Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2003


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members –Clete Petrzilka, Steve Sherman, Joe Smisek and J. Alan Mueller. 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.

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. Roll call vote: ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Ordinance #737 was discussed. This ordinance will reinstate the 1968 zoning map & reaffirm remaining provisions of Ordinance #610. Mayor Pankonin gave a brief review and Roger verified some points and recommended that planning and zoning start working on a new zoning map. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #737. Roger read the ordinance. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Ordinance #737. Roll call vote; ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Roger read the ordinance again. 

The next item on the agenda was Resolution 03-03; to amend the city supervisor position. Mayor Pankonin gave an overview of the resolution. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 03-03. Roll call vote; ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Roger then read the resolution. 

Deb Cunningham, from the JayCees, presented the council an application for a special designated liquor license for Louisville Daz. This step is to get the permission from the State of Nebraska to serve liquor at the beer garden. Deb explained that a separate area is set aside for children away from the liquor and the JayCees will monitor all areas. There was a letter with the application from Sheriff Brueggemann with acknowledgement of the event. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the special designated liquor license for the JayCees Louisville Daz on May 24, 2003. Roll call vote; ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. The clerk was instructed to write the necessary letter to finish the process.

The copper corrosion bid was then discussed. There was a bid from Hawkins Water Treatment Group for a total of $14,963.15 including installation. Another company was asked for a bid, but chose not to do business with the City of Louisville because of past experiences. Mayor Pankonin asked the clerk to contact that company to find out the reasons and make amends. The bid received from Hawkins is the recommendation of the city engineer and the deadline is coming with this process that is mandated by the State to be up and running by the end of April. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve the bid from Hawkins, Inc. for the equipment and installation for copper corrosion control and authorize the Mayor to execute necessary documents. Roll call vote; ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. The city engineer had told the clerk that Hawkins could start by the beginning of April. 

The next topic of conversation was the update of the code book for the City of Louisville. Roger explained that the code book the city is using is actually a code book for Louisville as a village. Some state statutes do, and some don’t, apply to cities of second class. It is Roger’s recommendation to the council to solicit sealed bids from 2 – 4 code services, for an update based on the city being a city of the second class. Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to solicit sealed bids for a code book update. Roll call vote; ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. The clerk was instructed to proceed with this item.

The next item on the agenda was trash receptacles. The item came up at the last BUILD meeting with questions as to when new ones will be ordered. With the attractiveness of Main Street, something besides 50 gallon barrels would be nice. A catalog was passed around with the receptacle that the BUILD committee agreed on. The price with shipping was quoted for 12 as $4,730.13. There is no doubt that they would be a great addition to the look of Main Street. Deb Cunningham asked about fundraising. She would like to bring this before the JayCees at the next meeting to see if there is interest for fundraising. There were questions as to how long it would take to get them in when ordered, because the JayCees would like them in place by Louisville Daz. Sherman moves, Smisek seconds to table the item until the next meeting to see if the JayCees would be willing to help with the cost by fundraising. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next two items on the agenda are related, those being Doctor’s office recruitment and medical clinic funding. Mayor Pankonin reviewed the issue. Bob Copple, Alan and Dave have met with three different groups to try to get a Doctor to the city with two more meetings set up. Roger had looked into the notion of using economic development or city money for incentives. His research was presented in a memo to the council members. There were different options and criteria for each detailed. Dave summarized by saying there are several hoops to jump through, one being a special election which is expensive, and the options being too complicated. Bob stated that the consensus is to try for 60-90 days, if no response then let it go. 

The reorganization of the Council was next on the agenda. Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to nominate Alan Mueller as Council President. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, abstain – 1. Motion carried. Mueller moves, Smisek seconds to nominate Clete Petrzilka as Council Vice-President. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, abstain – 1. Motion carried. 

An alternate on the Board of Adjustments was needed. Mayor Pankonin nominated Maureen Gulizia for that spot. Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to approve Maureen Gulizia as an alternate on the Board of Adjustments. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next discussion involved Master Street Addresses. The County Commissioners had a meeting last week and invited someone from each city/village. One topic talked about was better cooperation between the commissioners and the cities. Another subject discussed was a complete address directory for the 911 system. Right now the system doesn’t pick up cell locations. If they have this master address plan, they are going to get money from the state to put this together and get cell locations when called. They gave each area representative some sections the county didn’t have addresses on. Mayor Pankonin stated that as soon as addresses are assigned at Southridge, the county zoning would like that information. They also need information about Two Gates and Grandview Estates. Mayor Pankonin just wanted everyone to be aware of the situation.

Errol Meisinger was present to discuss his easement for the east water main. Roger had drawn up temporary and permanent easements for his property at Eastwood for the water main to Southridge. He would rather dedicate the future street through his property and then the city wouldn’t need easements. Then he wouldn’t have to pay taxes on that strip either. There were several questions about water running in that area. Also, the question came up about highway access. Some research needs to be done and Roger will also talk to the engineer. Errol also asked about his property at the “Welcome to Louisville” sign. There was discussion at an earlier meeting and Bob Copple was to get back with Errol. He said he doesn’t know exactly how he wants to handle the property. He said he has to pay close to $600/year in real estate taxes on that portion. 

The sheriff had a written report. No representative was in attendance. The clerk informed the council that there have been a lot of dog complaints lately. Roger doesn’t think the sheriff’s contract includes dog complaints. Roger was asked what Plattsmouth does and the council was told they have an appointed humane officer. The clerk was asked to contact Weeping Water and see how they handle the situation. 

Bub Heard was present for Fire/Rescue. He stated that the department had been approached a few times about renting the fire hall out for parties. The department would prefer not to. The council agrees that it is not necessary to rent out the facility. Levi had stated to the clerk that he wondered if the general fund could pay for hepatitis shots for the department. Roger is to look into the legalities. 

Larry reported for the Water/Wastewater Department. The new well went down on Wednesday afternoon. The motor went out and Layne Western will be here in the morning to repair. This is the second time this motor has gone out. The well is still under warranty. Joe asked about the pump, and if that’s why the motor keeps going out. Larry has #2 well running to get the tower filled, so the tower cleaning that was scheduled for tomorrow will be postponed. On another subject, 30 different valves around town have been tested, 10 are in working condition. In the long run, they will have to be replaced. The council was told that the water and sewer to Southridge has been approved by DEQ and HHS so bacteria tests can be done. Also, the city will be getting Eric static water pressure on Southridge and other location that are the highest and lowest elevations in town to help JEO on the new water tower design. 

Jack reported for the Maintenance Department. They have been doing repairs on equipment.

There were no reports for the Library/Senior Center. 

Deb Cunningham talked about upgrading the basement of the Senior Center as a project the JayCees would like to take on. Some measurements have been taken but nothing for sure decided. She also stated that plans for Louisville Daz have been going strong. She thanked the council for allowing the JayCees to put a survey in with the newsletter that went out with water bills. 

Mayor Pankonin spoke to Darlene Petrzilka regarding the Care Center, and they had gotten a fairly extensive report back from the consultant they hired. The Care Center Board would like to have a month to examine the report, before they make any recommendations. They are holding off on any major decisions until they have a chance to read the report. 

Alan reported for the MAC Committee. They met the first Monday of the month and they are working on industrial site developments. They thought they should do evaluations of certain sites to measure pros and cons. 

The last item on the agenda was a BUILD report. Their meeting was the first Tuesday of the month. Dave attended and made a list of subjects discussed. The trash receptacles were the first and that has already been discussed. The second subject was a proposed walking trail that would link the state park to the city park. It would go under the viaduct for safety. The last issue that came up was the skateboarders on Main Street sidewalks. It’s a problem. Steve mentioned that he had let them use a spot behind his building and they abused it. He’s afraid that if the city spends money on a small park, they will still skateboard on the sidewalk. Maybe more law enforcement is necessary. Deb offered to look into a small scale area provided by the JayCees. Roger said there is a state statute addressing the issue of liability insurance. If a skate park is made, the kids would be told stricter enforcement would be necessary to keep them off the sidewalks. People do have the opportunity to swear out a complaint if they see a violation and a deputy doesn’t see it. 

Bob asked about the contractor who did Main Street. Some of the panels on the sidewalk are breaking and separating and he wondered if there was a warranty. Bob’s question was who monitors the work and has the city’s interest in mind. Eric will be asked about this issue. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 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, 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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