CITY OF WEEPING WATER
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
JULY 14, 2014
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on July 14, 2014 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 3, 2014 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the June 9, 2014 meeting were approved as presented.
Under Open Forum, Jessica Palmer, a medical student who is currently working with the Weeping Water Clinic, addressed the council and requested their input regarding community health needs and community assets.
Sealed bids received for the water well test drilling, sampling and test pumping were opened on July 10, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Following a summarization of the bids received, presented by Craig Reinsch of Olsson Associates, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the low bid of Sargent Irrigation Company to perform the requested services in the amount of $37,153.00. Motion carried unanimously. As one of the test well drilling locations in the county right of way is directly under overhead power lines, efforts will be made to seek the property owner’s permission to perform the test well drilling in an adjacent field waterway, with the City Attorney agreeing to prepare a written Agreement with appropriate terms reflecting said actions.
Monthly Reports: No Fire Report was available at the meeting. Copies of the Rescue Report were distributed for review, in which it was noted that there were 11 calls during the month, resulting in a total of 76 man hours. It was noted that Wes Redden recently retired from the Rescue Squad. Other roster changes included the resignation of Tom Ritter, Andrew Dehne and Hali Bennett, due to relocation and/or college attendance, all of which met with Council approval. Copies of the Maintenance Report were presented for Council review in the absence of Kurt Powles. In addition to the routine monthly maintenance activities, it was noted that the South East Street Bridge has been repaired and overlayed with asphalt, and the most critical areas of streets in need of patchwork repairs were also completed. It was agreed to pursue bids for crack and joint sealing of all of the city streets and for prioritized streets in need of minor asphalt repair. The Council agreed not to pursue a replacement at this time for the cemetery maintenance position created by the resignation of Ron Taylor. Bruce Sorensen presented the Water/Wastewater Report. It was noted that the grinder for the Wastewater Treatment Plant has been ordered and should be available for installation in the next four weeks, with costs for be same being $35,000. Due to a concern expressed by the resident at 301 South East Street, it was agreed that the resident will be notified by the city of future routine sewer jetting maintenance in said area. Health Board: It was noted that several letters were sent out during the month regarding property that needs to be mowed and maintained, which will continue to be monitored. The City Attorney agreed to request an updated time line on the Chamber property.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 617
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, NEBRASKA, TO CREATE A POLICY TO IDENTIFY AND REGISTER VACANT BUILDINGS; TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY SAFETY AND PROMOTE THE WELL BEING OF AREA BUSINESS; TO REPEAL ANY ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT WITH THIS ORDINANCE; AND TO DECLARE AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 617 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.
Copies of the proposed Employee Handbook were distributed for review. Action on approving the same was tabled to allow for further review.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Mozena to approve the Sales Tax Committee’s proposal for distribution of sales tax revenue for 2014-15, which includes allocations for the ball park light project loan payment, the flood improvement loan payment, the auditorium loan payment, the rescue squad replacement loan payment, and the motor vehicle tax allocation. Motion carried unanimously. Pursuing a proposal for a one-half cent increase in sales tax was discussed, with action being tabled for further review.
Concerns regarding the need for railroad track crossing maintenance were addressed, with the City Attorney agreeing to contact the appropriate parties involved with track maintenance.
Discussion was held regarding budget projections and proposed capital expenditures for the ensuing year, which will continue to be pursued.
Correspondence received was distributed for Council review, after which a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: Salaries-16,837.65; bond int pmt-2,038.75; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-262.68, OPPD-5,145.29, Verizon-116.47, Windstream-698.56; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-830.00; United Healthcare, ins-4,756.96; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sales tax, whlg, lodging tax-1,900.08; PeopleService, prof-12,763.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,445.63; Post Office, pstg-200.00; Ameritas, emp ret-1,466.21; Farmers & Merchants Bank, loan pmt, s/c-727.49; EFTPS, emp whlg-4,286.71; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Upton’s Market, sup-14.68; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp-127.37; Asphalt Maintenance, st imp-7,868.00; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-856.40; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-569.72; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-124.78; Keckler Oil, rep-611.20; Olsson Associates, prof-476.11; One Call Concept, serv-11.45; Nebr. Rural Water Assoc., dues-175.00; NSVFA, dues-480.00; Fireguard, equip-5,641.16; Matheson TriGas, sup-53.55; WW Express Lane, sup-622.38; Aqua Chem, sup-878.30; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Umpire Fees: Bob Lawrence-140.00, Jessie Houston-40.00; Brandon Loecker-55.00; Kevin White-80.00; Zach Weber-315.00; Marylyn Mozena-20.00; Mitch Cave-455.00; Shelby Wipf-170.00; Jeremy Strong-75.00; Collin Heath-175.00; Mason Heath-35.00; Ken Aden-115.00; Steve Nissen, sup reimb-75.00; BSN Sports, sup-149.22; Winnelson Co., rep-68.00; WW Medical Center, serv-113.00; Wex Bank, fuel-742.17; Columbus Telegram, publ-56.39; United Healthcare, reimb-391.43; Reliable, off sup-311.73; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-520.69; Eagle Services, maint-194.00; Husker Chem Sales, maint-936.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; James March, st imp-2,330.00; R&R Wilson Welding, rep-100.00; United Rentals, mach rent-256.37. Motion carried unanimously.
It was noted that due to City Councilmen scheduling conflicts, that the August meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., rather than the second Monday of the month.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/Kay Gerdes, City Clerk