CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/CITY COUNCIL MEETING
APRIL 14, 2008
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the liquor license application of Daniel and Susan Nielsen, dba Weeping Water Express at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008 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 April 3, 2008 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three places in the city on April 7, 2008. The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was announced by the Mayor.
There being no public objection to the information presented, the public hearing regarding the liquor license application was closed and the public hearing regarding the Reuse Loan application of Mary Allen to establish a new business was opened with the following members of the council answering roll: McCaulley, Miller and Frew. Absent: Falcone. Notice of the public hearing was posted in three public places in the city on April 10, 2008. There being no public objection to the proposed Reuse Loan Application, the public hearing was closed and the public hearing regarding the Reuse Loan Application of ERAA Investments Inc., to expand an existing business was opened with all members of the Council answering roll, except Falcone. Notice of said public hearing was posted in three public places in the city on April 10, 2008. There being no public objection to the proposed Reuse Loan Application, the public hearing was closed, and the monthly meeting of the City Council was opened. Melody Falcone entered the meeting and all members of the council answered roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the April 10, 2008 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city on April 7, 2008. Minutes of the March 10, and April 2nd 2008 meetings were approved as presented.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the liquor license application of Daniel and Susan Nielsen, d/b/a Weeping Water Express Lane, for a retail Class “D” liquor license. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
Based on the recommendation of the Reuse Committee, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 08-07, which approves the application of Mary Allen for the use of approximately $20,000 of program income from a previous Community Development Block Grant #86-ED-013 (Reuse Funds), to establish a new business that would provide a deli/gift shop, provided a suitable location for the proposed business is found. Upon further discussion, said motion was amended to include that a review of the application be made in thirty days, if a suitable location had not been found at that time. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
Based on the recommendation of the Reuse committee, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 08-08, which approves the application of ERAA Investments Inc., for the use of approximately $43,731 of program income from a previous Community Development Block Grant #86-ED-013 (Reuse Funds) to expand an established convenience store/gas station to include the addition of equipment and building renovations to add the service of providing handmade pizza and sandwiches. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
Under Open Forum, Jim Rhedin addressed the Council in regard to street conditions near his property and was assured that repairs would be made as soon as weather conditions permit.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 188 hours were patrolled during the month, which resulted in 8 citations and 2 warnings being issued. It was noted that areas of concern that need to be monitored included use of skateboards in the Business District and parking of vehicles on the Basketball Courts.
Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report, noting recent activities and outlining future projects. A motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to install two drainage culverts near the intersection of Commercial and 147th Street. Motion carried unanimously.
Copies of the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were presented for council review in the absence of Bruce Sorensen. Following review of a proposal received from Layne Western for repairs of well #2, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to pursue the necessary repairs as outlined in said proposal. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Joshua Hanes and Michaela Mason to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that the Fire Department Spaghetti Feed, which was scheduled for April 27, 2008 has been cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts. It was also noted that 1 fire/rescue call was made during the month. Monthly Rescue Squad activity included 8 rescue calls which resulted in 37 man hours.
Health Board concerns addressed included illegal dumping of refuse in a drainage ditch near East “F” and North Garfield Streets, which the City Attorney agreed to pursue.
In regard to the ongoing Weeping Water Trail Project, the following actions were taken: Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve the Pay Request #3 to M.E. Collins Contracting Co., Inc., in the amount of $38,493.15 for construction costs to date. Motion carried unanimously. Motion By Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve Change Order #3, which allows for an increase in the contract price in the amount of $1,645.88, due to the need to add appropriate material for stabilization of bridge footing abutment No. 2. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that a portion of West River Street will be temporarily closed on April 21st to allow for unloading and setting of the trail bridge.
Katie Ringland provided updates on other pending projects which included the status of the Gospel Hill Paving Project and the Wastewater Treatment Plant UV structure.
It was noted that the Community Booster Club has agreed to operate the Concession Stand at the Ball Field during the upcoming baseball/softball season and during Limestone Days.
Items discussed, which will continue to be pursued included the status of the relocation of the brush disposal site and a possible rate study for refuse disposal services.
Results of the recent Animal Control Facility inspection were reviewed, noting that measures are being pursued to acquire a large animal container which meets compliance regulations. Following discussion of current procedures regarding release of impounded animals, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution
No. 08-09. Motion carried unanimously. Said Resolution will require the owner of an impounded pet to obtain from the City Clerk’s Office proof of current license status and proof of payment of any pet fines, prior to the Animal Control Officer allowing the release of an impounded animal. It was noted that documentation of the same must be obtained during regular office hours. It was also noted that in addition to said fees, impoundment fees will be collected by the Animal Control Officer.
A bid received for city wide street sweeping was reviewed, with action being tabled for further review.
A letter from the School Superintendent regarding proposals for cost sharing additional fencing at the Ball Park and replacement of the scoreboard was presented for council review, with action being tabled until actual costs for the same could be presented.
Discussion was held regarding floodplain management issues and the upcoming Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting. Other items addressed were correspondence, NDEQ Air Quality update, and budget preparations.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims: Salaries-7809.61; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-888.08; Aquila, util-1777.99; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-2143.89; Kansas State Bank, eqp pmt-770.62; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-17739.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-1100.47; OPPD, util-2723.43; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-845.87; Windstream, util-526.36; WW Trail loan pmt-22100.00; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-10.00; Alltel, util/cell-88.06; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7714.76; PeopleService, prof-11123.00; Post Office, pstg-306.00; Cass County Little League, lge fees-300.00; Annette’s Catering, sup-18.00; Com Clean, maint-125.00; Harbor Freight, sup-109.98; HSBC Business Solutions, off sup-160.48; SE Softball League, lge fees-380.00; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp-156.25; Display Sales, sup-740.00; Morgan Pet Clinic, serv-65.04; Julie Donham, animal cont-592.20; Dana F. Cole & Co., prof-3250.00; Plattsmouth Journal, publ-438.79; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; Reliable, off sup-177.14; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-699.25; Olsson Associates, prof-12810.60; Fleet Services, fuel-675.21; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-232.62; Stop N Shop, fuel-517.87; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; St. Paul Travelers, ins-3633.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-29.58; Papillion Fire & Rescue, reimb-125.40; EMS Billing, reimb-507.52; Linweld, sup-84.70; Lifeguard, sup-40.00; All Seasons Pool & Spa, imp pmt-2132.50; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc., maint/imp-2946.10; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-480.35; WW Library, reimb-738.00; Burr Farms, sup-236.25; Lawn Order, maint-1710.79; Bickford Electric, rep-32.50; Stan’s Small Engine, rep-28.14; Bomgaars, equip-429.99; L. Sorensen Trucking, trkg-2162.44; Chad Heath, reimb ball sup-78.62; Midwest Farmers Co-op, maint-161.20; Stubbendick Implement, rep-537.93; Frenzel Trenching, maint-360.00; M.E. Collins, cap imp-48443.15. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk