Weeping Water Nebraska

A Town Hall meeting will be held Monday, September 25th at the Hopper Community Center.  Lt. Governor Mike Foley and District 2 State Senator Rob Clements will be there.





AUGUST 10, 2015


            Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on August 10, 2015 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the August 6, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  Motion by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2015 meeting as presented.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.

            Under Open Forum, Judy Twomey expressed concern with cars parked along West O Street for extended periods of time.  It was noted that measures would be taken to seek cooperation of the owner of the vehicles.

            Monthly Reports:  Fire Department-2 calls during the month; discussed possible use of the shed west of the Fire Barn for equipment storage and consideration of a study for long range planning for adequate facilities for fire/rescue vehicles/equipment.  Rescue Squad-it was noted that Rescue Squad Roster updates included the deletion of Tim Maloney, Roseann Dobesch-DeGraff, Sandra Weyers and Ryan Anderson.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the following newly elected officers of the Rescue Squad:  Chief-Bobby Lawrence, Assistant Chief-Melissa Cave, Secretary/Treasurer-Tara Hanes, Training Officer-Jess DeBaere, Maintenance Crew-Beau Flint and Kurt Powles.  Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. Nays:  None.  Copies of the Water/Wastewater Report and the Maintenance Report were distributed to the Council for review.  It was agreed that upon clarification of bids received for stump removal, that Kurt Powles be authorized to approve the lowest local bid.

            Under Old Business, action on the proposed Safety/Loss Prevention Program and proposed options for animal control were tabled for further review.

             Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 15-05, which authorizes an Interlocal Agreement for insurance renewal coverage at a 5% discount through the League Association of Risk Management (LARM).  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.  It was also agreed that the Mayor would contact LARM to clarify the commitment terms to qualify for the 5% discount.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the application for a Special Designated Liquor License for the Legion Club Post 237 for a special event to be held on September 12, 2015 at Gibson Hall.  Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew voting aye.  Nays:  None.

         Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the recommendation for the appointment of April Cover to the Library Board, replacing Bill Duff who recently retired from the Board.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.

            Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to pursue membership in the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council at the groundbreaking level, with a $2,000 per year commitment, payable quarterly.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to adopt Resolution No. 15-06, which authorizes that the question of imposing a City Sales and Use Tax of an additional one-half percent (.5%) for an indefinite period of time shall be submitted to the voters of Weeping Water at the primary election to be held on May 10, 2016, with proceeds from the same to be allocated for street/sidewalk repairs, park expansion and improvements, and economic development.  Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye.  Nays:  None.

            Discussion was held regarding the closing of specific streets for events to be held during the September 26th Fall Festival, which met with full council approval.

            Clarification of the enforcement of zoning regulations and the building permit application process was provided.

            It was noted that effective September 2, 2015 curb side recycling will be picked up every other week, rather than weekly.

            Following review of proposed budget projections for the ensuing year, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to set the annual budget hearing for September 14, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None

            Authorization was allowed for the placement of a sign at the ballfield recognizing the Louisville/Weeping Water Legion Ball Team’s recent state championship title.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve the following claims:  Salaries-17,139.23; Bond payments-18,951.25; Farmers & Merchants Bank, s/c 51.00; Ameritas, emp ben-1,480.77; Utilities:  Black Hills Energy-195.45, OPPD-6,532.90, Verizon-116.88, Windstream-663.67; EFTPS, whlg-4,596.63; Nebr. Dept. Rev., whlg, sales & lodging tax-2,182.22; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-885.00; United Healthcare, ins-4,468.30; Cass County Abstracting, cap imp-20,668.39; PSN prof-64.88; PeopleService, prof-13,017.89; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,352.28; Post Office, pstg-211.00; Aqua Chem, sup-660.60; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-384.54; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-433.65; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-48.06; Concrete Industries, st rep-208.75; Derby Htg & Air, rep-1,619.00; Eagle Services, maint-189.22; EMS Billing, reimb-1,221.85; James March, st imp-1,800.00; Kerns Excavating, maint-215.00; Matheson TriGas, sup-104.09; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-644.69; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-333.26; Mid America Pest Control, maint-145.00; Office Depot, off sup-469.86; Southeast Com College, trng-1,284.50; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-868.89; WW Express Lane, sup-154.00; Wex Bank, fuel-380.79; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Dayne Wilson, ump fees-60.00; Morgan Brunsting, ump fees-415.00; Watkins Concrete, sup-151.90; Inland Truck Parts, rep-202.96.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.

            The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


/s/ Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/ Kay Gerdes, City Clerk