Weeping Water Nebraska

DECEMBER 10, 2007

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2007 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Melody Falcone, Mitchell Miller, and Ray Frew.  Absent:  Bob McCaulley.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the December 6, 2007 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was announced by the Mayor.   Minutes of the November 12 and November 28, 2007 meetings were approved as presented. The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 179 hours were patrolled during the month which resulted in 29 calls of service with 8 citations and 7 warnings being issued.

Chuck Cook presented copies of the monthly Rescue Squad activities for the past two months, noting 12 rescue calls during the month of October, which resulted in 85 total man hours and 7 rescue calls during the month of November, which resulted in 31 total man hours.  Based on the recommendation of the Rescue Squad a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the proposed By-Law Change, which provides for “quorum” clarification in Section 1.  Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.   Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the applications of Joshua Groleau and Kay Callahan for the Ride-a-long Program with the Rescue Squad.  Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.  No Monthly Fire Department Report was available at the time of the meeting.

Copies of the Monthly Water Wastewater Report and Monthly Maintenance Report were distributed for council review in the absence of Bruce Sorensen and Rob Bauers respectively. Suggested thoughts to consider included a cost analysis comparing the continued purchase of the salt/sand mixture from the county or adding a salt storage addition to the City Shop Building so the city could purchase and store its own salt/sand mixture.  Equipment conditions and repairs were also discussed and will continue to be monitored.  The need to hire someone to clear snow from the walkways on the bridges was addressed and will be pursued.  It was mutually agreed to pay part time employees $12.00 per hour for snow removal.

The Monthly Health Board Report included updates on the Eckley, Elliott, Wall and Webster properties.

Under Old Business, the City Attorney provided an update on the judgment filed against Norm Patzel for failure to complete services; consideration given to feasibility of obtaining disability insurance coverage for full-time employees, which was tabled for further review; an update on the status of application for CDBG funds was addressed; update on the water meter replacement program, with the Council agreeing to pursue PeopleService’s assistance with said program to assure that the initial meters purchased be installed no later than June 1, 2008.

Following discussion regarding a sample ordinance prepared by the City Attorney
regarding dangerous dogs, it was agreed to refine the definitions of “dangerous dog” to include the terms “any dog posing imminent threat”, rather than ban a specific breed of dog.  The City Attorney agreed to prepare another sample ordinance including said revisions for consideration at the January meeting.

The suggestion to close the remaining platted portion of “High Street”, which is impassable, and consider renaming the current access routes from Adams Street to High Street was addressed, with action being tabled to allow for input from affected property owners.

Katie Ringland and Ben Day of Olsson Associates provided an update on the following projects: Weeping Water Trail Project-necessary documents are being completed, a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled within the next two weeks, and construction is scheduled to commence shortly thereafter; City Lakes Bridge-still awaiting construction of bridge abutments, but pre fabricated bridge is completed and scheduled to be shipped within the next few weeks; Gospel Hill Paving Project-final design is approximately 85% completed, noting that coordination with OPPD, preparation of easements, traffic control and sidewalk coordination will be pursued to plan for spring construction; Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Compliance-evaluation has been completed and report has been submitted to NDEQ.  Although the recommended UV Disinfection method was approved, action on proceeding with the design for the same was tabled to allow for completion of other pending capital improvements; One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan-overview of recently completed street improvements was provided and proposed improvements to be included on the 2008 plan were addressed.

Motion by Falcone seconded by Frew to approve the proposed lawn care agreement with Lawn Order for the park area around the gazebo, which allows for a 5-step granular program without aerations, at a cost of $173.80.  Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.

Members of the Council were advised that the City has received an allocation from the Day Trust Fund in the amount of $20,000 for replacement of playground equipment and fencing at the ball park.

As part of the annual reorganization meeting, the Mayor recommended the following appointments and standing committees for the ensuing year, which met with full council approval: Maintenance Supt.-Robert W. Bauers Jr.; City Clerk/Treasurer-Kay Gerdes; City Attorney-The Firm of Svoboda & Chebatoris; City Engineer-The Firm of Olsson Associates; Water/SewerMaintenance-Contracted with Peopleservice; Law Enforcement-Contracted with Cass County Sheriff’s Department; Mayor-Howard Stubbendieck, City Council-Robert McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitchell Miller and Raymond Frew; Council President-Raymond Frew; Streets/Alleys Committee-Raymond Frew and Mitchell Miller; Water/Sewer Committee-Melody Falcone and Robert McCaulley; Finance Committee-Mayor, Clerk and City Council members.  A review of the list of City Boards and Committees was made, in which it was noted that the following have agreed to term re-appointments:  Planning Board-Mike Spohr; and Housing Board-Bill Duff.  A vacancy on the Library Board, due to the fact that Nancy Wipf has elected not to renew her board term, will continue to be pursued. 

Correspondence received was presented for council review, which included upcoming meetings and upcoming election deadlines.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the following claims:  Salaries-7979.04; Ameritas, emp ben-746.41; Aflac, ins-26.62; Alltel, util-88.19; Aquila, util-346.50; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2183.94; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., sls tx, whlg-1569.84; OPPD, util-3112.44; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-867.00; United Healthcare, ins-1835.48; Windstream, util-514.31; Paving Bond pmt-5592.50; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7800.00; Peopleservice, cont fee-11645.00; Purchase Power, pstg-284.19; A. Upton, reimb-38.90; CLIA Lab Program, prof-150.00; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-132.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; J. Donham, animal control-324.62; Morgan Pet Clinic, animal control-180.00; K. Gerdes, mlg/pstg reimb-43.02; Reliable, off sup-42.03; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1372.63; Fremont National Bank, serv fee-450.00; Mogensen Garage, rep/maint-686.81; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-110.08; Cross Dillon Tire, sup-130.00; NMC Inc., rep/maint-112.74; Ball Insurance Service, ins-1716.00; Cass County Sheriff, cont fee-2711.80; Linweld, sup-35.30; Stop n Shop, fuel-279.16; Olsson Associates, prof-10834.44; Moosman Bridge, cap imp-16785.00; Thrasher Basement Systems, cap imp-5500.00; Hamilton Equipment, mach rent-68.40; Concrete Industries, cap imp-368.39; Baker & Taylor, bks-682.25; Journal/Consumer Connection, publ-307.53; Great Plains One Call, serv-6.89; Fleet Services, fuel-171.93.  Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to adjourn.  Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.

/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk