CITY COUNCIL MEETING PROCEEDINGS
DECEMBER 4, 2017
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chadron, Nebraska met in regular session in the City Hall Council Chambers at 234 Main Street on the 4th day of December, 2017, at 6:00 o’clock P.M. The following individuals were present: John Coates, Mark Werner, George Klein and Keith Crofutt. Councilmembers absent: Miles Bannan. Others present: City Manager Greg Yanker, City Clerk Donna Rust, City Attorney Adam Edmund, Public Works Director Milo Rust, Chief of Police Tim Lordino, Zoning/Building Official Janet Johnson and Finance Officer Jeanette Puzzo. Others absent: None.
Mayor Coates called the meeting to order and declared a quorum present. The Mayor also read the following before continuing with the meeting: “As required by Section 84-1412, subsection 8 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice is hereby given that a copy of the Open Meetings Act is posted for your examination on the wall inside the door to these City Council Chambers.”
Motion was made and seconded approve the agenda as written. The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Klein, Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner. The following voted Nay: None. Motion carried.
The following items of business were conducted.
Motion was made and seconded to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the following items:
Minutes for City Council Meeting No. 2017-29, November 20, 2017
The Minutes were approved as written and distributed.
The Council received a letter from CSC student Brianna Williams in support of a particular restaurant being located in Chadron. The Council was also informed that City Hall is participating in the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest. City Hall employees have been decorating the lobby and the front entry of the building.
3) Minutes for Boards and Commissions
The Minutes for the Problem Resolution Team meeting held October 25, 2017, as approved by the PRT on November 21, 2017, were submitted.
The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner, Klein. The following voted Nay: None. Motion carried.
The Council considered Ordinance No. 1400 on its second reading, AN ORDINANCE to Amend Chapter 16 entitled Traffic Regulations, Article 4, Section 16-401 of the Municipal Code to Change the Speed Limits on West Highway US-20 as Recommended by the Nebraska Department of Roads. The third and final reading of Ordinance No. 1400 will be on December 18, 2017.
City Manager Greg Yanker and Public Works Director Milo Rust clarified questions regarding the proposed storage hangar at the Chadron Municipal Airport.
The Council considered Resolution No. 2017-155, which Resolution authorizes the Mayor to sign the Record of Negotiations for the anticipated Airport Improvement Project No. 3-31-0017 on behalf of the City of Chadron. The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner. The following voted Nay: None. Abstaining: Klein. Resolution No. 2017-155 was passed and adopted.
The Council considered Resolution No. 2017-156, which Resolution approves Progress Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $27,845.45 for materials furnished and work performed by Fuller Construction, Inc., in the construction of the Water Main Loop Project for Pine Crest Drive. The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner, Klein. The following voted Nay: None. Resolution No. 2017-156 was passed and adopted.
Mayor Coates reported on the status of the solar committee and encouraged others who are interested to come forward.
It was reported that there are several vacancies on boards and commissions, with terms ending January 2018. Letters will be mailed to incumbents to determine if they want to continue serving. Also, the public is encouraged to submit letters of interest.
Motion was made, seconded to approve the list of claims. The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner, Klein. Those voting Nay: None.
A&M Aviation, Fuel, 2,900.27; A.M. Leonard Inc., Safety Gear, 83.26; Almquist Maltzahn Galloway Luth, Se, 1,450.00; Arrow Building Center, Su, 44.09; Black Hills Energy, Se, 6,360.56; Brennan Electric, Memorial Park Lighting LB840, 25,590.00; Business Connection, Su, 158.29; Business Connection, Draw #16, 4,229.00; Butler Machinery Co., Su, 275.28; Century Link, Se, 1,176.17; Cerny’s Body Shop, Se, 1,081.40; Chadron Medical Clinic, Se, 84.00; Chadron Motor Company, Angle Broom, 3,965.50; Chadron, City of, 12/17 Dental Ins Side Fund, 1,446.82; Chadron, City of, 12/17 Health Ins Side Fund, 27,513.48; Charon, City of, FICA thru 11/28/17, 7,704.35; Chadron, City of, Payroll thru 11/28/17, 101,473.27; Chase Bank NYC, Prin/Int, 358,673.75; CityServiceValcon, Fuel, 16,926.98; CityServiceValcon, Maint Fees, 32.00; Comfort Inn-Kearney, Lodging, 599.70; Contractors Materials, Inc., Su, 132.00; Core & Main, Su, 496.24; Croell, Inc., Concrete, 444.50; Das State Acct – Central Finance, Se, 527.91; Dawes County Court, Fees, 153.00; De Nora Water Technologies, Inc., Equipment, 10,080.19; Digiop, Software, 2,250.05; ETS Corporation, Fees, 433.21; First National Bank NP, HSA thru 11/28/17, 83.34; First National Merchant Solutions, Fees, 43.81; Fuller Construction, Water Main Loop Est. #1, 27,845.45; Grainger, Su, 72.25; Grimm’s Pump & Industrial Supply, Su, 343.65; Halsen Products Company, Su, 201.36; Hencey Plbg. & Hydronics, Inc., Su, 9.00; Hills Tire & Supply, Se, 15.00; Ideal Linen Supply, Su, 671.34; John E. Reid & Associates, Inc., Se, 575.00; Midwest Laboratories, Inc., Su, 164.95; Municipal Supply, Inc., of Nebraska, Su, 13,600.02; Nationwide Management Services, Subscr, 300.00; NDEQ-Fiscal Services, Se, 93.421.68; Nebraska Aviation Council, Registration, 190.00; Nebraska Public Health laboratory, Se, 480.00; Nebraska State Treasurer, Unclaimed Property, 55.45; Neofunds by Neopost, Postage, 500.00; Outlaw Printers, Su/Clotting, 249.80; Pittmon, Tyler, Utility Refund Deposit, 29.74; Quality Tire, Tires, 440.00; Regional Care, Inc., Dental Claims Paid, 653.46; Regional Care, Inc., Health Claims Paid, 22,463.05; Regional Care, Inc., 12/17 Dental Ins Premium, 34.00; Regional Care, Inc., 12/17 Health Ins Premium, 25,191.73; Rose Equipment, Inc., Su, 110.62; Sirchie, Su, 49.16; Sitescapes, Furniture, 17,225.00; Sterling West, Su, 4,880.00; TTG Enterprises, Inc., Se, 2,280.00; TWEnterprises, Inc., Se, 3,738.36; Tyler Technologies, Inc., Su, 200.00; Upper Niobrara White NRD, Mileage, 140.00; US Postmaster, Postage, 477.12; Vantagepoint Trust, Employee Pension thru 11/28/17, 3,573.90; Vantagepoint Trust, Police Pension thru 11/28/17, Verizon Wireless, SE, 375.34; Wahlstrom Ford, Se, 203.95; Western Communications, Inc., Su/Maint, 776.72; WPCI, Update, 75.00; Zuver, Don, Se, 1,224.00. TOTAL: $801,094.11.
The foregoing schedule of claims is published in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statutes 19-1102.
City Manager Yanker commented on the press release from Chief of Police Tim Lordino regarding shoveling sidewalks following snow events, and reminded all of the snow emergency routes.
Mayor Coates encouraged people to apply to serve on the boards and commissions.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 6:32 o’clock p.m. The following Councilmembers voted Aye: Crofutt, Coates, Bannan, Werner, Klein. The following voted Nay: None. Motion carried.
The official Minutes are available for review at the office of the City Clerk.
CITY OF CHADRON
/s/ Donna J. Rust
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December 26, 2017
DAWES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
The Public convened meeting of the Dawes County Commissioners in regular session was commenced at the hour of 9:00 A.M. on the 26th day of December, 2017 pursuant to public notice as required by law. The meeting was called to order by Commissioner Stewart. Roll was called and the following Commissioners were present: Commissioners Stewart, Johnson and Rivera. Also present was Cheryl Feist, Dawes County Clerk. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those present. Per LB 898 the Chairman announced the location of posted information concerning the Open Meetings Act. Copies of the Act are available upon request by anyone attending the meeting. Motion by Commissioner Johnson, seconded by Rivera, amending the Agenda to include a quarterly jail inspection. Roll call vote, Ayes: Johnson, Rivera and Stewart. Nays: None. Motion carried. Motion by Commissioner Rivera, seconded by Johnson, to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2017 meeting with the following correction in wording to wit: the crusher is at Eleson pit and crews are stripping to prepare the pit. Roll call vote, Ayes: Rivera, Stewart and Johnson. Nays: None. Motion carried. Claims were reviewed by the Board. Commissioner Rivera, seconded by Johnson, moved to approve all claims as submitted. Roll call vote, Ayes: Stewart, Johnson and Rivera. Nays: None. Motion carried. There being no correspondence or Public Comment, Board reports were as follows: Rivera-No Report; Johnson-Commissioner Johnson informed those present a juvenile detention center was discussed amongst Panhandle Commissioners at the NACO Conference. If the project is pursued Dawes County’s share would be approximately $74,000.00 annually. He also reported he toured ACE Irrigation re: headwall on culvert on Lemmon Bridge. Stewart-No Report.
At 9:26 A.M. Jenny Nixon, UNL Extension, presented a letter with potential candidates who have expressed an interest in serving on the Extension Board. Discussion ensued. Commissioner Johnson, seconded by Rivera, moved to re-appoint Lori Oetken and appoint Kaci Swinney to the Extension Board for a term of three (3) years. Roll call vote, Ayes: Rivera, Stewart and Johnson. Nays: None. Motion carried. The next order of business was the joinder agreement with Madison Life to offer life insurance and long term disability to those employees not on Blue Cross, Blue Shield. The County will pay all premiums associated with this benefit. Commissioner Rivera, seconded by Johnson, directed the Chairman of the Board to sign the joinder agreement with Madison Life. Roll call vote, Ayes: Stewart, Johnson and Rivera. Nays: None. Motion carried. The Board reviewed and approved by general consent monthly fee/mileage reports submitted by the various departments. The Board recessed at 9:42 A.M. to conduct a quarterly jail inspection. The Board reconvened to regular session at 10:01 A.M.
At 10:02 A.M. Larry Hankin, Highway Superintendent, met with the Board. Discussion ensued regarding going to bid re: Lemmon Road and two (2) projects on Egan Road. Mr. Hankin reported Scottsbluff County has accepted an alternative bid for the projects. The Lemmon Road project will take priority over the two (2) Egan Road projects. Commissioner Johnson, seconded by Rivera, moved to direct the Highway Superintendent to go to bid on the Lemmon Road and two Egan Road projects. Roll call vote, Ayes: Johnson, Rivera and Stewart. Nays: None. Motion carried. The gravel crushing bid was discussed. The bid would be for crushing asphalt at Hawthorne’s and gravel at Brun’s pit. Commissioner Rivera, seconded by Johnson, moved to direct the Highway Superintendent to go to bid for crushing asphalt and gravel. Roll call vote, Ayes: Rivera, Stewart and Johnson. Nays: None. Motion carried. The scheduling of a pre-meeting with area residents regarding the One & Six Year Road Plan was discussed. The pre-meeting will be scheduled the third (3rd) week in January 2018. Road Updates included the following to wit: All crews are blading, plowing snow and doing maintenance on equipment. District 1-repaired the auto gate at the intersection of Table and Bordeaux Roads; District 2-Dirt will be hauled to cover a water pipe on Country Club Road located north of Hudson’s; District 3-crews removed a wood structure on Squaw Creek Road at Stetson’s and installed a temporary 4’ culvert which will be replaced this Spring. The Crusher is set up at Eleson’s and the pit has been stripped. The last order of business before the Board was setting salaries of Elected Officials. Those present were Larry Hankin, Celeste Cattin and Shellie Decker. Commissioner Stewart indicated for the record he would like to see Elected Officials salaries set at $46,000.00 and froze for four (4) years. Commissioner’s Johnson and Rivera recommended $46,442.00 annually beginning January of 2019. This would equate to a total 4.5% increase for all four (4) years. Mr. Hankin discussed Highway Superintendents salaries across the State. He reminded the Board that bridge inspections are a part of his job and not paid out separately like done in other counties. He is the fourth lowest paid Highway Superintendent in the State. The Board will take this under consideration during budget negotiations. Commissioner Johnson, seconded by Rivera, moved to set Elected Official’s salaries at $46,442.00 beginning in January 2019 which equates to a total 4.5% increase over the course of four (4) years. Commissioners will remain at 50% of the Elected Officials for the next four years. Roll call vote, Ayes: Johnson and Rivera, Nays: Stewart. Motion carried. A salary resolution will be drafted and adopted at the January 09, 2018 Commissioner Meeting.
At 11:00 A.M there being no further business before the Board, the Chairman adjourned the meeting. The next meeting of the Dawes County Commissioners will be January 09, 2018 beginning at 9:00 A.M. with a Board of Equalization Meeting, followed by the Commissioner Meeting at approximately 9:20 A.M. Both meetings will be held in the former County Courtroom located in the basement of the Courthouse. A current agenda is available at the Clerk’s Office during normal business hours but will close at 12:00 P.M., January 04, 2018.
Disclaimer: A complete text of all resolutions passed by the Board is available upon request in the County Clerk’s office during normal business hours.
DAWES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Dawes County Clerk
December 26, 2017 the following claims were audited, allowed and warrant orders drawn on the respective accounts: Key for claims: 100=General Fund; 200=Roads Fund; 650=Hwy Bridge Buyback Program Fund; 990=Visitor’s Fund; 1100=Reappraisal Fund; 1150=Preservation & Modernization Fund; 1900=Veterans Aid Fund; 2360=Drug Fund; 2500=Grants Fund; 2700=Inheritance Fund; 2910-911=Emergency Communications; 2913=Wireless Communications; 4000=Courthouse Bond Payment Fund.
100 AFLAC $931.85 100 AMERITAS LIFE INSURANCE CORP $9,043.78 100 BLACK HILLS ENERGY $598.95 100 BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF NE $33,853.99 100 JENNIFER BORIE $34.39 100 BRANDT COURT REPORTING $1,961.41 100 WESTON BURCH $12.63 100 CENTURYLINK $17.86 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-CLERK $12.00 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-CO ATTORNEY $19.51 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-COMMISSIONERS $4.97 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-COUNTY COURT $25.80 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-DISTRICT CT $22.02 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-EXTENSION $23.68 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-PUBLIC DEFEND $39.12 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-SHERIFF $42.97 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-TREASURER $24.49 100 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-WEED $4.97 100 CHADRON ACE HARDWARE $21.19 100 CHADRON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE $85.00 100 CITY OF CHADRON $107.96 100 CRITES,SHAFFER,CONNEALY,WATSON,HARF $835.00 100 CULLIGAN-PUBLIC DEFENDER $21.50 100 D&S MARKET,LLC $1,608.37 100 DAS STATE ACCOUNTING $296.04 100 DAWES COUNTY TREASURER $457.00 100 ENGRAVERS $92.00 100 FIRST NATIONAL BANK, NORTH PLATTE $15,229.35 100 GRANT-MILLER COMMUNICATIONS,INC $38.75 100 LEAH GREMM $26.08 100 JESS TATE HAGMAN $32.53 100 RUSSELL W HARFORD $338.00 100 VANCE E HAUG $98.00 100 MADISON NATIONAL LIFE $75.88 100 MANNA SYSTEMS AND CONSULTING $45.00 100 MIPS INC $1,507.39 100 NE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SYSTEM $90.00 100 NE PUBLIC HEALTH ENVIRONMENTAL LAB $105.00 100 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE $1,559.47 100 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE/LEVY $25.00 100 NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DIST-WEED $230.57 100 NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DIST $201.71 100 NORTHWESTERN HEATING AND COOLING $107.00 100 OUTLAW PRINTERS,INC $341.93 100 PETERSEN DRUG $890.94 100 LOREN POURIER $14.24 100 PRIDE $50.00 100 TROY QUAY $75.00 100 QUILL CORPORATION $182.50 100 RAPID CITY JOURNAL/COMMISSIONERS $217.95 100 RAPID CITY JOURNAL/WEED $359.42 100 REGIONAL WEST PHYSICIANS CLINIC $500.00 100 VIC RIVERA $325.28 100 CASEY JOHN SCHUHMACHER $11.88 100 SKEETERS AUTO PARTS INC $11.46 100 THIBAULT,SUHR, & THIBAULT,INC $213.51 100 UNIVERSITY OF NE-LINCOLN CAR RENTAL $247.67 100 MICHAEL T VARN,ATTORNEY AT LAW $751.52 100 VERIZON WIRELESS/SHERIFF $549.10 100 VETERANS INFORMATION SERVICES $25.00 100 VIAERO WIRELESS-WEED $99.49 100 VSP VISION PLAN $252.15 100 WALMART COMMUNITY-VETERANS $91.19 100 WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, INC $462.50 100 WESTERN PATHOLOGY CONSULTANTS INC $2,000.00 100 DAN WORDEKEMPER $28.03 100 XEROX CORPORATION/E911 $75.10 100 XEROX CORPORATION/VETERANS OFFICE $105.37 200 ACTION COMMUNICATIONS INC $3,736.14 200 FLAC $270.58 200 AMERITAS LIFE INSURANCE CORP $1,118.24 200 BLACK HILLS ENERGY $428.08 200 BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF NE $2,097.45 200 BUD’S RADIATOR,INC $298.00 200 CENTURYLINK LONG DIST-DIST #1 ROADS $26.96 200 CHADRON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & HEALTH $125.00 200 CONTRACTORS MATERIALS $132.00 200 DAWES COUNTY TREASURER $55.00 200 FASTENAL COMPANY $1,336.68 200 FIRST NATIONAL BANK, NORTH PLATTE $3,406.57 200 JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL-ROADS $399.17 200 MICHAEL TODD AND COMPANY,INC $1,523.90 200 MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. $39.21 200 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE $568.95 200 NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT $125.78 200 NEBRASKA SAFETY CENTER @ UNK $195.00 200 NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DIST $147.26 200 ROCKY MOUNTAIN AIR SOLUTIONS $202.57 200 SCOTT ROBERTS ELECTRIC INC $73.84 200 VSP VISION PLAN $112.09 200 WESTCO $17,531.37 990 AFLAC $15.47 990 AMERITAS LIFE INSURANCE CORP $66.96 990 BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF NE $88.17 990 FIRST NATIONAL BANK, NORTH PLATTE $219.11 990 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE $40.18 1900 VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE $216.32 2910 AMERITAS LIFE INSURANCE CORP $3.38 2910 CENTURYLINK $34.94 2910 FIRST NATIONAL BANK, NORTH PLATTE $16.50 2910 INTRALINKS,INC $333.63 2910 NE EMERGENCY SERVICE COMM $15.00 2910 NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE $3.35 2910 SLEUTH SOFTWARE $4,725.00 2910 USDA FOREST SERVICE $1,107.09 2910 WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, INC $1,039.00 2913 CENTURYLINK $110.63
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SWANN Board of Director’s Meeting
December 21, 2017
Chairman Jake Stewart called the December 21, 2017 SWANN Board of Director’s Meeting to order at 7:00 p/m atg the Chadron City Hall Chambers, 234 Main Street. The following members were present for roll call: Chadron, George Klein; Clinton, Roy Retzlaff; Crawford, Roy Norgard; Dawes County Jake Stewart; Hay Springs, Keith Kearns; Rushville, Brian Snyder; Sheridan County, Loren Paul; & Whitney, Julie Raben. Members absent Gordon, Harrison, Hemingford & Sioux County. Chairman Stewart point out the Open Meetings Act posted in the rear of the room.
Approval of Agenda
Stewart presented the agenda. Member Kearns moved to approve the agenda as slated. Member Snyder seconded the motion. All members present voting aye. Motion carried.
Approval of November 16, 2017 Minutes
Stewart present the November 21, 2017 Minutes. There being no additions or corrections member Klein moved to approve the minutes. Member Retzlaff seconded the motion. Members voting aye: Chadron, Clinton, Crawford, Dawes County, Hay Springs, & Whitney. Members abstaining: Rushville & Sheridan County. Motion Carried.
Approval of November Claims/Budget
Executive Director Jack Nemeth reviewed the November claims/budget with the Board. At the end of November the Agency was 50% through the fiscal year. On the revenue side the Agency was at 55.67% of anticipated. Nemeth pointed out line items contractual income, grant funds received, Recycling income & other income. On the expense side the Agency was at 54% of projected. Nemeth pointed out line items Baler pad, transfer from contingency, recycling expense, fuel, insurance & motor vehicle repairs. For the month of November the Agency had a positive cash flow of $43,863.97 and a positive year to date cash flow of $42,585.47.
Nemeth reviewed the reserve accounts pointing out the payment from the debt service reserve. Nemeth reviewed the paid bills pointing out check numbers 41853, 41884 & 41942. Nemeth reviewed the tonnage report. Member Paul moved to approve the November claims/budget. Member Retzlaff seconded the motion. All members present voting aye. Motion carried.
Consideration/Acceptance of Health Insurance
Amber Vrana-Anderson of Northwestern Mutual was present to explain the renewal options available for Health Insurance for the Board’s consideration. Amber reviewed the Blue Cross Policy, which is a 23% increase from the current year’s premium. Amber indicated that United Health Care is an option which does not have as many providers in our area and Aetna which has expanded their network. Aetna is a self-funded option. If SWANN’s plan would run better there is a possibility of a refund with Aetna. Northwest Mutual shops the market for price and coverage. The Aetna option has a better deductible and out of pocket maximum for a premium less than the current rate paid with Blue Cross. Also SWANN will save money by not buying down the deductible that SWANN is currently paying. Member Paul moved to accept the Aetna option with a $500.00/$1000.00 Deductible and 80/20 copay for health insurance. Member Kearns seconded the motion. All members present voting aye. Motion carried.
Bids for Access to City Sewer
Nemeth informed the Board of the current status of bids for SWANN’s hookup to the sewer. With the large gap in the 2 bids received coupled with changes in what is necessary to hookup, Nemeth felt it best to open the bidding up again. There was a bid notice put in the paper to run for 2 weeks and posted in 3 public locations with bids due by January 5, 2018.
Director Nemeth apprised the Board on the following items:
The new collection truck status
There being no further business before the Board at 7:52 p.m. Chairman Stewart declared the meeting adjourned.
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