By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
December annually brings appointments and reappointments to the many boards and commissions that help operate the city of Imperial.
Mayor Dwight Coleman took that opportunity Monday night, reappointing several residents to boards on which they are already serving.
In addition, he appointed Chase County Schools junior MaKenna Ketter as the council’s student representative.
Several of the city boards/commissions also have a high school student serving with them. While the students do not have a vote on action items, they do provide input from their perspectives.
Ketter will meet with the council at its twice-monthly meetings.
Mayor Coleman said he has not been able to reach some of the individuals up for reappointments to see if they wish to continue their service.
He is also looking for some individuals to fill in on other boards that have vacancies.
Coleman noted that the Planning Commission is discussing dropping its nine-member board to seven. With that in mind, he reappointed only one member to that group Monday.
Here are the boards and citizens reappointed:
Library Board—Joan Wenzlick, Jan Graham.
Park/Tree Commission—Carl Zuege, Alex McNair.
Cemetery Board—Evelyn Mitchell.
Planning Commission—Ben Sauder.
Variance Board—Doug Mitchell, Jan Elliott.
Community Center Commission (theatre board)—Amy Leibbrandt.
Imperial Community Redevelopment Authority—Jim Pirog.
Citizens Advisory Committee—Joe Weiss.
In related action, the council elected John Arterburn Council President for the year. Chad Yaw served in that position for 2013.
All of the mayor’s appointments, as well as Arterburn’s election, were approved on 3-0 votes. Arterburn was not present at Monday’s meeting.
Other council business
The low bid on a new sanitation truck for the city was approved out of five received. Public Works Supt. Pat Davison recommended the low bid from Nebraska Truck Center, Inc., in North Platte for $126,311. The price includes a $23,000 trade in on the city’s current trash truck. Davison said his crew requested that a vertical exhaust pipe be added that may increase the bid slightly, but it would remain the low bid. Council members approved the purchase not to exceed $127,000. The truck purchase was included in the 2013-14 budget.
West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD) was hired as the city’s nuisance officer for 2014 with 3-0 passage of a resolution. The city budgeted $20,000 for nuisance-related costs in 2013-14. City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said WCNDD charges $65 per hour for their work, plus mileage and postage. Through October 2013, WCNDD has billed the city for $7,739.71. The council briefly discussed removal of a tree next door to Larry and Jeanette Munger. Their neighboring property at 226 West 13th St., was declared a nuisance this summer by council resolution. Some progress has been made, but the Mungers requested a specific date for completion be set. The issue will be back on the Jan. 6, 2014 agenda.
Brian Carman addressed the council on his concerns with the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department’s consideration of an East 12th St. location for a new fire hall at the north end of the Wellington football field. Most of his concerns dealt with safety issues, noting a busy East 12th St. and Broadway intersection nearby. He felt the original site for the hall on Broadway is a better choice.
Administrator Melissa Larson reported on senior services activities at the Manor and Parkview/Heights. She noted they had a surprise visit from state surveyors in November, who were following up on self-reports from the Manor and PV/Heights of falling incidents. They are working on correcting the situations, she said. She noted a recent $10,000 donation will purchase new patio doors for PV/Heights, and work on upgrading the dining area is underway.