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By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

The city of Imperial is continuing its efforts to clean up properties deemed a “nuisance” by the city’s nuisance officer.
At a regular meeting Tuesday night, the council received updates on, or took action on, several properties. C.J. Poultak of West Central Nebraska Development District, the city’s nuisance officer, presented the report.
Property at 1136 Grant has been somewhat cleaned up, Poultak said, and a letter will be sent to the homeowner to that effect.
The council voted to continue to abate, or proceed with cleanup, of property at 226 W. 13th St., although Poultak said a potential buyer has contacted her.
Members agreed to continue to abate property at 315 E. 5th St., and to advise the city’s building inspector to start the condemnation process on a garage on the property.
Poultak said the abate process is pending on a site at Winter’s Trailer Court, as there is an unlicensed vehicle parked there.
In addition, the council discussed the condemnation of a mobile  home at 130 E. 17th St. The owner has given verbal permission to clean up the property, but there are “a lot of tax liens” against the property, according to City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland.
It was agreed to pursue the condemnation process.
Cleanup
The council set Oct. 4-5 as Take Pride In Imperial.  During those two days, city residents may take residential items such as appliances, tires, batteries, paint and more to the city’s transfer station for free.
The city will then transport the items to the J Bar J Landfill near Ogallala.
The council noted that the county plans a similar event later for landowners outside the city limits.
Pay for officers
The council approved an amended ordinance giving compensation to three of the four police officers involved with the kidnapping incident two weekends ago.
Ryan Wisnieski, Kyle Hansen and Spencer Rowley were each given $300 for overtime duty.
The council went into executive session to discuss the ordinance, then amended it to exclude Chief Rob Browning.
Their feeling was that as department head it was part of Browning’s administrative duties to work even while off duty.
As salaried employees, the city is not obligated to pay overtime, but Leyland said, “In this instance I feel the situation is out of the normal duties they are expected to perform.”
The council noted that the compensation is not a bonus “for the extraordinary hours expended and the extraordinary hours provided by the officers for the benefit of the City of Imperial.”
Council member Dan Thompson, a Nebraska State Trooper, said his organization provides similar compensation in such situations.
In other business, the council approved a resolution to continue participation in the League Association of Risk Management, which provides insurance coverage such as workers’ compensation, general liability, law enforcement liability, commercial property and auto liability coverage, among others.
The city has participated in the insurance pool for 15 years. The resolution provides a three-year commitment, a 180-day termination notice and a five-percent discount, with a $124,964 premium.