CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMER 14, 2015
Mayor Michael Barrett opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed budget and the Special Hearing to Set the Final Tax Request at 5:45 p.m., on September 14, 2015 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, and Kelly Nutter. Absent: Timron Gilfert. Notices of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 3, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $257,040 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of $.465400, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $95,000, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .293392. Timron Gilfert entered the public hearing at 5:50 p.m. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and the hearing to set the final tax request were closed and the regular meeting was opened with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert answering roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 3, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was again noted. Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2015 meeting as presented. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve an increase of the base of restricted funds by an additional one percent, as allowed by law. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to adopt Resolution No. 15-07, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. Nays: None.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 624
AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE BUDGET STATEMENT TO BE TERMED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILL; TO APPROPRIATE SUMS FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 624 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None. 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.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to transfer the necessary funds from the general fund for public works, public health, safety, cultural and recreational needs. Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
Under Open Forum, several residents expressed concern regarding safety and health issues on their adjoining property, which the Council agreed to evaluate in order to pursue the appropriate action.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department- 2 calls during the month. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the application of Dane Thomassen to join the Fire Department. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. It was noted that William Breazile recently resigned from the department, due to relocation. It was also noted that the Fire Department recently received a $15,000 grant from the Berneice Hopper Foundation, which was used to purchase a 2002 Chevy Suburban for the department. No Rescue Report was available. Following review of the Maintenance Report, it was agreed that the Ball Field gate be locked nightly temporarily, due to continued vandalism. Copies of the Water/Wastewater Report were distributed for review. Health Board: A letter received regarding ongoing health board and property concerns was addressed, with appropriate actions to be pursued.
Upon review of several renewal documents with LARM Insurance, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to increase all vehicle comprehensive deductibles to $1,000, which would reflect in a deduction of premium in the amount of $1,081. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. It was noted that workmen’s comp class codes are being revised, which will also result in a premium credit. Efforts will continue to verify necessary documentation for renewal.
Action on the proposed Safety/Loss Prevention Program was tabled for further review
The City Attorney was advised to pursue the necessary procedures for residents who, after repeated notifications, have failed to license their pets.
Due to the upcoming retirement of City Clerk, Kay Gerdes, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the appointment of Linda Fleming as City Clerk, at a wage of $18.50 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Copies of the recent Inspection Report for the Randolph Street Bridge were distributed for review, with the Council agreeing to pursue items listed on the Maintenance Checklist.
Other items discussed with action being tabled for further review included the failure of property owners to maintain properly trimmed bushes or trees, parking issues around the school, and updated legislation regarding golf cars.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to renew the city’s membership with Southeast Nebraska Development District, with annual dues being $1,575.00. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. No action was taken on the request for Housing Dues for the ensuing year.
Copies of the Gospel Run Monitoring Report, which were prepared by representatives of Olsson Associates, were distributed for Council review.
Copies of the Library Board minutes were presented for council review, after which a motion was made by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert to accept the following claims: Salaries-12,705.77; Bond/loan pmts-23,070.00; Ameritas, emp ret-1,402.32; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-198.33; OPPD-6,349.36; Windstream-681.80; Verizon-116.91; United Healthcare, ins-4,468.30; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; Nebr. Dept. of Revenue, sales tax, whlg, lodging, recycling fee-1,931.84; EFTPS, whlg-3,454.15; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,361.28; PeopleService, prof-13,018.00; PSN, prof-54.64; Post Office, pstg-196.00; Farmers & Merchants Bk, box rent, s/c-50.00; Baker & Taylor Co., bks-1,079.65; Blue Cross Blue Shield, resc reimb-94.43; Bob Lawrence, trng reimb-157.32; Bobcat of Omaha, rep-575.22; CCNEDC, qtrly dues-500.00; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-12.00; Columbus Telegram, publ-95.70; EMS Billing, reimb-945.30; General Fire & Safety, maint-400.75; Kay Gerdes, mlg & sup reimb-51.30; Keckler Oil, rep-90.99; League of Nebr. Municipalities, dues-1,929.00; Linda Fleming, sup reimb-51.12; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-48.36; Meeske Hardware, rep/maint-186.29; Meeske Auto Parts, rep/maint-77.66; Office Depot, off sup-70.02; Olsson Associates, prof-1,660.13; SE Com College, trng-921.00; Shaffer Communications, equip/sup-528.90; Stop N Shop, fuel, sup-276.16; Uptons Market, sup-16.68; WW Express Lane, sup-14.00; WW Fire Dept., trng reimb-830.00; Wex Bank, fuel-206.15; Wirebuilt,Co., prof-150.00; Kerns Excavating, imp-4,772.60; One Call Concept, serv-27.30; Premier Plumbing, imp-2,175.00; West-E-Con, equip-1,675.00; LARM, ins add’n-10.51. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:09 P.M.
Kay Gerdes, City Clerk Michael Barrett, Mayor