Weeping Water Nebraska




SEPTEMBER 13, 2010


Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on September 13, 2010 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Mitch Miller and Kelly Nutter.  Absent:  Ray Frew.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 9, 2010 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  Minutes of the August 9, 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

Ben Day of Olsson Associates was present to address emergency repairs needed to repair the severe erosion of the creek bank, and was asked to continue pursuing the same.

Ray Frew entered the meeting at 6:15 p.m.  Following review of an updated proposal for flood repairs on the recently completed “Gospel Run Bank Stabilization Project”, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve said proposal in an amount up to $10,170, with the final bill being calculated on as-built quantities, which could vary based on availability of backfill dirt.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the proposal for the purchase of two Fairbanks Morse raw sewage pumps for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet NDEQ compliance at a cost of $10,170.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to authorize the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance to clarify existing regulations regarding the open burning ban.  Motion carried unanimously.

Monthly Reports available included the Water/Wastewater Report, which was presented by Bruce Sorensen, and the Maintenance Report, which was presented by Rob Bauers. Rob was advised to pursue the following: obtain bids for various street, curb and gutter repairs, obtain updated bids for painting the center line striping on the curves of North Elm Street, the application of millings on specific unpaved streets and the City Lake driveway, the reseeding of grass on the grounds of the city lakes,  basketball courts, horseshoe courts and along the trail, all of which were damaged by recent flooding, obtain an appropriate cover for the overflow at the lakes to prevent clogging from accumulation of debris, and the demolition of the solar heating system at the swimming pool, which was destroyed by heavy winds.  A motion was made by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to reopen the Campground, as soon as repairs and weather conditions permit, eliminating seven of the electrical pedestals along the creek bank to provide an area for primitive camping only.  It was also agreed to pursue efforts to expand the camping facility on available ground as funding and time permits.  It was noted that flood cleanup efforts are still being pursued at various city facilities.  The City Attorney provided an update on previously addressed Health Board issues, which will continue to be pursued.

It was agreed to bill the school $20 per hour for field preparations for the school Softball Team games.

Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to authorize the renewal of the proposed Operation and Maintenance Agreement with PeopleService Inc.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to approve the reimbursement to the Weeping Water Community Building Foundation for the costs incurred with adding an additional two inches of concrete to the newly constructed alley behind the Auditorium, with total costs for the same being $1,497.87.  Motion carried with McCaulley and Nutter voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Abstain:  Frew and Miller.

Updates were provided regarding the title issues for the cell tower lease and the status of the Southeast Nebraska Outdoor Early Warning System Project.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the request of Slattery Vintage Estates for a Special Designated Liquor License for a public wine tasting to be held during the Fall Festival on September 25, 2010 at Gibson Hall.  Motion carried unanimously.

Various parking safety concerns were addressed with the following decisions being made:  the Mayor agreed to address the School Board with areas of concern around the school; curbs on the east side of the street at the intersection of Eldora and Randolph will be painted red to deter parking too close to the curb; letters will be sent to various residents regarding hazards created by vehicles parking on a portion of South Garfield Street and semi truck parking on a residential street.

Security System Proposals received were presented, with action being tabled for further review.

Requests from residents regarding assistance with drainage, erosion and flood concerns were addressed with the Clerk being advised to send response letters advising of property owner responsibilities.

No action was taken on a request for placement of a “Caution, Children At Play” sign in a residential area.

It was agreed to reschedule the budget hearing for Monday, September 20, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

The Clerk provided an update on floodplain management regulations and advised that a model ordinance reflecting new regulations has been prepared and will be presented for approval at a Public Hearing scheduled for October 11, 2010 to allow for adequate publication notice.

Due to the fact that the current Campground Hosts have resigned, the Clerk was advised to compile an updated Responsibility Agreement and publish notice of the available position.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve payment of SENDD billing statements #26 and 27 for administrative expenses in the amount of $2,330.62 and to approve Pay Request #9 for CDBG#07-PW-020 which requests state reimbursement for the same.  Motion carried unanimously.    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve payment of SENDD billing statements #3 and 4 for the balance of administrative expenses in the amount of $100.00 and approve Pay Request #5 for CDBG#06-PP-006, which represents state reimbursement for the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was agreed to send a formal letter to Lower Platte South Natural Resource District to request their assistance in evaluating future flood control measures.

Correspondence received was presented for council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims:  Salaries-13,549.56; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,103.62; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-175.19, Constellation New Energy-9.85, OPPD-4,500.71, Verizon-130.94, Windstream-810.07; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg, s/c-3,198.72; Kansas State Bank, equip pmt-770.62; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sls tx, whlg, st fees-1,656.71; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-707.00; United Healthcare, ins-3,842.83; Paving Bond pmt-30,802.50; PeopleService, prof-11,499.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,871.00; Pool loan pmt-21,678.36; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Unlimited Visions, off sup-182.00; Fremont National Bk, prof-281.25; D. Hall, animal cont-1,088.78; Rock Hill Landscape, sup-555.50; Reliable Maintenance, sup-193.65; K. Gerdes, mlg-48.00; League of Nebr. Municipalities, prof-1,587.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-58.63; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-34.98; Frenzel Trenching, rep-170.00; AllMed, sup-274.29; SE Com. College, resc trng-500.00; CasMed, sup-263.21; Olsson Associates, prof-791.16; Aqua Chem, sup-415.50; T. Mason, reimb-75.00; B. Hanes, reimb-75.00; D. Perkins, reimb-15.00; Lawn Order, maint-542.00; M. Barrett, sch fee-240.00; Z. Barrett, ump fee-70.00; Roberts Electric, flood rep-5,585.68; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-117.50; Johnny On The Spot, maint-185.90; HD Waterworks, equip-3,556.13; Sensus Metering System, rep-152.25; Great Plains One Call, serv-9.36; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-416.38; Linweld, sup-37.20; WW Foods, maint-30.42; EMS billing, reimb-435.96; Fireguard, equip-560.96; Taste of Home, bks-12.98; Baker & Taylor Co. bks-418.39; Stop N Shop, fuel-483.07; Fleet Services, fuel-56.93; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc, rep-249.24; Methodist Physicians, resc vac-109.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.


/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk                                                       

/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor