Weeping Water Nebraska


JANUARY 9, 2012

    Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on January 9, 2012 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller.  Absent:  Bob McCaulley.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 5, 2012 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the December 12, 2011 meeting were approved as presented.
    Under Open Forum representatives of the Rural Fire Board advised that they would be willing to participate in the cost sharing proposal to convert to the Cass/Fire VHF Frequency by paying for 15 radios for the Fire Department.  Insurance coverage issues were discussed, with clarification of the same to be provided by the Clerk.
    The Monthly Rescue Squad Report was presented by Chief, Melissa Cave, in which it was noted that 8 rescue calls were made during the past month resulting in a total of 41 man hours.  Other items discussed included red light permits, E-Narsis update, squad maintenance and the pending revisions to the Rescue Squad Constitution and Standard Operating Procedures.  Melissa stressed the dire need for Rescue Squad drivers, which would not require obtaining EMT Status, but would require a favorable driving record, valid driver’s license and to be able to adequately operate the Rescue Squad and its radio operations.  It was agreed to seek potential volunteers who might be interested in offering assistance.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the Rescue Squad’s proposal to purchase a new stair chair and replacement spider straps for an approximate cost of $3,000.  Motion carried unanimously.
    There was no Fire Department Report available, but it was noted that the City is awaiting the receipt of an Incident Report regarding recent damage to two department vehicles in order to proceed with insurance coverage of necessary repairs. Based on insurance recommendation, a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Miller to deny the application of Michael Bradbury to join the Fire Department.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Monthly reports of the Maintenance Department and the Water/Wastewater Department were provided by Rob Bauers and Bruce Sorensen, respectively.  In regard to the Monthly Health Board Report, the City Attorney was advised to pursue the necessary procedures to assure appropriate clean up on the Gilfert property, based upon a written complaint received.
    Following discussion of the areas proposed to be included in the upcoming One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan, which consist of general maintenance and several one or two block areas of milling and asphalt overlay, it was agreed to pursue preparation of said proposed plan for the ensuing year and to schedule a public hearing at 5:45 p.m., on February 13, 2012 to consider action on the same.
    Discussion on the recently completed Preliminary Engineering Report for the Water Treatment Evaluation for Nitrate Removal was held and will continue to be evaluated.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 12-01, which clarifies the correct date of the upcoming Primary Election that the imposing of an additional .5% sales and use tax shall be submitted to the voters.  Motion carried unanimously.  It was agreed by the Council provide an informational notice with the April water bills, which would explain the Council’s concerns with the recent loss of state aid funding and list the city’s sales and use tax allocations since initial implementation in April of 2005.
    Information received from the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council, which included the upcoming January 18, 2012 meeting invitation, was presented for Council review.
    Following discussion regarding the recent theft of kitchen equipment from the Community Building located at 303 West Eldora Avenue, the City Attorney was authorized to pursue the necessary court proceedings to have the property returned.
    Motion by Miller seconded by Frew to approve the following claims: Salaries-9,506.34; Ameritas, emp ret-1,264.37; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-962.75, OPPD-3,244.55; Windstream-930.54; Verizon-120.02; D. Hall, animal cont-987.42; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,578.05; Svoboda Chebatoris, prof-759.50; United Healthcare, ins-205.33; Paving Bond pmts/bk wire fee-17,893.75; PeopleService, prof-13,627.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,320.82; Post Office, pstg-190.00; Nebr. Dept. Revenue, sls tx, whlg-1,411.21; CD purchase-5,000.00; Business Forms & Acctg, sup-85.45; Columbus Telegram, publ-90.89; Reliable, off sup-242.11; Egan Supply, sup-12.78; K. Gerdes, mlg, sup reimb-47.44; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-154.98; ET Lawn  & Leisure, rep-25.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-666.22; Bauers Trucking, LLC, trkg/sup-321.82; Fleet Services, fuel-233.84; Olsson Associates, prof-2,560.00; Front Range Fire, sup-215.55; Bound Tree, sup-186.39; Lifeguard MD, sup-299.30; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp tax-29.32; Blue Cross Blue Shield of NE, ins-3,279.45; Baker & Taylor, bks-765.06; Dale Nielsen Inc., rep-270.68; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-780.87; Wessels Bros. Storage, dep/rent-120.00; Nissen Body Shop, veh rep-1,134.52; Great Plains One Call, serv-4.16; Stop N Shop, fuel-395.55; EMS Billing, reimb-360.70; CCNEDC. Dues-1,500.00; Abe’s Trash Service, maint-355.10; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-37.20; Creative Edge Graphics, sup-185.00.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mitch to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk         Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor