The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the City Hall in Henderson, Nebraska.

             Notice of this meeting was posted at the City Hall and Henderson Post Office and published in the April 3, 2008 Henderson News. 

             Mayor Lucas Epp called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Epp declared the meeting to be legal and properly advertised with all members having been informed of the nature of the meeting and having received related information. Mayor Epp also referred to the open meetings law poster located at the back of the conference chambers.

             Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Lucas Epp. Council members: Jim Mestl, Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Absent: Deb Friesen. Also present were the city clerk and city employees.

             Minutes from the March 11, 2008, meeting were presented. Scott Erb made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Claims were presented. Scott Erb made a motion to approve the claims as presented. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Two building permits were submitted.

             Kevin Prior from Olsson Associates was present to discuss the billing issues that were had with their invoicing. After explanation and discussion, Jim Mestl made a motion to pay Olsson Associates $34,477.58. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             The change order for Simmerman Electric was reviewed for the ethernet for $448.33. Scott Erb made the motion to approve the change order. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Jim Mestl made a motion to approve the final payment to Simmerman Electric for $14,432.61. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Matt Friesen made a motion to approve the final payment to Van Kirk Contracting for $65,213.15. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             The change order for Maguire Iron for the replacement of the ladder safety equipment and the frost-free vent for $14,600 was discussed. Matt Friesen made a motion to approve the change order. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Scott Erb made a motion to install a new cathodic protection system in the water tower for $4,200. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Olsson Associates agreement for the Front Street construction project was reviewed. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the agreement for $23,740. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Lifeguard salaries were discussed for the 2008 season. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the following salaries. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Manager                                                   $11.57

             Assistant Manager                                   $10.54

             1st Year Lifeguard                                   $ 6.75

             2nd Year Lifeguard                                  $ 7.00

             3rd Year Lifeguard                                   $ 7.25

             2nd Year Lifeguard/WSI                          $ 7.25

             3rd Year Lifeguard/WSI                           $ 7.50

             4th Year Lifeguard/College                      $ 8.50


             Ordinance #365, an ordinance to enact rules and regulations for the construction and placement of mailboxes, was reviewed. Scott Erb made a motion to adopt Ordinance #365 and to waive the three readings on three different days. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             The city audit prepared by Mierau and Co. for 2007 was reviewed. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the audit. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             The city insurance was discussed. Clerk to gather information on when we started with LARM and how much has been spent annually.

             The Recreation Department made a request to the city council to apply for a low interest loan for the ballfields through Mainstay Communications on behalf of the Recreation Department. Scott Erb made a motion to adopt Resolution 2008-02, a resolution requesting $35,000 from Mainstay Communication’s Low Interest Revolving Loan over a 10-year period. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Reports were given. No formal action taken.

             Matt Friesen made a motion to adjourn. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.


Connie Brown, City Clerk