Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 5:45 p.m. on February 12, 2007 at City Hall. Council members answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew. Absent: Melody Falcone. Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by publication in the February 1, 2007 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city. Ben Day of Olsson Associates briefly reviewed the city’s proposed One and Six Year Street.
Improvement Plan for the ensuing year, which included milling and overlay projects on Eldora Avenue, “P” Street, Clinton Street, South East Street, “H” Street and North East Street, widening the corner of Elm and “F” Street, and general maintenance. Following a period of public comment, the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan was closed and the public hearing regarding the Reuse Loan Application of John Masters and Jeremy Gilmore was opened with all members except Falcone answering roll.
Notice of the public hearing regarding the Reuse Loan Application was given in advance thereof by posting in three public places in the city on January 30, 2007.
Members of the Council reviewed the information presented regarding the Reuse Loan Application of John Masters and Jeremy Gilmore, who propose to establish a “Just a Dollar” store in Weeping Water. There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting of the City Council was opened with McCaulley, Miller and Frew answering roll. Absent: Falcone. The Mayor announced the location of a posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.
Notice of the regular monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the February 1, 2007 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. Minutes of the January 8, 2007 meeting were approved as written.
Motion by Frew seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 07-02, which approves the 2007 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried with McCaulley, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Falcone.
Based on recommendation of the Reuse Committee, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 07-03, which approves the application of John Masters and Jeremy Gilmore for use of a maximum of $27,000 of program income from the City’s Community Development Reuse Funds to establish a “Just a Dollar” store. Motion carried with McCaulley, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Falcone.
Following review of the Preliminary Engineering Agreements between the City and Olsson Associates for the Weeping Water Trail Project, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve said Agreements and authorize the appropriate signatures for the same. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
The annual report of the Weeping Water Public Library was presented by Randy Hansen, on behalf of the Library Board. Ben Day of Olsson Associates provided a brief update on the progress of the water system study and the state reports regarding the two bridges located within the city.
The monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 198 hours were patrolled during the month resulting in 13 calls of service with 4 citations and 10 warnings being issued. Beau Flint addressed the Council regarding possible options for the city property now being utilized as a horseshoe court, which will continue to be pursued.
The following Ordinance was presented for first reading:
ORDINANCE NO. 559
AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN CONTIGUOUS LAND TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA AND DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES THEREOF. Representatives of Martin Marietta Materials Inc., were present for clarification of the property involved in said ordinance. There being no public objection to the proposed annexation, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 559. Motion carried with McCaulley, Miller, and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Falcone.
Copies of the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were distributed for council review. Chamber of Commerce President, Mike Spohr extended his compliments to the City Street Staff for the exemplary performance of snow removal from city streets following recent storms.
The City Attorney provided an update on previously addressed Health Board issues, which will continue to be monitored. New areas of concern were discussed with action being tabled for further review.
There was no update on the uncompleted street repairs or the establishment of a new brush/compost site.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the 2007-2009 Ball Park Lawn Care Proposal from Lawn Order, subject to approval from the School Board, as costs for the same are shared equally between the City and the School. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 07-04, which authorizes renewal of a promissory note with Heartland Community Bank in the amount of $72,522.46 for payment of capital improvements completed at the municipal swimming pool, with said note to mature March 12, 2012.
It was noted that Greg Schliefert recently joined the Manley/Weeping Water Rural Fire Department, which met with full council approval.
The City Council agreed to request monthly reports of the Rescue Squad and the Fire Department, as well as request an explanation from the Fire Department regarding the lack of Fire Incident Reports being submitted to the State Fire Marshall’s Office since May of 2005.
Snow removal from sidewalks in the business district was addressed, with the Clerk being advised to pursue appropriate measures for those failing to comply with city regulations. It was agreed to delay the painting of the swimming pool for another year, but to proceed with replacement of the diving boards and restroom stall doors at the swimming pool prior to opening season. The Clerk was advised to advertise for bids for operation of the concession stand during the upcoming ball season and to advertise for summer employment positions available.
In regard to a request for reduction in daily camp fees for extended stays (6-8 months) at the City Lake Campground, it was agreed that no discounts be allowed, that recreational vehicles must be relocated every two weeks, provided a vacant space is available, and that daily camp fees for extended stays must be paid two weeks in advance.
Correspondence received, which included minutes of the Housing Board and Library Board meetings, was presented for council review.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims: Salaries-6770.36; Aflac, emp ben- 26.62; Alltel, util-88.47; Aquila, util-1367.99; Ameritas, emp ben-770.21; Farmers& Merchants Bank, whlg- 1960.80; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.21; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-1969.00; Nebraska Dept. Rev., whlg, sales tax-1660.42; OPPD, util-2643.55; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1025.60; United Healthcare, ins-1559.04; Windstream, util-485.11; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7800.00; PeopleService, cont fee-10862.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-9.09; West-E-Con, cap imp-19281.99; Purchase Power, pstg-230.00; The Journal, publ-195.05; K. Gerdes, mlg-32.01; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Keckler Oil Co., fuel, rep-788.79; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-97.82; A. Bauers, trkg-150.00; Cass County Sheriff, cont fee-2711.80; Ball Insurance, ins-78.00; Linweld, sup-32.80; WW Express Lane, fuel-159.56; AmSan, sup-383.54; Dokter Trucking, trkg-865.80; CDLLS, resc trng-198.95; Olsson Assoc., prof-360.05; Roto-Snake, maint-129.50; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-482.53; Xerox Corp., maint-79.59; EMS Billing, reimb-562.93; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-401.73; Omaha Standard Truck, rep-210.61; Southeast Community College, trng-109.39. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.
Motion by McCaulley seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motio n carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk