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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

February 15, 2017

The Village of Elmwood Board of Trustees met in Regular Session with Trustees Anderson, Krass, Hovick and Chairperson Wray presiding. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Chairperson Wray declared the “Open Meeting Act” posted.  All signed the “Notice of Acknowledgement of Meeting”. Trustee Baer entered the meeting at 7:10 p.m. Visitors present: Ryan Anderson, Chadd Bornemeier, Senator Robert Clements, John Hassett, Marie Gregoire, Fred Eriksen, Eric Beiermann and Emily Bausch of Olsson Assoc.

Motion by Hovick to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2017 Regular Board Meeting as presented; second by Krass. Vote: Yes: All, No: None.  Motion approved. 

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES:  Streets: No Report. Park: On March 1, Fred Eriksen, an amateur radio operator, will be broadcasting to other radio operators around the country and some international, regarding Bess Streeter Aldrich as part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration.  Marie Gregoire updated the Board on the Elmwood park improvement project. It will consist of a comprehensive landscape plan; a gazebo; playground equipment, handicap accessibility; trail improvement; and electrical support. Library: Librarian’s report/minutes submitted as well as A/P Approval Report – Motion by Hovick to approve the library A/P Approval Report as presented with second by Krass. RCV: Yes: All; No: None. Motion approved.  Water:  January Water Stats – 1,514,000 pumped, 1,375,000 treated, 139,000 wasted RO, average daily usage 48,000; average nitrates 5.1 mgl. Sewer:  Results of a 24-hr composite test WNL. Planning/Zoning: No Report. 

Unfinished Business: Motion by Anderson with second by Baer to approve the hauling of dirt to the old dump site near Railroad Avenue. Vote: Yes: All, No: None. Motion approved.

New Business:  Eric Beiermann of Olsson Associates told the Board that silt fencing will be installed and street paving will begin in the next two weeks in the Trail Ridge Subdivision. Community Development presentation by Emily Bausch of Olsson Associates.  She provided information and literature regarding grants that might be available to the Village for downtown revitalization, planning stages, and actual projects.  Building Permit Rutalkn Const. – Motion by Hovick with second by Baer to approve the building permit for a new home to be located at 114 Sydney Street in the Trail Ridge Subdivision. Vote: Yes: All, No: None. Motion approved.  Refuse Nuisance at 308 West D Street – Complaints have been received regarding trash piling up at 308 West D Street.  A letter w/pictures will be sent to the homeowner regarding this nuisance.

A proclamation recognizing the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools was introduced and read by Chairperson Wray – WHEREAS, The Nebraska Dept of Education uses AQuESTT school accountability system to classify the state school districts and on January 30, 2017 released their latest results for all of the state school districts; and WHEREAS, Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools was one of only eight districts in the entire state to earn the highest classification (4)

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“Excellent”, and WHEREAS, with over 240 school districts in Nebraska, it is a tremendous honor to earn this classification which places Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools in the top 3% of all schools in our state.  WHEREAS, the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools classification improved

from last year at which time Elmwood-Murdock earned a classification of (3) which placed them in the top 25% of all school districts in the state. WHEREAS, the district has developed and followed a well-articulated school improvement plan which as focused on growth and improvement in student learning, and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board recognizes the exemplary commitment to excellence as demonstrated by the hard work of the students, staff, and administration of the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools.

A presentation by John Hassett of Advanced Gaming regarding keno operations proposed for The Quonset Bar & Grill.  Discussion regarding options – General election, Special election by mail, or running under an interlocal agreement with Cass County Keno.  Further information regarding keno operations will be reviewed.  No action taken at this time.

Presentation of Claims for Payment:  Black Hills Energy $547.55 (Natural Gas Expense); Columbus Telegram $93.69 (Minutes/Street Hearing Publications); Connie Carlton $82.34 (Office/Cleaning Supplies); Elmwood Equipment $121.79 (Equipment service); Michael Todd & Co. $117.40 (Street Sign Posts); Midwest Farmers Coop $61.46 (Fuel Expense); NE Dept of Revenue $1,520.88 (Jan 2017 Sales/Use Tax); Payroll $2,932.74 (Febr 8 Payroll); US Treasury $2,132.42 (Jan Federal Payroll Deposit); Utility Service Co. $2,196.47 (Water Tower Service Contract); Verizon $67.83 (Jan-Febr Cell Phone Expense); WireBuilt Co $29.00 (Febr 2017 Texting Alert Service).  Motion by Hovick to approve the claims as presented for payment; second by Anderson. RCV: Yes: Anderson, Krass, Hovick, Baer, and Wray. No: None. Motion approved. 

Personnel:  PT Maintenance Position – Motion by Anderson to increase the hourly rate from $9.00 to $10.00 per hour.  The motion died due to a lack of a second motion.  The PT position will be posted.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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Connie Carlton, Village Clerk                                               Pat Wray, Chairperson

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