CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Alan Mueller, Roger Behrns and Steve Sherman. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, 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 Pankonin called the meeting to order and asked the council to review the consent agenda. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the appointment of Jason McClun as Fire Chief for the year. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to open the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. for the engineering report for the construction of the new water tower. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Dan gave a brief description of the project. The proposed tower will increase the capacity to 400,000 gallons, pedestal type tower and increase the elevation of the high water level to 1337 feet. Mayor Pankonin informed those in attendance that land has been secured for the tower site. No public comments, questions or objections were made to the water tower project. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to close the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve Resolution 05-01; Mileage Reimbursement for city employees on city business to 40.5 cents effective January 1, 2005. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Terry Meier was present from SENDD to discuss the Southeast Louisville Drainage Study. Louisville has been awarded a grant for this study from CDBG and the concern has been that the problem is on private properties. Terry says there is money available not only for the improvements, but also to acquire easements so the city can maintain and control the improvements. The city will never know what improvements need to be made until the study is done. The city’s responsibility is $4,500 and the CDBG grant covers the rest. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the Southeast Louisville Drainage Study Contract with JEO. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 
John Plucknett was present to discuss surety bonds. The bank requested the use of surety bonds to protect excess funds above and beyond the FDIC maximum. The use of surety bonds will allow the bank to loan the money locally. Last month, the council requested the rating for Kansas Banker’s Surety Company. A letter in the council packets states the rating is an A++ (Superior), the highest grade possible. John answered several questions regarding the bank’s request to substitute surety bonds for the pledging currently used for the city’s excess deposits. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to allow Home State Bank to replace treasuries, up to $1,000,000, with surety bonds, to be reviewed annually, with Kansas Banker’s Surety Company. Roll call vote: Ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; Abstain – Mueller. Motion carried. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Roger Behrns to Louisville Care Center Project Development Committee for the Assisted Living Facility. Roll call vote: Ayes – Petrzilka, Mueller, Sherman; Abstain – Behrns. Motion carried. 

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Tina Rohrs to the Care Center Board as a result of the resignation of Mark Leibman. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. Mayor Pankonin stated that city and Care Center representatives met with bond counsel to discuss financials. Since the Care Center project will be revenue bonds, it has no affect on the city’s financial statement, it’s not even considered potential liability. Kari says the architect should have a drawing by next meeting. The plan includes reconfiguring the current kitchen, modifying the area near the nursing station along with the new addition of 22 assisted living units and a therapy room. Kari has been working on a disaster preparedness plan and has concerns about transportation in the event of an emergency. She is going to call Terry Meier regarding grants available to purchase a van. 

Commissioner Neilson was present and stated the county is having its 1-6 year road plan meeting next week and invited the council to attend. 

Kendra Drake was present from the JayCees to discuss vendor fees on Louisville Daz. She requests that the $25 fee be waived for the weekend of Louisville Daz. Roger states that it couldn’t be done with the way the ordinance reads now. Council Member Sherman stated that the quality of the vendors is better with the fee in place. He has experience with one-time vendors at his gallery, and they have no problem with the fee. Roger stated that basically the $25 is an administration fee to provide the license and register the applicant. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to table the issue until after some research can be done. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried.

Kendra also requested the street closure for Louisville Daz. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the street closing for Louisville Daz, May 28, 2005, Main Street from 3rd Street to Fire Hall, from midnight until midnight. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Kendra also reported for the JayCees. Upcoming projects include helping with a Bingo on January 21, 2005 for the Jr. Parents After Prom Committee at the Senior Center, Shooter Education Program and Super Shooter Basketball Competition.

Jason McClun asked about sealer on the fire station wall. He said after a heavy rain, there is water running down the inside of the north wall. He isn’t sure it ever got sealed or painted and wondered if that was something the city maintenance crew could do. Dan said he will check into what would be the best material to use and the cost. 

Jason also reported for the Fire/Rescue. Total calls for 2004 were 160; 54 city, 72 rural, 7 South Bend, 22 Cedar Creek and 5 storm watch. There are 29 members, 19 are EMT’s, 4 of which are state certified and 2 hazmat technicians. Mayor Pankonin told Jason that the council is very proud of the department. The toughest issue is finding people during the day. 

John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D. stating that the group is reorganizing themselves into smaller committees. John also took the opportunity to thank the road crew for their great job during snow removal. 

The council reviewed the proposed 1-6 year road plan. The council feels the 6th Street Bridge, Eastwood Drive extension and 3rd Street from Main east to the alley all need to be on the plan. 3rd Street from Main west to the alley is also a cause for concern. Dan feels there are several residential streets that need to be replaced as well. He feels we need to be careful and not spend all the sales tax money on Main Street. 

The Dave Wedekind agreement was moved to executive session.

Council Member Sherman asked for a special designated liquor license on February 18 & 19, 2005, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Louisville Art Gallery. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve said license subject to all paperwork being filed properly. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Mueller, Behrns; abstain – Sherman. Motion carried. 

A written sheriff’s report was presented. There were no reports for MAC, Library or Senior Center.

Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. Dan had a sample resetter for water connections when pressure reducing valves are installed. He showed the council the office’s meter as an example and how this particular resetter would work. Dan asked Roger J. how exactly to take bids for this considering each household will be different. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session for legal reasons at 8:45 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Mueller moves, Serman seconds to exit executive session at 9:18 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:19 p.m. Ayes – 4, 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, 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 



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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