McCOOK, Nebraska -- Mayor Dennis Berry will choose among six applicants to appoint two citizens to fill the vacant City Council seats, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., during the council's semi-monthly meeting at Memorial Auditorium.
If the Mayor's appointments are approved by at least one of the two other city council members, the appointees will be administered the oath of office and fill the positions until Dec. 3, 2012. At that time candidates selected by the voters during the November 2012 election will take office.
Citizens who expressed interest in the city council seats and provided resumes to city staff include:
* 1982 McCook High School graduate Roger A. Henthorn. Henthorn is the plant manager at Gerhold Concrete and has more than 25 years experience in the construction industry.
* McCook public school teacher Janet Hepp. Hepp is the owner of JGR Rentals, LLC, and co-owner of Outdoor Sports, LLC.
* Former City Councilman Aaron Kircher. Kircher recently forfeited one of the two vacant seats as a result of a Nebraska statue that has already seen legislation introduced to modify it. The modifications introduced would amend the statute in a manner that would not have resulted in Kircher's forfeiture. Kircher had been a McCook City Councilman since 2004 and the Vice President of the City Council from 2006 to 2010.
* James McCarville of McCook. McCarville has owned and operated a janitorial business in McCook since 1996. McCarville also worked for Walmart for 20 years and spent his last 11 years with the company as an assistant manager.
* Retired Pacific Northwest Bell/US West/Qwest technician Bruce McDowell. McDowell is the Treasurer for the Norris Institute and the McCook Main Street group, as well as a member of the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival committee.
* 1975 McCook High School graduate Fred Shepherd. Shepherd is the manager of American Electric and has been since 1987.
A public hearing will be coordinated during the meeting to discuss a final plat, known as A.M. Bishop Addition Plat, and a subsequent resolution will be considered for its approval. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the plat during their Jan. 9, 2012, meeting. Agenda notes indicate that no city services will be provided to the property.
A public hearing and subsequent request for a special exception to allow a commercial welding repair shop in an Agricultural District will also be coordinated. That request comes from JLB Welding Shop and was also recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda:
* A purchase agreement between the city and the McCook Library Foundation will be considered for approval. The agreement pertains to property located to the north of the McCook Public Library that the foundation is gifting to the city, with the stipulation that it be utilized for purposes that benefit the city. A memorandum of understanding pertaining to the foundations donation toward the construction of an elevator at the library will also be considered.
* City staff has recommended that the proposal from Applied Connective Technologies to provide data and cabling services at the new municipal facility be accepted. If approved, city staff will proceed with negotiating a contract with the company for the services, which have been budgeted for $90,000.
* Weis Fire and Safety has been recommended to be awarded the bid for a new 4-wheel drive mini rescue pumper for the fire department. The Weis bid came in at $147,111 and $150,000 was budgeted for the item.
* Deveney Motors has been recommended to receive the bid for a new police vehicle. The Deveney bid came in at $21,790 for a 4 wheel drive Dodge Ram 1500. That bid was also within budgeted amounts.
* Approval of the Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Maintenance Program for the City of McCook will be considered. Adoption of the program is required by the Federal Highway Administration and city staff has chosen the Visual Nighttime Inspection Method to perform required testing of traffic signs in 2012.
* Councilors will receive and file the financial report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2011.
* Councilors will consider a proclamation designating January 2012 as "National Radon Action Month."
* Claims for the month of Dec. 2011, as published on Jan. 16, 2012, will be received and filed by councilors.