Weeping Water Nebraska




APRIL 14, 2014


            Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on April 14, 2014 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Kelly Nutter, and Mitch Miller. Absent: Ray Frew.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the April 10, 2014 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the March 10, 2014 meeting were approved as presented.

            Monthly Reports: Fire Report-it was noted that the department responded to numerous grass fires during the month. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the Fire Department’s request to close a portion of “J” Street during Limestone Days for the Firemen’s Water Fight. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to pay for trophies for said event in an amount not to exceed $50. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the application of David McKenzie to join the Fire Department. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve sharing the costs with the Rural Fire Board for three firemen to attend Fire School. Motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held regarding the purchase of additional air paks with no action being taken. Rescue Report-eleven rescue calls were made during the month resulting in a total of 54.5 man hours. It was noted that the necessary repairs have been made to unit 212. Motion by Miller seconded by Mozena to approve Brandon Nash as a Driver for the Rescue Squad. Motion carried unanimously. The Maintenance Report and Water/Wastewater Report were provided by Kurt Powles and Bruce Sorensen respectively. Health Board Report-updates were provided on pending property issues and a new complaint was addressed.

            Following discussion and review of insurance proposals received for the city insurance package, a motion was made by Mozena seconded by Miller to approve the proposal of LARM (League Association of Risk Management) for the amount of $30,123, effective May 1, 2014. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Miller voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. Motion by Miller, seconded by Mozena to adopt Resolution No. 14-05, which approves the City of Weeping Water as a member of the League Association of Risk Management (LARM) and authorizes a 5% discount for a 3 year participation commitment. Motion carried unanimously.

            It was noted that Rayce Hoole has been hired for the summer maintenance position at a wage of $7.25 per hour, which met with full council approval.

            In regard to the water well project, members of the council were advised that letters have been sent out to property owners of the five potential well sites and that proposed well site applications have been submitted to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

            Animal control and animal control facility issues were discussed and will continue to be pursued.

            Discussion was held regarding the current status of the budget, after which several proposals for improvements were presented for consideration.  Streets: Arrangements have been made to proceed with the emergency street repairs on a portion of South Randolph Street.   Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the proposal of Asphalt Maintenance Inc., to apply asphalt overlay on the South East Street Bridge and to mill and overlay several small areas of streets in need of repair. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to authorize the purchase of a minimal amount of cold mix to keep on hand for various small patchwork street repairs throughout the year. Motion carried unanimously. Park: Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the bid of Mason Construction to replace the roofing on the picnic shelter at the ball field. Motion carried unanimously. Pool: Proposals for sandblasting and painting the swimming pool were discussed, with action being tabled. Water: Proposals for power washing and painting the water reservoir were discussed, with action being tabled.         Street Sweeping: It was mutually agreed not to pursue professional street sweeping services this year, but to encourage everyone to clean the curbs surrounding their property and contact the city to pick up the piled debris. It was also agreed to solicit volunteers for community service to assist the handicapped or elderly with said project.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to disband the Pool Board to allow the City Council to proceed with the preparations of swimming pool operations and to proceed with the hiring of pool employees. Motion carried unanimously. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the hiring of the following employees for the 2014 operation of the swimming pool: Mary Mozena- Manager; Stacy Bickford and Sydney Barrett-Assistant Managers/Lifeguards; Addie Thomas, Taylor Hermann, Marylyn Mozena, Mason Garner, Jessie Houston, Savannah Barrett, Kendall Barrett, Peyton Weber, Zack Weber, and Jon Dehne-lifeguards, with wages ranging from $7.25-8.25/hour for lifeguards, $9.00-$9.25/hour for Assistant Managers and $10/hour for Manager. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the Application for a Kennel Permit, as requested by Angie Curtis, with the stipulation that she does not exceed six adult dogs. Motion carried unanimously.

            The subject of possibly relocating the gazebo, due to continued vandalism, was discussed with no action being taken.

            Discussion was held regarding the recently adopted LB474, which pertains to certain occupation tax regulations. The City Attorney provided a draft ordinance for council consideration, which would impose an occupation tax for any business in the city, with costs for the same to be assessed based on building square footage. Action on said ordinance was tabled to allow for community input.

            Copies of the Library minutes and correspondence received were presented for council review.

            Motion by Miller, seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: salaries-9,257.58; Ameritas, emp ret-1,342.32; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-10.00; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-1,533.25, OPPD-3,714.62, Verizon-116.44, Windstream-664.38; BHHC, ins pmt-3,576.75; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,541.24; Farmers & Merchants Bk, equip loan pmt-712.49; Nebraska Dept. of Rev.-whlg, sales tax, lodging tax-1,681.28; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-4,756.96; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,290.84; PeopleService, prof-12,763.00; Post Office, pstg-294.00; SE Girls Softball League, league fees-720.00; WW Foods, maint-35.46; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp tax-209.30; D. Hall, animal cont.-319.50; K. Gerdes, sup reimb-39.91; Plattsmouth Journal, publ-44.70; Reliable, off sup-238.63; JP Cooke Co., sup-44.50; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Meeske Auto, rep/maint-273.29; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-616.40; Keckler Oil Co., rep-13.15; Safelite Autoglass, rep-216.89; Olsson Associates, prof-1,571.20; Pankonins Inc., rep-359.10; Fireguard, equip-983.00; Papillion Fire Dept., ALS reimb-220.00; One Call Concept, serv. 8.85; Lawn Order, maint-1,983.21; Millard Winnelson Co., rep-68.00; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-44.64; Columbus Telegram, publ-47.30; EMS Billing, reimb-387.24; Wirebuilt Co., prof-150.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-398.38; Pine Valley Products, sup-894.56; Smart Apple Media, bks-178.80; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-582.01; Wex Bank, fuel-155.67; Comm Clean, maint-100.00; Futuramic Products, sup-53.70; Natural Habitats, rep-350.00; Awards Unlimited, sup-22.90; Firefox Rescue, rep-686.39; C. Heath, sup reimb.-1,040.51. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Nutter seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.


/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk