CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/MONTHLY MEETING
NOVEMBER 9, 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 November 9, 2009 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll. Bob McCaulley, Melody Falcone, Mitch Miller and Ray Frew. Absent: None. Notice of the public hearing was posted in three public places in the City of Weeping Water on October 30, 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 $35,400 to conduct a flood and urban drainage systems study and $1,700 for general administrative activities for a total cost of the planning activities being $37,100, with no local match being required for said project.
There being no public objection to the grant application proposal, the public hearing was closed and the regular meeting was opened with all members of the City Council answering roll. Minutes of the October 12, and October 23, 2009 meetings were approved as presented.
As a result of the public hearing regarding the CDBG application, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to adopt Resolution No. 09-15, 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 unanimously. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to adopt the proposed Citizen Participation Plan. Motion carried unanimously.
Monthly Reports: Police Activity Report-185 hours patrolled during the month, resulting in 30 calls of service with 4 citations and 10 warnings being issued. No Fire Department Report available. Rescue Squad-9 calls resulting in a total of 63 man hours. Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the applications of Bev Ervin, Travis West and Lloyd Campbell as members of the Rescue Squad, having completed the Ride-A-long Program, and to approve Charles Lindsey, Melissa Hanes and Tara Hanes to the Ride-A-long Program. Motion carried unanimously. Maintenance Report-action tabled until spring on the proposal received for repainting the center lines on the curves of West “F” Street between North Elm and North East Street and repainting the parking lines on Eldora Avenue. Concerns expressed regarding a broken curb and various tree limbs were addressed and will be pursued. Health Board-previously addressed concerns will continue to be monitored to assure compliance. The City Attorney agreed to follow up on the need for a Writ of Assistance For Inspection on a particular property with ongoing concerns. Water/Wastewater-copies of report distributed for review in the absence of Bruce Sorensen. The overcap of the maintenance and repair costs budgeted in the PeopleService Operations and Maintenance Contract, which amounted to $6500, was addressed, with action being tabled for further review of contract stipulations and to explore other maintenance and repair options. It was agreed to maintain the city’s policy of charging $50.00 for utility connection/reconnection fees, with services for the same to be provided only during regular business hours, except for emergency situations.
Don Day of Olsson Associates provided an update on the Gospel Run Channel Improvements, noting that a pre-construction meeting has been held and that construction is awaiting approval of the Corp of Engineers and pending Easements. It was noted that in reference to said project, Contract Amendment #1 to the original Agreement for professional services provided by Olsson Associates, with costs estimated at $10,000, was approved and signed by the Mayor. Discussion was held with Larry Hraban regarding the proposed Easements on his property with action being tabled for further review to explore other options.
An update on the finalization of the Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection Project was provided, noting that a special meeting will need to be scheduled to act on a bond issue for said project.
The City Attorney advised that in reference to a substantially delinquent Reuse Business Loan, compensation has been offered for delinquent interest charges, professional and court costs, and that a consistent payment plan is to resume December 1, 2009, which met with full council approval. It was agreed to keep the foreclosure process pending to assure continued payments.
It was noted that the Village of Avoca provided notice that they have approved the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Weeping Water to provide Rescue Squad Services and that payment for the same has been submitted.
The Mayor advised that Tammy Ahrens has agreed to serve on the city’s Economic Development Committee, to fill the vacancy created by Mike Spohr’s resignation. It was agreed that a committee of City Council members compile guidelines for responsibilities and duties of various Board and Committees.
Members of the Council discussed the required six month notice of termination clause in the Law Enforcement Contract, with action on the same being tabled until the December meeting.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve a Driveway Easement to Shane and Kelly Hauschild. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 09-16, which declares property described as Lot 16 in the SW1/4 of the NW ¼ of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 11 East of the 6th P.M. Cass County, Nebraska as excess property and authorizes advertisement for bids for the sale of said property. Motion carried unanimously.
Other items discussed with no action being taken included winter camping rates, animal control regulations, and an updated status of the proposed Compost/Brush Site.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Falcone to approve the Library Board’s proposed revised schedule of open hours. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to enter executive session at 8:42 p.m., for annual salary reviews. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to come out of executive session and resume the regular meeting at 8:55 p.m., and to approve a 3% salary increase for all city employees. Motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held regarding different options that might allow extension of the open hours at City Hall, with action being tabled for further review.
Motion by Falcone, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims: Salaries-9,262.10; Alfac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-642.61; Black Hills Energy, util-109.39; Constellation New Energy, util-43.39; Farmers & Merchants Bk, Whlg, s/c-1,466.14; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. Revenue, sales tx, whlg-1,218.53; OPPD, util-3,487.92; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,431.56; United Healthcare, ins-3,488.99; Windstream, util-548.49; PeopleService, prof-11,252.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,618.25; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Water Bond pmt-1,650.00; Alltel, util-71.87; Unlimited Visions, off sup-92.51; Syracuse Vet Service, serv-280.27; Business Forms, off sup-122.39; Reliable Office Supply, sup-160.44; CCNEDC, dues, 1,500.00; IIMC, dues-125.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-527.35; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-618.57; Larry Sorensen, sup-637.98; Olsson Associates, prof-7,118.00; B.K. Moylan, sup-1,309.22; Stop N Shop, fuel-271.89; Shaffer Communications, equip-640.40; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Linweld, sup-92.40; Allmed, sup-219.10; Papillion Fire/Rescue, ALS reimb-143.00; Cass County Treasurer, trng rmb-30.00; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc., rep-56.25; Baker & Taylor, bks-569.37; J. Aronson, mlg-27.50; A. Morlan, mlg-27.50; R & S Heating, rep-117.00; Fleet Services, fuel-67.72; Lawn Order, maint-200.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-561.28; Rob Bauers, equip reimb-119.99; Great Plains One Call, serv-27.92; Verizon Wireless, util-46.73; EMS Billing, reimb-679.10; Family Physicians of Plattsmouth, serv-155.00; American Legal Publishing, prof-650.00; Dawn Hall, Animal Cont-1,932.59; Columbus Telegram, publ-221.12; OHSS, EMT trng-1,350.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
Kay Gerdes, City Clerk Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor