Cozad City Council Approves Wellness Option For Employees

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017. Deputy City Clerk Kelly Peden presided at the meeting with the absence of City Clerk Susan Kloepping.
William Sergel, Elwood who is employed at Zook’s Welding in Cozad appeared to request the placement of stop signs at 6th & C Streets in Cozad. Sergel had an accident at this intersection in December that he thought could have been prevented if stop signs had been present. He pointed out that there is a large tree blocking the view as you go north on C Street towards 6th Street. City officials have checked out the intersection and the tree(s) present will be trimmed as needed.
Council members approved an annual resolution providing $500.00 in financial support to the Cozad Area Chamber of Commerce from the City of Cozad to be used towards the promotion of the municipality and the surrounding area. 
A resolution providing rates for ambulance service provided by the municipality also received approval from the council members. Under the new resolution, all patients shall pay a base rate fee of $500.00 per ambulance service within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cozad. A fee of $10.00 per mile shall be paid for each loaded mile outside the City of Cozad. All patients shall also pay the driver and the attendant(s) a wage of $20.00 per hour each for actual work time or transportation.
Discussion continued on the proposed reimbursement to city employees for use of the Community Wellness Center. 
Under Reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that the conference in Lincoln was good and that he was elected
Streets & Parks Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that his department is busy trimming trees and repairing potholes throughout the city. 
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that the library is conducting their annual inventory. The Heineman family has donated a memorial that will arrive in the near future in honor of their daughter who would have celebrated her first birthday in April.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that the wooden safety building sign in front of the fire department and public service building is becoming quite worn. Montgomery and fire department members Dan Niles and Carol Bauer will be looking into a new wooden sign to replace it. Montgomery noted that the transition continues to go smoothly and that he is learning the computer system. He also informed the council that the present desks in the public service building are falling apart and he would like to check out the possibility of purchasing new desks from Kenny Gerdes at Merchandise Mart. Two new chairs for Police Sergeant John Peden and Montgomery have already been purchased from Gerdes. 
Council member Charlie Block reported that Weathercraft would be coming to check out the new wall on the 100th Meridian Museum and get an estimate for sealing it.
Deputy Clerk Peden reported that she has received numerous applications for lifeguard and summer maintenance jobs. Peden and Pool Manager Julie Linn will be lining up classes for lifeguards.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.

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