Weeping Water Nebraska

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Mayor Michael Barrett called the monthly meeting of the Weeping Water City Council to order at 6:30 p.m., on November 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 November 8, 2018 edition of the Plattsmouth Journal. The posted location of the Open Meetings Act was noted by the Mayor.  Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Frew to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2018 meeting as presented. Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

Monthly Reports-The Fire Report was given by Scott Schreiner noting 4 calls for the month.  Motion by Nutter, seconded by Gilfert to approve the application of Nicholas Babcock to the Weeping Water Fire Department.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye. No Rescue Report was available, but it was noted that Jess DeBeare is now the Rescue Chief.  

Jeff Buffington presented the Maintenance Report and distributed an updated inventory list to the Mayor and Council.   Discussion was held regarding replacing the benches at the ballfield and the costs involved with action being tabled for further review.  Bruce Sorensen presented the Water/Wastewater Report noting that the City received a maintenance refund of $4,261.00 from PeopleService. Health Board-Several new complaints were addressed.  It was noted by the city attorney that a complaint against a citizen has been filed in Cass County Court regarding failure to license pets. Amiee Morlan, Library Director, will discuss with the Library Board policy changes with regard to loitering.

Under Old Business, Mayor Barrett gave an update regarding funding for the Gospel Run Bank Stabilization project.  Mayor Barrett attended a meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018 with Lower Platte South NRD. LPSNRD voted to approve a 50% cost share with the City for the designing, permitting and bidding of the proposed plan with a cost of $30,500.

Jennifer Serkitz with Cass County Economic Development Council presented a report for the council.  CCEDC is working on strategic planning, work force housing, infrastructure and relationship building with communities in Cass County.  She also invited the Mayor and Council to the annual meeting for Cass County Economic Development Council which will be held on January 16, 2019 at Round the Bend Steakhouse.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve an investment of $2,000 to Cass County Economic Development Council.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

A request to allow fundraising events at Gibson Hall and the Hopper Community Center for half the rental fee was denied.

Other issues addressed at the meeting included purchasing of banners for the downtown area and updating the city website, which were tabled for further review.

It was noted that the Chamber of Commerce donated proceeds from the Pumpkin Spy Contest held during the Fall Festival for the city to purchase flowers for the flower baskets in the spring.

Motion by Gilfert, seconded by Mozena to approve a 3% salary increase for employees, except for the Maintenance Superintendent, who received 5%.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

Correspondence received included a note from Debra Wilson requesting to work an additional day in the office, which the Mayor approved, and a note from Zito Media regarding an upcoming rate increase.

Motion by Frew, seconded by Gilfert to approve the following claims:  Salaries-11,494.96; NE Dept of Rev-sls, whlg, ldg tx, rec fee-2,452.06; Ameritas, emp ret-632.10; Utilities: Black Hills Energy-194; Windstream-945.32; Verizon-158.68; OPPD-5,633.77; EFTPS, whlg-3,040; United Healthcare, ins-3,155.97; PeopleService, prof-14,416; Cass County Refuse, reimb-10,334.05; Post Office, pstg-205; PSN, prof-109.86; Miller, Monroe, Farrell, ins-20,718; Farmers & Merchants Bank, NSF ck & NSF ck chg-325.56; Fast Signs, sup-193.59; Lincoln Journal Star, publ-58.84; Wirebuilt, prof-150; Meeske Hardware, sup/maint-865.33; Roger Johnson, prof-1,630.04; General Fire, prof-399.45; Office Depot, sup-176.72; Dana F Cole & Co, prof-1,445; Chamber of Commerce, mtg-14; Stop N Shop, fuel-665.61; Express Lane, fuel-754.65; United Rentals, rent-1,267.58; Olsson, prof-38.50; Larry Sorensen, prof-360.24; Keckler Oil, rep-39.58; Farmers & Merchants Bank, prin & Int-861.50; Meeske Auto, rep/maint-689.95; Jeff Buffington, reimb-28.88; Olsson, prof-335.58; Kerford Limestone, sup-12.20; Asphalt & Concrete, sup-854.17; Linda Fleming, reimb-10; Amazon, sup, imp-1,617.82; Menards, sup,imp-2,053.81; One Call, lct fees-11.67; Bobby Lawrence, reimb-125; EMS Billing, reimb-437.84; Matheson Tri Gas, sup-66.03; Bankers Fidelity, reimb-123.48; WPS, reimb-164.10; NE Medicine, med dir-375; Duncan Enterprises, prof-300; Eagle Services, maint-104.67; City of Omaha, sup-720; Daktronics, equip-4,641.00; American Lift, imp-2,187.50; NE Digging, prof-600; Hoss’s Lawn Care, prof-1,500; Demco, sup-88.54; Baker & Taylor, bks-800.02; Kerns Exacavating, maint-215; Danko, sup-13.85; Derby Heating, rep-80.00.  Motion carried with all members of the council voting aye.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


/s/Michael Barrett

/s/Linda Fleming, City Clerk