CITY OF WEEPING WATER
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
DECEMBER 8, 2014
Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on December 8, 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 December 4, 2014 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor, and the minutes of the November 10, 2014 meeting were approved as presented.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department-7 calls during the month. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the application of Jacob Meeske to join the Fire Department. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. It was noted that Colton Nissen recently resigned from the department. A slate of the newly elected officers for the ensuing year was presented, which met with full council approval and included the following: Fire Chief-Daryl Ervin, First Assistant-Rex Schreiner, Second Assistant-Scott Schreiner, Training-Heath Nielsen, President-Brad Schreiner, Vice President-Brandon Nash, Secretary-Jerry Markham and Assistant Secretary-Bryce Bantz. Motion by Frew, seconded by Miller to reimburse the Rural Fire Board in the amount of $275, which represents one half of the total bill to Page My Cell. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Rescue Squad-9 calls during the month resulting in a total of 49 man hours. It was noted that Tara Hanes has been appointed as Treasurer, as a result of the resignation of Melissa Hanes, until the next election of officers. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the purchase of 11 sling bags to be stocked with some emergency supplies for the nine EMTs to keep in their personal vehicles and to place one in each rescue squad unit. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Motion by Nutter seconded by Miller to approve the application of Jessica Pfanstiel RN to join the Rescue Squad. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. The Maintenance Report and Water/Wastewater Report were presented by Kurt Powles and Bruce Sorensen respectively. Following discussion of the water quality testing results for the test well site, which are all in compliance with state requirements, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Miller to begin the process of pursuing a land option and to request that Craig Reinsch from Olsson Associates attend the January meeting to discuss the process of the new well construction. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Health Board/Safety-there was no Health Board update, but the City Attorney advised that a letter was sent to the school regarding dangerous intersections and speed control around the school.
An update was provided on the Safe Routes to School Project, noting that a recent meeting and walk thru of the project was held with state officials and the consulting firm.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to authorize Deb Wilson to perform cleaning duties at the Hopper Community Center, the Library and Gibson Hall. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
A Petition to vacate an alley, requested by Colleen Rothe Groleau, was presented for consideration, with action on the same being tabled for further review.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to appoint Olsson Associates as the City Engineer for 2015. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Miller to approve the LARM Interlocal Agreement, as recommended by the City Attorney. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Copies of the existing One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as well as a copies of the compiled list of streets in need of repair were distributed for council review in an effort to allow members of the City Council to assess areas to be included in the upcoming One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan, for which final recommendations should be made at the January meeting.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to authorize the City Attorney to send a letter with a copy of the proposed citation to a resident who has failed to license his ATV for 2014. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
It was noted that the following permit activity was recently approved: Building Permit: Kerry Bickford-Garage; Jerry Markham-Garage; Miscellaneous Permit: Jim Boardman-Accessory Building; Beins Construction-Deck; Champion Windows-Deck.
Motion by Frew seconded by Mozena to adopt Resolution No.14-08, which authorizes a line of credit with Farmers & Merchants Bank for a sum not to exceed $100,000 at an annual interest rate of 1.25% to finance monthly expenses as needed throughout the year. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Information was provided regarding upcoming Cass County Planning Commission public hearings regarding proposed zoning amendments.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Miller to approve the Application for a Special Designated Liquor License for Slattery Vineyard Estates, LLC for an event to be held at Gibson Hall on January 17, 2015. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Howard Stubbendieck for his 24 years of service on the City Council and as Mayor, and to Mitch Miller for his 11 years of service on the City Council.
Copies of the Library Board Minutes, as well as other correspondence were presented for council review.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: Salaries-10,234.72; Ameritas, emp ret-1,498.86; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-249.25, OPPD-4,225.97, Windstream-681.15, Verizon-116.94; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-830.00; Farmers & Merchants Bank, loan pmt, s/c-727.49; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,887.63; Nebr. Dept. of Rev.,-whlg, sales tax, lodging tax-1,874.86; United Healthcare, ins-4,756.96; Bond interest pmt-1,085.00; PeopleService, prof-13,0l8.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,273.28; Post Office, pstg-151.00; Business Forms & Acctg, sup-88.00; Uptons Market, maint-23.80; Creative Edge Graphics, off sup-154.00; LARM, ins-135.08; CNA Surety, bond-178.50; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-443.68; NMC Exchange, rep-420.15; Palfleet Truck Equipment, rep-441.16; Keckler Oil Co., rep-294.15; A&L Hydraulics, rep-250.47; Husker Chem Sales, sup-429.00; Barco, traffic cont-534.33; Martin Marietta, sup-474.84; Hotsy Equipment, rep-52.80; Fireguard, sup, maint-556.48; EMS Billing, reimb-228.75; WEX Bank, fuel-126.32; WW Express Lane, sup-70.29; Moore Medical, sup-555.56; Mickey Cave, sup reimb-20.29; WW Rescue Squad, trng reimb-456.87; Lawn Order, maint-209.00; Hobart Service, rep-313.26; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-578.41; One Call Concepts, serv-12.50; Sargent Drilling, cap imp-7,421.90; OHSS, trng-276.00; Smart Apple Media, bks-96.42; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-518.48; Jr. Library Guild, bks-50.25; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-43.20; K. Gerdes, mlg-37.97; Cass Co. Election Office, elec fees-71.92; Columbus Telegram, publ-34.84; Stop N Shop, fuel-870.38; Display Sales, sup-75.50; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-27.39; Reliable, off sup-36.98. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motion by Miller, seconded by Nutter to adjourn. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected Mayor-Michael Barrett, newly elected City Councilman-Timron Gilfert, and re-elected City Councilman-Kelly J. Nutter, and the meeting was reconvened with the newly organized City Council, with all members of the council answering roll. Absent: None.
The Mayor’s recommended appointments and standing committees for the ensuing year, which met with full council approval, are as follows: Maintenance Superintendent-Kurt Powles; City Clerk/Treasurer-Kay Gerdes; Deputy Clerk-Linda Fleming; City Attorney-Firm of Svoboda & Chebatoris; City Engineer-Olsson Associates; City Street Superintendent-Dennis C. Graham; Water/Sewer Maintenance-contracted with PeopleService; City Council President-Ray Frew; Water/Sewer Committee-Kelly Nutter and Lawrence Mozena; Streets/Alleys Committee-Ray Frew and Timron Gilfert; Finance Committee-Mayor, Clerk & All City Council members; City Depositories: Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Nebraska Bank, both in Weeping Water, NE.
The following changes/updates to the City Boards/Committees were recommended, which met full council approval: Terms Renewed included Planning Board-Marty Rupp, Housing Authority Board-Keith Hammons, Library Board-Sharon Crosby and Renee Thakur, Communications Board-Bruce Sorensen. It was noted that vacancies remain on the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. The Clerk was advised to post notices of the vacancies in an effort to provide recommendations for consideration at the January meeting.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to adjourn. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
/s/ Howard Stubbendieck, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk