Weeping Water Nebraska


Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 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 August 21, 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 August 4, 2008 meeting were approved as presented.
Monthly Reports:  No Fire Report was available.  Copies of the Rescue Report were distributed by Chuck Cook, noting that there were 18 calls during the month resulting in a total of 98 man hours.  Ongoing concerns regarding a shortage of rescue personnel were addressed, with the Council agreeing to compensate reimbursement for mileage to rescue personnel who are attending rescue training sessions and/or classes.  Copies of the Police Activity Report were reviewed, noting that there were 173 hours patrolled during the month with 29 calls of service resulting in 1 citation and 11 warnings being issued.  Copies of the Water/Wastewater Report were distributed for council review, in the absence of Bruce Sorensen. 

Under Open Forum, Robert Brackett addressed the Council to consider the request to close an alley adjacent to his property.  Action was tabled to determine concerns with fire equipment accessibility, utility easements and floodplain issues.

Ben Day of Olsson Associates provided a report on the following ongoing projects: WEEPING WATER TRAIL PROJECT-70% of the grass seeded areas must be established before final statement can be issued. Change Order # 4, which represents final quantity adjustments resulting in a net increase of original contract price in the amount of $643.00, was presented for review with a motion being made by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve said Change Order.  Motion carried unanimously.  GOSPEL HILL PAVING PROJECT-minor grading and fill needs to be completed on a couple of areas; Engineer proposed to have final change order and final pay request available at the next City Council meeting.   WWTP UV DISINFECTION PROJECT-Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the submittal of the plans and specs for said project, as presented, to NDEQ for review and approval.

A report of monthly maintenance activity resulted in the following:  Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve the bid received from US Asphalt Co., for various minor street repairs and city wide street crack and joint sealing. Motion carried with McCaulley, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Abstain:  Falcone.  It was noted that a few other areas may need to be added to the list of proposed repairs.  Rob advised that we are still waiting on a bid for the application of the asphalt millings. It was also noted that we need to replace the shingles and repaint the interior of the Pool Bath House.  Equipment needs were discussed and will continue to be pursued. Costs for a larger holding tank for the RV Waste Station at the City Lakes Campground are currently being obtained.

A report of Health Board activities included the following:  Wessels and Bickford properties-City Attorney to advise owners that the city will proceed with cleanup procedures and assess property if appropriate measures are not completed by September 17, 2008; legal action pending on Schwartz and Flanagan properties to allow for requested compliance within the additional 60 day time frame allowed, which expires September 12, 2008; City Attorney to commence with abatement procedure on Rehabit Inc., property on South Elm Street and the Markham residence on East M Street, and to pursue the appropriate citation for a resident failing to comply with building permit guidelines.

Motion by McCaulley seconded by Falcone to accept the sealed bid of James and Carolyn Flint in the amount of $500 for property advertised by the City as excess property with a fair market value of less than $5,000, and to authorize the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance reflecting the same to be considered for adoption at the next meeting of the City Council.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Frew seconded by Falcone to approve the revised City Lake Regulations.  Motion carried unanimously.

Updates were provided on the status of the following:  foreclosure proceedings on two delinquent Reuse Loans and CDBG Environmental Review issues.

It was noted that the annual budget hearing will be rescheduled for September 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m., due to schedule conflicts and publication requirements.

Continued complaints regarding the hazards of parked cars along East Eldora Avenue and a portion of South Randolph Street were addressed, with action being tabled for further review.

Motion by Frew seconded by Miller to acknowledge receipt of the PeopleService letter 
and the adjustment and increase in contract price in accordance with the Operations and Maintenance Agreement, which results in a 5.6% CPI-U increase in the maximum annual maintenance/repair expenditure allocation and the monthly compensation, and to return a copy of the signed acknowledgement along with an appropriate letter addressing the City’s concerns with continued cost increases and dissatisfaction with services provided.  Motion carried unanimously.

Other items addressed included the annual tree assessment, a letter from Galaxy Cable regarding new prices effective October of 2008, annexation for a specific parcel of property, a report of City Economic Development Committee activity, upcoming winter trail maintenance and correspondence.

It was noted that a list of residents that have failed to license pets, after numerous reminders, will be forwarded to the City Attorney for appropriate legal action.

Motion by Falcone seconded by Frew to accept the following claims:  Salaries-13938.95; Alfac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util-89.75; Ameritas, emp ben-966.60; Aquila, util-213.16; Constellation New Energy, util-20.72; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-3,531.32; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept/ Rev., whlg, sls tax-1,461.17; OPPD, util-4,212.01; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,362.63; United Healthcare, ins-2,845.56; Windstream, util-592.41; paving bond pmt-27,253.75; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,612.25; PeopleService, cont fee-11,123.00; Post Office, pstg-384.00; J. Donham, animal cont-127.85; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; Nebr. Dept. of Agriculture, lic fees-150.00; Business Forms & Acctg, off sup-121.17; Reliable Office Supplies, off sup-375.14; Weeping Water Foods, sup-107.02; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-456.02; Nebr. Dept. Rev., recycling fee-25.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-335.53; J. McKinstry, rep/maint-35.00; Keckler Oil Co, rep-960.38; R. McCaulley, sup-125.00; M. Richardson, maint-12.50; Fleet Services, fuel-390.27; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-873.83; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Papillion Fire/Rescue, ALS reimb-79.20; EMS Billing, reimb-547.31; Tami Meyers, trng-185.35; Linweld, sup-45.45; All Seasons Pool & Spa, bal of cap imp-2,480.00; Aqua Chem, sup-143.00; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-26.00; Frenzel Trenching, trkg-630.00; D. Henley, maint-80.00; Baker & Taylor Books, bks-191.08; Olsson Associates, prof-9,489.10; Quality Fence Co., imp-2,385.23; R&R Wilson, imp-450.00; HD Supply Waterworks, imp-6,633.05; Great Plains One Call, serv-28.57; Kerns Excavating, maint-200.00; Murray Building & Supply, sup-459.90.  Motion carried with Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Abstain:  McCaulley.

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

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