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Village of Republican City

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PO Box 36 Republican City, NE 68971 (308)920-2243

Proceedings and Claims

Village of Republican City


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on July 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Station with Trustees Eddy, Einspahr, Orcutt and Valentine present. Clerk Waldo, Utility Supervisor Whetstine, Mike and Cindy Knopik, Matt DeFreese, Michael McConnell and Jaclyn Daake, Attorney, were also present. Posted notices in three public places within the village. Notice of meeting and agenda was given to Trustees in advance. As required by law Chairman Eddy, pointed out the copy of the Opens Meeting Act posted on the wall for public viewing and called the meeting to order. Proceedings shown were taken while convened meeting was open to the public.

Motion by Orcutt, seconded by Valentine, to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried.


Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to pay the following bills:


GENERAL: State of NE, $605.43; United Healthcare, $2409.81; Verizon, $108.02; IRS, $371.24; One Call Concepts, $3.42; Jim’s OK Tire, $81.50; S.E. Smith & Sons, $53.69; Trustworthy Hardware, $41.28; Broeker Welding, $6580.00; EMS Billing Svc, $140.89; Platte Valley Comm., $32.28; Waggoner Ins., $7010.00; Cash-water samples, $100.00; TVPPD, $176.52; Commercial St. Bank, $100,000.00; M. Waldo, $823.57; K. Whetstine, $984.29; Duncan, Walker, Schenker and Daake, 204.00; Andy Miller, $71.75; Harlan County Journal, $120.89; Presto X, $55.62; Frontier Comm, $116.33; Waggoner Ins, $432.50; Auto Kreations, $80.00.


STREET: Murphy Tractor, $4993.68; Tri-State Paving, $26,437.00; TVPPD, $1373.93.


WATER: IRS, $871.86; Southern Power, $227.00; TVPPD, $136.77; USPS, $35.00; K. Whetstine, $3179.98; Municipal Supply, $1448.40; NE Public Health Env Lab, $197.00; NE Rural Water, $200.00.


WASTEWATER: USPS, $35.00; Holdrege Commercial Sewer Svc, $500.00.

Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried.


RECEIPTS: State of NE, $6433.35; Harlan County Treasurer, $7321.38; TVPPD, $3699.00; Ambulance Income, $421.22; Building Permits, $30.00; Utility Billing, $10,680.50; Int Inc- ckg, $141.06.


Treasurer’s report was read and approved.


Michael McConnell was present to discuss the RCVFD. Methodist Church to be used as 2nd emergency shelter pending their approval. Several members attended the County Board of Supervisors meeting in June to discuss/request In Lieu of Taxes money the county gets for Fire and Rescue on Corps grounds. The Fire Department has obtained a 2004 Tahoe and a 1999 Gator from the Nebraska State Forester. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to sell the old Ambulance/equipment hauler with the same terms and minimum bid discussed previously. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried. Request was made for ambulance billing income to be placed in a separate fund for the purchase of a newer ambulance. Clerk will discuss how to handle with auditor. Discussion was held regarding equipment options in lieu of pumpers and the possibility of merging the rural and village fire departments.


Christ Schluntz was present to discuss the progress made towards raising their levy in order to pay back $25,000.00 due back to the village for past insurance premiums. Accountant for the Rural Fire Board will raise the maximum she can and a levy override vote will go on the ballot this fall. If passed, it will be an additional year before the increased funds are received. The Rural Board will also be requesting a portion of the In Lieu of Taxes money from the County Board of Supervisors.


Matt DeFreese, president of the Harlan County Dam Playhouse (HCDP) board, to discuss the renewal of the theater lease. Discussion was held regarding current state of the building and needed repairs. Motion by Valentine, seconded by Einspahr to renew the lease with the Harlan County Dam Playhouse for 3 years, terms will be the same as the last lease. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried.


Motion by Valentine, seconded by Einspahr to approve the building permit for 229 Truman. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to approve the building permit for 225 Atkinson Ave. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried. Motion by Valentine, seconded by Einspahr to approve the building permit for 18 West Ave. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried. Discussion was held regarding covered deck/porch addition at 233 Atkinson Ave and need for building permit. Village will inspect and determine if a building permit is necessary.


Mike and Cindy Knopik were present to discuss the purchase of SHA, Lot 10. Building plans and floor samples were presented. Motion by Orcutt, seconded by Valentine to go into executive session to discuss pending legal action at 6:03 pm. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond, Orcutt and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Hammond. Motion carried. Motion by Orcutt, seconded by Valentine to come out of executive session at 6:27 pm. Chairman Eddy stated the terms of the sale would include a motion to authorize the village to pass a resolution authorizing the Village of Republican City to enter into a purchase agreement with Mike and Cindy Knopik for Southern Horizons Addition, Lot 10 with the following stipulations- building plans must be approved by the Village of Republican City Board of Trustees within 6 months with no violations of Village code, 60% of total structure must be living quarters, ground must be broken (footings poured) within 18 months. List of stipulations was not completed as Mike and Cindy Knopik left the meeting. Cindy Knopik returned to the meeting to request a refund of their deposit of $500.00 plus interest. The previous refund check sent on 4/3/2018 was never received per Mike and Cindy Knopik. Clerk advised a stop draft would be placed on check 10184 and new check for $500.00 would be sent. Cindy Knopik left the meeting.


Recycling trailers are being well used. Waiting for one piece of paperwork to submit request for payment from The Nebraska Environmental Trust.


The final paperwork has been received by Nebraska Games and Parks Commission for the Warrior Park Playground and Picnic Shelter Development. The Village can now start the procurement process.


Chairman Eddy presented a drawing regarding the purchase of the Village lot to the east of 211 McPherson. The property owner at 211 McPherson has enough room for a driveway on the north side of his house and would like to move forward with discussing the purchase of Block 21, Lot 32. Clerk will gather pricing information for similar property sales and discuss further at the next meeting.


Discussion was held regarding the purchase of additional speed bumps next year. Will discuss further in the spring. Discussion was held regarding the purchase/flying of an American flag and Fire Department flag.


Motion by Orcutt, seconded by Valentine to adjourn at 6:59 p.m.


The next regular scheduled village board meeting will be held Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.


Melissa Waldo, Clerk

Village of Republican City