The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 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 July 6, 2006 Henderson News.

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

             Minutes from the June 13 meeting were presented. Matt Friesen made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Scott Erb-absent. Motion carried.

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

             Three building permits were submitted.

             Brendan Lilley from Kirkham Michael was present to discuss concerns with the street project. After discussion, Deb Friesen made a motion to pay June and July invoices from Kirkham Michael. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Scott Erb-absent. Motion carried.

             At 8:00 p.m. Mayor Lucas Epp opened the public hearing for Charles Block who requested a special use exception to allow a used car lot at 1250 Cedar Street which is zoned as C-1 District. As no public was present, Mayor Lucas Epp closed the public hearing at 8:10 p.m. After discussion, Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the special use exception as recommended by the planning commission. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Scott Erb-absent. Motion carried.

             At 8:15 p.m. Mayor Lucas Epp opened the public hearing for James Mestl for a variance request to erect an addition to the north side of his house 23 ½ feet from the property line instead of the municipal code of 30 feet. As no public was present, Mayor Lucas Epp closed the public hearing at 8:20 p.m. Due to the lack of a quorum, a special meeting was set for Friday, July 14, 2006 at 12:00 noon.

             The North Industrial Park was discussed. Clerk to get plans that were drawn up by NRD and Kirkham Michael for drainage purposes and for a lift station. No formal action taken.

             Chief of Police Milan Mierau reported on the trailer court issues that the council wanted him to discuss with City Attorney Charley Campbell. To change rates or close the trailer court, a motion must be made and accepted at a council meeting and then a 30 day written notice to the tenants of said change or closure. To eliminate any lots, a motion must be made and accepted at a council meeting and then a 30 day written notice to the tenants involved of such elimination. If a trailer is on a lot to be eliminated, the council does have the authority to force the owner of the trailer to pay for the moving of the trailer, even if just to another lot in the said trailer court.

             After discussion, Jim Mestl made a motion to close the trailer court for any future rentals. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jim Mestl, Matt Friesen and Deb Friesen. Scott Erb-absent. Motion carried.

             Deb Friesen made a motion to raise the monthly rent on the trailer court to $175 per month, including the cost of water and sewer. The current rate is $85 and includes the cost of water and sewer. The motion died for lack of a second. This issue to be on next month’s agenda with more information from area trailer courts.

             Reports were given. Dale Epp’s request for settlement will be on next month’s agenda.

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


Connie Brown

City Clerk