CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

April 13, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, April 13, 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. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to open the public hearing for annexation of the new water tower site at 7:01 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Pankonin gave a brief description of the area. There was no public comment, questions or objections. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to close the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Don Peters presented assisted living facility plans for the Care Center Board. The proposed plans include a two-story addition to the north of the existing Care Center as well as renovations to the kitchen and nurse’s station areas within the existing structure. Fire Chief, Jason McClun, asked questions regarding fire safety issues. Steve Amundson, the Care Center consultant, provided cost projections and funding options. The total development cost is approximately $3,500,000. The care center board was told by bond counsel that because of profitability history, revenue bonds are not feasible and general obligation bonds would be the next option. Steve informed the council that the care center board will be preparing a petition and bringing it before the council next month for a general obligation bond request for 3.6 million dollars. This petition will request a special election be put before the city voters. The clerk was consulted about timeframe and costs associated with special election. The time would be 6 weeks after the petition is presented and the costs would be paid by the care center. The city attorney advised that the council would have to pass a resolution to take responsibility for the bond levy. 

Kari Wockenfuss gave a report for the Care Center. She informed the council that she has completed the Medicare application to be ready by June 1, 2005. The facility has also just finished a state survey and the exit reviews were very favorable.
Bob Hrbek was present from jagWire, Inc. regarding the right of entry and testing agreement for wireless equipment on the current water tower to be moved to the new water tower upon completion. This agreement covers testing only and a permanent lease will be covered at a later date. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the right of entry and testing agreement with jagWire Enterprises, Inc. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The Wedekind Agreement was moved to executive session.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the contract documents for Maguire Iron, Inc. for water tower construction. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to authorize the execution of contract for Maguire Iron, Inc. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kendra Drake, for the JayCees, requested South Depot Street closed during Louisville Daz for parking of carnival ride equipment. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the closing of South Depot Street from Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 10 p.m. until Monday, May 30, 2005 at noon. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kendra also gave a brief report for the JayCees. April 23, 2005 is a Warner benefit spaghetti dinner/silent auction/bake sale at the high school from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The next agenda item, the Cass County Interlocal Agreement for 6th Street Bridge was moved to executive session. 

The fire department was represented by Jason McClun, who requested a special designated liquor license for the April 29, 2005 Fish Fry. The only concerns were the presence of children at the past fish fries and the liability issues. The council suggested a separate place that is fenced off. Jason stated he wasn’t on the committee, but was sure that had been considered. Petrzilka moved, Mueller seconds to approve the special designated liquor license for the fire department fish fry, contingent upon all the paperwork being completed, on April 29, 2005 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to accept the City’s financial statement and the report to be on file at the city clerk’s office. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Betty Bridges and Nancy McManis were present for the B.U.I.L.D. Events Committee with a request for a street closing on July 31, 2005 for the Talented Women’s Fair and Car Show from noon to 5:00 p.m. Betty would like to use the sidewalks on Main Street and she would ask each store owner for permission beforehand. She would also like permission to use the basketball court in the park in case she needs extra space. In conjunction with this, a car show will be held and the committee is requesting Main Street be closed between 2nd and 3rd, and also 2nd Street between Main Street east to the alley. Sherman moves, Mueller seconds to allow the proposed street closing for the Talented Women’s Fair and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 31, 2005. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to direct the city clerk to write a letter to the county commissioners voicing the City of Louisville’s objections regarding landfill site selections, particularly involving truck traffic through town and along Highway 50. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan Henry spoke to the council regarding parking stalls on the north side of 2nd Street east of Cherry. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to create additional parking by changing from parallel to diagonal parking stalls on 2nd Street east of Cherry Street to the alley at the approximate cost of $3,500. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

There was a written sheriff’s report circulated. Jason McClun reported for the fire department. There were no reports for Rescue, Library or Senior Center. 

Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. He reported that a preconstruction meeting was held today for the tower and foundation work will probably begin in June. He also mentioned that a maintenance agreement for the tower hasn’t been discussed but should be considered. Dan also discussed sludge removal from the wastewater treatment plant. He said the city might want to consider a tank so the maintenance crew can haul the sludge instead of paying someone else. Dan also said they need to start the PRV installation. He talked about street repair as well. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session to discuss legal matters at 9:08 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to exit executive session and reenter regular session at 9:51 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the Wedekind Agreement with changes discussed in executive session. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to table the discussion of the interlocal agreement with Cass County regarding the 6th Street Bridge to the next meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 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, 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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