Weeping Water Nebraska




JULY 9, 2012


           Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on July 9, 2012 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, and Mitch Miller.  Absent:  Kelly Nutter.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the July 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 June 11th and June 14th, 2012 meetings were approved as presented.          

          Monthly Reports included the following: Fire Department-Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the applications of Robert Vodicka and Tyron Moore to join the Fire Department, based on favorable recommendation of the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Squad-it was noted that there were four rescue calls during the month. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to approve the applications of David Stander and Mike Krass to join the Rescue Squad’s Ride-Along Program and to approve the applications of Bruce Lawson, Diane Wade and Robert Hanes to serve as Rescue Drivers only. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to adopt the newly revised Rescue Squad Standard Operating Procedures. Motion carried unanimously. Water/Wastewater Report- in addition to routine monthly maintenance, it was noted that recent testing of nitrate levels remained within compliance. Maintenance Report- a proposal for chipping the brush pile into mulch in the amount of $4,500 was discussed, with action tabled for further review. Following discussion of equipment needs, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to direct the Maintenance Superintendent to obtain bids for an appropriate pickup/truck. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Miller to approve the purchase of a lift to be used for various maintenance purposes, which motion died for lack of a second. After further discussion, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to check into the rental of a lift, as needed. Motion carried unanimously. Results of a recent assessment of overhanging tree limbs was completed and forwarded to the Clerk for property owner notification. Health Board/Safety Issues-the City Attorney was advised to continue pursuing previously addressed issues related to trees on railroad property and various property conditions. In order to increase safe visibility and provide adequate space for truck turning, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to install appropriate parking restriction signs on both sides of the street near the west side of the intersection of Eldora Avenue and South Garfield Street. Motion carried unanimously.

            Under Old Business, the following issues were addressed: the Mayor agreed to meet with the Maintenance Superintendent to determine property boundaries in order to proceed with trenching a drainage ditch south of Chicago Street; it was noted that the City’s unallocated program income from the Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund Program has been relinquished to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and that all current Reuse Loan recipients were notified of the procedures to be followed for submission of future loan payments; and the City Attorney advised that the matter involving the unauthorized use of city stationery has been referred to the County Attorney.


The following Ordinance was presented:


AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 509 TO CHANGE THE ZONING JURISDICTION FROM B-1 (COMMERCIAL DISTRICT) TO R-2 (MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT) FOR PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER DESCRIBED AS LOT 1B OF BLOCK THREE (3) IN FLEMING & RACE’S ADDITION TO THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA; TO PROVIDE FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES OR SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR A DATE UPON WHICH THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 600 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried unanimously. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance being on file at the City Clerk’s Office.

            Upon review of financing proposals for the City’s share of the Ball Field Lighting Project, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Miller to accept the proposal of Farmers & Merchants Bank. Motion carried unanimously.

            Considerable discussion was held regarding the ongoing illegal use of ATV/UTVs in the city limits. It was suggested that the city consider allowing the use of the same, upon complying with proper city registration requirements, with no action being taken. In light of recent televised media regarding the use of UTVs, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to authorize the City Attorney to draw up an ordinance which would further clarify ATV/UTV regulations in the city limits, to be presented for consideration at the August meeting. Motion carried with McCaulley and Frew voting aye. Nays: Miller.

            It was agreed to post notices seeking volunteers to establish a committee to re-evaluate the Campground Regulations for possible updates.

            An update of recently approved building permit activity included the following: Building Permit: Ken Holt-garage; Miscellaneous Building Permits: Will Cover-fence; Wayne Rupp-Accessory Building; Martin Agena-fence/deck.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the appointment of Susan Smith to the Library Board, replacing Janelle Gegg, who is moving. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to pay the balance of the Library computer desks, which amounts to approximately $518.00. Motion carried unanimously. Other items discussed included the acquisition of a trash receptacle and a bike rack for the exterior of the Library facilities, with action being tabled for further review.

            Budget projections were discussed, after which correspondence received was presented for council review.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the following claims: Salaries-17,826.58; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,379.37; Post Office, pstg-436.00; EFTPS, whlg-4,127.14; D. Hall, animal control-611.72; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-920.30; Nebr. U.C. Fund, unemp-397.45; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sales tx-2,220.63; Ameritas, emp ret-1,257.35; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-204.07, OPPD-4,623.02, Windstream-875.9l, Verizon-125.11; Nebr. Dept. of Economic Development, reimb-6,801.22; Bond Interest pmt-2,593.75; Farmers & Merchants Bank, equip pmt, s/c-727.49; United Healthcare, ins-205.33; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-3,279.45; J. McKinstry, maint-150.00; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-15.00; Wessels Bros Storage, storage fee-60.00; Creative Edge Graphics, off sup-83.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-108.01; General Fire & Safety, maint-134.00; Miller Monroe Farrell-ins/bond-199.00; Meeske Hardware, maint-3,105.41; Stubbendick Implement, rep-655.54; Olsson Associates, prof-419.48; Roto Snake, maint-78.00; NSVFA, dues-340.00; EMS Billing Service, reimb-448.52; Shaffer Communications, equip-7,627.20; Omaha Door & Window, rep-70.00; Aqua Chem, sup-721.90; Umpire Fees: N. Bowman-360.00, C. Bauers-160.00, K. Vice-120.00, S. Hotsenpilar-60.00, L. Grafe-100.00, S. Wipf-190.00, C. Heath-40.00; Husker Chem Sales, maint-995.44; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-82.80; Kerns Excavating, maint-430.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-528.80; Reliable, off sup-9.47; Meeske Auto Parts, maint-310.94; Great Plains One Call, serv-13.10; Nebr. RWD, dues-175.00; Matheson TriGas, sup-37.80; Weeping Water Express Lane, sup-163.75; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-679.22; Chad Heath, ball sup-153.48; Wright Express, fuel-109.55. Motion carried unanimously.

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


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk