The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, January 8th.
Under New Business, City Clerk Susan Kloepping and Mayor Nancy Meyer were authorized to sign the maintenance agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads. This is signed annually to provide a paper trail.
The first resolution of 2018 was approved that provides $500 for financial support for the promotional activities through the Cozad Area Chamber of Commerce. This is also an annual agreement endorsed by the council members.
An ordinance was introduced to confirm the results of the November ballot on continuation of the one half percent sales tax in the municipality and how funds for the Cozad Economic Development Program will be used. The ordinance was approved by title only and the three readings were waived.
Lindsay Erickson, President of the Cozad Area Chamber of Commerce appeared to request the blocking off of streets in downtown Cozad for the annual Bands, Brews & BBQs event scheduled for Saturday, July 14th. Erickson had already sent council members a map and explanation of this year’s event, and it was approved. The chamber has hired a bigger band, Blackhawk to be the main band and will have a local act and a smaller band prior to Blackhawk’s performance.
All claims were approved and the treasurer’s report was approved and filed for audit.
Under Reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that a few of the meters that had frozen during the recent cold spell had broken when thawed and needed replaced. He was happy to report that there had been no major breaking of water lines and only one freeze-up to date.
Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that their project out at Nebraska Plastics had been completed during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. He also noted that crew member Eli Bennett has completed the four-year course work to become a journeyman lineman.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that inventory is about 80 percent complete and that she is receiving quotes on new and retro light fixtures for the library.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that ‘all is well’ and that some of his officers would be attending law enforcement classes March through June.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale asked council members how they felt about snow relocation to the street by homeowners. “During a snow emergency you can’t push snow into the street or you may be ticketed, but do we want an ordinance to cover other times?” Trusdale inquired. Often times this shoveling is done by residents after the city employees have cleared the streets and causes some issues. Trusdale was directed by council members to come up with a sample ordinance for the next meeting.
Trusdale also asked the mayor and council members about bringing back an ordinance that was removed from the zoning rules concerning election signs. The original rule was that the signs could be up 30 days prior to Election Day and had to be taken down seven days after the election. Trusdale was given the go ahead to pursue an ordinance which will be easier to enforce than a zoning rule.
Trusdale informed the council members that a former police officer owes the city money and hasn’t paid a penny. “She turned the bill into the military and to date we have heard nothing,” Trusdale explained. He was asked to further investigate the matter.
Police Chief Montgomery ended the meeting on a positive note by lauding city employees for their proactive efforts prior to a snowstorm by placing gravel on city streets and also on their prompt and efficient snow removal after a storm hits. Several in attendance echoed his compliment.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cozad City Office Building Council Chambers.