CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/MONTHLY MEETING
- APRIL 13, 2015
Mayor Michael Barrett opened the public hearing at 6:00 p.m., on April 13, 2015 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter, and Timron Gilfert. Absent: None. It was noted that the purpose of the Public Hearing was to consider adoption of a Resolution to enter into an agreement to purchase property for the proposed well site or to acquire said property by eminent domain. Notice of the public hearing and the monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
The Mayor explained to the public that following the completion of a well site study, drilling of two test wells, and determination of the most feasible well site, the City is seeking to acquire a 100’x100’ parcel of property for said site. As there were no public comments or objections, the public hearing was closed and the monthly meeting was opened with all members of the council answering roll. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was reiterated and minutes of the March 9, 2015 meeting were approved as presented.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 15-2, which authorizes the City of Weeping Water to attempt to negotiate with S & R Wilson Family Farms, LLC for the purchase of a 100’ x 100’ parcel of real estate located in the SE ¼, Except for Lot 10, located in Section 11, Township 11 North, Range 11 East of the 6 th p.m., Cass County, Nebraska for the purpose of drilling a new water well; or if negotiations for said purchase are unsuccessful, to acquire said property in eminent domain proceedings. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to proceed with negotiations, to approve an offer of $17,000 for the purchase of the parcel of property for the proposed well site, and agreeing to allow the sellers to continue farming the property surrounding the well site. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department-4 calls during the month. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve the application of Justin Moore to join the Fire Department. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to pay for the trophies, in an amount not to exceed $100, for the Firemen’s Water Fight to be held during Limestone Days. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Other items of interest that were noted: Brad Schreiner donated a flagpole, which has been erected at the Fire Barn, the new overhead door has been installed, the insurance adjustor is negotiating with a local contractor for the replacement of shingles on the Fire/Rescue Barn, and a Pancake Feed fundraiser is being held by the Fire Department on April 26th at Hopper Community Center. Rescue Squad-6 calls during the month. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Mozena to approve the new EMS Medical Director Agreement, which authorizes Eric Ernest, M.D. to serve as the current Medical Director for the Weeping Water Rescue Squad. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. The Maintenance Report and Water/Wastewater Report were presented by Kurt Powles and Bruce Sorensen, respectively.
Following review of Petitions presented “for” and “against” raising chickens in the city limits and considerable discussion regarding the same, the following ordinance was presented.
ORDINANCE NO. 623
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA TO ALLOW DOMESTIC LAYING HENS (CHICKENS) IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER; PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION AND LICENSING OF DOMESTIC LAYING HENS IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES OR SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 623 might be introduced, read by title and adopted with the specified revisions. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: Frew. 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 Mozena, seconded by Frew to proceed with the initial Safe Routes to School Program, which will be funded in part through a new program called Transportation Alternatives. It was further agreed to pursue available funding assistance for the required 20%
Match. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the Letter Agreement for Professional Services between Olsson Associates and the City for professional services for the Municipal Water Well Project. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
It was noted that Wyman Mather has agreed to serve on the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment, which met with full council approval.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the proposal of “Close-up” for the operation of the Concession Stand for the ensuing summer ball season and Limestone Days, with compensation for the same being 10% of the profit up to $500. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Animal control issues were addressed, with no action being taken.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the City Wide Street Sweeping Proposal of B & W Co., Inc., in an amount not to exceed $3,400. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Tree trimming proposals were addressed, with action being tabled for further review.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to allow a city employee a one-time exception to the Employee Handbook regarding vacation carryover by allowing an additional seven days of accrued vacation to be utilized by the end of the year. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. It was noted that possible future revisions to the Employee Handbook might want to be assessed at a later date.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to deny the application of Bryce Bantz to join the Weeping Water Rural Fire Department. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. It was noted that Rebecca Fortney recently resigned from the department.
A petition from local citizens requesting interest in additional park space was presented for consideration, with Mozena agreeing to provide an appropriate response.
A copy of the Library Board Minutes was distributed for council review.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to approve the following claims: Salaries-9,125.76; Ameritas, emp ben-1,418.79; Ash Grove Cement Co., lease pmt-10.00; EFTPS, whlg-2,630.56; Farmers & Merchants Bank, equip loan pmt, wire fee-741.68; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-1,302.54, OPPD-3,993.49, Windstream-682.42, Verizon-71.61; United Healthcare, ins-4,468.30; Nebr. Dept. Rev., lodging tax, whlg-293.07; bond int pmt-1,570.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; PeopleService, prof-13,018.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,098.78; Post Office, pstg-245.00; Amsan, sup-633.35; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-710.95; Best Buy, equip pmt-1,619.84; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-41.34; Cass County Little League, lge fees-500.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-46.04; Egan Supply, sup-166.17; EMS Billing, reimb-85.26; Park Use Reimb: H. Thomassen-40.00, K. Dettmann-40.00, L. Markham-40.00, B. Heneger-40.00; Keckler Oil Co., rep-24.50; Kevin Morlan, prof-405.00; Langfeldt Overhead Door, Cap Imp-4,530.00; L. Sorensen, trkg-92.67; Olsson Associates, prof-867.63 One Call Concepts, serv-8.55; Martin Marietta, sup-426.28; Matheson TriGas, sup-44.64; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-850.43; Meeske Auto Supply, rep/maint-375.37; Nebr. UC Fund, unemp tax-156.81; NMC Exchange, rep-397.59; Reliable, off sup-197.82; SE Nebr. Softball League, lge fees-1030.00; Stop N Shop, fuel-333.97; Plattsmouth Journal, bks-44.70; United Seeds, sup-540.00; Upton’s Market, sup-9.89; Wex Bank, fuel-15.08; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Hauff Sports, sup-248.00; Glass Doctor, rep-267.98; Big Red Electrical, rep-425.00. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
/s/ Michael Barrett, Mayor
/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk