Weeping Water Nebraska


MARCH 12, 2012

    Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the request of Ken Holt for a Conditional Use Permit to construct a shop/garage on property without a primary residence at 6:00 p.m., on March 12, 2012 at City Hall. Council members answering roll were Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, and Kelly Nutter.  Absent:  Mitch Miller.  Notice of the public hearing and the regular monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the March 1, 2012 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed following review of the information presented, and the regular monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll.  Minutes of the February 13th, and 23rd, 2012 meetings were approved as presented.
    Based on the Planning Board Recommendation, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to approve the application of Ken Holt for a Conditional Use Permit as requested.  Motion carried unanimously.
    There were no issues addressed during Open Forum, and a previous request to close a portion of Randolph Street was tabled indefinitely.
    Following review and considerable discussion of a proposed Maintenance Agreement between the Oakwood Cemetery Association and the City of Weeping Water for maintenance of the cemetery grounds, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve the proposed contract for a period of three years for an annual sum of $9,500.00, subject to an annual review for cost evaluation by both parties, allowing for the option of termination of the contract by either party,  should both parties fail to agree on negotiations.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Monthly Reports included the following:  Rescue Report:  5 calls during the month resulting in a total of 22.59 man hours.  It was noted that the Squad is checking into costs of fixing or replacing the light bar on unit 212.  Fire Report:  3 mutual aid calls were made during the month.  A request to reconsider the application of Mike Bradbury to join the Fire Department was denied. Following discussion regarding the feasibility of recent repairs performed on the Fire Department’s Station Wagon, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve payment of the existing bill for recent repairs in the amount of $1,440.89, and to advise the department that in future situations any expenses in excess of a $500 limit need to be approved in advance by the City Council.  Motion carried with Nutter and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  McCaulley.  Water/Wastewater Report:  In addition to routine maintenance, it was noted that recent water testing results showed a substantial decrease in the nitrate levels.  Maintenance Report:  In addition to routine maintenance, preparations are being made for upcoming park activities.  It was noted that the company responsible for damages to the bridge railings on North Randolph Street has been notified of the need to provide the necessary repairs. Health Board Report:  No new issues to report.
    In regard to the Wellhead Protection Sign Program, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by McCaulley that no further action need be taken, as the Nebraska Department of Roads will be installing appropriate signs on the nearby state road system.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Larry and Eric Vogler addressed the Council requesting the City Council’s consideration in offering some type of incentive to encourage new home construction, as there are several available lots remaining in the Vogler Addition.  The Council requested that they seek proposals that other communities have implemented and agreed to consider possibly waiving city utility tap fees for new construction, with action on the same being tabled for further review.
    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to approve the continuation of the Agreement
dated August of 2003 between Fire Extrication Hazmat Billing, LLP and the City of Weeping Water for billing services and rates as outlined in said Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.
    It was noted that notices of summer maintenance employment positions available have been posted, with application deadline for the same being March 23, 2012.  Motion by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to authorize the Mayor to proceed with the hiring of three part time maintenance employees, based on the Maintenance Superintendent’s recommendation, after the application deadline, with negotiated wages not to exceed $9.00 per hour.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Following discussion of maintenance equipment needs and proposed bids for the same, it was agreed to table action on the same for further review.  
    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 12-04, which declares the Yard Man and Cub Cadet mowers as excess property and authorizes advertisement for bids for the sale of said property.  Motion carried unanimously.
    It was agreed to pursue negotiations with the new owner of the Community Building located at 303 West Eldora to compensate for the remaining equipment that was removed from the building.
    Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to re-establish newsletter production and website sponsorship with WireBuilt Company at a cost of approximately $150 per month.  Motion carried unanimously.
    It was noted that several areas of unauthorized building and zoning violations have commenced, which will continue to be pursued appropriately.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by Frew to apply a limit total of $500 per month on animal control costs.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by Nutter, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims:  Salaries-9,445.52; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,128.50; Post Office, pstg-173.00; Utilities:  Black Hills Energy-1,060.14; OPPD-3,350.34; Windstream-843.91; Verizon-122.82; Ameritas, emp ret-1,149.57; United Healthcare, ins-217.33; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg-1,639.37; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-3,279.45; D. Hall, animal control-1,934.35; EFTPS, whlg-2,414.45; Reuse Loan-41,000; Bank Fees-7.00; Travelers RMD, ins-5,424.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-387.21; Columbus telegram, publ-68.73; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-120.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,105.50; Cass County Abstracting, prof-150.00; Reliable, off sup-26.88; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-404.38; Dale Nielsen Inc., rep-110.40; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-24.34; Keckler Oil Co., rep-1,440.89; Fireguard Inc., equip-1,404.63; EMS Billing, reimb-576.69; Matheson TriGas, sup-102.25; DHHS, pool permit-40.00; Roto Snake, maint-98.00; Conney Safety Products, maint-273.02; J. Deibert, dep ref-63.90; Penworthy, bks-49.94; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-705.40; Papillion Fire Dept., ALS reimb-341.13; J. Flint, mlg reimb-683.76; Nebr. Assigned Risk Pool, ins-6.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-22.88; Martin Marietta, sup-801.79; Lawn Order, maint-1,906.20; J. McKinstry, maint-35.00; Wright Express, fuel-354.97; SE Girls Softball League, lge fees-470.00.  Motion carried unanimously.
    Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to adjourn.  Motion carried unanimously.

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Kay Gerdes, City Clerk           Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor