hereby be amended to reflect the following:  

Section 3-321: IMPOUNDMENT

A. It shall be the duty of the animal control officer to capture, secure and remove in a humane manner to the designated city animal shelter any animal violating any of the provisions of this article. The animals so impounded shall be treated in a humane manner and shall be provided with a sufficient supply of food and fresh water each day. Each impounded animal shall be kept and maintained at the pound for a period of not less than five days, unless reclaimed earlier by the owner. 

B. No later than 24 hours after the impoundment of any animal, notice of impoundment of such animal, including any significant marks or identification, shall be posted at the office of the city clerk as public notification of such impoundment. Any animal impounded may be reclaimed by its owner during the period of impoundment by payment of a general impoundment fee and daily board fee as set by resolution of the City Council and filed at the office of the city clerk. Any animal which is not in compliance with the license and registration requirements of 3-307, shall not be released from impoundment until such animal has been properly licensed with the City. The owner of an animal subject to this section shall be required to comply with the rabies vaccination requirements within 72 hours after release. 

C. If an animal is not claimed at the end of the required waiting period after public notice has been given, the animal control officer may dispose of the animal in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the same; provided, if the animal control officer can find a suitable home for the impounded animal, he or she may turn it over to any person willing to provide the animal with a home. In this event, the new owner shall be required to pay all fees and meet all licensing and vaccination requirements provided in this article.

D. The city shall acquire legal title to any unlicensed animal impounded in the animal shelter for a period longer than the required waiting period after giving notice. All animals not placed for adoption shall be destroyed and buried in a humane manner as prescribed by the Board of Health.

(Neb. Rev.Stat. §17-548, §71-4408)

Section 2.   This ordinance shall become law upon its passage and publication or posting as provided by law.

Kearns made motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 21-03. Buettner seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Verizon Contract: Council reviewed received contract draft. Kearns made motion to approve the contract amendments between the City of Hay Springs and Verizon as proposed. Blundell seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESSES

Approval of Claims: Blundell made motion, Kearns seconded to approve claims. All voted aye. Motion carried. 

Arnold Pool Company $142.58; Barco Municipal Products, Inc. $401.24; Bauerkemper’s, Inc. $827.40; Black Hills Energy $894.04; Blue Cross Blue Shield $2,718.02; Bluffs Sanitary Supply $421.82; Bomgaars $944.59; Brandy Hoos $200; Centurion Technologies $50; Century Business Product $35; Chris Adams $2,471.56; EMC Insurance Companies $3,509.90;Farmer’s Coop $162.50; Great Plains Communications $568.95; Hay Springs Lumber $1,555.74; Hip Hop $576.38; Ideal Linen Supply $48.40; Kayley Taylor $1,023.40; Lawson Products $344.89; MARC $783.66; MCI $53.25; NDEE $8,881.94; NE Public Health Environment Labs $172; Nebraska Public Power District $2,986.33; Nebraska Safety and Fire Equipment $295; Nebraska Total Office $377.38; Northwest Rural Public Power District $457.79; One Call Concepts, Inc. $7.90; Pests Go, LLC $200; Petty Cash $138.60; Pioneer Research Corporation $345.06; Sackers $191.59; Security First Bank $3,287.38; Senior Services, Inc. $633.58; Sheridan County Journal Star $275.34; Simon North Region SD $3,266; Skeeter’s Napa Auto Parts $448.62; Smith, King, Simmons and Conn $1,220.95; Sturdevant’s Auto Parts $255.01; Sun Life Financial $486.30; SWANN $7,429.44; Utility Service Co., Inc. $800.62; Ward Laboratories, Inc. $125; WestCo $832.44; AFLAC $333.80; American Funds Service Company $732.03; EFTPS $2,665.72; NE Department of Revenue $1,120.16; Postmaster $163.

Payroll: 5/1/21-5/14/21 $4,684.90; 5/15/21-5/28/21 $4,237.55

Approval of May Treasurer’s Report: Marcy made motion, Kearns seconded to approve May Treasurer’s Report. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Swimming Pool hot water heater: Buettner is looking into purchasing a new hot water heater for the Swimming Pool at a lesser cost than estimates. Special Meeting may need to be held to approve purchase.

Lights for Baseball Field: Council suggested the City budget for replacement lights for next fiscal year. Tabled.

Executive Session: none.

Items for next meeting were discussed. 

There being no further business, Marcy made motion, Buettner seconded to adjourn at 8:33 p.m. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Richard E. McKay, Mayor

Kayley Taylor, City Clerk/Treasurer

Published: June 30, 2021