CITY OF WEEPING WATER
PUBLIC HEARINGS/MONTHLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
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 11, 2017 at City Hall with the following members of the City Council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert. Notices of the public hearings were given in advance thereof by publication in the September 7, 2017 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor.
Members of the Council reviewed the proposed budget requesting a total of $272,700 in property taxes, which represents a calculated levy before exemption of $.412389, with an exemption of bonded indebtedness in the amount of $87,748, resulting in a net calculated levy subject to the limit of .279693. There being no public objection to the proposal presented, the budget hearing and the hearing to set the final tax request were closed and 5:56 p.m.
Mayor Michael Barrett opened the regular meeting of the city council at 6:00 p.m. with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert answering roll. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the September 7, 2017 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meetings Act was again noted. Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2017 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 Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to adopt Resolution No. 17-08, which approves the setting of the property tax request at a different amount than the prior year tax request. Motion carried with Gilfert, Mozena, Mozena and Frew voting aye. Nays: None.
The following Ordinance was presented: ORDINANCE NO. 634
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 Mozena, seconded by Nutter that the statutory rules be suspended so that Ordinance No. 634 might be introduced, read by title and adopted. Motion carried with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to adopt ORDINANCE NO. 634 on third and final reading by title only. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena 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 Mozena 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, Tobacco Free Cass County noted they would have a Resolution ready by the October 2017 council meeting regarding making the playground and pavilion at the campground tobacco free.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department-3 calls during the month. Discussion was held regarding the need to purchase additional bunker gear and the Mayor advising he will contact the State Fire Marshal for clarification regarding how long gear can be in service before being replaced. Repairs to the pumper truck will be cost shared with the Rural Fire Department. Rescue Report-8 calls during the month. Motioned by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve the application of Jacob Meeske to join the Rescue Department. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. It was noted that the Rescue Department received a $15,000 donation which was used for payment on the Ferno Cot. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Mozena to approve EMR classes through Creighton University, contingent upon having 12 people sign up, at a cost of $485 per student. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. The following are newly elected officers for the ensuing year: Chief-Melissa Cave, Assistant Chief/Treasurer-Jess DeBaere, Secretary-Justina Barnhart and Training Officer-Robert Lawrence. Maintenance Report-Repairs to the bridge at the campground were tabled for further review. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to accept the bid from Nissen Body Shop in the amount of $2017.18 to repair the floor in the ‘97 Chevy Pickup. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to purchase a new quick attachment with pins for the Bobcat. Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew all voting aye. Copies of the Water/Wastewater Report were distributed for review. Health Board-Concerns regarding several properties were addressed, with appropriate actions to be pursued.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to authorize Roger Johnson, city attorney, to send a letter to Larry Vogler’s attorney regarding concerns with Indian Drive in the Vogler Addition. Motion passed with Gilfert, Mozena, Frew and Nutter voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Frew to approve the final pay request from K2 Construction in the amount of $66,077.60 for the new water well. Motion passed with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Nays: None.
Changes to the Nuisance Ordinance were tabled for further review.
Following discussion regarding SENDD dues, motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to not renew membership for the ensuing year.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve a Retail, Commercial and Restaurant Incentive Program payment to MC Squared Services, LLC in the amount of $2,500 upon opening of the business located at 200 W Eldora Avenue. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
After discussion, it was decided to request funds for campground improvements and rescue training from the Day Trust Foundation.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to purchase a doggy station to be placed along the walking trail. Motion carried with Frew, Nutter, Gilfert and Mozena voting aye. Nays: None.
It was noted that Sheri Mason donated two trees to be planted at the campgrounds through a matching funds project with Modern Woodmen. Kelly Jo and Daphne Nutter donated two doggy stations placed at the campgrounds.
Correspondence was presented for council review after which motioned by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the following claims: Salaries-16,644.13; Ne Dept of Rev, sls, whlg, ldg tx & rec fee-2,990.12; Ameritas, emp ret-600.39; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-211.15; Windstream-670.47; Verizon-139.81; OPPD-6,431.41; EFTPS, whlg-4,749.03; United Healthcare, ins-4,580.10; PeopleService, prof-13,148; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,543.20; Post Office, pstg-200; PSN, prof-83.91; Farmers & Merchants Bank, prin pmt-1,000; Meeske Hardware, sup-345.48; Roger Johnson, prof-2,701.04; Cash, repl petty cash-50; Columbus Telegram, publ-7.15; WireBuilt, web host-150; CCNEDC, dues-500; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-6; Express Lane, fuel, sup-363.83; Meeske Auto, rep-108.93; Kubota, rep-56.28; Stop N Shop, fuel-703.10; Keckler Oil, rep-7.75; Nielsen Fertilizer, sup-91; Olsson Assoc, prof-3,565.72; NSVFA, dues-580; Here’s Your Sign, sup-184.50; EMS Billing, reimb-201.95; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-60.45; Shaffer Communications, equip-408.80; Community Bank, res sq pmt-31,491.43; Lifeguard Cert & Recert: P Weber-265; P Barrett-150; B Lawson-150; S Thomas-150; M Mozena-335; S Barrett-100; A Thomas-90; Eagle Services, sup-105; Kerns Excavating, prof-430; Nebraska Irrigation, rep-496.47; Triple R Welding, rep-685.77; Office Depot, sup-873.89; Baker & Taylor, bks-647.23; One Call, lct fee-11.37; DHHS, permit-209.85; K2 Construction, final pmt-66,077.60; Mid-America Pest Control, maint-65; Page My Cell, comm-500. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
/s/ Michael Barrett, Mayor
/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk