The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017.
Under Old Business, the third reading ordinance defining the duties and responsibilities of the City Administrator was read by title only and approved. The ordinance was then approved unanimously. City Attorney Scott Trusdale pointed out that no one had come to him expressing any opposition or questions.
Under New Business, council members approved the resolution adopting the Economic Development Plan that had been presented by CDC Director Jen McKeone and had a public hearing concerning on the plan at the July 10, 2017 meeting. Also approved was the resolution with the wording for the November 7, 2017 ballot for voters to approve the one half of one per cent sales tax to continue in Cozad for the next twenty years.
Cozad Historical Society/100th Meridian Museum Board President Jim Terry appeared at the request of the council to answer a few questions regarding the museum wall that had been shared by the museum and the former Rialto Theatre. Morrie Andres, Judy Andres and Curtis Sargent, museum board members were also in attendance.
“We’re tickled pink with how the museum’s outer wall now looks and we appreciate the work that Britt German and his crew have done in the alley,” Terry commented.
“Initially there were some questions we had as to whether all of the bills had been paid, but Jim brought the invoices and paperwork to us and we found out that everything was paid off,” council member Charlie Block explained. “We are now wanting to know if the inside wall is drying out, “ Block continued.
Terry replied that he had contacted Axxent, Paulsen’s and Gary Gruber to open the wall to determine if there was still moisture between the remaining brick walls, but that they were all reluctant to do so due to the possibility of asbestos being present.
“We have considered removing six feet of plaster to let the bricks dry out now that we know no more moisture will get into it from the outside,” Terry said. “We will call Brad Niles and keep trying to find someone who can help us with this final detail,” he continued.
According to Museum Director Judy Andres the current building was built in 1910, but the shared wall contained bricks from the 1890 building that was the former Meridian State Bank.
Council member Block thanked the museum board members for their help and cooperation in repairing the outside wall and Terry reciprocated, saying that the entire lot and museum look great.
Mayor Nancy Meyer and others have had citizens ask about hosting events on the grassy area including an open mike night, the possible return of Santa’s House or perhaps gazebo/stage area to host community activities.
The final item of business was approving the authorization of part of the City’s 2017-2018 levy limit to the Cozad Airport Authorities’ 2017-2018 budget. The request was the same as last year’s.
Under Reports, Cozad Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that Officer Keith Hengeler had graduated and was now on duty. “This will be the first time in two years that we have a full staff,” noted Montgomery.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that there are now 100 barn quilts up at the library including the two above the main entrance to the library. The library has now met their goal to have 100 quilts on the 100th Meridian for their 100th anniversary.
Author Frieda Stiehl of Chicago will be at the library on August 9th to discuss her book, Alfred & Agnes. Books will be available for purchase and Stiehl will gladly sign them for patrons. Stiehl’s relatives immigrated to the Cozad/Eustis area from Germany and she is related to Cozad resident Elsa Heller.
On display at the library from August 8 – 25 is the NE 150 Quilt Winners Display that was a signature event for the NE 150 celebration. The library will be hosting ‘Pieced Together’, a documentary by Julie Donofrio at chipper Hall this Friday, August 11th at 7:30 p.m. The documentary is about the grass-root art movement sweeping the country, including Cozad and Dawson County --- barn quilts!
Runza Day for the library is scheduled for Tuesday, August 29 at the Cozad Runza.
Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that as soon as his crew finishes work by Security First Bank they would be working at the water tower substation.
Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that almost every water hydrant has been tested and that they know the water flow from each one. Results will be shared with the Cozad Fire Department.
Commissioner German said that he would wait until told otherwise whether or not to attempt to replace the parts for the stoplights that ceased to work a couple of weeks ago.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the Cozad City Office Building.