The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Weeping Water was convened
in open and public session at 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2006 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 publication in the May 4, 2006 edition of
the Plattsmouth Journal.
Minutes of the April 10, 2006 meeting were approved as written.
Steve Bennett spoke on behalf of the Lions Club, and expressed his interest in seeking interested persons to pursue the establishment of a Lions Club in Weeping Water.
Mike Spohr presented a request, on behalf of Martin Marietta Aggregates and the Heritage
House Museum, to close a portion of Randolph Street from the “H” Street intersection north to
the alley during a portion of the Limestone Day activities for a fossil hunt. Motion by Frew,
seconded by McCaulley to approve said temporary street closing. Motion carried unanimously.
The following Monthly Activity Reports for April were presented: Rescue Report-4 transport
calls requiring 42 man hours; Denise Swenson approved for Rescue Ride-A-long program;
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve the proposal of Lifeguard MD for the
purchase of a new defibrillator and necessary attachments in the total amount of $9,558.00,
payable in three equal installments over a six month time span. Motion carried unanimously.
Fire Report-1 response/standby and 1 control burn. Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to
approve the Fire Department’s recommendation of approving Earnest West as Fire Chief,
replacing Aaron Eckley, who has resigned due to relocation. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew seconded by Miller to approve payment of one- half of the total expenses (food,
lodging and registration) for five members of the department to attend Fire School, in the amount
of $707.25, and to approve up to $500 for the Fire Department to purchase tools and/or supplies
at Fire School, if items in need are found at discounted prices. Motion carried unanimously.
Justin Backhaus agreed to pursue, on behalf of the Fire Department, a proposal from Addie Idler
regarding the availability of refurbished fire trucks. Police Activity-187 hours patrolled.
Water/Wastewater Report presented by Bruce Sorensen. The Council authorized Bruce to
pursue the necessary measures to recondition one of the blowers at the Wastewater Treatment
Plant. The Maintenance Report was presented by Rob Bauers. It was noted that city wide street
cleaning is scheduled toward the end of the week. Uncompleted street repairs and the need to
pursue bids for patching/sealing of specific streets were discussed and will continue to be
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve the bid of Aero Striping to repaint all of
the white parking lines and the blue handicap parking spaces in the business district on Eldora
Avenue at a cost of $356. Motion carried unanimously.
Due to the need for replacement, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to
pursue the purchase of a bagger push mower, not to exceed $300. Motion carried unanimously.
A brief review of Health Board and property issues resulted in an assessment of previously
addressed areas of concern, an update of pending court cases, and the council being advised of
the intention of Wessels Bros., to have their property cleared by the end of June. The Clerk was
advised to pursue appropriate notifications for the need to mow vacant properties in the city.
Council approval was given to the request to extend the designated area for a previously
approved Special Designated Liquor Permit requested by Hopkins Tavern during Limestone
Days Festivities to include the one block area of 200 West Eldora Avenue, providing that
appropriate fencing and supervision be provided.
Other items discussed, but tabled for further review included the Weeping Water Trail Project,
revision of abandoned vehicle regulations, reconstruction of the limestone pillars at the ball field,
relocation of the brush disposal site and legislative updates.
It was agreed to seek the amount paid by other communities for umpire fees to assist in
evaluating current fees paid by the city.
The Clerk was advised to pursue the necessary negotiation for completion of the Nebraska Basic
It was noted that a Homeland Security Grant meeting has been scheduled on May 18, 2006,
which Ray Frew agreed to attend.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims: salaries-6469.93;
Alltel, util-568.18; Aquila, util-1166.04; OPPD, util-2489.83; Ameritas, emp ben-595.22;
Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1733.35; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept.
of Revenue, sls tx, whlg;-817.88; United Healthcare, ins-1268.17; Cass County Refuse, reimb-
8373.50; PeopelService, prof-10434.00; water bond pmt-18057.50; Miller Monroe Co., ins-
2229.00; American Fence Co., imp-1683.00; Anderson Ford, rep-1539.65; Baker & Taylor
Books, bks-233.33; Better Business Equipment, rep-114.00; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80;
Cenex Credit Card, fuel-27.06; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Chuck Cook, mlg-69.42;
Country Living, bks-24.00; Dan Nielsen, resc. rmb-10.00; Dana F. Cole & Co., prof-3100.00;
Dean Henley, maint-40.00; GE Medical Systems, sup-258.00; Randall Hanson, lib equip rmb-
613.38; Ingram Library System, bks-254.50; Jacobson Helgoth Consultants, prof-7475.38; J.
Donham, animal control-132.93; Keckler Oil Co., fuel-454.12; Lou’s Sporting Goods, sup-
334.74; M & M Portables, maint-82.50; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-582.97; Meeske Auto
Parts, rep/maint-60.54; Midwest Vehicle Professionals, rep-39.88; Mogensen Garage, rep-
209.33; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-151.00; Olsson Associates, prof-3898.36; Reliable Office
Supplies, sup-36.89; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-741.00; Water Warehouse, sup-344.14; Global
Equipment, sup-96.65; WW Public School, liquor lic trans-900.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-
10.93; Plattsmouth Journal, publ-248.89; Accumed, reimb-62.84; WW Express Lane, fuel-
108.50; EMS Billing Services, reimb-191.21; Capital City Roll-Offs, maint-691.48. Motion
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk