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Council Minutes - May 26, 2020

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

CITY OF GRANT, NEBRASKA

May 26, 2020

 

Mayor Lisa Schmitt convened a meeting of the Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska in open and public session on May 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Notice of this meeting was given in advance by publication in the Grant Tribune Sentinel, the City’s designated method for giving notice, May 20, 2020, and members of the City Council and a copy of their Acknowledgment of Receipt and the Agenda are attached to these minutes.  Availability of the Agenda was communicated in the advance notice and in the notice to the Mayor and Council of this meeting.  All proceedings hereafter shown were recorded while said meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

Mayor Lisa Schmitt announced the posting of the Open Meetings Act and Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-03 and 20-24 and its location.

Roll call:  Present Council members:  Bishop, Brueggeman, Greenwood, Petersen and Mayor Schmitt.

Others present:  City Superintendent Edward Dunn, City Clerk/Treasurer Jessie Faber, City Attorney Tawna Holmstedt, et al.

The motion was made by Brueggeman and seconded by Bishop to approve the agenda as presented.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

A motion was made by Petersen to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2020 meeting and waive the reading and seconded by Bishop.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

                                   

COMMUNICATIONS:  City Superintendent, Edward Dunn informed the Council of upcoming board meetings, the cemetery board will meet June 9th at noon. Dunn gave an update on Requests and bids being sent out.  The notices have gone out on the excess property and will be opened at the June 9th council meeting.  Advertisement has went out on the Airport Consultants selection that must be done every five years and follow guidance from the FAA on this process of selection.  The RFP for audit services has begun and will be on the June 9th council meeting.  West Central Nebraska Development District will hold their annual meeting on June 17th and is planned to take place at the Driftwood at this time.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

Council member, Petersen – none. Council member, Bishop – none. Council member, Brueggeman – none. Council member, Greenwood – none.

 

FINANCIALS – Acknowledged as received.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT – Russ Pankonin.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Action and Discussion on Decision to Open Municipal Swimming Pool for 2020 Swim Season – A motion was made by Bishop to open the Municipal Swimming Pool June 15th following the DHMs and seconded by Petersen.

                Roll call vote:  Yeas – Bishop, Brueggeman & Petersen. Nays – Greenwood. Motion carried.

 

Action and Discussion on Ordinance No. 20-05-01 an Ordinance Granting a Cable Franchise to Great Plains Cable Television LLC, Locally Known as Great Plains Communications, a Limited Liability Company, its Successors and Assigns to Construct, Operate, and Maintain a Cable Television System in the City of Grant, Nebraska ; Setting Forth Conditions Accompanying the Grant of Franchise; and Providing for City Regulation and use of the Cable Television System; to Repeal all Other Ordinances or Parts of Ordinances in Conflict with this Ordinance; to Provide an Effective Date; and to Publish said Ordinance in Pamphlet Form (Second Reading) – City Clerk, Jessie Faber read the second reading of Ordinance No. 20-05-01 “AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A CABLE FRANCHISE TO GREAT PLAINS CABLE TELEVISION LLC, LOCALLY KNOWN AS GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS, A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN A CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEM IN THE CITY OF GRANT, NEBRASKA; SETTING FORTH CONDITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE GRANT OF FRANCHISE; AND PROVIDING FOR CITY REGULATION AND USE OF THE CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEM; TO REPEAL ALL OTHER ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES, IN CONFLICT WITH THIS ORDINANCE; TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND TO PUBLISH SAID ORDINANCE IN PAMPHLET FORM.”

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Action and Discussion on Bond Amount and Length for Swimming Pool Facility, Authorizing Tobin Buchanan with First National Capital Markets to pursue selling the bonds – Tobin Buchanan with First National Capital Markets and Tracy Cannon with Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth, via Zoom Meeting due to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-03, presented and answered questions that the Council had on the swimming pool facility bond.  A motion was made by Bishop to purchase the bond in the amount of $1,835,000 for 15 years and authorizing Tobin Buchanan with First National Capital Markets to pursue selling the bonds and seconded by Brueggeman.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

 

Action and Discussion on Phased Reopening of the City Offices and Playground Equipment – A motion was made by Brueggeman to open the City Offices June 1st and playground as advised by the DHM or Governor and seconded by Petersen.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

 

Action and Discussion on Extension of Deadlines for Dog Permits, ATV, UTV, and Golf Car Permits as provided in Resolution No. 20-04-03 – No Action Taken.

 

Action and Discussion on Extension on Waiver of Late Fees and Utility Disconnects as provided in Resolution No. 20-04-02 – No Action Taken.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution 20-05-04 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska, Regarding the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Through the Participation in the 2020 City of Grant Summer Ball Program – A motion was made by Brueggeman to approve Resolution 20-05-04 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska, regarding the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through the participation in the 2020 City of Grant summer ball program and seconded by Bishop.

RESOLUTION 20-05-04

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GRANT, NEBRASKA REGARDING THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 THROUGH THE USE OF MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FOR THE SUMMER BALL PROGRAM FOR THE 2020

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution 20-05-05 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska, Approving the Suspension of Fees Associated with the Summer Ball Program Registration for the 2020 Season – A motion was made by Petersen to approve Resolution 20-05-05 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska, approving the suspension of fees associated with the summer ball program registration for the 2020 season and seconded by Bishop.

RESOLUTION 20-05-05

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GRANT, NEBRASKA APPROVING THE SUSPENSION OF FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUMMER BALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Request for CDBG Grant #18-HO-33061 Funds for Project Housing Rehabilitation and Housing Management Draw Down #6 – A motion was made by Bishop to approve the request for CDBG Grant #18-HO-33061 funds for project housing rehabilitation and housing management draw down #6 in the amount of $38,057.75 and authorize the Mayor & City Clerk to sign and seconded by Petersen.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – Bishop, Greenwood & Petersen. Abstain – Brueggeman. Motion carried. Brueggeman stated that she is abstaining due to being an officer on the Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation Board.

 

Action and Discussion on Mayoral Appointment – West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD) Representative and Alternate - Mayor Schmitt recommended that Edward Dunn be the WCNDD Representative and that Kimberly Bishop be the WCNDD Alternate.   A motion was made by Petersen to accept the Mayoral appointment of Edward Dunn for the WCNDD Representative and Kimberly Bishop for the WCNDD Alternate and seconded by Brueggeman.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – all present. Nays – none.  Motion carried.

 

Action and Discussion on Re-Subordination to Original Lender due to Refinancing in Conjunction with the OOR Program – A motion was made by Bishop to approve the re-subordination to original lender due to refinancing in conjunction with the OOR program and authorize the Mayor to sign any necessary documents and seconded by Petersen.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – Bishop & Petersen. Nays – Greenwood.  Abstain – Brueggeman. Yea – Mayor Schmitt. Motion carried. Brueggeman stated that she is abstaining due to being an officer on the Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation Board.

 

Action on Bills and Claims – AFLAC, employee benefits – 243.04; Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE, employee benefits – 6,735.81; Country Supply, supplies – 128.06; Faber Signs, recognition/award product – 91.16; M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc., capital outlay – 4,650.00; MEAN, transmission charge – 99,773.87; Midwest Electric, utilities – 399.42; Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, water note payment  – 75,731.26; Nebraska Public Health Environmental, lab & well tests – 55.00; Principal Life Insurance Company, employee benefits – 138.30; Ride Rite Garage, supplies & repairs – 94.35; Sandhills State Bank, employee benefits – 475.00; Soulful Salvage, community improvement – 300.00; Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corp., grant expense – 38,057.75; T.C. Engineering Inc., professional services – 2,066.98; The Depository Trust Company, water bond interest & principal payment – 61,781.25; Western Resources Group, contract labor – 320.00; American Funds, retirement – 848.02; Nebraska Department of Revenue, sales tax – 8,766.06; United States Treasury, federal tax withholding – 3,057.66; Overtime Wages 5/1-5/15 – 363.42. Total Bills and Claims $304,076.41.

 

The motion was made by Bishop and seconded by Petersen to approve the Bills and Claims in the amount of $304,076.41.

Roll call vote:  Yeas – Bishop, Greenwood & Petersen. Nays – none.  Yea - Brueggeman on all bills in the amount of $266,018.66 and abstaining on the amount not included for the claim to Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation the amount of $38,057.75. Brueggeman stated that she is abstaining due to being an officer on the Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation Board. Motion carried.

 

Bishop, Brueggeman, Greenwood, & Petersen reviewed the bills and claims prior to the meeting.

 

Mayor Lisa Schmitt adjourned this meeting of the Grant City Council at 8:57 P.M.

 

 

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                                                                                             Lisa Schmitt, Mayor

 

 

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Jessie Faber, City Clerk