Randolph City Council makes appointments, grants variance

RANDOLPH — Randolph City Council members discussed a variance request and a floodplain development permit and made several appointments at the Dec. 6 Randolph City Council meeting.
Approval on a variance request for Dominisse Honey Farms was put on hold until an amendment for zoning can be approved. The variance request involves subdividing property located in the east side of the city.
Board members placed their approval on a Floodplain Development Permit for Tom Guenther. The permit is for siding his home.
Board members agreed to hold a Special Randolph City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The bidding process for the renovation at the City Auditorium and the financing options for the waste water treatment facility will be on the agenda.
City Clerk/Treasurer Kelsey Backer presented information on the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) concerning the oxidation ditch repairs at the waste water treatment facility. Utilizing the CWSRF would allow the City to extend the term of the loan out to 20 years.
The facility will need to make additional repairs prior to the maturity of a 20-year term, according to Backer.
Council members looked at amortization schedules for periods from five to 20-year terms with the understanding that a shorter term would require the city to establish a capital improvement fee.
Utility Superintendent Aaron Nielsen asked council members if the cost of a new grinder could be included in the project.
Council members agreed to include the grinder with the proposed project if it can be included in the CWSRF.
Board members made the following appointments during the Council meeting:
City Street Superintendent; Terry Mead
Building Inspectors; Jim Scott, Jim Billerbeck and Mike Dowling
Golf Board; Mike Strathman
City Attorney; Keelan Holloway
City Physician; David Mwebe
Ambulance Services for 2017; EMS Billing Services, Inc.
Engineer of Record: JEO
Council members went into executive session to discuss legal stategy before adjourning the meeting.
No action was taken after coming out of the session.

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Randolph to host Blast from the Past event on Dec. 8

RANDOLPH — Randolph’s annual Christmas celebration is returning to the good old days.
Blast From the Past will be held here Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m., at the Randolph City Auditorium.
Funds raised during the evening will go toward the Jackson Graham Benefit.
The Pancake Man will once again be on hand to serve up pancakes for hungry area residents.
Vendors will also be available for Holiday shopping.
Santa has also agreed to make a return trip to Randolph this year.
The jolly fellow will talk to kids, hear their Christmas wishes and make a list, finding out who was naughty or nice.
This year’s big community event also includes a silent auction of gift baskets and other items.

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Randolph School Board makes insurance change

RANDOLPH— School board members decided to become insured with ALICAP Nov. 20.
Board member Jim Scott made the motion to accept the insurance proposal from ALICAP as the preferred insurance carrier with a second from , board member Lisa Linville.
Two insurance carriers worked with the school to put together proposals that came in several thousand dollars apart, according to Supt. Jeff Hoesing.
Scott had inquired about the bidding process for insurance earlier before the insurance proposal process was set in motion.
The school’s previous premium was $58,000 with EMC Insurance Companies. The two current bids are $37,537 from EMC and $35,541 from ALICAP for a three-year commitment from the school. The coverage will be from Feb. 10, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2018.
ALICAP promises broader coverage with higher limits and fewer deductibles, according to literature distributed to board members.
Hoesing said ALICAP insurance covered the school projects in Pilger due to the tornado. School officials in Pilger indicated positive results with their company.
ALICAP is owned by more than 180 Nebraska Schools and offers broad school specific coverage. Every school district is covered by the same liability limits and deductibles regardless of size.
ALICAP finances risk based on a common policy document available on their website.
ALICAP’s proposal included $35,541 for property coverage, including inland marine, general liability, automobiles, umbrella, E&O, Public Employee Dishonesty, crime and work comp.
Pro-Rate contribution is $19,761 for the school. ALICAP would have a $500 property deductible.
EMC Insurance Companies listed their proposal to include $15,926 for property coverage and contents; $826 for inland marine with $7,500 extra expense income coverage and a $250 deductible for electronic data processing with $500 deductible for peril that is mechanical breakdown, electrical disturbance, and power supply disturbance; $1,532 for commercial general liability; $4,449 for automobile; $2,699 for umbrella; boiler and machinery included; $10,417 for worker’s compensation, $434 for crime and bond coverages, school board legal liability for $1,354.
Board members acknowledged a grant matching project at the high school for $1,050 for a project students will be using that uses an oven to bake on a powder coating.
Hoesing said the depreciation fund is at $65,000 with a $51,000 expenditure coming out for the last of the boiler project receipts. This will leave approximately $13,000 to $14,000 in the fund.
“We don’t anticipate anything else that may have to come out,’’ Hoesing said. “The Building Fund is at $93,000.’’
School board members accepted the school’s audit.
“Red Ribbon Week included a visit from a professional drug enforcement canine at school. Students were excited about the visit,’’ Elementary Principal Mary Miller said.
Miller said staff members have been involved in review for intervention trainings at Wayne State College.
The school had a lock-down training on Nov. 17. Miller and Dennis Bazata, High School Prinicipal, gave favorable reviews of the training.
Paul Schmit reported on a beef to schools meeting with approximately a half dozen to eight people attending.
“It appears it is not going to be hard to keep this program going,’’ Schmit said.
The school is planning some promotional events for the program, according to Hoesing. He said details will be included in the newspaper.
Hoesing and Miller attended an early childhood conference. The conference included information on children exposed to constant stress and the effects that follow them throughout life, according to Hoesing. More parent training was emphasized.
Lisa Linville said a presentation she attended on SnapChat should be seen by more parents.
“If I had a 12-year-old daughter, I would be shocked and be very concerned,’’ Linville said. “Mothers found that their children can be monitored by those they friend online. Photos online are housed there forever. Experienced law enforcement can retrieve them from phones.’’
Board members agreed about a need to have a presentation locally on these issues.

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Times office manager to step aside

RANDOLPH — Health issues will be forcing Randolph Times office manager Jackie Schmidt to slow down a bit.
“Due to the pain I am dealing with, and my mobility issues because of my disablity, I am unable to continue to work in the office,” Schmidt said. “I am sad to leave, and will miss coming to Randolph, but with Old Man Winter just around the corner, I cannot risk a bad fall.”
After talking with Randolph Times Publishers Rob Dump and Peggy Year, it was decided to look for a part-time office manager to take over for Schmidt.
She will be working from home as a graphic artist for the Times and the other five Northeast Nebraska News Company newspapers, though.

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Blast from the Past will return Dec. 8

RANDOLPH — Randolph’s annual Chistmas celebration is returning to the good old days.
Blast From the Past will be held here Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m., at the Randolph City Auditorium.
Funds raised during the evening will go toward the Jackson Graham Benefit.
The Pancake Man will once again be on hand to serve up pancakes for hungry area residents.
Vendors will also be available for Holiday shopping.
Santa has also agreed to make a return trip to Randolph this year.
The jolly fellow will talk to kids, hear their Christmas wishes and make a list, finding out who was naughty or nice.

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