CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck 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 8, 2014 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Kelly Nutter and Mitch Miller. Absent: Ray Frew. Notices of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 4, 2014 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $252,350.00 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of $.457955, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $117,500.00, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .244721. 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 Frew answering roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 4, edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was again noted and the minutes of the August 6, 2014 meeting were approved as presented.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter 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 Mozena, seconded by Miller to adopt Resolution No. 14-07, 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. 618
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 Mozena, seconded by Miller that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 618 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, 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.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried unanimously.
Monthly Reports: Scott Schreiner presented the Monthly Fire Department Report, noting that there were four calls during the month. Roster changes included the resignation of Michaela Schreiner and Travis West from the Weeping Water Fire Department and Courtney Washington from the Manley division of the Rural Fire Department. Mickey Cave provided the Rescue Squad Report, in which it was noted that there were 10 calls during the month resulting in a total of 74 man hours. It was noted that new officers elected for the Rescue Squad for the ensuing year include: Mickey Cave-Chief, Tara Hanes-Assistant Chief, Melissa Hanes-Treasurer, Justina Barnhart-Secretary, and Bobby Lawrence-Training, all which met with full council approval. Updates were provided on a recent Emergency Management Agency meeting, advising that they will now have paid paramedics available from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for ALS intercept services via transport of the Weeping Water Rescue Squad. Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter that due to extraordinary circumstances, an exception of the WWRS By-Laws be granted to allow for the costs of James (Beau) Flint to retake the EMT class. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Kurt Powles presented the Monthly Maintenance Report and advised that the Nebraska Game and Parks will soon be restocking the city lakes with channel catfish. The Monthly Water/Wastewater Report was presented by Bruce Sorensen. Following review of a new Operation and Maintenance Agreement proposal with PeopleService, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve said proposal, which represents an approximate 2% increase in monthly compensation for the ensuing year. Motion carried with all members of the Council present voting aye. Health Board: An appropriate time line was received for compliance on the Chambers property. Various ongoing property conditions were addressed and will continue to be pursued.
Sarah Harms addressed the council regarding speed control concerns on North 144th Street from “F” Street to the City Limits. It was agreed to monitor the area and seek appropriate methods for speed control.
Updates were provided on the test well drilling, animal control concerns, railroad track crossing maintenance concerns and responses received in regard to the Vacant Building Ordinance.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the proposal of Quality Fence to install new fence posts and restretch the fencing along the south end of the ball park. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
Following discussion regarding a proposal received for re-coating the swimming pool, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Miller to deny said proposal and have the City Maintenance Department pressure clean, caulk and paint the swimming pool this fall. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
It was agreed that representatives of the Council and the Maintenance Superintendent complete an assessment of the city streets to compile a prioritized list of necessary street repairs and an assessment of overhanging tree limbs to assure compliance with city regulations.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to approve the Letter Agreement for Professional Street Superintendent Services with Olsson Associates. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
Parking concerns around the school were discussed and will continue to be monitored.
Following discussion of water/sewer infrastructure needs and the current rate schedules, a motion was made by Miller, seconded by Mozena to approve a 5% increase in water and sewer rates and to authorize the City Attorney to prepare proper ordinances reflecting the same to be presented for consideration at the October meeting. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
Motion by Miller seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims: Salaries-13,956.75; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-226.66, OPPD-5,494.55, Verizon-116.28, Windstream-706.74; Ameritas, emp ben-1,398.40; EFTPS, whlg-3,595.97; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; Farmers & Merchants Bank, loan pmt, s/c-742.49; Nebr. Dept. Rev., whlg, sales tax, lodging tax, recycling fee-1,737.92; United Healthcare, ins-4,756.96; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,393.53; PeopleService, prof-12,763.00; Post Office, pstg-200.00; bond pmts-21,715.00; Arbor Valley Animal Clinic, serv-129.00; SENDD, dues-1890.00; Mid America Pest Control, maint-145.00; General Fire & Safety, maint-269.80; K. Gerdes, mlg reimb-37.97; Columbus Telegram, publ-105.62; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Falcon Power, equip-3,950.00; Martin Marietta, sup-240.84; L. Sorensen, trkg-92.04; Lawn Order, rep-1,268.86; Olsson Associates, prof-1,095.19; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-75.75; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-124.63; One Call Concepts, serv-12.95; Kerns Excavating, rep-509.70; USA Blue Book, sup-60.67; West-E-Con, equip-35,000.00; TREKK Design Group, maint-2,700.00; Moore Medical, sup-53.45; Blue Cross Blue Shield, reimb-966.71; Keckler Oil Co., rep-120.15; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-89.28; Aqua Chem, sup-480.00; AmSan, sup-299.79; WW Express Lane, sup-359.43; Smart Apple Media, bks-172.25; Jr. Library Guild, bks-42.75; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-638.42; Reliable, off sup-160.47; John’s Appliance, rep-98.00; Sargent Drilling, cap imp-18,776.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-433.32; Wex Bank, fuel-295.17; EMS Billing, reimb-481.79; Dawn Hall, animal control-253.17; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-520.64. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to adjourn. Motion carried with all members of the council present voting aye.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk