Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2007


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Clete Petrzilka, Bob Derby and Steve Sherman. Also present were 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, stated that the Open Meetings Act is posted at the rear of the room and asked the council to review the consent agenda. Mayor Mueller pointed out that City Attorney Roger Johnson had called and asked to be excused from the meeting for a family medical emergency. Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the payments to LFW Sandblasting for $12,700.00 and Sargent Drilling for $147,993.42 which will be discussed later in the meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moved, Derby seconds to open the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. for the consideration of a conditional use permit for home occupation by Margaret Clancy, 802 Koop Ave., Louisville, NE. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Margaret explained her plans for a dance studio in the newly purchased home. She presented all of the appropriate paperwork and has already gotten a recommendation from the planning commission. No opposition to the conditional use permit was made. It was agreed that parking and traffic would not be an issue. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to close the public hearing at 7:07 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The Tourism TV contract was tabled until the next meeting when City Attorney’s Roger Johnson’s comments can be incorporated into the agreement. The council would like Doug Johnson to make a presentation at that time.

Derby moves, Sherman seconds to approve the conditional use permit for home occupation for Margaret Clancy at 802 Koop Ave., Louisville, NE. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The council accepted the resignation of Bill Nessen on the Care Center Board because he is no longer eligible as he has moved out of the city limits.

The Care Center Advisory Board presented a memo to the council recommending Dr. Jason Rohrs as a replacement due to Bill’s resignation. Mayor Mueller read the memo aloud. Mayor Mueller had previously spoken to others regarding the position, including Ron Renner. Mayor Mueller spoke to both candidates and both are well qualified in their own way. Mayor Mueller nominated Ron Renner fill the vacant spot on the Care Center Board. No motion was made to approve the nomination. This issue will be tabled until the next meeting.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the following new members to the Louisville Fire and Rescue Personnel Roster: Melanie Boehm, Todd Donelley, Jeff Wingert and Bill York. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve pay request No. 1 and Final from LFW Sandblasting for tower demolition in the amount of $12,700.00 Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to direct the attorney to prepare a resolution for the installation of a stop sign on Oak Street southbound at 7th Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Councilmember Petrzilka requested the removal of the stop sign on 2nd Street at Oak westbound after receiving many complaints since the sign was installed. He presented pictures and several audience members voiced their opposition to the sign. Speeding is also an issue in the area. The sheriff’s department will be contacted to patrol the area. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to remove the stop sign on 2nd Street at Oak westbound. Ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Derby; Nays – Sherman. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the labor of city employees to replace the kitchen floor at the Senior Center and the seniors will provide the tile. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Sherman moves, Derby seconds to approve pay application No. 1 from Sargent Drilling for the 2006 municipal well in the amount of $147,993.42. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Derby moves, Sherman seconds to approve Change Order No. 1 from Sargent Drilling for 2006 municipal well with a decrease of $9,700.07. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Health insurance renewal rates were discussed. There is a 10.7% increase. The history of increases was mentioned. Derby moves, Petrzilka seconds to leave the benefit at $600 per month per participating employee for health insurance with an adjustment to be considered during budget time as part of the compensation package. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Fire Chief Jason McClun provided a list, at the request of a council member, of fire hydrants that need maintained; showing which are leaking, where new ones are needed and which ones need to be dug out. He also stated that with the new tower, the pressure has changed and he requested they be flow tested and painted in accordance with NFPA standards. ISO ratings could possibly be changed if this is done, which would affect insurance rates. He volunteered to help when he’s off on Friday afternoons.

The city office and Dan had received complaint calls on the diagonal parking on 2nd Street west of Main Street. Dan suggested changing the diagonal parking to parallel parking for that half a block stretch. Another suggestion would be to narrow the sidewalk which would widen the street enough to allow the parking to remain diagonal. Several audience members voiced concerns about reducing the number of parking spots when that is already a concern in town. It was agreed that having a parking problem is a good problem to have. Denny Barnes stated that there is a lot of foot traffic and the sidewalk shouldn’t be narrowed too much. He also had concerns about residential parking in the business district and business owners and employees parking on Main Street. Dan had other parking suggestions such as along Cherry Street or by the Alltel building on Cherry St. Other alternatives will be looked into. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to leave the parking as is for the time being. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The next item for discussion was a $25,000 excess in the State Revolving Fund tower loan that can be drawn down. Tom Fuenning from DEQ told the clerk and Mayor Mueller that it could be used for a water project and the only necessary step was to provide an invoice. Mayor Mueller wanted the council to be aware of the available funds.

The exterior wall of the water treatment facility was discussed. The engineer recommended breaking up the look of the big wall on the north. The alternatives are brick, split-face block and Efis, which is like a Styrofoam block covered with a spray-on rock-look material. The Efis and the brick cost about the same. Some problems may occur with moisture getting behind the Efis. Derby moves, Sherman seconds to approve the exterior walls of the water treatment facility to be split-face block up to dock height and brick to the top. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. National Volunteer Week is next week and they will be honoring all their volunteers. LCC will be represented at the Trivia Contest and in the Louisville Daz Parade. They are celebrating their 35th anniversary and will be giving tours between 3:00 – 5:00 on May 26, 2007. New brochures will be done by that time. She reported that a garage is in preliminary stages of planning for storage and vehicles.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for the JayCees or Library.

John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D. The businesses agree there are parking problems and encourage the council to keep looking into solutions. John asked that the city also look into updating the flood plain map. Mayor Mueller stated that he had spoken to someone at the NRD who said they were planning to do that in the area this summer, but asked the clerk to follow up on that. It was also reported that B.U.I.L.D. is having an appreciation dinner for the city snow removal crew on Friday, April 13 at noon at Main Street Café. Also, the Trivia Contest is next Friday, April 20th at the high school. All council members were encouraged to attend both events. Mayor Mueller reported that he had gotten correspondence regarding funding for the Louisville By-Pass. Letters of support and copies of Resolutions of Support will be sent.

Councilmember Petrzilka asked about the progress of work at the Senior Center. He stated it just keeps getting moved to the next month and nothing ever gets done. Dan said he’d get someone to dig a hole and see if there are footings. If not, a decision will have to be made on the next steps to take.

Jason reported for Fire & Rescue. They have decided to have a BBQ in the evening on Louisville Daz as a fundraiser instead of a pancake feed. It will be held on the apron in front of the station. The fish fries were a success. He also reported that the new rescue squad’s arrival was pushed back to late July.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and maintenance. JEO provided final estimates for the water improvements and they are $3.2 million. Some cuts have already been made, such as the size of the clear well and certain materials used. One consideration was lowering the capacity and it was decided that it wouldn’t outweigh the cost difference to do so. Kerns will start on June 1 on Depot Street. Mayor Mueller suggested meeting with the residents affected with the construction. Councilmember Behrns updated the council on the BNSF double track progress. They plan to grade in 2008 and construction will begin in 2009. The existing bridge over Mill Creek will stay and they’ll add another bridge on the north side. The height of the track on Main Street won’t be more than 6” higher than existing. The Mayor and city hall have also received complaints on the condition of the crossings.

Sherman moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:51 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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