VILLAGE OF UNION MEETING MINUTES June 13, 2012

The Union Village Board was called to order at 7:00 pm for the regular session.  The Open Meeting Laws were displayed for public reference.  On roll call:  Hardbarger – Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak – Aye, Keene- Aye and Brown - absent.

Minutes of the May 9th and June 1st Special Board Meetings were reviewed. Chipman motioned to approve the April 11, 2012 Meeting Minutes with a date change to April 21st under new business item B.  2nd by Keene.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene- Aye, and Brown absent.  Motion approved.

Claims and Accounts were presented.  Chipman motioned to approve May Claims and Accounts.  2nd by Vidlak.  Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene- Aye, and Brown absent.  Motion approved.

CLAIMS & ACCOUNTS JUNE 2012 NPPD           FIREBARN*  $      75.58

WATER PUMP  $     386.53

FIREBARN (TOWN BLDG)  $       21.58

TOWER  (WATER)  $       21.59

TRAFFIC LIGHT  $       21.58

AREA LIGHT RENTAL  $       12.98

STREETLIGHTS  $     623.21

SEWER PUMP  $       79.14

BALLFIELD  $       48.42

ALA HALL  $       49.33

WINDSTREAM  OFFICE  $       64.05

WINDSTREAM  FIRE  $       89.94

MELISSA HANSEN  $      847.02   MAY PAY

A&M GREENPOWER  $    1089.39   MOWER REPAIR

LOAN  $      264.68   RESCUE SQUAD

LOAN  $      618.44   STREET/SEWER 

STEVE HEYEN  $    1357.26   MAY PAY

JOHNSON’S GAS N GO  $      471.03   383.51/MOW/TRUCK/RESCUE/87.52

BALL INSURANCE  $        39.00  VILLAGE W/C AUDIT ADJUSTMENT

NPHEL  $        22.00   WATER TESTS

COLUMBUS TELE  $        46.71   MINUTES PUBLISHING

GREAT PLAINS ONE CALL  $          6.06   DIGGERS HOTLINE

STEVE HEYEN  $         48.79  REIMBURSAL MISC EXPENSES

NDEQ  $       100.00  4 YR EXEMPTION FEE

STEVE HEYEN  $         65.08   REIMB. FOR CHECK VALVE

DEPOSITORY TRUST  $  16,507.50   ST. BOND PRINCIPAL & INTEREST

$ 22,977.19          JUNE CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS $ 92,306.30          GENERAL FUND BALANCE, AS OF JUNE 12, 2012 $    1,478.43         DEPOSITS FOR JUNE 13, 2012

Correspondence: Digger’s Hotline service will be operated by One Call Concepts starting November 1, 2012.  CCEMA is sponsoring a Mass Casualty Incident Management Seminar for Oct. 20 and 21, 2012 at Cass County Fair Grounds. Clerk Report – The Union Ball Field project was accepted by Keep Nebraska Beautiful to receive grant funds to build new dugouts, repair fencing and add landscaping to the ball field park area. The Village Maintenance report: was given by Heyen.  The village pumped 1,486,000 gallons of water for the month, up around 200,000 gallons attributed to lawn and garden watering.  The lift station ran 137 hours, for about 4.4 hours per day.  Heyen reported that the John Deere mower is operating O.K. The tire had a hole in the sidewall.  Heyen patched it and replaced the tube.  Hardbarger instructed Heyen to purchase a new tire from Douglas Tire.  Lift Station is running fine with the new parts installed.  Hardbarger told Heyen to rent a stump grinder to finish taking out stumps in the park area.

Fire and Rescue report given by Louise Stewart.  She reported 3 Fire and 3 Rescue calls. The next Pancake Breakfast will be the Sunday before the 4th of July at Lake Waconda.

Kennedy asked to be able to use his judgement with the “no transport” billing policy.  “911” was called for a man that didn’t really need rescue services.  Kennedy thought it unfair to bill the man since he didn’t ask for the assistance and didn’t require any.  The Board agreed to allow the Rescue captain to use his own judgement for this type of billing.

Kennedy requested to purchase a track phone for the rescue squad.  He doesn’t own a cell phone and in some instances he is required to call ahead to a specific doctor when transporting patients.  The chairman authorized the expense of around $100 per year.

Union United Inc. report was given by Debbie Vidlak. Union Days went well.  The group spent a lot on the event and raised a lot.  The next fundraiser is the Annual Golf Tournament at Grandpa’s Woods scheduled for August 4th.  The entry fee is $50 per person.

Water Meter Committee Report:  The committee is ready to receive public input on the water meter replacement project on June 20th, 7pm at the ALA Hall.  Notices were printed on utility bills sent out in early June.  Flyers will be posted at the normal three places.  Harold Reynolds is planning to attend to answer any questions relating to water and sewer rate studies.  We are still waiting on a new bid from HD Supply and financing options from a few sources.  Steve McNulty with DHHS sent a pre-application request for their low interest loan program.  The current interest rate is 3%.

OLD BUSINESS Chipman motioned to deny workman’s comp supplemental coverage through Ball Insurance for the Fire and Rescue and village employees.  The extra expense can’t be justified at this time.  The village supplies the Fire and Rescue volunteers with the amounts of insurance coverage mandated by the State of Nebraska.  2nd by Keene. By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene – Aye, and Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

NEW BUSINESS Chipman motioned to approve C.J. Seyler’s request to allow the consumption of alcohol and lighting of fireworks in the Union Park Pavilion area June 30th during his annual 4th of July party.  The festivities should be kept to the pavilion and Meredith/Hoback Park areas and permitted from noon to midnight. 2nd by Vidlak. By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene – Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

In an effort to update the Village’s municipal code, three ordinances are up for modification or inclusion during this meeting.  The purpose is to get the code aligned with current State Statutes.  Chipman proposed a modification to Village Ordinance Chapter 2-502: ANIMALS PROHIBITED.  Chipman then motioned to suspend the rules of the three readings and that Village Ordinance Chapter 2-502 be considered for passage on the same day upon reading by number and title only and then placed on final passage. 2nd by Keene. By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene – Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman then again read the title of his proposed amendment Village Ordinance Chapter 2-502: ANIMALS PROHIBITED.  Chipman then read the entirety of his proposed modification to Village Ordinance Chapter 2-502.  Chipman motioned to accordingly modify Chapter 2-502: ANIMALS PROHIBITED. 2nd by Vidlak.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman proposed a new ordinance, Village Ordinance Chapter 2-238. The Village Board has banned many dogs from the village limits considered to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.  The State of Nebraska defines a dangerous dog as a dog that has seriously injured, or killed, another animal or human.  A potentially dangerous dog is defined as a dog that has injured another animal or human. Chipman then motioned to suspend the rules of the three readings and that Village Ordinance Chapter 2-238: BANNING OF DOGS FROM VILLAGE CORPORATE LIMITS; PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY be considered for passage on the same day upon reading by number and title only and then placed on final passage. 2nd by Keene. By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene – Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman then again read the title of his proposed amendment Village Ordinance Chapter 2-238: BANNING OF DOGS FROM VILLAGE CORPORATE LIMITS; PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY.  Chipman then read the entirety of his proposed Village Ordinance Chapter 2-238.  Chipman motioned to accordingly adopt Village Ordinance Chapter 2-238: BANNING OF DOGS FROM VILLAGE CORPORATE LIMITS; PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY. 2nd by Vidlak.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman proposed a new ordinance, Village Ordinance Chapter 2-239.  Chipman then motioned to suspend the rules of the three readings and that Village Ordinance Chapter 2-239: PROHIBITED DOGS WITHIN CORPORATE LIMITS, be considered for passage on the same day upon reading by number and title only and then placed on final passage. 2nd by Keene. By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene – Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman then again read the title of his proposed Village Ordinance Chapter 2-239: PROHIBITED DOGS WITHIN CORPORATE LIMITS.  Chipman then read the entirety of his proposed Village Ordinance Chapter 2-239.  Chipman motioned to accordingly adopt Village Ordinance Chapter 2-239: PROHIBITED DOGS WITHIN CORPORATE LIMITS. 2nd by Vidlak.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman motioned to adopt Resolution 12-6, naming the park at 1st and A Street “Unity Park”. 2nd by Keene.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Vidlak motioned to deny financial support to the Blue Rivers Handibus program due to the limit on their support in Cass County.  2nd by Keene.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Union United has raised funds and contracted with David Beliz from Murray to make 2 signs for the Village of Union.  The signs are ready to install.  The proposed sites for the signs are on the west side of the village in front of the MP Caboose on the UP Railroad Right of Way and to the east in front of the light pole on what appears to be Tom Pike’s property boundary.  Chipman proposed to accept the proposed sites if allowed by the property owners.  2nd by Keene.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman motioned to proceed with beautification project at the Union Ball Park funded by Lowe’s and the Keep Nebraska Beautiful, and Keep Cass County Beautiful grant. 2nd by Keene.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Chipman motioned to allow Bobby Brown to advertise for his upcoming MMA fight on June 30th in Nebraska City in or near the fire hall, not attached to any structure, and if taken down by July 1, 2012. 2nd by Vidlak.  By Roll, Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene– Aye, Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

Vidlak motioned to adjourn at 7:57pm.  2nd by Keene.  Trustee votes are as follows:  Hardbarger– Aye, Chipman – Aye, Vidlak- Aye, Keene- Aye and Brown- absent.  Motion approved.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 11, 2012, 7 pm at the ALA Hall.  The Meeting Notice and Agenda will be posted for the public at the Village Office, the Union Branch of the Nehawka Bank, and the Union Post Office.

Dwain Hardbarger, Jr. Chairman

These minutes have been prepared by the village clerk and are certified to be true and accurate.

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