City Council Meets
Friday, 12 December 2014 08:18
The Valentine City Council met for a regular meeting Thursday evening at the Valentine libraray meeting room. Mike Burge reported on the progress of the golf course development committee. He reported that the committee is reviewing a second design by the architect and starting some debris removal from the site. The lease agreement with the Nebraska Game and Parks is proceeding and Ross Buckendahl has been nominated to fill the position now held by Robert Joseph on the board.
There was discussion on the LARM Interlocal agreement for insurance purposes. It was recommended by administration to approve the agreement. The council voted to approve.
The discussion on the potential of constructing sewer service on Development Street was also on agenda. Don Pettigrew presented options to the council that might accomplish what some area property owners want. Two viable options were both over $90,000. Property owners that want service would have to pay to tap into the sewer line of if a sewer district is formed it would cost all property owner about $5,400 per lot. The issue was tabled until the next meeting.
New council members Dave Dent and Neil Wescott were sworn in to replace Don Nelsen and Gari Sadi who did not seek reelection. Don Nelsen thanked the council and administration for their help during his twelve years on the council. Councilman Andrew Ward presented the two outgoing members with a plaque. Dent and Wescott were the top two vote getters in the November election.
The first item of business for the new council was to elect a new council president to act as ex officio mayor for Valentine. Kallie Nominated Kyle, Andrew nominated Neil Wescott. Kyle Arganbright was elected on a 3 to 2 vote. Kallie was elected as vice president of the council.
Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller requested to purchase a new cruiser to replace a nine year old vehicle with over 125,000 miles which is requiring numerous repairs. A replacement car could cost about $25,000. Another $5,000 would need to be added for equipment. Neil made a motion to table until next month. The motion failed. Kyle then moved to seek further information on a local bid before going to state bid. The motion carried.
Don Pettigrew made a request to renew the street superintendent and surveyor contracts for another 2 years with no monetary increase. Kyle made a motion to approve the contract which was approved on a 3 to 2 vote.
The council voted to give city employees the day after Christmas the day off.
Officer Jim McCormick addressed the council about acquiring Ranger, the city’s drug dog. There is no intention to retire the dog and Chief Dana Miller stated that as long the city has a dog and a handler, the dog will remain active. Officer McCormick wanted to know what it would cost to acquire the dog if he were to leave the force. No action was taken.
Ross Buckendahl was appointed to the golf course development board to replace Robert Joseph who stepped down due to business commitments.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13th
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:33
The Wreath Across America ceremony is set for this Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. The program begins at 11 AM on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to attend.