CITY OF WEEPING WATER
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
AUGUST 13, 2012
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on August 13, 2012 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 August 9, 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 July 9, 2012 meeting were approved as presented.
Monthly Reports included the following: No Fire Report was available. Rescue Squad: 7 calls were made during the month, resulting in a total of 28.6 man hours. It was noted that Justin Backhaus has resigned from the Rescue Squad, but will remain active on the Manley Fire Department. It was also noted that Travis West, who was a trainee, has resigned from the Rescue Squad, but will remain active on the Weeping Water Fire Department. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the applications of Brittney Bauers, Tanya Clark, Michelle Tighe, Austin Jones, Ann Jones, Sara Bowen, Robert Hanes Sr., and Bryce Bantz for entry into the Rescue Squad’s Ride-a-long Program. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the newly elected Rescue Squad Officers as follows: Chief-Tara Hanes, Assistant Chief-Wes Redden, Secretary-Deb Houchin, Treasurer-Melissa Hanes, Training Officer-Lloyd Campbell, Maintenance-Wes Redden, Lloyd Campbell and Beau Flint. Motion carried unanimously. Water/Wastewater Report: In addition to routine monthly maintenance, it was noted that a water restriction on lawn watering which is currently in effect, was enforced because of high water usage, due to the extremely dry weather conditions. Maintenance Report: It was noted that preparations are being made for the relocation of a batting cage at the ball park, due to the fact that the location of the existing batting cage conflicted with the new lighting system, which has recently been installed. Councilmen were advised of the proposed drainage improvements south of the Chicago Street, which will be pursued within the next few weeks. It was noted that the Swimming Pool will close for the season on August 19th and that an assessment of the pump and motor will be made at that time to determine the most feasible solution. A proposal from Asphalt Maintenance Inc., for various street repairs was presented, with action being tabled for further review. Health Board/Safety Issues: It was noted that efforts have been made to comply with previously addressed property concerns. Various other complaints regarding property conditions and failure to mow or maintain vacant properties were addressed with action being tabled for further review. Letters have been sent out to various property owners regarding trees and/or bushes that need to be trimmed, and it was agreed that designated areas be re-assessed to assure compliance with City Codes. The City Attorney agreed to continue pursuing compliance of the same on the railroad property. Safety concerns expressed regarding a parking space on Eldora Avenue were addressed with no action being taken. Due to concerns expressed, it was noted that the policy for removal/disposal of a deer carcass on or near residential property is to call the Nebraska Game and Parks for removal of the same.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 12-09, which corrects the numbering of Ordinances to reflect that Ordinance Number 600, which approves a zoning change, should be numbered as Ordinance Number 601. Motion carried unanimously.
Following considerable discussion regarding the proposed ordinance prohibiting operation of UTVs in the city limits, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Nutter to authorize the City Attorney to develop an ordinance for consideration at the next meeting that would develop a permit registration process to allow for the legal use of UTVs in the city limits. Motion carried unanimously.
An update was provided on the Corps of Engineers’ requirements for compliance with the Gospel Run Creek Project, with the Council agreeing to pursue all measures to assure compliance. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the proposed Letter Agreement for the professional services of Olsson Associates to conduct stream monitoring to meet the requirements described in the Corps of Engineers Permit #2009-01966-WEH. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to approve membership renewal with Southeast Nebraska Development District, authorize approval of membership dues for fiscal year 2013 in the amount of $1,575.00, but deny approval of the voluntary housing dues. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the Sales Tax Committee’s proposal for distribution of sales tax revenue for 2012-13, which includes allocations for the final fire truck payment, the trail loan payment, the flood improvement loan payment, the auditorium loan payment, the ball park light project payment and the motor vehicle tax allocation. Motion carried unanimously.
Following discussion of equipment needs, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to pursue the proposals of Copple Chevrolet for the purchase of a 1Ton Chevy Truck, a flatbed box from Workhorst Mfg., and a V Plow blade from Palfleet Truck Equipment, all for an approximate cost of $37,300 and to pursue the most competitive financing for the same. Motion carried unanimously.
Preliminary budget proposals for the ensuing year were reviewed, with a motion being made by Frew, seconded by McCaulley to schedule the annual Budget Hearing on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to retain the existing Camp Ground Regulations and pursue strict enforcement of the existing regulations. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to allow the Chamber of Commerce to close a portion of Eldora Avenue on Saturday, September 29, 2012 for a Car Show during the Annual Fall Festival. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to increase pet licensing fees for 2013 to $7.00 and to refer the remaining owners of pets in non compliance with licensing requirements to the City Attorney for appropriate legal action. Motion carried unanimously.
An update on City Permit activity included the following: Sign Permits: First Nebraska Bank. Miscellaneous Building Permits: George Sutter-roof over existing concrete slab; Bruce Lawson-Accessory Building.
Following a brief discussion regarding law enforcement issues, members of the council recommended that residents call the State Patrol if the County Sheriff’s Department refuses to respond or to enforce specific regulations.
Correspondence received included notice of a County Public Hearing regarding an amendment to zoning regulations, Library Board Minutes, notice of upcoming meetings and a card of thanks from the Gegg family.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims: Salaries-17,180.83; bond payments-20,187.50; Farmers & Merchants Bank, loan pmt, wire fees, s/c-760.49; Ameritas, emp ben-1,229.74; Utilities: Windstream-892.08, Black Hills Energy-178.79, OPPD-5,805.57, Verizon-122.09; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-3,279.45; EFTPS, whlg-3,891.82; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., sales tx, whlg-1,910.55; United Healthcare, ins-205.33; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,540.12; Post Office,pstg-90.00; B. Miller, reimb-10.00; D. Hall, animal cont-550.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-96.65; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-60.00; Reliable, off sup-202.75; NE Municipal Clerk’s Assoc., dues-25.00; League of Nebr. Municipalities, dues-1,701.00; WW Foods, maint-59.92; WWCBF, reimb-22.25; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Wright Express, fuel-180.19; Keckler Oil Co., rep-193.38; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-24.25; Olsson Associates, prof-340.67; Shaffer Communications, sup-51.00; Bound Tree Medical, sup-212.32; Dale P. Neilsen, Inc., rep-27.75; Aqua Chem Inc., sup-725.45; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Fluid Systems, rep-340.20; Lawn Order, maint-250.17; A. Morlan, mlg/mtg-73.26; Omaha Door & Window, rep-480.79; Johnny On the Spot, maint-363.00; M. Barrett, ball scheduling-160.00; A. McKinstry, wt dep ref-4.36; Great Plains One Call, serv-5.20; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins pmt-5,151.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-272.46; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-39.06; EMS Billing Service, reimb-428.63; WW Express Lane, sup-303.30; Umpire Fees: B. Lawrence-255.00, D. Wilson-210.00, S. Wipf-25.00, B. Wockenfuss-15.00, M. Wilson-90.00, R. Hammer-20.00, Z. Barrett-135.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-731.37; Penworthy, bks-56.00; Smart Apple Media, bks-124.16; Concrete Industries, maint-330.25; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-481.20; Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that the previous claim of Fluid Systems listed in the May 2012 claims in the amount of $325.00 was voided.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk