Weeping Water Nebraska

APRIL 13, 2009

    Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2009 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 April 9, 2009 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The location of a posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  Minutes of the March 9, and March 30, 2009 meetings were approved as presented.
Under Open Forum Jerry Smith presented a letter signed by several residents regarding a rumor that the City Council was discussing closing the swimming pool.  Upon review of the same, it was noted by the City Council that such action was never considered. Other concerns presented by Mr. Smith included: swimming lesson/admission fees,  when the restrooms at the City Parks would be open, when wood chips or other ground covering would be placed around playground equipment, and when the playground slide would be erected.   He was assured that like other area parks, the restrooms are not opened until seasonal weather conditions are favorable, and that the city plans to open park restrooms by the end of this week.  Efforts to complete construction of the playground equipment and apply appropriate ground cover will also be pursued, as weather permits.
    Members of the Pool Board were present to address proposed policies regarding swimming lessons, after which it was agreed by the Council to re-establish the policy that swimming lessons be offered and paid through the pool office, providing for a slightly higher lesson rate for those not having a season pool pass.
    MONTHLY REPORTS:  The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 187 hours were patrolled during the month with 27 calls of service, resulting in 15 warnings and 3 citations being issued. Areas of concern addressed included vehicles which are parked too close to the curb along East “O” Street and at the west entrance of the alley in said block between “O” and “N” Streets.  No Fire Department Report was available. Copies of the Monthly Rescue Squad Report were distributed, noting that there were 12 calls during the month resulting in a total of 64 man hours.  Rob Bauers presented the Monthly Maintenance Report, which noted several areas of maintenance and repair performed on streets, city equipment, swimming pool, city lake property and the ballfield.  As part of the Day Trust Fund Allocation for park improvements, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the purchase of three new park benches from R& R Welding at a cost of $500.00 each and to purchase six table/benches from Heartland Machine & Welding at a cost of $135 each.  Motion carried unanimously.  Concerns regarding creek bank erosion along a portion of North Commercial Street were addressed and will continue to be pursued.  The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was presented by Bruce Sorensen
    The City Attorney provided updates on ongoing issues pertaining to zoning/building code violations.
    The Mayor noted that there were no updates on the status of the proposed brush/compost site.
    Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the request of Hopkins Tavern for a Special Designated Liquor License to operate a beer garden in an appropriately enclosed area in front of their business located at 305 West Eldora Avenue on June 27, 2009 during the Limestone Day festivities, and to temporarily close a portion of the street for said event.  Motion carried unanimously. 
    Art Davis provided an update on upcoming Limestone Day activities and submitted a letter, on behalf of the Limestone Day Committee, requesting the city’s assistance for specific issues, with no action being taken.
    Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 09-07, which approves the update to the Cass County Local Emergency Operations Plan.  Motion carried unanimously.
    In regard to the WWTP UV Disinfection Project, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve and authorize the appropriate execution of Change Order No. 1, resulting in a net increase in contract price of $2,999.00 to allow for the construction of extra concrete foundations for future UV units, to approve Pay Request No. 1 for project costs completed to date in the amount of $77,206.05, and to utilize investments from the Sewer Sinking Fund to provide temporary funding for said
project costs, until bonding details are finalized.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve city participation in the Early Warning System Joint Purchasing Project, affirm the 25% local match, and submit a letter of support reflecting the same.  Motion carried unanimously.
    In regard to the FEMA Flood Insurance Study Report for Cass County, Nebraska and Incorporated Areas, members of the Council were advised that the City has 30 days to review the map for Weeping Water and the surrounding zoning jurisdiction to identify changes and corrections to non-technical information.  The remaining time frames include public notices and meetings, a 90 day appeal period, and final determination, with the final Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Map becoming effective six months after the final determination. 
    Haag Salvage provided a proposal for assisting with a city clean-up, with action being tabled until fall.
    Other items discussed included a recap of a recent Economic Development Committee meeting, preliminary budget preparations to include a planning session and walk thru of city facilities, continued parking problems along a portion of Eldora Avenue, information received regarding an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and various correspondence.
    It was the general consensus that city officials are interested in working with the Chamber of Commerce in pursuing the placement of a sign recognizing Weeping Water, to be located near the Highway 50 and Spur 13K interchange.
    Notice was received that the application for the OPPD Tree Planting Program for landscaping along the Weeping Water Trail was denied, but city officials agreed to seek the Garden Club’s assistance in pursuing planting of some of the proposed shrubs and/or perennials.
    Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims:  Salaries-9366.26; OPPD, util-2960.86; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., sls tx, whlg-1380.00; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-2524.81; EMS Billing, reimb-356.77; Constellation New Energy, util-1332.15; Black Hills Energy, util-307.04; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-10.00; Ameritas, emp ben-1057.21; Alltel, util-297.63; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-960.00; United Healthcare, ins-3488.99; Windstream, util-535.22; Post Office, pstg-384.00; Peopleservice, prof-11746.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10731.75; Cass Co. Little League, league fees-300.00; A. Cave, reimb-15.00; SE Girls Softball League, league fees-260.00; Nebr UC Fund, unemp-245.55; WW Foods, rep/maint-14.60; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-134.10; Miller Monroe Co., ins-131.00; Reliable, off sup-45.48; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Stubbendick Implement, rep-133.04; Stop N Shop, fuel- 163.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-303.59; Fireguard, rep-79.00; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80; Dale P. Nielsen, rep-669.72; Keckler Oil Co., rep-517.69; J. McKinstry, maint-190.00; Olsson Associates, prof-1308-29; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-825.22; WW Rescue Squad, rmb trng exp-300.00; J. Backhaus, mlg-41.25; Linweld, sup-64.15; Allmed, sup-115.17; Superior Spa & Pool, equip-1325.82; Midwest Farmers Co-op, sup-305.55; C. Heath, ball equip reimb-179.54; Lawn Order, maint-1727.90; Creative Edge Graphics, signs-653.00; T. Anderson, maint-40.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-225.23; HD Waterworks, equip-5919.34; Great Plains One Call, serv-9.92; Timron’s Plumbing, maint-60.00; General Excavating, cap imp-77206.05; Travelers-RMD, ins-4546.00; SENDD, adm exp-1931.34; Anderson Ford, rep-3051.38; EMS Billing, reimb-511.45; Fleet Service, fuel-120.74; C. Cook, mlg-41.25; K. Gerdes, pstg reimb-5.47.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to adjourn at 8:10 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.

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