Nokomis Council Hears Road Plan From County

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Mayor Mike Holliday called the scheduled meeting of the Nokomis City Council to order on Monday, Feb. 22, with Commissioners Ann Brookshire, Louis Stauder, Derek Durbin and Jocko Nash, along with City Clerk Rachel Hill attending the meeting live.  In addition to live guests, Zoom internet connection was offered for other visitors.

County Engineer Cody Greenwood, along with County Board Road and Bridge Committee Chairman Gene Miles, addressed the council regarding the project to widen the Fillmore black top to Route 16 and turn over East Union Street to the city of Nokomis, making the city responsible for it. 

Street Superintendent Chumley, also present for the meeting, and Durbin both voiced concern over the effect on the city’s MFT fund.

Wanting more time to study the potential ramifications of the proposal, the council invited the engineer back for the March 22 council meeting to discuss the matter in detail.

Mayor Holliday relayed to the council Police Chief Kenny’s request for a new police vehicle.  Holliday confirmed with Kenny for the council that the chief had included the 2021 Dodge Ram Police squad vehicle in his current budget. 

However, because it was not an agenda item, the council could not act on it at the present meeting.  The council then scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to approve the purchase of the new police vehicle.  

Commissioner Brookshire reported a full-time position available for water, waste water, and meter reading duties. 

The job description would remain broad so the position could be used to work at both plants and help with monthly meter readings.  The council decided a part-time person with the same broad job description might also be needed to cover for vacationing staff, among other duties.  No action was taken by the council at this time, but the matter will be addressed in subsequent meetings.

Brookshire also provided the council with an update on pump repair at the water plant.  As part of the normal maintenance procedure while the pumps were down, she had authorized the repair firm to clean the pumps while they were down.  She said a temporary pump was in place while the work was being done and she thought the project would be completed next week.

City Clerk Hill addressed the council on Caselle software that city hall uses.    She advised the council that the software currently in use for the last ten years needed upgraded or replaced because it is becoming obsolete and no longer eligible for support.  Hill gave a couple examples of potential packages, and Brookshire asked her which was better.  Stauder thought other software options should be explored.  Durbin made a motion to table the topic until next meeting when more information could be considered.  Brookshire seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The council agreed to host an electronics recycling day in cooperation with BLH Computers.  Durbin made a motion to approve the recycling day.  The council decided more information and details would be presented at the next meeting.  Nash made the second on the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Stauder reported revenues of $38,160.94 and bills in the amount of $28,724.10.  Stauder made a motion to pay the bills and Durbin seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Brookshire made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 p.m.  Nash seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned with unanimous approval.

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