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Trenton Board of Trustees

June 10, 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, June 10, 2014 at 6:30p.m. at the Village Office.  Present: Chairman Rundel, Trustees Frakes, Neely, Superintendent Vrbas, Clerk McKain, Deputy Clerk Cock, Larry Evans, and Phil McDonald. Board members McArthur and Poppert had communicated in advance that they would not be at the meeting.  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 at 7:00pm and quorum was verified.

 

Chairman made “Open Meeting Act” announcement.

 

Citizen Forum:  Phil McDonald asked what the purpose of the new bucket truck was and why the Village didn’t change their own street lights.  Chairman Rundel stated the Village has a contract with SWPPD and when it was up for renewal the Board of Trustees would look into the Village maintaining our lights as an option.

 

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

 

Motion made by Neely and second by Frakes to approve minutes of the May 13, 2014 meeting. Ayes: Frakes, Neely, and Rundel Nays: None. Absent: McArthur and Poppert. Motion carried.

 

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

 

Utility Superintendent Reports: Electric Department: Vrbas reported the tree branches have been all picked up from the tree trimming in January.  The hole on East I had been filled where underground wiring was replaced.  Vrbas reported that a burglary report had been filed but he has not received a copy from the sheriff’s office.  Water Department:  Vrbas stated the department was running well and he took the yearly nitrate water sample.  Sewer Department: Vrbas stated they have not started the project for the 400 block of West 4th but he had talked to the resident about the project.  Trash Department: Vrbas reported the driver’s window on the trash truck quit working and they are working on fixing it.  Street Department: Vrbas stated East I Street had been fixed.  Flooding on East E street is still a concern, however, the run-off ditch is clear and flowing.  The culvert on Main is clear and flowing for water run-off. Park Department: Vrbas stated the sand court and sand box had been sprayed and will be removed at a later date.  Pool Department:  Vrbas reported the pool is filled; repairs have been made and will be opening on June 12, 2014. 

 

Animal Control: Vrbas stated there are 22 cats and 148 dogs licensed within the village.  There were 2 warnings for failure to license, 3 warnings for running at large, 4 citations for failure to license and 0 citations for running at large during the month of May.  Several complaints have been received concerning dogs at large.  There is a trial set for June 18, 2014 on a resident who pleaded not guilty to licensing dogs.

 

Village Office:  McKain reported that there are 3 utility deposits to be returned, 2 will be applied to a final bill and 1 will be applied to the account.   McKain stated she will be going to the Accounting and Finance Conference this year on June 18-20, 2014 in Kearney and Cock will be in the office until noon on those days.  McKain stated that the Channel 4 renewal application with FCC has been filed.  McKain reported Frank’s has been approved for Keno and received the Keno license.  Frank is waiting on equipment and training from Keno.

 

Library: Evans reported the Library Board would like a higher spending limit on the library credit card as they were not aware of a limit and was charged an over the limit fee.  The issue was discussed.  Motion made by Frakes and second by Neely to raise the library credit card limit to $500.00.  Ayes: Frakes, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Poppert.  Motion carried.

 

Unfinished Business: Rundel reported on the update for the wind turbine project.  Rundel is expecting a proposal next month.  Rundel reported on the nuisance properties and stated he continues to see progress on the properties.  The property being donated to the village was discussed and has yet to receive keys to inspect the property.   BNSF called about the railroad cleanup and was going to contact Vrbas.  The surplus equipment is listed with the online Cornlea Auction as of June 16, 2014 and will be sold on July 3, 2014 auction.

 

Ordinance or Resolution:  Motion made by Neely second by Frakes for resolution 6-2014-1 to close highway 25 on August 2, 2014 at 11am until 12:30pm for the Harvest Festival parade.  Ayes: Rundel, Neely, and Frakes Nays: None Absent: McArthur and Poppert.  Motion Carried.

 

RESOLUTION 6-2014-1

Special Event Closing of Highway 25 for Harvest Festival

The Board Chairman and Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Trenton (hereinafter in the Village), in special session assembled at the Village Office in Trenton, Nebraska on the 10th day of June, 2014, hereby resolve as follows:

WHEREAS, the Village will assume control of Highway 25 (Main Street) between West G Street and West B Street on August 2, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHEREAS, the Village acknowledges the acceptance of the duties set out in LB 589 subsection (2) and is in agreement to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the state from all claims, demands, actions, damages and liability, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which may arise as a result of the special event.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Village will assume control of Highway 25 (Main Street) between West G Street and West B Street beginning at 11:00 a.m. on August 2, 2014.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Village will return possession back to the State of Nebraska Department of Roads Division (NDOR) at 12:30 p.m. on August 2, 2014.

INTRODUCED AND PASSED THIS 10th day of June, 2014.

John A. Rundel, Chairman

Trenton Board of Trustees

ATTEST:

Wendy L. McKain

Village Clerk

 

New Business: The purchase of a new mower to use at the Pow Wow Grounds and Airport were discussed and bids were reviewed.  A motion by Neely and second by Frakes to accept the bid from Titan for the Bush Hog mower in the amount of $17,000.00.  Ayes: Frakes, Neely, and Rundel.  Nays: None. Absent: McArthur and Poppert.  Motion carried.  Budget meeting times were discussed and the first budget meeting is set for June 24, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Village Clerk’s office.  The budget meeting will have a meal provided and open to the public.  There was a discussion on employee evaluations.  It was decided to look at budgetary issues before making any wage changes.  Pool applications, wages, and admission fees were discussed.  Motion by Neely and second by Frakes to accept seven additional lifeguard applications, the current pay rate and admission fees.  Ayes: Frakes, Neely and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Poppert.  Motion carried.  Culbertson trash route was discussed.  It was decided to accept additional customers.  There has been a concern that the Village was in violation of a jurisdiction issue.  Clerk McKain has raised the issue with attorney Burger and the League of Nebraska Municipality about the jurisdiction issue.  Neither Burger or the League felt there were any jurisdiction issues.  The Village is not accepting any rural customers in Culbertson.  The Board discussed a Farmer’s Market.  It was decided that a peddler’s license in the amount of $5.00 for the season would be needed to participate.  Persons interested in participating will need to complete an application at the Village Clerk’s office.  Discussion on dates for the Farmer’s Market was made.  Options for the farmer’s market were for every Saturday; however, the lot could be used daily if there is a need.  Motion by Neely and second by Frakes to set a $5.00 peddler license fee for the farmer’s market participants during the 2014 summer season.  Ayes: Frakes, Neely, and Rundel.  Nays: None. Absent: McArthur and Poppert.  Motion carried. 

 

Correspondence:  PIREPS; Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts; Nebraska Power Association; Notice of Public Hearings HC Planning Commission – Hitchcock County Clerk; Notice of Public Hearings HC Commissioners – Hitchcock County Clerk; Notice of Valuation Change – 201 East B & Pasture – Hitchcock County Assessor; Pheasants Forever.

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

1.    May payroll (2 pay periods)....................................................................... $10,510.25

2.    EFTPS, FED (May payroll tax)..................................................................... 2,466.88

3.    NE Dept. of Revenue (May payroll tax)........................................................... 279.09

4.    NE Dept. of Revenue, (May sales tax)......................................................... 2,821.85

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

6.    American Funds (Simple IRA)......................................................................... 158.68

7.    Amfirst Insurance Services (Insurance)........................................................... 103.00

8.    Blue Cross Blue Shield (Med/Den May Premiums)...................................... 2,190.86

9.    Burger & Bennett, P.C (Legal Services)....................................................... 1,602.10

10.  C&K Distributers (Pool Parts)........................................................................... 293.81

11.  City of McCook (Trash)................................................................................. 2,228.13

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

13.  D&L Pest Control, LLC (Applications)................................................................ 50.00

14.  Dewey, Nadine (Payroll).................................................................................. 244.20

15.  EBS RMSCO, INC (Vision June Premiums)..................................................... 91.97

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

17.  Farmers Co-op (Fuel).................................................................................... 1,845.12

18.  Fastenal (Pool Repairs)...................................................................................... 15.00

19.  FirstBank Credit Card (Supplies/Fuel/Postage)............................................... 799.51

20.  Great Plains Communications (Telephone/Internet)........................................ 433.07

21.  Ideal Linen Supply (Shop supplies).................................................................... 16.78

22.  Lang Diesel, INC. (Street supplies).................................................................. 156.58

23.  League Builders (Pool Parts).............................................................................. 97.48

24.  MNB (April Simple IRA)................................................................................... 306.12

25.  McKain, Wendy (Meal Reimbursement)............................................................ 10.00

26.  Midlands Toxicology (Pre-employment Drug Testing)...................................... 30.00

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

28.  Orscheln (Supplies)............................................................................................ 28.94

29.  QLT (Equipment Lease)..................................................................................... 17.74

30.  Sandhill Welding LLC (Pool Repairs)............................................................ 1,132.98

31.  Scoop Media (Publications).............................................................................. 182.33

32.  Southwest Fertilizer (Chemicals)...................................................................... 193.98

33.  SWPPD (Purchase Power May Billing $35,752.60; Airport $45.12;

North Well $362.97; South Well $319.20)................................................... 36,479.89

34.  T&J Repair (Vehicle Repairs/Batteries)........................................................... 284.50

35.  Top Office (Copier Lease/Maintenance Lease/Copies)..................................... 59.90

36.  Verizon (Cell phones)....................................................................................... 114.92

37.  Village of Trenton (Utilities)............................................................................ 2,316.75

38.  Walmart (Supplies)............................................................................................. 36.42

 

KENO CLAIMS (Keno Checking Account):

         NONE

        

LIBRARY CLAIMS (Library checking account):

         L1.  First Bankcard (Supplies/Books)..................................................................... 256.32

 

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

 

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55p.m.

 

Next regular meeting will be July 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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