The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at the City Hall in Henderson, Nebraska.

 

Notice of this meeting was posted at the City Hall and U.S. Post Office and published in the December 7, 2004 Henderson News.


Mayor Curt Friesen called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Curt Friesen and Council: Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen and Matt Friesen. Scott Erb was present at 7:35. Also present was the city clerk.

 

Minutes from the meetings on November 9 , 2004 were presented. Mark Kroeker made a motion to approve the minutes. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen, Matt Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.


Claims were presented and studied. Scott Erb made a motion to accept claims as presented including check #3096 for Virg’s Plumbing in the amount of $135 from the October 12 meeting. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen and Matt Friesen. Abstain: Scott Erb. Motion carried.


Scott Rathjen from Kirkham Michael was present to present the Main Street alley improvement plans between Front Street and Cedar Street and Elm Street and Cedar Street. Scott Erb made a motion to approve the alley plans with bid letting date to be March 11 at 10:00 a.m. Mark Kroeker seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


At 8:00 p.m. Mayor Curt Friesen declared the council as the Board of Equalization to review and discuss Ken Bergen’s request to reassess the lots in Bergen Subdivision. Mark Kroeker made a motion to accept Resolutions 2004-04, 2005-04 and 2006-04 allowing the reassessment of the water, sewer and street costs. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


At 8:02 the Board of Equalization adjourned and the city council reconvened.


The third reading of the dog pooper scooper ordinance was reviewed after some changes were made from the second reading. Scott Erb made a motion to adopt Ordinance #350, an ordinance that makes the owner of a dog responsible for the disposal of feces on public and private property. Mark Kroeker seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mark Kroeker, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


Reports were given. Curt Friesen recommended we have a new well in place by January 2006 due to LB962.


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


The clerk swore in Mayor Lucas Epp and Councilman Jim Mestl.


Mayor Lucas Epp declared the meeting open at 8:15 p.m.


Mayor Lucas Epp presented the city council with the following recommendation for

 

              The appointments are as follows: 

                            Chairman of Council                                                    Matt Friesen 

                            Water and Sewer Commissioner                                  Scott Erb

                            Swimming Pool Commissioner                                    Jim Mestl

                            Parks Commissioner                                                                   Deb Friesen

                            Street Commissioner                                                                   Matt Friesen

                            Recreation Commissioner                                                           Jim Mestl

                            Recreation Administrators                                                          Deb Wilhelm and Joel Heinrichs

                            City Attorney                                                                              Charles Campbell

                            Deputy City Attorney                                                                  Mike Murphy

                            City Engineers                                                                             Kirkham Michael and Associates

                            Chief of Police                                                                            Milan Mierau

                            Fiscal Agent                                                                                Smith Hayes

                            Health Officer                                                                             Dr. Chris Vanderneck

                            City Clerk/Treasurer                                                                   Connie Brown

                            Pool Administrator                                                                      Becky Franz

                            Zoning Administrator                                                                  Milan Mierau


After reviewing the Mayor’s recommendation for appointments for 2005, Deb Friesen made a motion to approve them. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


City Attorney Charley Campbell was present to discuss letter received from ABC Contracting’s attorney. Scott Schmoker and Charley Campbell will be working on preparing a response to the letter. Scott Erb made a motion to approve the amount of $51,966.40 to ABC Contracting and to send this with the letter prepared by the attorney. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


Fire Chief Carey Friesen was present to discuss possible savings by lowering the city’s insurance category by reinstating the old fire pumper. Matt Friesen made a motion to table the agenda item and to have budget numbers, footage of fire pumper and cost of moving generator at a later date. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


Scott Erb made a motion to approve the $7,500 contribution to the Chamber position. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


The clerk updated the council on the request for a USDA Revolving Loan in the amount of $25,000 for Starlight Fruit Express. Deb Friesen made a motion to approve the request pending the Starlight Fruit Express’s approval of a bank operating loan. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


Matt Friesen gave a report on a Groundwater Foundation Workshop. The Workshop would be February 9th at the City Hall. Matt Friesen and Scott Erb are to go to the workshop in Benedict.


The council members took a tour of the new city offices to see the progress. After a punch list was made, Matt Friesen made a motion to approve the pay request of JR Construction in the amount of $7,739. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


After reviewing the drawings of a conference table prepared by Custom Wood Products, Scott Erb made a motion to approve the bid in the amount of $2,975. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


New carpet was discussed at the new Police Department. Deb Friesen made a motion to allow the city clerk to solicit another bid and use discretion for which bid to accept. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Motion carried.


Update on new well. Look into water rates.


Reports - look into dog kennel being 5' away from property line.


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


Connie Brown, City Clerk