Weeping Water Nebraska
The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Weeping Water was convened in open and public session at 6:00 p.m., on May 12, 2003 at City Hall. Mayor Howard Stubbendieck called the meeting to order with Councilmembers Ray Frew, Earnest West, Larry Bauers and Bob McCaulley answering roll. Absent: None.

Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the May 8, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.

Minutes of the April 14, 2003 meeting, copies of which were mailed to members of the council prior to the meeting, were approved as written.

Under open forum, Diane and John Reuss presented an application to construct a six foot section of fencing as a privacy barrier adjacent to their business. Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Frew to approve said application and to waive the standard permit fee. Motion carried unanimously.

Diane Reuss also provided a brief synopsis of her web site for Weeping Water, after which a motion was made by Bauers, seconded by West to utilize services of the site and pay the required fees through the end of the year. Motion carried unanimously.

Tim Vice addressed the council with concerns over the council’s previous decision that park use fees paid would not be reimbursed to team members of a girl’s ball team who had voluntarily withdrawn from their team. Following discussion, a motion was made by West, seconded by Frew to refund the fees paid. Ayes: Frew and West. Nays: Bauers and McCaulley. The Mayor broke the tie vote, which resulted in denying a refund.

The Monthly Police Activity Report was presented, in which it was noted that 167 hours were patrolled during the month.

Steve Miller of Olsson Associates briefly discussed the recently completed Blight Study. A public hearing was set for Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. to consider adoption of a resolution, which is a formality of how the city will address the Blight Study through a Redevelopment Plan.

The Monthly Health Board Report consisted of assessments of previously addressed properties, with the City Attorney agreeing to pursue the necessary issues. Concern over lawns of vacant property which are in need of being mowed was addressed and will continue to be pursued.

Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report for council review. Water pressure in the Vogler Addition was discussed and will continue to be monitored.

An update on bids previously approved for cutting trees and roof repair at “Memory Lane Museum” resulted in clarification of insurance and warranty issues, respectively.

It was noted that summer employment changes included Joshua Schreiner being hired for part-time park maintenance, not to exceed 34 hours per week at $7.50 per hour and Jeff Sorensen being hired for full time summer maintenance at $7.00 per hour, which met with full council approval.

Animal control issues were discussed and will continue to be pursued. A suggestion to increase pet license fees for unaltered pets was discussed, with no action being taken.

A proposal for the purchase of a demonstrator model of “jaws of life” was presented with action being tabled for further review.

Motion by McCaulley, seconded by Bauers to approve the Interlocal Agreement between the City and the School regarding use and maintenance of Memorial Field, subject to approval by the school. Motion carried unanimously.

Councilmen were advised of information received regarding the recent filing of Aquila’s Notice of Intent to Change Rates.

The Clerk was advised to post notices advising residents of the city-wide street cleaning, which is to take place May 19 and 20, weather permitting, encouraging residents to help make the process be completed more effectively and efficiently by removing all vehicles from city streets. Councilmen also discussed the need to start enforcing regulations against residents who blow grass clippings out into the street when mowing, which will be pursued. It was noted that residents should sweep grass clippings out of the street if blowing said clippings is unavoidable.

Problems with congested traffic, due to vehicles parked on portions of South East Street were discussed and will continue to be monitored and pursued.

Other items discussed were a summarization of the City Cleanup Day, preliminary budget preparations, use of the concession stand at the ballpark, proposed small tract subdivision and an application for the CDBG Reuse Loan program funds, which are both scheduled to be acted upon at the public hearing scheduled May 28, 2003 at 5:30 p.m.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by West to pursue the purchase of a popcorn popper for the ball field concession stand. Motion carried unanimously.

The Clerk was authorized by the council to pursue negotiations for the acquisition of available property in the business district.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to accept the following claims:

Salaries-5717.92, Nebr. Dept. of Rev., whlg,sls tax-l690.75, PeopleService, prof-9614.00, Cass County Refuse, rmb-7144.24, Alltel, util-521.57, Aquila, util-452.97, OPPD, util-235l.16, Ameritas, emp ben-536.65, Farmers & Merchants Bk, whlg-1603.61, Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00, United Healthcare, ins-682.26, Miller Monroe Co., ins-2822.00, Keckler Oil, pstg, fuel, rep-356.75, Great Plains One Call, serv-25.83, Post office, pstg-111.00, Plattsmouth Journal, publ-256.13, D. Edgerton, maint-330.00, K. Gerdes, rmb, mlge-29.77, SCC Continuing Ed., trng-15.00, WW Public School, liq. Lic. Trns-350.00, Hartman’s Foods, maint-250.11, Better Business Equip., rep-110.00, Reliable Office Supply, sup-234.55, Business Forms, sup-188.61, Des Moines Stamp, sup-60.20, WW Express Lane, fuel-66.46, Meeske Hdw., maint-245.53, Meeske Auto, maint-8.51, Deeter Foundry, sup-158.00, National Fluid Safety, sup-178.50, Mid Con Systems, sup-345.63, Dale P. Nielsen, Inc., rep-192.88, Barco, signs-108.40, Olsson Associates, prof-1293.91, Martin Marietta, sup-1164.00, D&D Communications, rep-21.00, Plattsmouth Ready Mix, maint-278.00, Cass County Sheriff, prof-2711.80, C. Cook, rmb sup-152.16, EMS Billing, rmb-467.23, Lincoln Fire Dept., rmb-94.l2, Galls, Inc., sup-1438.87, Linweld, sup-42.62, J. Steinkuhler League, lg fees-130.00, Murray Bldg & Supply, rep-23.55, Nebr. Sporting Goods, sup-85.49, Kep Harding Sport Shop, sup-801.95, B. Beard, mlge-25.20, Ingram Library System, bkd-409.l3, Hearst Corporation, bks-24.00, Field & Stream, bks-15.97, Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00, C. Robinson, maint-30.00, Fireguard, equip-970.00, H20 Irrigation, maint-150.00, Tincher, rep-115.52, Midwest Vehicle, rep-929.00, WW Fire Dept., rmb trng, fuel-1040.00.

Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Bauers, seconded by West to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.

Kay Gerdes
City Clerk