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Trenton Board of Trustees

March 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, March 11, 2014 at 6:30p.m. at the Village Office.  Present: Chairman Rundel, Trustees Frakes, McArthur, Neely and Poppert, Superintendent Vrbas, Clerk McKain, Deputy Clerk Cock, Aaron Leggott, Larry Evans, Kyle Drain, Linda Drain, Phyllis Daugherty, Thelma Matson, Dorothy Lambert, Vicki Pederson, Barry Pederson, Darwin Hinrichs, Wanda Lewis, Dorothy Whaley, Jim Cox, Phil McDonald, Judy Todd, and UNL Researchers Addie, Lindsey, James, and Colby.  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:  Addie from UNL discussed how the group has been researching and spotlighting pheasants.  The group is interested in getting access to land north of town at the village well site for additional research.  The board was in agreement that the UNL researchers could have permission to spotlight pheasants at the well site. 

 

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

 

Motion made by McArthur and second by Poppert to approve minutes of the February 11, 2014 meeting. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, and Rundel Nays: None.  Abstain: Neely.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

Utility Superintendent Reports: Electric Department: two street lights have been repaired.  Water Department:  Vrbas stated they took a water sample and that water school is March 17, 18, and 19, 2014 in Grand Island and that he will be attending.   Sewer Department: Vrbas stated that there are reports that Dr. Drain is dumping sewage in the car wash drains.  He stated that they replaced the sewage pump for a resident.  Vrbas stated he didn’t know why the Village was in charge the two sewage pumps.  Rundel told him to do some research through the minutes to see when they were first put in and why.  Trash Department: Vrbas reported the department is working well and there is one new customer this month.  Street Department: Vrbas stated they are waiting on some cold patch and they would be patching the pot holes in the streets.  Park Department: Vrbas stated they have started to clean up the tree branches and will begin chipping the branches when it warms up.  Rundel added he has a call into the Work Ethic Camp about helping rake up the little branches and cleaning up the park.  Pool Department:  Pool is winterized for the year and will begin getting it ready for summer season. 

 

Animal Control: There are 20 cats and 140 dogs licensed within the village.  There are still quite a few unlicensed animals.  There were 8 citations for failure to license and 1 citation for running at large in the month of February.  There were 5 running at large warnings that were issued in February.  Several complaints have been received concerning dogs at large.

 

Village Office:  McKain reported that there is one utility deposit to be returned.  McKain stated that Clerk’s School is in Kearney March 23-28, 2014, and the office will be closed starting Wednesday 26th through Friday 28th.  McKain mentioned that National Groundwater Week is March 9-15, 2014 and there are flyers posted. McKain filed water reports with DHHS, which were approved for the Village and Massacre Canyon.  McKain submitted the 2013 audited financials to the State Auditor ahead of the March 31, 2014 deadline.  McKain has also been working on the Hazard Mitigation Plan and that a draft is due by March 31, 2014.  There is also a Hazard Mitigation class in North Platte on April 3rd.

 

Library: L. Evans stated that J. Cox has resigned from the Library Board.  The Library Board recommends Jason Brown as a replacement on the Library Board.  The Village Board had discussion about the replacement and Poppert made a motion to add Jason Brown as a member to the Library Board and McArthur seconded. Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

Unfinished Business: No new information of the wind turbine project.  No new estimates for the library roof were submitted.  Rundel and Frakes will try to contact Holden again as we have not received a bid.  The proposed PTO policy was revised and the Board of Trustees reviewed and discussed the revision policy.  Neely motioned that they accept the policy as written and Frakes seconded   Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

 

New Business: Airport lease renewal for JP Logistics was discussed and Motion by Frakes and second by Poppert to approve the lease for the hanger and office for 1yr.   Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Dale Bailey has resigned from the Housing Authority Board and Clifford Bach was recommended as a replacement.  Motion by McArthur and Second by Neely to add Clifford Bach as a new member of the Housing Authority Board.  Ayes: Frakes, McArthur, Poppert, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.  Linda Drain addressed the board with concerns of properties within the village.  Ms. Drain stated there were 299 houses in Trenton and, in her opinion, 199 of them needed cleaned up, painted or repaired.  Discussion was made by several residents on a property they considered a “junk yard”.  The residents want the board to pursue nuisance ordinances.  Discussions were made.  Thelma Matson volunteered to clean bathrooms at the park.  Kyle Drain volunteered equipment to help clean up.  Poppert stated that the high school students’ project this year may be to help residents with property clean up.  Poppert will address the idea with school personnel.  Board members agreed that village trailers may be utilized to assist with clean up.  The Village will start a list of persons seeking to volunteer time to help clean up properties within the village limits.  The Village will also take names of persons who are interested in having help to clean up their property.  Rundel stated that the board will start proceedings against some properties that the group identified.  Rundel and Neely stated that the process takes time and can be costly.  Discussion was made about the property that Doug Garner would like to donate to the Village.  After discussion of the property the board tabled the item for later discussion so that some board members could look over property before accepting the donation.  Goodwill would like to set up a trailer for donations in Trenton, The Board had a discussion and agreed that the school parking lot would be a good spot to have the Goodwill trailer.  Rundel stated he would talk with Mr. Apple at the school.   

 

Correspondence:  AmTrak Safety Training March 21-23, 2014, PIREPS, Spotter Training at the EMS Building at 6:30pm March 25, 2014, Dirt Dawg-Returned Reminder Notice with comments.

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

 

1.    February payroll (2 pay periods)................................................................. $9,996.29

2.    EFTPS, FED (February payroll tax).............................................................. 2,372.22

3.    NE Dept. of Revenue (February payroll tax)................................................... 275.17

4.    NE Dept. of Revenue, (February sales tax).................................................. 3,396.66

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

6.    American Funds (February Simple IRA).......................................................... 153.50

7.    Blue Cross Blue Shield (Med/Den April Premiums)...................................... 2,190.86

8.    C&K (Supplies)................................................................................................... 16.62

9.    Century MFG (Sewer supplies)........................................................................ 297.80

10.  City of McCook (Trash)................................................................................. 1,499.62

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

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

13.  Evans, Larry (Payroll)....................................................................................... 207.20

14.  Farmers Co-op (Fuel).................................................................................... 2,203.94

15.  FirstBank Credit Card (Office Card (Postage) $199.79;

W. McKain (Adobe System Update) $21.09)................................................... 220.88

16.  Great Plains Communications (Telephone/Internet)........................................ 425.09

17.  Ideal Linen Supply (Shop supplies).................................................................... 16.74

18.  K&C Motor & Electric (Sewer Motor Repairs)................................................. 349.00

19.  League Builders (Lockset & Keys)..................................................................... 26.98

20.  McKain, Wendy (Utility Conference, Supplies).................................................. 19.99

21.  MNB (January Simple IRA)............................................................................. 298.90

22.  NE Department of HHS (Swimming Pool Permit)............................................. 40.00

23.  Olsen’s Agricultural Lab (Water Samples)......................................................... 33.00

24.  One Call Concepts, INC (Digger’s Hotline).......................................................... 3.70

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

26.  QLT (Leased Equipment)................................................................................... 17.74

27.  Scoop Media (Publications).............................................................................. 322.30

28.  Southwest Fertilizer (Prepaid Propane).......................................................... (521.50)     

29.  SWPPD (Purchase Power February Billing $47,458.52; Airport $57.12;

 North Well $439.59; South Well $416.91).................................................. 48,372.14

30.  Top Office (Copier Lease/Office Supplies)........................................................ 49.95

31.  Trenton Rural Fire Protection District (1/2 Life Insurance Premium).............. 350.55

32.  Unitech (Sewer Supplies)................................................................................. 119.00

33.  Verizon (Cell phones)....................................................................................... 115.49

34.  Village of Trenton (Utilities)............................................................................ 2,951.82

35.  Walmart (Supplies)............................................................................................. 29.21

36.  Wayne’s Tree Service (Power Line Trimming)............................................. 4,700.00

 

KENO CLAIMS (Keno Checking Account): NONE

        

LIBRARY CLAIMS (Library checking account):

         L1.  First Bank Card (Books).................................................................................. 178.66

 

Motion made by McArthur with second by Neely 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 April 8, 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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