Monthly City Council Meeting Unofficial
Council Meeting April 10, 2017
ROLL CALL: The City Council of Lincoln Center convened in regular session at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Travis Schwerdtfager presiding. Councilmembers present: Lisa S. Feldkamp, Elijah Keever, Melodee Larsen, Louis Zsuzsics Jr. and Jack D. Crispin Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz & Clerk Heather N. Simms. Also present: Superintendent Jesse C. Meyer.
VISITORS: Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Jyll Phillips, Robert White, Shari Pittenger, Martha Gil, Carla Errebo, Mike Schmaderer, Mary Andersen, Jolene Cole, Carol Stegman, Clay Haring, Kelly Larson, Jessica Clay, Baily Zachgo, Cody Burlingame, Darrick Webber, Kenton Myers, Tony Burlingame, Jerry Marinhagen, Sean Chapman, Steve Ryan, Laura Marinhagen, Nikki Flinn and Tim Meier.
AGENDA AMENDMENT: There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.
MINUTES: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, minutes of the March 13, 2017, regular meeting were approved as written.
PAYROLL VOUCHER: Payroll Voucher No. 17-03, for March wages and salaries in the amount of $52,750.60, was presented. A motion by Crispin, seconded by Keever, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Accounts Payable listings were reviewed, including prepaid invoices in the amount of $742.37, and unpaid invoices totaling $94,538.23. Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Zsuzsics, all said invoices, in the amount of $95,280.60 were approved for payment.
DELINQ. ACCNTS.: Seven accounts, totaling $1,890.77, were on the list of delinquent utilities.
LIBRARY APPNTS.: Mayor Schwerdtfager appointed Charlene Batchman to an unexpired 4-year term on the Lincoln Carnegie Library Board. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.
Mayor Schwerdtfager appointed Patricia Winters to a regular 4-year term on the Lincoln Carnegie Library Board. Crispin moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.
REC COMM APPT.: Mayor Schwerdtfager appointed Stacey Meitler to an unexpired 4-year term on the Lincoln Recreation Commission. Crispin moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, seconded by Keever. Motion carried.
LIBRARY TOUCH-A-TRUCK: Mary Andersen, Lincoln Carnegie children’s librarian, presented a new “Touch-A-Truck” program the library would like to have this year. They had set a tentative date of June 29th from 10 a.m. to noon at the City Park. The theme would be “Build a Better World” with businesses or owners of large trucks or heavy equipment explaining to children what the equipment is used for and allowing children to touch them. Andersen would like to use the North side of the park between the road and row of evergreen trees and asked for barricades to be placed by the city crew to block through traffic. Following further discussion, Crispin moved to allow the “Touch-A-Truck” program to use the park and barricades to be placed by the cottonwood tree at the west end and by the pool on the east end by 9 a.m. on June 29th. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.
SENIOR CENTER: Board President Jolene Cole explained that the Lincoln Senior Center has accepted a bid to upgrade their current lighting in the main, dining and board room to LED lighting. The lowest bid was $2800 and would be grateful to the city for a monetary donation toward the project. Feldkamp moved to give $1000 to the Lincoln Senior Center to help with the funding, seconded by Crispin. Carried.
COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP: Carla Errebo, head of the community clean-up volunteer group, reported they would be participating in another clean-up day on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and asked if the City would allow City employees to volunteer their time to operate city equipment as years past. Errebo said they had received a grant and would be providing a meal this year and have several new volunteers. Errebo also relayed that the volunteer group would be tearing down a house, picking up trash, and trimming trees. Crispin moved to approve the use of two City dump trucks for the volunteer community clean-up, seconded by Zsuzsics. Motion carried.
ALUMNI WEEKEND: Nikki Flinn, member of the Lincoln High School Alumni Board, presented the Governing Body with a map and list of requests for the City’s assistance for the 2nd Annual Lincoln High School Alumni Weekend on June 2nd & 3rd, 2017. The requests included temporary electric, barricades, trash cans and the Alumni Sign to be hung by the City crew. After discussion of planned events Feldkamp moved to approve the streets to be closed at the location of: town square on Lincoln Avenue, north to the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue to the east to approximately the east side of the Bank of Tescott drive-thru, from 5 pm through 1am, beginning Saturday June 3rd and the City crew to assist with the requests. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.
FLEA MARKET: Martha Gil, owner of Los Munchies, requested permission to have flea markets on private property on the corner of Center and 6th Street. Gil explained the events would be on Saturdays and Sundays inside of the tent already on the property from 7 am to 4 pm. After discussion, it was determined that it was not necessary for the Governing Body to issue them a permit and there was no objection.
SCOUT CABIN FLAGPOLE: Troop 90 Leader Steve Ryan, along with several boy scouts, asked for permission to install a flagpole near the Scout Cabin in the city park. The pole would be 20ft tall and have a light on it. They said they would be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the pole and flag. Following discussion, Crispin moved to approve the project, seconded by Zsuzsics. Carried.
SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Recreation Director Jessica Clay requested permission to use the West Ball Field for a softball tournament on August 11th & 12th. Clay said that the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce had asked the Recreation Board to help them host a softball tournament. The Rec would do the field maintenance and concession stand. Clay assured the Governing Body the area would be cleaned up after the event. Feldkamp moved to allow the use of the facility, seconded by Larsen. Carried.
AIRPORT RUNWAY GRANT: Post Rock Aviation owner Clay Haring formally announced the Lincoln Municipal Airport was awarded a $720,000 grant for grading and drainage of a new paved runway. The runway is designed to be 60ft wide by 4200ft long. Haring explained this is phase 1 of the project that was designed by Olsson & Associates. He said he was working with them to start the bid process and hoped to keep the work local. Haring said the grant required a 10% match which could be monetarily or in kind. The county recently granted his request to close the road on the north which was necessary for the project. Phase 2 of the project, paving the runway, is anticipated to be over a million dollars. Keever moved to approve the request of 10% match up to $80,000 for the project. Motion was seconded by Crispin, carried.
HEART HANDS HOME FUNDS: Lincoln County Economic Development Director Kelly Larson informed the Governing Body that the Heart Hands Home Fund has some leftover money in the bank and the group has been disbanded. Larson explained she had contacted the members of the group that she could and they had suggested splitting the money equally between the cities within Lincoln County. There is $5000 available for Lincoln to use and Larson suggested maybe the “Pride Committee” could use $2000 toward their bench project. Crispin moved to give the “Pride Committee” $2000 toward the bench project and put the remaining $3000 in the housing demolition fund. Motion was seconded by Keever, Feldkamp abstained. Carried.
POWER PLANT PROJECT: Mike Schmaderer, Mid-States Energy Works, Inc., updated the Governing Body on the power plant project and timeline. He said the old engine should be removed by the end of April and the new engine should arrive in the middle of May for installation. The City was approved for the air permit that is necessary for the new engine.
WAPA SCP 2017: Clerk Simms, with assistance from Superintendent Meyer and Robert Thompson, had worked with Bob Langenberger of the Western Area Power Administration to formulate a 5-year Small Customer Plan for the City of Lincoln Center. Western requires firm power customers to submit such plans. Upon motion by Crispin, seconded by Zsuzsics, Mayor Schwerdtfager was authorized to sign the approval page of the document.
LEASES: The Governing Body discussed the different cash rent leases that the City has with different individuals and how they were obtained in the past. Tim Meier stated he got his current lease by a bid process. It was agreed that his lease would be amended to show less acreage due to industrial park land that was given to B.C. Diesel. Larsen moved for Attorney Metz to amend Tim Meier’s lease to reflect the changes to acreage. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.
The airport operating lease was also discussed and Clay Haring agreed to meet with Attorney Metz to review his lease and discuss possible changes.
POOL REPAIRS: The Governing Body reviewed reports reflecting revenues and expenses for the pool covering several years. Feldkamp questioned if the work and studies have be started on the pool as discussed in the fall. Superintendent Meyer said the lights were being removed and they are on schedule with the plan that was set for testing.
POOL PERSONNEL: Clerk Simms said 9 applications had been received in all; 2 for co-manager, 3 for lifeguard/assistant manager, 4 lifeguard only. Applications for Pool Manager and Lifeguard positions were reviewed. Crispin moved to employ Sammi Wright and Shari Pittenger as Co-Managers for the 2017 pool season, with Pittenger to be the main contact. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 9:56 p.m., Crispin moved to enter into executive session, with City Attorney Metz and Clerk Simms, for a period of ten (10) minutes, for the purpose of discussions involving non-elected personnel. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried. The City Council returned to regular session at 10:06 p.m.
At 10:07 p.m., Larsen moved to enter into executive session, with City Attorney Metz and Clerk Simms, for a period of ten (10) minutes, for the purpose of discussions involving non-elected personnel. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried. The City Council returned to regular session at 10:17 p.m.
POOL PERSONNEL: Councilmember Larsen moved to employ Sawyer Pittenger as assistant manager/lifeguard for the 2017 pool season, with one of the three managers to be at the pool on a daily basis. Motion seconded by Crispin, carried.
Crispin moved to offer employment to all of the lifeguard applicants: Allison Crist, Lindsay Crist, Brittni Harlow, Brittney Heald, Carson Walter and Taegen Walter, subject to the acquisition of all required certifications. Motion was seconded by Keever, carried.
Crispin moved to grant the co-managers a 2% increase and utilize the 2013 pay scale model for assistant and lifeguard wages according to years of service. Motion was seconded by Zsuzsics, carried.
NUISANCES: Attorney Metz reported on the status of the properties that were discussed at the last meeting. The 30 day notice for the property owners will expire on the 14th of April. Superintendent Meyer reported the garage on West School Street has been removed per the abatement. The owner of the property on Rodman Street has obtained an attorney. The property on West South Street has made no changes and no contact has been made. Metz will be starting a new abatement process for the property on East South Street that has been in Municipal court on different occasions. Meyer discussed the property on East School Street. It was agreed he should approach the owner with the idea of the volunteer clean-up crew tearing down the house. The owner would need to apply for the reduced landfill fees through the County Clerk.
STREETS/BARRICADES: Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Zsuzsics, the Citizens State Bank was authorized to borrow city barricades for their “Hot Dog Days” on May 5, 2017.
RV PARK: Clerk Simms reported the RV Park fees collected since the completion in April 2014 has almost paid off the light fund expenses incurred with the construction. Simms said she was going to start applying payments to the general fund expenses next.
PARKING: Councilmember Feldkamp asked about the handicapped parking in front of City Hall. Superintendent Meyer explained that after reevaluating the area he was ordering a sign and would paint the street. Meyer said it would be comparable to what the County Courthouse has.
TREES: Councilmember Larsen asked if the city could trim on a tree on the corner of Spring St. and 5th at the intersection because it is obstructing view for traffic. Superintendent Meyer said the City’s policy is not to trim trees without the property owners permission. Larsen said she would try to get a phone number for the owner.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, Crispin moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics, carried. Council adjourned at 10:56 p.m.
/s/ Heather N. Simms