Council President Ray Frew, in the absence of Mayor Howard Stubbendieck, opened the public
hearing regarding the proposed budget and the special hearing to set the final tax request at 5:45
p.m. on September 11, 2006 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering
roll. Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone and Mitch Miller.
Notices of the budget hearing, the special hearing to set the final tax request and the monthly
meeting notice were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 7, 2006 edition of
the Plattsmouth Journal.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $190,029.25 in
property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemptions of .425455 for the ensuing
fiscal year. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and
the hearing to set the final tax request were closed, and the regular monthly meeting was opened
noting the absence of Mayor Howard Stubbendieck, but the presence of all other members of the
City Council. The location of a posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was noted. Minutes
of the August 7, 2006 meeting were approved as written.
Motion by Miller seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 06-06, which approves the
setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion
carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 557
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE
ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY
EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by
Falcone, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 557 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law,
with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to transfer the necessary funds from the general
fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried with
all members of the council present voting aye.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to designate Heartland Community Bank and Farmers
and Merchants Bank, both in Weeping Water, NE as the City’s depositories for the ensuing year. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
Ben Day of Olsson Associates reported on the firm’s findings, following an investigation of a
claim of water damage to a building located in the area of the “Downtown Revitalization
Project”. It was noted that the findings conclude that the water entered the basement of the
building from an expansion joint between the building face and the sidewalk and were not due to
faulty construction. It was further noted that the contractor maintained the caulking joints during
the warranty period of the project, but at this point, maintaining said caulking is the
responsibility of the property owners. The Clerk advised that all owners of property located
within the “Downtown Revitalization Project” have been notified of the same.
The Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city for a water system study was
discussed and will be pursued upon the release of the appropriate documentation for release of
Under Open Forum, Jim Rhedin discussed community concerns in regard to uncompleted street
repairs, railroad crossing conditions, unregistered vehicles, and property conditions with the
council agreeing to review photographs, assess the situations and pursue the appropriate
measures. Laura Parson presented concerns with the conditions of the alley which provides the
only access to her residence, with the council agreeing to assess the situation and pursue a
feasible solution to the problems existing.
The monthly Police Activity Report was presented for council review, in which it was noted that
199 hours were patrolled during the month with 14 warnings and 10 citations being issued.
Issues of vandalism, skateboarding in the streets and noise complaints were addressed, which the Sheriff’s Department agreed to monitor.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the application of Joshua Hanes to the
Rescue Squad, having completed the ride-a-long program, and the application of Larry Bauers as
an available EM T for the daytime shift, as he currently works within the Weeping Water district
and has the proper authorization from his employer. Motion carried unanimously.
Copies of the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were distributed to members of the Council for
review. Motion by Miller seconded by McCaulley to approve renewal of the proposed
Operation and Maintenance Agreement with PeopleService. Motion carried unanimously.
Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report and addressed the following issues:
follow-up on tree/overhanging limb inspection- letters of non-compliance to be sent to
appropriate parties; consideration of moving the playground area at the ball field to a different
area for safety reasons, which will continue to be pursued; the need to hire someone to clean out
the ditch by the horseshoe courts in order to adequately maintain said area; and the desire to
pursue improvements at the basketball courts, but recent abuse and vandalism of the area deter
progress for improvements. It was agreed, however to purchase the paint for painting of the
court lines in said area and make the necessary repairs to the driveway.
A report of monthly Health Board activities resulted in the following: updated assessment of
Meisinger vehicles; action pend ing on removal of trailers from trailer court; City Attorney to
begin abatement process on conditions of Eckley property; City Attorney to send notices to
appropriate property owners regarding trees/brush along S. Commercial Street; City Attorney to
pursue notification of the Union Pacific Railroad regarding the conditions of several parcels of
property; and pursue the State Fire Marshall for possible condemnation of the B. Taylor
Following a lengthy discussion, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to
abandon the proposed Weeping Water Trail Project, terminate the Consulting Agreement with
Jacobson Helgoth Consultants and authorize the City Attorney to proceed with legal notification
of appropriate parties. Motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held regarding the
possibility of the city constructing an appropriate concrete trail around the city lakes with a small
pedestrian bridge crossing the lakes, which will continue to be pursued.
Uncompleted street repairs, relocation of the brush disposal site, and renovation of the limestone
pillars at the entrance of the ball field were discussed with action being tabled for further review.
The Clerk advised that the new Nebraska Basic Code of Ordinance books have been completed
and are available for appropriate distribution.
Following review of an updated recommended rate schedule for rescue squad services, a motion
was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to recommend the rates listed in Column 2 and
setting the non-transport charge at $50, subject to approval by the Rescue Chief. Motion carried
Street and alley water drainage concerns near “M” and South East Streets were addressed and
will be evaluated for possible recommendations.
Due to complaints received and safety concerns, the Clerk was advised to send a letter to the
school recommending that school personnel utilize the available school parking lots rather than
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the sign permit requested by the
Congregational Church and to waive fees for the same. Motion carried unanimously.
Unauthorized use of the Community Building was discussed with the Council agreeing to change
the locks to the building and to post appropriate notices that all building usage must be scheduled through the City Clerk’s Office.
Monthly Building Permit Activity included the following: Miscellaneous Permits: Randy
Fletcher-accessory building; Melissa Hanna-fence; and Mark Tittsworth-accessory buildings.
Unlicensed pets and other pet complaints were discussed and will continue to be pursued.
Correspondence received was presented for Council review.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to accept the following claims: Salaries-10842.80;
Alltel, util-91.47; Ameritas, emp ret-607.32; Aquila, util-150.24; Farmers & Merchants Bk, whlg
& s/c-2514.43; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, recycle
fee, sls tx-846.34; OPPD, util-3969.61; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-780.00; United Healthcare,
ins-1268.17; Windstream, util-527.15; PeopleService, prof-10,434.00; Cass County Refuse,
reimb-8655.75; Bond Payment-28547.50; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep, pstg-708.02; Chamber of
Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-460.79; K. Gerdes, mlg-40.05; The
Journal, publ-173.17; L. Fleming, maint-95.00; Business Forms & Acctg, off sup-119.47;
R. Frew, mlg-28.48; Nebr. Dept. of Agriculture, lic fees-150.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-44.50;
Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; Lifeguard, eqp pmt-3252.67; Coca Cola Co., sup-58.80;
Lawn Order, rep-119.31; Baker & Taylor Books, bks-404.90; J. Aronson, reimb-79.98; WW
Public Library, sup reimb-70.00; D. Henley, maint-100.00; Roto Snake, rep-85.00; J. Donham,
animal cont-193.93; Stubbendick Implement, rep-7.84; WW Express Lane, fuel, sup-213.06;
Xerox Corp., maint-15.00; Dale P. Nielsen, rep-51.97; EMS Billing, reimb-139.83; Mutual of
Omaha, resc reimb-542.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-10.10; Frenzel Trenching, maint-130.00;
Alliance Medical, sup-741.16; Rishel & Pfeifer, prof-600.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adjourn.
Kay Gerdes, City Clerk Raymond Frew, Acting Mayor