CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on September 12, 2011 at City Hall, following an announcement that the commencement of the budget hearing and hearing to set the final tax request would be slightly delayed due to CPA scheduling conflicts. Members of the Council answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, and Mitch Miller. Absent: Kelly Nutter. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 8, 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 August 8, 2011 meeting were approved as presented.
Monthly Reports included the following: Water/Wastewater-in addition to monthly routine maintenance, it was noted that two recent power outages created problems at the well sites, which have since been rectified. Rescue Squad-there were 14 calls of service during the month resulting in a total of 82.3 total man hours. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve the recommended purchase of a new computer for the Rescue Squad to comply with the E-NARSIS submission requirements. Motion carried unanimously. Council support was offered for participation in the county-wide grant for updating the emergency communication system, which is currently being pursued.
The regular meeting was adjourned sine die, and the Mayor opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed budget and the special hearing to set the final tax request at 6:20 p.m. at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, and Mitch Miller. Absent: Kelly Nutter. Notice of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 8, 2011 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $223,514.53 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of .433572, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $133,553, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .174507. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and the hearing to set the final tax request were closed and the regular meeting was re-convened.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve an increase of the base of restricted
Funds by an additional one percent, as allowed by law. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Nutter.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 11-10, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Nutter.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 598
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 598 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Nutter. 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 Miller, seconded by McCaulley to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Nutter.
The Monthly Fire Report noted that there were 7 calls during the month, which included 4 vehicle accidents, 1 car fire, 1 house fire and 1 call cancelled.
Following review of the Monthly Maintenance Report, presented by Rob Bauers, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following: proceed with the proposal for removal of a tree limb near the water reservoir, relocate two of the street lights at the Campground so they are closer to the Restroom Buildings, and request cost sharing with the school to re-seed the football field, which was damaged by brown spot fungus. Motion carried unanimously.
The City Attorney provided updates on pending Health Board issues. It was noted that Resolution No. 11-9 was adopted by the Council which declares the Yard property as a public nuisance and orders remedy of the same. Other previously addressed issues were discussed and will continue to be pursued. A property concern regarding water drainage and tire storage was assessed, with the Council agreeing that the matter should be handled among the property owners. Updates were provided on the status of the recent tree assessment. A concern regarding the accessibility of the Cemetery Steps was addressed, with the Council agreeing to seek a group of volunteers to remove brush/trees at the access sites.
Ben Day of Olsson Associates discussed the status of the ongoing Water Supply and Treatment Study, noting that they have not been successful in finding a new water source and they will continue evaluating water treatment options.
Following review of the Agreement For Professional Services between the City and Olsson Associates for 2012-2014 Projects, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve said Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.
Available Housing Grant Fund Assistance was discussed with the City agreeing that an application for such funds should be a joint effort between multiple agencies, of which the city would be willing to participate.
Members of the Council were updated on the status of the Southeast Nebraska Siren Project, with the following actions being taken: Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the proposed Lease Agreement and execute the same; to approve the proposed rent/local match amount to be submitted to SENDD by October 31, 2011; and to appoint Chuck Cook as the local project manager for the project. Motion carried unanimously.
A citizen concern regarding pedestrian safety at a specific alley entrance was addressed, with no council action being taken.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to authorize Ameritas Investment Corporation to proceed with the necessary process of refunding the Series 2005 Bonds, which would allow an approximate $16,921.00 savings to the city. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 11-11, which declares the West 1/3 of Lot 1, Block 69 (Community Building) as excess property and authorizes advertisement for bids for the sale of said property, with possession for said property to be available January 1, 2012. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion regarding possible annexation of a parcel of property was held with action being tabled for further review.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller that due to the popularity of the Curb Side Recycling in Weeping Water, the City would discontinue providing the availability of the County Recycling Trailer. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the request to close a one block portion of Eldora Avenue for Fall Festival activities on September 24, 2011. Motion carried unanimously.
Monthly Building Permit activity included the following: Miscellaneous Permits: Teresa Holt-Accessory Building; Brad Schreiner-deck. Building Permit: Al Rothe-modular home.
The City Attorney advised that he filed proceedings against five people who have continually failed to comply with pet licensing requirements, and that court dates have been set for all but two people, who had signed waivers prior to the court appearance date.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims: Salaries-13,541.65; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,151.36; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-164.22; OPPD-5,134.99; Windstream-839.34; Verizon-121.46; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-776.00; EFPTS, emp whlg-3,143.75; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg, recyc. fee-1,642.79; United Healthcare, ins-5,384.36; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,534.12; PeopleService, prof-11,911.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-70.98; K. Gerdes, equip reimb, mlg-420.74; League of Nebr. Municipalities, dues-1,635.00; Nebr. Humane Society, fees-175.00; Baburek Computer Services, maint-120.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Fleet Services, fuel-290.05; WW Express Lane, sup-9.51; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-1,339.39; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-1,033.75; Barco Municipal Products, traffic cont-715.06; M. Barrett, scheduling fees-410.00; Z. Barrett, ump fees-190.00; D. Hall, animal control-1,998.93; Post Office, pstg-88.00; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-141.75; Bauers Trucking, maint-288.94; D. Lepert, Resc reimb-55.00; EMS Billing, reimb-413.82; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-98.00; Papillion Fire/Rescue, ALS reimb-192.38; Keckler Oil, rep-102.17; Allmed, sup-260.73; Aqua Chem, sup-315.00; V. Diltz, maint-300.00; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., maint-153.58; Johnny On The Spot, maint-660.00; A. Morlan, maint-45.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-426.81; WW Foods, sup/maint-279.24; Great Plains One Call, serv-12.27; Olsson Associates, prof-1,440.00; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Midwest Labs, prof-46.98; Front Range, veh rep-3,010.18; Rishel & Pfeifer, prof-1,500.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk