The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 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 February 3, 2005 Henderson News.


            Mayor Lucas Epp called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Lucas Epp and Council members: Deb Friesen, Matt Friesen, Jim Mestl and Scott Erb. Also present was the city clerk.


            Minutes from the meeting on January 11, January 17 and February 2, 2005 were presented. Deb Friesen made a motion to approve the minutes. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Claims were presented. Scott made a motion to accept the claims with the exception of Virg’s Plumbing claim. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the Virg’s Plumbing claim. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Jim Mestl and Matt Friesen. Abstain - Scott Erb.


            No new building permits.


            Scott Erb made a motion to appoint Scott Rathjen of Kirkham Michael as the city’s street superintendent. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Kevin Prior and Tory Kort of Olsson and Associates were present to discuss the lagoon wastewater level. The amount of wastewater is getting too high and needs to be addressed. The irrigation season is still a few months away and the farmer will not be irrigating as much out of it this year as he now has a pivot on his ground. Some suggestions from Kevin Prior is if we needed to, we can notify DEQ to discharge down the draw if the city were to work the cells now or we can pump into the north cell now and work the cells at a later date. Either way some soil tests will need to be done for soil compaction and root depth. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the agreement with Olsson and Associates for the geotechnical investigation, site survey, flow measurement and preliminary plan for $7,250. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Mayor Lucas Epp opened the public hearing for Abe Buller’s garden shed variance at 8:30 p.m. There was no public present. Mayor Lucas Epp closed the hearing at 8:37 p.m. After a short discussion and review of the planning commission’s recommendation, Deb Friesen made a motion to approve the variance for the garden shed.

Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Mayor Lucas Epp opened the second public hearing at 8:39 p.m. for Abe Buller’s request for an addition to the front of his garage. Abe Buller was present to answer questions. Matt Friesen made a recommendation to readdress the variance at the next month’s meeting after the planning commission has made a recommendation since they tabled the issue until March 1. The public hearing was closed at 8:46 p.m.


            A meeting will be set up in March with Hannah Keelan to review and discuss the N Industrial Parks Blight and Substandard Study and the Main Street redevelopment plan.


            Reports were given. Item discussed was snow emergency route for Main Street. The clerk is to get some sample ordinances to review. Public Hearing for 1&6 year street plan is set for February 21, 2005 at 12:00 noon.


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



Lucas Epp, Mayor

Connie Brown, City Clerk