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December 5, 2011 - 6:30 p.m.



Members Present - Ken Branch, Betty Nelson, Russ Hefner, W.R. Chestnut, David Higbee, Becky Anderson, Rick Martin & Judy Neuschafer 

Absent - Brad Howe

Others - Greg DuMars, Jerry Lovett-Sperling, Gary Shogren, Larry Lindgren, Tim Dunn, Tim Berggren, Carla Wilson, Bill Gusenius, Dan Carr, Daryl Johnson, Derek Boos, Michael Metcalf, Molly Elgunn & Pastor Loren Mai 


The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.  The invocation was given by Pastor Loren Mai                         .


Public Input - None


Amendments to the Agenda - There will be the addition of a resolution for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program under Administration & Finance.


Minutes - Rick Martin moved to approve the minutes of the November 7, 2011 regular council meeting.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed.


Mayor?s Report - Mayor Neuschafer noted that the pre-council study session was held with the McPherson County Commissioners to discuss the Old Mill Bridge.  There were no appointments.  Meeting reminders are for December 14th at 7:00 a.m. for the Personnel Policy Committee meeting, December 29th at 7:00 a.m. for the year-end council meeting and Monday, January 2nd for the regular council meeting.


Planning & Zoning - No report.


Administration & Finance - Brunswick Hotel Letter of Concern - Betty Nelson moved that staff should proceed with code enforcement on the property known as the Brunswick Hotel.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin.  There was discussion about what the code violations are and the possibility of an interior inspection of the property.  W R Chestnut called the question, seconded by Russ Hefner and passed.  The original motion passed.


NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION 2012 to 2014 - Betty Nelson moved to adopt the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan as presented pending agreement from USD 400 and McPherson County.  Motion seconded by Becky Anderson and passed.


RESOLUTION 08-11 - Betty nelson moved to adopt Resolution 08-11.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


City Council - December 5, 2011 - page 2



Utilities - THERMOSTAT REBATE PROGRAM - ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Betty Nelson moved to approve the change in the Programmable Thermostat Rebate Program to the actual cost of the thermostat or $25, whichever is the lesser amount.  Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Streets & Parks - No items


Public Safety - EMS ELECTRIC COT - Rick Martin moved to approve the purchase of an electric cot for EMS from Stryker EMS Equipment at a cost of $9,708.60.  Motion seconded by David Higbee and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Purchase Order - ORDINANCE 4728 - Russ Hefner moved to approve payment of Purchase Order Ordinance 4728.  Motion seconded by Betty Nelson and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Payroll - PAYROLL ORCDINANCES 4726 & 4727 - Betty Nelson moved to approve payment of Payroll Ordinances 47826 & 4727.  Motion seconded by Russ Hefner and passed unanimously by roll call vote.


Other - WR Chestnut, speaking as President of the Chamber of Commerce, thanked the city for their participation with getting the Christmas lights up and the electric drops repaired.  David Higbee asked how the recreation programs were coming along with the McPherson YMCA/Rec Commission.


Adjournment - David Higbee moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion seconded by Rick Martin and passed.  Meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Jerry Lovett-Sperling, MMC

City Clerk


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