CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
JANUARY 14, 2008
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the application to the Department of Economic Development for a Community Development Block Grant at 5:45 p.m. on January 14, 2008 at City Hall. Councilmembers answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew. Absent: None.
Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by posting in three public places on the 7th day of January, 2008. The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was announced by the Mayor.
Terry Meier of SENDD explained that the City of Weeping Water is requesting $250,000 in CDBG funds to convert the vacant building, formerly used by the Cass County Agricultural Society as an auditorium, into a multi-purpose Community Center for the residents of Weeping Water. It was noted that CDBG funds and local monies from the City of Weeping Water will be used to renovate 75% of the building’s top floor, which will include replacement of windows, doors, mechanical facilities, plumbing, electrical, structural, flooring, walls, ceilings and appliances as well as administration fees. It is proposed that the local match of $254,700 will come from monies from the City of Weeping Water and private donations. Over 58.26% of the requested CDBG funds will benefit low and moderate income residents of Weeping Water and no displacement will occur as a result of CDBG related activities.
There being no public objection to the information presented, the public hearing was closed and the regular meeting was opened with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew answering roll. Absent: None. Notice of the monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 10, 2008 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. Minutes of December 10, 2007 meeting were approved as presented.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 08-01, which authorizes the Chief Elected Official to sign an application for CDBG funds and execute the necessary documents so as to affect acceptance of the grant application. Motion carried with all members of the Council voting aye. Nays: None.
The Monthly Rescue Report was presented by Chuck Cook, noting that there were 12 calls made during the month resulting in a total of 58.42 man hours. A report of year-end totals was also provided, noting a total of 131 calls for the year resulting in a total of 766 man hours.
No Monthly Fire Report was available, but it was noted that Josh Groleau recently resigned from the Fire Department.
The monthly Police Activity Report was presented in which it was noted that 189 hours were patrolled during the month, which resulted in 33 calls of service with 11 citations and 14 warnings being issued.
Upon review of the proposed revisions to the 2007 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 08-02, which authorizes the designated revisions to the 2007 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan. Motion carried with all members of the Council voting aye. Nays: None.
It was agreed to set the public hearing for consideration of the proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for 2008 on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 5:45 p.m.
In regard to the Weeping Water Trail Project, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve Change Order No. 1, which authorizes the pre-cast box culvert to be built as a cast-in-place culvert and authorizes the bridge supplier to change from Contech to Husker Steel, which results in no changes in the original contract price. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that two additional trees were removed from the project area, for which the city did not allow additional compensation. A request to cost share the excavation of the unsuitable material at the bottom of the box culvert and replacement with 12” of crushed rock for a lump sum of $1,800.00 was addressed, with action being tabled until the February meeting.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to accept the proposal of M.E. Collins Contracting Co., Inc., to install the two bridge abutments and set the City Lake Bridge at a cost of $9,950. Motion carried unanimously.
Members of the Council were reminded that although the Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Compliance Evaluation has been completed and reported to NDEQ, the design for the recommended UV Disinfection method should commence in April of 2008 in order to meet compliance requirements.
In regard to the Gospel Hill Paving Project, the following actions were noted: a set of the construction plans has been sent to OPPD for project coordination; necessary easements will be pursued; final specs should be completed by the March meeting; publication dates set for March 20, 27 and April 3, 2008, with bid opening date set for April 11, 2008; award of bid will be considered at the April 14, 2008 meeting; and substantial completion date set for August 1, 2008.
The subject of consideration of closing the remaining portion of High Street and renaming the access alleys in said area was addressed, with action being tabled for further review.
Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and suggested that several new water service lines be installed in the area of the Gospel Hill Paving Project prior to commencement of said project.
Copies of the Monthly Maintenance Report were distributed for Council review, in the absence of Rob Bauers.
Previously addressed Health Board issues were assessed with the Council agreeing to pursue the abatement process on the Webster property.
The subject of providing disability coverage for full time city employees was discussed with action being tabled until the next annual salary review. It was noted, however, that the city had no objection to the affected individuals pursuing such a contract through the city at the employee’s cost. The proposed update of the Personnel Policy was also tabled until after the next annual salary review.
The following Ordinance was presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 568
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA TO AMEND SECTION 93.45 OF THE WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING THE DEFINITIONS APPLICABLE TO DANGEROUS DOGS; TO DECLARE DANGEROUS DOGS A NUISANCE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPOUNDMENT OF DANGEROUS DOGS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 568 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew 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.
The following Ordinance was presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 569
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 559 THAT ANNEXED CERTAIN CONTINUOUS LAND TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA TO CORRECT THE LEGAL DESCRIBPTION OF PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 569 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew 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.
The following Ordinance was presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 570
AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE ALL OF THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER BY ADOPTING THE NEBRASKA BASIC CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2008; TO REPEAL PRIOR ORDINANCES; TO REQUIRE FILINGS; AND PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 570 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew 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 Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the appointment of Cindy Spilinek to fill the vacancy on the Library Board, created by the term completion of Nancy Wipf. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to deny the request of the Library Board for reimbursement of a portion of costs incurred, due to a recent power surge. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the allocation of $3,000 from the City Reuse Fund to the City Economic Development Committee, to cover costs incurred in seeking economic development ventures. It was further agreed to request a copy of monthly meeting activities for city files. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the state approved mileage rate reimbursement of 50.5 cents per mile. Motion carried unanimously.
Members of the Council were reminded of the filing deadlines for the upcoming election, advised of water liens filed on property for delinquent water bills, and informed of upcoming meetings.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims: Salaries-7917.37; Alltel, util-89.69; Ameritas, emp ben-793.73; Aquila, util-1111.77; EMS Billing, reimb-1190.57; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2284.41; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tx, whlg-1724.49; OPPD, util-2740.93; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-798.00; Constructors Inc., cap imp-160760.05; United Healthcare, ins-1835.48; Windstream, util-499.40; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7777.32; PeopleService, prof-11123.00; Post Office, pstg-413.00; Purchase Power, pstg-183.24; Chamber of Commerce, mtg, dues-52.00; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-120.35; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-57.42; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-1848.00; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-30.85; K. Gerdes, pstg reimb-26.08; J. Donham, Animal Control-159.94; American Legal Publishing, prof-889.00; Business Forms & Acctg, off sup-83.35; Reliable, off sup-76.73; Meeske Auto, rep/maint-330.47; Olsson Associates, prof-6938.48; Keckler Oil Co., rep-20.00; M. Miller, snow rem-48.00; Bauers Trucking LLC, trkg-720.00; B. Kirchhoff, dep ref-63.25; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; Linweld, sup-35.30; Lawn Order, maint-376.80; Baker & Taylor, bks-204.61; Great Plains One Call, serv-3.03; Stop N Shop, fuel-418.01; Fleet Services, fuel-456.66. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk