PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
The Southeast District Board of Health will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM. It will be held via Telehealth so contact the SEDHD office for more information, 402-274-3993 or 877-777-0424. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda may be viewed at the county clerk’s office or a current agenda is available in the Director’s office at the Southeast District Health Department, 2511 Schneider Ave, Auburn, Ne during regular business hours.
Herald - Feb. 14
The Board of Commissioners of the County of Nemaha, Nebraska will be meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.., Commissioners Chambers, Nemaha County Courthouse, Auburn NE.
The purpose of this meeting is discuss with adjacent landowners the road right of way for the NRD Buck Creek dam project
Joyce Oakley, County Clerk
Herald - Feb. 14
Request for Proposals
In order to encourage the development of infill housing, the City of Auburn will consider providing a $10,000 grant or a free lot for the construction of housing units on vacant lots. The purpose of this is to induce housing development on lots where dilapidated houses were removed. Nonconforming construction and setbacks will be considered if the variances are conducive to new housing goals. Proposals should be mailed or delivered to City Hall, 1101 “J” Street, Auburn, NE 68305. The deadline for submitting a proposal to the City will be at 5:00 o’clock p.m. on February 28, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by the KAB committee with their recommendation to be given to the City Council for final approval.
Proposals should include the sq. footage of the proposed housing structure, a basic floor plan, anticipated construction costs, lot cost and all other information that may be helpful in selecting the project to be funded. Questions can be directed to City Hall, (402) 274-3420.
Herald - Feb. 7, 14, 21
Notice is hereby given the Nemaha County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on February 27, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. Commissioners Chambers, Nemaha County Courthouse, Auburn NE to amend the FY2012-2013 Budget. $2,049.59 will be transferred from the General Fund, Miscellaneous Account to the Vacation/Sick Leave Claim Reserve Fund, Administration Account to cover the shortage of funds.
Nemaha County Clerk
Herald - Feb. 7, 14
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF NEMAHA COUNTY, NEBRASKA
CASE NUMBER CI13-9
IN RE THE NAME CHANGE OF AVERY SOPHIA TIMMERMAN
Notice is hereby given that on January 23, 2013, a petition was filed in the District Court of
Nemaha County, Nebraska to change the name of a minor child from Avery Sophia Timmerman to Avery Sophia Hoover. The petition will be heard in the District Court of Nemaha County, Nemaha County Courthouse, 1824 N Street, Auburn, Nebraska 68305, on February 20, 2013, at 9:30 o’clock a.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard.
Dana Hoover, Petitioner
Fankhauser, Nelsen, Werts, Ziskey & Merwin, P.C.
Attorneys at Law
602 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Herald - Feb. 7, 14
Notice is hereby given that the One and Six Year Road and Street Plan for the County of Nemaha, State of Nebraska, as required by Neb. State Statute §39-2119 et seq. R.S.S. (Supp. 1969) has been recommended for approval by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Nemaha, and that a public hearing will be held on said One and Six Year Road and Street Plan on the 27th day of February, 2013 11:00 a.m., Commissioners Chambers, Suite 201, Nemaha County Courthouse, at which time objections to or recommendations for said Plan will be heard.
Copies of said One and Six Year Plan are available for inspection at the Nemaha County Clerk’s Office, located in Suite 201, Courthouse, Auburn NE.
County of Nemaha, Nebraska
Herald - Feb. 7, 14, 21
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed Proposals for the construction of “2013 Sportsman’s Park Trail for the Village of Johnson, Nebraska,” JEO Project No. 120223, will be received by the Village Clerk at Village Hall, Johnson, Nebraska, until 10:00 a.m. on the 4th day of March, 2013, and thereafter will be read aloud.
The work consists of the following approximate quantities:
GROUP “A” – PATH AROUND BALLFIELDS
1 LS Mobilization
21 CY Excavation
1,152 SY Build 8” Subgrade Preparation
12,546 SF Build 5” Concrete Sidewalk
6 EA Install Park Bench with Pad
109 SF Build Modular Retaining Wall
1 LS Seeding
GROUP “B” – PATH ALONG 2ND STREET (STA. 7+41 TO STA. 13+20)
5 CY Excavation
8 LF Remove Curb & Gutter
8 LF Build Concrete Curb & Gutter
322 SY Build 8” Subgrade Preparation
2,895 SF Build 5” Concrete Sidewalk
10 SF Install Detectable Warning Panel
1 LS Seeding
Proposals will be taken for said construction work listed above by unit prices, as an aggregate bid for the entire project.
All Proposals for said construction work must be made on blanks furnished by the ENGINEER and must be accompanied by Bid Security of not less than 5% of the amount bid. Bid Security to be made payable to the Treasurer of the Village of Johnson as liquidated damages in case the bid is accepted and the bidder neglects or refuses, to enter into contract and furnish bond in accordance herewith.
Plans, Specifications and Bid Documents may be inspected at the office of the Village Clerk, Johnson, Nebraska, and will be issued by JEO Consulting Group, Inc., Consulting Engineers, PO Box 160, 1201 1st Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, a payment of $50.00 to cover partial cost, none of which will be returned, needs to be paid prior to plans and specifications being sent out. In order to bid the project, the plans and specifications must be issued directly by JEO Consulting Group, Inc. to the bidder.
The Village Board Chairperson and Village Board, reserves the right to waive informalities and irregularities and to make awards on bids which furnish the materials and construction that will, in their opinion serve the best interests of the Village of Johnson, and also reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids.
DATED THIS 4th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2013
VILLAGE OF JOHNSON, NEBRASKA
Lonnie Swanson, Chairman
ATTEST: Carol Woerlen,
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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF PERU, NEBRASKA ON JANUARY 14, 2013 AT 7:00 P.M.
Present were: Mayor Jay Moran and Council Members: Ken Hastings, Dave Pease and Judie Douglas. Upon roll call by the City Clerk, a quorum was declared. Other members of the public were also present.
Mayor Moran called the meeting to order and informed the public of the location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.
The Council reviewed the minutes from the first half of the December 10, 2012 regular Council Meeting. Council Member Hastings made motion to accept the minutes as written. Council Member Douglas seconded the motion for acceptance. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
The Council reviewed the minutes from the second half of the December 10, 2012 regular Council Meeting. Council Member Hastings made motion to accept the minutes as written. Council Member Douglas seconded the motion for acceptance. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
The Council reviewed the minutes from the December 26, 2012 Special Council Meeting to allow Shooter’s a 2:00 a.m. closing on December 31, 2012. Council Member Pease made motion to accept the minutes as written. Council Member Douglas seconded the motion for acceptance. Vote indicated: “AYE” Pease, Douglas. “ABSTAIN” Hastings. Motion: Carried.
The Clerk reported the October 2012 sales tax deposit was $3,056.96. The Clerk also reported the January 2013 Highway Allocation deposit from the State was $5,711.97. The 2nd Municipal Equalization Distribution was received in the amount of $14,984.17. Other correspondence was received.
The monthly claims were reviewed. Council Member Hastings asked what manhole risers are. Mayor Moran explained they are a PE material that are in different sizes to raise the manhole covers to the street level. Moran also stated the existing manholes were level with rock, so these manholes have been covered up since the original asphalt overlay was done by the State. Moran also stated we could submit the bill for the project to the State since they are the ones that covered them up from day one. Council Member Hastings made motion to accept the claims as presented. Motion was seconded by Council Member Pease. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried. December claims paid are as follows:
OPPD-$3,195.34 (gen,sts,p&r,fr,rurfr,wtr); Windstream-$444.24(gen,rur fr,fr,wtr); Black Hills Energy-$169.87 (gen,fr,rur fr,wtr); OCE’-$28.75(gen); Peggy Kuser, CPA-$725.00(gen); The Cleaners-$24.00(gen); Casey’s-$589.99(sts,fr); Auburn BPW-$2,295.24(wtr); Auburn Newspapers-$372.96(gen,wtr); American Recycling-$2,085.00(gen,sts); Pitney Bowes-$341.98(gen); Decker’s Food Ctr-$9.63(gen); Municipal Supply-$915.10(wtr); Reliable Office Supply-$363.51(gen); ShopKo-$113.06(sts,gen); Hawkins Inc.-$2,098.38(wtr); Rapid Graphics & Signs-$219.50(sts); Utility Service Co.-$2,530.27(wtr); Nebr. Muni Clerk Institute-$393.00(gen); Nebr. Rural Water-$150.00(wtr); HireRight-$25.00(gen); Mid Con Systems, Inc.-$112.30(sts); DHHS Lab-$28.00(wtr); Animal Hospital-$60.00(sts); Bohl Plumbing & Heating-$276.53(wtr);Internat’l Institute of Municipal Clerks-$145.00(gen); Nestor & Mercure-$2,822.00(gen); Nemaha County Clerk-$50.00(gen); One Call Concepts-$8.15(wtr); Fire Protection Service-$244.75(gen/fr/rur fr); Lynch’s Hardware-$6.76(gen); AFLAC-$121.82(gen); BC/BS-$1,521.09(gen); Emergency Med. Products-$373.50(res); Feld Fire-$554.50(rur fr); Linweld-$33.42(res); Dearborn Nat’l-$261.44(fr, rur fr); United Life Insurance-$115.06(gen);
Abbreviations = General(gen), Streets(sts), Water(wtr), Sewer(swr), Parks & Rec(p&r), City Fire(fr), Rural Fire(rur fr), Rescue(res)
Mayor Moran stated the water report is available at City Hall for public inspection.
The City Clerk presented the Maintenance report.
Regarding Agenda Item #1, Mayor Moran presented three bids received from Roofer’s Inc. for the water plant roof since it has been leaking for quite some time. Mayor Moran stated a resident of Peru who does roofing was approached by the City Clerk and she asked him to submit a bid. No bid was received from this individual so the Clerk contacted Roofer’s Inc. After discussion, Council Member Pease made motion to approve the bid from Roofer’s Inc. for $5,220.00 for a new rubber roof system at the water plant. Motion was seconded by Council Member Hastings. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
Regarding Agenda Item #2, Status of Houses Ordered to Abate & Remove Nuisance, Mayor Moran asked if the City Attorney has sent the affidavit to the property owners asking them to sign it which states they do not have fire insurance on these properties. The Clerk informed the Council this is the current status and the attorney informed these individuals that it is in their best interest to sign the affidavit and return it to the City Office in two weeks. The Attorney further informed them if they do not return the affidavit, the City can proceed with demolishing the properties which will result in a greater cost to these property owners. Mayor Moran stated we are better off to burn them and it would be a great deal cheaper. The Clerk stated the letter to these individuals states they have two weeks to return the affidavits to the City Office and if we do not receive the affidavits, we would then put bid information in the newspaper for demolishing these properties.
Regarding Agenda Item #3, Council Determination of Nuisance Properties to be Inspected by Glen Hogue for Condemnation, Mayor Moran stated the City has provided Mr. Hogue with a camera and the Council needs to provide addresses of houses they wish to be condemned to the City Clerk so Mr. Hogue can start the condemnation process on these properties. The City Clerk asked the Council to bring their information to her during the next week. Council Member Pease asked if there is specific criteria they should be looking for to keep it from being a judgement call. The Clerk explained that Mr. Hogue would inspect the property and then provide a report with recommendation on how to proceed with each property based on the state statute regarding nuisance abatement which prevents it from being a judgement call.
Regarding Agenda Item #4, 1 & 6 Year Street Program, Mayor Moran stated the Council needs to determine what they want removed or added to the draft so we are ready to approve at the February 11th 1&6 Street Program Hearing which will be at 6:45 p.m. Council Member Hastings asked to move the Neal Street overlay from the 6 year to the 1 year plan. Council Member Pease asked who determines what projects are on the 1&6 year program. The Clerk stated the recommendations can come from the public, the Council or the Mayor. Lengthy discussion followed.
Regarding Agenda Item #5, Approve JEO’s Proposal to Provide a Technical Memo Related to Backwash Discharge from the Water Treatment Plant, Mayor Moran stated this was tabled in November and we didn’t do anything about it in December since we were waiting to determine who the city engineer would be. Pease stated that NDEQ is a state requirement, not federal. Moran stated that he, Ken Hastings and the City Clerk attended a meeting in Lincoln and we were basically told we would eventually have to do something about this discharge. Council Member Hastings stated nothing has changed since October and now we know JEO is our engineer, and therefore made motion to accept JEO’s Proposal to Provide a Technical Memo Related to Backwash Discharge from the Water Treatment Plant. Motion was seconded by Council Member Pease. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
Regarding Agenda Item #6, Council Selection of East Ward Council Member, Mayor Moran stated Steve Hassler, Janet Hope and Penny Coatney submitted letters of interest in serving in this capacity and ask the Clerk how the Council should approach this. The Clerk explained the Council needs to discuss each individual and determine which one would bring the most to the Council. After lengthy discussion, Council Member Hastings made motion to approve Janet Hope as East Ward Council Member. Motion was seconded by Council Member Pease. Vote indicated: “AYE” Pease, Hastings. “ABSTAIN” Douglas. Motion: Carried. Moran stated if for some reason she declines, we would then vote again at the February meeting. The Clerk stated Janet Hope would be sworn in at the February 11th council meeting.
Regarding Agenda Item #7, Park Avenue Project and Relinquishment, Mayor Moran stated the City has been talking with the college about the City taking ownership of Park Avenue from the State and the City would take the $345,000.00 relinquishment money and put it in the bank. Moran stated we told the College we would give them $10,000 toward the Park Avenue Project. Moran stated the College has raised $280,000 and recently Auburn State Bank donated $25,000 toward the project and we are looking at $250,000 from the CDBG and there are no Transportation Enhancement monies available for several years. Lengthy discussion followed.
Regarding Agenda Item #8, Approve Purchase of 100 Chairs for City Hall with Keno Community Betterment Funds, Mayor Moran stated we need to decide how much to sell the old chairs for. Moran stated we will keep 20 of the old chairs for the cake walk during old man river days. Council Member Pease suggested we go with $2.00 per chair. Council Member Hastings made motion to approve the purchase of 100 chairs for City Hall with Keno Community Betterment Funds and to sell the old chairs for $2.00 each. Motion was seconded by Council Member Pease. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
Regarding Agenda Item #9, Purchase a Bobcat for Street Sweeper Broom, Mayor Moran stated we have budgeted $25,000 for a street sweeper and the broom cost $5,000 so we could get a good Bobcat for $15,000. Council Member Hastings stated he looked into it and he agrees we could get a very nice one for $20,000. Pease asked if it could be used for other things. Both Hastings and Moran stated it could be and Moran stated he would take on the project of finding a good Bobcat. Hastings stated maybe we could budget the purchase of attachments for next year. Council Member Hastings made motion to purchase a Bobcat for the Street Sweeper Broom for no more than $20,000. Motion was seconded by Council Member Douglas. Vote indicated: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
Regarding Agenda Item #10, Council Member Pease made motion to approve Joshua and Tamra Horton as new Rescue Squad Members. Motion was seconded by Council Member Hastings. Vote indicate: “AYE” All. Motion: Carried.
Regarding Agenda Item #11, Determine Plan to Assess Water Pressure Problem on California St. West of Corporate Limits, Mayor Moran stated that at Sutton’s and Sherman’s the only responsibility of the City is to check the pressure where they connect into the main. Moran stated if the water pressure is good at this connection, then the pressure problem will be their concern. If there is very low pressure at the main, then the City will have to remedy the problem. After lengthy discussion, Council Member Pease made motion to approve Moran Bros. Excavating as the Contractor to locate where the service line connects with the City main and determine the pressure.
No members of the public spoke during public voice.
Jay R. Moran, Mayor
Attest: Cindy L. Moran, City Clerk/Treas./Mgr.
A complete copy of the minutes is available at City Hall for public inspection.
Herald - Feb. 14
NOTICE OF MEETING
The regular meeting of the Nemaha County Hospital Board of Directors will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in the Conference Room at the Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn. An agenda for the meeting is available at the Administrator’s Office and in lobby of the Hospital.
Marty Fattig, CEO
Herald- Feb 14
ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE
Annual meeting of the Rural Water District #1, Nemaha County Nebraska. Notice is hereby given that the annual Meeting of the participating members of Rural Water Dist. #1, Nemaha County Nebraska will be held Monday, February 25, 2013 beginning 7:00 P.M. at the Brownville Town Hall in Brownville, NE. Agenda: Election of Two (2) directors for a term of 3 years. Discussion of policies, and any other business that might come before the meeting. The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors, which is open to the public, will be held following the adjournment of Annual Meeting.
Clay Kennedy, Secretary
Rural Water District # 1
Nemaha County Nebraska
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NOTICE OF MEETING
The Nemaha County Visitors Committee will meet Feb. 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Suite 105, Lower Level Courthouse, Auburn. Agenda items will include review of pre-approved funding requests and other business as may come before the committee. The public is welcome to attend.
Herald- Feb. 14
MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING REGARDING PARK AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF PERU,
NEBRASKA ON FEBRUARY 7, 2013 AT 5:30 P.M.
Present were: Mayor Jay Moran and Council Members: Ken Hastings and Judie Douglas. Council Member Dave Pease was absent. Upon roll call by the City Clerk, a quorum was declared. Pres. Dan Hanson with Peru State College, Evan Wickersham with JEO, Tom Goodbarn with NDOR, Rod Vandeberg with NDOR, Kevin Burnison with SENDD, Lisa Beethe with SENDD and approximately forty (40) members of the public were also present.
Mayor Moran called the meeting to order and informed the public of the location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.
Mayor Moran thanked everyone for coming and turned the meeting over to Lisa Beethe with SENDD. Ms. Beethe introduced the Mayor, Council Members and City Clerk and introduced the panel which included Pres. Dan Hanson with Peru State College, Evan Wickersham with JEO, Tom Goodbarn with NDOR and Kevin Burnison with SENDD. Ms. Beethe stated the purpose of the meeting is to present an outline to the public of the Park Avenue proposed project and the relinquishment of the state highway to the City of Peru. Ms. Beethe stated this discussion started in November of 2010 and this is a continuation of this discussion.
Ms. Beethe stated during a town hall meeting in November of 2011, there were several participants that selected curbs, sidewalks and lighting as a top priority for the City of Peru. Ms. Beethe turned the meeting over to Tom Goodbarn with NDOR so he could explain the relinquishment process.
Mr. Goodbarn explained with budget constraints, they are not able to do much to this portion of the road and they were only able to do a small maintenance project last year. Mr. Goodbarn stated the improvements that the College and City would like to make to this area are beyond the scope of what the State can do for the City. Mr. Goodbarn explained that in order to make improvements and qualify for funding the City would need to take ownership. Mr. Goodbarn stated that when the City annexed a portion of this state highway, they not only were able to receive tax revenue from it, but they also took over snow removal and maintenance of this road. He stated that the care of this portion of road is the City’s responsibility already. Mr. Goodbarn stated he believes everybody is ready to take over ownership and make the entrance to the City and the College what everybody wants. Mr. Goodbarn stated they would give the City of Peru $345,000.00 to take ownership of Park Avenue. He stated now is a good time to move forward on this project and the State is in the process of drawing up the relinquishment offer and hopes to have it done by Monday. He stated this meeting could serve as a public hearing relating to the relinquishment. The highway would then be inspected and their report will go to the highway commission for approval. The highway commission would then make recommendation to the Governor for final approval. The State would still own the portion from the car wash south to Hwy. 67. Once all of this is done, the State would then write the City a check.
Lisa Beethe explained the City would add this additional section of street to the annual street plan and would do an overlay approximately every 10 years and would use additional funds received from the State to pay for this overlay. Ms. Beethe stated the City is already maintaining this section of street so nothing would change there financially. The City Clerk stated that the City plans to create a new bank account so money could be transferred from the general fund monthly so that when the time comes to do an overlay, we will have the funds to do so. The Clerk also explained that since we should receive more highway allocation money for owning this section of road, those monies would help offset the cost of the future overlays. Lisa Beethe explained the City plans to set aside the $345,000 for matching funds for future grants on other projects.
Dr. Dan Hanson, President of Peru State College stated many of us at this meeting met several years ago to talk about the safety issue with the entrance to the community. The College then contracted with JEO to take the lead on performing an engineering study. Several options were created, but we have decided to go with Option 1. This would include from Casey’s to the Little Red School House. This would include 2 feet of curb and gutter added to each side of the street which will be concrete with drainage correction included which will eliminate the erosion problems on the east side of the street. There would also be a 10 foot wide sidewalk with landscaping on the west side from the Little Red School House to Neal Street and would then cross to the east and then run to Casey’s to give the students and other pedestrians a safe walkway at night going to Casey’s. Dr. Hanson explained there would also be lighting and benches and the project cost would be $1,067,781. He stated the City would contribute $10,000 so they are a partner in the project and would apply for a Community Development Block Grant for $250,000. Approximately $230,000 would come from capital improvement funds through the college and the Nemaha County Commissions will contribute in-kind labor and the PSC Foundation would provide the rest of the funds which could be around $450,000. Dr. Hanson introduced Rod Vandeberg as our District 1 State Highway Commissioner, the previous Mayor of Falls City and a Board Member of the PSC Foundation and asked him to share some information.
Mr. Vandeberg stated he is a member of the PSC Foundation as a Board Member and has taken it upon himself to lead fund raising on this project. Mr. Vandeberg stated he solicited all 9 Board Members for donations to the Park Avenue Project and 8 of the 9 pledged a total of $270,000. He stated he is a retired banker and decided to call on banks within a 50 mile radius of Peru and he came up with about 25 banks and still has some banks in Missouri to call on. He stated that Dr. Hanson, PSC Foundation Director Todd Simpson and himself called on 6 banks and prior to that they called on one bank and received a $25,000 pledge. Word has not been received from the other 6 banks but they still have 13 or 14 more banks to call on. On the 20th of February they are going to two banks and two foundations in Falls City to seek donations. Mr. Vandeberg stated we are needing $1,067,000 for this project and we will be applying for $250,000 in grant monies, $100,000 of in-kind work from the Nemaha County Commissioners and with the other money that has been raised we are down to only needing $421,000 and stated it is our intention to make the goal and maybe more.
Dr. Hanson thanked Mr. Vandeberg for all of his hard work in raising money for this project. He also stated the reason the college is interested in this project is for the safety of the pedestrians and vehicle traffic and to create a more attractive entrance into the City and the College and believe it will help enrollment and it will create momentum to aid in other grant opportunities for the City of Peru.
Mayor Moran stated Park Avenue is a dangerous road and this project will take care of that. He also stated the money the City receives from the State will help with future projects. Moran stated the college is putting up most all of the money and all we have to do is take care of the road. Moran stated there will be no tax assessments or bonds relating to the project and hopefully these improvements will continue to head north and we are trying to take care of our town and make it a better place to live.
Lisa Beethe opened up the questions and comment portion of the meeting.
Ann Yates asked if this will affect the present city right-of-way. Evan Wickersham stated if it is affected, it would be on the west side of the street which is college property, but it shouldn’t affect the east side of the street.
Janet Hope asked that with all of the construction that will be going on, would this shorten the life of the current condition of the road. Mr. Wickersham stated that in the long run, the drainage corrections that will take place will actually extend the life of the road since water would no longer be pooling on the road.
Tammy Meyers asked for people living on Park Avenue, how will they get in and out of their driveways. Mr. Wickersham stated it is a little early to answer that but they do require the contractor to phase the project so residents will always have a temporary access to their driveways. Meyers asked where their mailboxes will be moved to and if they would have to go to the post office to get their mail. Mr. Wickersham stated we are not that far along in this process.
Mike McKibbin asked if any improvements will be made to the back road going out of town while this work is being done. Mr. Wickersham stated there is no consideration for that and since most of this project will be curb and gutter outside of the driving lanes, there should always be a lane open.
Dan Cotton asked what the time frame is on this project. Ms. Beethe stated the grant application is due July 1st and we would know in the fall if it has been awarded. Mr. Burnison stated bids would be let in the spring of 2014. Rod Vandeberg asked what the chances are of getting the $250,000 grant. Mr. Burnison stated there is a 1 in 3 chance and holding this meeting will help our chances. Some preliminary engineering design will also help. Mr. Vandeberg stated this grant is pivotal to this project. Ms. Beethe stated they are working with the City to get the most points possible to increase our chances of being awarded the grant.
Mark Mathews asked if there will be a sidewalk on the east side as shown on the pictures. Ms. Beethe stated the east side has been taken out. Dr. Hanson stated due to financial concerns, the sidewalk on the east side has been removed from the project.
Mark Mathews asked what the condition is of the water lines and utilities under Park Avenue. He wants to know if water lines will be replaced prior to the project. Mayor Moran stated sewer is not a problem because if there was an issue, they would do an insert type of sewer liner into the existing sewer. Moran stated there is an 8” ductile iron line on the east side that is 30 years old and the water line on the west side is original town. Moran stated we could use some of the relinquishment money to replace the west side line and we could conduct a survey to see if that is what the public would like. Ms. Beethe stated the City is working with Auburn BPW to camera the sewer to see what the condition is.
Mathews stated he would hate to see us build a beautiful entrance and then have water line breaks 5 years down the road.
Kevin Burnison stated we are having a work session on the 19th of this month with USDA and JEO to look at water issues. Moran stated the residents will have to decide if they want the water line replaced on Park Avenue. Ms. Beethe stated we will be getting a survey out to the public in March or April to see what the public wants done.
Burnison stated the pipe that is 30 years old may be good for another 30 years and the original town water line may need to be looked at. The results of the needs identification survey will come back on the shoulders of the council.
Phil Allgood asked if the City of Peru will actually own Park Avenue after the relinquishment. Mayor Moran stated the City will own Park Avenue. Allgood asked if the city will then be responsible for the street and the sidewalks. Moran stated he did not know about the sidewalks and deferred to Dr. Hanson. Dr. Hanson stated the college would take care of the sidewalks. Allgood asked Evan Wickersham if there was ever any consideration for putting the power lines underground. Dr. Hanson stated he contacted OPPD and they could not guarantee it would happen.
Ann Yates asked that when the actual engineering is underway, will they talk to the property owners so they know how this will affect them. Evan stated they will bring a set of plans to a City Council meeting and the City will invite the people that live along Park Avenue to the meeting as well.
Brent Melvin asked if the Foundation has any plans on buying anymore properties along Park Avenue. Dr. Hanson stated there are no plans at this time. Kevin Burnison stated the work that will be done is in City right-of-way and there will be no need to purchase any property to accomplish the project as outlined in Option 1.
Yvonne Chandler asked if the public could attend the February 19th meeting. Kevin Burnison stated it is just a work session with USDA, JEO, DHHS and SENDD and we will use this information with the public survey to move forward on some other projects. Mr. Burnison stated if Yvonne wanted to attend she could.
Lisa Beethe stated once we send out the survey, we will compile the results and have another community meeting like this one do discuss the findings.
Mr. Vandeberg stated this project started out way more extensive than how we ended up and we could do it in phases to get it all done. Vandeberg stated success and activity sometimes breeds more success and activity. Vandeberg reiterated what Mayor Moran stated about the street not being safe and he worries about somebody getting ran over on the street and his personal biggest priority is the safety about the people who drive and walk on the street.
Mayor Moran stated the reason for the meeting is to see how the public feels about the project. Moran stated if everyone is on board we are going to do this and he believes it will be good for Peru. He stated it is not set in stone and we are not telling people what we are going to do and we are asking if the community thinks it is a good idea.
Janet Hope stated she thinks this is very positive for safety and City improvement and it makes a big voice for the College and the town. She also stated the money we receive will help with future projects.
Rod Vandeberg commended the PSC Foundation for their great work and Dr. Dan Hanson for all that he does.
Mark Mathews stated the worst part about the road is the east side where it drops down about 75’ straight down. He asked if we plan on putting in a guardrail or would we just keep the little posts. Evan stated the curb and gutter will help keep people from driving over the edge. Ken Hastings stated since the road will be wider, people shouldn’t be driving off the edge. The City Clerk stated the County’s in-kind services could be to bring in fill dirt along the east side to make this a safer situation. Rod Vandeberg stated he believes they intend to help with that.
Alan Adams stated there should be a guard rail along the east side.
Dan Cotton stated the back road into town needs to be kept in good shape since it may have more traffic during this project. Janet Hope stated the County needs to keep the dust down on this road as well.
Mayor Moran stated he, Dan Hanson and Ken Hastings attended a County Commissioner’s meeting and he believes they will not have a problem helping us with this project.
Mayor Moran thanked everyone for coming.
ADJOURN @ 6:30 p.m.
Jay R. Moran, Mayor
Attest: Cindy L. Moran, City Clerk/Treas./Mgr.
Herald - Feb. 14
INVITATION FOR BIDS
The Board of Public Works, Auburn, Nebraska will receive bids until 1:30 P. M., local time, March 8, 2013 at the Board of Public Works Offices, Auburn, Nebraska at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and all bid prices read aloud for furnishing one COMMERCIAL RIDING MOWER.
No bid may be withdrawn within a period of thirty (30) days after the date fixed for bid opening. Only firm (non-escalating) bids will be allowed.
Envelopes containing bids shall be sealed and will be accompanied by a warranty statement and all catalog and equipment descriptions to evaluate the units being furnished. The envelope containing the bid shall be marked as follows:
Auburn Board of Public Works
Proposal for: Commercial Riding Mower
Bids Received: 1:30 P. M., Local Time
March 8, 2013
Board of Public Works Office
1600 O Street
Specifications are on file at the Board of Public Works Office and may be obtained by written request from the Board of Public Works, P. O. Box 288, Auburn, Nebraska 68305, and telephone (402) 274-4981. Specifications are also available on our website at www.auburnbpw.com.
Final payment will be made in within (45) days after delivery and final acceptance of the equipment.
The Board of Public Works reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in bids submitted.
Herald - Feb. 14
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS OF THE CITY OF AUBURN, NEMAHA COUNTY, NEBRASKA
HELD JANUARY 14, 2013
THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS OF THE CITY OF AUBURN, NEMAHA COUNTY, NEBRASKA (BPW), met in regular session on the 14TH of January, 2013 at the regular meeting place of the Board at the hour of 12:00 p.m. This meeting was held in open session as required by Chapter 84, Article 14 of Nebraska Statutes.
Chairman Hahn called the meeting to order and requested roll call: Members present –Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson.
Chairman Hahn announced this was an open meeting and information about open meetings was posted on the north wall of the Board Room.
Chairman Hahn noted all Board Members have received a copy of the Agenda for this meeting. Chairman Hahn noted that agenda items # 16 & 17 would be moved to the end of the agenda after the reports.
General Manager (GM) David Hunter introduced the guests Pat Pope and Chad Podolak from NPPD. Pat Pope, the CEO for NPPD gave a presentation to the Board regarding issues that would be impacting NPPD in the future. Mr. Pope and Mr. Podolak both thanked the BPW and General Manager Hunter for the partnership with NPPD.
GM Hunter presented to the Board information regarding 2013 Health Insurance for BPW and City of Auburn employees that was approved by the City Council at their meeting on December 17, 2012 and asked the Board to approve the insurance package as submitted. Member Gulizia made a motion to approve the health insurance approved by the City Council on December 17, 2012. Member Wilson seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter presented to the Board information regarding the 2013 Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. GM Hunter noted that the program was modeled after the program of NPPD and that the rebates where passed onto the customers from NPPD when we received them. Member Glenn made a motion to approve the 2013 Rebate Program. Member Kubik seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter asked the Board to approve a Water and Wastewater Operator Agreement with the City of Tecumseh. GM Hunter noted that this was the same contract currently being used with the City of Peru, and the Villages of Brownville and Nemaha. GM Hunter noted that the contract price was sufficient to cover the costs of providing the service. Discussion was held regarding additional charge to generate revenue for the water and wastewater departments. Member Glenn made a motion to approve the contract with Tecumseh at the hourly rate plus $20.00. Member Gulizia seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter reported to the Board his concern regarding one of the pumps at the Crestview Lift Station. GM Hunter stated that the pump was over 40 years old and needed possible rehabilitation or replacement. GM Hunter also expressed concern over the time that the Lift Station would be expected to run with one 40 year old pump when the pump in question was being sent in for rehabilitation. After much discussion, Member Glenn made a motion to purchase a new pump for the Crestview Lift Station at a cost not to exceed $12,000 and send the old one in for an estimate of repairs. Member Kubik seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Hahn, Kubik & Wilson: those voting nay – Gulizia. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter presented the Construction Standard’s for Water prepared by Evan Wickersham from JEO for the Board’s approval. GM Hunter also requested a check payable to the Department of Health and Human Services for $1,800 so that HHS would approve the Construction Standards. Member Wilson made a motion to approve the construction standards and the check to HHS in the amount of $1,800. Member Kubik seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter presented a pole lease agreement with Unite Private Networks for the Board’s approval. Unite Private Networks purchased the fiber optic network formally owned by Zito Media. GM Hunter explained that this is the same agreement used with Time Warner and Windstream. Member Kubik made a motion to approve the pole lease agreement with Unite Private Networks. Member Glenn seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
GM Hunter presented the Board with information regarding paying for material replacement on the holiday decorations owned by the Chamber of Commerce. After discussion, this issue was tabled.
Accounting & Finance Manager (AFM) Melissa Sierks presented to the Board the annual report for payment of franchise fees to the Villages of Brownville ($10,961.23), Johnson ($16,239.27), and Nemaha ($5,761.69).
GM Hunter reported to the Board on getting a consultant to perform an efficiency study. After discussion, GM Hunter will seek further information.
AFM Sierks presented water and sewer liens for the Board’s approval for submission to the City Council for approval and filing. The water and sewer liens covered October through December 2012 collections. Member Glenn made a motion to approve the water and sewer liens for October through December 2012 for submission to the City Council. Member Gulizia seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
AFM Sierks presented the Board with all the normal reports regarding financial, and asked for any questions regarding the financial reports. AFM Sierks stated that the calculation for pledging had been changed to reflect current interest rates being received on CD’s.
Chairman Hahn asked for any objections or exceptions to the General Consent Items listed under Agenda Item #19. Motion was moved by Member Glenn, seconded by Member Kubik, the Board approve the General Consent Items listed below:
a) Approve the previous meeting’s minutes and dispense with reading of same,
b) Approve monthly compensation of officers, management and employees as previously fixed by the Board,
c) Approve, ratify and allow the following checks written/transfers during the month:
Checks written during the month of December 2012:
DIRECT DEPOSIT TOTAL 35,123.43
DIRECT DEPOSIT TOTAL 31,991.20
Nebraska Department of Revenue 28,449.83
Assurant Health 23,376.00
NDOR W/H 3,281.20
Standard Life 1,488.81
Constellation Energy 935.09
Billflash Invoice 80996 Auto Pay 934.65
HHS-State of NE 398.75
Billflash Invoice 80996 Auto Pay 279
Paymentech & Xpress Bill Pay Fees 219.87
NSF check 181.94
Billflash Invoice 80996 Auto Pay 181.35
Black Hills Energy 122.51
Paymentech & Xpress Bill Pay Fees 109.93
Paymentech & Xpress Bill Pay Fees 109.93
Postage Pd to Hasler 100
NSF check 96.84
Postage Pd to Hasler 50
Postage Pd to Hasler 50
ACH Fees Autopay and Payroll 25
ACH Fees Autopay and Payroll 10
ACH Fees Autopay and Payroll 10
Approve the following claims submitted for payment:
Action Technology 1,055.00
Altec Industries 136.26
American Safety 344.71
American Recycling 74
Ameritas Life Insurance 1,820.00
Auburn Chamber Of Commerce 930
County Publications 345.41
Auburn Plumbing 9.01
Vision Metering 1,350.00
Baird Holm 1,064.07
Beard’s Salvage 143.73
Blackburn Manufacturing 381.33
Bulldog Auto Parts 357.47
City Of Auburn 7,425.70
D.R. Thomas 489.91
Concrete Industries 195.7
Dakota Supply Group 24,944.18
Dugan Business Forms 77.75
Dutton-Lainson Company 2,683.80
Credit Information Services 48
Farwest Line Specialties 70.73
First Bank Card Center 764.25
First National Bank 10
Fleet Services 3,005.32
Glenn’s Corner Market 25.81
W.W. Grainger 662.92
Hall’s Safety Equipment 498.3
HDR Engineering 1,637.41
HD Supply Waterworks 265.22
Husker Electric 7,748.49
JEO Consulting Group 135
Kriz-Davis Company 4,353.38
Lawson Products 246.41
Lynch Hardware 24.22
McMaster-Carr Supply Co 279.53
Mellage Truck & Tractor 85.8
Midstates Erectors 125,746.00
Mike’s Window Service 21.3
Municipal Supply of NE 499.13
Needles I 100.22
Nemaha County Clerk 32.5
Muse, Ferida M. 59.79
Nemaha, Village Of 5,761.69
Northern Tool & Equipment 37.61
Northern Safety Co. 259.68
Olsson Associates 2,098.13
Sack Lumber 67.18
Skarshaug Testing Laboratory 478.71
Southwest Commercial Products 213.22
US Cellular 161.74
Brownville, Village Of 10,961.23
Johnson, Village Of 16,239.27
Water Engineering 418.37
Knippelmier, Kurt 71.11
Hoak, Cady 426
CSS - Energy Care 53.41
Capital Business Systems 206.83
BTE Corporation 700
Hamilton Associates 975
Ligouri, Angelo 764.3
Filter Care of Nebraska 212.45
Paramount Linen 1,261.92
OK Tire 405.8
Nemaha Truck Repair 2,016.64
Gilbert Services 17
One Call Concepts 157.25
Knippelmeyer, Jerry 300
Koso, Kevin 100
Helms, Linda 20.93
Hare, Leonard David 271.61
Bon, Matthew 254.61
Young, Delaney 94.64
Rhoads, Evelyn 154.15
Sanders, Erik 152.06
Allen, Mike 1,872.63
Grooms, Trent 254.01
Pawlicki, Anthony 178.51
Frugoli, Geno 82.31
Transfer funds from E-W-WW Revenue funds into checking for expenses, plus the routine interdepartmental transfers to T&D.
Transfer of $682,000 to Checking from Revenue
d)Approve Free Service Report for furnishing utilities, materials, equipment, inspections and labor to the city free of charge and franchise fee payments to the city for the month of December 2012 in the amount of $10,927.38.
Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Kubik, Hahn, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
Motion was moved by Member Kubik, seconded by Member Wilson, the Board approve the claim of Glenn’s Corner Market - $25.31. Roll call: those voting aye – Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Member Glenn abstained. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
Reports: Employee Recognition Dinner, Litigation with Eriksen Construction, Power Plant, Water / Wastewater Department, Electric Department, December Bills, 2012 Financial Audit, Water Sales Update, Wastewater Sales Update, Electrical Sales Update.
Member Gulizia made a motion to enter executive session at 2:35 p.m. Motion was seconded by Member Wilson. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
Member Kubik made a motion to exit executive session at 4:35 p.m. Motion was seconded by Member Wilson. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
Member Glenn made a motion to set up a bank account for the processing of the Flexible Spending program and for BPW staff to handle the program. Member Kubik seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
Member Kubik made a motion to increase salaries by 2% for 2013 and include a merit increase of 1% for the eligible employees effective as of January 1, 2013. Member Wilson seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Gulizia, Hahn, Kubik & Wilson: those voting nay – Glenn. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried.
There being no further business to come before the Board, motion was moved by Member Gulizia the Board adjourn to the next regular Board Meeting to be held February 11th at the hour of 12:00 p.m. at the regular meeting place of the Board. Member Glenn seconded the motion. Roll call: those voting aye – Glenn, Gulizia, Hahn, & Wilson. Chairman Hahn declared the motion carried. Chairman Hahn declared the meeting adjourned. Agenda items will be posted.
Dick Hahn Jr., Chairman
Doug C. Glenn, Secretary
Herald - Feb. 14