Weeping Water Nebraska

MAY 12, 2008 

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2008 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew.  Absent:  None.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the May 8, 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 April 14, 2008 meeting were approved as presented.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the requested addition of Hopkins Tavern Liquor License #IB-61199 to include a 40’ x 45’ beer garden, with appropriate privacy fence, to the south of the existing premises.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the request of Hopkins Tavern for a Special Designated Liquor License to operate a beer garden in an appropriately enclosed area at the Ball Field on June 28, 2008 during the Limestone Day festivities.  Motion carried with Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  McCaulley.



OPEN FORUM:  John and Teresa Bauers agreed to continue serving as Camp Hosts at the City Lake Campground.  Guest camping responsibilities and concerns were addressed, with the Council agreeing it would be beneficial to request a meeting of the Park Board to review and possibly revise existing guidelines for the same.  Upon receipt of minutes of said meeting, the Council agreed to consider action on the Park Board recommendations.

Members of the Library Board addressed the Council with concerns regarding the proposed relocation of the Library, which included lack of information regarding the proposal and concerns for a feasible use of the existing Library Building, which is owned by the United Church of Christ.  It was noted that final details are still pending, but members of the Weeping Water Community Building Foundation that were present and members of the City Council agreed to keep members of the Library Board abreast of the future developments and seek their input in the planning process.

Jim Rhedin expressed concerns regarding property conditions near his residence, which was referred to the City Attorney for the appropriate action.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 193 hours were patrolled during the month, which resulted in 32 calls of service with 4 citations and 8 warnings being issued.  A complaint received regarding an inoperable vehicle being parked on city easement in front of a residence was addressed, with the deputies agreeing to red tag said vehicle and pursue towing of the same, if necessary.  Following discussion of safety concerns with vehicles parked along East Eldora Avenue from Garfield Street to Shryder Street, it was agreed to pursue parking restrictions in said area, with action being tabled until the June meeting to allow for proper notification and input from all affected residents.


ENGINEER REPORT:  Ben Day provided an update on the Gospel Hill Paving Project, noting that contracts are currently being finalized, a pre-construction meeting will soon be scheduled and that construction should commence within the next few weeks, weather permitting. The WWTP UV Disinfection Project is progressing on schedule, noting that an alternative vertical UV system in the existing manhole at the Treatment Plant is being explored, which could allow for considerable cost saving measures.  In regard to the Weeping Water Trail Project, the Engineering firm and the Contractor are negotiating correction measures for one bridge abutment, which should soon be rectified.  Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve M.E. Collins Contracting Co., Inc., request for Payment No. 4 for construction completed to date in the amount of $105,469.83.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.


Fire Department-Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve cost sharing with the Rural Fire Board for three members of the department to attend the upcoming Fire School, with the city’s share being $400.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve authorization of up to $1,500 for the purchase of bunker gear that may be available at Fire School at a discounted rate.  Motion carried unanimously.  It was noted that Jenna Jones recently resigned from the Fire Department.  Rescue Squad-8 calls of service resulting in 32.7 total man hours.

Water/Wastewater Report-copies of the report distributed to members of the council for review.  Issues addressed included recent power outages at the city well sites, plans to pursue the necessary repairs on well No. 2 and the recently adopted LB245, which requires the fluoridation of the human drinking water supply of any city with a population of 1,000 people or more that lacks sufficient amounts of naturally occurring fluoride.  The bill, which becomes effective on June 1, 2010, does allow provisions for the city to prohibit said measures by adoption of an appropriate ordinance pertaining to the same and placing the issue on the ballot for a public vote.  It was agreed to pursue public awareness of the same and consider the issue for public vote on the next available ballot.

Maintenance Report – copies of the report were distributed for council review.  Street repairs were discussed and will continue to be pursued.  Upon receipt of a written proposal, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew, to approve and authorize the verbal estimate of  B&W Co., to provide city-wide street sweeping services of all paved streets in an amount not to exceed $3,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

Health Board – City to pursue necessary maintenance of Eckley property located on South Commercial Street, with costs for the same to be assessed to said property.  Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 08-10, which declares the Schwartz property near 109 North East Street as a public nuisance and orders remedy of the same.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 08-11, which declares the former McCrory property located near 105½ North East Street as a public nuisance and orders remedy of the same.  Motion carried unanimously.  The City Attorney was advised to pursue continued progress on the Hoffman property on “D” Street and to send notification of appropriate measures to be taken on the Duwe property on “J” Street.

Under Old Business it was noted that there were no updates on the relocation of the brush site or the proposed improvements at the Ball Field to be cost shared with the school.  Proposed changes to the Finance Committee were tabled for further review.  It was noted that scheduling of the acquisition of the portable generator will be pursued as soon as possible.

Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Shannon Josoff and Brad Josoff to join the Rural Fire Department.  Motion carried unanimously.

Ray Frew updated the Council on recent meetings he has attended regarding the Lower Platte South NRD Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and advised that the preliminary documentation for hazard mitigation planning for the city has been submitted.

Budget planning was discussed and will continue to be pursued.  Correspondence received was presented for council review.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims:  Salaries-7,709.95; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util-93.24; Ameritas, emp ben-942.16; Aquila, util-1,094.68; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2,198.90; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sls tx-1,065.31; Water Bond Pmt, princ/int-22,450.00;  Post Office, pstg-301.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7,730.51; PeopleService, prof-11,123.00; Nebr. Humane Society, misc-70.00; Nebr. Life Publishing, publ-117.50; OPPD, util-2,748.72; SE Nebr. J. Steinkuhler League, reg fees-120.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-955.00; United Healthcare, ins-1,835.48; Windstream, util-514.97; WW Trail Loan pmt-40,000.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; General Fire & Safety, maint-345.25; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-433.65; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc., rep-90.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-29.80; Keckler Oil Co., rep-43.25; Olsson Associates, prof-5,550.30; ET’s Lawn & Leisure, equip, rep-444.46; Linweld, sup-39.15; Allmed, sup-356.23; Midwest Vehicle, rep-81.49; Water Warehouse, sup-335.60; D. Hohn, reimb-35.00; Sport Supply Group, sup-655.03; Pro Shirt Shop, sup-189.00; Nebr. Sports, sup-189.60; Wick’s Truck & Trailer, rep-1589.85; Baker & Taylor Books, bks-432.69; D. Henley, maint-20.00; The Hearst Corp., bks-24.00; Xerox Corp., maint-53.51; M.E. Collins Co., cap imp-105,469.83; J. Donham, animal cont-469.99; HD Supply waterworks, rep-19.06; Cass Co., Sheriff, law enf cont-2,711.80; Stop N Shop, fuel-333.93; Great Plains One Call, locate fee-21.21; EMS Billing, reimb-892.08; Fleet Service, fuel-295.67; WW School, liq lic/prk fine trans-925.00; Dokter Trucking, trkg-693.75; Journal/Consumer Connection, publ-476.63; Johnny On the Spot, maint-185.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

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


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk