CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARING/MONTHLY MEETING
NOVEMBER 9, 2015
Mayor Michael Barrett opened the Public Hearing at 5:45 p.m., on November 9, 2015 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert. Absent: None. It was noted that the purpose of the Public Hearing was to discuss the proposed Engineering Report for construction of a Municipal Water Well, as required by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the potential impact to the existing water rates. Notice of the public hearing was given 30 days in advance thereof by publication in the October 1-29, 2015 and November 5, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.
Craig Reinsch of Olsson Associates was given proof of publication for this hearing with minutes for the same to be sent when finished. Craig reported seventeen environmental review letters were sent out with two responses received to date, and those responses being favorable. The projected cost of the project is $700,000 with public comments being heard concerning funding. Craig discussed the next steps in the project which included the state revolving loan fund, scope, cost, impact to the existing water rates and a preliminary schedule. There being no other public comment, the public meeting was closed and the regular meeting was opened with all members of the Council present. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the November 5, 2015 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was again noted. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2015 meeting as presented. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department-No report. Rescue Department-10 calls during the month. City Clerk will contact Verizon about adding internet service to bill. Discussion was held regarding tax exempt status. Maintenance Report-All items on the county inspection sheet for the South Randolph Street Bridge have been completed. Repair and maintenance was done on all the city snow equipment. Water/Wastewater Report-Well #3 is fixed and back on line. Campground will be winterized when the weather starts turning colder. Health Board-Updates on property concerns were noted, with appropriate action being pursued.
Under Old Business-The drainage issues on property purchased in Vogler Addition was tabled for further review.
Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to not proceed with the Safe Routes To School Grant due to additional and significant cost increases. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert all voting aye.
Motioned by Frew, seconded by Mozena to accept the bid from Kerans Excavating Company for water line replacement on High Street. All ayes.
After discussion regarding changes to the days when recycling is collected by Cass County Refuse, motioned by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to keep collection to every other week. Ayes: Mozena, Frew and Nutter. Nays: Gilfert.
City Attorney will pursue action on owners of pets who have not complied with city regulations regarding the same.
City will purchase three “No Loitering” signs to be placed in the parking area of the Library to try to discourage anymore loitering.
New Business-In regard to safety concerns expressed regarding students crossing S. East Street and N Street, it was agreed to paint crosswalks on all the intersections at the school. A letter to be sent to Michaela Lawrence thanking her for her concern.
Purchase of Tom Randolph property was tabled for further review.
Following the review of applications for part-time snow removal, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to accept the applicaton of Ron Taylor. Ayes: Mozena, Nutter, Gilfert. Frew abstained. Nays: None. Other applicants will be called on an as needed basis. Part-time office help was tabled for further review.
Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to keep employee health insurance through United Healthcare for the ensuing year. Ayes: Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert. Nays: None.
Motioned by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to accept the following claims: Salaries-9,826.98; NE Dept of Rev, sales tx, whlg, lodge fee-1,695.54; Farmers & Merchants Bank, truck pmt-12,990.91; Ameritas, emp ret-1,457.95; Black Hills Energy-184.03; Windstream-645.78; Verizon-116.86; OPPD-4,264.29; EFTPS, whlg-3,026.98; United Healthcare, ins-4,468.30; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300.00; PeopleService, prof-13,655.00; Cass County Refuse, reimb-8,242.53; Post Office,pstg-294.00; Office Depot, off sup-81.57; Cassgram, adv-72.00; Uptons Market, sup-27.12; Security Equip, rep-442.00; Wirebuilt, prof-150.00; Business Forms, cks-158.03; Dana Cole, prof-1275.00; General Fire, rep/maint-653.10; Chamber, mtg-6.00; Uline, sup-294.08; Stop N Shop, fuel-400.32; Keckler Oil, rep/maint-2,214.43; Meeske Auto, maint-622.94; Bobcat of Omaha, equip rtl-102.60; Wex Bank, fuel-141.82; Western Sand & Gravel, sup-154.33; Plattsmouth Ready Mix, rep-337.13; Big Rig, rep-1,150.48; Futuramic Products, sup-28.35; Danko Emergency, equip-498.33; EMS Billing, reimb-1,699.59; UNMC Physicians, prof-375.00; Kerns Excavating, maint-556.50; One Call, loc fees-11.95; David Ball, reimb ovpt-55.69; Meeske Hardware, sup-629.77; Columbus Telegram, publ-154.74; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-48.36; BoundTree Med, sup-1,577.33; BC/BS, reimb-924.96; Baker & Taylor, books-888.43; Olsson Assoc., prof-3,698.05. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motioned by Frew, seconded by Mozena to go into executive session at 8:10 p.m., for the purpose of annual salary reviews. Motion carried with all members voting aye. Motioned by Frew, seconded by Mozena to come out of executive session and resume the regular meeting at 8:56 p.m. Motion carried with all members voting aye. Motioned by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to accept proposed salary increases. Motion carried unanimously.
There being no other business, motioned by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to adjourn at 9:00 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
/s/Mike Barrett, Mayor
/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk