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Trenton Board of Trustees

November 8, 2016

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, November 8, 2016 at 6:30p.m. at the Village Office.  Present:  Chairman Rundel, Trustees Frakes, and Poppert, Village Attorney Schroeder (left meeting at 7:30pm), Clerk McKain, Deputy Clerk Rife, Superintendent Vrbas, John Leahy, Phil McDonald, Bev Seeker, Ron Seeker and Wendy Sensenig.  Board Trustees McArthur and Neely were absent.  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 6:30pm and quorum was verified.

 

Chairman made “Open Meeting Act” announcement.

 

Chairman Rundel opened the public hearing at 6:32 p.m. for the purpose of hearing support, opposition, criticism, suggestions or observations for the annexation of property into the village corporate limits.  Mr. Leahy stated the owner of the Soo Paw (Jim Linenberger) strongly opposes the annexation.  Mr. Leahy explained that the additional property tax would require an increase in the room rate.  Mr. Leahy provided two proposals 1) hold off on the annexation for a year and 2) provide an “exemption” for five years to the Motel.  Rundel asked for additional comments or questions and hearing none.  Motion made by Poppert and second by Frakes to close the public hearing at 6:50 p.m. Ayes: Frakes, Poppert, and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Neely.  Motion carried. 

 

Citizen Forum:  Ron Seeker wanted to know how the board can get people to mow yards and why enforcement of the ordinance is not made.  Mr. Seeker specifically mentioned Mr. Hovey and weeds next to the fence line, which should be mowed for 20 feet.  Rundel stated there was a committee and felt that talking to residents has worked.  Mr. Seeker asked why equipment was left outside most of the time; however, he stated the equipment is now in a building.  Mr. Seeker also asked about zoning and why barns were allowed in residential areas.  Mr. Seeker stated he was speaking for several neighbors who do not want barns in town.  Rundel stated it was a zoning issue and would see what could be done.  Ms. Marilyn Barnett had a letter of complaint against the corn pile north of her house.  The board determined that the corn pile is located in an industrial zoned area, which is allowed to store grain.  Another letter from someone at court street villa also had a letter opposing the corn pile. Ms. Wendy Sensenig stated that she purchased property and did not realize that some services were not activated.  During the billing system change, this mistake was discovered and Clerk McKain spoke with Ms. Sensenig about the problem.  Ms. Sensenig agreed that there was water usage; however, she did not believe that it was such a large amount that was billed.  After discussion, motion made by Frakes and second by Poppert to adjust the water usage to an average of Sensenig’s house for usage.  Ayes: Frakes, Poppert, and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Neely.  Motion carried.  Bill Zahl and Denise Willhite provided information on Hitch & Hay Transit’s funding and financial status.  Mr. Zahl requested that the Board approve a minimum of $1,000.  Rundel explained that the board would look to see where funds could be used from the budget and would have the item on the December agenda.

 

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

 

Minutes of the October 16, 2016 were not approved as board members were absent and will be on the December agenda for approval.

 

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

 

Reports of Officers, Board Committees: Attorney:  Schroeder stated he had worked on the handbook and codification.  Electric Department: Vrbas reported he was getting a contact for supplies from Stratton.  Water Department: Vrbas stated they dug a pit for Dollar General.  Vrbas stated the VFD’s are running good.  Rundel asked if the wells were pumping equally.  Vrbas stated no and he believed there was a communication issue.  He will make contact automation control to see where the issue may be.  Sewer Department: Vrbas reported that the department is running smooth.  Trash Department: The #8 trash truck has had issues with the engine.  It has been checked and it is possible that it will need a new motor.  Street Department: Vrbas stated that East F street should be paved due to high truck traffic.  Rundel suggested to double armor coat the street and he would like the armor coating on East D to go all the way to Wertz’s house.  Vrbas stated the state is no longer mixing cold patch.  Park Department: Vrbas stated they planted trees at the Baseball field and park.  Rundel stated the state had donated 20 trees to the village.  Pool Department:  Vrbas reported the pool has been winterized.  Animal Control: Vrbas stated there are 24 cats and 191 dogs licensed within the village for the 2016 year.  There were 0 warnings for failure to license, 0 warning for running at large, 0 citations for failure to license and 0 citations for running at large during the month of October 2016.  Village Clerk:  one meter deposit issued.  A draft employee handbook was reviewed by Schroeder and will be considered for a final review by the board at the December meeting.  The legal and editorial report was submitted to American Publishing for the first draft.  McKain stated new software has been installed and the office will be sending out the first billing in December.  Rife presented information on side by sides.  Motion made by Frakes and second by Poppert to approve the the purchase of a Bobcat side by side for no more than $12,000. Ayes: Frakes, Poppert, and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Neely.  Motion carried.  Library: No information provided  Planning Commission: No information provided.  El Dorado Board: Rundel stated there is no update.  Housing Board: Rundel stated there is no update.  Tree Board: Rundel stated trees had been donated by the state and were planted during the workshop on October 20th.  The trees were planted at the ball field and park.  Board of Health: Rundel stated there is no update.

 

Ordinance or Resolution: The second reading of ordinance #797 was conducted. AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF TRENTON, TO ANNEX CONTIGUOUS PROPERTY TO THE VILLAGE OF TRENTON, TO SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBE THE PROPERTY BEING ANNEXED; TO EXTEND THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE VILLAGE OF TRENTON, NEBRASKA TO INCLUDE SAID PROPERTY; TO GRANT RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES; TO IMPOSE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES; TO REPEAL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Unfinished Business: No update for the wind turbine project. Rundel stated the water main project is beginning.  Rundel stated that USDA will be meeting with him to discuss funding and ideas for the main street building.  Phil McDonald asked if a report from the fire marshal has been received.  Rundel stated the village has not received a report.  Frakes stated he continues to work with residents on properties that need mowed or cleaned up.  Phil McDonald asked how all these properties are missed, as he believes Trenton to be “filthy”.  McDonald specifically stated the bushes at Dena Dewey’s needs trimmed.  McDonald stated that residents complain to him.  Frakes asked why these residents do not come to a meeting and asked for one name, which McDonald would not reveal who was complaining to him.  McDonald stated that the superintendent drives around town and does not take notes or have properties cleaned up.  Rundel continues to work on a recycling program.  Rundel would like to apply for a wood chipper.

 

New Business:  Lakeside Liquor & Boutique has not completed the application; therefore, no action was taken.

 

Correspondence: 2018 Dirking water needs survey

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

 

OPERATING CLAIMS:

1.    Payroll (3 pay periods)............................................................................... $23,470.44

2.    EFTPS, FED (Oct payroll tax)...................................................................... 5,660.56

3.    NE Dept. of Revenue (Oct payroll tax)............................................................ 730.26

4.    NE Dept. of Revenue (Oct sales tax)........................................................... 3,045.32

5.    3E (light bulbs).................................................................................................... 88.92

6.    Aflac (Sup. Ins.).................................................................................................. 32.70

7.    Almquist Maltzahn Galloway & Luth (Budget Prep)...................................... 4,400.00

8.    American Agricultural Lab (water samples)....................................................... 35.00

9.    Blue Cross Blue Shield (Oct premium medical/dental)................................. 2,745.65

10.  CarQuest (Battery Charger)............................................................................... 32.49

11.  City of McCook (transfer station tickets)...................................................... 2,878.34

12.  Colonial Life (Sup. Ins.).................................................................................... 251.13

13.  Dewey, Nadine (library payroll)........................................................................ 274.29

14.  Evans, Larry (library payroll)............................................................................ 232.72

15.  Farmers Co-op (fuel/shop supplies)................................................................. 988.53

16.  Farmers Co-op Pre-paid Propane

a.    Library............................................................................................... (1,451.56)

b.    Sewer Plant........................................................................................... (48.45)

17.  Fastenal (Shop supplies).................................................................................. 128.39

18.  First Bankcard (software, postage, travel)....................................................... 343.71

19.  Great Plains Communications (Phone/internet)............................................... 527.67

20.  Ideal Linen Supply (shop towels)........................................................................ 17.54

21.  Intermountain Sales of Denver (Locator)...................................................... 4,005.00

22.  Lifetime Benefit solutions (Oct vision premium)................................................ 80.93

23.  Municipal Supply (Supplies).......................................................................... 2,911.63

24.  National Insurance (Oct life, ad&d prem)........................................................... 25.56

25.  Ne Municipal Power Pool (training).................................................................. 100.00

26.  Ne Public Health Lab (water samples)............................................................. 463.00

27.  Orscheln (supplies)........................................................................................... 119.00

28.  Schroeder & Schroeder (Attorney fees)....................................................... 2,362.59

29.  Scoop Media (Publications).............................................................................. 518.88

30.  Southwest Fertilizer (Prepaid propane)

a.    Fire Barn........................................................................................... (4,081.40)

b.    Light Plant......................................................................................... (1,576.14)

31.  SWPPD (Oct billing $43,362.57; airport $53.49; north well $404.17;

south well $125.08, Software $100.00)....................................................... 44,045.31

32.  TD Ameritrade (Oct IRA).............................................................................. 1,134.69

33.  Titan Machinery (Equipment)........................................................................ 2,970.00

34.  Titan Machinery (Repairs)............................................................................. 3,081.69

35.  Unitech (Degreaser, drain cleaner)............................................................... 2,016.50

36.  Verizon (Oct billing).......................................................................................... 131.33

37.  Village of Trenton (utilities)............................................................................ 2,738.16

38.  Walmart (Pow wow restroom repair)............................................................... 128.22

 

EDM CLAIMS (EDM Checking Account): Account Closed

KENO CLAIMS (Keno Checking Account): ............................................................. NONE

LIBRARY CLAIMS (Library checking account):

         L1. Firstbank Card (amazon)................................................................................... 177.28

With no further business, motion made by Poppert and second by Frakes to adjourn meeting at 8:40pm.  Ayes: Frakes, Poppert, and Rundel.  Nays: None.  Absent: McArthur and Neely.  Motion carried.

 

Next regular meeting will be December 13, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Village Office.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

John A. Rundel, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                                                                  Trenton Board of Trustees

 

                                                           

Wendy L. McKain, Village Clerk



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