Exeter Village Board met on Tuesday Jan 5 in the Library to maintain a social distance.
After approving the minutes and invoices for last month the board moved on to resolution 21-01 which placed a lien on 122 N. Burlington Avenue. No one has come forward to purchase the property . Clerk Becky Erdkamp noted the lien was just the first half of the cleanup, $2480 and the second half will be $2748.00.
The lien was approved and they moved to discuss the excess heavy equipment parked at 211 N. Burlington Avenue. The certified letters in which the owner was advised the yard must be cleaned up were not picked up. There are three big trucks in the yard, an unlicensed vehicle and the lawn was not mowed this year.
The board discussed having law enforcement deliver the letter to a residence. Board member Bob Mueller volunteered to check with Fillmore County sheriff about serving paperwork since the certified letters have not been collected.
The board continued their discussion on neglected properties that are on their list to condemn. They discussed a budget and a plan to eliminate the eyesores in town. The board decided to move to begin paperwork to condemn the Salazar property.
Chairman Alan Michl made it clear “We aren’t tackling any house that someone is living in.”
Board member Justin Harre added that they need to “Let all the homeowners know what is going on. . .and proceed with the (condemnation on the) one.”
Michl gave the Marshals report noting that he had visited with Mayor Kanoke, and Friend police officers Shawn Gray and Dominic Lambardo about the police department situation. The group discussed a plan where the Friend police would guarantee 20 hours of week patrolling Exeter, spend time in the schools and deal with the ordinance issues for $21,000 per year.
“We are paying $15.00 per hour now,” explained Michl, “They are interviewing more officers. They asked if we would help pay for officer training.”
Michl added that the Village approached the county years ago to provide police coverage and the price was over $60,000 per year.
“ I think we are at the point where we need to try something with them ,” Harre stated.
“We are in the same boat as every other little town in Nebraska,” Michl added.
In the absence of Village Maintenance supervisor John Mueller, Clerk Erdkamp update the board on the costs for new water meters. She explained that Mueller spoke with the meter company and they said they could reduce the water meter training down half price but he is waiting to get it in writing before presenting it to the board.
Erkdamp added that several of the meters are no longer working and need to be replaced now.
Clerk Erdkamp gave her report. Sales tax for October was $10,432.14 and keno receipts for November were $146.22. The board set the next meeting for February 9th.