Ricketts Declares Minden ‘Nebraska’s Christmas City’

Mayor Ted Griess shared a ‘bittersweet’ letter with the council and public during the November 21 regular meeting of the Minden City Council. The letter was a resignation notification from City Attorney Tom Lieske. After 33 years in the position, Lieske will resign his duties no later than January 1, 2023.

Before moving onto business, Lieske took a moment to encourage the young people in the audience to take advantage of the opportunity to serve on a civic board or council if they get the chance.

Minden has officially retained the title of ‘Nebraska’s Christmas City’ for another year. Griess read a proclamation from Governor Pete Ricketts declaring Minden to be ‘Nebraska’s Christmas City’ and the 11th day of December, 2022 as The Light of the World Day.

Resolution 1749 for the year end certification of the City Street Superintendent was approved. Continuing with similar business, the council considered an agreement with Olsson Associates for Street Superintendent and consulting services. Jeff Palik from Olsson Associates explained the agreement has two parts. The $4,000 for Street Superintendent services is reimbursed to the City by the state. Consulting services projects will be charged by time and expenses not to exceed $5,000.

The agreement was approved as presented. A motion was then approved to appoint Jeff R. Palik, Class A License number S-1269 A, as the City Street Superintendent for calendar year 2023, January 1 through December 31, 2023, for the purpose of the 2023 calendar year Highway Incentive Payment to be issued to the City by the Nebraska Department of Transportation in February 2024.

The final action agenda item was consideration of an additional $1,350 payment for downtown beautification. The council approved an additional payment of $1,300 to Mike and Lori Conyers for time spent watering the downtown flowers for June, July, and August during the September 6 meeting. The City was later notified by a member of the Beautification Team that Don Phillips and Steve Crooks continued to water the flowers during September and half of October to keep them looking nice for the Homecoming parade and Bandfest.

Using the same rate of pay that was used for the Conyers’s, it was suggested the council pay Phillips $743 and Crooks $608 for their work. The council approved the additional $1,350 payment for downtown beautification. In other business the council: Approved November 7, 2022 minutes. Approved bills and claims. Approved August and September 2022 treasury report. Approved August and September 2022 budget report.