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Village of Republican City

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


Village of Republican City


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on November 5, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Station with Trustees Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine present. Clerk Waldo, Utility Supervisor Whetstine, Tom Pratt, Greg Ellenwood, Michael McConnell, Linda and Brian Nickel and Debbye and Steve Prager 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 Hammond, seconded by Einspahr, to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried.


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


GENERAL: Amazon, $30.33; State of NE, $589.84; State of NE, $76.82; Verizon, $109.21; IRS, $170.30; Black Hills Energy, $116.49; One Call Concepts, $1.50; Platte Valley Comm., $595.38; Kearney Hub, $43.98; EMS Billing Svc., $128.87; CHS Agri Svc, $88.02; IRS, $0.05; TVPPD, $215.67; South Central Sanitation, $141.00; Harlan County Journal, $31.77; Frontier Comm, $118.92; S&H Septic Svc., $75.00; Presto X, $55.62; USPS, $50.00; Payroll, $832.97; Island, $63.63.


STREET: TVPPD, $1372.98; Island, $63.63.


WATER: State of NE, $379.65; SPD, $162.00; Black Hills Energy, $35.22; USPS, $35.00; TVPPD, $77.59; Sargent Drilling, $450.00; NE Public Health Env Lab, $584.00; USPS, $35.00; Island, $63.63.


WASTEWATER: UHC, $2409.81; IRS, $871.86; USPS, $35.00; USPS, $35.00; Payroll, $3179.98; Island, $63.64.

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


RECEIPTS: Ambulance Income, $669.75; Building Permits, $40.00; State of NE, $6422.21; Harlan County Treasurer, $3844.34; Liquor License receipts, $1900.00; Insurance reimbursement, $3795.56; Circle Drive Market, $140.00; Donations, $500.00; TVPPD, $5442.54; Utility Billing, $10,873.03; Int Inc- CD, $387.89; Int Inc- ckg, $133.92.


Treasurer’s report was read and approved.


Annual Treasurer’s Report was presented. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to approve the Annual Treasurer’s Report. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried.


Discussion was held regarding the sale of the 1980 equipment hauler ambulance and the 1996 Ford BLS ambulance. State statute requires that the sale of property over $5000.00 would require going out for bids. This was done previously for the 1980 equipment hauler ambulance and no bids were received. A revised bid has been received from Medics at Home. Motion by Valentine, seconded by Einspahr to approve Resolution 110518-1A accepting the bid of $2000.00 for the 1980 equipment hauler ambulance from Medics at Home. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried.

Motion by Valentine, seconded by Einspahr to approve Resolution 110518-1B , accepting the bid of $4500.00 for the 1996 Ford BLS ambulance from Medics at Home. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried. Notice of Sale will be posted and the sale will be finalized by two Ordinances at the December meeting.


No action was taken on Resolution 110518-2 authorizing the Chairman to sign the contract due to errors in the resolution and the contract was not complete. Will discuss further with village attorney. Motion by Hammond, seconded by Einspahr to reach out to Miller and Associates for help on contract if necessary. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried.


Linda and Brian Nickel were present to discuss their building permit for 222 Truman that was tabled at the October meeting due to several questions. The building will be used for personal purposes, not commercial. The two and half lots were purchased as one parcel and are listed as such with the county. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to approve the building permit for 222 Truman. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to approve the building permit for a building addition at 18 Norris. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried.


One bid was received for the sale Block 21, Lot 32. Motion by Hammond, seconded by Einspahr to accept the bid of $2650.00 for Block 21, Lot 32 from Thomas Pratt Jr. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried. Sale of property will be finalized by Ordinance at the December meeting.


Complaint was received regarding the property at 240 Truman. Complaint was due to abundance of items, garbage, etc. that can attract rodents and can be dangerous, as well as an unlicensed vehicle that is parked on the street. Letter will be sent to property owner.


Greg Ellenwood was present to discuss the building permit process. Advised to contact Keith Whetstine to complete the Building Permit form and the board will review and approve/deny/table at the next board meeting.


Michael McConnell was present to discuss the RCVFD. Motion by Einspahr, seconded by Valentine to reimburse the RCVFD for ambulance decals at a cost of $500.00. Voting Aye: Eddy, Einspahr, Hammond and Valentine. There were no votes against the motion. Absent: Orcutt. Motion carried. McConnell will look into getting new letters for outside of fire hall. Current letters are broken or missing and cannot be repaired. Clerk will order wireless equipment so the fire hall will have internet access. Request was made to dig hole at tree dump for ashes so they are not dumped in the pile and ignite. The RCVFD has received a grant for a 12 lead cardiac monitor for the ambulance. Thank you to Andy for your work on the grant and those that enter E-Narsis reports as the timeliness of those entries helped secure the grant.


Motion by Hammond, seconded by Valentine to adjourn at 5:52 p.m.


The next regular scheduled village board meeting will be held Monday, December 3, 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