PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth City Council did not act on a motion Monday night granting Southeast Nebraska Development District $12,000 in addition to its contracted price with the city.
According to its website, “(SENDD) is a voluntary association of counties and municipalities formed under the Nebraska Interlocal Cooperation Act to identify common problems, their solutions and to provide continuing support for efficient and effective government among its members.”
SENDD members include Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer and York. Plattsmouth pays SENDD for services and operates with the organization under Cass County’s stewardship.
Services to be provided by SENDD include general governmental contact and liaison with federal and state agencies; grant writing; business and industry financing through two revolving loan funds; grant administration; housing rehabilitation program management; special studies/plans; and financial packaging.
Plattsmouth City Administrator Erv Portis said SENDD Executive Director Tom Bliss “asked our willingness” to pay the extra money for “construction management.”
Portis: “I told him I’d like to see some evidence supporting the need for additional funding.”
Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert explained the city has already paid contracted price for services.
Lambert: “My personal feeling is their meeting of the contract is minimal. We paid what we agreed to pay. This ($12,000) was additional money.”
Portis said they only worked on one of six projects the city was involved in over the past year.
Portis: “I did most of the work except on one project. They were onsite for only one project and that was only one time.”
Fourth Ward City Councilman Morgan Muller also opposed providing SENDD the additional funds.
Muller: “There is no reason to give them money just because they ask for it and they have no supporting documents.”
Lambert: “As Erv said, there is a reason for them having no supporting documents.”
A motion was made to approve the funding, but no one seconded it and the motion failed.