Weeping Water Nebraska
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing to consider closing a portion of High Street at 5:55 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007 at City Hall with all members of the council answering roll.  Absent:  None.  Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by publication in the May 31, 2007 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as personal notice being mailed to affected property owners.  The Mayor announced the location of a posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. Several issues of concern regarding the proposed street closure were addressed by the adjoining property owners.  Following consideration of the same, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with the following Council members answering roll:  Robert McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew.  Absent:  None.  Notice of the monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Following review of the concerns expressed during the public hearing, a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to request a survey and re-evaluate the closing of the proposed portion of High Street.  Motion carried unanimously.

A request to consider parking restrictions to one side of East Park Street between Eldora Avenue and Mulberry Street was addressed with action being tabled for further review.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the request of Martin Marietta and the Weeping Water Historical Society to close a portion of Randolph Street between “G” and “H” Streets on June 30, 2007 for a fossil hunt during the Limestone/ Independence Day Festivities.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 184 hours were patrolled during the month, which resulted in 46 calls of service with 5 citations and 9 warnings being issued. Concerns were expressed regarding a resident in rental property near the parks that has pit bull dogs that seem to be aggressive.  It was agreed to contact the humane officer to assure proper licensing and care of the dogs and insure adequate protection to the public, and to personally notify the owner of the property of potential liability on their part.  Other items addressed, which will be monitored were problems with skateboarders on city sidewalks and speeding in the city park areas.  It was agreed to post appropriate speed limit signs at the entrance to the city lake/park area.

There were no fire calls during the month, but acknowledgement was given to the six volunteer firemen who each completed 12 hours of training at Nebraska State Fire School.  Rescue squad activity during the month included 6 calls resulting in 26.8 man hours. It was noted that Josh Hanes recently obtained certified EMT status. Discussion was held on possible means of recruiting and retaining adequate rescue volunteers, with action tabled for further review.

Bruce Sorensen noted in the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report, that due to the recent coliform hit, five additional samples were submitted, which resulted in total compliance with state standards. 

The Monthly Maintenance Report was presented for review and discussion, noting that the new diving boards have been installed at the swimming pool, new underground electrical service has been installed for the new camper pads, street sweeping services have been completed, and we are awaiting a quote on the proposed milling and overlay street repair projects.   It was noted that the Fair Board has a 40 x 60’ building available to the city that could be reconstructed into three smaller picnic shelters, which will continue to be pursued.  It was agreed to pursue the appropriate measures for adequate dust control on the city lakes driveway and the access road to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The City Attorney provided an update on the legal action being pursued against Norm Patzel for uncompleted street repairs.

A report of Monthly Health Board activity included the following:  continue monitoring Hoffman property to assure adequate progress being made; table any action on Taylor property to allow for progress during the designated time frame, deny the request for cost sharing dumpster expenses for a residential property clean up, and authorize the City Attorney to pursue proper maintenance of the property located at 103 North Adams Street.  Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 07-07, which declares the conditions on the property located along “F” Street (former trailer court) to be a public nuisance and directs appropriate remedy to said nuisance.  Motion carried unanimously.  Updated information on the hiring of a City Code Enforcement Officer was discussed with action being tabled for further review.

The request of PCS Phosphate to apply, at their cost, 6-8”of asphalt paving on Quarry Street from Garfield Street to their mine access met with full council approval.  It was also noted that PCS had no problem with the city obtaining access across PCS property to vacant property owned by the city  located at the southwestern city limit boundary to be utilized for a brush compost site, but action on pursuing preparations for the same was tabled to await legal confirmation on the city’s request to acquire adjoining PCS property.

Members of the Council were advised that comments regarding the 90% plans and specifications for the Weeping Water Trail Project were recently received by the Nebraska Department of Roads and are currently being addressed by Olsson Associates.

It was noted that sewer charges paid by the new owner of the residence located at 305 West O Street were reimbursed to the date of city sewer connection, which met with full council approval.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approved the recommended umpire fee schedule.  Motion carried unanimously.

The proposed increase of the rural and industrial water rate structure was addressed, but tabled for further review.

Monthly permit activity included:  Building Permit:  Robert Bauers-residence; Miscellaneous Permit: Gary Sorensen-Accessory Building.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims: Salaries-7859.09; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util-89.80; Ameritas, emp ben-743.72; Aquila, util-399.32; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2216.77; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-1801.73; OPPD, util-2717.10; United Healthcare, ins-1559.04; Windstream, util-507.3l; Pitney Bowes, pstg mtr usg/sup-310.08; PeopleService, cont fee-10862.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7800.00; CDBG-Wt Study, prof-4260.25; Paving Bond pmt-25897.50; Travl Construction, maint-150.00; WW Fire Dept. trng reimb-406.70; A-l Sweeping, maint-3580.00; Umpire fees: A. Houchin-235.00, D. Parson-190.00, B. Bantz-90.00, M. Hammer-240.00, J. Sahulka-20.00, R. Fletcher-25.00; J. Macke-95.00; Aqua Chem, sup-626.00; Baker & Taylor, bks-283.39; Bimms, ball equip-429.72; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; C. Heath, sup reimb-76.99; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; D. Henley, maint-80.00; Direct Safety, sup-52.88; EMS Billing Service, reimb-140.46; Fireguard Inc., equip-244.95; Fleet Services, fuel-620.58; Journal/Consumer Connection, publ-143.78; J. Donham, animal cont.-64.88; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-42.75; L. Sorensen, trkg-50.00; Linweld, sup-34.30; Lou’s Sporting Goods, sup-198.69; M&M Portable Toilets, maint-90.00; Martin Marietta Materials, maint-705.11; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-693.88; Meeske Auto Parts, maint-11.33; Mobile Communications, rep-36.00; Murray Building & Supply, maint-64.80; Olsson Associates, prof/trail-8389.11; Reliable Office Supplies, sup-194.17; Roofer’s Inc., rep-3000.00; Shaffer Communications, equip-1243.95; Sign & Screen Design, signs, equip-74.02; Stop N Shop, fuel-69.12; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-922.38; Taste of Home, bks-13.00; WW Express Lane, sup-168.15; WW Public School, liquor lic trans-900.00; HD SupplyWaterworks, cap imp-13675.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-13.78; Banyon Data Systems, prof-1490.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield, resc reimb-403.20; C. Cook, mlg reimb-130.95; Purchase Power, pstg-297.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence received was presented for council review.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk