By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
While the meeting lasted just an hour, some important business was conducted by the Imperial city council Monday night.
Included in that was the swearing in of Imperial’s newest council member, Dave Fulton, who was appointed to the seat last month by Mayor Dwight Coleman.
Fulton will fill out the term of J.D. Reeder, who died while in office in late March. The new council member will finish Reeder’s term which runs through December 2016.
Mayor Coleman gave the oath of office.
Fulton received a bit of a surprise when he arrived for his first official meeting Monday. His uncle Art Andersen and cousin Steve Andersen, both of Omaha, drove to Imperial that day to be on hand for his first meeting.
The Andersens said they read about his appointment and decided to make the trip in support of their nephew and cousin.
Fulton joins other council members John Arterburn, Dan Thompson and Chad Yaw on the current council.
Bonds approved for streets
An ordinance approved 3-0-1 Monday authorized issuance of $2 million in various purpose bonds to pay for the two street paving projects completed the past year in the Sage Addition and Cornerstone.
These bonds will be used, in part, to pay off the $2,350,00 in bond anticipation notes the city borrowed to make payments to contractors as the work progressed.
Bonds will be paid back over a 20-year period through 2034 at a 3.14 percent interest rate. Most of the bonds, about $1.5 million, were purchased by local banking institutions, said Bruce Lefler of Ameritas Investment Corp. in Omaha.
Work in both areas of the city included concrete paving of all streets in the Sage Addition and West 12th St. that runs north of the addition. A portion of East 2nd St. in Cornerstone also has a new concrete street.
The work also included installation of sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure.
While both projects were combined for the bond issue total, it cost about $1.4 million for the Sage/12th St. work and another $700,000 in Cornerstone.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said there are still a couple of outstanding bills yet to come in from the two contractors on the project. The actual project costs have to be finalized before the assessment process starts, she said.
Leyland said she is hopeful there will be an agenda item at the May 19 meeting that will ask the council to set the assessment formula, interest rate and term.
The council will eventually sit as a board of equalization to hear comments from property owners once the assessments are figured.
Fire hall plans
The council and mayor got their first look at preliminary fire hall drawings. Fire Chief Nick Schultz said preliminary estimates on the structure remain about $1.5 million. No action was taken on the plans. Due to schedules, the council committee has not yet met with members of the rural fire board on their discussion of a suburban fire district, so the council has yet to decide on a fire hall site. It will also be a couple of weeks yet before Miller & Associates can start their elevation study at the potential football field location.
New Senior Services administrator Peggi Davidson attended her first council meeting since being hired last month. She reported the following numbers: 35 in Manor, 15 in Parkview, 12 in Imperial Heights and 28 children in childcare. She said most of her first 12 days on the job were spent meeting staff and she is starting to prepare for the 2014-15 budget.
Bucket truck sold
Since they removed the minimum bid requirement, the city received three offers on the public works department’s bucket truck. The council accepted the high bid from Dave Schilke for $14,600. Other bids received were for $12,000 and $10,000. The 1994 bucket truck in the city fleet was replaced this year with a new one.
In other business, two nuisance resolutions were rescinded at the following addresses: 533 Park and 1027 Chase Sts. Property owners took care of the nuisance issues, so West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD) recommended they be taken off the list.
Several appointments were also approved including CCS sophomore Taylor Wilson as a youth member on the community center commission. Jason Tuller was appointed as Imperial representative on the WCNDD board, with council member Thompson as alternate.
Rob Aslesen was also approved as a member of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department.