Weeping Water Nebraska

NOVEMBER 10, 2008

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 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 November 6, 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 October 13, 2008 meeting were approved as presented.

MONTHLY REPORTS:  The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 187 hours were patrolled during the month with 34 calls of service, resulting in 5 citations and 6 warnings being issued.  There was no official report from the Fire Department, but an application received for membership on the Fire Department was tabled for further review. It was noted that the Fire Chief relayed information stressing the ban on open burning in Weeping Water.  The Monthly Rescue Squad Report was presented by Chuck Cook, noting that there were 8 calls of service during the month resulting in a total of 44 man hours.  Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Martin Brammier and Andrew Snodgrass for the Rescue Squad Ride-a-long Program and to approve the application of Lloyd Campbell, who is currently a member of the Weeping Water Fire Department, for driver status only on the Rescue Squad.  Motion carried unanimously.  Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report, noting the progress being made with the installation of the new water meters.  Rob Bauers provided the Monthly Maintenance Report noting maintenance and winterization measures that have been performed. Roof conditions of the Pool Bath House and several buildings at the Ball Park were addressed and will be pursued as weather permits.

Under Old Business, Bob Steinhauser presented to the Council signed copies of a petition distributed requesting the City to allow the use of golf carts, ATV’s and UTV’s on city streets, with action being tabled for further review.

An update of recently addressed Health Board issues was provided by the Mayor, noting that areas which are not yet in full compliance will continue to be monitored.

In regard to the status of establishing a new compost/brush disposal site, the Mayor noted that Bill Donahue with PCS Phosphate has advised that he has received verbal approval to allocate the necessary funds for fencing delineating its property from the city property, and it is anticipated that the city should have access to said property by early spring.

In regard to the Gospel Hill Paving Improvement Project, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve Change Order No. 2, which results in a net increase in contract price of $12,782.24.  Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve final payment to Tab Construction Company for said project in the amount of $2,739.39, which represents the retained percentage.  Motion carried unanimously.
It was noted that the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District recently approved an increase in the NRD’s allocated share of non federal reimbursement of funds for the Weeping Water Trail Project, and that a check in the amount of $46,000 was received by the city reflecting the same.  Members of the Council were advised that as a prerequisite to closeout of the Weeping Water Trail Project, the Federal Highway Administration recently performed an inspection of the local files, Nebraska Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement project files and the project site.

A copy of the City Attorney’s report regarding the citations for failure to license pets that were recently filed in County Court was presented for council review.  The Humane Officer suggested the council’s consideration in changing city regulations regarding the minimum age at which pets must be licensed from 6 months of age to 4 months of age, as rabies vaccinations may be given as early as 4 months of age.  Discussion ensued regarding the same, as well as ordinance revisions regarding licensing information, licensing deadlines and kennel regulations, with the council agreeing to maintain the existing regulations.

As the affected property owners have been notified of the city’s intentions to annex a parcel of property located within the NE1/4 of the SE1/4 of Section 35-11-11, Cass County, Nebraska, the following Ordinance was presented for first reading:
There being no public objection to the proposed annexation, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 578.  Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None. 

Members of the Council were advised of the city’s receipt of $16,588.11, which represents the federal share of reimbursement for FEMA Disaster #1770-DR-NE.

Following review of the employee pay scale, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the following salaries:  Librarian, Janice Aronson-$10.45/hour; Joyce Fleming, Library Assistant-$7.55/hour; Helen Amick and Sharon Crosby, Alt Library Assistants-$7.25/hour; Deb Wilson, maintenance-$10.28/hour; Linda Fleming, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer-$10.50/hour; Kay Gerdes, City Clerk/Treasurer-$18.52/hour; Rich Bauers, maint-$11.00/hour; Rob Bauers, Maintenance Supt.-$16.75/hour and part time snow removal wages-$12.75/hour.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the revised Personnel Policy, as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that as a result of the recent election, the voters approved to prohibit the addition of fluoride to the city’s water system. The Clerk advised that an ordinance reflecting the same will be presented at the December meeting.

Other items addressed included completion of the recent inspection of the filtration/drain system at the swimming pool and preparations for the annual Board/Committee update.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 08-17, which declares specific city property identified as a 9’flat bed, Yardman riding lawn mower for parts, and a 1997 Chevy  pickup box as excess property and authorizes advertisement of bids for the sale of the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to accept the following claims: Salaries-8,125.48; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-934.23; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-2,354.37; Nebraska Department of Revenue, sales, tx, whlg-1,362.18; Alltel, util-88.25; Aquila, util-124.34; Constellation Energy, util-25.90; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; OPPD, util-3,352.53; United Healthcare, ins-2,845.56; Windstream,util-544.54; Cass County Refuse, reimb-11,014.50; Post Office, pstg-378.00; PeopleService, prof-13,139.00; Water Bond pmt-2,060.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris,prof-1,291.67; Hoss’s Lawn Care, maint-300.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; JP Cooke Co., sup-68.43; Reliable, off sup-468.98; Business Forms, off sup-372.74; Olsson Assoc., prof-174.36; Bobcat of Omaha, equip-2,493.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-146.80; Arrow Striping, maint-540.00; Superior Lamp Inc., sup-446.50; Concrete Industries, rep/maint-990.09; Display Sales, maint-66.40; HD Waterworks, sup-10,183.04; Langfeldt Overhead Door, rep-96.00; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Allmed, sup-349.00; Burr Farms, equip rental-769.13; Dean Henly, maint-40.00; J. Aronson, mlg-60.26; Good Housekeeping, bks-24.97; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-690.63; IIMC, sup-29.50; Great Plains One Call, serv-14.97; Paper Tiger Shredding, maint-50.00; Meeske Auto parts, rep/maint-267.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1,291.33; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-242.29; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-31.66; Linweld, sup-46.15; Midland Telecom Inc., rep-171.20; Fleet Services, fuel-254.20; EMS Billing, reimb-787.33; Heartland Machine & Welding, rep-1,210.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-252.51; Timron Plumbing, serv-240.00; and Tab Construction Co.,-cap imp.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

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