Weeping Water Nebraska


JANUARY 11, 2010

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 5:45 p.m., on January 11, 2010 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 December 24, 2009 issue of The 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 December 14, 2009 meeting were approved as presented.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 10-01, which approves the 2010 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried unanimously.
The following Monthly Reports were presented: WATER/WASTEWATER-recent weather conditions have delayed the installation of the new well controls, the completion of the lowering of the UV System at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and water/sewer main connections related to the Gospel Run Bank Stabilization Project. Council members were advised of the notice received that the City's recent CDBG application for funding a conceptual water supply and treatment study was denied. It was agreed that efforts be made to pursue the same on the next available round of application funding; MAINTENANCE-it was noted that a snow blower for the Skid Loader has been located and should arrive within the next two weeks. A considerable amount of time was spent discussing problems with recent snow removal, which included the following: traffic hazards created by individuals and private contractors pushing snow from a driveway or yard out into the street and leaving piles of snow in the street, the need for residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants, and residents failing to remove vehicles from city streets, which hindered snow removal efforts. The City Attorney agreed to work with the City Clerk to generate letters to the appropriate parties in violation of the aforementioned issues. The Clerk was also advised to post notices regarding said issues. The City Attorney was advised to prepare an Ordinance for consideration at the February meeting, which would revise regulations regarding the parking of vehicles on all city streets during adverse weather conditions. Other parking problems along East Eldora Avenue were addressed, after which a motion was made by McCaulley to ban the parking of all vehicles on Eldora Avenue from Garfield Street east to the city limits. Said motion died for lack of a second; HEALTH BOARD-update on pending issues. McCaulley expressed concern over recent business district fires in various communities and encouraged pursuing adequate fire code enforcement; POLICE REPORT-copies of the monthly report were distributed for council review, noting that there were 174 hours patrolled with 21 calls of service resulting in 5 warnings and 1 citation being issued. Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to provide written notice of the City's intention to terminate the Interlocal Agreement between the County of Cass and the City of Weeping Water for contracted law enforcement services. Motion carried unanimously. RESCUE REPORT-13 rescue calls during the month, resulting in a total of 94 man hours. It was noted that 114 rescue calls were made in 2009. Josh Groleau was recommended for approval to the Ride-a-long program, which met with full Council approval. Rescue Chief, Justin Backhaus discussed current rescue vehicle conditions and requested that the Council consider planning for replacement of the primary rescue unit within the next few years. Volunteer Rescue Squad membership perks were discussed, with the City Attorney agreeing to research the legalities of the same. No Fire Report was available.
Following discussion in regard to a request for a curb cut/driveway at 307 South Randolph Street, the City Council agreed that curb cuts on South Randolph and "N" Streets with paved approaches would be feasible. Final action was tabled to seek the Planning Board's input regarding the driveway surface.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to approve the newly recommended state mileage rate of $.50 per mile. Motion carried unanimously.
Information received regarding Nebraska Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network's Interlocal Agreement for mutual aid assistance between Nebraska water, wastewater and storm water utilities was presented for review, with action being tabled for further review.
Members of the Council were advised of the completion of the County's annual bridge inspection and recommendation for maintenance on the Randolph Street structure, which will be pursued as weather permits.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 588
AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE ALL OF THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER BY ADOPTING THE NEBRASKA BASIC CODE OF ORDINANCES 2010; TO REPEAL PRIOR ORDINANCES; TO REQUIRE FILINGS; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 588 might be introduced, read by title and adopted at the meeting. Motion carried with McCaulley, Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
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.
Updates were provided on the Auditorium Renovation Project, information received on available grants, notice of Cass County receiving the NDEQ Recycling and Litter Reduction Grant and upcoming conferences.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims: Salaries-10,519.31; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., whlg, lodging tax, sales tax-1,901,09; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,470.34; Black Hills Energy, util-222.09; Constellation New Energy, util-466.77; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-2,986.27; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; OPPD, util-3,260.65; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-3,833.83; Verizon Wireless, util-118.67; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,800.19; PeopleService, prof-17,999.00; Post Office, pstg-200.00; US Treasury, whlg-1,017.78; Windstream, util-529.49; D. Hall, animal control-887.51; T. Anderson, maint-80.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-172.64; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-36.32; Columbus Telegram, publ-344.30; Business Forms & Accounting, off sup-84.35; JP Cooke Co., off sup-92.48; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-1,197.78; Wilson Construction, maint-850.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-258.18; L. Sorensen, maint-800.00; Mick's Diesel Repair, rep-292.16; Fremont National Bank, prof-450.00; Olsson Associates, prof-4,143.06; Omaha Standard, rep-320.00; NMC Exchange, rep-120.06; Fireguard, sup-121.09; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Linweld, sup-155.93; Reliable, off equip, sup-1,300.53; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-1,976.00; Fleet Services, fuel-647.78; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-540.97; L. Hovland, resc reimb-85.14; EMS Billing, reimb-474.42; Allmed, sup-92.97; D. Henley, maint-240.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-172.05; Taste of Home, bks-10.00; Healthy Cooking, bks-12.68; Consumer Report, bks-26.00; Ladies Home Journal, bks-16.97; Better Homes & Gardens, bks-10.54; Good Housekeeping, bks-23.97; Great Plains One Call, serv-13.13; Methodist Physicians Clinic, EMS vac-109.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to adjourn at 8:20 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

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