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Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

May 17, 2017


The Village of Elmwood Board of Trustees met in Regular Session with Trustees Anderson, Baer, Hovick, Krass, 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”. Visitors present included Ben Kastens, Kurk & Kris Shrader, Rian Harkins, Tom Bliss, Elizabeth Chase, Dawn & Randy Romine, Ryan Anderson, Brook Aken, Jennifer Serkiz, Dan Lightbody, Emily Bausch, Eric Beiermann, and Eugenia Bornemeier.


Motion by Hovick to approve the minutes of the May 3, 2017 Regular Board Meeting with change; second by Anderson. Vote: Yes: Baer, Anderson, Hovick, Krass, Wray; No: None. Motion approved.


REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES: Streets: New street banners are up. Park: Ben Kastens asked for “No Parking” signs to be placed at ballfield for safety reasons. Motion by Baer with 2nd by Hovick to allow EM Baseball to place temporary “No Parking” signs @ ballpark. Vote: Yes: All, No: None. Motion approved. Library: No Report. Water: 2016 “Quality on Tap” Report posted/published as required. GIS Utility Mapping complete. A new starter was placed on Well No. 3. Sewer: Heater/AC unit was installed. Planning/Zoning: The Planning Committee will be discussing changes to planning book at their June 29th meeting to include floating slabs.


Unfinished Business: Stop Sign Resolution No. 05172017 – BE IT RESOLVED by the Chairperson and Board of Trustees of the Village of Elmwood, Cass County, Nebraska: WHEREAS, the Chairperson and Board of Trustees for the Village of Elmwood have completed a survey of street signage and request “Stop” signs be placed at the following locations: 1st/D St on NE corner, 1st/G St on SE corner, 2nd/C St on NW/SE corners, 5th/E St on NE/SW corners; 6th/B St on NW corner. THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Elmwood resolves to declare the above sites as areas of placement for “Stop” signs. PASSED and APPROVED this 17th day of May 2017. Vote: Yes: Baer, Krass, Hovick, Wray; No: Anderson.


New Business: New home building permit @ 171 Sydney Lane – Motion by Hovick with 2nd by Krass to approve the building permit for Fulton Construction. Vote: Yes: All. Motion approved.  

Main Street Development – Elizabeth Chase of Nebraska Main Street explained that their association provides knowledge and resources for preservation of historical buildings and the maintenance of existing buildings. The first step is to create a “Strategic Planning and Vision Process”. Rian Harkins and Tom Bliss were here to represent SENDD which can help with planning grants. Emily Bausch, Eric Beiermann, and Ben Lightbody represented Olsson Associates. Emily spoke with regards to funding. She states it takes political will and being able to activate residents to help with the process. Suggestions were to outline what steps the Village is taking to “help themselves”; what kinds of business does the Village want to pursue; what is the plan for the main street. The Village needs to identify goals; some of which are already complete or currently in the works include Park Renovation, Trail Ridge Subdivision, and



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the Blight Study/Redevelopment Plan. Jennifer Serkiz from Cass Co Economic Development explained that their organization is able to go out and find the businesses that the Village identifies they would like to see in the community. Brooke Aken with OPPD spoke in regards to energy efficiency upgrades. Kurk Shrader from EMMA would like to see their organization work together with the Village. EMMA will send their meeting minutes to the Village Board.


Presentation of Claims for Payment: American Exchange Bank $5,000.00 (Street Loan); Black Hills Energy $165.87 (Natural Gas); Columbus Telegram $58.34 (Minutes Publication); Connie Carlton $50.95 (Postage, travel expense); EM Little League $510.09 (Paint/Supplies); EM Public Schools $210.00 (License Fees); Elmwood Equipment $75.25 (Dixon mower service); J. Clark Htg/Cooling $1,278.00 (Sewer plant AC/Htg); Layne Christensen Co. $288.20 (W3 overload relay); League of NE Municipalities $230.16 (education guides); Mc2 Inc $73.68; Meeske Ace Hardware (supplies – water); Midwest Farmers Coop $166.87; Midwest Labs $189.53 (Testing supplies – water); NE Dept of Revenue $1,580.30 (April Sales/Use Tax); Olsson Assoc $2,578.42 (engineering); Payroll $2581.53; US Postal Service $298.00 (Postage); US Treasury $2,578.42 (April payroll deposit); WireBuilt $29.00 (Alert Texting Service). Motion by Hovick to approve the claims as presented for payment; second by Anderson. RCV: Yes: Anderson, Hovick, Baer, Krass, Wray. No: None. Motion approved.


Motion by Baer to enter Executive Session to discuss the PT Maintenance position; second by Anderson. RCV: Yes: All. Motion approved. The Board entered Executive Session at 9:12 p.m. Motion by Krass to exit Executive Session; second by Anderson. RCV: Yes: All. Motion approved. The Board exited Executive Session at 9:31 p.m.


Motion by Baer to offer the PT Maintenance position to Luke Dlouhy at $9/hr; second by Hovick. RCV: Yes: All, No: None. Motion approved.


There being no further business, motion by Krass with second by Baer to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.




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Connie Carlton, Village Clerk                                   Pat Wray, Chairperson

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