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 11, 2008 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 March 6, 2008 Henderson News. 

             Mayor Lucas Epp called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Epp 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 Epp also referred to the open meetings law poster located at the back of the conference chambers.

             Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Lucas Epp. Council members: Jim Mestl, Scott Erb and Matt Friesen. Absent: Deb Friesen. Also present were the city clerk and city employees.

             Minutes from the February 12, 2008, meeting were presented. Jim Mestl made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

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

             No building permits were submitted.

             Mike Kleffner was present to discuss the water improvement project. A fence will be placed around the east well. This will be funded by a grant. Three bids were submitted for the project. American Fence was $4,976.20, All Season was $5,545.85 and Beaver Creek fencing was $8,795. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the American Fence bid for $4,976.20. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen and Jim Mestl. Nays - Scott Erb. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.                      The water tower was discussed. The tower will be white with maroon lettering. It will be out of service while the crew is painting the inside and outside. It should take 6 - 8 weeks with weather cooperating.

             The street improvement project for Front Street was discussed. M.E. Collins from Wahoo should be moving into town the first to middle part of April. Should be complete with street by mid June, weather permitting. One side of Front Street will always remain open for traffic flow.

             Two bids were discussed on a new mower for the city. Scott Erb made a motion to accept Lowell Hiebner’s bid for a Hustler mower with options. Matt Friesen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Representatives of the recreation department were present to give the council an update on fund raisers and time line for possible ballfields and grant received from Nebraska Game and Parks. Scott Erb made a motion to allow the city clerk to meet with engineers to discuss design of ballfields. Jim Mestl seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Kirkham Michael’s agreement for engineering of the N Industrial Park’s sewer lift station was reviewed. Matt Friesen made a motion to accept the agreement. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Chief of Police Milan Mierau discussed creating a mailbox ordinance to include setbacks from the post office and other towns. Setbacks were reviewed and Milan Mierau is to have the city attorney draft an ordinance for the next meeting.

             Reports were given. No formal action.

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

             Matt Friesen made a motion to reconsider the motion to adjourn and to reconvene into regular session to discuss the city engineer for the water project. Scott Erb seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Matt Friesen, Scott Erb and Jim Mestl. Absent: Deb Friesen. Motion carried.

             Engineers were discussed. No formal action taken.

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


Connie Brown, City Clerk