The Glen Elder City Council met on Tuesday evening January 2 at City Hall.
Denise Jackson addressed the council on behalf of the Community Club about signage for the public bathrooms in downtown Glen Elder. She said they needed to recognize the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Solomon Valley Community Foundation for grant funding utilized to build the facility. She asked if the council wished to recognize other benefactors who contributed to the project.
It was the consensus of the council to place outside signage for Dane Hansen and the Community Foundation and list other contributors inside the structures. A listing of the contributors and the style of the signage will be determined, and the issue revisited at a future meeting.
The council discussed the nuisance abatement program being offered by the North Central Regional Planning Commission. Mayor Ryan Duskie suggested that the city not participate in the program because it does not encompass all code enforcement matters. The city is currently without a code enforcement officer. However, the council determined to seek one out by placing an advertisement rather than utilize a program which only enforces a limited number of codes and ordinances.
Welcomes signs for city were discussed. A committee has been formed consisting of Duskie, Ken Kusler and Sheila Paxson. They will report on possibilities for the project and are open to suggestions.
The council also held discussions to consider an ordinance regarding chickens in town. Several residents do have them. The council talked about setting a maximum number of chickens allowed per resident and said no roosters would be allowed in the city limits. City Attorney Katie Schroeder will draft an ordinance for consideration at a future meeting.
The council then approved Ordinance 710 amending salaries of select city employees. Also approved was Ordinance 711 vacating a portion of N. Mill and W. 2nd Streets to correct legal descriptions. Ordinance 18-1 was also passed to waive GAAP requirements regarding certain accounting principles for 2018.
A building permit was approved on a shed for Scott Jordan at 116 W. 2nd.
City Superintendent Eldon Behymer presented a proposal for a remodel of the city office. Discussion was held on whether to remodel the existing building or move the offices to new structure. The consensus of the council was to remodel the existing building. The work on the building will begin in the next few weeks.
Behymer also said the floor heaters are not keeping up at the new bathrooms on the east side of the square. They are troubleshooting to determine how to remedy the issue.
City Clerk Jerri Senger reported that oaths of office will be taken by Mayor Duskie and Councilors Anderes and Larry Wheeler next Monday morning January 8. She also discussed some funds transfers which needed to be made before the end of the year. She also said a representative of KFSA Insurance would like to come talk to the council about their insurance policies.
Councilman Larry Wheeler brought up questions he has been asked about procuring some type of fee from CVA Coop for a use fee to help offset wear and tear and city streets. Councilor Paxson commended the city crews for the work they did on the Christmas lights around town this year.