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 8, 2009 at City Hall in Henderson, Nebraska.

Notice of this meeting was posted at the City Hall and published in the December 3, 2009 Henderson News. Mayor Ken Bergen called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Bergen 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 Bergen also referred to the open meetings law poster at the back of the council chambers.

Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Ken Bergen. Council members: Jim Mestl, Deb Friesen and Matt Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Also present were the city clerk and police chief.

Minutes from the November 10, 2009 meeting were reviewed. Jim Mestl made a motion to approve the minutes as presented with a change adding Deb Friesen as absent for the vote on claims. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.

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

One building permit was submitted.

Deb Friesen made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Mayor for the 2010 appointments. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Deb Friesen, Jim Mestl and Matt Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.

Following are the recommendations for 2010:

                          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                                                 Recreation committee

                          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. Jim Ohrt/Dr. Chris Vanderneck

                          City Clerk/Treasurer                                                          Connie Brown

                          Pool Administrator                                                             Becky Franz

                          Zoning Administrator                                                        Milan Mierau

Jim Mestl made a motion to table water/sewer rates until January meeting. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.

After discussion, Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Mayor to appoint Harold Andres as a new commissioner for the Housing Authority. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen and Jim Mestl. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.

Jim Mestl made a motion to have attorney amend the ordinance concerning the Board of Adjustments and Planning Commission Board in the Municipal Code Book. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.  

After discussion and recommendation by city auditors, Matt Friesen made a motion to adopt a policy to have fixed asset depreciation set for $5,000. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen and Jim Mestl. Absent: Scott Erb. Motion carried.

Reports were given. No formal action taken.

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


Connie Brown, City Clerk