CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/MONTHLY MEETING
FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 5:50 p.m., on February 11, 2013 at City Hall. Council members answering roll were Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller. Absent: None.
Notice of the public hearing and the monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 24, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city. The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act was announced by the Mayor.
Ben Day of Olsson Associates briefly discussed the city’s proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for the ensuing year, which consists of general maintenance, bridge repairs, and eight projects which contain approximately seven blocks of street paving. There being no public comment, the public hearing was closed, and the monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll. Minutes of the January 14th and January 30th, 2013 meetings were approved as presented.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 13-03, which approves the 2013 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried unanimously.
Open Forum: Teri Bauers-No Show. Slater Mozena, who is working on a Boy Scout Citizenship in the Community Badge, addressed the issue of an improperly working street light. The Mayor advised that the City would contact OPPD, who is responsible for the maintenance of street lights, and request appropriate service for the same.
Librarian, Aimee Morlan, presented the Annual Library Report, noting that since the move to the new facility, annual library visits have increased over 19%, use of public computers has increased 13% and total circulation has increased over 18%. She also noted the many upgrades and improvements that have been added to the Library to meet patron’s needs.
Angela Murray, of Dana F. Cole & Company, provided results of the annual audit. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the preliminary Audit Report as presented, subject to final review. Motion carried unanimously.
As the Rescue Squad and Fire Department currently have two UHF radios which are obsolete, a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to adopt Resolution No. 13-04, which declares said radios as excess property and authorizes proper disposition of the same to an available buyer at a cost of $275 each. Motion carried unanimously.
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. In regard to Health Board concerns, the City Attorney advised that following the allowable time frame, he would proceed with filing an estate of a deceased resident to allow the city to proceed with the necessary property cleanup.
Due to lack of motion, no action was taken on the proposed draft ordinance to create a policy to identify and register vacant commercial buildings.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to deny renewal of membership with the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council, in order to allow funds to actively pursue more local economic development activities. Motion carried unanimously.
Following discussion regarding proper snow removal on sidewalks, the City Attorney was authorized to develop a draft ordinance regarding the same that would be enforceable, to be presented for consideration at the March meeting.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the proposal of Emma Goracke to serve as Camp Host for 2013 season. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to authorize EMS Billing Services, Inc., to bill for rescue squad services and fire-extrication-hazmat services for 2013. It was further agreed to authorize a 5% increase in rescue squad rates for the ensuing year. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to maintain the existing Ball Park Use Fees and umpire fees for the ensuing year. Motion carried unanimously.
It was agreed to proceed with advertising for summer employment positions available.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve a $.50/hour salary increase for Maintenance Superintendent, Kurt Powles. Motion carried unanimously.
The Mayor agreed to meet with Bill Donahue in regard to maintenance of the Compost/Brush Site.
It was noted that the City and the Cemetery Board have scheduled a Cemetery Clean up Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013, and are encouraging volunteers to participate.
A proposal from Jeremy McNeal for hosting recycling events was presented for council review, with action on the same being denied.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the three year lawn care proposal for the Ball Field, with cost sharing for the same to be requested from the school, as per the City/School Ball Field Maintenance Agreement. Motion carried unanimously.
Correspondence received included a letter that the Mayor received from Robert Bauers Jr., with the City Council agreeing that concerns addressed must be scheduled and presented at a future City Council meeting.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims: Salaries-9,137.33; Bond pmts-25,037.50; Ameritas, emp ret-1,172.14; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-1,327.42, OPPD-3,507.57, Verizon-116.38, Windstream-644.68; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-1,092.36; Blue Cross Blue Shield ins-6,504.57; D. Hall, animal cont.-500.00; EFTPS, whlg-2,640.68; First Nat. Bk & Trst, equip pmt-2,014.52; Nebr. Dept. Rev., whlg, sales tx-1,072.09; United Healthcare, ins-315.70; Farmers & Merchants Bk, equip loan pmt/ bk s/c-757.49; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,101.87; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Post Office, pstg-224.00; Miller Monroe Co., ins-1,974.00; Wirebuilt Co., prof-150.00; Reliable, off sup-764,72; SE Clerk’s Assoc., prof-10.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Wex Bank, fuel-242.51; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-388.34; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-324.68; EMS Billing, reimb-251.61; Papillion Fire Dept. ALS reimb-275.00; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-60.00; One Call Concepts, serv-4.45; American Legal Publishing , prof-432.00; SE Com College, resc trng-381.50; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-746.35; Matheson TriGas, sup-40.92; Columbus Telegram, publ-100.06; NMC Exchange, rep-65.16; WW Foods,sup-37.37; M. Tighe, resc trng rmb-233.26; Hobart Service, rep-317.30; Stop N Shop, fuel-407.21; T. Anderson, maint-20.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk