CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
City Council President, Ray Frew 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 9, 2013 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter, and Mitch Miller. Absent: Howard Stubbendieck. Notices of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 5, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Council President.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $245,864.09 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of .447147, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $114,250.00, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .239363. 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 except Stubbendieck answering roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 5, 2013 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the August 12, and August 29, 2013 meetings as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve an increase of the base of restricted funds by an additional one percent, as allowed by law. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Mozena to adopt Resolution 13-08, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 612
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 Nutter, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 612 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Nutter, 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 Mozena, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None.
Under Open Forum a brief discussion was held regarding the need for the community to become involved in assisting with law enforcement by reporting any suspicious or illegal activity.
Monthly Reports: Josh Hanes presented the Monthly Rescue Squad Report, noting that there were 16 calls during the month resulting in a total of 225 man hours. Updates were provided regarding the status of delivery of the new rescue unit and coordinating the purchase of supplies and equipment. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the applications of Echo Linhart, Hali Bennett, and Roseann Dobesh-DeGraff to the Rescue Squad Ride-a-Long Program. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to accept the resignation of Angela Bailey from the Ride-a-Long Program. Motion carried unanimously. Fire Department: It was noted that the department responded to four calls during the month. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to accept the application of Nolan Snyder to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. Updates were provided on air pak and bunker gear purchases. Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report and copies of the Monthly Maintenance Report were distributed for Council Review, in the absence of Kurt Powles.
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck entered the meeting at 6:25 p.m. and assumed presiding of the meeting.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to approve the Letter Agreement with PeopleService Inc., adjusting the annual budgeted maintenance/repair expenditure amount from $17,303 to $17,650 and increasing the monthly compensation from $12,513 to $12,763, which represents a 2% increase based on the Consumer Price Index. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion was held regarding charging a fee for non residential use of the brush/compost site, with action being tabled for further review.
The City Attorney provided updates on pending Health Board issues and agreed to issue a letter on one property to assure the proposed time line compliance.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to accept the proposal of John and Teresa Bauers to renew the Contract for operation of the Baseball/Softball Field Concession Stand for a term of one year. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the proposed overhead door renovations and adjustments at the Rescue Barn, at a cost not to exceed $300. Motion carried unanimously.
In an effort to promote community wide participation in recycling, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to apply for a Recycling Grant through the Nebraska State Recycling Association to obtain recycling toters for each residence. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion regarding possible revisions of certain specifications to the ATV/UTV Ordinances and the request to consider the addition of golf carts to said specifications was held. A motion was made by Frew to maintain the existing specifications under the existing ATV/UTV Ordinances, which motion died for lack of a second. Action was tabled for further review, noting that parties interested in including the legal use of golf carts should present their case before the City Council.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the proposed Inspection Agreement for fire protection equipment with General Fire & Safety. Motion carried unanimously. Action was tabled on the recommended additions until cost proposals could be provided.
The Clerk was advised to respond to a resident’s concern with the safety hazards created with parked vehicles on East Eldora Avenue.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to paint a designated area of the curbs of the west side of South Randolph Street north and south of “O” Street, and to install appropriate signs prohibiting parking in said area to eliminate ongoing safety hazards for traffic turning from “O” Street. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion was held regarding potential ice melt alternatives for the upcoming winter weather, with action being tabled for further review.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims: Salaries-14,191.31; Farmers & Merchant Bk, whlg, loan pmt, box rent-732.49; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sales tax, whlg, st fees-2,015.31; Ameritas, emp ret-1,393.47; BHHC, ins prem-5,396.67; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-170.05, OPPD-5,833.54, Verizon-116.14, Windstream-715.06; Blue Cross Blue Shield, ins-6,504.57; D. Hall, animal cont-500.00; EFTPS, whlg-3,784.87; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-817.22; United Healthcare, ins-315.70; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,680.61; PeopleService, prof-12,340.00; Post Office, pstg-191.00; Amsan, sup-355.03; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-1,154.43; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-307.57; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-54.88; CRA Payment Center, rep-110.92; Dale Nielsen, rep-4.28; EMS Billing, reimb-252.90; Fireguard, equip/maint-11,416.62; General Fire & Safety, maint-470.25; Johnny On The Spot, maint-210.72; K. Gerdes, mlg reimb-37.86; Keckler Oil Co., rep-284.82; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-242.96; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-778.27; Moore Medical, sup-275.07; NMC Exchange, rep-706.37; Print Like Flint, sup-8.00; Reliable, off sup-518.88; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-1,002.74; WW Foods, maint-4.79; Wellman Htg & AC, rep/maint-1,811.11; Wex Bank, fuel, sup-470.44; A. Dehne, sup reimb-5.36; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; One Call Concepts Inc, serv-7.45; A. Elliott, dep ref-22.64; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-2,327.90; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk