Thirteen proposed ordinances were introduced by City Attorney Scott Trusdale at the regular meeting of the Cozad City Council on Monday evening.
The new or amended ordinances have been recommended by the Nebraska League of Municipalities to keep the city up to date and in compliance with the law. Trusdale pointed out that there was no big hurry in deciding on the ordinances and explained the impact of each one being proposed.
Ordinances Nos. 1437-1449 were read which included the bonding authority of municipal officers; dealing with budget matters with a recommendation to set a biannual instead of annual budget; expenditures prior to a budget being approved; the powers, duties and voting ability of the Mayor; duties of the City Clerk and Treasurer; change in notification of weeds and nuisances changed from a certified letter to a first class letter; procedures for ordinances and passing; repealing "bawdy houses" and replacing with "prostitution" with provision added for violators under 18 being referred to Health and Human Services; and increasing maximum fines from $250 to $500 for violating ordinances.
In other action council members approved the consideration of the request by the Housing Authority Board to waive the In Lieu of Taxes for fiscal year ending March, 2015.
Also approved was the second pay request submitted by Jake Deaver of Paulsen Inc. including the extra charge of $7,463 incurred in the paving project west of the phone company and approved the delay of the alley project behind Chipper Hall and businesses on 100 block on East 8th Street until April 30th for proposed finishing date.
Marlene Williams representing the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Unit reported that the department was going to test a Power Stair Chair at their Tuesday night meeting.
The chair is battery-powered and is intended to alleviate back injuries suffered by fire personnel making rescues from basements and upper stories in buildings.
The Inferno chair retails at $6,981, but the company has agreed to sell it to the department for the demo price of $5,519 if they decide it would be advantageous to add to their equipment.
Williams also noted that the department averaged one call/day in November and that the soup supper on December 2nd was a huge success with 550 - 600 being served.
Steve Bihlmaier, also representing the CVFD reported that Larry Hock and Larry Paulsen of Paulsen Inc. have agreed to let the department use a 40-foot semi-trailer with a burn unit set up in it to train volunteer firemen.
It will be set up on grounds by the Paulsen Inc. Shop. This change in training technique is necessitated by the difficulty in securing burn permits.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom noted that 118 patrons visited the library during the Taste of Cozad event on Saturday, December 7th with over 50 visiting Santa. Those wanting letters hand-stamped by the Pony Express are asked to have them to the library by this Friday, December 13th.
Police Chief Randy Adams reported that the department has joined the Mid-State Organized Crime and Information Center.
The economical $100 membership affords the department many advantages and contacts not available to the department previously.
Council members were invited to attend the retirement open house party for Commissioner Bob Anderson in the council chambers on Thursday, December 19th from 2-4 p.m.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 23rd at 7:30 p.m.