The Glen Elder City Council met last night. All council members were present along with Mayor Ryan Duskie, City Attorney Katie Schroeder and newly appointed Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Shelton. A former Nebraska State Patrol Investigator, Shelton is now an admissions counselor at NCK Tech in Beloit and will fill the part-time position for the city which had been vacant for several months.
Shelton discuss a number of details for clarification of the Code Enforcement Officer position. It was stated, by the council, that any obvious violations should be handled by Shelton directly. Any other complaints from the public should be made in person or in writing to the city office to be disseminated and passed on Shelton if warranted. Anonymous complaints will not likely be considered valid according to the context of the discussion among council members.
Shelton also said he spoke with two individuals about their yards so far. He feels like progress will be made in as little as a few days. He also asked about posting codes and ordinances periodically on the city website to continually effort to educate the public on such regulations. It was then suggested by City Attorney Schroeder to post the entire city code on the website in .pdf form.
Denise Jackson addressed the council regarding the Glen Haven Apartments who applied for DGH Grant funding which would provide a retaining wall as well as other outdoor improvements as Jackson explained to the group.
Jackson also discussed other needs she will be approaching the community for to assist with future plans being made for the property.
The improvements will be performed by Senger Construction. Jackson added that the apartments are all currently full.
She went on to comment about the amount of dog waste which was contested with in the park by volunteers when preparations were being made for the community Easter egg hunt. She suggested a city policy of picking up after your own animals. A document showing an example of a dispenser for sanitary bags which could be placed in the park to collect such materials was passed around to the council.
City Attorney Katie Schroeder said said she could write a proposed ordinance addressing the matter for consideration at a future meeting. If such an ordinance were put into place, it would be the responsibility of pet owners to clean up after their animals whether the city provides bags or park users supply their own.
City welcome signs were discussed. Councilor Tracy Anderes has taken the lead and been trying to lay the ground work on a design, creation and installation. She said she hasn’t received much in the way of responses from the public in terms of ideas for the signage. She expressed frustration in that she has been unable to elicit responses from anyone to make the signs locally. These include businesses in Beloit and Lucas. Apple 1 media in Belleville was suggested for the project. Anderes will look to them as the next potential vendor for the community improvement project.
City Superintendent Eldon Behymer discussed the city lagoons which haven’t been cleaned since 1985-’86. Two ponds are in need of attention, but the third pond is not. Behymer said 8-12 inches of sludge need to be removed. The sludge is being forced up to the banks and interfering with pipes and the drainage cycle to other ponds.
There is considerable amounts of red tape involved in getting this work approved and completed. Behymer said it could be accomplished by August of September. The council moved to allow Behymer to explore options of contracting out the needed work.
Councilor Ken Kugler said he was approached about what condition the Cemetery Road would be in for Memorial Day weekend. Behymer said there was about $3,000 in rock placed on the road last year. This is technically a township road, but it has been maintained by the city for many years. Mayor Duskie said the road will be in “as good of shape as the weather conditions at that time allow.”
Building permits were approved for Darrell Stuart for a new patio at 200 N. Nash as well as a new house, garage, and patio for Terry Raymer at 304 N. Center.
ATV permits were approved for Art and Pat Duerksen as well as for Seth Krueger.
Brandi Duskie was approved by the council to be the city pool manager this summer. The pool will open Memorial Day weekend. Duskie has multiple work commitments in July and will rely a Sage Schlaefli to help manage day-to-day operations, at times, during that mid-summer month. She also said she is scheduling a meeting for lifeguards and arranging for drug-testing of new guards. There are two new guards this year. Swimming lessons are tentatively planned for the first two weeks of July. More information on that will be released as it is determined.
Behymer then discussed a scissor-lift often used by the city which is owned by Councilor Ken Kugler. He is offering to sell it to the city for $2,000. The council approved the purchase with Kugler abstaining from the vote.
Behymer also reported on streets as well. He previously presented a bid for street sealing at $47,000, but it could be done for as little as $42,000. Similar work which has been completed in downtown areas has held up well to heavy truck traffic throughout the year. Discussions were held about breaking up the work on streets to spread out over a 2-3 year repeating cycle. Future funding was discussed as a concern as the necessary yearly expense is expected to be in the $30,000-$50,000 range moving forward.
Funding for any such work performed this year would primarily come from the city’s General Fund. As much as 70 percent or more. After extended discussion was held and thoughts were shared about how to raise and maintain needed funds for continual work, the council moved to table the issue for the time being.
Jeff and Jessie Goodacre asked for permission to have a third dog on their property as they have adopted one, so-to-speak, from someone who could no longer care for it. The council approved the request.
In the final action items, a transfer of funds of $15,000 to the Pool Fund was approved. Also approved was an ordinance on public meetings.
In other business, it was announced that as many as eight crosswalks were painted in town on Monday as well as curbing adjacent to the Senior Center. In closing, Counselor Barry McPeak requested to have someone contact Dunstan Trucking about marking street side dumpsters to make them more visible.
The Glen Elder City Council holds their regular monthly meetings on the first Monday evening of each month beginning at 7 p.m.