Weeping Water Nebraska

AUGUST 10, 2009

    Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on August 10, 2009 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew.  Absent:  Melody Falcone.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the August 6, 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 July 13th and July 15th, 2009 meetings were approved as presented.  No issues were addressed under Open Forum.
    MONTHLY REPORTS:  Fire Department:  2 calls during the month; approved the proposal of Choice Electric Inc., for materials to provide the electrical conversion for the air system to fill air packs.  Rescue Squad: 5 rescue calls during the month resulting in 28 man hours.  It was noted that Chuck Cook retired from the squad after 26 years of service and Charlene Moats retired from the squad after 13 years of service.  Newly elected officers for the ensuing year are Chief-Justin Backhaus; Assistant Chief-Martin Brammier; Secretary-Josh Hanes; Treasurer-Wes Redden; Training Officer-Debbie Houchin.    Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to accept Column B of the EMS Billing Service Proposed Rate Agreement for 2009-2012 with the exception of denying the suggestion to charge for responses that do not result in a transport.  Motion carried unanimously.  Police Report: 194 hours patrolled resulting in 8 citations and 8 warnings being issued. Water/Wastewater Report – presented by Bruce Sorensen, which included monthly activities and required testing results.  Maintenance Report:  options for salt storage to be considered; ball field dugouts have been filled in and concrete base will be poured this week; concrete park bench bases and trail extensions have been poured and the portion that was damaged by vandalism will be re-poured this week; bids received for storm drain and sewer manhole repairs were presented with a motion being made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve the bid of J&M Masonry to restore the storm drain at the intersection of East Eldora and East Park Street at a cost of $2,678.00 and to prioritize the urgency of repairs for restoring the sewer manholes and proceed appropriately at a cost of $682.00 per manhole.  Motion carried unanimously.  Health Board:  an update of actions pending regarding current Health Board issues was provided by the City Attorney.
    An update was provided on the proposed Gospel Run Bank Stabilization Project, with the Clerk advising that notice has been received from Lower Platte South NRD that they have approved the city’s request for 50% cost-share assistance with said project.
    In regard to the WWTP UV Disinfection Project, Ben Day of Olsson Associates advised that they will proceed with hiring someone to televise the line to explore options available to correct current drainage problems.
    Following review of an Engineer’s Report regarding the city’s rising levels of nitrates in the city’s municipal water wells, it was agreed to proceed with a water treatment study to determine water treatment options and costs, and to seek financing options for the same.
    Harold Thomassen, on behalf of the First Congregational Church Board of Trustees, discussed the proposed repairs to the southwest buttress of the exterior of the building owned by the church, which currently houses the Public Library.  A request for the city to assist with costs for the same, which are estimated at $10,000, was tabled for further review.
    Upon review of the preliminary investigation of the deteriorated limestone foundation wall behind City Hall, it was agreed to table action on the Responsibility Agreement regarding the same for further review and revision, and to seek proposals to rectify the current condition of the wall.
    As a proposal for leasing/purchasing property adjoining the Maintenance Shop Building was not feasible, it was agreed to explore other options.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approved the annual Sales Tax Committee
Report in which the following allocations were proposed for the ensuing year:  Auditorium Allocation-$30,000; Pool Loan Payment-$20,000; Fire Truck Payment-$20,000; Trail Loan Payment-$20,000; and MV Sales Tax Allocation-$15,000.  Motion carried unanimously. It was suggested to consider imposing an additional half cent sales tax, with action being tabled for further review.
    Following review of the budget projections for the ensuing year, it was agreed to approve said projections and set the budget hearing for Monday, September 14, 2009 at 5:45 p.m.
    Recent Building Permits approved included; D & M Agena-Garage; F&B Constructors-PCS Mill Bldg Update; D&R Anderson Construction-PCS Load Out Facility.
    Correspondence received was presented for council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims:  Salaries-16,362.77; Windstream, util-632.96; United Healthcare, ins-3,488.99; Alltel, util-119.74; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,494.06; OPPD, util-4,898.40; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-2,203.30; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg/sc-3,851.50; Constellation New Energy, util-16.59; Black Hills Energy, util-57.70; Ameritas, emp ret-1,178.95; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; paving bond call-141,418.08; PeopleService, prof-11,746.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,634.19; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Midwest Turf & Irrigation, equip-6,500.00; Allmed, sup-28.62; Amsan, sup-183.81; Aqua Chem, sup-322.60; W. Wilson, ump fees-40.00; Awards Unlimited, sup-7.32; R. Hermann, ball exp reimb-380.00; SWVA, dues-100.00; R. Fletcher, ump fees-75.00; J. Schreiner, ump fees-175.00; D. McKenzie, ump fees-385.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-607.39; CAS Medical Systems, rep-313.89; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Z. Barrett, ump fees-60.00; WW Foods, sup-102.73; WW Express Lane, sup-291.65; T. Campbell, serv-75.00; First Congregational Church, lease fees-1.00; Syracuse Veterinary, serv-471.17; Stubbendick Implement, rep-83.77; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-348.17; SENDD, dues-1,575.00; Reliable Office Supplies, sup-103.82; Olsson Associates, prof-6,024.98; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-95.00; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-3,795.00; M. Barrett, scheduling-240.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-63.97; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1,263.92; Logan Contractors 152.90; League of Nebr. Municipalities, dues-1,597.00; Keckler Oil Co., maint-176.44; K. Gerdes, mtg/mlg reimb-70.90; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-121.19; Johnny On the Spot, maint-165.00; J. Aronson, mtg/mlg reimb-90.20p; Fleet Services, fuel-227.34; D. Henley, maint-100.00; D. Hall, animal control-2,627.06; Concrete Industries, cap imp-3,395.79; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-9.74; HD Supply, equip-1,779.86; EMS Billing, reimb-766.15; D. Parson, ump fees-405.00; Creative Edge, maint-55.00; Choice Electric, serv-1,584.96.   Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

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