Weeping Water Nebraska
The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Weeping Water was convened in open and public session at 6:00 p.m. on March 8, 2004 at City Hall. Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the meeting to order with Councilmembers Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Larry Bauers and Ray Frew answering roll.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the March 4, 2004 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Minutes of the February 9, and February 23, 2004 meetings were approved as written.

Rick Eads of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission presented the Mayor with a check in the amount of $278,000, which represents the grant funds awarded to the City of Weeping Water for City Lake Restoration through the Community Lakes Enhancement and Restoration (CLEAR) program.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented for Council review, in which it was noted that 168 hours were patrolled during the month with 33 calls of service and 9 citations being issued. Following discussion of the need for door replacement to the Police Office in the Rescue Barn, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Bauers to allow the Cass County Sheriff’s Department to replace said door at their expense, requesting that a key is provided to the City to allow for access to the attic in the Rescue Barn, if necessary. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Frew seconded by Falcone to waive the residency requirements of the Rescue Squad By-Laws to allow for approval of Justina Barnhart to become a member of the Rescue Squad, as she is already a certified EMT. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Chief, Chuck Cook also requested mileage reimbursement for an upcoming conference, which met with full council approval.

In regard to Monthly Health Board action, a motion was made by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 04-5, which declares the Bev Taylor property a public nuisance and orders remedy of the situation. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that W. Meisinger and M. Tittsworth are to have their properties in compliance and report to the Council by the April meeting. Legal action is still pending on the properties of J. Wilson and G Thomas, as well as the damage claim against Rotosnake. The Council requested that the City Attorney check and advise on the status of the Dieter and Brouhard properties.

The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and Monthly Maintenance Report were presented for council review.

Ben Day of Olsson Associates updated the council on the swimming pool improvements, which are nearing completion. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve payment of Pay Request #3 to Stephens and Smith Construction Company in the amount of $28,394.42. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 04-6, which authorizes extending the initial interim financing with Heartland Community Bank for payment of the swimming pool improvements up to the amount of $130,000.00 for a three year term, and authorizes the Mayor to execute the necessary documents for the implementation of the same. Motion carried unanimously.

In regard to the Downtown Revitalization Project, the City Council was advised that plans and specifications have been sent to the appropriate agencies for review, in anticipation of bidding the project in mid April, with construction to begin in June. Olsson Associates also provided the recommendation of their Urban Design and Planning Team that the truck route should be rerouted permanently and not run through the downtown area. The matter was taken under advisement by the Council with action being tabled. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve payment of the SENDD statements for administration fees totaling $3,626.93 and Olsson Associates for Engineering fees totaling $12,437.25, submitted in drawdown #3. Motion carried unanimously.

It was agreed by the Council to schedule a Special Meeting on Monday March 29, 2004 at 4:30 p.m. to pursue a bonding ordinance and act on filling summer employment positions.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to accept the proposal of All Seasons Pool and Spa for painting the swimming pool in the amount of $3,800.00. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew to accept the bid of Mary Jo Heneger to operate the concession stand at the ballfield for the 2004 season with compensation to the city being in the amount of $1,101.00. Motion carried with Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: McCaulley.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to approve the bid of B&R Wallrock for demolition of the building and brick wall on city property located at 206 West Eldora Avenue for the amount of $4,300.00. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to change regulations for parking of vehicles on the east side of the 100 block of South Randolph Street from diagonal to parallel parking, due to safety concerns. Motion carried unanimously. Implementation of the same will commence upon receipt and posting of the appropriate signs.

The Clerk was advised to advertise for summer employment positions. It was noted that the annual pet licensing/vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at the Fire Barn from 9-11 a.m. Tentative plans were made to schedule the Spring City Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 24, pending confirmation of the availability of dumpsters.

Other items discussed were proposed revisions to the City Zoning regulations, which will continue to be pursued and a proposal to utilize usage of bio-diesel fuel along with a tank for the same, with no action being taken. 

Upon review of correspondence received a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to accept the following claims:
Salaries-6057.05; Alltel, util-581.27; Ameritas, emp ben-563.59; Aquila, util-1672.82; Farmers & Merchants Bk., whlg, s/c-1874.22; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., sls tx, whlg-1124.52; OPPD, util-2602.52; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1105.00; Stephens & Smith Construction, cap imp-21,741.30; PeopleService, prof-9816.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8728.53; Nebr. HHS, prof/cap imp-475.00; CDBG matching funds, prof-4855.95; United Healthcare, ins-882.96; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep, pstg, sup-811.11; The Journal, publ, subs-180.26; SE Clerk’s Ass’n, prov-10.00; Miller Monroe Co., ins pkg pmt-4905.50; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-131.94; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-114.76; Asphalt & Concrete Material, sup-265.13; L. Sorensen Trucking, maint-162.50; Cross-Dillon Tire, sup-143.79; V. Westover, trkg-50.00; Mogensen Garage, rep-94.40; Nebr. Machinery Co., maint-54.20; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; Blue Cross, Blue Shield, resc rmb-458.40; R. Kruger, trng-200.00; Alliance Medical, sup-10.30; Anderson Ford, rep-207.00; Linweld, sup-68.55; HHS Regulation/Licensure, pool permit-3.00; Olsson Associates, prof-2568.59; JEO Consulting, prof-250.00; Ingram Library System, bks-285.10; Reminisce Extra, bks-17.98; Nickelodeon Magazines, bks-19.97; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Jacobson Helgoth Consultants, prof-9887.53; Great Plains One Call, serv-1.00; Post Office, pstg-74.00; A. Carr, maint-357.00; R&R Wilson Welding, rep-3980.00. Motion carried unanimously.

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

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk                       Howard Stubbendieck