Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2007


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns and Steve Sherman. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson and City Supervisor Dan Henry 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.

Mayor Mueller called the meeting to order and stated that the Open Meetings Act is posted at the rear of the room.

Mayor Mueller nominated Bob Derby to fill the council vacancy for the four year term until December 2010. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to accept the nomination of Bob Derby for the vacant city council position. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns; nays – Sherman. Motion carried.

Council Member Bob Derby took the City Council Oath of Office.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing at 7:06 p.m. to consider the acquisition of an option on, and the ultimate acquisition of, real estate for an industrial site pursuant to the City’s Economic Development Plan, including any improvements now or hereafter erected on the real estate described in the agenda attached to these minutes. Mayor Mueller explained that this is a 55 acre tract of land adjacent to the south end of Prairie Hills. The appraisal came in on the day of the last meeting and has since been reviewed. The appraised valued per acre is $5500 which takes into consideration the current zoning which is transitional agriculture. The option price agreed to with the current owners is $9500 per acre. Mayor Mueller opened the hearing to anyone wishing to speak in favor or opposition to the acquisition of an option on this property. John Plucknett spoke representing Home State Bank and B.U.I.L.D. in favor stating that Louisville is ready to grow. He stated that Louisville is limited in the direction to grow and believes this is an ideal location and reminded the audience that this property will be best suited for mixed use application, for example, Highway Business district, Light Industrial as well as multi-family dwelling district. The conceptual plans from the selected engineer/planner will determine the best fit. Bob Copple also spoke in favor of the development on that property. He reiterated that Louisville is landlocked between Ash Grove, the Platte River, Mill Creek, flood zones and the railroad and finding a suitable location is difficult. This piece of property is available and abuts the city. He stated that the appraised value is an opinion. The city needs to think progressively and be ready when a business is ready to locate here. He believes that the city has lost opportunities for incoming businesses because there was no industrial park and he also believes that some businesses would have stayed had there been a development like this. Liz Cochran had questions and concerns about what kind of industry and uses were expected in the development. Mayor Mueller explained that, if approved later in the agenda, a request for proposal will go out to engineering firms for development concepts for this piece of property. They will come back with ideas about what uses would be most appropriate in which areas of the property or if it’s even feasible. They would also take into consideration what the community feels is most suitable for the development. Gary Nashleanas spoke in favor of the development and asked how much LB840 money would be used on this project. Mayor Mueller explained that the agreement with the owners states $2500 per year for a two year option plus the cost of the study would come out of the LB840 fund. It was also explained that this first step, the request for proposal, doesn’t cost anything. Mayor Mueller also explained that the negotiated price per acre was the result of two years of work. No other public comment was made. Mayor Mueller closed the public hearing at 7:18 p.m.

Mayor Mueller proclaimed 2007 a year of celebration and wished Louisville a Happy 150th Anniversary.

Jason McClun and Levi Krause presented an annual report for the Fire/Rescue Department. There were 106 rescue calls last year, 26 of which were to Cedar Creek. There were 50 fire calls last year, one storm watch, and standbys at all home football games. They reported their personnel changes; Bub Heard resigned and they just added Bill York. The number of EMT’s is down to 13. Delivery date of the new rescue squad will be in May so financing will have to be discussed. Levi mentioned that the state is going to require forms filed electronically in the near future so DSL or wireless will have to be installed at the fire station.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve a change order in the amount of $1850.00 to add automatic chains to the new squad. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for Louisville Care Community. By the end of the month, the assisted living facility will be half full. Medicare continues to keep the staff very busy. They have started outpatient services. They are looking to consolidate the fire systems between the two facilities. There will be a final building meeting on January 19. Marketing will become a high priority.

There was a discussion regarding the alley project behind the city office. There are water drainage problems. CRA funds from the downtown TIF project can be used for the improvement. The council agrees this improvement needs to be done and will meet as the CRA at the next meeting to approve or deny the project and Dan will gather costs estimates and designs in the meantime.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to authorize the execution of the option with A & D Farms for the property discussed in the public hearing. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve the final draft of the request for proposal to be sent to interested engineering firms for the development of the proposed industrial park. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Bob Copple and Dick Berner were in attendance to answer any questions the council might have on The Ridges Subdivision and to present a request for payment of the difference in water main costs to upgrade the line at the city’s request.

Valerie Alday was present with a proposal for a Botanical Sculpture Garden. This garden would include manufactured homes that will be part of the art project. She was impressed with Louisville’s support of Art Chicks and the Art Gallery and wanted to locate in this progressive city. She would require an acre of land with mature trees that become part of the artwork. She was looking for preliminary approval before looking for property. The attorney warned that most zoning districts are restrictive towards mobile homes so more research needs to be done. The plan is to live on the premises and have a studio as well, but the focus would be on the outdoor sculptures. She would like to move on this project immediately.

The council reviewed the one and six year road plan. No changes were recommended. Dan wants to attend the next county commissioner meeting to inquire about the status of the 6th Street Bridge. There is an agreement in place for the county and the city to cost share that project. Mayor Mueller has been approached about the gravel road south of Walnut Street and it was determined to be outside the city limits. Dan will talk to the county about that strip.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve pay request #1 for K.W. Boring, Inc. in the amount of $56,760.30 for the highway bore. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The railroad bore portion of this project has been redrawn and resubmitted to the railroad for approval. This was necessary because of the water level under the tracks.

Council Member Sherman would like to have a handicapped ramp installed in front of the Art Gallery. Dan said he couldn’t issue a permit since the project is on city right-of-way so was unclear of the procedure. The city attorney will look into the procedure.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for the JayCees, the Library or the Senior Center. John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D. He stated that Ringing in the Season was a huge success and he thanked the city for its help during the event. He also appreciated the Proclamation regarding the 150th Anniversary of Louisville and that B.U.I.L.D. has plans for celebrations at events throughout the year. He also reported that the economic development committee of B.U.I.L.D. is willing to support the city in any way. He wanted to remind the council to keep the standards high for the industrial park since it will be the first visual impression of the city from the south. He also wanted the council to keep plugging away with the Louisville South Bypass. He said there has been interest in starting a community foundation and the Bypass project may be the best reason to get that started. He will keep the council informed on the progress. John also stated that two out of two businesses that applied for NE Micro-enterprise Tax Credit have been approved and it looks like two more will apply next year. He also wanted to encourage the council to consider another community survey. John also has concerns about Rural Water being able to maintain adequate service to the area if there is more development. Dan stated that capacity, pressure and quality of water will not be a problem in the immediate area in about a year.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and maintenance. Sargent will be starting the wells this winter. All the maintenance employees have obtained their CDL licenses and have started hauling sludge and broken concrete. He wanted the council to think about fixing the intersection north of the railroad tracks on Main Street. It was stated that when the railroad is working on the tracks that would be the time to make sure there is a pedestrian walkway on Main Street. The corner of Walnut and Koop needs work also. Dan reported that he hasn’t been getting as many dirty water calls.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


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, 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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