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Trenton Board of Trustees

February 11, 2014

Trenton, NE

REGULAR MEETING

 

A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Trenton, NE, was convened in open and public session, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30p.m. at the Village Office.  Present: Chairman Rundel, Trustees Frakes, McArthur and Poppert, Clerk McKain,  Deputy Clerk Cock, Aaron Leggott, Larry Evans, and Phil McDonald.  Availability of the agenda was communicated in advance notice and in the notice sent to the Chairman and Trustees of the meeting.  All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the meeting was open to the public.

 

Roll Call was taken and quorum was verified.

 

Chairman made “Open Meeting Act” announcement.

 

Citizen Forum:  Phil McDonald addressed the board with concerns of the Ordinance about snow removal on the sidewalks.  Mr. McDonald explained he has seen a lot of properties that still have not scooped the snow off the sidewalks.  Discussion was made on the issue.  Chairman Rundel stated the Village would try to communicate with the community better about the ordinances and have reminders in the newsletter and on Channel 4.  He also addressed the board with concerns about unlicensed vehicles on the streets.  Clerk McKain explained that the Village has sent notices and will continue to do so until we get them taken care of.  Mr. McDonald voiced his concerns on the closing of the airport in the near future.  Discussion was made on this issue and Chairman Rundel will get Mr. McDonald additional information about the repairs on the Beacon.  Mr. Evans addressed the board to inform them that Julie Cox has retired from the Library Board.  Mr. Evans stated that Jason Brown has stated some interest in joining the Library Board.  Rundel stated that once the library board approved the appointment, the Village Board would take action with the next available meeting.

 

Motion made by McArthur and second by Poppert to approve agenda. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

Motion made by McArthur with second by Poppert to approve minutes of the January 14, 2014 meeting. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, and Rundel Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

Motion made by McArthur and second by Poppert to approve treasurer’s report.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

Utility Superintendent Reports: Electric Department: Emrich has began tree trimming of the streets/alleys for electrical line issues and is almost completed with the west side of town.  Water Department:  Mr. Leggott stated there are no issues and everything is good.  Sewer Department: Mr. Leggott stated KC Electric repaired one motor and now the second motor is being repaired.  Trash Department: Mr. Leggott reported the department is working well and there are no new customers this month.  Street Department: Mr. Leggott stated the department is working well and he has been busy scooping snow.  Park Department: Mr. Leggott stated there is a possibility of renting a chipper for the trees and use mulch for playground.  The chipper will cost $350.00 for 2 days.    Pool Department: No report as pool is winterized for the year. 

 

Animal Control: There are 19 cats and 129 dogs licensed within the village.  There are still quite a few unlicensed animals.  Several warning citations have been issued.  Several complaints have been received concerning dogs at large.  One animal citation for running at large has been issued.

 

Village Office:  Clerk McKain reported that there are no utility deposits to be returned.  McKain stated that there is a SW Clerks meeting in Curtis on February 20, 2014 at 12:30pm and that the office will be closing at 11:30a.m on that date.  Clerk McKain has been working on the application for Tree City USA. She has submitted the application for Ground Water Guardian and the Village of Trenton has been approved.

 

Library: Clerk McKain stated that the Library now has an insurance liability form for FROG participants to sign at the library. 

 

Unfinished Business: No new information of the wind turbine project.  No new estimates for the library roof were submitted.  The proposed PTO policy continues to be a table item. 

 

New Business: Motion by Poppert and second by Frakes to accept the Resignation of Dana Chambers from the Tree Board and to Appoint Karen Keller as a new member.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, and Rundel Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.  Hitch and Hay requested $3,563.80 in assistance for public transportation.  Discussion was made and the Motion to give Hitch and Hay $1,678.99 the value of use by our population by Poppert and second by Frakes   Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, and Rundel Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried. Discussion was made about Pool Applications and Lifeguard training.  The board agreed to start advertising for lifeguards.  Frank’s Bar is interested in applying and becoming a new Keno location for the Village of Trenton.  Motion by McArthur and second by Poppert to add Frank’s Bar as a location for KENO in the Village of Trenton.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.  Motion by Frakes and second by Poppert to accept the bid from Gaston Lawn Service for the second and forth applications on the park.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.  Airport Lease Renewals were discussed and Motion by Frakes and second by McArthur to approve K. Drain-Hanger 1yr, J. Walker-Hanger 1yr, and H Seeker-Land 3yr leases.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.  States of Nebraska Department of Roads developing plans to start construction in 2016 on HWY 34 were reviewed and Chairman Rundel plans to meet with the State Crew when they are in town discussing the plans.  The 4-H girls have requested that if the Village provide paint for the park.  The group plans to repaint the shelter and bathrooms once the weather is warmer.  The Board of Trustees agreed that this would be a good opportunity to improve the looks of the buildings.  Employee wages were reviewed and there was a MOTION by McArthur and second by Poppert to give Clerk McKain a 7% raise, Superintendent Vrbas a 5% raise, Aaron Leggott 5% raise, and Jessica Cock 5% raise which is be retroactive from January 13, 2014.  Ayes: McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Abstain: Frakes Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.  Discussion on a possible new trash customer was discussed.  A new part-time position may be needed with the additional trash customers.  Terry Galloway phoned in to discuss the Audit Review.  Mr. Galloway pointed out that the Village is doing a good job in most areas.  One recommendation was to raise some rates.  The Board discussed the issue of raising rates and declined to take any action.     

 

Correspondence:  Loss Control-Increase in Valuation, Lifeguard Training, JD Klingenberg, and Trenton Christmas Committee-Thank you and Copy of newspaper article.

Motion made by Frakes and second by McArthur to approve Operating, Keno, and Library Claims. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

1.    January payroll (2 pay periods)............................................................. $9,580.02

2.    EFTPS, FED (January payroll tax)......................................................... 2,248.58

3.    NE Dept. of Revenue (January payroll tax)............................................. 252.36

4.    NE Dept. of Revenue, (January sales tax)............................................ 3,636.29

5.    Aflac (Supplement Insurance)...................................................................... 43.70

6.    American Funds (January Simple IRA).................................................... 148.32

7.    Blue Cross Blue Shield (Insurance Feb Premiums)........................... 2,684.24

8.    Blue Cross Blue Shield (Insurance Mar Premiums)........................... 2,233.01      

9.    C&K (Supplies)................................................................................................ 54.76

10. Century MFG (Supplies)................................................................................ 99.80      

11. City of McCook (Trash)............................................................................. 1,754.93

12. Colonial Life (Supplement insurance)........................................................ 40.48

13. D&L Pest Control (Application)..................................................................... 48.00

14. Dewey, Nadine (Payroll).............................................................................. 207.20

15. Evans, Larry (Payroll)................................................................................... 244.20

16. Farmers Co-op (Fuel)................................................................................ 1,250.92

17. Fastenal Company (Supplies)...................................................................... 35.21

18. FirstBank Credit Card (Office Card (Postage) $349.86;

W. McKain (Utility Conference, Software Update, Water License) $510.01;

J. Vrbas (Tax Forms) 14.64)........................................................................ 874.51

19. Great Plains Communications (Telephone/Internet).............................. 424.79

20. Ideal Linen Supply (Shop supplies)............................................................ 25.11

21. K&C Motor & Electric (Sewer Motor Repairs)............................................. 80.00

22. League Builders (Keys).................................................................................... 7.96

23. McKain, Wendy (Utility Conference, Supplies)....................................... 131.50

24. MNB (January Simple IRA)......................................................................... 291.68

25. Municipal Supply, INC (Water Wand Repair).......................................... 269.67

26. Olsen’s Agricultural Lab (Water Samples).................................................. 16.50

27. Quill (Tax Forms- Returned)........................................................................ (23.41)

28. Rundel, John (Replacement Check)........................................................... 23.28

29. Schamel’s Auto Supply (Supplies).............................................................. 58.50

30. Scoop Media (Publications)........................................................................ 255.09

31. Southwest Fertilizer (Prepaid Propane)............................................... (1,951.90)    

32. SWPPD (Purchase Power January Billing $47,070.92; Airport $79.50;

 North Well $446.62; South Well $417.70).......................................... 48,114.74

33. Top Office (Copier Lease/Office Supplies)............................................... 195.67

34. Unitech (Sewer Supplies)........................................................................... 258.00      

35. Verizon (Cell phones).................................................................................. 114.73

36. Village of Trenton (Utilities)..................................................................... 3,098.60

37. Walmart (Supplies)......................................................................................... 46.45

38. Wayne’s Tree Service (Power Line Trimming)..................................... 3,000.00

39. Burger & Bennett, P.C. (Legal Services).................................................. 605.05

40. Nebraska Dept. of Revenue (Lottery License Fee)................................. 100.00

 

KENO CLAIMS (Keno Checking Account): NONE

        

LIBRARY CLAIMS (Library checking account):

         L1.  First Bank Card (Books/Office Supplies)................................................ 152.45

 

Motion made by Frakes with second by Poppert to adjourn the meeting. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15p.m.

 

Next regular meeting will be March 11, 2014, at 6:30p.m. in the Village Office.

 

 

                                                           

John A. Rundel, Chairman

Trenton Board of Trustees

ATTEST:

 

                                                           

Wendy L. McKain, Village Clerk



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