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Council Meeting                                                                                                                                              April 9, 2018
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: Lisa S. Feldkamp, Elijah Keever, Melodee Larsen, and Louis Zsuzsics Jr. Councilmember absent: Jack D. Crispin Jr. Officials present: Attorney Daniel D. Metz, Clerk Heather N. Simms and Deputy Clerk Deirdre Mahin.  

VISITORS:  Visitors in attendance for all or portions of the meeting: Jyll Phillips, Robert White, Shari Pittenger, Clay Haring, Lori Spear, Jessica Clay, Tara Kubick, Dave Merica, Kimberly Meyer, Toni Jensen, Adam Boyd, and Dawn Harlow.

AGENDA AMENDMENT:  There were no amendments to the council meeting agenda.  

MINUTES:  Upon motion by Keever, seconded by Zsuzsics, minutes of the March 12, 2018, regular meeting were approved as written.

PAYROLL VOUCHER:  Payroll Voucher No. 18-03, for March wages and salaries in the amount of $55,426.68, was presented. A motion by Keever, seconded by Zsuzsics, to approve said Payroll Voucher, carried.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Accounts Payable listings were reviewed, including prepaid invoices in the amount of $3,997.08, and unpaid invoices totaling $163,129.71. Upon motion by Zsuzsics, seconded by Feldkamp, all said invoices, in the amount of $167,126.79 were approved for payment. Keever abstained.

DELINQ. ACCNTS.:  Five accounts, totaling $784.26, were on the list of delinquent utilities.

LIBRARY APPNTS.:  Mayor Schwerdtfager re-appointed Patrisha Street, Kathy Moss and Charlene Batchman to regular 4-year terms on the Lincoln Carnegie Library Board. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.

ARTS COMM. APPNTS.:  Mayor Schwerdtfager appointed Robert Crangle and re-appointed Mary Ann Stertz to three-year terms as members of the Lincoln Arts and Humanities Commission. Feldkamp moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried.

LHA/APPOINTMENT:  Mayor Schwerdtfager re-appointed Carol Radar and Joyce Harlow to 4-year terms as members of the Lincoln Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Larsen moved to confirm the Mayor’s appointment, seconded by Zsuzsics. Motion carried.

UTILITY BILLING PENALTIES:  Tara Kubick, local business owner asked for forgiveness on recent penalties put on her utility bill. After discussion, Zsuzsics moved to approve Kubick’s request, seconded by Keever. The motion carried, 3-1. In favor: Keever, Larsen, Zsuzsics. Opposed: Feldkamp.

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:  Chamber board member Kimberly Meyer requested permission to use the West Ball Field for a softball tournament on June 2nd. Meyer said that the tournament would start at 8 a.m. and be finished prior to the Alumni evening festivities. The Rec would do the field maintenance and the Chamber would find individuals to run the concession stand. Meyer assured the Governing Body that the area would be cleaned up after the event. Keever moved to allow the use of the facility, seconded by Larsen. Motion carried.

DOG DAY IN THE PARK:  Dave Merica updated the Governing Body with the leadership project “Dog Day in the Park.” He said the event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5th.  

REC DIRECTION COMM.:  Rec Director Jessica Clay relayed the County has appointed Alexis Pflugh and Dustin Florence to the “Rec Direction Committee”. The Rec board appointed Debora Zachgo and Lori Spear. Larsen moved to appoint Councilmembers Elijah Keever and Lisa Feldkamp to the committee, seconded by Zsuzsics. Motion carried. It was agreed the committee should be ready to report to the Governing Body at the July meeting.  

WEST BALL FIELD DEDICATION:  Councilmember Feldkamp explained she had been approached by Bree Baetz inquiring about renaming the West Ball Field in memory of Jerry Jensen. Toni Jensen was in attendance and in memory of her father and all Jerry had given to this community. Throughout 19 years Jensen had raised more than $35,000 in funds with his benefit softball tournaments and donated to more than 46 recipients in the community. Clerk Simms reported she had received $3360 in memorial money to date and Andrea South has pledged $500 towards signage if the field is renamed. After discussion, Feldkamp moved to name the west ball field “Jerry Jensen Memorial Field.” Motion was seconded by Larsen, carried. Mayor Schwerdtfager had agreed to help with the designing and building of the signage at the field.  

FAIR HOUSING:  Feldkamp moved to authorize Mayor Schwerdtfager to sign the Proclamation designating the month of April as Fair Housing Month. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.

INDY PARK LEASE:  Mayor Schwerdtfager reported that the building renovations and repairs are finished, and a walk through at the Industrial Park building has been completed. Reddi Industries had signed a three month Interim Lease with the City pending the completion of the repairs to the building. After discussion, Attorney Metz was instructed to make contact with Reddi Industries to find out if they have any requests for the new lease agreement. Councilmember Feldkamp stated she thinks the “interior plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical systems maintenance” should be the City’s responsibility as the property owner. Feldkamp moved for Metz to contact Reddi Industries and draft a lease with the interior maintenance and the rent amount of $1500 a month change. Motion seconded by Zsuzsics. The motion carried, 3-1. In favor: Feldkamp, Larsen, Zsuzsics. Opposed: Keever.

WATER PLANT DEMOLITION:  The Governing Body reviewed a proposal for demolition of the old Water Plant on Lincoln Avenue. Mayor Schwerdtfager said the city would need to remove the utility services and would be in observation of the project. Clerk Simms said the project had been approved through the County for free landfill dumping as it is a City owned building. After discussion, Feldkamp moved to accept the proposal of $10,000 for demolition of the Water Plant by S & S Farms and Excavating LLC. Motion seconded by Larsen, carried.  

AIRPORT PIPELINE CROSSING AGREEMENT:  Attorney Metz reported the “Pipeline Crossing Agreement” was signed and has been forwarded to Kinder Morgan for signatures. Airport operator Clay Haring said that construction of the air bridges was complete over the pipeline. Haring also said the elevation dirt work on the North end of the runway was almost complete and now they are working on the removal of dirt on the South end. Haring informed the Governing Body that the letter stating the pipeline would be down for maintenance is for the pipeline extending through several counties, so it wasn’t really a problem with the runway construction. 

CITY WIDE CLEANUP:  Clerk Simms relayed to the Governing Body that Superintendent Meyer would like to have the city-wide cleanup on April 23rd for the east side of town and April 24th for the west side with 4th Street as the split. Simms said she would send the notice to the newspaper and website. 

POOL PERSONNEL:  Councilmember Feldkamp reported 10 applications had been received. Feldkamp had interviewed and made contact with the applicants. Feldkamp recommended hiring; Bailee McCracken for Manager at $11/hour, Brittni Harlow for Assistant Manager/guard at $9.50/8.50/hour, Sarah Hageman for Swimming Lesson Instructor/guard $9.25/hour, Brittney Heald, Allison Crist, Taegen Walter, Nathan Feldkamp, Landon O’Hare and Trase McQueen according to the 2013 pay scale model for wages according to years of service. Feldkamp suggested Stacey Scritchfield be employed as lifeguard at $10/hour for training and covering shifts as needed. Feldkamp also recommended that the manager have the ability to appoint a guard to be “acting manager” if necessary. The guard should be compensated $1 more an hour in that capacity. Keever moved to offer employment to all of the applicants at the compensation recommended, subject to the acquisition of all required certifications. Motion was seconded by Zsuzsics. Feldkamp abstained. 

STREETS/BARRICADES:  Upon motion by Feldkamp, seconded by Larsen, the Citizens State Bank was authorized to borrow city barricades for their “Hot Dog Days” on May 4, 2018.

FIBER INTERNET:  Mayor Schwerdtfager informed the Governing Body that he and Clerk Simms had attended a meeting with Eagle Communications along with several others. Schwerdtfager relayed that Eagle 
anticipates bringing Fiber optic internet to Lincoln. They need a guarantee of two hundred
customers and a place to put a 10ft by 10ft pad for a building for equipment.  

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, Keever moved to adjourn. Motion seconded by Feldkamp, carried. Council adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

                                                                                              /s/ Heather N. Simms
                                                                                              City Clerk

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