Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2007


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, May 9, 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 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 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. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Quality Remodeling, Derby Heating/Air and the K.W. Boring claims. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve the Derby Heating and Air claim of $70. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Derby. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve Resolution 07-04; Mileage Reimbursement. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Don Maxon was present to discuss health insurance rates and options for city employees. The rates for the option currently utilized by the employees actually lowered this year. Don suggested deducting the same amount but change options and start a Health Saving Account for the employees. Don explained the benefits of the current and proposed options. The employees affected by these changes have already been notified and they are in favor of the change to Option 11 with a Health Savings Account. Don answered many questions from the council regarding the plans. Derby moved, Sherman seconds to approve the change from Option 8 to Option 11 in the BCBS medical plan and continue to contribute $600 per month for the employees receiving health insurance. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Council Member Sherman asked the council to reconsider the design of the alley east of Main Street between 2nd and 3rd. He stated his concerns, those being the widening by 3 feet will make speed an issue and also stabilization of the creek. He also wondered about a railing for safety reasons. Several supporters of the widening voiced their opinions or had written support. Council Member Sherman agreed he was the only one that disapproved of the widening, but strongly urged a barrier of some sort, whether it be a railing or a wall. Several design ideas were discussed. Bob Copple stated that the improvements made in and around downtown speaks volumes. Bob isn’t necessarily in favor of a guard rail. The council agreed that the curb can be built with steel inserted to accommodate guard rails, if decided to add at a later date, at the end of the driveways.

Doug Johnson made a video presentation showing the Tourism TV concept. He has a meeting with Charter Communications tomorrow, so will have more answers about the city’s cable access channel. The total cost is $3435.10. City Attorney Johnson was concerned about the advance payment issue in the contract. He would prefer paying at the end of the project and Doug Johnson said that is alright with him. City Attorney Johnson had a few other concerns about the contract and Doug said he was favorable to the changes discussed. LB 840 funds would be available for this project. Doug answered several questions from the council members. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve and authorize the execution of the contract with Doug Johnson Audio/Video Productions with the addition of the provisions outlined and modification of pay upon completion of the project. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the nomination of Jason Rohrs to the Care Center Board to replace Bill Nessen. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jon Truell was present from Future Technologies to inquire about the city’s interest to use the new water tower for placement of wireless internet equipment. The city currently has a contract with JagWire for the same thing, but the council feels they have not met the requirements of that contract. The contract with JagWire asks for the exclusive rights to certain frequencies and Jon informed the council that they have tied up all the frequencies. The contract with JagWire was reviewed and there is no automatic renewal clause and the contract is up in December 2007. The City Attorney discussed a new statute regarding city’s getting into the broadband business. It is a very unclear statute and he questions whether a city can enter into a similar contract at this point. Jon stated he hasn’t entered into any recent contracts since this statute became law. The council agreed that the attorney needs to study the statute and the contract with JagWire then get back to Jon, but definite interest was shown.

Olsson and Associates representatives were in attendance with site development concepts for the industrial/business park on the south edge of town. Nathan pointed out the strengths and weaknesses of the property. He explained the process they have gone through up to this point. He walked the council and audience through three different concepts. They believe the eastern side of the property is best suited for residential development because of the terrain. They presented different alternatives for the west side. Part of their process was to interview developers for ideas, and the thought of the businesses below the grade of the road wasn’t good. Visibility from the road is essential for success. The dirt work is cost intensive, being over $1.5 million for grading alone for the alternative that has flex zoning on the west side, which includes commercial and industrial. To make it more cost effective, the density was increased on the west side to residential. All concepts show a city park at the highest point by the water tower. Also, all concepts show the drainage way on the west side being a trail that eventually leads to the parks and downtown. Cost estimates were presented for each concept. The team agreed it is a developable piece of property, it just has many challenges. It lends itself more effectively to a residential development. A meeting with the steering committee will be held on May 24, 2007. A meeting with the public will be held on June 11, 2007 for comments and concerns at 7:00 at the Senior Center.

The complete set of plans and specs for the water treatment facility were available to the council. An extensive summary was included in the council packets. Dan gave a brief summary as well. Bids will be opened on June 6, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for the facility. Derby moves, Behrns seconds to approve the plans and specs for the water treatment facility as presented. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the attendance of the clerk to municipal finance conference and all costs incurred in Kearney on June 20-22. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the final payment to Quality Remodeling in the amount of $4082.00 for Housing Rehab 06-Louisville/Reuse-03. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to accept the project and make final payment to K.W. Boring in the amount of $50,336.70 for railroad and highway bores. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire, rescue, JayCees, Care Center, Library or Senior Center.

John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D. He talked about the Trivia Challenge, Louisville Daz, parking on Main Street, flood mapping, CRA financing and the Louisville Bypass.

City Supervisor Dan Henry contacted the Mayor and was concerned about the amount of overtime that he could accumulate over the next few months with the amount of projects to be done. The work on Depot Street is a big concern because those residents are going to want the work done as quickly as possible and that will mean working longer days. Dan is willing to take compensatory time instead of overtime pay. Behrns moves, Derby seconds to authorize the implementation of compensatory time for the City Supervisor. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and maintenance. The alley project timeline was discussed. There is a water line to Ash Grove that needs to be replaced. Water is a priority this summer, so some things may be on hold, like parking spots. The Depot Street and Main Street project was discussed. He also commented on the flooding on Depot Street and at the sewer plant over the weekend. He suggested jetting the storm sewer on Depot Street while it’s being worked on. He also suspected storm sewer problems on Second Street between Main and Walnut.

Petrzilka moves, Behnrs seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 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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