1 City of Norfolk 127 North 1st Street Norfolk, Nebraska (402) M E M O TO: FROM: SUBJECT: Mayor and City Council Department and Division Heads News Media Shane Weidner Interim City Administrator Friday Memo DATE: April 8, 2011 Following is a list of City activities for the period of March 26 April 8, 2011: Administration On March 28, the Public Works Director, the Mayor and Interim City Administrator met with newly appointed District 3 Nebraska Department of Roads Engineer Kevin Domagalla. Discussion focused on future infrastructure planning, funding and relationship building between the State of Nebraska and the City of Norfolk. On March 28, an elected official subcommittee meeting was held to discuss corporation gulch and an error on the federal floodway map. City staff is working with local property owners, the State of Nebraska, and FEMA to solve the mapping error. On March 29, the Interim City Administrator attended the Joint Governing meeting at the Madison County Courthouse. The focus on the meeting was a presentation by Jim Sinek, CEO of FRHS, on the new health care law and its potential positive and negative effects on northeast Nebraska. On March 31, the Interim City Administrator attended the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at the DeVent Center. On April 1, the Interim City Administrator and the Water and Sewer Director participated in a tour of the Norfolk Regional Center to help regional center staff identify and resolve excessive sanitary sewer inflows to the city of Norfolk s sanitary sewer in an effort reduce sewage back up problems in the future. On April 5, the Interim City Administrator met with the new President of Wells Fargo Bank.
2 Friday Memo Page 2 On April 8, the Interim City Administrator met with Qwest/Century Link technician Cory Skomal and general manager Danny Pate and local manager Myron Wasson in an effort to increase customer service and establish relationships in our community. Finance Officer Food and beverage & lodging occupation tax report: Food and beverage occupation tax received for the month of February is $92, and lodging occupation tax received for the month of February is $13, for a total of $106, Kensington financing: Finance staff worked with Housing staff, bond counsel and the underwriter on the proposed $675,000 Housing Agency revenue bond issue to refund the existing debt on the Kensington and provide for improvements to the Kensington including: repair of the freight elevator and new roof, windows and boiler. The Housing Agency Board will consider approval of this bond issue at their April 13 Board meeting. City Clerk Keno Revenue - The City of Norfolk received net proceeds from Keno for the month of March 2011 in the amount of $34,676.94, which is $11, above the monthly budgeted average of $23, Please see attached charts. Transfer Station Merchant Card Services -- The Norfolk Transfer Station processed 307 merchant card transactions to date for FY for a net amount processed of $7, The Transfer Station began accepting merchant cards as a payment method in December Ambulance -- The City has received additional revenue in the amount of $6, from WPS Medicare Part B and supplemental insurance companies for payment adjustments allowed by the Healthcare Reform Law that extended bonus payments for ground ambulance services through the end of the calendar year 2010 and makes those increases retroactive to January 1, Paving Assessments -- The City Clerk mailed, by certified mail, payment schedules to property owners in PV 493 (Downtown Norfolk Improvements), PV 501 (Glenn Street) and PV 502 (Walters' East Knolls 10th Addition) and certified the special assessments to Madison County. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Forms (Federal-aid projects) -- The City Clerk created Conflict of Interest Disclosure Forms for Employees, Officers or Agents of the City of Norfolk related to Local Federal-Aid Transportation Projects only. If a real or potential conflict is identified, information on proposed mitigation measures must be provided to the Nebraska Department of Roads. Proclamations -- The City Clerk and staff prepared several proclamations during this period including one to recognize Eagle Scout Dustin Wood for his many achievements in The Boy Scouts of America and for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
3 Friday Memo Page 3 Operations Manager The Operations Manager attended a meeting with hospital foundation about bicycle safety. The Operations Manager received and opened bids for the campground restroom facility at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park. The Operations Manager worked with Faith Regional Hospital on planning an event on city property. City Attorney During this period, the City Attorney s office processed 80 ordinance violations for a year-todate total of 670. On March 28, the City Attorney attended a meeting with other staff to discuss floodway mapping. On April 5, the City Attorney and City Engineer met with representatives of the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (State Building Division) to discuss a real estate transaction related to Veterans Memorial Park. On April 6, the City Attorney met with the Finance Director to discuss public records issues. During this period, the City Attorney s office prepared an Agreement with Norfolk Public Schools for use of the tennis courts at 4 th Street and Elm Avenue for practice and competitions for their boys and girls tennis seasons. During this period, the City Attorney s office drafted an Ordinance to amend Section of the City Code to remove the current parking restriction on the south side of Pasewalk Avenue from Logan Street to 1 st Street. During this period, the City Attorney s office prepared documents requesting arrest warrants in approximately 23 cases where defendants have failed to appear for their scheduled court dates on various city code violations. Human Resources The Human Resources Director and the recreation staff have been working on the selection of amenities to be included in the aquatic facility. They have also been involved in the planning of the design of the concession stand area that will serve the aquatic, baseball and football facilities. Library During this time period, the Library's new projector and sound system were installed in the large meeting room. This equipment will enhance presentations and Library programming.
4 Friday Memo Page 4 During this time period, 11,590 items were circulated by the Library. During this time period, 1,216 internet sessions were logged by the public. During this time period, 279 new items were cataloged and added to the Library's collection. During this time period, cracked concrete in front of the Library's main entrance was repaired. Fire Division The Operations Bureau responded to 146 emergency medical calls and 14 fire and/or hazardous material calls in the month of March, The Prevention Bureau conducted 497 inspections during the Month of January, 421 inspections during the month of February and 561 inspections during the month of March, Attached are the building permit reports and inspection reports for the month of March, Spring school tours have begun and the Fire Division hosted six tours to school age children during the past two weeks. John Kouba, Health Official, advised that the City of Norfolk has received the status of Tree City USA, and there will be an awards ceremony held on April 13 th in Lincoln, NE. The Emergency Management office has begun tornado siren testing. Siren tests are conducted the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month through Sept. Park Division Four small baseball fields have been established at Warren Cook Park and are ready for the season. One field has a dirt infield and the other three have grass infields. These fields will accommodate play that was moved from the YMCA fields and will be used to take some pressure off the Ta-Ha-Zouka Park fields with numbers of baseball teams growing this season. Work is almost done on Ta-Ha-Zouka Park ball field #E. The lighting work is all completed, the fencing work should be completed by the end of the day of Friday, April 8, and the irrigation system has been installed. The roto-tilling, grading, seeding and fertilizing of the area is scheduled to take place Friday, April 8th. The irrigation contractor is to return on Tuesday, when we should have the water activated, to adjust the irrigation heads and then we will put on the yellow fence cap to finish the project. During the process, play by the high school baseball program has not been interrupted and when the new grass is able to handle baseball traffic on it the temporary outfield fence will be removed and users will be able to take full advantage of the expanded facility. Staff finished repairs to the skate park and opened it for use to the public. Staff seeded areas to the west of the wastewater plant that were disturbed in the repair of sewer line damaged in last year's flood.
5 Friday Memo Page 5 Seasonal Park Maintenance workers started work on Monday, April 4 and have been concentrating on getting our facilities ready for the official opening. Street Division The Street Division continued work at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park with tree removal, moving backstops to Warren Cook Park, old bleachers being dismantled, moving bleachers from Memorial Field to Ta-Ha-Zouka and dirt work being done to facilitate the fence installation at the youth complex. Street crews scraped loose paint on median curbing. Street crews repaired the guardrail on the N. 1st Street flood control bridge. The Street Division completed extensive repairs to the viaduct guardrail on S. 13th Street. Materials and assistance was received from the Nebraska Dept. of Roads. Weather permitted the completion of concrete repairs by Street crews at nine different locations this period. The Street Division completed miscellaneous maintenance work at the Raasch dam site. Solid Waste Division WPC staff replaced the failed SBR blower in location No. 3, bypassed and cleaned the ultraviolet channel and detention basin in preparation for disinfection season, and completed a fixed asset audit for the Finance Div. WPC also passed the annual toxicity analysis required by our Operating Permit Over the last two months the WPC received 111,000 gallons of fire retardant from ADM in Columbus for treatment and disposal delivered by 3,000 gallon trucks. On March 18 th & 31 st City staff submitted the final documentation to FEMA regarding 2010 flood for the emergency repair and long term projects. On April 7 th the Solid Waste Manager attended the Nebraska Environmental Trust meeting in Lincoln. Water Division Staff replaced the water pump on the 1000 KW generator. Package pump station was checked out at the regional booster station. Pumps and drives arrived at regional booster station. Booster station should be operational within the next 3 weeks.
6 Friday Memo Page 6 Sewer Division Installed 4 perforated pipe around all of the transducers in the liftstations. Abandoned the water and sewer lines to the Ta-Ha-Zouka bath house. Replaced the upper and lower bearings on the #1 motor at the Monroe Ave. liftstation. Repaired the # 2 check valve at the 275 bypass liftstation. Exercised all of the liftstation valves. Replaced the upper bearing in the # 1 motor at the Goodyear liftstation. Replaced the split pins in the # 1 check valve at the Goodyear liftstation. Raised 4 sanitary sewer manholes. Cleaned all of the liftstations.
9 CITY OF NORFOLK COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PERMIT ACTIVITY MARCH Riverside Blvd Install wall anchors for office foundation (Dr Adam Langan) S 14 th St #100 Tenant space finish for Meds and More W Omaha Ave Install Paint Booth for Bronco Connection RESIDENTIAL MARCH 2011 No new single family dwelling permits
10 March, 2011 Monthly Building Permits Report Date No. Address Issued To Owner Type Purpose Est. Cost 03/ Riverside Blvd. Thrasher Basement Systems Dr. Adam Langan AC Install wall anchors for office foundation $5, $ / S 13th St #100 Clausen Brothers Construction, Inc.Jennifer Brungart (Meds & More) AC Tenant space finish for Meds & More $226, $ Count: 2 Sub-total: $232, $ / Blue Stem Circle Kenneth C. Swanson Kenneth C. & Harriett J. Swanson AD SFD basement finish $4, $ / E Maple Avenue Kevin Lingenfelter Construction Brandon & Tammy Day AD Build mud room in garage $4, $ / S 4th Street Knudson Builders Inc. Gary Godel AD Replace existing porch floor & columns $1, $ / Regency Circle South Mike Joy Enterprises Jack & Elaine Henderson AD Basement finish for SFD $10, $ / Lakewalk Dr Irvin & Bernice Weyhrich Irvin & Bernice Weyhrich AD Install walk out door for attached garage $ $ / E Maple Avenue Kevin Lingenfelter Construction Brandon & Tammy Day AD Remodel bedrooms for SFD $16, $ / Suburban Dr Ron & Kim Harmon Ron & Kim Harmon AD Refinish basement walls of SFD $ $ / Forest Drive Dallas McKellips Dallas McKellips AD SFD basement finish $13, $ / Lodgeview Drive Bolin Construction, Inc. Kay Briard AD Cut backing into firewall of townhouse $2, $ / Morningside Dr Bolin Construction, Inc. Jeff & Carolyn Warren AD Remodel kitchen; install LVL beam $15, $46.00 Count: 10 Sub-total: $69, $ / W Omaha Ave Bronco Connection Bronco Connection AI Install paint booth $19, $58.24 Count: 1 Sub-total: $19, $ / Ridgeway Drive Don Groninger Don Groninger O Construct storage shed $2, $ / N 13th St Casson-Mark, Corp. NE Colorado Cellular O o-locate 3 antennas and 1 microwave dish on towe $20, $ / W Nucor Road Astro Buildings, Inc. Leonard Olmer O Construct pole barn $15, $ / E Norfolk Avenue Anthony Wisnieski Anthony Wisnieski O Construct storage shed addition $2, $31.20 Count: 4 Sub-total: $40, $ / Market Place Steve A. Acklie Steve A. Acklie RG Construct detached garage $9, $ Count: 1 Sub-total: $9, $ / S 13th Street Seneca Construction LLC Casey's Retail Co. S Construct 6 building signs $ $ / W Pasewalk Ave Omaha Neon Sign Co., Inc. OMAWAN, LLC S Construct building sign $9, $ / Old Hadar Road (North Love Signs, Inc. Christ Lutheran Church S Construct free standing sign $1, $ / E Omaha Ave Love Signs, Inc. Christ Lutheran Church S Construct free standing sign $1, $25.00 Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Page 1 of 2
11 March, 2011 Monthly Building Permits Report Date No. Address Issued To Owner Type Purpose Est. Cost 03/ State Hwy 24 Love Signs, Inc. Christ Lutheran Church S Construct free standing sign $1, $ / W Norfolk Ave Love Signs, Inc. Christ Lutheran Church S Construct free standing sign $1, $ / S 13th St #300 Reeder Airworks Barnstormers of Nebraska S Construct building sign $3, $ / S 13th St Love Signs, Inc. Ron & Tim Deets S Change of copy for 1 building sign $12, $ / W Omaha Ave Tri City Sign Co. Bronco Connection (Dan Jones) S Construct 1 free standing & 1 building sign $3, $ / S 1st Street Carl Ernesti Carl Ernesti S Construct building sign $25.00 $ / Market Lane #C Love Signs, Inc. Measure of Life LLC S Erect new building sign $ $25.00 Count: 11 Sub-total: $35, $ Total: 29 Total: $405, $2, Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Page 2 of 2
12 Fire Division Prevention Bureau Permits Issued BUILDING Valuation ELECTRICAL PLUMBING MECHANICAL WATER HEATER FIRE ALRM / SPR WELL / SEPTIC FIRE PREVENTION TOTAL FEES: 2011 March 2011 February 29 $405, $2, $3, $ $ $ $25.00 $ $494, $2, $ $ $1, $ CITY OF NORFOLK Monthly Building Permit Report $24.00 $ March 25 $3,741, $6, $2, $2, $2, $ $94.00 $25.00 $75.00 $6, $4, $14, This Fiscal YTD 147 $4,243, $19, $10, $2, $4, $1, $ $ $ Last Fiscal YTD 152 $12,531, $32, $11, $6, $11, $1, $ $ $75.00 Month March, 2011 Variation % 2010 vs % -66.1% -40.8% 2.2% -14.3% -26.5% -55.4% -23.6% -59.0% 47.9% 28.3% -16.7% -0.5% -33.3% -20.0% 66.7% 126.7% $39, $64, % Nature of Building Permits NOTE: Last FYTD Present FYTD of Permits Dwelling Units Permit Fees Building Official SFD's and SFDA's are to be added together for a total of single family dwelling units and valuation. Valuation Void $0.00 $0.00 SFD 11 (11) 5 (5) $0.00 $0.00 Duplex $0.00 $0.00 MFD 4 (25) $0.00 $0.00 Commercial $0.00 $0.00 Industrial $0.00 $0.00 Garages 1 0 $ $9, Move & Demo $0.00 $0.00 Alterations & Additions SFDA 6 (6) 2 (2) $0.00 $0.00 Sign 11 0 $ $35, Other 4 0 $ $40, & 2 Family 10 0 $ $69, Multi-Family $0.00 $0.00 Commercial 2 0 $ $232, Industrial 1 0 $58.24 $19, Total 29 0 $2, $405, Building Valuation 2011 Fiscal YTD $4,243, Fiscal YTD $12,531, Contractor Registration $1,025.00