in open and public session at 6:00 p.m. on November 14, 2005 at City Hall. Mayor Howard
Stubbendieck called the meeting to order with Council Members Bob McCaulley, Melody
Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew answering roll. Absent: None.
Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by pub lication in the November 10, 2005
edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.
Minutes of the October 10, and October 24, 2005 meetings were approved as written.
Under Open Forum, Joe & Sharon Heneger expressed concerns regarding street maintenance and proper street identification of High Street. It was agreed to pursue the purchase of appropriate street signs and that the Street and Alley Committee would meet to address the maintenance concerns.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 187 hours were
patrolled during the month, with 25 calls of service, 5 citations and 12 warnings being issued.
Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and advised that the state
sanitary survey of the public water system has been performed. It was noted that recommended
measures have been taken to achieve compliance with new regulations.
Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report. It was noted that as a result of the tree
assessment last month, of the 69 letters that were sent out to residents, one resident refused to
accept a letter, but the majority of those notified have achieved compliance with city codes. It
was agreed that for those residents who have not yet complied, a second letter be sent advising
that a deadline for compliance will be January 1st, 2006, after which time a contractor will be
hired to adequately trim trees at the resident’s expense. It was also noted that the Library
sidewalks have been repaired and the median circles have been removed from Oak Court and
A report of Monthly Health Board activities resulted in the following: Meisinger allowed until
December 12, 2005 for final compliance date; City Attorney to advise: J. Wilson that concrete
foundation will need to be removed prior to filling said area; J. Quick that abandoned vehicle in
back yard also needs to be removed; that remains of Hickey trailer need to be removed by
December 1, 2005; to proceed with the formal certification notice on R. Nichols property and
property owned by the railroad. It was agreed by the Council to have the Sheriff’s Department
verify valid registration of specific vehicles prior to the next meeting.
Council President Ray Frew assumed presiding over the meeting at 7:15 p.m., as Mayor
Stubbendieck left the meeting due to a family emergency.
Justin Backhaus presented several issues in regard to the Fire Department, which resulted in the
following actions: Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to authorize the Fire Department
to pursue the purchase of a 1989 GMC 7000 Walk In Unit, to be used as an Equipment Van for
the Department, subject to personal inspection approval and subject to acceptable financing
options at a proposed cost of $40,000. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the application of Stephanie Jones to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. As a result of the Rural Fire Board’s recent acquisition of a new tanker, which will be stored in the City Fire Barn, it was agreed that Fire Department officers and the Maintenance Superintendent negotiate a feasible storage sight for the 1929 tanker that is currently stored in said area. Members of the Council agreed to pursue the installation of adequate weather-stripping for the overhead doors at the Fire Barn and the purchase of twenty Hydrafinder poles for fire hydrants. The City Council commended the Fire Department for recently repainting the fire hydrants. Other concerns addressed by the Fire Department were adequate hydrant pressure on the east side of the city and the possibility of implementing a Junior Firefighter Program, both of which will continue to be pursued.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve reimbursement to the Rescue Squad in the
amount of $687.89, which represents the balance due for a computer system to be used by the
Rescue Squad and Fire Department for training and other emergency service documentation.
Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that PCS Phosphate donated $500 toward the
purchase of the same.
Preliminary copies of the Agreement for Professional Services for Olsson Associates to serve as
City Engineer were presented for Council review, with action to be considered at the December
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve renewal of the SENTC membership for the
ensuing year at a cost of $25.00. Motion carried unanimously. No action was taken on the
request for membership in the Nebraska Great Plains RC&D.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to enter into executive session at 8:03 p.m. for the
purpose of salary reviews. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by
Miller to close the executive session at 8:10 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve 5% salary increases for Maintenance
Supt., Rob Bauers, City Clerk, Kay Gerdes, Deputy Clerk, Linda Fleming, and Librarian, Jan
Aronson, and 3% salary increases for Substitute Librarian, Kathryn Cover and Community
Building Janitor, Carol Thomassen . Motion carried unanimously.
Letters received from representatives of the High School Government class addressing specific
concerns in the city were presented and will be taken under consideration.
A report of Monthly Building Permit Activity included the following: Misc. Permit-Ash Grove
Cement Co., fence. It was agreed that residents not complying with city building code
regulations be pursued by the City Attorney.
Preliminary copies of the city’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation
Plan were presented for council review, with the proposed date for adoption of the same being
set for the December meeting. An update of employees who have completed the required NIMS
training was provided.
Consideration of proposing an ordinance regulating residency restrictions for sex offenders was
discussed and tabled for further review.
Members of the Council were advised that the walk-thru of the proposed route of the Weeping
Water City Trail has been completed and the topographic survey of the proposed trail area will
commence this week.
Other items discussed with no action being taken were sidewalk/street conditions and the use of
skateboards on public sidewalks.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims: Salaries-6162.30;
Alltel, util-572.22; OPPD, util-3099.56; Aquila, util-135.06; Ameritas, emp ben-552.54; Farmers
& Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-1647.48; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tax, whlg-1345.19; Svoboda
& Chebatoris, prof-1026.13; United Healthcare, ins-1053.98; PeopleService, prof-10935.00;
Cass County Refuse, reimb-8468.50; Water Bond pmt-3057.50; Fire Truck pmt-31,156.25;
Omaha Standard Truck, equip-3916.69; Steffes Motor, equip-6700.00; L. Nutter, maint-50.00;
Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep, pstg-992.18; Post Office, pstg-158.00; The Journal, publ-286.50; K.
Gerdes, reimb-20.00; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-2145.00; Schmitz Surveying, prof-274.80
L. Sorensen, trkg, maint-162.19; Concrete Industries, st imp-2278.88; WW Express Lane, fuel,
rep-583.51; Copple Chevrolet, rep-16.08; Sign & Screen Design, maint-16.25; M. Miller,
rep/maint-34.00; NAPA Auto parts, rep/maint-101.14; Dale Nielsen Inc., rep/maint-150.54;
Barco Municipal Products, signs-81.06; Heimes Excavating, st imp-1280.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-371.15; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1148.13; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; City of Papillion, ALS reimb-2138.50; EMS Billing Services, reimb-404.79; Shaffer
Communications, rep/maint-11.75; WW Family Practice, resc vac-355.00; Midwest Vehicle
Professionals, equip-4185.00; Alliance Medical, sup-240.63; Van Diest Supply, sup-472.32;
Baker & Taylor Books, bks-176.51; Ingram Library System, bks-183.76; Micro Marketing, bks-
65.05; Transworld Motocross, bks-18.95; Consumer Report-26.00; Bickford Electric, rep/maint-
920.08; Great Pla ins One Call, werv-9.83; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00. Ayes: McCaulley,
Falcone and Frew. Nays: None. Abstain: Miller, due to conflict of interest. Motion carried.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk