CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
MARCH 8, 2010
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing at 5:45 p.m. on March 8, 2010 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll: Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew. Absent: Bob McCaulley. The purpose of the public hearing was to consider action on the Reuse Loan Application of Kathryn and William M. Cover II.
Notice of the public hearing was given in advance thereof by posting in three public places in the city on February 26, 2010.
Members of the Council reviewed the information presented regarding the Reuse Loan application. There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members except McCaulley answering roll. The Mayor announced the posted location of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by posting in three public places on the 4th day of March, 2010.
Based on the recommendation of the Reuse Committee, a motion was made by Frew and seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 10-03, which approves the application of Kathryn and William M. Cover II, for the use of a maximum of $29,500 of program income from the City's Community Development Reuse Funds for the purchase and renovation of property in Weeping Water to relocate and expand an existing business. Motion carried with Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: McCaulley.
Under Open Forum, John and Theresa Bauers discussed the terms of the Proposal that they submitted, together with David and Lisa Swanson, for the operation of the Concession Stand at the Ball Field. Following review of the same, a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by Miller to approve the Proposal to lease the Ball Field Concession Stand for a two year period covering the summers of 2010 and 2011 for 10% of the net profits with a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $600 yearly. Motion carried unanimously.
Bill Cover addressed the Council with updated information regarding available disaster assistance for the recent severe winter storms and also advised the Council of the upcoming weather outlook in regard to flooding concerns.
Marty Brammier presented the Monthly Rescue Squad Report, noting that there were 13 calls of services resulting in a total of 79 man hours. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve Melissa Hanes and Tara Hanes as members of the Rescue Squad, having recently completed the Ride-a-long Program. Motion carried unanimously. Following discussion regarding Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG), a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Falcone to authorize Marty Brammier to proceed with an application for the same for replacement of the secondary squad unit, with the city being obligated for 10% cost share, if approved. Motion carried unanimously.
Angie Vrtiska of Dana F. Cole and Associates provided results of the annual audit. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the preliminary Audit Report, as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report. No Fire Department Report or Maintenance Report was available at the time of the meeting. One area of concern was addressed in regard to Health Board matters, which the City Attorney agreed to pursue. The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented noting that there were 167 hours patrolled with 38 calls of service resulting in 2 citations and 23 warnings being issued.
Bob Livermore provided a brief synopsis of the benefits of contracting with USW Utility Group for the operation and maintenance of the water/wastewater system, after which a motion was made by Falcone, seconded by Miller to request a proposal for the same, to be presented at the April meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone to pursue a Community Development Block Grant application for a Planning Grant for water treatment and authorize the Mayor to execute the necessary documents to proceed with the same.
The following Ordinance was presented:
ORDINANCE NO. 589
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA AMENDING SECTION 72.11 OF THE WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE PARKING OF ANY VEHICLE ON THE PUBLIC STREETS OF THE CITY OF WEEEPING WATER AT ANY TIME WITHIN 12 HOURS AFTER A SNOWFALL OF THREE INCHES OR MORE HAS OCCURRED WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD, IF THE SNOW HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED WITHIN THAT TIME; TO PROVIDE FOR THE DATE UPON WHICH THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. Motion by Miller, seconded by Falcone that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 589 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Falcone, Miller and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: McCaulley. 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.
The Mayor updated the Council on his recent meeting with the Sheriff regarding the Law Enforcement Contract. Issues addressed by the Council included the need to order "No Skateboarding" signs to be posted in the business district, strict enforcement of regulations pertaining to the use of ATVs, golf carts and skateboards, and clarification of measures to be followed to assure local ordinance enforcement upon completion of the current contract.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 10-04, which declares the 1976 Fruehauf 45'Semi Trailer Van, the Win Power 25KW AC Generator, and the East One-third of Lot 2, Block 70 as excess property and authorize the appropriate sale of the same. Motion carried unanimously. It was agreed to advertise for bids of the semi trailer van and the generator, but table action on the sale of the building currently being occupied as City Hall until the appraisal has been completed.
The Clerk provided an update on the "Cass County Going Green" project. It was noted that informational pamphlets regarding recycling have been printed for local residents and will be distributed throughout the community.
Updates were provided on the status of the opening of the new brush/compost site, the Auditorium renovations, unpaved street conditions, the cellular tower proposal, and delinquent Reuse Loans.
The Clerk advised that notice has been received that Weeping Water is an eligible applicant included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Nebraska due to damage resulting form a severe winter storm, and that appropriate measures will be taken to comply with regulations in order to receive assistance to compensate for costs incurred.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the proposal of Roofers, Inc., for roof repairs on the Community Building and City Hall in the amount of $6,625.00, to be completed as weather permits. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Frew to proclaim the week of April 4-April 10, 2010 as Community Development Week in Weeping Water and authorize the Mayor to sign a Proclamation authorizing the same. Motion carried unanimously.
The Mayor provided a brief update of the recent informal meeting with members of the Library Board in regard to future plans for the Library. Minutes of the most recent Library Board meeting were presented for review. Included in the minutes was the Board's recommendation to hire Aimee Morlan as Librarian at $9.00 per hour until certification is obtained, replacing Janice Aronson, who recently retired, which met with full council approval.
Following review of applications received for summer maintenance positions available, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the hiring of Ben Dehne and Gregg Frenzel at $7.50 and $7.25 per hour respectively. Motion carried unanimously.
It was noted that the Council supported the request of the designated fees from the Junior and Senior Legion ball teams to compensate for electrical usage and field maintenance fees.
The Clerk advised that the Annual Pet Vaccination and Licensing Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 17th from 9-11 a.m. at the Fire Barn.
The subject of a City Clean-up Day was discussed, with no action being taken.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by Miller to accept the following claims: Salaries-8,952.50; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-347.32; Constellation New Energy-1,151.89; OPPD-3,397.24; Windstream-544.83; Verizon Wireless-122.30; Farmers & Merchants Bank-whlg, s/c-2,405.57; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-4,371.00; Nebr. Dept. of Reveune, sls tx, whlg-1,261.29; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-3,833.83; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,048.02; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,428.85; PeopleService, prof-11,499.00; WW Foods, maint-35.97; D. Hall, animal control-789.25; T. Anderson, maint-38.00; Belnick Inc., equip-266.94; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Olsson Associates, prof-168.08; R. Nichols Trucking, maint-1,200.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-181.71; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-250.92; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Overhead Door, rep-277.50; Lifeguard MD, sup-220.92; J. Backhaus, sup reimb-133.31; Stop N Shop, fuel-432.83; Linweld, sup-123.46; Allmed, sup-17.52; Lawn Order, maint-1,814.30; A. Morlan, mtg/bk reimb-86.89; Timron's Plumbing, rep-150.00; Sensus Metering Systems, prof-1,320.00; Fleet Services, fuel-214.08; R. Flanagan, ball reg reimb-35.00; R. Volker, bal of dep reimb-11.92; D. Houchin, resc sup reimb-36.95; WW Rescue Squad, trng reimb-176.40; Cass County Clerk, sup-30.00; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-54.41; D. Swenson, resc sup reimb-49.79; Great Plains One Call, serv-5.20; EMS Billing, reimb-758.07; Baker & Taylor, bks-704.16; SE Community College, resc trng-175.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk