Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance at 6:20 p.m., delayed from the published notice, due to lack of quorum. Members of the City Council answering roll were Melody Falcone, Larry Bauers and Ray Frew. Absent: Bob McCaulley.
Notice of the public hearing and City Council meeting were given in advance thereof by publication in the March 25, 2004 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city.

Following review of the specific changes proposed to amend the Zoning Ordinance, review of the Planning Board recommendation and public input, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll except McCaulley.

Minutes of the March 8, and March 29, 2004 meetings were approved as written.

Motion by Bauers seconded by Falcone to accept all proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance with the exception that the maximum size of an accessory building in a Medium Density Residential District and a Low Density Residential District remain at 1080 square feet except for parcels of ground consisting of 1.5 acres or more, which would allow for the maximum size of an accessory building to be 1800 square feet. It was further agreed to authorize the preparation of an Ordinance authorizing the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, to be considered at the May meeting. Motion carried with Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: McCaulley.

Randy Hansen, on behalf of the Library Board, presented an overview of the Library, noting past and present statistics and accomplishments. Future goals were outlined, which included a new concrete entryway, renovation and reorganization of the basement, landscaping and installation of an outdoor water hydrant, which will continue to be pursued.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to approve the application of Ray Knott to the Fire Department. Motion carried with Frew, Falcone and Bauers voting aye. Nays: None.
Following discussion of other Fire Department issues, the following actions were taken: Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to approve the city’s share of costs for six volunteer firemen to attend Fire School in the amount of $829.70 and to authorize the department to spend up to $2,000, should necessary equipment be available at the Fire School. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye. Authorization was given to obtain bids for replacement of the walk-through door of the Fire Barn, to have the radios received from the county properly programmed, and to apply rock at the rear access to the Fire Barn.

Jerry Markham requested the placement of rock in the alley by his residence. The City Council advised that it is not the city’s policy to maintain alleys, but that they would attempt to grade the area.

Drew Wiles, who is working toward an Eagle Scout Badge, presented his proposal for building benches, planting trees and other landscaping for a specific area near the City Lakes, which met with full council approval.

Sharon Nickels expressed concerns over someone wanting to move a mobile home onto one of her trailer park lots and was advised that city zoning regulations require building permit application for such a venture and that no pre-owned units may be moved onto said area.

Copies of the Monthly Police Activity Report and the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were presented for council review.

As a result of the Monthly Health Board Report, the following actions were taken: M. Tittsworth allowed a thirty day continuance to complete property cleanup; City Attorney advised that court date for J. Wilson case set for April 26, but that a continuance to reset the date could be made if continual progress is made prior to said court date; certified notice to be sent to W. Meisinger regarding excessive amount of vehicles still parked on his properties; letters to be sent by the Clerk to residents regarding requests to removed wrecked or inoperable vehicles and/or property cleanup; City Attorney to send a reminder letter to B. Taylor regarding city code compliance terms and a letter to a resident who is known to be raising chickens in the city limits; an update of the pending legal action with the Thomas’s was provided, after which a motion was made by Bauers, seconded by Frew to deny the tort claim, filed by Gary and Helen Thomas, which was hand delivered to the City Clerk’s office January 30, 2004. Motion carried with Falcone, Bauers and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

Representatives of the Planning Board requested that the council consider the City Clerk’s attendance at Planning Board meetings and public hearings, which the council agreed to take under advisement.

Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report noting that the deck replacement has been completed at swimming pool, grading of the ground has been completed, sidewalks have been poured and painting of the pool is scheduled within the week. Rob was authorized to pursue the most feasible method to seed the pool grounds and over seed the middle of the football field. City lake improvements completed to date included the continued draining of the east lake and removal of the recommended trees. Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to hire Stan Mogensen to remove the remaining trees around the east lake and drag all of the downed trees out of the lake area in order to proceed with the proposed improvements. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye. It was noted that the new bleachers have been moved to the ballfield and placed on the recently poured concrete slabs.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to approve Pay Request 4, 5 and 6 totaling $31,491.13, which represents final payment to Stephens and Smith Construction for completion of the swimming pool deck replacement project. Motion carried with all members of council present voting aye.

Upon review of the specifications and other data related to the Downtown Revitalization Project, which was presented by Ben Day of Olsson Associates, a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by Frew to approve the final specs for said project, proceed with the proposed bidding process, with advertising dates being the 15th, 22nd and 29th of April, 2004 and bid opening date being May 5th, 2004. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye. Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to approve Drawdown #5, which includes the claim for Olsson Associates in the amount of $2,359.70. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to pursue a proposal for street sweeping services, provided the proposal does not exceed $3,000. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.

The Clerk provided an update of recent building permit activity, which included: Misc. Permits: Carolyn Wipf-fence and deck; Marcia Nickels, Teresa Duncan and Danelle Brown-fences; Building Permits: Gary Gilmore-addition; Von Oliver-roof over existing deck; Larry Sorensen-garage.

Members of the Council agreed to pursue a proposal of R & R Welding of Avoca, NE to construct uniform benches for the business district, once the main street renovations are completed.

Rescue squad updates included the resignation of James Winslow and the appointment of Tim Switzer as the squad treasurer, replacing Trent Hauschild, which met with full council approval.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to revise the previously approved wage for Jeff Sorensen from $7.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye. Motion by Frew, seconded by Bauers to increase the salary of Linda Fleming as part-time clerical assistant to $7.50 per hour. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to support the Ash Grove Cement Company’s tire burning proposal for waste recycling and submit a letter reflecting the same to the proper state officials. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to approve the placement of stop signs at the corner of “G” and Elm Streets and “D” and Randolph Streets. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye. The City Attorney was advised to contact the proper railroad officials regarding the need for repairs of the ties in the pedestrian walkway along the Randolph Street crossing...

Other items addressed were Weeping Water Housing Authority issues, and receipt of a check from the Weeping Water Community Foundation in the amount of $264.16, for landscaping improvements.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by Falcone to accept the following claims: 
Salaries-5031.00; Stephens & Smith Construction Co., cap imp-28394.42; All Seasons Pool & Spa, cap imp pmt-1266.67; Heartland Community Bank, int-433.06; SE Girls’ Softball League, league fees-380.00; Alltel, util-910.76; Aquila, util-1337.99; OPPD, util-2581.90; Ameritas, emp ben-514.26; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-400.00; EMS Billing, reimb-333.90; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1453.06; Lawn Order, maint-1627.92; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-979.31; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-585.37; The Travelers, ins endrsmt-18.00; United Healthcare, ins-882.99; CDBG matching funds, prof-7351.31; PeopleService, prof-9816.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7000.00; Alliance Medical, sup-468.93; A. Carr, maint-524.00; B & R Wallrock, maint-337.50; Barco, trf cont-110.35; Burgess Seed & Plant Co., sup-511.05; Cass County Sheriff, prof cont fee-2711.80; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-72.76; Ingram Library System, bks-191.01; Jacobson Helgoth Cons., prof,cap imp-2652.33; J. Aronson, mlg-46.50; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, pstg-385.25; Linweld, sup-128.75; Meeske Hdw., rep/maint-588.89; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-177.72; Miller Monroe Co., ins pkg pmt-4780.50; Mobile Communications, rep-349.78; Murray Building & Supply, maint-18.96; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-9.47; Olsson Associates, prof-1346.13; P. Nachtigall, rep-45.00; Reliable Office Supply, sup-30.89; Shaffer Communications, equip-412.40; The Journal, publ-251.99; WW Express Lane, fuel-148.83; Whiz Repair, rep-184.46; Great Plains One Call, serv-18.83; Post Office, pstg-74.00; C. Cook, mlg/mtg-91.50; A. Beckman, reimb-30.00; R. Tipton, reimb-30.00; J. Nissen, reimb-30.00. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.

Motion by Bauers seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk                       Howard Stubbendieck