Bern City Council 11.08.2022
Submitted by Yvonne Krehbiel
The Bern city council met in regular session Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Bern Community Center. In attendance at the meeting were council members Dick Koehne, Carla Meyer, Tim Miller, Whitney Wilson, Mayor Dallas Wood, Water Manager Rob Myers, Treasurer Bill Sheik and Clerk Yvonne Krehbiel.
In the water report, Alphia usage has been high two consecutive months. Manager Rob Myers is soliciting bids for a generator to run two city well pumps and the water tower in case of power outage. The city has received COVID recovery funds, which could supply most of the cost of a generator purchase and installation. Some additional plumbing is needed in order to isolate Wells No. 5 and No. 6, so one can run while the other receives routine maintenance. Annual maintenance was conducted on the connection along the west edge of town where the rural water system brings water into the city system.
The required third quarter testing showed that the wastewater system is in compliance. Some areas within our collection system lines might need to be jetted to ensure they flow properly. City of Sabetha has done this work for Bern in the past.
The council is proceeding to address vehicles around town which are in view and are disabled or not tagged. The round of letters going out yet this month should result in a cleaner looking town.
The Bern Community Mixer is to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Bern Community Building. One highlight of the mixer will be volunteer recognition through several local organizations. Area folks are welcome to come and enjoy refreshments provided by the Bern-Sabetha-Nemaha Central Vet Clinic.
The Fall Festival held Oct. 30 was a success, with lovely weather, many participants in the activities and generous contributions to the Community Building fund raiser. The council expressed their appreciation to all involved, and especially to the Library Board for their efforts for the evening.
The Bern city council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Bern Community Building. The meeting is open to the public, so anyone wishing to express opinions or be involved is invited to attend.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.