Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the creation of Street Improvement District No. 2003-l at 5:45 p.m. on November 10, 2003 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Bob McCaulley, Larry Bauers and Ray Frew. Absent: Melody Falcone.

Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by publication in the Plattsmouth Journal three consecutive weeks commencing with the October 16, 2003 edition. Copies of said notice were also distributed to all owners of property of the proposed Street Improvement District, as well as being posted in three public places in the city.

The Clerk reported that written objections to the proposed creation of Street Improvement District No. 2003-1 were received from Gayle and Tom Meeske and Richard and Sharon Nickels. One other anonymous objection was received, but was not considered due to lack of signature. The public hearing was then closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with McCaulley, Bauers and Frew answering roll.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by posting in three public places in the city on November 7, 2003.

Minutes of the October 13, and l7, 2003 meetings were approved as written.

As the total front footage of property represented by objections of owners of property was insufficient, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt the following Resolution: 


1. That the Mayor and Council have heretofore created a Street Improvement District No. 2003-1; that notice of said creation was published as required by law, which notice set this time and place for a hearing date to determine the sufficiency of written objections which have been filed.

2. That as of the date of the passage of the ordinance creating the District: a) The total front footage of property directly abutting upon the street or streets to be improved in the District is 1584 and b) the total front footage of property represented by objections of owners of record title is 308.

3. That objections to the District are insufficient, and all required facts and conditions exist for the creation of the District.

4. That the plans, specifications and estimates of cost of the engineers in connection with the construction of street improvements in Street Improvement District No. 2003-1, which have heretofore been filed with the Clerk be, and the same are, accepted and approved and the Clerk is instructed to cause notice to bidders to be published as required by law for receiving bids as soon as possible.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 10th day of November, 2003.
Signed by Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
Attest: Kay Gerdes, City Clerk
Motion carried with McCaulley, Bauers, and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 226 hours were patrolled during the month with 27 calls of service and 15 citations being issued. Concerns with the manner of which cars are parked on both sides of the street on West “O” Street from Randolph Street to Commercial Street were addressed and will continue to be monitored for safety issues.

The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was presented for council review, in which it was noted that the installation of the new security gate at the site of the Wastewater Treatment Plant has been completed. It was also noted the trees have been cut down at the well sites and that measures will be pursued to clear the property of the remaining brush so that security fencing can be installed at said site.

Copies of the Monthly Maintenance Activity Report were distributed for council review.

Based on findings as a result of property inspection, it was determined that the city was not responsible for water drainage problems in the basement of Judy’s Café. 

The City Attorney updated the council on monthly Health Board activities, which included: B. Taylor-pursue Sheriff service of Notice of Non-compliance; Thomas-pending further court action; City Attorney to advise W. Meisinger and M. Tittsworth that city will pursue necessary measures to clean up properties and assess said properties; J. Wilson-contact Fire Department to pursue burning of house remains; nuisance letters to be sent to Farmers & Merchants Bank (current owner of T. Sell property) and to T. Dieter advising of the need to pursue necessary property cleanup. Action on residents notified of trees that need to be trimmed was tabled to allow for the thirty day time span to comply.

The following Ordinance was presented for first reading:

The property to be annexed is described as follows: That part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 36, Township 11 North, Range 11 East of the 6th P.M., Cass County, Nebraska lying adjacent to Lot 7, Block 1, Vogler Addition to the City of Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska, beginning at the Southwest corner of said Lot 7; thence 
N27°43’56”E, along the West line of said Lot 7, 197.89’ to the NW Corner of said Lot 7; thence N62°47’14” W, 22.39’; thence S 27°12’45”W, 100.00’; thence S15°19’43”W 100.02’ to the point of beginning. Contains 3,254.65 square feet, more or less.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 535. Motion carried with McCaulley, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays. None.

Councilmen were advised that a Pre-construction Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at City Hall to discuss details for the proposed Swimming Pool Deck Replacement Project. 

The CDBG “Downtown Revitalization Project” was addressed, noting that a “kick-off” meeting should be scheduled sometime within the next two weeks with the appropriate officials to discuss the planning process and provide a proposed schedule.

As the Railroad denied access of its property for the location of a “Welcome to Weeping Water” sign, the council agreed to pursue the possibility of fixing the limestone columns at the ballpark entrance and incorporate a sign into said area.

Due to concerns expressed regarding the use of the city’s new fire truck, it was clarified that the City Council has never stipulated that the truck would not be allowed to respond to rural fire calls. The standing policy that has always been in force with the Rural Fire District is that the Rural Fire District’s truck will always be the first truck to respond to a rural call. If additional equipment is necessary, the city’s truck will be then be utilized, as long as it is not currently being used within the city limits.

It was agreed that it would be beneficial to form a committee of two members of the City Council, representatives of the Rural Fire Board and the City’s Volunteer Fire Department to clarify issues related to the proposal to bill for extrication and haz-mat services and to evaluate the existing Agreement between the City of Weeping Water and the Weeping Water Rural Fire Protection District for possible updates.

The request for the city to provide a separate telephone line for the Fire Department was taken under advisement, but the general consensus was that it would not be cost effective.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to deny the request of Dawn Standerford for a waiver of the sidewalk regulations at the site of her newly constructed home. Motion carried unanimously.

Weeping Water Housing Authority Board minutes and a letter regarding their proposed parking lot were presented for review, with the council agreeing to address requested issues.

Bids received for excess city property were reviewed by the Council with the following actions being taken: Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to approve the high bid of Bob McCaulley for the purchase of the two set of tractor chains in the amount of $30 and the 96”Loader Bucket in the amount of $20. Motion carried with Frew and Bauers voting Aye. Nays: None. Abstain: McCaulley, due to conflict of interest. Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to approve the high bids of Lenny Hermann for the purchase of the John Deere riding mower in the amount of $250 and Tom Sorensen Jr., for the purchase of the Yardman Riding mower in the amount of $250. Motion carried with Frew, Bauers and McCaulley voting Aye. Nays: None.

Members of the Council were provided information regarding the 2004 Nebraska Annual Action Plan for CDBG projects and discussed potential projects for grant application consideration.

Upon completion of annual salary reviews, a motion was made by Bauers seconded by McCaulley to increase the salaries of Jan Aronson to $8.25 per hour, Carol Thomassen to $7.00 per hour, Beth Beard to $6.00 per hour, Kay Gerdes to $2200 per month and Robert Bauers Jr., to $2240 per month, which represents an approximate overall increase of 3%. Motion carried unanimously.

A request for placement of a speed bump on the south side of the school building (West “O” Street) was discussed with no action being taken.

Motion by Bauers seconded by Frew to hire Linda Fleming for part-time clerical work for $7.00 per hour. Motion carried unanimously.

In an effort to achieve efficient financial planning, the council agreed to pursue the benefits of a sales tax issue on the basis that funding would be utilized for economic development and would allow for property tax relief.

It was noted that a curb cut permit was approved during the month for Justin Backhaus.

Motion by McCaulley seconded by Frew to approve the recommended revisions to the Rescue Squad By-Laws, subject to suggested revision of wording. Motion carried unanimously.

The Monthly Animal Control Report was presented for council review. The Clerk was advised to instruct the Humane Officer to notify the Sheriff’s Department and request that they issue a personal verbal warning of legal consequences to anyone who threatens to tamper with any of the city’s animal control equipment.

Earnest West entered the meeting to inform the Council that the Rural Fire Truck is currently out of service for repairs, but that he has made arrangements for mutual aid standby, if needed.

Motion by Bauers seconded by Frew to accept the following claims: Salaries-4831.20; Alltel, util-458.95; Aquila, util-107.23; OPPD, util-2771.28; United Healthcare, ins-682.26; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1431.78; Ameritas, emp ben-516.90; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sls tx-1124.15; PeopleService, cont fee-13028.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7618.50; Water Bond pmts & wire chg-3480.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-706.42; Keckler Oil, fuel, rep, pstg-357.47; Nebr. City News Press, adv-81.25; Miller Monroe Co., ins-150.00; B. Beard, maint-210.00; Reliable, off sup-141.18; The Journal, publ-254.39; Snow Dog Printing, off sup-71.97; IIMC, dues-80.00; Menards, maint-58.92; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-422.13; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-79.37; The 5 & 10 Variety, sup-8.57; Fireguard, equip-290.00; Cass County Sheriff, law enf cont.-2711.80; SE Community College, trng-307.35; EMS Billing, reimb-375.90; Linweld, sup-66.20; Bickford Electric, rep-1267.12; L. Sorensen Trucking, maint-323.95; Ingram Library System, bks-287.42; MotorCross, bks-18.95; H20 Irrigation, maint-150.00; JWC Environmental, rep-156.90; Plattsmouth Ready Mix, rep-131.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-8.83; Anita Carr, maint-404.72; NCS Equipment Inc., rep-867.50. Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence received was presented for council review.

Motion by Frew seconded by Bauers to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk                    Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor