Weeping Water Nebraska

JUNE 9, 2008

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2008 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, and Ray Frew.  Absent:  Mitch Miller.  Notice of the meeting was published in the Plattsmouth Journal and posted in three public places in the city.  The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was announced by the Mayor.  Minutes of the May 12, 2008 meeting were approved as presented.

Under Open Forum, the following items were addressed:    Proposed parking restrictions along East Eldora Avenue from Garfield Street to Shryder Street: The Clerk advised that all affected residents were notified of the proposed restrictions prior to the meeting. Following review of letters received regarding the same and discussion with several residents who were in attendance, it was mutually agreed to leave the regulations as they currently stand.  Ball Team Committee Policies:  Due to several letters received expressing concerns regarding the handling of the ball team sign-up policy, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to instruct the Ball Team Committee to abide by the sign-up deadline policy, with no deviations.  Motion carried unanimously.  Water Rate comparisons, noting that a significant variation in rate structure can result due to the volume and population, and citizen concerns regarding mandated fluoridation legislation.
Monthly Reports:  Rescue Squad-10 calls resulting in 36 man hours, noting that Tim Switzer and Larry Bauers recently resigned from the squad.  Fire Department-Randy Jones and Marc Cappen resigned from the department and Justin Backhaus transferred to the Manley Rural Fire Division.  Police Report-190 hours patrolled with 32 calls of service, resulting in 11 warnings and 5 citations being issued.  Water/Wastewater-copies of report distributed to members of the Council for review.  It was noted that repairs to well No. 2 are currently being pursued.  Health Board-Hoffman advised he plans to continue making progress; legal processes on Schwartz and Flanagan properties are being pursued; Ashlock addressed council concerns and agreed to pursue as weather permits; continued monitoring to assure compliance on the Eckley, Wessels and Duwe properties.

Members of the Council were provided an update on the ongoing WWTP UV Disinfection Project, the Gospel Hill Paving Project and the Weeping Water Trail Project.

An assessment of recent flood damage was provided, noting that the Mayor has signed a disaster declaration as a result of the damages incurred.  As it was noted that additional heavy rains could result in the loss of the City Lakes due to a massive wash out, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to accept the recommendations of representatives of Olsson Associates to perform emergency repairs to the washed out area of the creek bank which is encroaching the southeast end of the lake in order to prevent further damage.  Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that the City Lake area is currently closed for safety reasons and to allow for clean up as the weather permits.  A motion was made by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to have Bickford Electric repair the five electrical pedestals which were damaged as a result of the flood.  Motion carried unanimously.

Following further discussion of the recently mandated fluoridation issue, it was agreed to set a public “Town Hall” meeting on June 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., at the Community Building to allow for public input on the proposition.

The Monthly Maintenance Report was provided by Rob Bauers, noting the following:  construction of the new sand volleyball courts is nearing completion; rock will be replaced on the camper pads at the City Lakes as soon as flood hazards subside; efforts to obtain a contractor to provide the appropriate asphalt repairs around specific manholes and other problem areas will be pursued; scheduling of a meeting with the Streets and Alleys Committee to determine a priority list of streets on which the city plans to utilize the available millings.

Following discussion regarding upcoming contract renewal for city-wide solid waste disposal services, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve a five year contract with Cass County Refuse, subject to annual review, which allows for the following increases to compensate for rising fuel and landfill costs: single family residences -$5.00 per month increase, Senior Citizen single family residences -$4.25 per month increase, and commercial accounts-15% increase.  Motion carried unanimously.  It was noted that a new contract and ordinance reflecting the same will be prepared and presented at the July meeting for final approval.

There were no new updates on the acquisition of the brush/compost site or the proposed ball field improvements.

The Clerk advised that notification was received that the City was selected for a 2008 tree-planting grant for the Weeping Water Trail Project through OPPD’s Tree Promotion Program.

A list of residents who have not yet licensed their pets was presented for Council review, with the Council agreeing to pursue the issuing of citations for the same.

Minutes of the meetings of the City Lake Committee and the Weeping Water Housing Authority were presented for council review, as well as various other correspondence received during the month.

It was noted that the previously approved check in the amount of $400 for the city’s share of Fire School expenses was voided and will be reissued upon receipt of an invoice for the proper amount, as only two members were able to attend rather than four.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims:  Salaries-9,094.60; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util/cell-88.24; Ameritas, emp ben-915.03; Aquila, util-517.98; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2,574.38; Kansas State Bank-equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sls tx, whlg-1,585.11; OPPD, util-3,235.92; Post Office, pstg-84.00; United Healthcare, ins-1835.48; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-856.82; Windstream, util-519.59; Paving Bond pmt-25,592.50; PeopleService, prof-11,123.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7,781.01; T Shirts Plus, sup-232.00; Baburek Computer Service, rep-1,234.80; Hoss’s Lawn Care, maint-150.00; S. Hauschild, reimb-35.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-25.00; Kerns Excavating, rep/maint-1,053.00; Banyon Data Systems, prof-195.00; HD Supply Waterworks, rep-168.20; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-124.97; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-87.77; Plattsmouth Ready Mix, rep-199.55; Stubbendick Implement, rep-265.63; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-57.69; Olsson Associates, prof-9,518.56; Fireguard, sup-28.50; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; AllMed, sup-171.67; Papillion Fire & Rescue, ALS rmb-126.00; Shaffer Communications, maint-84.80; Anderson Ford, rep-84.55; Bickford Electric, rep-88.85; Sign & Screen, sup-45.50; Aqua Chem, sup-652.51; C. Bailey, trng  reimb-50.00; D. Buffington, trng reimb-50.00; K. Flanagan, ump fees-265.00; B. Wipf, ump fees-305.00; Dokter Trucking, trkg-150.00; Sport Supply Group, equip-374.99; Lou’s Sporting Goods, sup-31.45; Country Home, bks-21.97; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-633.93; D. Henley, maint-100.00; Stop & Shop, fuel, sup-849.78; Meeske Hdw., rep/maint-528.80; T. Anderson, maint-48.00; J. Donham, animal control-99.35; EMS Billing, reimb-341.01; John’s Appliance, rep-88.00; H. Stubbendieck, mlg-25.25; Prima Distribution, rep-84.85; Fleet Services, fuel-482.46; R & S Htg & A/C, rep-131.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

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