Council set to receive certified election results

2014-03-10T06:30:00Z 2014-03-10T08:44:05Z Council set to receive certified election resultsBy Chris Zavadil/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
March 10, 2014 6:30 am  • 

The housing portions of Fremont’s illegal immigrant ordinance are expected to take a step closer to implementation on Tuesday when the Fremont City Council officially receives the certified election results of the Feb. 11 special election.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Municipal Building. A 6:45 p.m. study session will precede the meeting.

Fremont voters, in a Feb. 11 special election, rejected a proposal to amend Ordinance 5165 by repealing the housing portions.

A letter from Dodge County Clerk Fred Mytty, who also serves as election commissioner, said official election results showed 3,896 voters opposed the measure with 2,644 supporting the partial repeal.

The ordinance’s housing provisions require renters to pay $5 and acquire occupancy licenses from the Fremont Police Department.

Portions of the ordinance requiring the use of E-Verify already have been implemented.

Fremont city staff actually began the process of implementing the housing provisions, but the council, on Nov. 12, voted to suspend implementation of the housing portions until 30 days after election results are certified.

A March 6 staff report by City Clerk Kim Volk places the implementation date as April 10.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on Feb. 27, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of a June 28, 2013, U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the housing portions of the ordinance. The Court of Appeals reversed a District Court ruling that certain rental provisions were preempted by federal law.

The certified election results are listed under the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

The council will also consider:

* Awarding a contract for lawn maintenance at various city parks.

Last year two companies shared park mowing duties, but city staff is proposing hiring just one company for two years with an option for a two-year extension.

Eight companies offered proposals for the work.

City staff is recommending the proposal by A-Plush Lawns.

* The third reading of three annexation ordinances.

* The second reading of multiple ordinances to update building, property maintenance, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes.

The council will consider under the consent agenda:

* A supplemental agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads and HGM Associates for the Rawhide Creek trail project.

* Awarding a $99,662 bid to Sawyer Construction Co. for paving and storm sewer improvements, and a $323,364 contract to Penro Construction Co. Inc. for sewer and water installation in Luther Road from East 32nd Street to East 38th Street.

* Awarding a contract for up to six years to Goree Backhoe and Excavating Inc. for transportation of biosolids for the waste water treatment plant.

* Accepting a Nebraska Department of Highway Safety grant of up to $900 per unit for two in-car police radar units.

* Awarding a bid for five new self-contained breathing apparatus for the fire department.

* Authorizing an oversized driveway approach at Bosselman’s Pump and Pantry, 3441 E. 24th St.

* Appoint three officers to the police department.

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