Gordon City Council Meeting Minutes December 9, 2021
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., Dec. 9, 2021. The Mayor noted the location of the Open Meetings Laws poster.
Present: Bounous, Evans, Dehart, Russell, and Grant.
Absent: No one.
Motion by Dehart, seconded by Evans to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2021 meeting. Ayes: Evans, Dehart, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.
Motion by Evans, seconded by Dehart to approve the October 2021 Treasurer’s Report. Ayes: Dehart, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.
Motion by Dehart, seconded by Grant to approve the November 2021 Treasurer’s Report. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans and Dehart.
Motion by Dehart, seconded by Evans to approve the bills. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans and Dehart.
Abbreviations for the legal: EX, Expense; FE, Fee; GR, Groceries; MI, Mileage; RE, Reimbursement; RPT, Report; SA, Salaries; SE, Services; SU, Supplies.
PAID BILLS, EFTPS, FNBO, FE; $457.92, EFTPS, NE Dept of Revenue, RE; $5,014.56, EFTPS, NE Fire Marshall, FE; $36.00, INS1107, Travelers Insurance, EX; $1,920.00, INS1108, Western Surety, EX; $767.50, RS1280, Alyssa Dehart, RE; $82.00, 51044, Payroll Fund, SA; $33,440.55, 51121, Airport Authority, RE; $714.13, 51122, Airport Bond Savings, RE; $585.12, 51123, Amazon.com, SU; $67.87, 51124, Consolidated Mng Company, SE; $112.12, 51125, Cengage/Gale, SU; $130.86, 51126, Ingram, SU; $90.80, 51127, Library Petty Cash, RE; $43.48, 51128, Municipal Code Services, SE; $80.00, 51129, Perpetual Care Fund, RE; $400.00, 51130, Sales Tax Infrastructure MM, RE; $16,025.09, 51131, Special Assessment BF MM, RE; $896.39, 51132, Xerox, EX; $123.89, 51133, Payroll Fund, SA; $37,941.83, 51134, BC/BS Of NE, RE; $90.19, 51135, Fyr-Tek, SU; $552.64, 51136, Jack’s Heating & Cooling, EX; $19,815.00, 51137, Madison Natl Life, EX; $67.79, 51138, Joe McGough, RE; $223.20, 51139, BH Energy, SE; $1,040.99, 51140, USPS, SE; $172.73, 51141, Verizon, SE; $80.02, EFTPS, First National Bank, SU; $44.92, Total December Paid Bills; $121,017.59
UNPAID BILLS, 51142, Brewer Bucket Truck, SE; $1,008.00, 51143, Dan Bishop, RE; $50.00, 51144, The Business Connection, EX; $433.98, 51145, Bierschback, SU; $2,310.88, 51146, BC/BS, EX; $11,405.52, 51147, Tony Bishop, RE; $50.00, 51148, Big State Industrial Supply, SU; $499.00, 51149, Consolidated Management Co, SE; $120.86, 51150, Hannah Calkins, RE; $50.00, 51151, Joe Carr, RE; $50.00, 51152, DAS State Acct, SE; $66.00, 51153, DAS State Acct, SE; $224.00, 51154, Emergency Medical Products, SU; $511.04, 51155, Eagle Chevrolet, SE; $408.40, 51156, First National Bank of Omaha, SU; $452.57, 51157, JD Financial, SU; $1,502.47, 51158, Federal Surplus Property, EX; $27,500.00, 51159, Scott Fisher, RE; $50.00, 51160, Scott Fleming, RE; $50.00, 51161, Great Plains Communications, SE; $1,716.37, 51162, Grocery Mart, SU; $43.46, 51163, Greenamyre Contractor, SE; $2,150.00, 51164, General Fund Money Market, EX; $12,000.00, 51165, Hinn’s Auto Supply, SU; $2,038.99, 51166, Core & Main, SU; $866.91, 51167, Clay Heath, RE; $50.00, 51168, Insurance Fund Money Market, EX; $13,000.00, 51169, Cecil Johns Glass Repair, SE; $120.00, 51170, Johson Hardware Co, SU; $124.26, 51171, JP Cooke, SU; $67.50, 51172, Gardner, Loutzenhiser, & Ryan, SE; $800.00, 51173, Brandon Mika, RE; $50.00, 51174, Municipal Code Services, SE; $80.00, 51175, Municipal Supply Inc, SU; $799.66, 51176, Joe McGough, RE; $50.00, 51177, MacQueen Equipment, SE; $11,456.94, 51178, NPPD, SE; $5,436.45, 51179, NE Total Office, SU; $87.43, 51180, NWRPPD, SE; $2,635.01, 51181, North Central Intl, Inc, SE; $178.85, 51182, Newman Signs, SU; $174.78, 51183, Verizon Connect, SE; $80.95, 51184, One-Call Concepts, SE; $13.06, 51185, Powerplan, SE; $23,133.75, 51186, Sam Piper, RE; $50.00, 51187, Petty Cash Fund, RE; $249.54, 51188, Shane Pascale, RE; $50.00, 51189, Quill, SU; $72.64, 51190, NE Public Health Env Lab, SE; $48.00, 51191, Glen Spaugh, RE; $50.00, 51192, Dan Sasse, RE, $50.00, 51193, Stockmen’s Drug, SU; $46.78, 51194, Sheridan County Journal, SE; $341.45, 51195, Smith, King, Simmons, & Conn, SE; $322.50, 51196, True Value, SU; $1,093.26, 51197, TK Elevator, SE; $2,300.07, 51198, USPS, SE; $386.00, 51199, Westco, SU; $2,382.72, 51200, Water Reserve Fund, EX; $2,000.00, 51201, Water/Sewer Bond Fund, EX; $17,200.00, 51202, Kevin Wolkins, RE; $50.00, 51203, Keith Wolkins, RE; $50.00, Total December Unpaid Bills; $150,640.05, Total December Paid Bills; $121,017.59, Total December Bills; $271,657.64
Chapter 3, Article 2 pertaining to dogs in the Gordon Municipal Code needs to be updated to reflect the correct renewal date for dog licenses. The other change needed was to the section regarding dangerous dogs. Currently, the ordinance requires that pit bulls be automatically registered as a dangerous dog. Ordinance 1212 will eliminate this and focus more specifically on the behavior of the dog. Motion by Dehart, seconded by Evans to pass Ordinance 1212. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Dehart, Russell, and Grant.
ORDINANCE NO. 1212
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 3, ARTICLE 2 - DOGS TO REFLECT THE CHANGE IN THE DATE FOR LICENSING, TO REMOVE ALL REFERENCES TO THE PIT BULL BREED, TO REMOVE SECTION 3-210 DUE TO THE SAME BEING COVERED IN 3-207 AND TO INCLUDE THE REASSIGNMENT OF SECTIONS NUMBERED 3-210 THROUGH 3-226.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GORDON, NEBRASKA THAT CHAPTER 3, ARTICLE 2 - DOGS OF THE GORDON MUNICIPAL CODE BE AMENDED AS ATTACHED WITH CHANGES OUTLINED BELOW:
Section 1. Section 3-201 of Chapter 3, Article 2 of Gordon Municipal Code is hereby revised and amended to remove the language referencing a collarless dog.
Section 2. Section 3-203 of Chapter 3, Article 2 of the Gordon Municipal Code is hereby revised to reflect the change in dates for licensing.
Section 3. Section 3-210 of Chapter 3, Article 2 of the Gordon Municipal Code is hereby removed due to the same being covered in Section 3-207.
Section 4. Sections 3-213 of Chapter 3, Article 2 of the Gordon Municipal Code is hereby revised to remove any reference to the Pit Bull breed of dogs.
Section 5. Sections 3-215 of Chapter 3, Article2 is hereby deleted for the purpose of eliminating any reference to Pit Bulls.
Section 6. Sections 3-210 through 3-226 are hereby reassigned numbers due to the revisions listed.
Section 7. Any ordinance or section passed and approved prior to the passage, approval, and publication or posting of this notice and in conflict with its revisions are repealed.
Section 8. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage, approval and publication or posting as required by law.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 9th day of December 2021.
_/s/ Nancy I Russell, MAYOR
__/s/ Kim Buchan, CLERK
Motion by Evans, seconded by Grant to waive 2nd and 3rd readings of Ordinance 1212. Ayes: Evans, Dehart, Russell, Grant, and Bounous. A complete copy of Chapter 3, Article 2 of the Gordon Municipal Code is available at the city office.
Motion by Grant, seconded by Dehart to approve the December 2021 board appointments and to thank them for their service to the community. Ayes: Dehart, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.
PLANNING COMMISSION (3-YR TERM) NEW APPOINTMENT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2024
HOUSING AUTHORITY (5-YR TERM) NEW APPOINTMENT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2027
HUMAN RELATIONS (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2024
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2024
PERPETUAL CARE BOARD (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2024
Yolanda Hruby – Chairperson
POLICE REVIEW BOARD (3-YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2024
BOARD OF HEALTH (ALL MEMBERS ONE YR TERM) NEW APPT WILL EXPIRE DEC 2022
Nancy Russell (Mayor)
Glen Spaugh (City Manager)
Clay Heath (Chief of Police)
Candy Allison (Citizen)
Gordon Hospital Administrator and his/her designee
Motion by Grant, seconded by Evans to remove Alyssa Dehart from all City of Gordon Perpetual Care accounts including the Money Market and all Certificates of Deposit and to replace her with Yolanda Hruby on all accounts. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans. Abstain: Dehart.
Items J & K will be discussed after the Public Comments item as they will possibly be moved to Executive Session.
Council was given one FYI item – 2022 General Election filing dates and City Council and Airport Authority seats that will be up for re-election.
Motion by Dehart, seconded by Evans to approve Christmas bonuses for employees as presented by City Manager Spaugh, and add City Manager Spaugh to the list of Department Heads receiving the bonus. Ayes: Grant, Bounous, Evans, Dehart, and Russell.
City Manager Spaugh presented council with his December Manager’s report. No action was taken on any items included in the report. Items were as follows:
1. Swimming Pool – the engineer’s specs for the chlorinators have been approved by the State of Nebraska. City officials are working with Arnold Pool for the purchase and will then be going out for bids for the installation.
2. COVID Vaccine – council was given an email from the League of Nebraska Municipalities regarding the vaccine mandates. City Manager Spaugh also presented council with his position on the issue. He will not mandate or encourage vaccines for employees as he feels it is a personal decision to be made by the employee and their health care provider.
Joe Headrick spoke during the Public Comments agenda item. He is currently circulating a petition to change the current Nebraska election laws to require identification at voting sites. No action was taken on this item.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to go into executive session at 6:30 pm for the purpose of real estate negotiation for Item J Tystad Property (Lagoons). The only item to be discussed in executive session is real estate negotiations. Ayes: Bounous, Evans, Dehart, Russell, and Grant.
With no action taken, council reconvened in regular session at 6:46 pm.
Motion by Bounous, seconded by Grant to go into executive session at 6:47 pm for the purpose of real estate negotiation for Item K Greenamyre Property. The only item to be discussed in executive session is real estate negotiations. Ayes: Evans, Dehart, Russell, Grant, and Bounous.
Council reconvened in regular session at 6:57 pm. Motion by Bounous, seconded by Evans to make an initial offer on the Greenamyre property. Ayes: Dehart, Russell, Grant, Bounous, and Evans.
With no further business, motion by Bounous, seconded by Dehart to adjourn at 6:57 pm. Ayes: Russell, Grant, Bounous, Evans, and Dehart.
__/s/ Nancy I Russell, Mayor
_/s/ Kim Buchan, 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 December 9, 2021; 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: December 15, 2021 ZNEZ