MINUTE RECORD

CITY OF WEEPING WATER

PUBLIC HEARING/MONTHLY MEETING

FEBRUARY 9, 2015

 

            Mayor Michael Barrett opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 5:45 p.m. on February 9, 2015 at City Hall and noted the posted location of the Open Meeting Act. Council members answering roll were Lawrence Mozena, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert. Absent: Ray Frew.

            Notice of the public hearing and the monthly meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the January 29, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city on said date.

            Members of the Council reviewed the City’s proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for the ensuing year and addressed public input for consideration in the proposed plan, which includes general maintenance, bridge repairs, and several areas of milling existing pavement and replacing with asphalt overlay. There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed, and the monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council, except Frew, answering roll. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2015 meeting as presented. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 15-01, which approves the 2015 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

            Following review of the results of the annual audit, presented by Dave Ellingson of Dana F. Cole & Associates, a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert to approve the Annual Audit Report as presented. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

            The Annual Report of the Weeping Water Public Library was presented by Librarian, Aimee Morlan.

            Under Open Forum, Brad Schreiner addressed the City Council with concerns regarding snow removal past his residence.

            Monthly Reports: Fire Department- one mutual aid call during the month. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to authorize the purchase of a chain saw in an amount not to exceed $250. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. It was agreed that the department obtain recommendations/bids for more feasible options of operating the overhead door during power outages. It was further agreed to seek bids for a backup chain for the roof saw and for sharpening the existing chain on said saw. Fundraising options for equipment purchases were discussed and will continue to be pursued. Rescue Squad-5 calls during the month. As a result of the Agreement with the Cass County Emergency Management Agency/Cass County EMS for the availability of daytime paramedic services on the Weeping Water Rescue Squad, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to authorize an approved licensed driver per Nebraska State protocol to leave the rescue station without an EMT on board, provided that a paramedic or EMT plans to meet the squad enroute or at the scene. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. Replacement of the Medical Director for the Rescue Squad was discussed, with action being tabled for further review of contract proposals. It was noted that the status of Brandon Nash has been changed from Trainee to Driver only.   Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve payment of the costs incurred for Brandon Nash’s training costs to date. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. Motion by Mozena seconded by Gilfert to require a $300 deposit of all future rescue trainees, which will be cashed only if the trainee drops out of a class or has exhausted all avenues of obtaining the EMT Certificate of Competency. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew. It was mutually agreed to allow for reimbursement of registration fees and limited mileage for members of the Rescue Squad who plan on attending the NEMSA Conference to be held in Omaha on March 13-15, 2015. Kurt Powles provided the Maintenance Report, after which an evaluation of the recent snow removal was discussed, complaints received were addressed, and a plan of action for future storms was established. The Water/Wastewater Report was provided by Bruce Sorensen, after which Ben Day of Olsson Associates advised that we are still awaiting financing options for the Water Well Project and briefly described the proposed time line for the proposed project.

            Action on the proposed Cemetery Maintenance Agreement and the Employee Evaluation Forms was tabled for further review.

            The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 622

AN ORDINANCE VACATING THE EAST-WEST ALLEY IN BLOCK 76 IN THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 622 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: 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.

            Updates to the City Boards/Committees included the following: Terry Harms, Adam DeMike and Karen Hanneman have accepted appointments to the Ball Team Committee, replacing Mike Barrett, Ron Hermann, Chad Heath and Gary Blumer, who recently resigned. It was noted that vacancies still remain on the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment.

            It was mutually agreed by the Council to maintain the existing state mileage reimbursement rate of $.56 per mile.

            Discussion was held regarding the status of an outstanding Revolving Business (Reuse) Loan, which will continue to be monitored.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve an approximate 3% increase in the 2015 Rescue Squad Billing Rate Schedule. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

            Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims: Salaries-9,362.72; Ameritas, emp ret-1,494.49; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,599.97; Farmers & Merchants Bk, loan pmt, s/c-757.49; Miller Monroe Farrell, ins-2,016.00; Nebr. Dept. Rev., sales tax, whlg-1,557.03; Utilities: OPPD-3,938.87; Windstream-674.86; Verizon-116.78; Black Hills Energy-1,277.15; United Healthcare, ins-4,468.30; Svoboda Chebatoris, prof-300.00; Payment Service Network, prof-99.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,090.78; PeopleService, prof-13,018.00; Bond Payments-24,216.25; Post Office, pstg-245.00; Reliable, off sup-309.82; K. Gerdes, mlg/mtg-70.69; Continental Alarm, maint-288.00; SE Clerk’s Assoc., dues-10.00; JP Cooke Co., off sup-26.45; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-18.00; Wex Bank, fuel-162.92; Meeske Auto, rep-551.40; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-279.18; NMC Exchange, rep-54.24; Keckler Oil Co., rep-329.50; C. Hillabrand, resc reimb-30.00; Martin Marietta, sup-442.69; L. Sorensen, trkg-91.89; Jr. Library Guild, bks-48.25; Baker &Taylor Co., bks-676.96; A. Morlan, mlg/mtg-188.16; Matheson TriGas, sup-122.74; Smart Apple Media, bks-96.42; Derby’s Htg/Air, rep-685.00; Upton’s Market, sup-20.34; Stop N Shop, fuel-312.89; Columbus Telegram, publ-97.47; EMS Billing, reimb-450.98; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; One Call Concept, serv-4.80; Shaffer Communication, rep-80.00. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

            Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to adjourn. Motion carried with Mozena, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. Absent: Frew.

 

/s/ Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk

           

 

           

           

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