CITY OF WEEPING WATER
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
MARCH 10, 2008
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 on Monday, March 10, 2008 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 March 6, 2008 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was announced by the Mayor. Minutes of the February 11, 2008 meeting were approved as presented.
Under Open Forum, Art Davis addressed the Council with proposed activities planned for the annual Limestone/Independence Days and inquired about the relocation of a sand volleyball court, which the Council agreed to address later during the meeting.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 204 hours were patrolled during the month resulting in 11 citations and 4 warnings being issued. Monthly Fire Department activity included responses to 2 accidents and 2 Life Net calls as well as hosting a Little League Wrestling Tournament as a fundraiser. The need to burn the brush site was addressed and will continue to be pursued. Copies of the Monthly Rescue Squad Report were distributed, noting that 13 calls were made during the month resulting in a total of 56 man hours. Copies of the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were distributed for council review, after which the Mayor provided an overview of a recent meeting presented by the Nebraska Health & Human Services regarding the planning and management of a water system. No Monthly Maintenance Report was available, but appropriate options for ground cover surrounding the new playground area were discussed, with the council agreeing to pursue the most feasible option. A motion was made by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the purchase of a new 6’ seeder/spreader at a cost of $429.99. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the necessary tree/dirt removal and the purchase of sand to allow for the construction of two sand volleyball courts to be relocated near the upper ball field. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye.
The City Attorney provided an update regarding City Council concerns of an abandoned unused water well within the city limits, offering suggestions toward rectifying the concerns. It was also agreed to pursue the necessary abatement procedures for the Webster commercial property.
Motion by Frew. Seconded by Falcone to deny renewal of the Cass County Renegade Contract for use of the football field, due to proposed field repairs and lack of appropriate income. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
The following Ordinances were presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 572
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, VACATING THE NORTH 277 FEET OF HIGH STREET IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
ORDINANCE NO. 573
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, DESIGNATING THE SOUTH HALF OF LOT 20 AND THE SOUTH HALF OF LOT 6 AND THAT PART OF THE EXISTING ALLEY BETWEEN SAID PROPERTY TO BE HIGH STREET; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 572 and Ordinance No. 573 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye: Nays: None. Said Ordinances will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinances being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the signing of a Proclamation designating the week of March 24-30, 2008 as Community Development Week and to plan an open house at City Hall during said week to celebrate the event. Motion carried unanimously.
Following review of applications received for summer employment positions, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Frew to rehire Trenton Bickford at $8.00 per hour and to hire John Duncan at a starting wage of $7.00 per hour. Motion carried unanimously.
It was agreed to extend the bids for operation of the Concession Stand.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the bid of All Seasons Pool & Spa to prep and paint the swimming pool at a cost of $4,265.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve equally sharing the costs of $235.00 with the Chamber of Commerce for a 1/6 page color ad in the Nebraska Life Magazine. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilman Frew provided a brief recap of a recent meeting he attended pertaining to Pandemic flu concerns.
The Clerk announced that the annual Pet Vaccination and Licensing Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 9-11 a.m. at the Fire Barn, and the Stroke Detection Screening has been scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2008 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Methodist Fellowship Hall.
Alley maintenance was addressed with no action being taken.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to change the current membership of the Finance Committee to include the Mayor, Clerk and two City Council members, with action on officially designating the members of the council being tabled until the April meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Ben Day, of Olsson Associates, provided an update on the Weeping Water Trail construction progress, after which a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by Frew to approve Change Order No. 2, which includes a quantity adjustment for removal of 7 additional trees and additional work to close off the pipe under the box culvert, resulting in a net increase in the contract price of $9,400. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Nays: None. Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve Certificate of Payment No. 2 in the amount of $45,267.50 for work completed to date. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Nays: None.
Councilmember Miller introduced Ordinance No. 571 entitled:
AN ORDINANCE CREATING STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2008-1 IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, ORDERING THE CONSTRUCTION OF STREET IMPROVEMENTS THEREIN AND ORDERING THE PUBLICATION OF THE ORDINANCE IN PAMPHLET FORM
and moved the statutory rule requiring reading on three different days be suspended. Council member Frew seconded the motion to suspend the rules and upon roll call vote on the motion the following Councilmembers voted Yea: Falcone, Miller and Frew. The following voted Nay: None. The motion to suspend the rules was adopted by three-fourths of the Council and the statutory rule was declared suspended for consideration of said ordinance.
Said ordinance was then read by title and thereafter Councilmember Falcone moved for final passage of the ordinance, which motion was seconded by Councilmember Miller. The Mayor stated that question was “Shall Ordinance No. 571 be passed and adopted?” Upon roll call vote, the following Councilmembers voted Aye: Falcone, Miller and Frew. The following voted Nay: None. The passage and adoption of said ordinance having been concurred in by a majority of all members of the Council, the Mayor declared the ordinance adopted and the Mayor in the presence of the Council signed and approved the ordinance and the Clerk attested the passage and approval of the same and affixed her signature thereto and ordered the Ordinance to be published in pamphlet form as provided therein and to be posted in three public places in the City. A true, correct and complete copy of said ordinance is on file in the office of the City Clerk.
It was agreed to set April 2, 2008 at 5:00 p.m., as the date and time to conduct a public hearing to determine the sufficiency of any written objections filed regarding the Street Improvement District referred to in the aforementioned Ordinance No. 571, and to authorize appropriate publication for notice of the same. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 08-05, which reflects said stipulations. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Nays: None. Subject to no objections being filed, it was further agreed to consider award of bids for the Gospel Hill Intersection Improvements at a special meeting immediately following the public hearing on April 2nd.
Correspondence received, which included NDEQ Air Quality Concerns, an upcoming Nebraska Trail Conference meeting, Crop Top Newsletter and legislative bulletins, was presented for Council review. Copies of monthly outgoing correspondence were also available for review.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew to approve the city package insurance proposal through Miller Monroe Farrell for the ensuing year and to negotiate payment options for the total package price of $15,765.00. It was further agreed to approve the recommended Statement of Values and to deny the terrorism coverage. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the following claims: Salaries-7046.20; Aflac, ben-26.62; Alltel, util-41.60; Ameritas, emp ben-901.11; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-1943.00; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Aquila, util-2101.80; OPPD, util-2755.41; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1062.00; United Healthcare, ins-1835.48; Windstream, util-537.71; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-1360.36; PeopleService, prof-11123.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7689.76; Paving Bond pmt-2253.75; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Bauers Trucking LLC, trkg-180.00; The Journal, publ-191.11; H. Stubbendieck, mlg-33.83; Keckler Oil Co., rep-371.86; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-439.92; R & S Heating, rep-123.00; NMC Inc, rep-113.15; Olsson Associates, prof-7474.67; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-6.98; C. Smith, Wt Dep Refund-100.00; Sensus Metering Systems, prof-1200.00; Cass County Sheriff’s Dept. prof-2711.80; R. Nelson, resc trng-183.95; Linweld, sup-36.80; Nebr HHS, pool permit-40.00; Kiefer, pool sup-105.75; J. Aronson, mlg-35.35; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-498.69; Ladies Home Journal, bks-16.97; Bickford Electric, rep-776.50; M.E. Collins Inc., trail imp-45267.50; EMS Billing, reimb-595.18; Allied Electronics Inc, rep-70.43; T. Anderson, maint-36.00. Motion carried with all members of the present voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to Adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk