CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2003

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, January 8, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dan Henry, Council Members – Joe Smisek, Clete Petrzilka and J. Alan Mueller. Dave Pankonin was absent. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson and several guests. 

Notice of the regular meeting was given in advance thereof by publication in the Plattsmouth Journal and by posting in three (3) public places as shown by the certificate attached to these minutes. Notice was simultaneously given to all council members. Their acknowledgement of receipt of notice and the agenda is attached to these minutes. All proceedings thereafter were taken while the convened meeting was open to the public.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Henry and he asked the council to review the consent agenda. Smisek moved, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: ayes – 3, absent – 1. Motion carried. 

Smisek moves, Mueller seconds to open the public hearing to review nuisance abatement on the north ˝ of lot 234 and all of lot 235, Original Town, Louisville, Nebraska at 7:01 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. No public comment was made. Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to close the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to open the public hearing on the zoning/subdivision regulations and flood ordinance updates at 7:03 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Ronda Anderson from the planning commission addressed the council. She state the planning commission looked over the updates with a fine tooth comb. She stated that JEO did a great job with changes made and the update was definitely needed. There were some definitions added that will make it easier for the planning commission to interpret the laws. Mayor Henry commended the zoning and planning commissioners for their time and efforts. No other public comment was made. Mueller moves, Smisek seconds to close the public hearing at 7:05 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required readings of Ordinance #733; an ordinance to establish wages and salaries for City employees. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Smisek moves, Mueller seconds to adopt Ordinance #733. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required readings of Ordinance #734; an ordinance to establish well-head encroachment standards. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Ordinance #734. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt Resolution 03-01; the finding of the north ˝ of lot 234 and all of lot 235, Original Town, Louisville, Nebraska, to be a nuisance and to grant the owner 14 days to abate at which time the city will abate if necessary. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. The City Attorney read the resolution. The resolution was explained to the homeowner.

Smisek moves, Mueller seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required readings of Ordinance #735; an ordinance to amend the zoning and subdivision regulations of the City Code. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt Ordinance #735. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required readings of Ordinance #736; an ordinance to amend the floodway and flood fringe districts and regulations. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt Ordinance #736. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Eric Obert was not in attendance to present the plans for copper corrosion. 

The sheriff presented a written report. There were 41 calls for service that were answered and 13 citations issued. None of the citations were ordinance related. 

There are two vacancies on the zoning and planning commission, one regular and one alternate. Mayor Henry’s nomination for the regular member is Kathy Stohlmann and the alternate member is Bob Keiter. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointments. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Some changes are being made to the MAC Committee. Dave has been the council representative. Alan will now be the city council representative and Cheryl Knutson is the nomination for the new member. Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Cheryl Knutson to the MAC Committee. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next topic of discussion was the 1-6 year road plan. The council members had copies of the plan in their packets. Mayor Henry said this is basically a wish list. Some things can be on the list for 60 years. The plan, which is a requirement of the state, was drawn up by Steve Parr, JEO Street Superintendent. There was a question about the project numbers. It was clarified that it refers to the map included. 

There were bid specs for a backhoe in the packets for the council members to consider. No bids have been taken, this is just to give the council members something to think about. 

Marcia Beck and Ruth Hlavac were present to discuss the library roof. It has been an on-going problem for close to a year now. There is already damage from leaks to the ceiling, shelves and the carpet. Mayor Henry and Larry got up on the roof earlier to check it. There are already ceiling tiles down in the back room and evidence of leaks. It’s a pre-stressed concrete ceiling. The north wall has a severe crack that has gotten worse, so there may be more problems than just the roof leaking. It’s a flat roof with the furnace and air conditioner units on top. The library board at one time had gotten bids for repairs but the old town board shut the project down. The library has been putting up with quick fix jobs since and that just won’t do. The library board would like to get the back roof sloped to resolve the problem. They would also like to keep the skylights by having them built up. The bid gotten years ago was for a project like this. There was a trust fund set up by Harvey Koop to maintain that building so those funds would be used for the project. Ruth is to bring the name of the contractor that gave the bid before to the clerk. Some other contractors will be asked to give bids. The back doors on the library are also a concern. The back stoop doesn’t have the right slope so damage has been done. The metal doors are rusted out. The Mayor said the doors need to be replaced and that will be done soon. 

Bob Copple was present to discuss Southridge. Street lights had been discussed at the last meeting with the possibility of less lights than OPPD proposed. However, their proposal was engineered according to where transformers were placed. If changed there would need to be excessive trenching, so OPPD highly recommends the original plan. Roger explained the annexation process to Bob to keep him updated. One of the members of the LLC, which owns the lots at Southridge, needs to bring to the City a written request for annexation. It will be placed on the next agenda for approval. Bob asked if the power and gas needed to be completed before the request. He was told that wasn’t necessary. He was also told there needed to be a copy of the final plat which was approved by the city council. Even after the annexation, the subdivision agreement will need to be followed and completed. 

The next order of business was the water/wastewater report. Larry presented a written report. The well pumped 4,869,300 gallons. There were two bids received for a grinder pump at Kephart’s property. The offal line out of their house is too low to constitute the use of gravity to the sewer line. Mayor Henry will ask JEO to participate in some of the cost, perhaps to split 3 ways with the Kephart’s and the city. There were also two bids for cleaning the water tower. This cleaning was required by Roger Rylander from Nebraska HHS. Two different methods were described. One will drain the tower and pump directly to the main so service isn’t disrupted too much and will take approximately one day. This bid was quite a bit less and makes the most sense. This process can be done at anytime regardless of the weather. The other company goes into the tower with scuba gear to clean and the tower remains operable. This process is a lot more expensive.

Jack was present to report for the maintenance department. They have been working on the creek bank. Bob Copple says it looks excellent and he has gotten tons of compliments. They are also finishing up the fence behind the Welcome to Louisville sign. Water meters are being changed out as necessary. 

There was no report from the Senior Center.

Mayor Henry presented copies of an article pertaining to assisted living in Fairbury, Nebraska. One of the interesting things noted was the partnership with Bryan/LGH, not taking on the whole project alone. Bill Nessen was present and stated he attended the Care Center Board meeting last night and the consultant hired will have his recommendation done in a few days. 

Christina DeBrie was present to report for the JayCees. They are starting to plan for Louisville Daz. They would like all the same things as last year, trash cans and fencing. Mayor Henry asked about the carnival. The JayCees are still working on that. It was profitable so they want to continue. Roger suggested looking into an ordinance for business regulations regarding the types of items sold. The carnival at Plattsmouth last year was selling dart guns to children. Roger would take care of that for the city and the JayCees would make sure the carnival has a copy. 

The BUILD committee spoke about the Doctor’s office. Mayor Henry stated he had called Dr. Wilsey twice with no response. No one wants to see that building empty. Dan is also speaking with Alegent Health. Bob Copple has already had people interested in renting the building, but would prefer to keep a physician in town. There is a slight drawback that our rescue squad only goes to Midlands. The city would be better off getting a doctor with admitting privileges to Midlands. 

The BUILD committee had brought a catalog with their choice of trash receptacles. Roger was to find out where Plattsmouth got theirs. The question came up as to whether the city writes a check for them or has some sort of fundraiser. 

Dee Henry was in attendance for the MAC committee. She showed the council the Louisville brochures. 10,000 have been printed at Snowdog with donations from businesses around town and a generous donation from Home State Bank. The next step is distribution. Some will be placed around town, at the school, the care center, businesses up and down Highway 50 and the state parks. Mayor Henry would like the MAC committee to get with Dave Miller from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Dave had stated they could come up with a site development team at no cost to the city. OPPD also has an aggressive economic development team as well that the city needs to get with. Bob Copple was asked his opinion on where he would like to see development outside the city. His response was the first issue would be the Highway 66 Bypass. That seems to be the key to the whole thing for Bob, where it will be and when it will come. Mayor Henry seems to think the intersection at Highway 66 and 144th street will be a potential site for development. That location will also be good for the city because there will be a water line close and electricity handily available. Ash Grove owns that ground. Alan will try to get in touch with Dave Miller to set up a meeting. 

Petrzilka move, Smisek seconds to adjourn to executive session for personnel matters at 8:15 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Smisek moves, Mueller seconds to adjourn from executive session at 9:30 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn the council meeting at 9:31 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

I, the undersigned clerk, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the proceedings had and done by the Mayor and City Council of Louisville to the best of my knowledge, that the agenda was kept continually current and available for public inspection; and the minutes were in written form and available for public inspection within 10 working days; the minutes are published in summary form, upon request a complete copy is available at City Hall.


Dee Arias
City Clerk 


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