Minutes of the February 10, 2003 public hearing/meeting, copies of which were mailed
To members of the council prior to the meeting, were approved as written.
Under Open Forum, Chuck Cook updated the council on the progress of the installation of the new communications repeater and advised that the current system will serve as a backup once the installation is complete. Cook also briefly discussed recent rescue unit repairs and new federal guidelines regarding patient confidentiality.
The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that l65 hours were patrolled during the month, with 37 calls of service and l5 citations issued. Verification of current registration of D. Duwe’s vehicles was confirmed, as requested.
Under Health Board action, Dave Brouhard responded to the Notice of Non-compliance, which he received, and discussed measures to be taken to achieve compliance of city codes. Other pending issues were addressed, with the council agreeing to table until weather conditions improve.
Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report, in which it was noted that in addition to the monthly water sampling requirements, several special regulated sampling procedures were completed.
Following review of the Blighted and Substandard Determination Study, prepared by Steve Miller of Olsson Associates, it was moved by West, seconded by McCaulley to adopt Resolution No. 03-2, which declares a blighted and substandard area exists within the City of Weeping Water and determines the boundaries of said area. Motion carried with all councilmen voting aye. It was noted that the next step is to finalize the Redevelopment Plan for said area, submit to the Planning Board for recommendations and then submit to the City Council for final approval. Discussion was held regarding financing options for proposed improvements in the designated area. Plans were also made to conduct a public hearing on March 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Building, to serve as an informational meeting for property owners affected by the proposed improvements, as well as other interested citizens. A public hearing was also scheduled for April l4, 2003 to proceed with the necessary Community Development Block Grant applications procedures, requesting funding assistance with the proposed project.
Rich Nichols addressed the council and advised that he has made arrangements to obtain a crusher within the next few weeks, which would be made available to Weeping Water residents to dispose of vehicles or non-refrigerant appliances, with the City Clerk being advised to coordinate the publication and planning to coincide with Mr. Nichols’ schedule.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to purchase Gall EMS coats for the current members of the Rescue squad who so desire such a coat. Motion carried unanimously. It was noted that said coats would remain in the squad barn, to be worn by members on squad calls only.
Councilmen were updated on the CLEAR grant application for city lake improvements and presented a copy of the final proposal submitted for review.
The Clerk was advised to order replacement flags for the flagpoles displayed in the central business district.
Following a review of current insurance coverage, it was agreed to make the necessary changes for adequate coverage.
Councilmen agreed that the new concession stand at the baseball field should be insured by the city rather than the school and advised the Clerk to modify the City/School Maintenance Agreement to reflect the same.
Upon review of the bids received for the operation of the concession stand during the baseball/softball season, it was moved by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve the high bid of Teri Bauers and Vickie Switzer in the amount of $550 for the ensuing ball season and authorize execution of the Contract for the same. Motion carried unanimously.
Applications received for summer employment positions were tabled until the April meeting.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to change the starting time of City Council meetings to 6:00 p.m., effective with the April, 2003 meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
The City Attorney provided recommendations for suggested model ordinance revisions, with action being tabled until the April meeting.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to increase umpire fees for the ensuing ball season to $20 per game. Motion carried unanimously.
Other items discussed were animal control, the pet licensing/vaccination clinic, which is scheduled April 26, consider the acquisition of a front end loader in future budget plans, highlights of the recent Midwinter Conference, tentative plans for City Cleanup Day, highlights of recent County progress meeting, tractor repairs, pursuing the placement of signs at city entrances, the new web site, and correspondence.
Motion by West, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims:
Salaries-635l.69, Alltel, util-53l.41, Ameritas, ben-533.02, Aquila, util-ll77.38, OPPD, util 2406.98, Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00, Cass County Refuse, rmb-7333.00, PeopleService, prof-9614.00, Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1727.22, Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg, sls tx-1180.99, Keckler Oil, fuel, rep, pstg-274.25, United Healthcare, ben-682.26, Better Business Equipment, rep-629.81, Gateway Companies, equip-l525.00, HHS Regulations, permit-3.00, A. Bauers, maint-80.00, American Legal Publishing, prof-350.00, Cass County Sheriff, prof-27ll.80, Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00, Consumer Report, bks-26.00, D. Edgerton, maint-170.00, EMS Billing, rmb-278.60, Ingram Library System, bks-283.08, Jacobson Helgoth Consultants, prof-1706.32, J. Aronson, mlg-12.24, League of Nebr Municipalities, mtg-324.00, Lincoln Fire Dept., rmb-439.00, Linweld, sup-28.60, Meeske Hardware, maint-161.78, Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-68.29, Miller Monroe Co., ins-12626.00, Olsson Associates, prof-1012.00,Omaha Standard Truck, rep-86.54, Plattsmouth Journal, publ-73.07, R. Frew,mlg-50.40, Reliable Office Supplies, sup-240.11, S. Hartley, trng-139.85, Shaffer Communications Ins., equip-1749.00, Express Lane, fuel-178.14, WW Fire Dept., rmb-120.50
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.