Weeping Water Nebraska





DECEMBER 10, 2012


            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on December 10, 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 December 6, 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 November 12, 2012 meeting were approved as presented.

            Monthly Reports included the following: Fire Department-No activity report was available, but a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the application of Robert Lawrence to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Squad-8 calls during the month resulting in a total of 83.67 man hours. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Frew to approve the applications of Robert Lawrence, Sandra Weyers, and Timothy Maloney to join the Rescue Squad and to approve the mileage for training reimbursement requested by Jim Flint in the amount of $186.48. Motion carried unanimously. The Maintenance Report was provided by Kurt Powles, and the Water/Wastewater Report was provided by Bruce Sorensen. Health Board-Based on a complaint reported by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, it was agreed that the Health Board inspect the premises at 406 North Commercial Street, file a written report to the City Attorney, and schedule a special meeting in order to proceed with the appropriate legal action.

            Due to the fact that no response was received in regard to the request for renegotiated terms of the proposed Commercial Lease Agreement between the City and Future Technologies Wireless of Nebraska, Inc., action was tabled.

            As the requested compensation to the city has not yet been made for eliminating the hazards at a campfire site created by a magnesium log being thrown into a burning fire pit, the City Attorney was advised to proceed with the filing of a lawsuit to collect payment for the same.

            The City Attorney was advised to notify four individuals who were previously cited in court for failure to license a pet, of the need to obtain current licensure at the City Clerk’s Office.

            Copies of a draft ordinance to create a policy to identify and register vacant commercial buildings in order to improve community safety and promote the well being of area business were presented to members of the council for further review.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the request of Hopkins Tavern for a Special Designated Liquor License on December 31, 2012 to utilize the building located at 303 West Eldora Avenue, which adjoins their premises, for a special event. Said approval was given subject to verification from the State Liquor Commission as to the appropriate legal hours requested on the original application. Motion carried unanimously.

            Information received from Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council regarding a request for continued investment in the organization was tabled for further review. Members of the Council were advised of an upcoming investor meeting on January 16, 2013.

            The need to assess areas to be included in the upcoming One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan was addressed noting that final recommendations should be made at the January meeting. Information received regarding potential funding available for qualified bridge projects was addressed, with the Clerk agreeing to pursue the proper procedures in order for a qualified Weeping Water structure to be considered.

            Recent permit activity included: Building Permit: PCS Phosphate-pug mill/scrubber enclosure; Miscellaneous Building Permit: Don Roche-fence; Sign Permit: United Methodist Church. It was noted that no response has yet been received from Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Wipf in regard to the failure to obtain a Sign Permit and a Miscellaneous Building Permit.

            Members of the Council were advised that the City received an allocation of $10,000 from the Day Trust Fund to assist the funding of the new ball park lighting system.

            Other items addressed included: the annual assessment of the cemetery maintenance costs, the Library Board Minutes, notice from Zito Media regarding an upcoming rate increase, the January 7, 2013 Stroke Detection Plus Screening to be held in Gibson Hall, and potential snow removal concerns with trailers parked on city streets.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to reimburse Kurt Powles for the cost of printed employee shirts. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the following claims: Salaries-6,737.39; Ameritas, emp ben-1,002.37; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-300.18, OPPD-3,645.60, Verizon-119.35, Windstream-855.01; Bond payment/wire fees-1,253.75; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-2,235.15; D. Hall, animal control-500.00; EFTPS, emp whlg-1,669.02; Farmers & Merchants Bk, equip loan pmt-712.49; Nebr. Dept. of Rev., sales tx, whlg-1,635.87; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,190.00; United Healthcare, ins-104.44; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,422.37; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Print Like Flint, off sup-215.52; K. Gerdes, sup/mlg reimb-72.73; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-60.00; Banyon Data Systems, prof-590.00; JP Cooke Co., sup-65.60; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins adj-71.00; WW Foods, sup-28.35; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Business Forms & Acctg, sup-578.85; Nebr. Municipal Clerk’s Assoc., prof-25.00; Palfleet, equip-6,471.00; NMC Exchange, sup-31.50; Stop N Shop, fuel-647.81; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-789.13; Sinclair Fleet Track, fuel-34.99; Frenzel Trenching, rep-1,155.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-509.26; Matheson TriGas, sup-91.85; Bauers Trucking, maint/trkg-594.39; Lawn Order, maint-209.00; EMS Billing, reimb-558.85; C&H Distributors, maint-87.49; Wirebuilt, prof-450.00; Big Red Electric, rep-515.00; Smart Apple Media, bks-114.15; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-693.33; Futuramic Products, sup-35.80; Columbus Telegram, publ-52.27; J. Flint, mlg reimb-186.48; K. Powles, sup reimb-95.85. Motion carried unanimously.

            It was noted that a plaque will be presented to Bob McCaulley for his dedication of service to the city for serving on the City Council, after which a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn pro tem. Motion carried unanimously.

            Mayor Stubbendieck administered the Oath of Office to re-elected Councilman, Raymond Frew and newly elected Councilman Lawrence Mozena, and the meeting was reconvened with the newly organized City Council, with all members of the council answering roll. Absent: None.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the Mayor’s recommended appointments and standing committees for the ensuing year, as follows: Maintenance Superintendent-Kurt Powles; City Clerk/Treasurer-Kay Gerdes; Deputy Clerk-Linda Fleming; City Attorney-Firm of Svoboda & Chebatoris; City Engineer-Firm of Olsson Associates; Water/Sewer Maintenance-contracted with PeopleService; Council President-Ray Frew; Water/Sewer Committee-Kelly Nutter and Lawrence Mozena; Streets/Alley Committee-Ray Frew and Mitch Miller; Finance Committee-Mayor, Clerk and all Councilmembers; City Depositories: Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Nebraska Bank, both in Weeping Water, Nebraska. Motion carried unanimously.

            The following changes/updates to the City Board/Committees were recommended: Terms renewed included Pool Board-Linda Twomey; Housing Authority Board-Bill Duff; Library Board-Bill Duff; Communications Board-Chuck Cook. It was noted that two vacancies remain on the Pool Board. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the Board/Committee changes to date. Motion carried unanimously.

            There being no further business, for the newly organized City Council, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk