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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

A five-member board is now in place to provide additional oversight of Imperial’s senior care facilities—the Imperial Manor, Parkview Assisted Living and Imperial Heights Retirement Center.
Action that adopted an ordinance creating the board and spelling out its duties, and the naming of five board members, came on 4-0 votes by the city council Monday night.
Board members appointed by Mayor Dwight Coleman and approved by the council were Doug Gaswick, Pastor David Kahle, Angie Paisley, council member Charlesa Kline and John Arterburn.
Gaswick and Kahle will serve through December 2017, Paisley and Kline to December 2016 and Arterburn to December 2015.
Starting this December, the senior services board members will be among other board members coming up for annual appointments by the mayor.
In addition, the ordinance also spells out that the mayor will serve as an ex-officio member, but not have a vote.
Board duties, as listed in the ordinance, include:
Review and be responsible for all activities undertaken by the senior services facilities.
Present an annual budget by June 1 each year in conjunction with the facilities’ manager.
A report from a member of the committee on the facilities’ financials each month to the council, as well as any other reports requested.
The board will meet monthly and at other times if needed. A regular meeting date has not yet been set.

Other council business
The empty lot at 315 East 5th St. will be sold by sealed bid next month. Council members adopted an ordinance Monday  declaring the lot as surplus property and set terms of sale. A minimum bid price of $10,000 was set, with bids due at 3 p.m. on March 6 to the city office. The council had discussed holding a live auction at an upcoming meeting but were informed by the city attorney that cannot be done for real estate. The city acquired the abandoned home and property in July 2014 and had the house torn down and lot leveled. Community development sales tax funds were used for the costs up to this point. Funds from the sale will go back into that fund.
The annual audit of city operations was given by Terry Galloway of Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway and Luth of Grand Island, which was approved. The city was in good position in most of its funds, Galloway said, but noted one violation in which figures showed the 2013-14 budget was exceeded by $1.2 million. City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said the total expenditures exceeded budgeted expenditures due to issuance of long-term financing for the Sage Addition and Cornerstone paving projects.  Temporary financing had been acquired to pay the costs of construction, but permanent financing wasn’t put in place until project completion, which fell in another budget year. The expense was the payoff of the temporary loan with permanent financing, she said. Galloway indicated an amended budget should have been filed before the budget year ended Sept. 30.
The city’s General Redevelopment Plan of the property encompassing the Cornerstone Commercial Park was amended to include the Harchelroad Motors property along East Highway 6 that abuts Cornerstone to the south and to add the three streets that will be developed this year. By doing so, the city can request the tax increment financing (TIF) dollars that will become available due to the development on the Harchelroad property. That money, in turn, will be used to pay for the street development on three sides of the Harchelroad building. It’s projected the TIF dollars will generate $1.289 million over the 14 years allowed to collect it, Leyland said. She indicated that should cover the estimated costs of the street improvements.
Insurance valuation figures for city properties were reviewed and approved by the council. Several city building and contents figures were upped to match increased values and addition of equipment for a total increase of about $2.5 million. Additional study will be given to contents in the fire hall to determine if that figure of $200,000 should be increased further. These properties are insured by the Association of Risk Management.
Jim Hanes was reappointed to the city’s variance board. The council also set a date for their annual retreat on March 30 starting at 4:30 p.m.


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