Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the small tract subdivision application requested by Henry and Eleanor Irons at 5:45 p.m. on January 12, 2004 at City Hall. Councilmembers answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Larry Bauers and Ray Frew. Absent: Melody Falcone.
Notice of the public hearing and the regular monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 1, 2004 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Following review of the information presented and the Planning Board’s recommendation regarding the Irons small tract subdivision application, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council except Falcone answering roll.

Minutes of the December 8, and December l8, 2003 meetings were approved as written.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 04-1, which approves an administrative subdivision of Lot 2 and Lot 3, Hopper’s lst Subdivision located in the NE1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 1-T10N-R11E of the 6th P.M., City of Weeping Water, Cass County, NE. Motion carried with McCaulley, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Members of the council reviewed the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report, which noted that in addition to routine maintenance and operation, repairs were made to two water main breaks and a water line at the swimming pool. It was also noted that a new booster pump located on West E Street was installed.

Melody Falcone entered the meeting at 5:48 p.m.

Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report. He provided progress reports and pictures to update members of the council on the status of the swimming pool improvements. Recommended changes to the initial proposal were addressed, which included: the need to add height to the retaining wall around the baby pool, eliminate adding aggregate rock under the new pool decking, as adequate compaction was ascertained upon removal of the existing decking, and the need to add additional concrete where the fence is going to be located. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve said changes from the original proposal, which resulted in no additional cost to the city. Motion carried unanimously. Bids received for chains for the city loader were discussed, with action being tabled for further review. Following discussion of the condition of the box of the city dump truck, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve the bid of R & R Wilson Welding, LLC for replacement of the truck box bed and sides at a cost of $3,500. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to approve having a strobe light installed on the Bobcat at a cost of $175. Motion carried unanimously.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 176 hours were patrolled during the month with 32 calls for service and 11 citations being issued. Deputies were encouraged to proceed with the proper legal procedures with vehicles in violation of city parking regulations.

Under Open Forum, Rescue Chief, Chuck Cook addressed the Council regarding specific EMT licensure status, which the Council agreed to support by means of a letter of endorsement. Chuck also advised members of the Council of a recent donation from PCS Phosphate to purchase a second blood pressure monitor, so that both rescue units will now be equipped with said monitors.

Fire Chief, Earnest West, addressed the members of the Council regarding several issues, after which the following actions were taken: Motion by Falcone, seconded by Bauers to approve a separate telephone line with internet connection for the Fire Department at an approximate monthly cost of $53.95 after initial installation cost of $116.00 to allow for filing of appropriate Fire Reports and for truck maintenance communications. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to evenly share costs with the Rural Board for the purchase of three pagers, which cost approximately $500 each. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to evenly share costs with the Rural Board for the purchase of three new helmets, which cost $l45 each. Motion carried unanimously. Members of the Council were advised that measures have been taken to provide a non-emergency fire number in the next available telephone book, as recommended by the Insurance Service Offices. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to purchase a draft inverter for the Hotsy Pressure Washer at a cost of $88.00 plus freight. Motion carried unanimously. Acknowledgement was made that PCS Phosphate donated the material and labor for Rick Brown to make a hose washer, a hose drying rack and a stand for the pressure washer.

Upon review of Monthly Health Board Activities, the City Attorney was authorized to file suit for damages incurred to a city street by RotoSnake, proceed with the necessary legal action in regard to the G. Thomas, M. Tittsworth, B. Taylor and J. Wilson properties. Response was received from W. Meisinger regarding his vehicles with the council agreeing to table any action until the February meeting.

The following Ordinance was presented for third reading:
ORDINANCE NO. 535
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN CONTIGUOUS LAND TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER NEBRASKA, AND DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES THEREOF. (Part of the SW1/4 of 36-11-11, lying adjacent to Lot 7, Block 1, Vogler Addition)

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve the third reading and adopt Ordinance No. 535. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. A true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

The following Ordinance was presented for second reading:
ORDINANCE NO. 536
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN CONTIGUOUS LAND TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, AND DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES THEREOF. (Tax Lot 15 and Sublot 1 of Tax Lot 14 in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4, 36-11-11)

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 536. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 04-2, which authorizes the City Clerk to negotiate interim financing through Heartland Community Bank for completion of the Swimming Pool Deck Replacement Project. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to approve Pay Request #1 in the amount of $49,045.50 for the Swimming Pool Deck Replacement Project. Motion carried unanimously.

Discussion of the Downtown Revitalization Project involved decisions to propose the selection of the bronze metal halide street lights and to propose 8 inch water mains for construction bidding purposes. A motion was made by Bauers, seconded by Frew to approve Drawdown # 2 in the amount of $9,l27.71 for engineering and administrative services. Motion carried unanimously. It was agreed to schedule the next public meeting to discuss planning and development ideas on Monday, February 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Building. 

The Clerk advised that Terry Meeske has agreed to renew his term on the Planning Board and that Randy Hansen has agreed to fill the vacancy on the Library Board, replacing Pete Nachtigall, who chose not to serve another term.

Potential projects for CDBG application were discussed with the Council agreeing to pursue several options including a water system study, walking paths and bridge adjoining park areas, possible alternate truck routes, and establishing a “Memorial Park.”

A review of the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan was made noting projects completed included placement of recycled asphalt on unpaved portions of Commercial Street, Park Street, Russell Street, “Q” and “R” Streets, and place asphalt surfacing to the east/west alley between Randolph and Commercial Street between Eldora Avenue and H Street. The proposed plan for the ensuing year included: One Year Plan-Downtown Revitalization Project; Six Year Plan- remove median circles in Walnut Circle and Oak Court; enlarge turning radii on F Street and Elm Street intersection; Milling and asphalt overlay on Eldora Avenue from Adams Street to East Park Street, H Street from Clinton To Commercial Street, Clinton Street from Eldora Avenue to H Street, P Street from South East to Gold Street and general maintenance. It was agreed to set the date for a public hearing to consider approval of the proposed plan on Monday, February 9, 2004 at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to approve the new state approved mileage rate of 37.5 cents. Motion carried unanimously.

The Clerk advised that the annual city audit has been completed and Rishel & Pfeiffer will provide a written report at the February meeting. A recommendation of the Mayor to perform an audit of all branches of the city which are not currently being audited was tabled for further review.

Various other items discussed were: issues and updates of the City Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Regulations, which the Planning Board is currently finalizing for Council consideration; renewal of the Library Lease, with action being tabled; upcoming elections and filing deadlines; costs for postage meter usage, request for renewal of Southeast Nebraska Tourism Council membership at an annual cost of $25, which met with full council approval; renewal of Reuss website services, which was denied, as the web site offered by WireBuilt is offered to the city at no cost; and correspondence received during the month. Library Board and Housing Board minutes were presented for Council review. 

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to accept the following claims:
Salaries-7307.52; Alltel, util-443.78; Aquila, util-660.76; OPPD, util-2373.11; Ameritas, emp ben-551.02; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-1700.50; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg-1134.95; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-883.00; PeopleService, prof-9816.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-9329.50, CDBG checks-5860.16; Chamber of Commerce, mtg, dues, adv-56.00; Hartman’s Foods, maint,sup-1571.18; A & S Concrete Recyc., sup-873.88; Alliance Medical, sup-628.58; Blue Cross Blue Shield, rmb-884.40; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-342.88; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; EMS Billing, rmb-482.52; Galls, Inc., sup-79.99; GE Medical Systems, sup-119.95; Ingram Library System, bks-312.47; Jacobson Helgoth, prof-3092.51; J. Aronson, mlg-10.80; J. Markham, fire sec’y-36.00; J. Meyer, resc rmb-544.30; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep, pstg-443.84; Linweld, sup-41.80; M. Rathe, mach hire-50.00; Meeske Hdw., rep/maint-275.15; Meeske Auto, rep/maint-67.96; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp tx-.86; Olsson Associates, prof-625.00; Post Office, pstg-74.00; Starcare V, resc rmb-83.17; Summit Supply Co., equip-4405.00; Bound Tree Medical, equp-2830.18; Variety Store, maint-19.89; The Journal, publ-162.57; WW Express Lane, fuel-181.39; Great Plains One Call, serv.-6.66; Frenzel Trenching, rep-1539.45; Anita Carr, maint-321.76; Midwest Vehicle Professional, rep-335.76; Martin Marietta Aggregates, sup-65.35; Hotsy Equipment Co.,sup-96.60. Motion carried unanimously.

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

Kay Gerdes
City Clerk