Weeping Water Nebraska




MARCH 14, 2011

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on March 14, 2011 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter, and Mitch Miller.  Absent:  None.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the March 10, 2011 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and minutes of the February 14, 2011 meeting were approved as presented.

Angie Vrtiska of Dana F. Cole and Associates provided results of the annual audit.  Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the preliminary Audit Report as presented, subject to final review.  Motion carried unanimously.

MONTHLY REPORTS:  No Fire or Rescue report was available, but a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the Application for Membership to the Rescue Squad for Robert Lawrence, subject to Rescue Squad approval.  Motion carried unanimously.  MAINTENANCE-in addition to routine maintenance activities, the following issues were discussed, with action taken as noted:  Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to authorize the designated committee to determine appropriate relocation of several of the campsites near the City Lakes, due to recent flood damages.  Motion carried unanimously; need to have the Fire Department burn the brush piles from the flood debris around the City Lakes as soon as possible; cold patch mix will be applied to areas in need of minor street repairs; bids will be obtained for appropriate grading of unpaved streets; measures for recycling the tree limbs at the new brush/ compost site and costs associated with the same were discussed and will continue to be pursued.  WATER/WASTEWATER-it was noted that both lift station pumps at the Wastewater Treatment Plant are now in full operation, and that notice has been received from Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality that all previously addressed concerns have now been satisfactorily completed.  HEALTH BOARD-a concern expressed regarding excessive vehicles parked at a residence in the “Swedetown” area was addressed and will continue to be monitored, as well as previously addressed properties.

The City Attorney provided a Letter of Opinion regarding concerns with vendors at the Ball Field while the Concession Stand is in operation.

It was noted that appropriate measures have been taken to temporarily renew the Lease with the First Congregational Church for use of the building currently housing the Library.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the bid of Green Thumb Hydroseeding and Erosion Control to provide the Weeping Water Creek Emergency Stream Bank Stabilization repairs at a cost of $28,743.27.  Motion carried unanimously.

Following review of applications received for summer maintenance positions available, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the hiring of Ben Dehne and Greg Frenzel at $7.75 and $7.50 per hour respectively.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was agreed to pursue the preparation of a Resolution, to be presented at the April meeting, which would allow signature authorization by the Deputy Clerk in the absence of the City Clerk.

The loss of state aid to the community, as a result of recent legislation action was discussed, with the Council agreeing to consider pursuing a ½ cent increase in city sales and use tax.

Street cleaning and street repairs were discussed, with action being tabled until prices for the same could be reviewed.

Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the bid of Jerry McKinstry to cut down a tree near the swimming pool and remove the debris at a cost of $550.  Motion carried unanimously.

The City Attorney provided details of a recent Sheriff’s Sale of property to satisfy a judgment recovered by the City in regard to a local business reuse loan.

The Mayor advised that the Reuse Committee had approved an extension to the existing Reuse Business Loan of Diane Wade.  A public hearing was set on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for the City Council to consider action on said recommendation.

Discussion regarding the use of ATVs and UTVs on public streets and skateboarding in the Business District were addressed and will continue to be monitored. It was suggested that the city try to get some of the youths involved in planning and fundraising in order to possibly be able to provide a small skateboarding area, with action being tabled for further review.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims:  Salaries-8,766.05; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,562.88; PeopleService, prof-11,911.00; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; EFTPS, emp ben-2,353.75; Ameritas, emp ben-1,172.19; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-2,095.02, OPPD-3,511.69; Windstream-808.10; Verizon-121.83; D. Hall, animal cont-943.92; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., whlg, sls tax-1,579.23; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-5,384.36; Columbus Telegram, publ-283.86; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-4,523.00; Reliable, off sup-121.64; WW Foods, maint-22.01; K. Gerdes, mtg/mlg, sup reimb-29.99; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Fleet Services, fuel-711.58; T. Anderson, maint-110.00; NMC Exchange, rep-286.95; Stop N Shop, fuel-212.40; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-55.73; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-154.94; Keckler Oil Co., rep-72.20; Olsson Associates, prof-466.69; EMS Billing, reimb-188.56; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-167.35; DHHS, pool permit-40.00; Lou’s Sporting Goods, sup-185.45; Frenzel Trenching, maint-170.00; Baker & Taylor, bks-676.83; Great Plains One Call, serv-5.61; Sensus Metering System, prof-1,452.00; Kerns Excavating, cap imp-2,460.00; Business Forms & Acctg, sup-134.88; Lawn Order, maint-1,859.70; Papillion Fire/Rescue, reimb-187.63.  Motion carried unanimously.

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


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk