Weeping Water Nebraska


NOVEMBER 14, 2011

    Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on November 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 November 10, 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 October 10, 2011 meeting were approved as presented.
    Under Open Forum, Dan Henry of Louisville provided a brief presentation regarding his intentions to run for District 4 Cass County Commissioner.
    Sealed bids received for the purchase of the Community Building located at 303 West Eldora Avenue, which has been declared as excess city property, were opened by the Mayor.  Following review of the three bids received, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the high bid of Richard Nichols for the amount of $35,210.00. Motion carried unanimously.
    Monthly Reports included the following: The Fire Report noted that four calls were made during the month.  Discussion was held regarding the need to find a storage area for the antique fire truck which is currently stored in the lower level of the Community Building.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to request cost sharing from the Rural Fire Department for costs of the used ice machine purchased for the use of Fire and Rescue for emergency calls, and authorize the city to reimburse the Fire Department for the balance of the cost sharing.  Motion carried unanimously. The Rescue Report noted that there were five calls of service during the month resulting in a total of 36.37 man hours.  Rescue Chief, Melissa Cave stressed the need for additional EMTs and volunteer drivers for the Rescue Squad. Rob Bauers presented the Maintenance Report and Bruce Sorensen presented the Water/Wastewater Report.  The Health Board Report noted that measures are currently in progress for cleaning up the Yard and Thomas properties.  A motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to pursue the necessary measures to eliminate an open hazard on the Thomas property during the clean up process.   Motion carried unanimously. The City Attorney was advised to pursue the elimination of a brush pile on the C. Hohn property.  The City Clerk was advised to send a letter of appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Flanagan commending them on the excellent job of property restoration following the demolition of the vacant houses on their property.
    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to pursue the closing of the east-west alley of Block 72, dividing Lots 11-12 to the north and Lots 7-10 to the south, as requested by adjoining property owners, and to authorize the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance reflecting the same, to be considered at the December meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the recommended 3.6% CPI-U adjustments to the PeopleService Operations and Maintenance Agreement for the upcoming fiscal year, which represent a maximum annual maintenance and repair expenditure to be increased to $17,064, and a monthly compensation paid for operation and maintenance services to be increased to $12,340.  Motion carried unanimously.  It was noted that a refund check in the amount of $324 was received, which represents unused monies of the budgeted repair/maintenance costs for the previous year.
    A request from Windstream to place buried cable on public right of way within the city limits was presented for review, with action being tabled for further review.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to approve the request of the American Legion Post #237 for a Special Designated Liquor License for an event to be held at the new Community Center on December 10, 2011.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to deny the request of the Weeping Water Housing Authority to waive its annual PILOT payment to the city for a period of three years.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Following review of several employee health insurance proposals, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to switch insurance plans from United Healthcare to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Option 1 plan, which offers comparable benefits, but will allow the city an annual savings in insurance premiums of approximately $27,000.  It was further agreed to revise the renewal date from December 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to go into closed session at 7:36 p.m., for the purpose of annual salary reviews.  Motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to reconvene the meeting in open session at 8:04 p.m., to set the hourly salary of the Deputy Clerk at $12.00 per hour and to approve a 3% salary increase for all other city employees.  Motion carried unanimously.
    It was noted that arrangements have been made for a March of Dimes Clothing Donation Box to be placed in the Auditorium Parking Lot.  
    Correspondence received was presented for council review, after which, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims:  Salaries-9,028.25; Marquette Bank, fire trk pmt-31,156.25; Aflac, emp ben-26.62; Ameritas, emp ben-1,128.36; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,351.32; D. Hall, animal cont-1,682.02; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-142.24, Windstream-878.92, OPPD-3,698.07, Verizon-120.69; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-5,384.36; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg-2,356.41; PeopleService, prof-11,911.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10, 238.62; Bond pmt int-562.50, Bank wire chgs-15.00; Post Office, pstg-233.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-171.36; C&H Distributors, sup-597.50; Creative Edge Graphics, sup-168.14; IIMC, dues-135.00; WW Foods, sup-90.96; Security Equipment, cap imp-3,237.25; Miller Monroe Co., ins pmt-4,631.00; Reliable, off sup-829.06; Nebr. Municipal Clerk’s Assoc., dues-25.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Fleet Services, fuel-286.40; Stop N Shop, fuel, 174.84; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-243.88; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-225.29; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-752.53; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-577.55; Keckler Oil Co., rep-1,204.33; Terminix, maint-176.00; Spohr’s Landscaping, cap imp-1,171.88; PalFleet Truck Equipment, rep-233.20; EMS Billing, reimb-342.30; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-98.00; Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, rep-176.86; Omaha Door & Window, rep-195.00; Lifeguard MD Inc., sup-230.90; Lawn Order, rep/maint-553.53; Kylie Vogler, ump fees-200.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-501.38; The Penworthy Co., bks-136.93; Junior Library Guild, bks-130.05; Midwest Labs, prof-225.00;  Olsson Associates, prof-3,200.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-13.72; WW Fire Dept, trng reimb-619.96; United Seed, sup-450.00; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-272.18; T. Anderson, maint-70.00.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk