The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, July 9th.
Cozad resident Pat McNulty appeared to request payment for water damages to her resident at 1313 M Street during the rains a few weeks ago. Water seeped into her family room from the alley causing extensive damages. McNulty turned in bills from ServiceMaster in the amount of $1,160.69 for cleaning and removal of the damaged floorboard and $1,442.47 from Five Star Flooring for new carpeting.
McNulty shared that in 2007 water had also seeped into the family room. She contacted the City to report that since the alley work to slant the water down to the north side of the alley by building up the south side of the alley had been completed that water seeped in. The City did this to make the alley less muddy.
A city employee asked McNulty if she’d rather have a muddy alley or water in her home to which she replied she’d rather have a muddy alley. City workers did dig a shallow ditch by her home, but the rains in June proved to be too much and flooded her family room.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale advised the council members not to take action on the matter at this time.
In other New Business, the request from the Cozad Elks Club for a special designated liquor license on Friday, September 7th. The Elks will be hosting their annual alumni get-together over Hay Days weekend and will be hosting a street dance from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. They requested the special license to fence in the gravel parking alleys south and east of the Elks Club building. Their request was approved.
Lindsay Erickson appeared on behalf of the Cozad Jaycees concerning the annual Hay Days Celebration which will be September 7 – 9 this year. Erickson requested use of Veteran’s Memorial Park and having the same streets blocked off for the carnival and Hay Days activities as in past years. Erickson’s request was approved.
Membership applications for memberships in the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department were approved for Bronson J. Malcom and Bradley A. Peltier. Malcom is an attorney with the firm Malcom, Nelsen & Windrum and also serves as a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Peltier serves as an officer in the Cozad Police Department.
A request submitted by Big E’s was approved for a wedding reception and dance at Chipper Hall on Saturday, August 18th from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
All claims were approved excluding the claim submitted by Pat McNulty.
Rescue Chief Brian Woldt reported that his department had responded to 24 rescue calls during the month of June, bringing the Year to Date total to 166.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that well over 100 notices to abate on vehicles had been served in Cozad to date.
City Clerk Susan Kloepping reported that she had received a letter of reply from Lee Glaser, Tax Specialist from the Nebraska Department of Revenue in response to her letter expressing concerns that the Volunteer Emergency Responders from the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department had not received credits on their 2016 and 2017 Nebraska Individual Income Tax returns.
Glasser apologized for the error and inconvenience it caused and notified Kloepping that the Department is in the process of correcting this error and allowing the $250 tax credit on the returns for which the credit was improperly allowed.
Mayor Nancy Meyer shared a thank you note from the Relay for Life organizers for letting them use Veteran’s Memorial Park for their relay on June 22nd and for all of the help and cooperation extended to them by the city and its employees.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.