Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014

City Council conducts interviews, talks development

RANDOLPH — Along with conducting the Randolph City Council meeting Jan. 8, board members took time to complete four interviews for the utility technician position.

Action was taken to offer the position to Aaron Nielsen, who lives in Randolph. Nielsen will start work in approximately two weeks.

In other action, board members renewed Cinda Jones’ contract to serve as city administrator.

Jones reported 378 residents had signed up for the Christmas lighting discount. A total credit of $5,250 was given out.

Council members accepted the resignation of Suzanne Gubbels and thanked Gubbels for her years of service with the emergency medical technicians’ squad.

Economic Development Director Gary Van Meter will be meeting with Randolph Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Hoesing and other administrative staff, along with newspaper publishers Rob Dump and Peggy Year, Jan. 9.

The group will talk about ways to bring the community, school and businesses together, according to Meter.

“A connection between the students and the community needs to be made,” he said. “We need to engage our students here in Randolph right now. Get them fired up about things they can do here – journalism, carpenter work, auto repair – some type of work.”

Meter wants to find ways to encourage students to return to their home town after they finish their college education or keep those kids who will not be going to college in Randolph after they graduate from high school.

“Every year we go to games and other school activities to encourage and support our students. Then we send our harvest out – a crop of kids who are graduating from our school,” Meter said. “We need to get a return on our investment. We need to get them back after they finish college.”

Meter said he would have more information on what is ahead at the next board meeting.

Meter and city officials will also be meeting with representatives from Nebraska Public Power District next week to learn what they have to offer that could affect economic development.

Meter has been getting acquainted with business owners and people in the community. He visited the library and several of the business places in town.

“The barber shop is one of my favorite places,” he said.

Peggy Leiting, director of the Lied Randolph Public Library, gave a yearly report on activities at the library.

“We had another busy year,” Leiting told board members.