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Kearney, Nebraska

July 24, 2003

12:00 p.m.

 

A Joint City/County Budget Meeting of the City Council of Kearney, Nebraska and the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors was convened in open and public session at 12:00 p.m. on July 24, 2003, in the Norman Meeting Room at the Kearney Public Library and Information Center, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska. Present were:  Bruce Blankenship, President of the Council; Michaelle Trembly, City Clerk; Council Members Don Kearney, Randy Buschkoetter, Galen Hadley, and Stan Clouse; County Chairperson William McMullen; County Supervisors Greg Barney, Ivan Klein, Richard Pierce, Tim Loewenstein, and Horace Dannehl.  Absent: Sherry Morrow.  G. Allen Johnson, City Manager; John Prescott, Assistant City Manager; Julie Steffensmeier, Administrative Assistant; Wendell Wessels, Director of Finance and Administration; Michael Kelley, City Attorney; Kirk Stocker, Director of Utilities; Jeanne Saathoff, Library Director; Alan Roesler, Park Superintendent; Dan Lynch, Chief of Police; Neil Miller, Sheriff; Darrin Lewis, Emergency Management Coordinator; and Shawn Eatherton, County Attorney were also present.  There were no other citizens present in the audience.

 

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Kearney Hub, the designated method for giving notice, a copy of the proof of publication being attached to these minutes. Advance notice of the meeting was also given to the City Council and a copy of their acknowledgment or receipt of such notice is attached to these minutes. Availability of the Agenda was communicated in the advance notice and in the notice to the Mayor and City Council. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

 

Director of Finance and Administration presented the following:

 

The total County share for 2002-2003 was $594,480.23 with the total County share for 2003-2004 being $555,777.17. This is a decrease of $38,703.06 or is approximately a 6.51 percent decrease from last year.  The City’s total share for the 2003-2004 is $554,114.64.

 

COTTONMILL LAKE PARK

 

The total tax requirement in this budget for Cottonmill Lake Park is $248,040.00 with the County portion being $148,824.00. Some of the more notable expenditures

include (1) replace siding on nature barn - $1,000.00; (2) repair park roads - $1,500.00; and (3) 4-H project area at nature barn - $5,000.00.

 

The current Interlocal Agreement between the City and County provides the County pay 2/3 of the costs and the City pay 1/3. A new Interlocal Agreement has been approved by both entities. The new agreement will provide that by the fiscal year 2005-2006 the County and City will split the costs 50/50 as follows:

 

Fiscal Year

City

County

 

 

 

2002-2003

1/3

2/3

2003-2004

40%

60%

2004-2005

45%

55%

2005-2006

50%

50%

Thereafter

50%

50%

 

 

 

BOOKMOBILE

 

The total requirement from the County in this budget is $158,407.00. Some of the notable expenditures include: (1) drive thru drop off - $5,000.00; (2) self-checkout machine - $30,000.00; (3) replacement computers - $12,000.00; (4) enhanced software TLC - $6,500.00; and (5) DVD/CD repair machine - $10,000.00.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

The total tax requirement for Emergency Management is $18,093.00 with the County portion being $9,046.50. Some of the notable expenditures include: (1) new siren (northwest Kearney) - $17,000.00; (2) two replacement sirens - $32,000.00; and (3) photo ID camera - $7,000.00.

 

Since the County now employs the Emergency Management Director, the County will be responsible for the salary and benefits for the employee through their budget. The Director shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations and will report directly to the Buffalo County Sheriff when issues or emergencies involve the County and to the Chief of Police when issues or emergencies involve the City. A new Interlocal Agreement has been approved by both entities.

 

KEARNEY/BUFFALO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

 

The total requirement from the County on this budget is $255,930.21 and the City’s requirement is $350,000.00.  Some of the notable expenditures include; (1) Victim Witness copier - $2,000.00; (2) computer - $2,000.00; and (3) shredder - $2,500.00.

 

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY SERVICES

 

This agreement has been entered into between the City and County for prosecuting services. The City currently reimburses the County in the amount of $30,000 annually for these services. Since last year’s joint meeting, representatives from the County and City have met and discussed this matter. A new agreement has been approved by both entities adjusting the fee over the next few years to be paid quarterly as follows:

                       

October 1, 2003

$45,000.00

October 1, 2004

$60,000.00

October 1, 2005

$75,000.00

 

KEARNEY AREA SOLID WASTE AGENCY

 

The total requirement for the Kearney Area Solid Waste Agency is $2,798,350.00.  Some of the notable expenditures include: (1) close Cells 1 and 2 of Phase 1 - $800,000.00; (2) landfill sinking fund - $500,600.00; (3) office foyer - $5,000.00; (4) storage building concrete - $15,000.00; (5) two roll-off boxes - $10,000.00; (6) generator - $20,000.00; (7) replace 1996 landfill compactor - $385,000.00; (8) litter control fences - $40,000.00; (9) save to replace 1989 scrapper - $125,000.00; (10) copy machine (1/4 cost) - $2,500.00; and (11) leachate lagoon pump - $15,000.00.

 

NORTHEAST KEARNEY FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

 

The City, County and NRD entered into an agreement for the purpose of outlining areas of responsibility and cooperation in developing and carrying out a flood control plan for the Kearney Northeast Flood Control Project. There is approximately one year left on this project.  The City budgeted $162,125.00 in next year’s budget.

 

VEHICLE FUEL PURCHASES

 

This is an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City, the County, and the Kearney Public Schools to provide the purchasing of gasoline.

 

Moved by McMullen seconded by Hadley to accept the proposed budget as presented. Roll call resulted as follows: Aye: McMullen, Barney, Pierce, Loewenstein, Dannehl, Klein, Blankenship, Clouse, Hadley, Kearney, Buschkoetter. Nay: None. Morrow absent. Motion carried.

 

ADJOURN

 

Moved by Loewenstein seconded by Clouse that the meeting adjourn at 12:54 p.m.  Roll call resulted as follows:  Aye: Blankenship, Hadley, Kearney, Buschkoetter, Clouse, McMullen, Pierce, Barney, Loewenstein, Klein, Dannehl. Nay: None.  Morrow absent. Motion carried.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                   BRUCE L. BLANKENSHIP

                                                                                                PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

                                                                                                AND EX-OFFICIO MAYOR

 

MICHAELLE E. TREMBLY

CITY CLERK