Glen Elder City Council – March 6, 2017

The Glen Elder City Council met on Monday night. Rich Miller asked for pay increases for pool lifeguards. He asked to employ Sage Schlaefli whom they will rely on for swimming lessons. He said the pool schedule will run from May 20 through August 12.

The council moved to give a 50 cent pay increase to returning lifeguards, and an increase to $8.35 for Karen Miller and to employ Schaefli at $8.35 as well. They also moved to increase the daily passes by $1 which will increase daily youth passes from $2 to $3 and adult passes from $3 to $4. They also moved to increase season passes by $10 across the board. Swimming lessons were also increased by $10. They will charge $1 for water walkers in the late day.

It was also reported that there are structural issues at the pool in Osborne which could potentially keep it from opening this season. That determination will be made by Osborne officials at a later date.

The council approved accounts payable vouchers for the month of February in the amount of $37,585.

Chris Wagner said he had spoken to a resident about a shell of a car sitting in their yard. He said he is planning to conduct “spring cleaning” this weekend and post notices and speak to individuals who have issues to resolve to be in accordance with city code. He also discussed properties with what he felt like were an excessive number of vehicles.

The council also approved a new lease contract with Wayne’s Sporting Goods and a sale contract with Mike Blass of Beloit for the grade school building.

It was reported that the water emergency plan had not been updated in some time. City Clerk Jeri Senger made a few changes to update the plan. The council approved the updated version as presented.

It was announced that the Dane G. Hansen Foundation granted $24,000 to the public bathroom project in downtown Glen Elder. Mayor Duskie said he would like to see them go with a prefabricated structure. The city is willing to cover the difference between the total cost minus what has been raised minus the $24,000 grant. The total funds on hand for the project currently sits at $48,692. Councilman Ken Kugler said he would donate 25 feet of his downtown lot to place the restroom structure on. The city is going to price prefab units before the next meeting.

ATV permits were approved for Jim and Linda Ptacnik and for the Lee Brinker Family.

Eldon Behymer presented a quote from Hall Brothers Construction for a heavy street seal material which does not have to be chatted afterward. This would save the city $24,000 off the top compared to traditional chatting. He said he called several towns who have had this done. All reported good results. Behymer suggesting trying the process on the intersection of Hobart and Kansas Streets for a cost of about $2,200. Behymer will also try to buy some emulsified oil to use this year out of Salina for street work as well. Hall Brothers could do the work as early as August. The council moved to purchase two loads of street sealer and have them Hall Bros. apply it.

Clerk Senger said they received a bushel money check for $16,875 from Farmway which was put into the Capital Improvement Fund. Proceeds from the sale of the school will go into the CIF also.

Scott Jordan was accepted as new member of the fire department.

The council then discussed the intersection of Hobart and Kansas Streets regarding potential changes to make it easier for trucks to navigate the corner. Senger Construction was awarded a bid to perform the work for $4,729.

The Glen Elder City Council will next meet on Monday, April 3 at the Glen Elder City Office.