Meeting Minutes

May 29, 2002


A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dan Henry and council members Dave Pankonin, Don Harris and Greg Manley. Also present were City attorney Roger Johnson, City Engineer Eric Obert and guests. Council member Rod Petersen was absent. 

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. All proceedings thereafter were taken while the convened meeting was open to the public.

Motion by Manley, second by Harris to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: Harris, aye; Pankonin, aye; Manley, aye. Motion carried.

The clerk explained resolution 02-09 NCIP Entry to the council. This enters the City into the Nebraska Community Improvement Program, which is a program that highlights the volunteer efforts in the community for economic development. A NCIP Committee will need to be appointed by the Mayor for the project. NCIP recognizes communities annually for their improvement efforts during the past year, with an emphasis on the achievements of volunteers. Motion by Pankonin, second by Harris to approve Resolution 02-09. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Motion by Manley, second by Pankonin to approve Resolution 02-10, No Parking Sign on the South side of 4th Street between Oak and Vine. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

SENDD has sent a request for assistance and request for an indication of interest in participating in future housing rehab projects. The request per capita for Louisville would .40, which would be $418. Many housing units have benefited from the rehab housing project. Motion by Pankonin, second by Manley to provide financial support in the amount of $418 and to participate in future affordable housing projects with SENDD. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: Motion carried. 

Water and Sewer tap fees were discussed. Current rates are $250 for each. Charges by Gretna, Springfield and Weeping Water were compared. Larry Wittrock suggested raising the $250 water tap fee, as the City is incurring additional costs to run the water line from the main to the premises. The cost for curb stops is $15 and risers are costing approximately $30 and $30 for valves. The City also stands the cost of replacing the street when the line runs into the Street. Sewer taps are not an issue. Mayor Henry suggested the possibility of lowering the actual water tap fee, but making the property owner responsible for the cost of materials and digging. The City is responsible from the curb stop to the Main. Greg Manley noted that in the new subdivision the main would be on one side of the street and houses on both sides. This means one property will have to stand the expense to bore under the street. Greg felt more of an average cost could be determined. Motion by Pankonin to table a decision on water and sewer tap fees, second by Harris. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: Motion carried.

Mayor Henry informed the council that Candace McClun has resigned as City Clerk/Treasurer effective May 31, 2002. Mayor Henry nominated Cheryl Knutson to serve as interim City Clerk/Treasurer until a replacement is found. Motion by Pankonin, second by Manley to approve nomination of Cheryl Knutson as interim City Clerk/Treasurer. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried. Roger Johnson administered the oath of office to Cheryl Knutson.

An application to move a new house into town to 107 Walnut Street was discussed. Paul Wiles has already obtained a building permit for the house. This application would give permission to the company constructing the home to move the house in on City streets. There have been no application forms in the past. The clerk suggested tabling the approval until the moving company provides notification from OPPD, Alltel and Aquila regarding their transmission lines. Roger Johnson felt the moving company should also either post a bond or check to cover damages. Proof of liability insurance has already been provided. The Cass County Sheriff will also need to approve the route. The moving company is still working with State of Nebraska for the necessary permits to move the house on a state highway. Roger felt the bond amount could be different for each time a house is moved due to the route and number of City streets that will be traveled. Greg Manley voiced concern over the truck traffic being rerouted to Main Street if Walnut Street was blocked for any length of time. Transwood would need to be notified as to the time of the move. Roger Johnson felt that most things necessary to satisfy the permit are something the clerk could confirm before the clerk issues the permit to allow them to move. Roger recommended the council's action be to set the bond, contingent upon satisfying all the conditions of the ordinance and no damage to private or municipal property. Roger felt they could also post a check or cash instead of the bond. The check would be held until it was confirmed that there was no damage. Motion by Harris, second by Manley to require Quality Homes of Summerfield, Kansas, to post $5,000 bond or cash for a permit to move a new house to 107 Walnut Street, that they not damage any municipal or private property, they provide proof of liability insurance and comply with requirements of the City ordinance. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Eric Obert of JEO gave a presentation on the Long Term Water Supply Study he has been working on. Eric's report included information on ground water quality and quantity, supply resource alternatives and costs. The State of Nebraska has allowed a temporary well for a 3-5 year period. The State would not allow new wells due to numerous violations and ground water contamination. Water quality is still a problem at the old well site, due to iron and hardness of water. Louisville is located in Region 2 on the groundwater map, which is an area along the Platte River, which has substantial water, but poor quality. Louisville is surrounded by Regions 10 and 11, which have typically lower quantities of water. Water quality varies greatly depending on the location and the water-bearing unit. Nitrates are not a problem in Louisville but levels are elevated in Sarpy County. Herbicide concentrations are also higher in Southern Sarpy County. The DO concentration is higher when the nitrates become more mobile. Eric discussed the geological formations in the area. Sandstone has poor water quality and hardness, Pennsylvanian Limestone does not hold or carry water and Dakota Limestone has a better aquifer. Aquifer thickness and iron levels in the ground water were discussed. These levels tend to be higher closer to the eastern part of the state. Concerns on contamination are from the OPPD storage tank, which has been cleaned up, and an old bulk storage facility north of the football field. This site is under continuous monitoring from the State and contamination levels are still high. Test drills were completed at four sites. These sites were either eliminated by the State or no formations were found. 

Water supply resource alternatives were listed as follows. 

1. Well field located South of Louisville near the Weeping Water well site, located four to five miles north of Weeping Water. This site may be a very small area of water and could affect the existing Weeping Water wells. This alternative would include two new municipal wells with chemical feed equipment and a distribution main to Walnut Street. 

2. Well field located North of Louisville near Springfield. These wells are generally out of the lowlands of the Platte River, but are still located in the Dakota Group Sandstone. Manganese levels near Springfield are lower than Louisville. The City of Springfield has adequate water quality, but installing a well within a two-mile distance may have dramatically different water quality. Transporting this water to the city has numerous obstacles. Highway 50 is currently being slated to become a four-lane expressway. Special permits and easements would be required. 

3. Local wells and water treatment facility. This alternative would utilize the local water sources and install a water treatment facility. Wells could be located within the Louisville State Recreation Area and the treatment facility located near the existing well supply system, West of Louisville, near the existing water tower, on Louisville SRA property or near the Louisville High School football field. 

4. Connection to MUD. This alternative would require at least 10 miles of Main to the Sapp Brothers Interchange at Louisville's cost and MUD would own the line. Eric estimates the cost of water main alone along with easements would be $4,000,000. MUD would control the water and own the line. If there were more communities wanting to connect to the line, the cost would be more feasible. 

5. Joint Water Project on Highway 66 Corridor. This would involve several entities a few of which are Mahoney State Park, Wildlife Safari, City of South Bend, City of Ashland, SAC Museum and the Lower Platte South NRD. The system would be owned and operated by the LPSNRD per State statutes. Eric felt this project could take up to eight years to complete. Louisville does not have that kind of timeframe to work with. Eric felt this project should not be abandoned and should be reviewed once all the engineering studies are completed.

Eric gave an overview of the costs involved of what he felt were the three best options. The well field South of Louisville is estimated at an initial project cost (without land) at $1.1 million with an estimated annual operation and maintenance cost of $29,500 and an average annual equivalent cost of $133,111. The well field North of Louisville is estimated at an initial project cost of $1.7 million with $32,600 of operation and maintenance and $190,410 annual equivalent cost. The new well field and water treatment facility option was estimated at $1.3 million with $49,000 of estimated annual operation and maintenance costs and $176.314 of annual equivalent cost. The well field South of Louisville option has the better numbers, but Eric felt that option 3 (new well field with treatment facility) was the best option for Louisville. After discussing the results of the study further, it was the consensus of the council that Eric should pursue negotiations with the Nebraska Game and Parks regarding a well site within the park. 

Motion by Manley, second by Pankonin to enter Executive Session to discuss the City Clerk/Treasurer position at 8:40 p.m. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried. Motion by Pankonin, second by Manley to exit Executive Session at 9:30 p.m. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Motion by Pankonin, second by Harris to adjourn at 9:30 p.m. Ayes: Harris, Manley and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

I, the undersigned clerk, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the proceedings had and done by the Mayor and City Council of the City 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.

Candace J. McClun
City Clerk/Treasurer 

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