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Council Minutes - July 27, 2021

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

CITY OF GRANT, NEBRASKA

July 27, 2021

 

                Mayor Lisa Schmitt convened a meeting of the Council of the City of Grant, Nebraska in open and public session on July 27, 2021 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, July 21, 2021, 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 its location.

Roll call:  Present Council members:  Bishop, Petersen, Sims and Mayor Schmitt.  Absent Council Member: Brueggeman.

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

The motion was made by Petersen and seconded by Sims to accept the agenda as presented.

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

A motion was made by Bishop to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2021 meeting as presented and waive the reading and seconded by Petersen.

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS: City Superintendent, Edward Dunn informed the Council of the upcoming board meetings, the tree board will meet on Friday at 12:30 pm, the CRA board will be meeting on August 3rd at Noon, the cemetery board will meet on August 10th at Noon and the Library board will meet on August 11th at 5:15 p.m. Dunn also informed the Council that Cruise Night will be Friday, August 6th and the City and Chamber will be sponsoring the event.  Free hot dogs, chips and a bottle of water will be served during the event this year.  The last day for the swimming pool will be August 10th and the hours opened will be changed for the pool on the 9th and 10th, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Dunn had also met with a potential FBO at the airport a couple weeks ago and an agreement will be on this agenda that the airport board has recommended.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

Council member, Petersen – none. Council member, Bishop – none. Council member, Brueggeman – none. Council member, Sims – none.   City Superintendent, Dunn – gave an update on the airport board meeting.

 

FINANCIALS – Acknowledged as received.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT – None.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Action and Discussion on Approving Change Order Request No. 4 for the Swimming Pool Facility, Project Number 153-E1-003 – A motion was made by Bishop to accept the change order no. 4 for the Swimming Pool Facility, project number 153-E1-003 and seconded by Petersen.

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Action and Discussion on Recommendation of the Airport Advisory Board to Approve M.C. Schaff as the Consultant for Medium Duty Asphalt Roadway Paving Project at the Grant Municipal Airport – A motion was made by Petersen to accept the recommendation of the Airport Advisory Board to approve M.C. Schaff as the consultant for medium duty asphalt roadway paving project at the Grant Municipal Airport and seconded by Sims.

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

 

Action and Discussion on Recommendation of the Airport Advisory Board to Approve the Contract with WJR, INC., DBA Robinson Electric for the Construction of an AWOS III P/T at the Grant Municipal Airport (FAA AIP 3-31-0035-010-2021) – A motion was made by Bishop to approve the contract with WJR, Inc., dba Robinson Electric for the construction of an AWOS III P/T at the Grant Municipal Airport FAA AIP 3-31-0035-010-2021 and seconded by Petersen.

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

 

Action and Discussion on Recommendation of Airport Advisory Board to Approve FBO Lease with Ryan Flaming – A motion was made by Petersen to approve the FBO Lease with Ryan Flaming and seconded by Bishop.

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

 

Action and Discussion on Request from Brown Construction for Reduction in Retainage for Swimming Pool Facility, Project Number 153-E1-003 – No Action Taken.

 

Discussion on Estimated Cost of Living Increase – No Action Taken.

 

Discussion on Potential List of Capital Improvement Projects for FY 2021-2022 – Discussion took place on possible options for capital improvement projects for the FY 2021-2022 budget. No Action Taken.

 

The Mayor stated the Council will take a 5 minute recess.

 

Action and Discussion on Review of Municipal Rates and Fees - The council reviewed over the current rates and fees.  No Action Taken.

 

Presentation on Library Board’s Budget Request –Library Board President, Brenda Styskal presented the proposed budget for the Library. Styskal and Library Director, Robin Quinn answered questions that the Council had on the budget. 

 

Presentation, Discussion & Workshop on City of Grant Comprehensive Plan – West Central Nebraska Development District – Amber Kuskie with West Central Nebraska Development District facilitated a workshop on the Comprehensive Plan with the Council.

 

Action and Discussion on Proposed Property Owner Timeline for Nuisance on – 2021 GRA 051B – PID-680003835/143 Washington Avenue; 2021 GRA 050B – PID-6800003827/149 Washington Avenue; 2021 GRA 053 – 428 E HWY 23 – A motion was made by Sims to give a 30 day extension and require that a building permit be acquired with the City during this timeframe for the two properties on Washington Avenue and seconded by Petersen.

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

Discussion took place on 2021 GRA 053 – 428 E HWY 23.

 

Action and Discussion on Motion to Abate 2021 GRA 001 – 545 Central Avenue – A motion was made by Bishop to abate 2021 GRA 001 – 545 Central Avenue and seconded by Petersen.

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

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-01 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-05 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 537 Washington Avenue – A motion was made by Bishop to approve Resolution No. 21-07-01 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-05 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 537 Washington Avenue and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-02 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-06 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 407 Central Avenue – A motion was made by Bishop to approve Resolution No. 21-07-02 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-06 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 407 Central Avenue and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-03 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-03 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 520 Hancock Avenue – A motion was made by Petersen to approve Resolution No. 21-07-03 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-03 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 520 Hancock Avenue and seconded by Sims.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-04 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-04 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 544 Hancock Avenue – A motion was made by Sims to approve Resolution No. 21-07-04 Resolution Rescinding Prior Resolution No. 21-06-04 – Declaration of Nuisance Property at 544 Hancock Avenue and seconded by Bishop.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-05 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (504 Washington Ave.) – A motion was made by Sims to approve Resolution No. 21-07-05 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (504 Washington Ave.) and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-06 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (504 Logan Ave.) – A motion was made by Bishop to approve Resolution No. 21-07-06 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (504 Logan Ave.) and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-07 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (236 Logan Ave.) – A motion was made by Bishop to approve Resolution No. 21-07-07 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (236 Logan Ave.) and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-08 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (116 East 2nd St.) – A motion was made by Sims to approve Resolution No. 21-07-08 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (116 East 2nd St.) and seconded by Bishop.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action and Discussion on Resolution No. 21-07-09 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (528 Washington Ave.) – A motion was made by Bishop to approve Resolution No. 21-07-09 Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska Declaring Nuisance Properties (528 Washington Ave.) and seconded by Petersen.

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

The Resolution will be published in pamphlet form.

 

Action on Bills & Claims – AFLAC, employee benefits – 178.64; Black Hills Energy, utilities – 2.54; Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE, employee benefits – 7,885.99; Brown Construction, Inc., capital outlay – 16,646.42; Country Supply, supplies – 1,112.90; Grant Rotary Club, dues  - 307.50; League of NE Municipalities, dues & training – 2,570.00; MEAN, transmission charge – 106,948.33; Midwest Electric, Capital Outlay – 11,475.67; Nebraska Public Health Environmental, lab & well tests – 30.00; Pinnacle Bank/Visa, dues & training, postage & supplies – 1,452.50; Principal Life Insurance Company, employee benefits – 144.90; The Hometown Agency , insurance – 4,562.00; American Funds, retirement –978.40; Nebraska Department of Revenue, sales tax – 11,682.55; United States Treasury, federal tax withholding – 4,207.00; Overtime Wages 6/27-7/10 – 301.06. Total Bills and Claims $107,486.40.

 

The motion was made by Petersen and seconded by Sims to approve the Bills and Claims in the amount of $107,486.40.

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

 

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

 

Mayor Lisa Schmitt adjourned this meeting of the Grant City Council at 10:05 P.M.

 

 

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                                                                                              Lisa Schmitt, Mayor

 

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Jessie Faber, City Clerk