Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2004


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Alan Mueller and Joe Smisek. Steve Sherman and City Attorney, Roger Johnson, were absent from the meeting. 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 Pankonin called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Petrzilka moves, Smisek seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: 3 ayes. Motion carried.

The interim administrator from the Care Center, Steve Amundson, who has also been the consultant there for about two years, was introduced and presented his background and updated the council on the activities at the Care Center. He stated he’d been involved in health care for about 30 years and gave a recap of that experience. Steve started his association at the Louisville Care Center with strategic planning and structural development, specifically, assisted living feasibility. Management development and assessment was the next step proposed. This led to the extensive search for a new administrator. Steve complimented the current staff and said they have been great to work with, and is introducing the new administrator with sweet-sadness. Before she came to the table, Steve said he will continue to work with the Care Center in the capacity of consultant again to move forward with assisted living. The biggest stumbling block now seems to be location. They would like to put a new assisted living wing on the front of the building to make it more visible. There is, however, a 185 feet of state right-of-way down to the street. The city engineer, Eric Obert from JEO, is working with the state to see if that much right-of-way is necessary. The proposal is for a 16-19 unit assisted living section with also some improvements done to the original structure which was based on a “wish list” from the management staff. 

Steve next explained the process to searching for a new administrator for the Care Center. He stated there were 32 applicants for the position, which he felt was a very strong number. The search committee included: Steve, two management team members, one staff member nominated by the entire staff, Mayor Pankonin, Council Member Mueller, and two Care Center board members. Kari Wockenfuss was their top choice and was offered the job at yesterday’s board meeting. Steve said it would give him great pleasure to turn the reins over to Kari on July 6, 2004. Kari came forward and gave a brief speech on her background and family. She stated she’s looking forward to serving Louisville as the new administrator at the Care Center. She extended an invitation to all present to stop up at the Care Center and visit her anytime. 

The next agenda item was the Sandhill Road Project. The agreement with the county was they would pave it, the city would maintain it. After looking at some economic development issues, Mayor Pankonin and Dan felt thicker pavement from the curve to the highway would be necessary for potential truck traffic. The county was approached with the idea and they agreed to share the cost of an additional two inches of asphalt and a polymer additive. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the city cost of $7,500 for additional asphalt and polymer coat, to come from city sales tax street fund, for the Sandhill Road Project. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

John Plucknett was present from the B.U.I.L.D. Committee to request the city change its name to “Lewis & Clarkville” for events to be held in Louisville. He said the competition for sites of these events was very high, and he felt the gimmick of the name change helped Louisville win. The Humanities Council is putting on these events and B.U.I.L.D. is hosting these presentations on the four consecutive Tuesdays in July. Mayor Pankonin checked with Roger regarding the legalities and was told you can’t actually change the name of the city, but you can have a proclamation to say the city “shall be referred to as….” A document was prepared stating: Let it be proclaimed, that on July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27, the City of Louisville shall be referred to as “Lewis & Clarkville”. Mueller moved, Smisek seconds to approve the proclamation. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

John also gave a brief report for the other activities of the B.U.I.L.D. Committee. They have come up with a slogan to be used for signs and advertising and to promote business activity. “Show Your Loyalty; Shop In Louisville” is the slogan. The other issue B.U.I.L.D. wanted to bring up was skateboarders. They just wanted to raise the issue and ask if there are some considerations for developments. The city has not received any direct contact from parents requesting special places for skateboarding. The short term solution is to continue to allow them access to the slab at the city park and to have the sheriff patrol the use of skateboards on Main Street.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds, that all future cemetery financial claims come before the city council for approval. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

There was a proposal in the council packets from Baburek Metal Preserving for repairs to the water tower. The repairs are for a leak found last week. They may see more trouble spots that need work, but won’t know until the tower is drained and they are seeing it from inside. All those present were reluctant to spend any money to repair the tower knowing it will be replaced in the future, but saw no other alternative. The state health department will not allow the tower to leak indefinitely, besides, in the winter, the freezing could cause further damage. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve repairs on the water tower by Baburek Metal up to $16,000. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Dan explained the geo-technical work at the new water tower site. The work is boring type work that shows if the ground is capable of supporting a water tower. It is the first step in the process. Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve geo-technical work at the new water tower site for the amount of $3,100. Roll call vote; ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

There were no reports from the Sheriff, Fire/Rescue, Care Center, JayCees, or Senior Center. Mayor Pankonin reported that there was progress at the Library and encouraged the council to visit. The Mayor and city have received a lot of great comments on the cemetery maintenance. Dan said they would cut back slightly on cemetery mowing especially if we don’t get any rain. He also asked how long they keep flowers and plants and Alan recalled the policy is to keep them there until June 15th. 

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to enter executive session to discuss legal issues and personnel matters at 7:52 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn from executive session and the return to regular session at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Ayes – 3, 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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