Rock Sworn In As New Cozad Police Officer At Council Meeting

City Attorney Scott Trusdale swore in Police Officer Kayla Rock at the Cozad City Council meeting on September 19, 2016. Rock graduated from Logan View High School in Hooper, NE and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She will be attending the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center for certification this December. 
Dawson Area Development Director Jen McKeone presented the annual DAD report. Housing in Cozad as well as Dawson County continues to be a focus, and McKeone noted that one goal for next year is to complete the duplexes at the former Cozad Middle School site.
Under Old Business, discussion continued on the proposed ordinance concerning the parking of trucks and non-motorized vehicles between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on a street that the Governing Body has designated to be within the ‘residential district’ except to load or unload. City Attorney Trusdale had made changes to the ordinance that was tabled at the September 6th meeting. Although Police Chief Randy Adams was okay with the revised ordinance, Councilmember Brian Montgomery expressed concerns about enforcing it. Council members voted to move it to a second reading at the next regular meeting and continue analyzing and pondering the ordinance.
Under New Business, a special designated liquor license was approved for McFarland Family Farms, LLC (Mac’s Creek Winery) for October 6, 2016 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 829 Meridian in downtown Cozad.
Mayor Nancy Meyer’s appointment of Patty Wolfe to the Library Board to replace Katie Parsh as recommended by the Library Board was also approved.
Approval was granted for the Cozad Chamber of Commerce to block off 8th Street between H and F Streets as well as Meridian Street from 7th to 10th Streets for the annual Spook Night on Monday, October 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Alleys in this area will also be closed to ensure safety for the children.
Under Reports, Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that two new employees have joined his department, Shane Schukei and Michael Phillips. They are currently in the process of replacing 20-year-old water meters.
“It costs $103.00 to repair old meters plus labor as compared to $120.00 for new ones,” explained Nichols. I’ll be budgeting for these annually.
Nichols also reported that a bid opening would be held on Thursday (today) for the lift stations.
Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that the substation at the former Monroe’s was recently tested and came out “good and clean”.
Councilmember Charlie Block reported that he had met again with Paulsen representative Joe Welch concerning the west wall of the 100th Meridian Museum. It is hoped that the project may still be completed this fall.
Wilson Public Library Children’s Librarian Jessica Wall will become a full time employee at the library effective October 10th.
The next regular meeting for the council will be on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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