Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed budget to set the final tax request at a different amount than the prior year’s tax request at 5:45 p.m. on September 8, 2003 at City Hall with the following members of the council answering roll: Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Larry Bauers and Ray Frew. Absent: None.

Notice of the budget and the hearing to set final tax request was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 4, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. 

Members of the council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $l76,46l in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemptions of .42l6 for the ensuing year. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and hearing to set the final tax request was closed and the public hearing regarding the application for a small tract subdivision, requested by Berneice Hopper, was opened with all members of the council answering roll.

Notice of the public hearing, which was combined with the notice of the monthly meeting, was given in advance thereof by publication in the August 21, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Members of the Council reviewed the information presented regarding the small tract subdivision requested by Berneice Hopper. There being no public objection to the subdivision application, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the council answering roll.

Minutes of the August 11, 2003 meeting were approved as written.

Motion by McCaulley seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 03-16, which approves the setting of the tax rate at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried unanimously.

The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 532
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 532 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Ayes: McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew. Nays: None. Motion carried. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health and safety, cultural and recreation. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Bauers seconded by McCaulley to designate Heartland Community Bank and Farmers and Merchants Bank, both in Weeping Water, NE, as the City’s depositories for the ensuing fiscal year. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 03-17, based on the recommendation of the Planning Board, which approves an administrative Subdivision of Lot 10 and Lot 11, Block 2, Vogler Addition located in the SWl/4 of the SE l/4 of Section 36-T11N-R11E of the 6th P.M., City of Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska. Motion carried unanimously.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 171 hours were patrolled during the month with 36 calls of service and 12 citations. Dave Lamprecht addressed concerns with the recent increase of vandalism, advising that efforts are being made to seek the responsible parties. He stressed that members of the council encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity.

Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report. A complaint received regarding an inoperable sewer line was addressed. Members of the council were advised that the property owner had been notified and assured Bruce that measures would be taken to make the necessary repairs.

Upon review of bids received for fencing around the city well sites and gates at the site of the wastewater treatment facility, the following motions were made. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to accept the bid of Farm & Home Fencing to install 6’ chain link fence around the well stations with one 4’walk gate and one 11’double drive gate, as proposed, for the amount of $2,323.83. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to accept the bid of Quality Fence Company for the installation of a cantilever gate, as proposed, at the site of the Wastewater Treatment Plant for the amount of $3,191.00. Motion carried unanimously.

The City Attorney provided an update of Monthly Health Board activities, which included the following: Advise police to verify current registration of Meisinger vehicles, city officials to pursue clean up of Tittsworth property, assessing lien for costs involved, City Attorney to file Certificate of Readiness for trial to pursue Thomas property, letter to be sent to C. Hohn regarding vehicle which has created excessive oil spill on city street, City Attorney to send certified letter and pursue abatement publication for J. Wilson property, and monitor various properties with regard to tall weeds.

Following review of the specifications for the proposed swimming pool deck replacement, it was moved by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve said specifications, contingent upon final approval of the State Health Department, to set advertising dates as September 18, 25, and October 2, 2003, to set bid opening date at 11:00 a.m. on October 10, 2003, setting substantial completion date on or before March 1, 2004 and final completion date on or before March 15, 2004. Motion carried unanimously.

Members of the council were advised that the water/sewer maps are nearing completion, with finalized copies, large laminated wall maps and a compact disc of the maps to be provided upon completion.

Several ideas regarding the proposed downtown renovations were discussed, which included the suggestion of offering public opportunity to purchase signature/memorial bricks to border a portion of the sidewalks. Ben Day of Olsson Associates agreed to seek additional information as to the feasibility of such an option. Other areas addressed were consideration of matching benches and trash receptacles, which would not be included in the allowable grant funds. Measures will be taken to finalize the contract for Engineering Services, once the Release of Grant Funds is authorized. Members of the council stressed the need to allow ample public input of the design phase.

Earnest West advised the Council that necessary repairs have been completed on the new fire truck, which were creating problems with the generator, and that the bill for the repairs will be sent to Precision for warranty reimbursement.

Tom Stander was present to discuss his interest in construction of a “Welcome to Weeping Water” sign. It was agreed to pursue the necessary state regulations, seek property authorization, and request assistance from local quarries, since the proposed plan of the sign is to incorporate the limestone industry. Tom agreed to create some designs for consideration.

Street improvements currently in progress were discussed. Several areas of proposed improvements consisting of grading and asphalt millings will be pursued as budget limitations allow.

Animal control issues wee discussed, after which it was agreed by the council to negotiate services with Anita Carr as Humane Officer on a three month trial basis.

The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 533
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA VACATING THAT PART OF THE ALLEY RUNNING IN AND EAST-WEST DIRECTION IN BLOCK 7, FLEMING AND RACE’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA THAT IS ADJACENT TO THE SOUTH HALF OF LOTS 3 AND 4, ON THE NORTH AND LOTS 5 AND 6 ON THE SOUTH; ALL IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY NEBRASKA. Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 533 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Ayes: McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew. Nays: None. Motion carried. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the ordinance being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to require two signatures on all checks issued by any department of the city in an effort to comply with the Farmers & Merchants Bank request for updated signature cards.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve the bid of Mason Construction for replacement of the front window of the Community Building with double doors and a temporary ramp to allow for handicap accessibility for a total cost of $2,695.45. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that the temporary ramp will be utilized until the sidewalks are replaced during the upcoming downtown renovations, at which time a permanent ramp will be incorporated into the new sidewalks. Motion carried unanimously.

A request from Bentley Marketing for an annual Peddler Permit Fee rather than the current daily fee was denied. It was noted that residents have the right to request to see a valid permit from any solicitor and that any solicitor without a valid permit should be reported to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

In response to a letter form Randy Wilkins, on behalf of the County Board of Commissioners, the Council elected to maintain its existing City Street Superintendent rather than having the County perform said duties.

Copies of minutes of the past two months’ activities of the Weeping Water Housing Authority were available for council review.

Various other items discussed which required further review were: a Workmen’s Comp claim, consideration of a heat and/or smoke detection system at the Fire/Rescue Barn, available grants and application deadlines, Rescue Squad application of Bryon Gewecke, mosquito control issues, compilation of excess city property and proposed annexation.

Members of the Council were advised of upcoming events, which included the 2003 Annual Conference of the League of Nebraska Municipalities, the MotorIowa Tour, which will be stopping in Weeping Water on October 6, and a business “How To Workshop” to be held in LaVista on October 7.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to accept the following claims:
Salaries-11,259.10; PeopleService, maint cont-9,614.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,325.00; OPPD, util-3,609.37; Alltel, util-518.67; Aquila, util-188.11; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-2,574.41; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sls tax, recyc fee-1769.65; Ameritas, emp ben-528.90; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-941.00; United Healthcare, ins-682.26; Paving Bond payments & wire fees-25,326.25; D. Edgerton, maint-260.00; J. Schreiner, ump fees-620.00; Pankonins, equip-4,590.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-11.83; Alliance Medical, sup-402.35; B. Hopper, reimb-56.57; Bickford Electric, rep-2015.00; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-42.04; Cass County Sheriff, cont fee-2,711.80; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Des Moines Stamp Co., off sup-56.90; EMS Billing Co., reimb-235.99; Fireguard, equip-449.65; Good Housekeeping, bks-21.97; Ingram Library System, bks-393.60; K. Gerdes, rmb, mlg-60.56; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep, pstg-300.5l; Lincoln Fire Dept., rmb-66.54; Linweld, sup-24.05; Martin Marietta, sup-100.88; Meeske Hdw., rep/maint-430.27; Mobile Communications, rep-179.00; Murray Bldg & Supply, rep-233.71; Nebraska Machinery Co., equip-38,435.00; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-158.00; Plattsmouth Ready Mix, rep-158.50; R. McCaulley, mlg-16.56; Stubbendick Implement, equip-7,185.00; Summit Supply Corp., maint-70.95;WW Express Lane, fuel, maint-113.38; The Journal, publ-222.89; Olsson Assoc. prof-7.236.70; Coca Cola Co., sup-17.75; Rishel & Pfeifer, prof-500.00. Motion carried with Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. McCaulley abstained due to conflict of interest.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried unimously.

 

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk               Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor