Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the June 5, 2003 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.
Minutes of the May 12 and 28, 2003 meetings, copies of which were mailed to members of the council prior to the meeting, were approved as written.
Upon review of information presented regarding the request of Patricia Petereit for placement of a street light near her property on River Street, a motion was made by McCaulley, seconded by West to approve said request and to also have OPPD check on the feasibility of placing a second street light elsewhere along River Street for improved visibility. Motion carried unanimously.
Bruce Sorensen presented the Monthly Water/Wastewater Report. Bruce advised the council that Olsson Associates recently assisted with fire flow testing in the Vogler Addition, which resulted in evidence of adequate pressure, but low volume in said area. Olsson Associates agreed to evaluate feasible options for improvements. It was noted that measures have been taken to allow Lower Platte South Natural Resources District to monitor the quality of the ground water being supplied by the city water system at no cost to the city as part of the district’s ground water management plan. Details of a possible fluoridation issue were discussed with the council agreeing to seek additional information prior to considering any type of action. Bruce was advised to check on costs and availability of new gates and automatic openers for controlled access to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, due to problems with someone illegally dumping debris behind the plant.
Under Monthly Health Board action, a motion was made by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to proceed with the necessary legal measures to assure compliance with the City Health Codes on the properties of G. Thomas, W. Meisinger, S. Ward, T. Sell, V. Duwe, M. Tittsworth, S. Valenta and J. Wilson. Motion carried unanimously.
Sidewalk conditions at the City Library were evaluated with the City Maintenance Department agreeing to pursue with the necessary repairs as time and weather allow.
Motion by Frew, seconded by West to sign a Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of the Tom Randolph property, which is the East 1/3 of Lot 7 and the West 1/3 of Lot 8 in Block 64 in the City of Weeping Water, and to authorize the City Attorney to proceed with the preparation of the necessary legal documents pertaining to the acquisition of the same for a purchase price of $18,500. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded West to accept and authorize execution of the necessary documents regarding the Community Lake Enhancement and Restoration (CLEAR) project proposal, which was recently approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Funding in the amount of $278,000 will be provided through the Nebraska Environmental Trust and U.S. EPA, with the City of Weeping Water matching of in-kind service in the amount of $26,000 and cash in the amount of $25,000. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to accept the proposal for life insurance coverage for volunteer fire and rescue personnel with Jefferson Pilot Financial Insurance Company through Wade Insurance Agency, at an annual cost of $2,368.00. Motion carried unanimously.
In regard to a request from Nebraska Department of Air Quality to set up a monitoring system either at the Ballpark or at the City Lakes area, the council agreed that neither site was a feasible location due to the amount of public activity and upcoming renovations at each site. The Clerk was advised to contact the department to determine a more feasible site.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by McCaulley to authorize the purchase of two more live traps to assist with animal control. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilmen were advised of the following building permit activity: Miscellaneous Permits-Fence: A. Webb; M. Wolfe; J. Hansen; B. Stawniak; J. Trail; N. Kersten; D. Ward; P. Spangler and M. Agena. Misc. Permit-Deck: D. Hancock. Building Permits: B. Christian-Sunroom; Keckler Oil Co.-Office and D. Mather-Garage Addition. The Clerk was advised to contact a resident who had failed to comply with permit regulations prior to construction of a fence.
Motion by McCaulley, seconded by West to approve the application of Brad Schreiner to the Fire Department, as recommended by the Fire Department. Motion carried with Frew, West and McCaulley voting aye. Nays: Bauers.
The Clerk was advised to request that the Nebraska Department of Roads post “No Dumping” signs along Spur l3K to eliminate trucks parking and cleaning out trailers along the shoulder of said spur.
It was agreed by the council to purchase and install two sets of portable “speed bumps” on the ballpark drive.
Other items discussed were budget proposals, economic development, Galaxy cable channel updates and correspondence.
Additional claims for the Fire Department were presented, which resulted in the council tabling the claims for radio repairs and specific equipment for the new truck to allow for truck specification and warranty verification. The Council also agreed to consider the extra amount paid for Fire School expenses as satisfaction for payment of half of the amount paid for a set of bunker gear purchased at Fire School.
Motion by Bauers, seconded by Frew to accept the following claims: Salaries-6,118.29; Alltel, util-533.88; Ameritas, ben-540.02; Aquila, util-313.63; OPPD, util-2438.44; Farmers & Merchants Bank, whlg-1,689.56; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, whlg & sales tax-1,367.32; PeopleService, prof-9,614.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7,000.00; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; United Healthcare, ins-682.26; Post Office, pstg-111.00; A-1 Sweeping, maint-2,900.00; B. Beard, maint-20.00; EMS Billing, mtg & reimb-376.78; Galls Inc., sup-331.75; J. Hancock, rmb-246.00; Quik Dump Refuse, maint-1,393.70; Reuss Unlimited, maint-105.00; S. Nielsen, rmb-205.00; D. Edgerton, maint-180.00; Nebr. State Fire Marshall, prof-10.00; State of Nebr.-Medicaid, rmb-195.62; Farmers & Merchants Bank, misc/sc-112.00; Plattsmouth Journal, publ-223.40; Direct Safety Co., sup-130.74; Nebr. City News Press, publ-23.50; H. Stubbendieck, mlg-20.16; Bickford Electric, maint-108.21; Dokter Trucking, serv-85.00; Meeske Hardware, maint-631.63; Keckler Oil, fuel, rep-575.52; Old Mill Lawn & Leisure, maint-237.00; Olsson Associates, prof-1,372.00; Great Plains One Call, serv-7.83; Cass County Sheriff, prof-2,711.80; Alliance Medical, sup-340.72; Aqua Chem, sup-235.12; K. Eidenmiller, ump fees-40.00; K. Hammer, ump fees-100.00; Omaha Pumping Service, maint-150.00; Sign & Screen Design, sup-97.31; Kep Harding Sport Shop, sup-93.75; Dale P. Nielsen Inc., rep-39.95; NOGG, sup-361.08; Ingram, bks-357.63; Country Home, bks-21.97; J. Aronson, mlg-50.40; WW Express Lane, fuel-172.23; Bimms, sup-309.40; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-111.02; T. Randolph, cap imp pmt-500.00; K. Patterson, ump fees-40.00; Anderson Ford, rep-173.78; Coca Cola Co., sup-108.75; C. Bauers, ump fees-20.00; D&D Communications, rep-42.00; Shaffer Communications, rep-66.50; Fireguard, equip-120.49. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McCaulley seconded by Bauers to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously.