Weeping Water Nebraska

OCTOBER 13, 2008

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on Monday, October 13, 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 October 9, 2008 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The location of a posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  Minutes of the September 8, and September 17, 2008 meetings were approved as presented.

OPEN FORUM:  Lou Schwartz addressed the Council in regard to Health Board concerns on his vacant property and advised that he is trying to sell the property, but agreed that he would maintain it until the sales transaction was completed.  He also inquired as to the status of water meter repairs at his residence and was advised that the necessary repairs and meter replacement were scheduled for completion this week, according to Bruce Sorensen’s Monthly Operation Report.  Bob Steinhauser requested the Council’s consideration in allowing the use of golf carts and ATV vehicles within the city limits if certain requirements are met, which the Council agreed to take under advisement.

MONTHLY REPORTS:  The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 190 hours were patrolled during the month with 38 calls of service, resulting in 6 citations and 7 warnings being issued.  No Monthly Fire Department Report was available.  Copies of the Monthly Rescue Squad Report were distributed for review, noting that there were 13 rescue calls during the month resulting in 65 man hours. Based on recommendation of the Rescue Squad a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve a revision to Article 4, Section B of the Rescue Squad By-laws, which adds “the Fire District of Avoca” to the applicant residence requirements, contingent upon approval of the second reading by the Rescue Squad.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve the purchase of twelve reflective vests for the Rescue Squad for a total cost of $437.88 plus shipping.  Motion carried unanimously.

ENGINEER REPORT:  Ben Day addressed property concerns in regard to the Gospel Hill Paving Improvement Project and will proceed with the preparation of project close-out documents.  Motion was made by Miller seconded by Falcone to approve the final pay request of M.E. Collins Contracting Company in the amount of $17,052.40 for completion of the Weeping Water Trail Project.  Motion carried unanimously.  It was noted that Notification of Project Completion has been forwarded to the Transportation Enhancement Program.  In regard to the WWTP UV Disinfection Project:   specs for the project have been received and approved by NDEQ; advertisement for bids will be published in the Plattsmouth Journal on November 6th, 13th and 20th, 2008; bid opening date was set for December 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall; date to consider action on bids received-December 8, 2008 at the City Council meeting.  It was also noted that an inspection of the swimming pool drain system and drain covers will be performed to assure compliance with newly enforced state legislation.

Copies of the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report were distributed to members of the council, in the absence of Bruce Sorensen. It was noted that the meter replacement process is progressing, with the Council agreeing that the meter pits should be top priority before the arrival of winter weather conditions followed by replacement of all of the broken meters.

The Council agreed that it would be beneficial to mail out a letter to all Weeping Water residents explaining the fluoride issue which will be placed on the November 4, 2008 ballot.

Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report noting that the street repairs and crack sealing of the streets have been completed. Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to accept the bid of Arrow Striping, to paint the center dividing lines on the Gospel Hill paving project and to re-stripe the parking lines and handicap parking stall on Eldora Avenue in the Business District for the amount of $515.  Motion carried unanimously.  Discussion was held regarding the installation costs of the scoreboard at the ball field with the council agreeing that no action be taken on any future cost sharing projects for Memorial Field until actual cost estimates are provided in writing.  Equipment needs were discussed, with a motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the purchase of a used 84” V Snow Blade and electric harness attachment for the Bobcat with a total cost for both being approximately $2,150.  Motion carried unanimously. 

The City Attorney provided an update on legal action pending on two Business Reuse Loans, animal citations, property liens filed and pending Health Board issues. New complaints received regarding specific property conditions were addressed and will be appropriately pursued. 

The following Ordinance was presented:  ORDINANCE NO. 577
AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE SALE OF REAL ESTATE OWNED BY THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS LOT 1 AND THE EAST ONE-SIXTH OF LOT 2, BLOCK 68, IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA TO JAMES D. FLINT, JR. AND CAROLYN FLINT, HUSBAND AND WIFE.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 577 might be introduced, read by title and adopted.  Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

Under Old Business the following issues were addressed:  Brackett request to close alley was denied; update on parked cars along a portion of East Eldora Avenue and South Randolph Street with action being tabled for further review; update on the status of the Release of Funds for the Community Development Block Grant. 

Members of the Council were advised that the Weeping Water Housing Authority PILOT payment for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 in the amount of $3,358.31 was received.

A summary of Building Permit Activity for the past few months was distributed noting the following permits issued:  Miscellaneous Permits:  D. Hlavac-fence; D. Nielsen-Accessory Building; D. Fleming-Accessory Building; J. Flint-Deck; Heartland Community Bank-Accessory Building; J. Conley-fence replacement; R. Nichols-privacy fence; C. Little-fence; A. McGill-Accessory Building; R. Brackett-fence and B. Gegg-Accessory Building;  Building Permits: C. Little-metal building; J. Gage-Garage.

Other information received which was presented for council review included:  Library Board Minutes, skate park proposals, and an inquiry regarding a suitable site for providing Cass County Community Clinic services.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to accept the following claims:  Salaries-7,837.70; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-932.53; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,281.35; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-121.12; Aquila, util-123.59; Constellation New Energy, util-21.76; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2,201.92; CD Purchases-$24,000; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sales tax, whlg-1,401.23; OPPD, util-3,672.09; United Healthcare, ins-2,845.56; Windstream, util-539.96; PeopleService, prof-11,123.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,612.25; Pool Loan pmt-20,000.00; Alltel, util-90.21; Post Office, pstg-192.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Baburek Computer, prof-79.00; Journal Consumer Connection,publ-200.24; K. Gerdes, mlg, pstg reimb-68.90; Banyon Data Systems, prof-2,310.00; J. Donham, animal control-294.84; IIMC, dues, 115.00; Rishel & Pfeifer, prof-1,500.00; Reliable, off sup-89.07; Better Business Equipment, off sup-345.00; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-2,036.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-725.66; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc., rep-141.96; Frenzel Trenching, rep-300.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-32.34; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-1,447.58; Olsson Associates, prof-1,174.59; Timron’s Plumbing, rep/maint-1,030.00; HD Waterworks, equip-525.88; Great Plains One Call, serv-18.65; Marquette Bank, equip pmt-31,156.25; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,7ll.80; WW Foods, sup-161.59; EMS Billing, reimb-753.36; R. Dobesh-DeGraff, trng-320.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-207.71; Linweld, sup-46.15; Bickford Electric, rep-312.89; Johnny On the Spot, maint-165.00; Burr Farms, sup-790.00; Country Home, bks-21.97; Better Homes & Gardens, bks-5.99; Taste of Home, bks-16.98; D. Henley, maint-40.00; Baker & Taylor Books, bks-466.01; Heartland Machine/Welding, imp-6,288.35; US Asphalt, st imp-31,568.81; M.E. Collins Contracting Co., imp-17,052.40;  Fleet Services, fuel-274.83; Morgan Pet Clinic, serv-328.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

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