CITY OF WEEPING WATER
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
JANUARY 14, 2013
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on January 14, 2013 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter, Mitch Miller. Absent: None. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January10, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the December 10th and December 12th, 2012 meetings were approved as presented.
Under Open Forum, Dan Henry, newly elected Cass County Commissioner for District 4, provided a brief introduction and encouraged members of the Council to contact him for any local needs or concerns.
As no response was yet received from Future Technologies Wireless of Nebraska, Inc., regarding the request for renegotiated terms of the proposed Commercial Lease Agreement, the matter was tabled indefinitely.
The City Attorney provided an update on pending legal issues. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to accept a settlement offer plus court costs and sheriff’s fees for a total amount of $267.42, for costs involved in eliminating the hazards resulting from a recent incident at the Campgrounds. Motion carried unanimously. Action was tabled on the property located at 406 North Commercial Street, which was declared a public nuisance, to allow verification of proper notification services.
John Yochum provided an update on the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council’s recent activities and encouraged continued support of the organization. Action on membership renewal was tabled for further review.
Following review of the proposed update to the 2012 One & Six Year Street Improvement Plan, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 13-01, which approves the proposed revisions to the One Year Plan. Motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held regarding proposals for the upcoming 2013 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan, which will be finalized for a public hearing to be held on February 11, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. to allow for public comment on the same.
It was noted that a copy of the recently completed Gospel Run Monitoring Report, prepared by Olsson Associates, has been sent to the Corps of Engineers.
Doug Johns of Cass County Refuse provided a brief overview of his company’s services and discussed future business promotions in anticipation of upcoming contract renewal.
Copies of the Maintenance Report and Water/Wastewater Report were presented for review by Kurt Powles and Bruce Sorensen, respectively. Fire and Rescue Reports were not available at the time of the meeting.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 608
AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE ALL OF THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER BY ADOPTING THE NEBRASKA BASIC CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2012, TO REPEAL ORDINANCES; TO REQUIRE FILINGS; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 608 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, 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.
Discussion was held regarding the proposed draft ordinance which creates a policy to identify and register vacant commercial buildings, in an effort to promote economic development, with action being tabled for further review.
It was noted that several commercial property owners created a public hazard by failing to remove snow/ice from sidewalks in a timely manner according to City Code, and that said property owners be billed for snow/ice removal costs provided by city personnel.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the new state mileage rate of 56.5 cents per mile. Motion carried unanimously.
It was agreed to pursue advertising for the position of a Camp Host at the City Lakes Campground for the upcoming season.
Discussion was held regarding a citizen’s concern regarding vehicles running through stop signs on Eldora Avenue, with action being tabled for further review.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Frew to approve the newly revised listing of City Board and Committees, which includes the addition of Jenny Hammons and Mickey Tighe to the Pool Board to fill existing vacancies, and to disband the Reuse Committee, City Lake Committee and the City Trail Committee. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to appoint Mitch Miller as the City Council liaison for the Pool Board. Motion carried unanimously.
Other items discussed with no action being taken included current financial status, organizing a cooperative spring clean up day at the cemetery, allowing the use of the City Ball Field for a potential high school baseball program, and various correspondence.
Motion by Miller seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: bond pmts/wire fees-17,623.75; Equip/imp loan pmts-10,982.58; Salaries-9,341.23; Ameritas, emp ret-1,074.81; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-601.14, OPPD-3,228.97, Windstream-547.99, Verizon-119.60; Svoboda Chebatoris, prof-1,008.50; United Healthcare, ins-315.70; D. Hall, animal cont-500.00; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp-190.77; EFTPS-whlg-2,366.91; Nebr. Dept. Rev., whlg/sales tax/lodging tax-2,505.28; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,470.37; Post Office, pstg-235.44; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-6,504.57; American Legal Publishing, prof-650.00; WW Foods, sup-38.38; Cass County Court, ct fees-17.00; K. Gerdes, mlg-37.20; Columbus Telegram, publ-62.88; CommClean, maint-100.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg/dues-52.00; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-60.00; Cass County Election Commission, elec fees-73.67; Print Like Flint, signs-275.28; J. McKinstry, maint-2,250.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-374.24; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-542.84; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-171.77; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-110.36; Keckler Oil Co., rep-971.34; Layne Christiansen, rep-311.30; Mick’s Diesel Repair, rep-806.92; M. Richardson, rep-45.86; Olsson Associates, prof-1,219.30; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-93.11; Shaffer Communications, rep-439.75; EMS Billing, reimb-599.67; Coventry HealthCare of NE, reimb-850.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-671.81; Smart Apple Media, bks-114.15; Reliable, off sup-47.87; Hobart Service, rep-233.55; Wex Bank, fuel-339.64; One Call Concepts, serv-7.40; WireBuilt, prof-150.00; NMC Exchange, rep-13.38; Nebr. Dept. of Emergency Management, reimb-223.43. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk