Weeping Water Nebraska





JULY 8, 2013


            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on July 8, 2013 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller. Absent: None. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the July 4, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the June 10, 2013 meeting were approved as presented.

            Under Open Forum, representatives involved with the organization of a benefit for the Rescue Squad volunteers involved in the recent accident briefly explained the plans that have been made for the event to be held on September 14, 2013. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to allow the usage of Gibson Hall for the initial registration of the poker run. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that the organizers plan to make this an annual event, with future proceeds to be invested in a Cass County Volunteer Emergency Fund, to be available for any Cass County community experiencing an emergency situation.

            Monthly Reports: Fire Department- Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the application of Brandon Nash to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to accept the resignation of Earnest West as Fire Chief and approve his request to be listed on retired status. Motion carried unanimously. Rescue Squad- It was noted that Weeping Water Rescue was out of service from 6/12/13-6/25/13 and that 2 rescue calls were made during the month of June resulting in a total of 17.85 man hours. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the applications of Kurt Powles, Tanya Clark, Angela Bailey, Thomas Ritter and Timron Gilfert to the Rescue Squad Ride-A-long Program, and to accept the resignations of Sara Bowen and Bryce Bantz from said program. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that Mickey Tighe recently obtained EMT status. The Council advised members of the Rescue Squad to proceed with the search for a rescue unit replacement. The Maintenance Report and Water/Wastewater Report were presented by Kurt Powles and Bruce Sorensen, respectively. Health Board-formal abatement proceedings have been pursued on two properties that are not in compliance with city regulations. Motion by Miller, seconded by Frew to proceed with having the Gohr property mowed, with costs for the same to be assessed against the property. Maintenance on the Upper Hand LLC property was tabled due to the publicized notice of an upcoming Sheriff’s Sale. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to send notification to property owners of the need to trim weeds/brush along specific streets. Motion carried unanimously. It was agreed to have Jerry McKinstry check for trees that need to be trimmed along South Garfield Street that are interfering with the truck route traffic. The Street Committee agreed to proceed with an assessment of other trees in the community that need to be trimmed. Discussion was held regarding the consideration of installing a grate covering over a box culvert, with no action being taken.

            In regard to the proposed Sinclair renovations, it was noted that the existing sign would just be re-faced, which would not require a new sign permit.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to allow NDEQ’s proposed relocation of the two air quality monitors on a constructed platform on the northeast side of the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Motion carried unanimously.

            It was noted that the Ben Day of Olsson Associates advised that he will begin the process of determining a location for a potential well site, and he provided preliminary cost estimates for the process of installing a new well to assist in budget preparations.

            A request to utilize a temporary storage container during a residential construction was authorized, provided compliance with a specific time frame was met.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to require additional documentation before allowing the request for animal control fees in excess of the previously approved $500 per month. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to adopt Resolution 13-05, which authorizes the City Clerk to complete and sign an Annuity Claim Form for the City Attorney to file with Aviva Life and Annuity in order to process beneficiary entitlements for the Weeping Water Rescue Squad from the estate of Astrid Ashley. Motion carried unanimously.

            It was agreed to obtain estimated costs for lighting repairs of the Fire Equipment Van, and testing of air paks.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve compensation to Bruce Sorensen in the amount of $19.50 per hour for assisting with various after hours city maintenance. Motion carried unanimously.

            Following review of correspondence received, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: Salaries-16,871.46; Utilities: Verizon-116.04, OPPD-5,086.38, Windstream-741.24, Black Hills Energy-328.31; United Healthcare, ins-315.70; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-629.44; EFTPS, whlg-4,565.25; D. Hall, animal cont-500.00; Ameritas, emp ben-1,450.19; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-6,504.57; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,208.62; Post Office, pstg-283.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sales/lodging tax-1,864.33 Bond Int pmt-2,320.00; Farmers & Merchants Bank, equip pmt/wire fee-727.49; Umpire Fees: K. Vice-215.00, M. Mozena-70.00, TJ Bickford-150.00, B. Lawrence-1,140.00, C. Heath-415.00, B. Kuhlman-120.00; B. Bantz, sup reimb-94.71; SENDD, dues-1,575.00; Business Forms & Acctg, off sup-147.15; WW Super Foods, sup-60.94; Print Like Flint, off sup-215.52; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Wex Bank, fuel-438.04; Keckler Oil Co., rep-22.75; Olsson Associates, prof-58.50; Glass Doctor, rep-267.98; M. Richardson, rep-49.01; Cross Dillon Tire, rep-150.44; Martin Marietta, sup-253.24; Meeske Auto Parts, rep-351.58; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-2,364.71; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-260.21; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-1,009.27; HD Waterworks, rep-646.58; Nebr. Rural Water Association, dues-175.00; One Call Concept, serv-7.75; Coventry, resc reimb-479.37; EMS Billing, reimb-473.16; M. Tighe, mlg reimb-871.98; Aqua Chem, sup-728.00; Kerns Excavating, maint-430.00; Johnny On the Spot, maint-176.00; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-185.60; L. Sorensen,trkg-64.52; Wessels Bros Storage, maint-60.00; Smart Apple Media, bks-158.74; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-806.51; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-34.00; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp tax-130.39; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-39.60; Awards Unlimited, sup-11.35; Columbus Telegram, publ-40.23; NMC Equipment, rep-39.88; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-260.21; M. Baier, reimb-29.54; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Futuramic Products, maint-35.80; Husker Chem Sales, maint-764.22. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk