Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Village Board Discusses Employee Insurance

The Exeter Village Board met on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. in the Village office.

After approving the minutes and invoices the board addressed the first topic on the agenda, ratifying all the actions during the boards April and May telephone conferences.  This was done to comply with the Nebraska Attorney General’s advice.

The board had a brief discussion on how the pool was functioning after repairs as there is still a leak.  They also reviewed the COVID 19 restrictions at the pool and current attendance.

The board discussed getting shirts with a Village logo on it to wear at conferences.  They chose a logo and gave Clerk Becky Erdkamp their sizes and chose a color.

The board broached the subject of providing health insurance for the employees.

Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller requested that the board look into this issue as this could affect some of his future employment decisions. Chairman Michl took up the issue, “The question John wants answered is if he doesn’t get insurance through his wife are we going to pay (health) insurance.”

Clerk Erdkamp provided the board with a quote from a local agent along with information on the amount and type of insurance surrounding villages provide for their employees.

All of the board was very positive about providing employees with insurance support if needed in the future.

There was no official marshal’s report but the board discussed an issue with a loose dog.  Clerk Erdkamp noted that the owner has been ticketed for a loose dog previously and she has gotten several calls about the dog threatening residents.  They also discussed the increased coon population problem in town.

Village Maintenance Supervisor Mueller addressed the leak at the pool in his report.   The Village engineering contractor JEO, plans to have someone certified by August to dive in the pool to see where it is leaking. This would happen at the end of the pool season.

Mueller noted the only cost from JEO would be renting the diving gear.

Currently Mueller and his crew have been cleaning out the ditches on East Boundary.

Mueller was approached by the Fairmont maintenance department to see if Exeter village was interested in purchasing a vacuum trailer together.  “It’s a combination honey wagon and power washer,” Mueller explained.

He noted it would be useful in cleaning out storm sewers and water lines.  Fairmont planned to put it in their next budget if Exeter would be willing to.  The board took no action.

Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that sales tax for April was $10,252.62 and Keno for May was $85.30.

The board set their next meeting for Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m.

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