VILLAGE OF MURRAY, NEBRASKA
July 9, 2019
The Murray, Nebraska Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the Murray Municipal Building. Present: Trustees: Stan Flak, Brian Coffman, Jeff Anderson, Theresa Sallach, and George Blessing; Village Clerk Shelli Hayes; attending: guests.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by posting in (3) three public places as shown by the certificate attached to these minutes. Notice of the meeting was simultaneously given to the Chairman and all members of the Board of Trustees. Their acknowledgement of receipt of notice and agenda is attached to these minutes. All proceedings thereafter were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.
Chairman Flak called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and informed the audience of the location of the open meetings act poster.
Approval and/or correction of the minutes of the June 11, 2019 regular meeting, Motion by Coffman, seconded by Sallach to approve the minutes of the June meeting; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
Treasurers Report. Motion by Blessing, seconded by Coffman to acknowledge receipt of the Treasurer’s report; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
Claims approval. Motion by Coffman, seconded by Blessing to approve the claims as revised; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
Brandon Rieke presented proposal to install a Little Library in Tyson Park in memory of his grandmother and long-time Murray Resident Lois Sharp, who had a passion for reading. Rieke stated he and his family will install, maintain and care for the Little Library if the board will approve its installation. Motion by Anderson, seconded by Blessing to approve the placement of a Little Library in memory of Lois Sharp in Tyson Park; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
Susan Rice addressed the board about the need for additional housing in Murray, and provided a map of possible locations for future housing developments. Mrs. Rice stated she only wanted to bring it to the attention of the board, and that it will take developers or investors to bring additional homes to the area. Trustees agreed and stated they welcome community growth and the expansion of housing opportunities.
Chairman Flak advised the board is continuing to research Barry Avenue and has the engineers looking for a solution to providing access to property lots near E Campbell and Loughridge while maintaining safety concerns for residents in the area. The matter will continue after the board obtains an engineering survey of Barry Avenue and surrounding properties.
Linda and Dave Brouhard requested a street closure on East Campbell between Park and Latta for a wedding on Sunday, September 1, 2019, between 12:00 pm (noon) to 12:00 am (midnight). The board of trustees provided verbal approval and requested that attendees adhere to all Village Ordinances and county/state laws as usual.
Trustee Coffman discussed a recent dog bite incident that required medical attention. He stated currently, a letter has been sent by regular and certified mail to the owner of the dog, and the owner has not yet responded to the letter. Trustee Coffman stated that after the five (5) required days, the board will move forward to declare the dog as dangerous per Ordinance 94.52. Coffman stated he is in the process of contacting the Cass County Sheriff to see what measures were taken by county law enforcement and animal control.
Chairman Flak discussed changing the wording of Ordinance 51.07 regarding Repairs/Maintenance, to wit: “The municipality shall repair or replace, as the case may be, all supply pipe between the commercial main and the stop box (and adding) to include the curb stop.” Motion by Coffman, seconded by Blessing to suspend the Reading Requirement (3) to amend ordinance (30.25); ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried. Motion by Blessing, seconded by Coffman to amend the wording of Ordinance 51.07 adding: “to include the curb stop”; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
Chairman Flak discussed the abandoned property at 106 N Park Avenue advising that the Village has contracted with a real estate attorney, papers have been filed and an offer has been made to the property owner to purchase the property pursuant to the eminent domain clause to utilize the property for municipal purposes. An attendee of the meeting expressed an interest in purchasing the property.
George Blessing Jr. addressed the board regarding the success of the Murray Freedom Festival on the 4th of July, and he thanked the board and members of the community for volunteering and making donations. He advised there were 33 entries in the parade, 19 eight-man teams for the oozeball tournament, 35 entries in the car show, and 33 minutes of fireworks to close the festival.
Motion by Coffman, seconded by Blessing to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 PM; ayes: Coffman, Anderson, Blessing, Sallach, Flak; motion carried.
I, the undersigned Village Clerk of the Village of Murray, Nebraska, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of proceedings had and done by the Chairperson and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Murray to the best of my knowledge; that the agenda was kept continually current and available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk; that the minutes were in written form and available for public inspection within (10) working days and prior to the next convened meeting of said body; the minutes are published in summary form, upon request a complete copy is available at the Village Office
Stanley D. Flak, Chairman
Shelli S. Hayes, Village Clerk