Weeping Water Nebraska




AUGUST 8, 2011

            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on August 9, 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 August 4, 2011 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor and the minutes of the July 11, 2011 meeting were approved as presented.

            No Monthly Fire Report was available, but a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the recommended applications of David Stander to join the Weeping Water Fire Department and Patrick McAndrew to join the Weeping Water Rural Fire Department (Manley Division).  Motion carried unanimously. Monthly Rescue Squad activity included the following proposed new officers for the ensuing year, which met with full council approval:  Chief-Melissa Cave; Assistant Chief-Wes Redden; Secretary-Melissa Hanes; Treasurer-Justin Backhaus; Training Officer-Tara Hanes.  In addition to monthly routine activities listed on the Maintenance Report, it was agreed to obtain bids for cleaning out the weir structure at the City Lakes and for renovation of the exterior lights at the Swimming pool.  Action was tabled on the replacement of damaged fencing at the Ball Field and proposed street work.  Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and provided an update on the pending Water Supply and Treatment Study.  In regard to Health Board activity, the City Attorney noted that proper notice has been served in regard to the Thomas property, requiring compliance within sixty days from the date of service. It was agreed to begin abatement proceedings on the Yard property, and to appropriately address various other property condition concerns..  It was noted that letters were sent out to residents affected by the recent tree assessment.

            Following discussion with Diane Reuss and Lydia Wiles, Housing Specialist for the

Nebraska Department of Economic Development, regarding affordable housing programs that may benefit Weeping Water, it was agreed to table any action for additional review.

            Members of the Council were updated on the status of the Siren Project for Southeast Nebraska, noting that the bid for said project has been awarded and installations should commence in October of this year.

            Following discussion regarding Kat Cover’s proposal requesting a waiver of the existing Zoning Regulations to allow for raising domestic laying hens within the city limits, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to deny said request.  Motion carried with McCaulley and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  Miller.  Abstain:  Nutter.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the Application for a Special Designated Liquor License requested by Kristine Rathe, dba Cryin’Creek Candles & The Farmhouse Lounge for the Fall Festival to be held on September 24, 2011.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to turn over to the City Attorney for appropriate legal action, the list of remaining owners of pets in non compliance with licensing requirements.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the new state approved mileage rate of 55.5 cents per mile.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Copies of the Sales Tax Committee Report and the Proposal for distribution of sales tax revenue for 2011-12 were presented for Council review.  Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve said documents.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Preliminary budget proposals for the ensuing year were reviewed, with the Council agreeing to schedule the annual Budget Hearing on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

            It was agreed to evaluate the existing City Boards and Committees and responsibilities for the same to determine compliance and future feasibility issues.

            Discussion was held on the newly established Curbside Recycling service in Weeping Water and the feasibility of the continued use of the County Recycling Trailer.

            Recent permit activities included the following:  Misc. Building Permits: Dustin Spangler-fence & deck; Lora Markham-deck; Building Permit: Margaret Keckler-modular home; Sign Permit: Creative Edge Signs & Graphics.

            The Library Board Minutes were presented for Council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims:  Salaries-16,053.85; bond payments/wire fees-15,435.00; Umpire Fees:  D. Hlavak-85.00; B. Lawrence-610.00; Shelton Mozena-25.00; Sloan Mozena-25.00; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ret-1,244.77; Utilities:  Black Hills Energy-153.87; Windstream-817.81; Verizon-123.09; OPPD-4,916.93; D. Hall, animal control-1,874.67; EFTPS-emp whlg-3,609.23; Nebr. Dept. Revenue, sales tax, whlg-1,615.34; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-500.00; United Healthcare, ins-5,384.36; PeopleService, prof-11,911.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,633.20; Post Office, pstg-199.00; Nebr. Dept. of Ag., animal shelter lic fee-150.00; Wellman Htg & A/C, rep-248.95; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-4,53l.00; SENDD, prof-1,575.00; WW Foods, sup-179.34; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Fleet Services, fuel-273.41; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-111.98; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1,002.04; Keckler Oil Co., rep-75.40; NSVFA, dues-340.00; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-37.20; Papillion Fire/Rescue, ALS reimb-125.88; WW Express Lane, sup-56.58; Aqua Chem, sup-485.50; T. Weber, sup reimb-43.66; Print Like Flint, sup-31.25; The Penworthy Co., bks-162.65; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-590.15; Reliable, off sup-44.36; Olsson Associates, prof-800.00; Heartland Community Bank, reimb-1,258.65; Weiland, bldg equip-1,335.42; Johnny On the Spot, maint-330.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-81.77; EMS Billing, reimb-545.80; Midwest Laboratories, prof-542.00; Hoss’s Lawn Care, maint-150.00; Creative Edge, signs-510.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk