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Council Chambers:​

​ROLL CALL:  The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Jack D. Crispin, Jr., Lisa S. Feldkamp, Elijah Keever, Melodee K. Larsen and Louis Zsuzsics, Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz, Clerk Heather N. Simms. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.

VISITORS:  Others in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Kelly Larson, David Dohe, Jyll Phillips, Miki Blair, Bethany Pingle, Katy Black and Dena Donley.  

AGENDA AMENDMENTS:  There were two amendments to the council meeting agenda; Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Summer Interns presentation and Rec Board resignation and appointment.

MINUTES:  Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Feldkamp, Minutes of the June 11, 2018, meeting were approved as written.  

PAYROLL VOUCHER:  Payroll Voucher No. 18-06, for June wages and salaries in the amount of $68,261.28, was presented. A motion by Zsuzsics, seconded by Larsen, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Accounts Payable lists were reviewed. Invoices prepaid in June totaled $1,883.67, and unpaid invoices received to date totaled $89,993.39. Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Crispin, all said invoices in the amount of $91,877.06, were approved for payment.  

DELINQ. ACCNTS.:  The Governing Body reviewed a list of ten (10) delinquent utility accounts totaling $1,590.16.

REC BOARD:  The Governing Body received a letter of resignation from Recreation Boardmember Jeana Eckhart. Eckhart was in USD298’s position and they provided a new recommendation of Nikki Flinn. Mayor Schwerdtfager appointed Nikki Flinn to fill an unexpired 2-year term on the Lincoln Recreation Commission board. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried.

EMERGENCY SIRENS:  David Dohe, Lincoln County Emergency Management Director, addressed the Governing Body regarding the city’s emergency sirens replacement, ownership and repeater dues. Dohe said he planned on applying for grants for all of the surrounding communities for new emergency sirens, decoders and 20kW generators. Dohe said the annual repeater dues would increase $300 for each community and Lincoln County is requesting ownership of the sirens. After discussion, Crispin moved to increase repeater dues by $300 and give Lincoln County ownership if the grant project for sirens is approved, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried.  

EAGLE EASEMENT:  Attorney Metz explained that Eagle Communications, Inc. requested a temporary easement for use of the entire lot on the corner of Spring and Third Street for the duration of the fiber optic internet project. After the project is complete, the permanent easement would be for the 10ft by 10ft pad for the electrical cabinet. After discussion, Crispin moved to approve the temporary and permanent easements with Eagle Communications, Inc. Motion was seconded by Keever, carried.

MUNICIPAL POOL:  Councilmember Feldkamp had submitted an invoice with hours worked at the Municipal Pool in times of employee shortage or lack of manager. After discussion, Crispin moved to pay Lisa Feldkamp for 21.5 hours at $11/hour for the invoice submitted. Motion was seconded by Zsuzsics, carried. Feldkamp abstained.  

POST ROCK FESTIVAL:  Councilmember Larsen moved to allow the Post Rock Festival use of the City Park & Municipal Pool for the activities on September 1st, seconded by Crispin. Feldkamp abstained.

AIRPORT ELECTRIC SVC:  The Governing Body reviewed a proposal of what it would costs to remove the above ground electric service to the airport and run a new service underground. The amount estimated was $50,000 which would include work to be performed by Precision Electric Contractors, L.L.C. Precision had given three options to choose from with Superintendent Meyer supporting Option #3 as more flexible for upgrades if necessary in the future. After discussion, Keever moved to accept Precision Electric Contractors, L.L.C. Option #3 in the amount of $30,715. Motion was seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.

SUMMER INTERN PROJECT:  Lincoln County Economic Development Summer Interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingle addressed the Governing Body with their options for renovation of City Hall to accommodate a new larger council meeting room. One option is to finish the garage area on the first floor and option #2 is to install an elevator and utilize the upstairs as a meeting room. After discussion, Feldkamp moved for the interns to work on cost estimates for option #2. Motion was seconded by Crispin, carried.

2019 BUDGET:  A public hearing was set for August 13, 2018, at 8:00 p.m., for the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of funds and the amount of ad valorem tax in the 2019 Budget. Clerk Simms stated the budget notice would have to be published by August 3, 2018, making it necessary to complete the budget summary for the paper by July 27, 2018.  

NUISANCE PROPERTIES:  After discussion, Superintendent Meyer was instructed to write a formal report on one of the properties and meet with Attorney Metz to determine the best direction to handle the nuisance.  

REDDI IND. LEASE:  Attorney Metz informed the Governing Body that Reddi Industries have signed the lease as negotiated effective July 1, 2018. Reddi has paid the arrears from the Interim Lease, current lease and assumed responsibility for the Street Plumbing bill that was received during the Interim Lease time frame. 

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried. Council adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

                                                                                              /s/ Heather N. Simms
                                                                                              City Clerk

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