Article 9. Compensation

§1-901               COMPENSATION; MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS. The compensation of any elective official of the Municipality shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which he shall have been elected except when there has been a merger of offices; provided, the compensation of the members of the Governing Body, a board, or commission may be increased or diminished at the beginning of the full term of any member whether or not the terms of one or more members commence and end at different times. No elected official may be rehired at a greater salary if he resigns and desires to be rehired during the unexpired term of office. He may be rehired after the term of office during which he resigned at a greater salary. All salaries shall be set by ordinance of the Governing Body and will be available for public inspection at the office of the Municipal Clerk. (Ref 17-108.02, 17-612 RS Neb.)

§1-902               COMPENSATION; CONFLICT OF INTEREST. (1) For purposes of this section officer shall mean (a) any member of any board or commission of the Municipality, (b) any appointed official if such municipal official (I) serves on a board or commission which spends and administers its own funds and (ii) is dealing with a contract made by such board or commission, or (c) any elected municipal official. Unless specified otherwise, volunteer firefighters and ambulance drivers shall not be considered officers for purposes of this section, with respect to their duties as firefighters and ambulance drivers.

             (2)        No officer of the Municipality shall be permitted to benefit from any contract to which the Municipality is a party. The existence of such an interest in any contract renders the contract voidable by decree of a court of competent jurisdiction as to any person who entered into the contract or took assignment thereof with actual knowledge of the prohibited conflict. An action to have a contract declared void under this section may be brought by the Municipality or by any resident thereof and must be brought within one (1) year after the contract is signed or assigned. Any such decree may provide for the reimbursement of any person for the reasonable value of all money, goods, material, labor, or services furnished under the contract, to the extent that the Municipality has benefitted thereby. The prohibition in this section shall apply only when the officer or his or her parent, spouse, or child (a) has a business, association with the business involved in the contract, and business association shall mean a business: (I) in which the individual is a partner limited liability company member, director, or officer; (ii) in which the individual or a member of the individual̓s immediate family is a stockholder of a closed corporation stock worth one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more at fair market value or which represents more than five percent (5%) equity interest or is a stockholder of publicly traded stock worth ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or more at fair market value or which represents more than ten percent (10%) equity interest or (b) will receive a direct pecuniary fee or commission as a result of the contract, except that if such officer is an employee of the business involved in the contract and has no ownership interest or will not receive a pecuniary fee such officer shall not be deemed to have an interest within the meaning of this section.

             (3)        The provisions of this section shall not apply if the interested officer: 

             (a)        Makes a declaration on the record to the Governmental Body responsible for approving the contract regarding the nature and extent of his or her interest, prior to official consideration of the contract;

             (b)        Does not vote on the matter of granting the contract, except that if the number of members of the Board declaring an interest in the contract would prevent the Board, with all members present, from securing a quorum on the issue, then all members may vote on the matter; and

             (c)        Does not act for the Municipality as to inspection or performance under the contract in which he or she has an interest.

             (4)        The receiving of deposits, cashing of checks, and buying and selling of warrants and bonds of indebtedness of any Municipality by a financial institution shall not be considered a contract under the provisions of this section. The ownership of less than five percent (5%) of the outstanding shares of a corporation shall not constitute an interest within the meaning of this section. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (3), if an officer̓s parent, spouse or child is an employee of the Municipality, the officer may vote on all issues of the contract which are generally applicable to all employees or all employees within a classification and do not single out his or her parent, spouse, or child for special action. If an officer has the power to employ personnel and he or she hires his or her parent, spouse, or child, such officer shall disclose the hiring pursuant to subsection (5), except that if the parent, spouse, or child is already employed in the position at the time the officer takes office and such position does not change, no disclosure need be made. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, any contract entered into with an interested officer shall be subject to applicable competitive bidding requirements and shall be fair and reasonable to the Municipality.

             (5)        The Municipal Clerk shall maintain, separately from other records, a ledger containing the information listed in subdivisions (a) through (e) of this subsection about every contract entered into by the Municipality in which an officer has an interest as specified above for which disclosure is made as provided in subsection (3). Such information shall be kept in the ledger for five (5) years from the date of the officer̓s last day in office and shall include the:

(a)        Names of the contracting parties;

(b)        Nature of the interest of the officer in question;

(c)        Date that the contract was approved by the Municipality involved;

(d)        Amount of the contract; and

(e)        Basic terms of the contract.

             (6)        The information supplied relative to the contract shall be provided to the Clerk not later than ten (10) days after the contract has been signed by both parties. The ledger kept by the Clerk shall be available for public inspection during the normal working hours of the office in which it is kept.

             (7)        An open account established for the benefit of any Municipality or entity thereof, with a business in which an officer has an interest, shall be deemed a contract subject to the provisions of this section. The statement required to be filed pursuant to this section shall be filed within ten (10) days after such account is opened. Thereafter, the Clerk shall maintain a running account of all amounts purchased on the open account. Purchases made from petty cash or a petty cash fund shall not be subject to the provisions of this sect ion.

             (8)        The Municipality may enact ordinances exempting from the provisions of this section, contracts involving one hundred dollars ($100.00) or less in which an officer of such Municipality may have an interest.

             (9)        No officer, including volunteer firefighters and ambulance drivers, shall receive any pay or perquisites from the Municipality other than his or her salary. The Governing Body shall not pay or appropriate any money or other valuable thing to pay a person who is not an officer for the performance of any act, service, or duty, which shall come within the proper scope of the duties of any officer of the Municipality. (Ref 17-611, 18-305 through 18-312, 49-14,103.01 through 49-14,103.03,70-624.04 RS Neb.)