Weeping Water Nebraska

APRIL 9, 2018

Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 7:00 p.m., on April 9, 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 April 5, 2018 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor.  Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Nutter to approve the minutes of the March 12, 2018 meeting as presented. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

During Open Forum Steve Mason addressed the council regarding laying rock in the alley behind his property.  Council will address at May council meeting.

James Boardman spoke to the council regarding the tree pile behind his property that was burned a few weeks ago and is still smoldering.  The Mayor advised that he will speak with the individual property owner and with the Fire Chief to try and resolve the issue.

Monthly Reports:  No Fire Report was available.  Rescue Chief Melissa Cave addressed the council regarding billing questions.  The Mayor will contact the Medical Director to try and resolve. Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve reimbursement to Robert Lawrence for a training class he attended at a cost of $301.66.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. Jeff Buffington presented the Monthly Maintenance Report. Items discussed included the condition of the bleachers on the upper ballfield, budgeting for a new mower during the next fiscal year and purchasing a new truck.  A street sweeping attachment for the Bobcat will be rented again this year to clean the streets. Bruce Sorensen presented the Water/Wastewater Report noting that nitrate levels are down. A new Lift Station Pump for the Wastewater Treatment Plant will be ordered at a cost of approximately $6,000.  This item was in the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Water will be turned back on at the city lakes this week.

Boy Scout Troop #220 addressed the council regarding having firewood available at the campground for campers.  Free will donations will be accepted and used as a fundraiser for the Troop. This was meant with full council approval.

Street repairs for this fiscal year will include O Street from Randolph Street to S. East Street and 156th Street.  The Maintenance Department will do crack sealing at the ballfield.

Following council discussion, the time of the monthly council meetings will change from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  An ordinance for the same will be presented at the May council meeting.

Options to fix the Day Foundation Sign at the campground are being pursued.

Council will consider closing the alley behind the property located at 505 E. Eldora Avenue, after a replat of Parcels 130065307 and 130065382 is done, with a utility easement included.

An update of recent building permit activity included the following: DG Plaza-retail store; Carl Dahl-accessory building; Jim Rust-new home; Christopher Stackpole-accessory building; Miscellanious Permit-Patrick Double-fence.

The council would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the ball program:  Farmers & Merchants Bank, Kerford Limestone, WW Booster Club, Hammons Funeral Home, First Nebraska Bank and Iowa Limestone.

Correspondence received was presented for Council review, after which a motion was made by Mozena, seconded by Nutter to approve the following claims:  Salaries-9,901.60; NE Dept of Rev-sls, whlg, ldg tx-2,199.03; Ameritas, ret-620.50; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-1,069.63; Windstream-644.57; Verizon-140.17; OPPD, including Christmas lights-4,071.20; EFTPS, whlg-2,897.73; United Healthcare, ins-3,155.97; PeopleService, prof-13,372; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,306.55; Post Office, postage-250; PSN, prof-103.72; KCCB, mem dues-150; Wirebuilt, web host-150; Nebraska UC Fund, unemp tx-108.36; Columbus Telegram, publ-53.45; CCNEDC, qtr dues-500.00; SupplyWorks, sup-645.79; Office Depot, sup-699.20; Chamber, mtg-7; Pavers Inc, sup-551.67; Larry Sorensen, prof-353; Olsson Assoc, prof-511.16; Kerford, sup-832.31; Stock Seed Farm, sup-456; Express Lane, fuel-435.99; Meeske Auto, rep/maint-166.10; General Fire, sup-54; EMS Billing, reimb-484.73; MC Squared, signs-90; One Call, lct fees-5.67; Meeske Hardware, sup/maint-853.46; Roger Johnson, prof-1,399.85; Danko Emergency Equip, equip-544.69; Matheson Tri-Gas, sup-60.45; R & R Wilson Trucking, prof-480; Smart Apple Media, bks-180.82; Baker & Taylor, bks-782.53; Jodi Nissen, reimb-40; Stop N Shop, fuel-307.58.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mozena moved to enter into executive session for the purposing of receiving legal advice regarding the Employee Handbook at 8:27 p.m.  City Clerk Linda Fleming was invited to stay. Frew seconded the motion. Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.

Frew motioned to leave Executive Session at 8:44 p.m.  Mozena seconded the motion. Motion passed with all members of the council voting aye.

Changes to the Employee Handbook was tabled for further review.

Mayor Barrett adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

/s/Michael Barrett, Mayor

/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk