REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
APRIL 25, 2006
A Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Ogallala, Nebraska, was held at City Hall Council Chambers in said City on the 25h day of April 2006 at 7:30 o’clock P.M. Present were: President of the Council: Paul Foy; Council Members: Larry Cumming, Tanya Gieschen, and Mark Knudsen. Absent: James Rezac. City Manager: Steve Krajewski; City Clerk: Jane M. Skinner; City Attorney: Michael McQuillan.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publishing one time in the Keith County News and posting at the City Hall Administration Building as shown by the Certificate of Publication and Posting Notice attached to these Minutes. Notice of this meeting was simultaneously given to the President and to all members of the Council on April 21, 2006 and a copy of their Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice and the Agenda is attached to these minutes. Availability of the agenda was communicated in the advance notice and in the Notice to the President and Council of this meeting. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.
Council President Foy proclaimed April 23 – 29, 2006 as National Volunteer Week.
Council President Foy proclaimed April 28, 2006, as the 134th anniversary celebration of Arbor Day.
Councilwoman Gieschen moved to table the approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held April 11, 2006 until the next regular council meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilman Knudsen. The following council members voted Yes: Larry Cumming, Paul Foy, Tanya Gieschen, and Mark Knudsen. No: None. Absent: Jim Rezac. Motion declared carried.
Councilman Knudsen moved to approve the claims. The motion was seconded by Councilman Cumming. The following council members voted Yes: Larry Cumming, Paul Foy, Tanya Gieschen, and Mark Knudsen. No: None. Absent: Jim Rezac. Motion declared carried.
Councilwoman Gieschen moved to approve the final plat titled: Smydra Subdivision, Phase #1 Located in SE ¼ of Section 24, T.14N., R.39W. of the 6th P.M., Keith County, Nebraska. The motion was seconded by Councilman Knudsen. The following council members voted Yes: Larry Cumming, Paul Foy, Tanya Gieschen, and Mark Knudsen. No: None. Absent: Jim Rezac. Motion declared carried.
City Manager Krajewski presented the completed Water
A. Water Department – Water Master Plan.
The water system master plan has been completed and being presented to the Council. It serves as a planning and budgeting tool. In fact, several items have already been accomplished, such as repair or replacement of faulty valves and hydrants, maintenance on the “flag” tank and adoption of a wellhead protection plan.
We will continue to address the task items in the plan and revise the plan as necessary.
This document does not require Council approval.
7. Report of City Attorney:
8. Report of City Manager:
A. Rail Road & Spruce Street project update.
This does not require any Council action. It was placed on the agenda for discussion & questions only.
The project has had some delays because of abandoned steam lines, broken valves, collapsed sewer lines and ruptured gas lines. There were also three “orphaned” underground storage tanks located. Keep in mind that this area has some of the oldest infrastructure in Ogallala.
We are trying our very best to keep traffic open to the public, but there will be inconveniences.
B. Department hiring update:
· Wastewater Operator – Hired Bret Holmes
· Water Superintendent – 6 candidates, 2 completely qualified, 2 partially qualified. I hope to make an offer this week.
· Police Officer – 18 candidates. Historically only 50% show up to test. We hope to have the position filled by mid-June.
· Fire Chief – 7 candidates. Most will test. We hope to have the position filled by mid-July.
9. Closed Session:
A. Parks Department – Real estate purchase.
This information is included separately in your agenda packets
President Foy called the attention of the Council to the Consent Agenda for the meeting which was prepared and distributed to members of the Council on January 10, 2005. President Foy noted the Consent Agenda consisted of six items and asked if any member of the Council would prefer that any item on the Consent Agenda be removed and placed on the Regular Agenda for discussion. No Council Member asked for any item to be removed. Councilman Knudsen moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Seconded by Councilwoman Sharman. All present Council Members voted “Yes”. Absent: None. Motion declared carried and the Consent Agenda was approved as follows:
Councilman Rezac introduced Ordinance No. 1224, entitled:
An Ordinance vacating and retaining ownership of the remaining portion of West G Street located between West 10th Street and West 11th Street in the City of Ogallala, Nebraska not previously vacated by Ordinance 1107.
Councilman Rezac moved that the Statutory Rule requiring the reading on three different days be suspended. Councilwoman Sharman seconded the Motion. Upon roll call vote, the following Council Members voted “Yes”: Tanya Gieschen, Donna Sharman, and James Rezac. The following Council Members voted “No”: None. Absent: Paul Foy and Mark Knudsen. Motion declared carried and the Statutory Rule was declared suspended for the consideration of this Ordinance.
Ordinance No. 1224 was read by title and, thereafter, Councilman Rezac moved for the final passage of the Ordinance. Seconded by Councilwoman Sharman. The Vice President then stated the question: “Shall Ordinance No. 1224 be passed and adopted?” Upon roll call vote, the following Council Members voted “Yes”: Tanya Gieschen, Donna Sharman, and James Rezac. The following Council Members voted “No”: None. Absent: Paul Foy and Mark Knudsen. The passage and adoption of said Ordinance having been concurred in by a majority of all members of the Council, the Vice President declared the Ordinance adopted and the President, in the presence of the Council, signed and approved the Ordinance and the Clerk attested to the passage and approval of the same and affixed her signature thereto, a copy of said Ordinance No.1224 being attached hereto and, by this express reference, incorporated herein and made a part hereof.
Councilman Rezac introduced a Resolution adopting and approving the execution of an agency agreement with the Department of Aeronautics of the State of Nebraska for Project No X01, to be submitted by the Department to the Federal Aviation Administration to obtain Federal Assistance for the development of the airport. President Foy read the Resolution and Councilman Rezac moved that this Resolution be adopted. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Gieschen. Upon roll call vote, the following Council Members voted “Yes”: Paul Foy, Larry Cumming, Tanya Gieschen, Mark Knudsen, and James Rezac. The following Council Members voted “No”: None. Absent: None. Motion declared unanimously carried and Resolution No. 1191 adopted, a copy of said Resolution being attached hereto and, by this express reference, incorporated herein and made a part hereof.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, Councilwoman Sharman moved to adjourn. Seconded by Councilman Rezac. All present Council Member voted “Yes”: Absent: None. Motion declared carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
Jane M. Skinner City Clerk
STATE OF NEBRASKA )
COUNTY OF KEITH ) SS.
CITY OF OGALLALA )
I, the undersigned, City Clerk for the City of Ogallala, Nebraska, hereby certify that all of the subjects included in the attached proceedings were contained in the Agenda for the meeting of January 11, 2005 kept continuously current and available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk; that such subjects were contained in said Agenda for at least twenty-four hours prior to said meeting; that at least one copy of all reproducible material discussed at the meeting was available at the meeting for examination and copying by members of the public; that the Minutes of the President and Council of the City of Ogallala, Nebraska, were in written form and available for public inspection within ten working days and prior to the next convened meeting of said body; that all news media requesting notification concerning meeting of said body were provided advance notification of the time and place of said meeting and the subjects to be discussed at said meeting.
Jane M. Skinner
(S E A L)