CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the application to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for a Community Development Block Grant at 6:00 p.m. on September 14, 2009 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll. Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, and Mitch Miller. Absent: Ray Frew. Notice of the public hearing was posted in three public places in the City of Weeping Water on September 4, 2009. The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor.
John Trouba of SENDD presented information regarding the CDBG application, in which the City of Weeping Water is requesting $12,000 to conduct a Conceptual Water Supply and Treatment Study on the City’s municipal water supply and quality issues. Local match for the planning initiative will be provided by the city in the amount of $3,500, which brings the total project funds to $15,500. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll except Frew. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 3, 2009 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. Minutes of the August 10th and August 19th, 2009 meetings were approved as presented.
As a result of the public hearing regarding the CDBG application, a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 09-13, which authorizes the Chief Elected Official to sign an application for CDBG funds and execute the necessary documents so as to affect acceptance of the grant application. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 188 hours were patrolled during the month, resulting in 6 citations and 17 warnings being issued.
Under Open Forum, John Yochum provided a brief presentation of the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council’s mission statement, its committees and expectations.
The regular meeting was closed pro-tem and the public hearing regarding the proposed budget and the special hearing to set the final tax request was opened with McCaulley, Falcone, and Miller answering roll. Absent: Frew. Notices of the budget hearing and the special hearing to set the final tax request were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 10, 2009 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $208,653.21 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of .407653, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $111,599, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .189618. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and the hearing to set the final tax request were closed and the regular monthly meeting was re-opened with the following members of the Council answering roll. McCaulley, Falcone and Miller. Absent: Frew.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve the proposed budget for the ensuing fiscal year and adopt Resolution No. 09-11, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to approve an increase of the base of restricted funds by an additional one percent, as allowed by law. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 586
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 586 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. 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.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.
Discussion was held regarding the allowing of Bruce Lawson to park his truck on an impassable open street if he maintained said street, with no objections being voiced.
Copies of the Monthly Rescue Squad Report were distributed for council review. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the applications of Bev Ervin and Travis West for Rescue Squad Membership, as recommended by the Rescue Squad, to approve James Flint for the Ride-a-long program, and to approve the request to cover all non-insured costs incurred for H1N1 Vaccinations for Rescue Squad members. Motion carried unanimously.
The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was presented by Bruce Sorensen and the Monthly Maintenance Report was presented by Rob Bauers. Dave Chebatoris provided an update on Monthly Health Board Activity.
Following discussion regarding possible grant funding that may be available to assist with the “Gospel Run Bank Stabilization Project”, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to pursue grant funding options, approve the specs for said project and to advertise for bids as specified. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve Pay Request No. 4 to General Excavating in the amount of $29,273.07 for the Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection Project improvements completed to date. Motion carried unanimously. Ben Day of Olsson Associates advised that measures will be taken to correct the capacity issue associated with the project at the expense of Olsson Associates.
Ben Day advised that he had received notice that NRD has completed the Nitrate Study
for this area, and they will provide results of the same at the October meeting. He also advised that the one year warranty on the Gospel Hill Paving Project expires on October 1, 2009.
In regard to the necessary repairs to the limestone foundation wall behind City Hall, it was noted that the Responsibility Agreement has been signed by all parties involved and that measures are being pursued to rectify the situation as recommended.
Dave Chebatoris provided an update on the status of delinquent Reuse Business Loans which are currently being pursued.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to deny the request of the Board of Trustees of the First Congregational Church to assist with paying the costs for repairing the buttress of the exterior of the building owned by the Church, which currently houses the Public Library. Motion carried unanimously. Results of a Nebraska Forest Service-Community Enhancement Program Project Survey were presented to the Council for review, noting that the landscaping project completed around the Library received a highly successful project rating.
Notice was received from Mike Spohr advising of his resignation from various City Boards and Committees, due to a new career path and impending relocation. The Clerk was advised to post notice of vacancies on the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Economic Development Committee and City Trail Committee. Following review of the various Boards and Committees, it was noted that the Council is considering the viability of the City Trail and the City Lake Committees and will address at the October meeting to see if there is a need to maintain said committees.
Proposals for painting parking lines on Eldora Avenue and painting the center lines on the curves North Elm Street and “F” Street were presented for review, with no action being taken. The School also presented a proposal for painting ten crosswalks around the School, with the Council agreeing to allow the school to have the crosswalks painted at the School’s expense.
Notice was received from PeopleService advising of new contract prices effective October 1, 2009 resulting in a monthly compensation decrease from $11,746 to $11,499, which reflects a 2.1% decrease, due to the Consumer Price Index adjustment.
A proposal from Lawn Order for aeration, renovation and over seeding at the mini park around the Gazebo was presented for Council review, with action on the same being denied.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve renewal of the proposed Rescue Squad Contingency Agreement with the Village of Avoca and the Avoca Rural Fire District, subject to their final approval. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 09-12, which adopts an amended “Weeping Water Theft Prevention Program” to include clauses pertaining to Rescue Squad Services. Motion carried unanimously.
Following discussion and review of city policies, it was agreed that the City Maintenance Department would help the Water/Wastewater Department repair streets following repairs from water line breaks.
It was agreed to research the policies of other local communities and businesses regarding bereavement compensation, as there is no current allowance for the same in the Personnel Policy.
Correspondence received was presented for Council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Falcone to accept the following claims: Salaries-13,786.20; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Alltel, util-120.14; Ameritas, emp ben-1,045.05; Black Hills Energy, util-110.64; Constellation New Energy, util-14.03; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, bk s/c-3,284.85; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg-3,260.04; OPPD, util-4,296.82; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-3,488.99; Windstream, util-610.80; Ron’s Masonry & Stone, cap imp-30,066.66; Paving Bond pmt-31,597.50; PeopleService, prof-11,746.00; Cass County Refuse,reimb-10,971.25; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, waste/recycling fee-25.00; Journal Consumer Connection, publ-79.25; Olsson Associates, prof-14,685.35; Syracuse Vet Service, serv-196.98; Baburek Computer Services, rep-125.10; Conney Safety Products, sup-186.98; B. Nash, maint-198.00; B. Sorensen, Maint-148.50; D. Poppleton, maint-22.00; M. Miller, maint-27.50; H. Lindsey, trkg-200.00; T. Bauers, maint-88.00; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-51.12; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Fleet Services, fuel-100.60; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-487.32; Stop N Shop, fuel-437.15; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-17.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-137.23; Choice Electric, cap imp, rep-758.05; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Linweld, sup-85.55; Keckler Oil Co., rep-251.82; Allmed, sup-77.57; Langfeldt Overhead Door, rep-69.00; Darla Hopwood, resc trng-170.00; Medicare Part B, reimb-373.55; EMS Billing, reimb-466.42; Papillion Fire Rescue, ALS reimb-272.80; WW Express Lane, sup-49.66; T. Campbell, serv-62.50; Aqua Chem, sup-225.00; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-100.00; L. Sorensen, sup/trkg-478.91; Kerns Excavating, maint-200.00; Concrete Industries, cap imp-1,584.09; Johnny On The Spot, maint-235.53; D. Henley, maint-100.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-699.96; J. Aronson, mlg/mtg-18.15; Reliable Office Supplies, sup-110.15; Timron’s Plumbing, rep-254.50; Great Plains One Call, serv-11.11; L. Hovland, dep ref-64.05; Creative Edge Graphics, sup-30.00; HD Waterworks, equip-4,132.86; Heartland Machine & Welding, cap imp-600.00; D. Hall, animal control-1,650.97; Karen St.Pierre, resc trng-177.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk