The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 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 March 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 February 8 and February 21, 2005 were presented. Matt Friesen made a motion to approve the minutes. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


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


            Scott Erb made a motion to accept the planning commissions recommendation to appoint Justin Ott as a planning commission member. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Members from the Henderson Auto Club were present to discuss this year’s car show during Community Days. The council reassured the members to continue to have the car show in the Lakeview Park.


            Alan Janzen and Patty Lungram presented to the council the fact of increasing numbers using the hospital facility and the parking/traffic issues. They stated the agreement with the assisted living unit residents was to control and limit traffic using the driveway in front of the units. They presented to the council the option of closing the access to parking lot from driveway off of 16th Street in front of the assisted living units and to access parking lot from 17th Street. The council asked them to bring plans to the April 12th meeting showing where they plan on having the curb cut for the driveway and how they plan on blocking 16th Street parking lot access.


            Alley construction bids were presented by Scott Rathjen from Kirkham Michael from the bid opening earlier in the day. Paulsen, Inc. from Cozad was low bidder in the amount of $161,225.80. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the engineer’s recommendation of Paulsen, Inc. for the alley project. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            Olsson and Associates representatives Tory Kort and Kevin Prior were present to discuss the test well results. It was decided to do 13 parameter tests on some domestic wells to the north and to the south to verify the nitrates, iron and manganese. If these tests are favorable, then we would decide which test well to case for a 13 parameter test for a municipal well.


            Tory Kort and Kevin Prior also discussed the lagoon situation. They are waiting on soil sample results from the north cell. Engineers, city clerk and maintenance supervisor are to start working on obtaining an emergency discharge permit from the Department of Environmental Quality.


            A water main needs to be repaired at Front and 11th Street to Hickory Street. Scott Erb made a motion to accept Halls Contracting bid to bore a 6" water main to replace the 2" water main for $16,837.80. Deb Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Deb Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Motion carried.


            The swimming pool negotiations with contractor’s final payment withholding was discussed. It was decided to offer the contractor a withholding a sum of $9,310.


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



Connie Brown

City Clerk