Weeping Water Nebraska

APRIL 11, 2011

Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on April 11, 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 April 7, 2011 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and minutes of the March 14, and March 24, 2011 meetings were approved as presented.

Under Open Forum, Linda Twomey provided information from the Sarpy Cass Health Department regarding funds available to promote a Sun Safety Program for the Swimming Pool.  Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to support said program, which will provide up to $600 to promote environmental changes and offer educational material for the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

MONTHLY REPORTS:  No Fire or Rescue Report was available.  MAINTENANCE-in addition to routine maintenance and preparation for spring/summer activities, the following actions were taken:  Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the painting of parking lines on the three block area of Eldora Avenue and the yellow center line on the curves of North Elm and “F Street and North East Street and “F” Street at an approximate cost for both being $555.00  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to hire Stan Mogensen to assist with cleaning out the culvert and storm drain near Garfield and River Street at a cost not to exceed $1,500.  Motion carried unanimously.  In regard to activity at the City Lakes, it was agreed to table any action on installing drain tile near the picnic shelter, to pursue the possible relocation of two light poles so that they are closer to the restroom buildings, and to continue the pursuit of the installation of the electrical service and pedestals for camping pads that were recently relocated.  WATER/WASTEWATER-in addition to routine maintenance activities, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the recent violation of State Department of Health regulations regarding the nitrate level of well #2.  It was noted that proper notices were hand delivered to residents, and that resampling of the water system with well #2 shut down has since assured compliance with state standards. Concerns with maintaining an adequate supply of water and the nitrate issues were evaluated and will continue to be monitored. As it was noted that most funding sources for treatment options for nitrates will require a Preliminary Engineering Report to justify the need for the project, outline the best solution, and facilitate the design, a motion was made Frew, seconded by McCaulley to authorize Olsson Associates to proceed with the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 11-04, which designates signature authorizations in the absence of the Mayor and/or City Clerk/Treasurer. Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that the brush/compost site is currently filled almost to capacity.  Due to costs involved for the use of the County tub grinder to recycle the brush , a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to pursue charging $10.00 per pickup load or trailer load and $25.00 per load for larger trucks for use of the brush/compost site.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to proceed with the proper procedures to propose a .5 percent increase in the city sales and use tax on the November 2011 ballot.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that a previous request for a Kennel License is no longer being pursued, due to objections from half of the adjoining property owners.

Action on proposed street repairs on unpaved streets was tabled for further review.  It was noted that although the “Gospel Run” flood damage repairs were completed within the last week, a final request for payment has not yet been received.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to proceed with the process of compiling and distributing an updated Community Attitude Survey in anticipation of seeking future CDBG funds.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to approve the purchase of paint for Riley Kerans and a group of her friends who are members of G.R.E.A.T, a gang free program, who have volunteered to paint over the graffiti underneath the grey bridge.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the request of Ron Wilson to allow for the placement and appropriate application of sludge on rural property which is within the city zoning jurisdiction, and to provide the requested letter of authorization for the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the application for a Special Designated Liquor License for Hopkins Tavern to operate a beer garden during Limestone Days on June 25, 2011, subject to clarification of hours of operation.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that local bids were obtained and will be kept on file for various services requested throughout the year, such as hauling rock, sand, snow removal, and trenching services, to assure that the most competitive bids will be utilized.

Due to excessive costs involved with a City Cleanup Day, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller that no City Cleanup Day will be scheduled this year.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to accept the bid of B&W Co., for street cleaning services in an amount not to exceed $3,200.  Motion carried with Frew, Nutter and Miller voting Aye.  Nays:  McCaulley

Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the Pay Request of Green Thumb LLC in the amount of $32,608.43 for completion of the emergency creek bank stabilization.  Motion carried unanimously.

A request for drainage improvements south of the Chicago and J Street intersection was tabled for further review.

Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to pay the initial costs for replacement of the sidewalk along South East Street from the railroad tracks to the walkway of the bridge, with volunteers from the Masonic Lodge agreeing to provide labor and reimbursement of costs for the same.  Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that the following permits were approved:  Miscellaneous Building Permits:  David Douglas-deck; Patrick Spangler-fence; Jonathan Wipf-fence.  Sign Permits-Jeannie Nickels and WW Chamber of Commerce.

Law enforcement issues were discussed and were referred to the City Attorney to look into the matter of proper ordinance enforcement by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.

Correspondence received was presented for review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims:  Salaries-10,004.58; EFTPS, whlg-2,591.16; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,021.00; Aflax, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,129.83; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-10.00; Utilities:  Black Hills Energy-1,583.17; OPPD-3,326.42; Verizon-121.31; Windstream-802.78; D. Hall, animal cont-998.92; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sales tax-1,650.34; United Healthcare, ins-5,384.36; bond int pmt/bk wire chgs-1,955.00; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-540.43; Dana F. Cole & Co., prof-3,750.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; Reliable, off sup-593.88; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-5,785.00; Travelers RMD, ins-5,198.00; Circulation Payment Center, publ-39.50; Columbus Telegram, publ fees-67.89; US Asphalt, st rep-600.89; Meeske Hdw, rep/maint-561.03; Stubbendick Imp., rep-56.91; Fleet Services, fuel-417.17; Pankonins, rep-134,34; Dale P. Nielsen, rep-177.49; Meeske Auto, rep-571.25; Bauers Trucking, serv-100.00; EMS Billing, reimb-59.19; Allmed, sup-1,508.67; Matheson TriGas, sup-86.75; Papillion Fire/Rescue, reimb-103.40; Frenzel Trenching, maint-513.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-583.51; A. Morlan, mlg/mtg-55.50; Post Office, pstg-144.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-3.12; Reuse Loan-10,000.00; UCC, lease pmt-1.00; SE Girls SB League, league fees-320.00; J. McKinstry, maint-500.00; Pro Shirt Shop, sup-252.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-148.28;  C. Heath, sup/mlg reimb-302.36; WW Rescue Squad, sup reimb-81.68.  Motion carried unanimously.

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


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk