Weeping Water Nebraska




JANUARY 9, 2017

            Mayor Michael Barrett opened the public hearing regarding the One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan at 5:45 p.m. on January 9, 2017 at City Hall and noted the posted location of the Open Meeting Act. Council members answering roll were Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert.

            Notice of the public hearing and the monthly meeting were given in advance thereof by publication in the December 29, 2016 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal, as well as being posted in three public places in the city on said date.

            Members of the Council reviewed the City’s proposed One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan for the ensuing year and addressed public input for consideration in the proposed plan, which includes general maintenance, bridge repairs, and several areas of milling existing pavement and replacing with asphalt overlay. It was noted that any 2” overlay projects are now considered general maintenance. There being no public objection, the public hearing was closed, and the monthly meeting was opened with all members of the Council answering roll. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2016 meeting as presented. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. Nays: None.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to Adopt Resolution No. 17-01, which approves the 2017 One and Six Year Street Improvement Plan as proposed. Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.

            Under Open Forum, Cass County Economic Development Board Member Kay Gerdes introduced Jennifer Serkiz, who is the new Executive Director. Mayor Barret read a letter from Reesa Patton requesting a street light be installed by her residence.

            Monthly Reports: Bruce Sorensen provided the Water/Wastewater Report, after which Ben Day of Olsson Associates gave an update on the Water Well Project. Items discussed included work left to be completed, costs and payments, liquidated damages, well screen/American Iron and Steel (AIS) requirements and the timeline for the project. Rescue-6 calls for the month and 99 total calls for 2016.   Discussion was held regarding the Village of Avoca and the Avoca Rural Fire Department advising the City that they are not going to renew the Interlocal Agreement for rescue SQUADservices. Kurt Powles provided the Maintenance Report. No Fire Department Report was available, and there were no updates to the Health Board.

            Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Mozena to waiver the Weeping Water Housing Authority PILOT payment for a period of one year to allow for an increase in operating reserves. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to hold a City Spring Up Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Motion carried unanimously.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Nutter to add three more camping pads to the campground with the Day Trust Funds received. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Discussion also included ideas on how to alleviate some flooding issues and extending the walking trail.

            Mayor Barrett gave an update on the Bike Across Nebraska Event. The City of Weeping Water is one of several host communities to this event. There will be 400-500 bicycle riders in town on June 5th & 6th.  

            Discussion was held regarding sinking funds and SENDD/MAPA membership.

            Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to continue membership with Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council at the Goundbreaking Level. Motion passed with Gilfert, Mozena, Frew and Nutter voting aye. Nays: None.

            The City Clerk was advised to advertise for a Camp Host and operation of the Concession Stand for the ensuing year. Park Use and Umpire Fees were tabled for further review.

            Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to adopt Resolution No. 17-02, which authorizes renewal of the operating line of credit at Farmers & Merchants Bank, with monthly payments to be made. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

            The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 633

AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE ALL OF THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WEEPING WATER BY ADOPTING THE NEBRASKA BASIC CODE OF ORDINANCES, 2016, TO REPEAL PRIOR ORDINANCES; TO REQUIRE FILINGS; AND TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 633 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Upon roll call vote, the motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. 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.

            The Council declined the 2017 Municipal Messaging Proposal.

            An update was provided on recent building permit activity which included: Eric Lackore-fence, Carl Dahl-addition and Mike Mogensen-Accessory Building larger then 10x12. Total Building Permits for 2016: 10 Miscellaneous Permits and 10 Regular Building Permits.

            Annual review of the cemetery agreement was discussed with all council members agreeing no adjustment to the contract needed to be made.

            Invitations for the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Year End Banquet were distributed, after which a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims: Salaries-8,825.50; NE Dept of Rev, sls, whlg, ldg tx-1,872.52; Ameritas, emp ret-553.39; Utilities-Black Hills Energy-561.87; Windstream-698.10; Verizon-139.76; OPPD-3,737.53; EFTPS, whlg-2,488.50; United Healthcare, ins-4,580.10; Svoboda & Chebatoris, prof-850; PeopleService, prof-13,148; Cass County Refuse, reimb-9,917.05; Post Office, pstg-196; PSN, prof-71.79; Cede & Co, bd pmt-16,457.50; Farmers & Merchants Bank, bk lt ln pmt, op ln cr pmt, wire fees-21,194.08; Riteway Business Forms, W2s-98; Wirebuilt, prof-150; American Legal, code updt-650; Columbus Telegram, publ-15.15; Desi Rae Nash, reimb-145; Ryan Wilson, rep-325.91; NE UC Fund, ump tx-22.27; WW Express Lane, fuel-51.33; Meeske Hardware, sup 265.97; Midwest Pest Control, maint-65; Meeske Auto, maint-82.50; Office Depot, sup-233.23; Keckler Oil, rep-612.10; Chamber of Commerce, dues, mtg-56.00; Creative Edge Graphics, sup-348; Husker Chem Sales, sup-115; Palfleet, sup-438.70; Danko, equip, sup-340.13; EMS Billing, reimb-384.85; FireFox Rescue, equip-5770; UNMC Physicians, prof-375; Baker & Taylor, bks-723.55; Stop N Shop, fuel-457.83; Kevin Morlan, prof-200. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert all voting aye. Nays: None.

            The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

/s/Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk