CITY OF WEEPING WATER
MARCH 12, 2018
Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 7:00 p.m., on March 12, 2018 at City Hall with the following members of the council answering roll: Lawrence Mozena, Ray Frew, Kelly Nutter and Timron Gilfert. Notice of the meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the March 8, 2018 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor. Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the minutes of the February 5, 2018 meeting as presented. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2018 special meeting as presented. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Following review of the results of the annual audit, presented by Angie Murray of Dana F. Cole & Company, a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to approve the Annual Audit Report as presented. Motion carried with Nutter, Gilfert, Mozena and Frew all voting aye.
Under Open Forum new maintenance employee, Jeff Buffington, introduced himself to the council.
Monthly Reports: Fire Department-Six calls for the month of January and two calls for February. New Officers-Chief, Daryl Ervin; Asst Chief, Scott Schreiner; 2nd Asst Chief, Rex Schreiner; Training Officer, Brad Schreiner; Safety Officer, Jerry Markham Jr; Captain, Mike Mogensen; 2nd Captain, Jeremy Ridge; President, Andrew Dehne; Vice President, Mitch Wachter; Secretary, Brandon Nash; 2nd Secretary, Rayce Hoole. The Fire Department will host a Pancake Feed on Sunday, March 25, 2018 starting at 8 a.m., at the Hopper Community Center. Funding options for a band during the Limestone Days celebration were discussed and will continue to be pursued. Rescue Squad-17 calls for January and 6 calls for February. No Maintenance Report was available but the council did note the 2018-19 budget should include a new truck and a 60” mower. Motion by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to purchase a “Please Remember” sign for the ball field at a cost of no more than $100. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. The Water/Wastewater Report was given by Bruce Sorensen. There was no Health Board update.
It was noted that Day Trust Funds will be used to update all camper pads to 50 amps and to clean and clear an area for tent camping only. Other items of discussion for the campground included extending the trail and adding an additional bathroom. The Campground Rules and Regulations will be updated to include the 21 day rule is year round and there are no exceptions to this rule.
Motion by Frew, seconded by Mozena to approve the proposal of the “Close Up” group for the operation of the concession stand for the ensuing summer ball season and Limestone Days, with compensation for the same being $650. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to hire Mason Heath, Slater Mozena and Avery Heath for part-time summer maintenance positions. Motion passed with Frew, Nutter and Gilfert voting aye. Abstain: Mozena, due to conflict of interest. Nays: None. The council authorized Mary Mozena, Pool Manager, to hire pool employees from the applications received. It was agreed that new hires would start at $9.00 per hour with all returning employees given a $.25/hr raise.
Spring Clean Up Day will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the ballfield.
The City will be terminating insurance coverage with LARM at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. After discussion, motion by Frew to approve the proposed bid by Miller Monroe and Farrell Insurance Agency. Motion died for lack of a second. Motion by Frew to approve the proposed bid by Miller Monroe and Farrell Insurance Agency, contingent upon the bid quoted in August 2017 remains in effect, for the 2018-19 fiscal year, seconded by Mozena. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Discussion was held regarding updating the employee handbook. Mayor Barrett, Lawrence Mozena and City Attorney Roger Johnson will review the handbook and bring recommendations to the council.
Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to approve a 5% increase in the 2018 Rescue Squad Billing Rate Schedule and to add a $100 rate for Assess & Release with No Transport. Motion passed with Mozena, Frew, Nutter and Gilfert all voting aye. Nays: None.
Motion by Mozena, seconded by Gilfert to adopt Resolution No. 18-05, entitled: A Resolution for “Participating Members” of LARM to call for a special meeting of members and to select a voting representative and alternate to elect 15 members to the LARM Board of Directors. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Motion by Nutter, seconded by Mozena to continue membership in Keep Cass County Beautiful at the Platinum Level with annual dues of $150. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.
Following review of correspondence received, a motion was made by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to accept the following claims: Salaries-9,947.96; Ne Dept of Rev, sls, whlg, ldg tx-2,123.65; Ameritas, emp ret-614.50; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-1,284.35; Windstream-665.90; Verizon-140.17; OPPD-4,129.10; EFTPS, whlg-2,642.24; United Healthcare, ins-5,190.16; PeopleService, prof-13,372; Cass County Refuse, reimb-9,927; Post Office, pstg-305; PSN, prof-95.27; CEDE & Co, bd pmt-900; Farmer & Merchants Bank, wire fee-15; Roger Johnson, prof-1,134; Wirebuilt, web host-150; Meeske Hardware, sup-416.60; Banyon Data Systems, support-169; Columbus Telegram, publ-157.37; Mid America Pest Control, prof-65; Cassgram, adv-153; The Journal, subs-49.69; Chamber, dues, mtg-58; General Fire, maint-540; Copple, rep-476.66; Kerford, rock-568.22; MC Squared, sign-35; Stop N Shop, fuel-438.74; Barco, sign-149.23; Meeske Auto, maint-22.49; Husker Chem, sup-69; Olsson Assoc, prof-557.52; One Call, lct fees-9.06; Riteaway, sup-427.94; EMS Billing, reimb-329.76; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-54.60; Nebraska Medicine, prof-375; DHHS, pool per-40; Cass County Little League, fees-500; SE NE Girls SB League, fees-830; LawnOrder, prof-2,136.16; Ash Grove, lease-10; Office Depot, sup-206.35; Baker & Taylor, bks-797.28; Langfeldt Door, rep-980; Midwest Farmers Coop, maint-500.40; Larry Sorensen, prof-131.76. Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.
Meeting adjourned at 8:51 p.m.
/s/Michael Barrett, Mayor
/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk