Weeping Water Nebraska




NOVEMBER 14, 2016

            Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:00 p.m., on November 14, 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 November 10, 2016 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meeting Act was noted by the Mayor. Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the October 10, 2016 meeting. Motion passed with Nutter, Gilfert and Frew voting aye. Nays: None. Abstain: Mozena.

            Monthly Reports: Fire-4 calls during the month. The bunker gear approved at the last meeting has been ordered. The monthly Rescue Squad report was presented by Robert Lawrence, noting that there were 12 calls during the month. Discussion was held regarding the Rescue Sinking Fund, recruiting and the Medical Director Agreement.  Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to accept the application of Patrick Saxton to the Rescue Department. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Kurt Powles presented the monthly Maintenance Report. Water/Wastewater Report-The new water well met with State approval after an onsite visit by the Department of Health and Human Services with the exception of the transmission line. Those issues should be cleared up within the next week. Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve the addition of VFDs for the City’s other three wells if funds are available. Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye. It was noted that the City received a maintenance refund in the amount of $2,831 from PeopleService. Health Board Report-Updates were provided on pending property issues and a new complaint was addressed.

            The following Ordinance was presented:


            AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER, CASS COUNTY, NEBRASKA, AMENDING SECTION 93.40(A) OF THE WEEPING WATER MUNICIPAL CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN THE ANNUAL LICENSE TAX FOR DOGS AND CATS TO $8.00 FOR EACH DOG OR CAT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES OR SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 632 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 Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve renewal of the proposed Rescue Squad Contingency Agreement with the Village of Avoca and the Avoca Rural Fire District, subject to their final approval. Motion carried unanimously.

            Purchasing a deer camera and sign for the tree dump to deter future unauthorized dumping, taking bids for different departments and continuing with the current Medical Director for the Rescue Department were tabled for further review.    

            Regarding the property damage to the fence and gates at the ballfield, motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to accept restitution from the party involved. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nuter and Gilfert all voting aye. Nays: None

            Aimee Morlan presented the fiscal year accounting of the Library Donation Fund to the Council where it was also noted that the Weeping Water Public Library was chosen as one of America’s STAR Libraries. The Mayor and Council congratulated Aimee on a job well done. Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to consent to allow the Day Foundation to make grants to The Friends of the Weeping Water Public Library, a new 501(c)3 organization, rather than the library directly. Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.

            Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to continue with United Healthcare for employee insurance for the ensuing year, with bids to be taken next year. Motion passed with Gilfert, Mozena and Nutter voting aye. Nays: Frew. Absent: None.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to go into executive session at 7:55 p.m., for the purpose of annual salary reviews. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to come out of executive session and resume the regular meeting at 9:00 p.m. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. The Mayor read the proposed salary changes, after which a motion was made by Gilfert and seconded by Nutter to approve the changes. Motion carried with all member of the council voting aye.

            Copies of the Library minutes were presented for council review.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to accept the following claims: Salaries-9,535.94; NE Dept of Rev, sls, whlg, ldg tx-1,934.02; Ameritas, emp ret-534.26; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-177.26; Windstream-638.43; Verizon-139.76; OPPD-5,217.75; EFTPS, whlg-2,663.05; United Healthcare, ins-3,476.58; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-300; PeopleService, prof-13,148; Cass County Refuse, reimb-9,980.22; Post Office, pstg-196; PSN, prof-70.56; Farmers & Merchants Bank, pr pmt-1,000; Wirebuilt, prof-150; Mason Heath, smr ball sch-400; Columbus Telegram, publ-53.86; Kay Gerdes, cnslt-64.50; Cass Co Reg of Deeds, prof-10; LARM, addl ins-1,197.20; WW Express Lane, fuel-55; Stop N Shop, fuel-404.65; Meeske Hardware, sup-1,960.46; Dana Cole & Co, bdgt prep-1,325; Meeske Auto, maint-116.38; Office Depot, sup-490.40; Keckler Oil, rep-1,891.13; Olsson Assoc, prof-9,038.24; NE Salt & Grain, salt-1,654.50; Bobcat, jhmmr attcmt-4,500; Murrray Building & Supply, maint-133.51; BoundTree, sup-61.80; EMS Billing, reimb-688.09; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-55.80; Chemsearch, diesel sup-320; Larry Sorensen, prof-2,262.79; JSM Concrete, prof-4,000; Palfleet Truck Equip, equip-559; Don Roche, sup rental-182; Kubota, rep-101.35; Baker & Taylor, bks-901.63; Neels Trailer Sales, trailer-2,430.40; Danko Emergency Equip, equip-2,443.56; Fireguard, rep-1,028.50; Kern Excavating, maint-430; J P Cooke, tags-100.50; Demco, sup-44.95; For Hire, prof-475; Midwest Farmers Cooper, tk rent, propane-794.13; One Call, lc fees-11.34; Menards, sup-250; J McKinstry, prof-925; FEH, reimb-217; UNMC Physicians, qtr pmt-375. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.     

            There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 P.M.

/s/Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk