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The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rural Water District No. 2 of Cass County, Nebraska was held at 108 So. 4th Street, Elmwood, Nebraska on the 14th day of December 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Present were Don Edwards, John Wagoner, Ted Retzlaff, Bill Ross, Martha Rhoades, Travis Isaacs, Kiel Lawrence, Assistant Manager Troy Callaway, and Manager Mark Hogue.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by newspaper publication and posting at the District Office, two of the designated methods of giving notice, as shown by the Affidavit of Publication (Certificate of Posting Notice) attached to these minutes. Notice of this meeting and an agenda were emailed to the Chairman and all members of the Board and are attached to the minutes. All proceedings hereafter shown were taken while the convened meeting was open to the attendance of the public.

Chairman Don Edwards called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and he announced the open meetings act is posted on the wall in the office.

November Meeting Minutes distributed and approved as amended with one line removed in assistant manager section and couple grammar corrections
Treasurer’s Report: Update of the dollar amount in the checking account. Overview of financial report and final review of 2024 budget. Motion to update 2024 Supplies from $45k to $50K by John -2nd Travis, Roll Call Vote- Motion approved 7-0. Motion to update 2024 Fuel from $12,500 to $15,000 made by Travis -2nd John, Roll Call Vote – Motion approved 7-0 Motion to approve treasurer’s report and 2024 budget as amended Made by Martha -2nd John, Roll Call Vote – Motion approved 7-0.

Assistant Manager’s Report – Troy Callaway – Troy Callaway – Troy has been working on locates, took monthly routine samples and checked and recorded chlorine residual everyday. Worked with contractor on Well #3 future improvement plans. Read meters on 11-21-23.

Office Report – 4 customers on the late list and a notice will be sent if not paid by the 15th. Customer bills sent on 11-22-23.

Manager’s Report – Mark Hogue –
Kuhl Trenching completed work on the 2” water main extension on 162nd St.
Mickle Farms has received our easement letter. We are waiting for an answer at this time.
Continued work on Drought Rate proposal for board.
Working with JEO on a repiping project for the Wellhouse to prepare for the 10” main project. Could potentially cost $200k. Mark is looking at redesign ideas.
Working on replacement of the abandoned bypass for well #3. More to come.
Annual Dinner tentatively scheduled for March 8th 6 – 6:30pm, Board will review the date and time and finalize plans at the January meeting.

Meeting Closed 8:18 pm by Board Chair Don Edwards

**Employee benefits reviewed in executive session after the regular meeting closed.

Ted Retzlaff, Secretary/Treasurer