PAPILLION/LA VISTA – The town councils of La Vista and Papillion met on Tuesday, May 3 for their scheduled bi-weekly meetings.

At the La Vista City Council meeting on Tuesday, Josh Frey was sworn in as the newest member of the city council.

A member of the planning commission since 2019, Frey will serve Terrilyn Quick’s tenure in Ward II until January. Due to a redistricting, Quick was appointed to the Ward I council seat until 2024. The seat was vacant due to the resignation of Michael Crawford.

Frey has been responsible for maintaining Omaha’s city parks for nearly a decade. He will step down from his seat on the La Vista planning commission to serve as city council.

“Josh has been a valued member of our planning commission,” Mayor Douglas Kindig said in a statement. “He is aware of our major projects and has experience in his professional life with managing budgets, which will be useful to us as we work towards the approval of our next biennial budget this summer. I thank Josh for agreeing to fulfill this role for the City.

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Frey said he’s been interested in the ongoing projects at La Vista since he and his family moved to the community in 2014.

“I very much enjoyed my time at the Planning Commission. I love being a part of things and doing what I can to give back and help my community,” says Frey.

The council also recognized the work of the city’s municipal employees with proclamations recognizing Public Service Week, Professional Municipal Employees Week, National Police Week, and Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In action, La Vista City Council:

Appointment of Paul Bohn to the Staff Council.

Approved the issuance of a $2.7 million promissory note bond for a 20-year loan from the Nebraska State Department of Environment and Energy’s Revolving Fund Program for East La Vista Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approval of an agreement with Colonial Press of La Vista for printing and mailing services for community guides, quarterly newsletters and special event/project postcards.

Authorization of a professional services agreement with Schemmer to review the hydrological and hydraulic modeling of the Cimmaron Sanitary and Improvement District as submitted for Applewood Creek for $9,620.

Authorized the tender for the improvement of traffic signals, pavement markings and signage at the intersection of 84th Street and City Center Drive and at the intersection of 84th Street and Main Street.

At Papillion City Council, Mayor David Black swore in three promoted staff members.

Black has appointed Mark Stursma as deputy community development administrator. He will oversee the planning and construction departments and is responsible for ensuring the quality and compatibility of new developments and redevelopments within Papillion’s jurisdiction.

“This position is critical to effectively and responsibly managing Papillion’s continued growth,” Black said in a press release. “Mark’s talent and skills have been instrumental in guiding the development of our community thus far. His new role will continue to ensure that the future development of the Town of Papillion is on the right track.

Stursma has worked for the city of Papillion for 18 years. Overall, he has a 28-year career in planning and development, with experience working in the public and private sectors.

Travis Gibbons has been promoted to Stursma’s previous position as director of planning. Gibbons has been Deputy Director of Planning since 2017 and has 20 years of planning experience. Prior to joining the City of Papillion, he was a City Planner and Floodplain Manager for the City of Omaha and Planning Administrator for the City of Fort Pierce, Florida.

“Travis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role as Chief Planning Officer,” Black said. “I have full confidence that he will continue to uphold the high standards of the department, which ultimately leads to a high quality of life for our residents.”

Alex Evans has been promoted to Deputy Director of Public Works/Municipal Engineer, responsible for the day-to-day operation of Papillion’s Public Works Engineering Division and the planning and implementation of public infrastructure expansion and supervision technique of its repair and replacement.

Evans has worked in the engineering career field since 2008. He was an assistant municipal engineer for the town of Papillion for three years and was previously a civil engineer with the water group at Burns & McDonnell.

“Alex is well equipped for his new role and will continue Papillion’s reputation for high quality, well-maintained urban infrastructure,” said Black.

The city council also issued a proclamation recognizing the retirement of water superintendent Richard Heydenreich, honoring him for 45 years of service.

In action, the Town Hall of Papillion:

Modification of the 2021/2022 salary scales for executive and exempt positions, and inclusion of newly created positions. The board does this annually.

Approval of an application to the Nebraska Liquor Control Board for a restaurant alcohol license from Elegant Edge Events LLC dba The Fireside at 841 Tara Plaza.

Sarpy County Board of Commissioners actions include:

A proclamation recognizing May 1 to May 7 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The proclamation honors employees of the Sarpy County Department of Corrections, Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice Center.

As part of the ceremony, Sarpy County Director of Corrections Ryan Mahr honored Sgt. Landis Finley as Correctional Officer of the Year and Kathleen Meinstad as Correctional Employee of the Year. Community Corrections Director Jake Berst also acknowledged Community Corrections Supervisor Megan Jacobsen.

The council also proclaimed Public Service Recognition Week.

Approval of rezoning, subdivision agreements and preliminary and final plans for Sunset Meadow, a 118 townhouse development at 204th and Harrison Streets.

Approved agreements with Unite Private Networks and Cox Communications, which will augment, expand and upgrade fiber optic networks in the City of La Vista, City of Papillion, City of La Vista and Patrick J. Thomas Juvenile Justice Center, Sarpy Lot County Impound and Building 1102. The deals will cost $300,000 over the next five years and will be paid for with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Approved the emergency purchase of a new roof for the county courthouse to repair damage caused by recent windstorms for $560,000. The work could be completed by the end of fiscal year 2022. In order to avoid property damage, this section of the roof must be replaced immediately.

At the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 26, a preliminary and final plan, rezoning and agreement was approved for Patricia Gilmore on a property near the west county line at 240th Street. . Gilmore divides the land to build two houses for the family members.

The La Vista City Council will next meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at 8116 Park View Blvd. The Papillion City Council will then meet Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at 1046 W. Lincoln St. The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 1210 Golden Gate Dr. in Papillion.

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