CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed budget and the Special Hearing to Set the Final Tax Request at 5:45 p.m., on September 10, 2012 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll. Bob McCaulley, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller. Absent: None. Notices of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 6, 2012 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $231,750.00 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of .448569, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $104,395.00, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .246505. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and the hearing to set the final tax request were closed and the regular meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 6, 2012 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The Mayor reiterated the posted location of the Open Meeting Act and the minutes of the August 13, 2012 meeting were approved as presented.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve an increase of the base of restricted funds by an additional one percent, as allowed by law and to adopt Resolution No. 12-10, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 602
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 602 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy of the Ordinance being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 603
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, AMENDING SECTION 93.40(A) OF THE WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN THE ANNUAL LICENSE TAX FOR DOGS AND CATS TO $7.00 FOR EACH DOG OR CAT; TO PROVIDE FOR A DATE UPON WHICH THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Frew that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 603 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with McCaulley, Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Said Ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law with a true, correct and complete copy being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to prioritize the suggested areas in need of asphalt overlay and to approve the proposal of Asphalt Maintenance Inc., for said prioritized projects based on the availability of city funds at the scheduled time that repairs are to commence. Motion carried unanimously.
Several citizens were in attendance to address the inclusion of ATVs and/or Golf Carts in the proposed ordinance allowing the operation of UTVs within the city limits. Following discussion, the group was advised to compile recommendations for regulations to allow the operation of ATVs and/or Golf Carts within the city limits and present said recommendations to the city for consideration at a future meeting.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 604
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, AMENDING SECTION 173.17 OF THE WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE OPERATION OF UTILITY TERRAIN VEHICLES WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS; TO PROVIDE FOR OPERATING REQUIREMENTS; TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF UTILITY TERRAIN VEHICLES; TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; AND PROVIDING WHEN THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. Motion by McCaulley that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 604 might be introduced, read by title and adopted, but suggested that the registration fee be revised from $25.00 to $50.00 per year. Upon roll call vote, McCaulley and Miller voted aye. Nays: Frew and Nutter. Said motion failed when the mayor cast the tie breaking vote against the motion. A motion was then made by Nutter that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 604 might be introduced, read by title and adopted as presented. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: McCaulley. Said ordinance will be posted in the manner provided by law, with a true, correct and complete copy being on file in the City Clerk’s Office.
Monthly Reports included the following: Fire Department Report-Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to approve the application of Andrew Dehne to join the Fire Department, subject to physician clearance. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Squad Report-10 calls were made during the month resulting in a total of 71.20 man hours. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve Mike Krass as a member of the Rescue Squad, having recently completed the required Ride-a-long program. Other items addressed included the need to establish “No Parking” zones in front of the Fire/Rescue Barn, the need to update the Rescue Squad’s cell phones, and monitoring the need for updating the door lock code. It was agreed to notify the owner of the property adjacent to the Fire/Rescue Barn of property maintenance concerns. Water/Wastewater Report-in addition to routine maintenance and training, it was noted that a new motor and pump had to be installed in well #3 during Labor Day weekend, and that the well is now back in operation. Maintenance Report-discussed recent street repairs, completion of the drainage ditch at the south end of Chicago Street, and the proposed extension of the hiking/biking trail. It was noted that the Masonic Lodge recently contributed to community improvement by pouring a concrete picnic slab and sidewalk on the municipal swimming pool grounds. Health Board/Safety Issues-Following discussion of various property concerns, it was agreed that the Health Board assess specific properties prior to the next meeting. A motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to authorize the City Attorney to file a complaint against the Railroad for failure to adequately maintain overhanging tree limbs along South Garfield Street. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to abate the proceedings regarding the Cave property, as compliance for the issues addressed has been met. Motion carried unanimously
Nicole Stackpole presented a proposal for a fundraiser event, scheduled for October 13, 2012, for the Christian Church to establish a food bank and a site to accept winter coats and new toys for children. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the request to close a portion of West Eldora Avenue in front of the Hopkins Tavern property and to approve the proposed Special Designated Liquor License for said event. Motion carried with McCaulley, Miller and Nutter voting aye. Nays: None.
It was noted that the previously approved proposal for a 1 ton Chevy Truck, flatbed box and V Plow blade was amended to include two under body tool boxes, flatbed floor liner and undercoating, which resulted in an additional $1,170. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution No. 12-11, which authorizes the financing of up to $38,500 for said maintenance equipment through Farmers & Merchants Bank as proposed. Motion carried unanimously.
It was noted that a recent workmen’s comp claim involving part time employee, Ronald Taylor is currently being processed.
Responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of the Multi-purpose Community Center was clarified, noting that a previously approved Lease Purchase Agreement between the City of Weeping Water and the Weeping Water Community Building Foundation outlines that the City is responsible for costs of operation and maintenance of the building once occupancy is obtained. Discussion for parking lot improvements on the adjacent leased property south of the parking lot was held with action being tabled until funding permits.
In light of upcoming potential water and sewer system improvements needed to maintain adequate services and meet mandated compliance measures, it was noted that the last rate increase was in 2007. Based on the information presented, a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve a 5% increase in water and sewer rates and to authorize the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance reflecting the same, to be considered for action at the October meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to deny a proposal received from the Post Office requesting the city’s interest in the “Village Post Office Program”. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to proceed with the purchase of an ADA approved portable chair lift for the swimming pool to comply with federal mandates. Motion carried unanimously.
Updated information received from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in regard to the Revolving Loan Program was discussed, with no additional action being taken.
An update of recent building permit activity included the following: Margaret Keckler-garage; Dale Nielsen-Sun Room; Kay Gerdes-garage addition; Masonic Lodge-attached porch/storage room.
Correspondence received was presented for council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by McCaulley to approve the following claims: Salaries-13,362.83; Ameritas, emp ben-1,207.24; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-192.06, OPPD-5,824.19, Verizon-128.19, Windstream-888.88; United Healthcare, ins-205.33; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins.-3,279.45; D. Hall, animal control-504.98; EFTPS, emp whlg-3,176.62; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-704.35; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sales tax, whlg, recycling fund-1,827,90; Farmers & Merchants Bank, box rent/equipment pmt-732.49; Post Office, pstg-218.00; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,934.87; Wirebuilt, prof-300.00; Wessels Bros. Storage, maint-60.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-7.57; K. Gerdes, mlg-37.74; SENDD, dues-1,575.00; Nebr. Dept. of Ag., lic fee-150.00; Creative Edge Graphics, off sup-87.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-578.85; Keckler Oil, rep-22.00; Barco, signs-556.90; Quality Fence, maint-2,638.00; NSVFA, add’l dues-80.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-276.23; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-93.11; W. Redden, mlg-42.74; Anderson Auto Group, rep-696.75; Aqua Chem, sup-322.30; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Concrete Industries, maint-195.25; L. Sorensen, trkg-91.80; Lawn Order, maint-266.94; Johnny On The Spot, maint-363.00; Stop N Shop, fule-456.06; WW Foods, sup-14.41; Junior Library Guild, bks-125.55; Wright Express, fuel-259.77; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-647.99; Kerfords Limestone, maint-413.10; James March, rep-$3,300.00; EMS Billing, reimb-277.66. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Nutter to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk