Weeping Water Nebraska




JULY 11, 2011

            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 P.M., on July 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 July 7, 2011 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted located of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor and the minutes of the June 13th and June 21st, 2011 meetings were approved as presented.

            Under Open Forum, John and Cathy Gage addressed the Council with various property condition concerns and suggested forming a group of volunteers, of which he was willing to participate, to assist the elderly and needy in maintaining their property. 

            Monthly Fire or Rescue reports were not available, but following discussion of pending issues, it was agreed that the City Attorney provide proper notification to the Flanagans of the need to pursue the necessary preparations for the Fire Department to commence a control training burn, or to proceed with the necessary demolition process.  Measures will also be pursued to coordinate a control burn of the city brush pile.  In addition to monthly routine maintenance, items addressed in the Maintenance Report included the following: equipment needs to include in the budget, tree and street condition assessments, maintenance of the weir structure at the city lakes, and pursuing the part-time employment of Andrew Dehne at $7.50 per hour for the remainder of the summer.

            Diane Reuss and Angie Antholz of SENCA presented program information for the City of Weeping Water to apply for housing grant funds available for down payment assistance, and owner occupied rehabilitation, with action on the same being tabled for further review.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the Application for a Special Designated Liquor License requested by Chubb Enterprises, Inc., for an event to be held in the Auditorium on August 27, 2011.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report, in which it was noted that the nitrate levels are dropping and will continue to be monitored.  An update of the ongoing Water Supply and Treatment Study was provided, and a copy of the PeopleService policy regarding property water restoration was presented for Council review.

            In regard to Health Board activity, the City Attorney provided an update on the actions taken to date on the Thomas property.  Other properties in need of maintenance were discussed and will continue to be pursued.

            Members of the Council were advised that a Business Reuse Loan pending settlement in the Vontz estate has been paid in full by the Personal Representative of the estate.

            The City Attorney was advised to send a letter to the Cass County Sheriff to clarify the fact that Weeping Water has not adopted a local ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles within the corporate limits and is therefore still regulated by State Statute 60-6 356, which prohibits the use of all-terrain vehicles within the corporate limits, except for use by the City Maintenance Department and for use in authorized parades.

            Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to rescind the previously adopted Resolution 11-06 and approve adoption of Resolution 11-08, which clarifies the correct election date that the imposing of an additional .5% sales and use tax shall be submitted to the voters.  Motion carried unanimously.

            The following Ordinance was presented:  ORDINANCE NO. 597

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 3, ARTICLE 9, SEWER DEPARTMENT, OF THE 1984 WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE DEFINING THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE; TO PROVIDE FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES OR SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 597 might be introduced, read by title and adopted.  Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, Nutter and Miller answering roll.  Absent:  None.  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. 

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to renew the City’s membership with Southeast Nebraska Development District, with annual dues for the same being $1,575, and deny the request for city support of the Southeast Nebraska Development District’s voluntary housing dues assessment. Motion carried unanimously.

            Information regarding potential savings by refunding general obligation bonds was presented, with action being tabled for further review.

            Correspondence received was presented for Council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims:  Salaries-16,443.66; Umpire Fees:  A. Schneider-140.00; N. Bowman-125.00; P. Goudie-50.00; D. Wilson-230.00; M. Wilson-190.00; C. Heath-130.00; L. Larsen-30.00; Ameritas, emp ret-1162.47; D. Hall, animal cont-1623.37; Utilities:  OPPD-4214.69; Black Hills Energy-232.43; Windstream-855.29; Verizon-120.74; EFTPS, emp whlg-3742.33; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1385.50; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tx, whlg-1483.29; United Healthcare, ins-5384.36; Cass County Abstracting, prof-135.00; PeopleService, prof-11911.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,693.71; WW Foods, sup-165.78; Display Sales, sup-311.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-75.74; Reliable, off sup-354.00; Fleet Services, fuel-405.13; WW Express Lane, sup-101.20; Stubbendick Implement, rep-215.60; Husker Chem Sales, maint-1075.50; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-17.98; Arrow Striping Inc., maint-647.00; Hoss’s Lawn Care, maint-50.00; Creative Edge Signs/Graphics, signs-447.50; Deeter Foundry Inc., sup-225.00; Olsson Associates, prof-3341.24; Martin Marietta Materials, sup-366.15; NE Rural Water Assoc., dues-175.00; NSVFA, dues-340.00; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-96.80; EMS Billing, reimb-483.91; Aqua Chem, sup-681.30; V. Diltz, maint-150.00; A. Morlan, mtg/mlg-60.95; Dale P. Nielsen, Inc, rep-55.50; Midwest Lab, prof-43.45; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-882.40; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-549.75; Chad Heath, ball sup reimb-42.78; Great Plains One Call, serv-11.23; Post Office, pstg-264.00; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-1097.37; L. Sorensen, trkg-91.92.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk