Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the liquor license application of Richard Nichols, d/b/a Hopkins Tavern at 5:45 P.M. on October 13, 2003 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, and Ray Frew. Absent: Larry Bauers.
Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by publication in the October 2, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Members of the City Council reviewed the application packet for a Class B (Off Sale Beer) and a Class M (Bottle Club) liquor license requested by Richard Nichols, d/b/a Hopkins Tavern at 305 West Eldora Avenue, Weeping Water, NE. There being no public objection to said application, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew answering roll. 

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the October 2, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Minutes of the September 8, 2003 public hearing and meeting were approved as written.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew to approve the liquor license application of Richard Nichols, d/b/a Hopkins Tavern. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Bauers.

A representative of Diamond Engineering & Architecture, Inc., of Plattsmouth, NE, presented a brief introduction of their company and services offered for future consideration.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 179 hours were patrolled during the month with 33 calls of service. Dave Lamprecht reported on his recent assessment of several parcels of residential property which have an accumulation of unlicensed vehicles. Following considerable discussion, the City Attorney agreed to pursue legal action with pending issues and to seek appropriate ordinance recommendations for council consideration that might eliminate future problems with the accumulation of an excessive amount of vehicles on private property.

Duane Grashorn of PeopleService presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and reviewed the proposed Amendment to the Operating and Maintenance Agreement. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve said Amendment, which allows for an increase in monthly compensation of $202.00, based on the annual 2.1% CPI increase. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

A review of the Monthly Health Board Report resulted in the following actions: Thomas trailer-proceeding with lawsuit; Tittsworth property-some progress noted, but council to pursue the completion of cleanup of property and assess property owner of any necessary costs; J. Wilson property at 400 South Commercial-Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 03-18, which declares said property a public nuisance and orders remedy of the situation. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: None; B. Taylor property-authorize the City Attorney to proceed with the next legal process to assure compliance with the City Code.

The Clerk was advised to send notices to designated residents regarding overhanging trees/limbs which are in non-compliance with city codes, based on a recent assessment of the community. Safety hazards of planting trees/vegetation on corner lots in the city right-of-way were also discussed and will continue to be pursued.

The Monthly Maintenance Operation Report was presented for council review, in which the following were noted: Projects to be completed by the end of the week included the street improvements and the installation of the new doors and temporary access ramp at the Community Building; tree removal at the well site is nearing 70% completion; sidewalk replacement at the Library to be completed within the next two weeks, weather permitting; repair of ball field lights pending availability of appropriate boom truck; upon discussing the need for replacement of the wooden bleachers behind the backstop at the ball field, a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the purchase of new bleachers and pour a concrete base for said bleachers at an approximate cost of $4,800. It was noted that Modern Woodman has offered to contribute $500 toward said project. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. It was agreed by the Council to request placement of a street light on the existing pole on the curve of North Commercial Street, once street improvements in said area have been completed.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to approve the application of Bryon Gewecke to the Rescue Squad. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Members of the Council reviewed preliminary designs for the proposed “Welcome To Weeping Water” sign. It was agreed to present the recommended choice of designs to the local quarries for consideration of monetary compensation for the project. It was noted that location of the sign is still pending.

Earnest West addressed the Council with Fire Department issues, which included: handling of haz-mat billing proceeds, with no action being taken; consideration of redesigning the approach to the Fire/Rescue Building and placement of a fire hydrant near said building when proceeding with the downtown street renovations; request for separate phone line at the Fire Barn, which was tabled for cost assessment.

Larry Bauers entered the meeting at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to approve the application of Jenna Jones to the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously.

Members of the Council reviewed bids received for the proposed Swimming Pool Deck Replacement Project, which were opened on Friday, October 11, 2003. As the two bids received were both in excess of the Engineer’s cost estimate, a motion was made by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to reject all bids and direct the City Engineer to renegotiate the contract costs with the overall low bidder, Stephens & Smith Construction Co., Inc. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. It was agreed to schedule a special meeting on Friday, October 17, 2003 at 5:00 p.m. to consider action on any contract negotiations.

The following Ordinance was presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 534
AN ORDINANCE CREATING STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2003-1 IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, ORDERING THE CONSTRUCTION OF STREET IMPROVEMENTS THEREIN AND ORDERING THE PUBLICATION OF THE ORDINANCE IN PAMPHLET FORM.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, as follows:
Section 1. That there be and hereby is created in the City of Weeping Water, Nebraska, a street improvement district to be known and designated as Street Improvement District No. 2003-1 of the City of Weeping Water, Nebraska
Section 2. That the outer boundaries of Street Improvement District No. 2003-1 shall include, in addition to the street to be improved, all of the property abutting on such street to be improved and within which district, the following street shall be improved by removal of existing paving, construction of new paving, replacement of curb, gutter, sidewalk and water utilities; installation of new lighting and all necessary appurtenances related thereto:
“I” Street, otherwise known as Eldora Avenue, from Commercial Street to East Street.
Section 3. Said street shall be improved at public cost and said improvements shall be made in accordance with the plans, specifications and estimate prepared by the special engineers for the City and to be approved by the Mayor and Council.
Section 4. Notice of the creation of said District shall be published as provided by law in the Plattsmouth Journal, a legal newspaper published in Cass County and of general circulation in Weeping Water, Nebraska.
Section 5. This ordinance shall be published in pamphlet form and take effect as provided by law.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 13th day of October, 2003.
Signed: Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
Attest: Kay Gerdes, City Clerk
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 534 might be introduced, read by title, and adopted. Ayes: McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers, and Frew. Nays: None. Motion carried. Said ordinance will be published 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 Bauers, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 03-19, which sets November 10, 2003 at 5:45 p.m. as the date for a public hearing to be held to consider action on the sufficiency of any written objections filed objecting to the creation of Street Improvement District No. 2003-1 and to the existence of the required facts and conditions relative to the creation of the District. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 03-20, which designates specific city equipment as excess property and authorizes publication of notice for the sale of the same by sealed bid as required by law. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Motion by McCaulley seconded by Falcone to approve the Engineering Contract with Olsson Associates for professional services associated with the Downtown Revitalization Project, contingent upon the release of the CDBG funds. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Proposed annexation issues were addressed, with action being tabled for further review.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Dan Timm and Joseph Evans Jr., to the Manley/Weeping Water Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that Bradley Harm recently resigned from the Department.

Members of the City Council were updated on recent building permit activity, which included the following: Building Permits: J. Rhedin-garage; R. Harms-garage; Miscellaneous Building Permits: T. Duncan-accessory building; K. Upton-fence & deck addition; A. Ervin-deck; and J. McKinstry-accessory building.

Upon review of renewal rates for employee health insurance, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to accept Alternate #2, Plan CPN402 with a monthly premium of $8l2.64. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: Bauers. It was recommended that efforts be continued to seek a more cost efficient policy.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to approve payment of mileage at the state approved mileage rate to Anita Carr, the new Humane Officer, for her efforts in seeking adequate animal control issues. Motion carried unanimously.

Authorization was given to advertise for part-time office help and to make a partial payment to Dave Dennis for tree removal completed to date.

Various other items presented for council review were: minutes of the Weeping Water Housing Authority meeting; correspondence from Galaxy Cablevision advising of the availability of a community access channel for promotion of community activities, bulletins and announcements, and their proposed press release regarding their intent to explore the possibility of a sale of its system; letter from the Nebraska Library Commission advising that the Weeping Water Library has met the necessary guideline requirements and is accredited through September 30, 2006; letter of confirmation of shipment of 35 books and bookplates for the Library as a result of recent participation in the Libri Foundation’s “Books For Children” program; and SENDD letter regarding Housing Activities Support Assessment request, with no action being taken.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to accept the following claims:
OPPD, util-3156.26; Aquila, util-112.15; Alltel, util-173.66; Salaries-5448.6l; Ameritas, emp ben-496.91; PeopleService, cont fee-9614.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8000.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sales tax-1481.58; United Healthcare, ins-682.26; CD purchases-30000.00; D. Dennis, maint-3175.00; Olsson Associates, prof-10516.18; Great Plains One Call, serv.-9.00; Farm & Home Fencing, cap imp-2323.83; Quality Fence, cap imp-3191.00; Banyon Data Systems, prof-2085.00; Dale Nielsen, rep-116.50; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-895.42; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Mason Construction, cap imp-2695.45; T. Menghini, ump fees-50.00; Asphalt Maintenance, cap imp-7792.00; Cass County Treasurer, cost/share/st imp.-5000.00; Norm’s Dozer Service, cap imp-41770.00; Midland Telecom, equip-500.00; Cross Dillon Tire, sup2200.63; Alliance Medical, sup-57.38; Bickford Electric, rep-65.50; Cass County Sheriff, law enf cont.-2711.80; Ed Blunt, trng-375.00; EMS Billing Service, reimb-298.85; Frenzel Trenching, rep-175.00; Ingram Library System, bks-381.99; J. Aronson, mlg-10.80; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep-203.12; Marquette Bank, equip pmt-31156.25; Meeske Hardware, maint/rep-346.34; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-58.48; Miller Monroe Co., ins pmt-4439.50; Nebr. Municipal Clerk’s Association, dues-20.00; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp tax-9.84; Post Office, pstg-74.00; The Journal, publ-295.65; WW Express Lane, fuel-60.50; Anita Carr, maint/mlg-305.84; J. Scott, trng-180.74. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk                    Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor