Weeping Water Nebraska

FEBRUARY 9, 2009

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 6:00 p.m. on February 9, 2009 at City Hall.  Council members answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew.  Absent:  None.

Notice of the public hearing and the regular monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 29, 2009 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city.  The location of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was announced by the Mayor.
Members of the Council briefly reviewed the city’s proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for the ensuing year, which contained provisions for maintenance only.  There being no public comment, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll.  Minutes of the January 12, 2009 meeting were approved as presented.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution 09-02, which approves the 2009 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed.  Motion carried unanimously.

The following reports were presented:  Monthly Rescue Squad Activity Report, noting that there were 9 calls resulting in a total of 50 man hours.  The year end statistic report of Rescue Squad activity was also presented for review, which noted a total of 130 calls, 624 man hours and 129 hours of training.  Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Andrew Snodgrass and Martin Brammier for membership on the Rescue Squad, with both having completed the Ride-a-long Program.  Motion carried unanimously.  The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented in which it was noted that 188 hours were patrolled with 48 calls of service resulting in 10 citations and 15 warnings being issued. The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was presented by Bruce Sorensen.  Ben Day of Olsson Associates was present to address compliance with water well testing regulations.  Mr. Day also updated the members of the Council on the Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection Project, providing a summarization of the recent pre-construction meeting and discussing options for financing the same.  Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report, noting damage to the corner blocks surrounding the Day Trust Sign at the City Lake area, which he has temporarily repaired, and addressing equipment/departmental needs.  As a result of the same, the Council agreed to proceed with ordering cold patch mix to repair various pot holes, obtain cost estimates for roofing options for various City Park Buildings, obtain bids on mowing equipment, proceed with the purchase of Campground regulation signs to be placed at the entrance of the City Lake area,  and pet regulation signs to be placed along the hiking/biking trail and around the City Lake area, pursue necessary measures to correct drainage problems at the intersection of Chicago and “J” Street.  It was also noted that the appropriate drain covers for the swimming pool have been ordered and shipped and will be installed as weather permits.

The City Attorney provided updates on ongoing issues pertaining to zoning/building code regulations, cleanup of railroad property and delinquent business reuse loans.

Following discussion with Bruce Lawson regarding his request to modify zoning regulations pertaining to the maximum size of accessory building allowed in a Medium Density Residential (R-2) District, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to deny the request to amend said regulations to allow the construction of an accessory building larger that 1800 square feet in a MDR (R-2) District.  Motion carried unanimously.

The following Ordinances were presented:
AN ORDINANCE VACATING THAT PART OF “P” STREET FROM SOUTH PARK STREET ON THE EAST TO THE WEST BOUNDARY OF THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER ON THE WEST, ALL IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA.  Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 583 might be introduced, read by title and adopted.  Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye:  Nays:  None. 
AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE ALL OF THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER BY ADOPTING THE NEBRASKA BASIC CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2009; TO REPEAL PRIOR ORDINANCES; TO REQUIRE FILINGS; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 584 might be introduced, read by title and adopted.  Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None.

Said Ordinances will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinances being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.

Copies of the Annual Library Report were distributed for Council review.

Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the new state approved mileage rate of $.55 per mile.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to approve a new shorter term Lease with the First Congregation Church for use of the building currently being occupied by the Library, pending final approval by the Church.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that Aimee Morlan is willing to fill in as Assistant Librarian, as needed, which met with full council approval.

The Clerk was advised to advertise for bids for the operation of the concession stand at the Ball Field and for summer maintenance and swimming pool employment positions that will be available.

Other items discussed included the upcoming baseball/softball season, the status of the tree assessment, notification of proposed amendments to the Cass County Zoning Regulations, upcoming meetings and workshops and a request from US Water Service to be considered in the process of renewing services for the operation and management of the water/wastewater facilities.

It was noted that the January claim payable to Ball Insurance should have been $1,443.00 rather than $1,560.  Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the following February claims:  Salaries-8,885.83; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util cell-88.12; Ameritas, emp ben-990.62; Black Hills Energy, util-417.26; Constellation Energy, util-2,102.85; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-2,553.83; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sls tx-1,447.71; OPPD, util-3,307.06; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,131.00; United Healthcare, ins-3,488.99; Windstream, util-541.76; CDBG, adm/sup exp-6,996.31; PeopleService, prof-11,746.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,699.25; Post Office, pstg-192.00; Chamber of Commerce, dues,mtg-52.00; American Legal Publishing, prof-650.00; Labor Law Compliance, prof-32.95; Weeping Water Foods, sup-22.15; Reliable, off sup-213.30; T. Anderson, maint-62.50; Omaha Standard Dist., rep-456.13; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-196.44; Dale P. Nielsen, rep-63.57; Fireguard, rep-248.76; Fire Extrication Hazmat Billing, reimb-169.30; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Linweld, sup-46.15; D. Henley, maint-20.00; Baker & Taylor, bks-404.13; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-742.20; Stop N Shop, fuel-234.32; Plattsmouth Journal, publ, subsc-224.52; HD Waterworks, equip-14,700.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-10.57; Olsson Associates, prof-62.40; EMS Billing, reimb-430.82; Fleet Services, fuel-129.71.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

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