The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Henderson, Nebraska was held at 7:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017 at City Hall in Henderson, Nebraska. Notice of this meeting was posted at the City Hall and Post Office and published in the October 5, 2017 Henderson News.

             Mayor Mike Yoder called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Yoder 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 Yoder also referred to the open meetings law poster at the back of the council chambers.

             Roll call showed the following present: Mayor Mike Yoder. Council members: Jeb Mierau, Corbin Tessman (7:15), Mike Wall and Lee Thiessen. Also present was Milan Mierau and Kelsey Bergen.

             Minutes from September 12 and 21, 2017 were reviewed. Lee Thiessen made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Mike Wall seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Lee Thiessen, Mike Wall and Jeb Mierau. Absent: Corbin Tessman. Motion carried.

             Mike Wall made a motion to pay the claims as presented. Jeb Mierau seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mike Wall, Jeb Mierau and Lee Thiessen. Absent - Corbin Tessman. Motion carried.

             Two building permits were submitted this past month. LaRoy Hiebner for a single residence and Lynn Gloystein for a seed treatment building.

             Milan Mierau mentioned US Cellular looking for land to put up a cellular tower in town during public forum. No formal action taken.

             Diamond Engineering’s second payment request for the 12th and 15th Street reconstruction was reviewed. Mike Wall made a motion to pay the second payment request in the amount of $129,286.78. Jeb Mierau seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mike Wall, Jeb Mierau, Corbin Tessman and Lee Thiessen. Motion carried.

             Mike Wall made a motion to approve Resolution #2017-05, a resolution to place stop signs on the north and south sides of 11th Street at the intersection of 11th Street and Maple Street, for the traffic approaching the intersection from the north and south on 11th Street. Jeb Mierau seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Mike Wall, Jeb Mierau, Corbin Tessman and Lee Thiessen. Motion carried.

             Discussion was had on raising water and sewer rates because of the replacement of the main sewer lift station that will be constructed in 2018. The last rate increase was in 2007 when the three new wells and 14" distribution line were constructed. After reviewing the ordinance to increase water rates, Lee Thiessen made a motion to authorize the first reading of Ordinance #410, an ordinance proposing an increase of water rates by 10% with the meeting of October 10, 2017 being the first day of the reading and the second reading will be November 14, 2017. Corbin Tessman seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Lee Thiessen, Corbin Tessman, Mike Wall and Jeb Mierau. Motion carried.

             Jeb Mierau made a motion to authorize the first reading of Ordinance #411, an ordinance proposing an increase of sewer rates by 10% with the meeting of October 10, 2017 being the first day of the reading and the second reading will be November 14, 2017. Corbin Tessman seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Jeb Mierau, Corbin Tessman, Lee Thiessen and Mike Wall. Motion carried.

             Lisa Hurley and Bre Goben from York County Development Corporation (YCDC) were present to give an annual update. They reported on business development and marketing for York County and Henderson. The idea of doing a virtual reality video for the county has been presented to York County Commissioners and other communities in the county. It would be a 2-4 minute video highlighting the county and communities in the county. The cost of the video would be $30,000 for three different videos at different times of the year. YCDC is looking for cost sharing on the county video. Individual communities can also do their own video for an additional fee.

             Housing needs in the county were also discussed. The Crown Program is being reviewed by YCDC to see if this program can benefit York County and communities. It is a rent-to-own program for low-to-moderate income homeowners. The program would utilize in-fill lots for the construction of new houses. In-fill lots are empty lots within established neighborhoods throughout the community. It was stressed that low to moderate income includes young professionals who are new to the work force.


             The council reviewed other municipal ordinances on fowl to incorporate guidelines for the amendment of the current Henderson municipal code of no fowl. These guidelines will be submitted to the city attorney to create an amendment to the current ordinance and will be published when ordinance is adopted.

             Reports were given. No formal action taken.

             Corbin Tessman made a motion to adjourn. Lee Thiessen seconded. Roll vote: Ayes - Corbin Tessman, Lee Thiessen, Mike Wall and Jeb Mierau. Motion carried.


Mike Yoder, Mayor


Connie Brown, City Clerk