Weeping Water Nebraska

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

    Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on February 8, 2016 at City Hall with the following members of the Council answering roll:  Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert.  Absent:  None.  Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the February 4, 2016 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal.  The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor.  Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2016 meeting.  Ayes:  Frew, Nutter and Gilfert.  Mozena abstained as he wasn’t at previous meeting.
    Following review of the results of the annual audit, presented by Angie Murray of Dana F. Cole & Associates, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the Annual Audit Report as presented.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.
    Following recommendation from Ben Day of Olsson Associates, motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to accept the lowest bid of $500,658.75, plus add in items, which include a mixing vault and stainless steel drop pipe and pump for an additional $17,000, to K2 Construction for the construction of a new water well.  Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.    
    Monthly Reports:  Fire Department-one call this month.  The following officers were elected:  Chief, Daryl Ervin; Asst. Chief, Scott Schreiner; 2nd Asst., Rex Schreiner; President, Andrew Dehne; Vice President, Mitchell Watcher; Treasurer, Brandon Nash; Training Officer, Brad Schreiner; Asst. Training Officer, Larry Hanson; Safety Officer, Ron Taylor.  It was noted that Heath Nielsen resigned from the department.  Following discussion regarding the purchase of a new ice machine, motion by Gilfert, seconded by Mozena for the City to cost share the purchase with the Fire and Rescue Departments.  Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.  No Rescue Report was available.  Maintenance Report-Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to replace the transmission in the ’96 Chevy pickup with the lowest bid that is received.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.  Water/Wastewater Report-Consideration is being given to installing VFD Pressure Pumps, which would eliminate pressure fluctuation on the east side of town.  It was noted that at next month’s city council meeting, the council will be discussing the increase of water rates by approximately $8 per month for each residence/business, due to the construction costs of the new water well.  Health Board-It was noted that cleaning of sidewalks in the business district must take place within 5 hours after the cessation of snow, unless the snow fall takes place during the night, in which case, the sidewalk must be cleaned by 9 a.m.   
    Under Old Business-Items discussed with action being tabled for further review included the drainage issues in the Vogler Addition and tearing down of the goal posts at the football field.  Motion by Nutter, second by Gilfert to approve six month evaluations for employees.  Ayes:  Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert.  Nays:  None.  Updates on the City Boards/Committees included the following:  The Mayor approved the dissolving of the Communications Board; Adam McGill will be added to the Ballteam Committee; Mike Barrett and  Linda Fleming will be added to the Sales Tax Committee.
    The Annual Report of the Weeping Water Public Library was presented by Librarian, Aimee Morlan.  It was noted that there are 705 registered borrowers in Weeping Water and the surrounding area.     
    The City Clerk was advised to advertise for summer employment and operation of the Concession Stand at the Ball Park for the ensuing year.  Also, to advertise for proposals for a  Camp Host at the City Campground.  Park Use and Umpire Fees will remain the same as last year.  It was noted that no umpire fees will be paid for T-Ball games.
    After discussion, it was motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert for the City Clerk to establish a petty fund at the city office with a starting balance of $50.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.
    Membership in Keep Cass County Beautiful was tabled for further review.
    Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve a 3% increase in the 2016 Rescue Squad Billing Rate Schedule.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.
    Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to approve the following claims:  Salaries-7,869.86; Ne Dept. Rev., sls tx, whlg-1,271.64; Ameritas, emp ret-547.42; Black Hills Energy-889.07; Windstream-606.99; Verizon-139.85; OPPD-3,903.93; EFTPS, emp whlg-2,201.05; United Healthcare, emp ins-3,466.58; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300; PeopleService, prof-13,044; Cass County Refuse, reimb-7,991.51; Post Office, pstg-196; PSN, prof-65.93; Meeske Hardware, sup-74.60; Columbus Telegram, publ-214.42; Creative Edge Graphic, sign-90; Wirebuilt, prof-150; Wex Bank, fuel-627.78; Chamber of Commerce, dues-50; Farmers & Merchants Banks, pmt-1,500; Business Forms, water cards-481.46; EMS Billing, reimb-1,043.43; Meeske Auto, sup/maint-481.08; Keckler Oil, rep-408.44; LARM, ins-136.39; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-48.36; NMC Exchange LLC, sup-91.52; Norma Mather, reimb ovpt-112.03; Office Depot, sup-266.93; Olsson Assoc, prof-270.29; Stop N Shop, fuel-367.38; UNMC Physicians, prof-375; Uptons Market, sup-20.05.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.
    Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to adjourn.  Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye.  Nays:  None.

/s/ Michael Barrett, Mayor
/s/ Linda Fleming, City Clerk