Notice of the hearing was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 22, 2004 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city.
Ben Day of Olsson Associates briefly reviewed the city’s proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for the ensuing year, which included projects on Eldora Avenue, “F” and Elm Street intersection, “H” Street, Oak Court, Walnut Circle, Clinton Street, and “P” Street, as well as general maintenance. It was noted that asphalt millings were applied to an alley in the Business District and several unpaved streets during the year, which will require proper filing of a revision of the 2003 plan. There being no public objection to the proposals presented, the public hearing was closed and the regular meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the February 5, 2004 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.
Minutes of the January 12, 2004 meeting were approved as written.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 04-3, which revises the 2003 Street Improvement Plan moving street projects completed during the past year from the Six Year Plan to the One Year Plan. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 04-4, which approves the 2004 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried unanimously.
Ben Day updated members of the Council on the Swimming Pool Improvement Project, presenting Pay Request No. 2 for improvements completed to date on said project and noting that change orders will be necessary to allow for an extension to the retaining wall and to provide for bonding the pool deck reinforcing steel to the existing pool per NEC code. Motion by Falcone, seconded by Bauers to authorize to proceed with the two change orders and to approve Pay Request No. 2 in the amount of $21,741.30. Motion carried unanimously.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 180 hours were patrolled during the month with 48 calls of service and 15 citations being issued.
Roxanne Pfeifer of Rishel and Pfeifer, presented the annual city audit report, which was approved by the council. In preparation for new city auditing standards for 2004, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve the proposal of Rishel & Pfeifer to audit the financial statements of the Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Library Component Units. Motion carried unanimously.
The Monthly Health Board Report included the following: M. Tittsworth was present to respond to the suit filed on his property, with the council agreeing to allow until April 9, 2004, due to current weather conditions, to complete the clean up measures. Notice was served on B. Taylor regarding the condition of her property. As no response was received, the council agreed to pursue preparation of a Resolution declaring said property as a public nuisance, to be acted upon at the March meeting. Legal action is still pending on the J. Wilson and G. Thomas properties and the claim against T. Casey, d/b/a RotoSnake. Members of the Council were provided notice of a tort claim filed by representatives of Gary and Helen Thomas, with no action being taken.
Ben Day, of Olsson Associates, conducted a brief progress meeting regarding the Downtown Revitalization Project, discussing project plans, specifications, necessary reviews, schedules and public involvement. It was noted that notice of the next public meeting, scheduled February 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Building, has been posted with copies of the same being delivered to property owners affected by the proposed improvements. It was agreed to set the next progress meeting of the City Council at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2004 at City Hall.
It was agreed by the Council to table any action on proceeding with a new CDBG application to allow for adequate completion of current ongoing capital improvement projects.
Larry Vogler was present to discuss a revision to the Restrictive Covenants of the Vogler Addition regarding the size of accessory buildings on property in the addition which is 1.5 acres or more. He was advised that even though the covenants had been revised, the construction of an accessory building would still have to comply with City Zoning Regulations and was informed of the proper legal procedures to be followed.
Upon owner request, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to amend the paragraph entitled “Maintenance of Non-Paved Public Streets of the Restrictive Covenants of the Vogler Addition to include that the City of Weeping Water would be responsible for clearing snow on the unpaved street of the development, but would not be responsible for any damages to the street structure. Motion carried unanimously.
Tom Stander presented a sample model of the proposed “Welcome To Weeping Water” sign, which received favorable response. The Mayor agreed to present the proposal to local quarries for consideration of cost assistance.
The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was distributed for council review.
Discussion of monthly maintenance operations was conducted, which included a favorable overview of the recent snow removal. Council members noted that residents and businesses need to be reminded to keep snow cleared from fire hydrants and garbage receptacles to allow adequate truck access. Some problems with independent contractors moving snow from parking lots into the city streets or creek beds were discussed and will be pursued.
The following Ordinance was presented for third and final 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 SW1/4 of NW1/4 of 36-11-11, Cass County, NE)
Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to approve the third reading and adopt Ordinance No. 536. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. A true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance is on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to pursue the proper procedures to impose a 1% sales tax in Weeping Water, with proceeds from the same to be allocated for property tax reduction and economic development.
Upon review of postage meter proposals, it was agreed to maintain the existing policy of utilizing Keckler Oil’s meter for a nominal fee plus reimbursement of postage used.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Bauers to accept the application of Mike Bradbury to join the Fire Department. Motion carried with Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. The Fire Department application of Gary Sorensen was tabled for further review.
Members of the Council were updated on the status of the proposed city lake improvements to begin mid June, as part of a larger comprehensive park improvement plan.
Following discussion of a recent sign assessment, it was moved by Frew, seconded by Falcone to remove the stop sign for east bound traffic at the intersection of Chicago and “J” Street. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Frew voting aye. Nays: Bauers.
It was agreed by the Council to advertise for bids for operation of the concession stand at the ball park, with bids to be considered at the March meeting.
Other items discussed included tentative plans for the annual “City Cleanup Day”. Copies of minutes of recent meetings of the Library Board and the Weeping Water Housing Authority were presented for council review as well as various correspondence.
Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims: Salaries-5595.66; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1507.05; Ameritas, emp ben-534.43; Alltel, util-507.45; Aquila, util-1431.67; OPPD, util-2501.90; PeopleService, prof-9816.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7000.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg-1384.42; Stephens & Smith Construction, cap imp-49045.50; United Healthcare, ins-883.00; Paving Bond payment-4816.25; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1016.96; SENTC, dues-25.00; Post Office, pstg-84.00; Business Forms & Accounting, off sup-388.46; Great Plains One Call, serv-5.83; Reliable, off sup-223.04; A. Bauers, snow rem-35.00; WW Express Lane, fuel-123.16; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-635.49; Bobcat of Omaha, sup-178.75; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep-284.10; Meeske Auto Supply, rep/ maint-281.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-197.63; Fireguard, sup, equip-365.00; Mobile Communications, rep-141.18; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; EMS Billing, reimb-422.22; Linweld, sup-24.95; Alliance Medical, sup-220.44; Olsson Associates, prof-2991.63; Ingram Library System, bks-357.09; J. Aronson, mlg-11.25; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; The Journal, publ-306.36; Rishel & Pfeifer, prof-2750.00; Anita Carr, maint-324.13. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
Kay Gerdes, City Clerk Howard Stubbendieck