Weeping Water Nebraska




MAY 8, 2017


Mayor Michael Barrett opened the public hearing at 6:00 p.m., on May 8, 2017, at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert.  Absent:  Lawrence Mozena.  The posted location of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor.  The purpose of the public hearing was to consider action on a request for a Small Tract Subdivision, requested by Mark Allison. 

Notice of the public hearing and monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the April 27, 2017 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Members of the Council reviewed the information presented regarding the proposed small tract subdivision.  There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed and the regular monthly meeting was opened with Frew, Nutter and Gilfert answering roll.  Absent:  Mozena.  The Mayor announced the posted location of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.  Minutes of the April 10, 2017 meeting were approved as presented.

Based on the recommendation of the Planning Board, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 17-06, which approves an administrative subdivision Sublots 3 & 4 of Lot 4 located in the N.W. ¼ of the S.W. ¼ of Section 36, T.11N, R.11E of the 6th P.M., Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska.  Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert and Frew all voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Absent:  Mozena.

No one spoke during Open Forum.

Monthly Reports:

Rescue-Josh Hanes, Riley Kerans, Mike Krass, Jessica Pfansteil, Angela Sharpes and Dominick Young are no longer members of the rescue squad.

Water/Wastewater-The Water/Wastewater Report was provided by Bruce Sorensen noting the installation of the VFD’s this week will be the completion of the water well project.  The pump house and pool building are in need of repairs.

Maintenance Report-Electrical work is being completed on the 4 new camper pads at the campgrounds. A street sweeper attachment will be rented this summer at a cost of $298/week.

Fire Report-The Pancake Feed was well attended.  The bench, purchased in memory of the Speer Family, will be placed by Limestone Days on June 24, 2017.

Health Board-Discussion was held regarding blowing grass clippings into the city streets.    The council is considering a $50 fine plus $100 for attorney fees for the 1st offense and $100 fine plus $100 for attorney fees for the 2nd offense for anyone who continues this practice.  Various other complaints regarding property conditions and failure to mow were addressed with the council considering giving a 72 hour notice to property owners to bring their property up to city code or city would hire the cleanup done and bill the property owners.  The City will consult with the new attorney before putting these actions into effect.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to hire Roger Johnson, Attorney at Law, as the new City Attorney.  Motion carried with Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays:  None.  Absent:  Mozena.

An overview of the city cleanup day was given by the City Clerk with consideration for a fall cleanup day tabled for further review.

A proposal to fix the railroad tracks on Randolph Street has been submitted to Union Pacific Railroad with the City to cost share 50/50.  The City would then work with the Masons of the Masonic Lodge to replace the existing sidewalk.  

Additional life insurance coverage for Fire/Rescue personnel was tabled for further review.

Preliminary budget planning was discussed and will continue to be pursued.

Motion by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert to approve Keckler Oil placing a storage bin behind the fire barn to collect tires.  Motion passed with Gilfert, Frew and Nutter voting aye.  Nays:  None.  Absent:  Mozena. 

Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to pursue the purchase of two office chairs, not to exceed $425 per chair.  Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert and Frew voting aye. Nays:  None.  Absent:  Mozena.

Correspondence received included a card of thanks from Keep Cass County Beautiful.  The council thanked Hammons Family Funeral Home for their generous donation to the summer ball program.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to accept the following claims:  Salaries-10,396.91; Ne Dept of Rev, sls tx, whlg, ldg tx-3,147.91; Ameritas, emp ret-616.46; Utilities:  Black Hills energy-603.11; Windstream-607.33; Verizon-139.76; OPPD-3,978.63; EFTPS, whlg-3,020.77; United Healthcare, ins-4,580.10; PeopleService, prof-13,148; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,125.55; Post Office, pstg-245; PSN, prof-73.21; Farmers & Merchants Bank, prin pmt-1,000; Stock Seed Farm, rep-124; General Fire & Safety, annl mtr-240; Comm Clean, cln flr-125; Dana F Cole & Co, audit-4,950; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6; WireBuilt, web host-150; WW Express Lane, fuel-264.55; Meeske Auto, maint-69.69; Langfeldt Overhead Door, rep-369; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-135; Kerford Limestone, rock-503.58; One Call, lt fees-9.81; HD Supply, sup-376.61; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-180; Olsson Assoc, prof-639.10; EMS Billing, reimb-591.60; Ferguson Enterprises, rep-81.87; Eagle Services, maint-210; Shelly Dieter,ref-40; Lou’s Sporting Goods, sup-303.50; SupplyWorks, sup-101.36; Awards Unlimited, sup-31.61; Brandy Ahrens, ref-40; Demco, sup-84.77; Baker & Taylor, bks-829.19; Meeske Hardware, maint-432.22; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-54; Columbus Telegram, publ-33.33; Kerns Excavating, maint-215; Stacy Bickford, reimb-40; Mary Mozena, reimb-40; Stop N Shop, fuel-322.97.  Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.  Absent:  Mozena.

Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.


/s/Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk