CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

March 8 , 2006

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Alan Mueller and Roger Behrns. Steve Sherman was absent from the meeting. 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, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Care Center claim for Prairie Construction and the City claim for Maguire Iron which will be discussed later in the meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to open the public hearing on zoning and subdivision ordinance text changes at 7:02 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. No public comment was made in favor or opposition. Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to close the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

David Jordan was present to introduce himself as a candidate for Cass County Register of Deeds. Allen Sutcliffe was also in attendance for the same purpose as a candidate for Cass County Assessor. Both candidates gave brief histories of their respective experience.

Nathan Cox, Cass County Attorney was present with a presentation of his proposed minors under the influence in public places resolution. He presented literature entitled, “The Scope of the Problem” regarding concerns of underage drinking. He briefly explained the current state legislation and stated that individual counties have the authority to expound on the law and he is in favor of doing so. He then explained his proposed resolution. His purpose in attending this council meeting is to answer any questions and to ask for support either by resolution, motion or contacting our county commissioner representatives.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance 781; Text Changes to the Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adopt Ordinance 781 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Resolution 06-04; No Parking on Elm Street between 6 th & 7 th Streets and at Corner of 7 th and Maple Streets. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Signs will be posted.

Kari Wockenfuss presented the bid recommended by the Care Center Board for a nurse call light system. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the bid for a nurse call light system at Louisville Care Center and Assisted Living Facility (ALF) from Island Distributing Inc. in the amount of $54,951.92. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

There was no change order for the Care Center & ALF Project.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve pay request #6 for the Care Center & ALF to Prairie Construction in the amount of $179,339.71. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Kari reported for the Care Center at this time. The ALF Project in on schedule. The census is continuing to climb and Medicare is helping tremendously.

Eric Obert and Justin Stine were present from JEO with an update of progress on the new well field and water treatment plant. A copy of the plans were presented and explained. Eric also explained the permit process, environmental assessment and parts of the project that have been accomplished thus far.

The next item discussed was boring under the railroad and the permits necessary. Dan explained that there are two water mains under the railroad tracks from the wells to the tower. Neither of those mains has shut off valves, they are not cased and are some of the oldest mains in town and the potential problems could be significant. The railroad is in the process of upgrading and now would be the opportune time to upgrade our water mains as well. One 14” main could replace both current mains. This process would require a boring permit at the cost of $350.00 plus engineered designs. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the $350 permit fee and to direct JEO design a new 14” water main under the railroad south of the existing well. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Dan discussed the need for an alarm system at the wastewater treatment facility. The one that was installed originally has not been working for over a year. There is a proposal from Technical Maintenance & Service Co. (TMS) for a system that will be programmed to monitor the incoming raw water pumps for failure and monitor the return sludge pumps for failure and shut down one pump if the other fails. It would also be expandable to include all other functions at the plant in the future. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the purchase of the wastewater treatment facility alarm system from TMS in the amount of $10,465.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

An alarm for the water system was also discussed. This alarm system would monitor the tower level and control the wells. It would be expandable to monitor the water treatment facility when completed. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the purchase of the alarm system for the water system from TMS in the amount of $18,111.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve pay application No. 6 to Maguire Iron in the amount on $26,804.21 for the water tower. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve change order No. 1 for Maguire Iron, an increase of $5,600.00 for change in painting scheme. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Betty Bridges was not in attendance for the next two agenda items.

Al Lown was present to discuss water quality issues. He said his bill is high because he has to run water to clear it up after the maintenance crew flushes hydrants. He stated he wanted compensation or a reduction in his bill for high usage. Mayor Pankonin stated this is why the council is taking action as far as new wells and water treatment facility. Mayor Pankonin also stated that everyone in town, himself included, is paying for some water they don't use because of individual water service line flushing. Roger Johnson clarified that the water is passing all state tests and this issue is just an appearance problem. Council member Behrns stated, “We are all in this together.” The city is not singling out Mr. Lown or anyone else. No council action was taken.

County Commissioners Dave Nielsen and Ron Nolte were present. The request for the commissioners to attend came from the B.U.I.L.D. economic development committee and their concern about the Plattsmouth Bridge and where the county commissioners stand on this issue. The city believes this bridge is imperative to the economic growth of this part of the county by opening a corridor from I-29 to I-80 and beyond. The city also believes that showing a united front from Cass County, the City of Plattsmouth and the City of Louisville is also important for this project to get funding. Ron Nolte informed the council that US Highway 34 designation was changed to go to Sarpy County. This designation change is where funding was lost for the Plattsmouth Bridge because a US Highway gets state and federal funding; now the burden for funding the bridge is on local government. Perhaps Highway 66 could be known as Alternate US 34. There was a lengthy discussion about traffic flow, Iowa's participation, the Plattsmouth by-pass, future growth and possible solutions to get the project done. It was suggested that the interested parties meet face to face; the county, the two cities involved, Tim Weader from NDOR and all the Iowa entities.

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Keith Witte to the planning commission to finish the term created by Kathy Stohlmann's resignation. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

The clerk presented preliminary ideas on a time and temperature, lighted, animated sign for the city office. It was suggested to approach the school board to see if they would be interested in participating in the cost and it could be a community announcement center. There is definite interest and options will be pursued.

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the form of the agreement with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission for the well field at Louisville State Recreation Area. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

There were no reports for sheriff, fire, rescue, JayCees or Senior Center. Council Member Petrzilka reported for the library. The ballasts in the lights have been repaired but they need new plastic coverings. He will price those and report back to the council. The clerk reported for B.U.I.L.D. They received a donation of $750 from Ash Grove for Ringing in the Season. She also told the council that B.U.I.L.D. wasn't interested in upgrading the cigarette receptacles to ones that match the trash receptacles and they don't think we need as many as originally thought. The clerk is to get a proposal ready for the next meeting with prices and number needed.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and maintenance. A bearing went out at the sewer plant. It has been repaired several times already. US Filter believes the bearing is out of balance and needs to be repaired properly instead of patched again. He is actively working on locating the shut off valves on the water mains. This is important for future repairs. Heimes Excavating cleaned up the piled up concrete and brought back 3” and ¼” material for future use. They cleaned up approximately three years worth of material and Dan suggested that be done on a yearly basis.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to enter executive session at 9:18 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel issues. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Perzilka moves, Behrns seconds to exit executive session at 9:35 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

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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