Meeting Minutes

July 9, 2003


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members –Clete Petrzilka, Joe Smisek and J. Alan Mueller. Steve Sherman was absent. Also present were 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. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote; ayes – Petrzilka, Mueller, Smisek; absent – Sherman. Motion carried. 

Mayor Pankonin acknowledged a clerk’s report in the packet which stated budget schedules. There is a meeting planned next week for himself, Dee, Dan and one of the council members with the auditor to discuss the budget and last year’s financial statement. 

There was a meeting July 1 to discuss the potential Lower Platte River Utilities District and Mayor Pankonin stated this would be discussed later in the evening during the water/wastewater report section. 

Council Member Steve Sherman entered the meeting at 7:02 p.m.

The Transportation Task Force for Nebraska’s Future was then discussed. The council received a letter in their packet concerning this matter. Mayor Pankonin asked if the council was interested in becoming involved. He thought with Louisville’s proximity to Highways 50 & 66, it might not be a bad idea to be part of the task force. He volunteered to do the paperwork and make the presentation at the hearing if the council thought it was important. 

Mayor Pankonin made a presentation to Maureen Gulizia and Linda Berhns for all their hard work at the city office and the city park with planting and upkeep of the flowers. The city wanted to make sure the ladies know their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The city continues to get a lot of compliments on the looks of the community and special thanks goes to these two volunteers. 

The first item in new business was a request by Cory Chubb for reserved parking stalls for a Vietnam Vet Poker Run on July 12, 2003. Cory realizes that this date will be busy in town with an opening at The Art Gallery, a concert at Cornhusker Music Theater and other retail shops staying open, so he’s asking for less space then originally intended. He would like from the north end of the bar on Main Street south and wrap around the corner on 3rd Street to the alley. Cory has talked to Dick Berner and Bill Bowzer and 2 of the 3 tenants in the apartments on the corner for their permission and got verbal ok’s. He thought the motorcycles would start arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m. Maureen Gulizia stated the overflow was welcome to park in the lot north of the hardware store. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the reserving of parking stalls on the west side of Main Street from the north side of the bar south and around the corner to the alley on 3rd Street on July 12, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for Vietnam Vet Poker Run at Good Times Saloon. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Cory is also requesting reserved parking stalls for the night of July 19 for a JayCees Make-A-Wish Poker Run. There isn’t anything else going on in town that night so he would like to request both sides of Main Street, the south end of the block. It would be the same time frame as the other run. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the reserving of parking stalls on the west side of Main Street from the library south to the corner and the east side of Main Street from the bank parking lot driveway south to the corner on July 19, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for JayCees Make-A-Wish Poker Run at Good Times Saloon. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried.

There was a request from SENDD for membership dues in the council packets. The council praised the work they have done for the city. Smisek moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the $800 annual membership dues for SENDD. Roll call vote; 4 ayes. Motion carried.

Clete requested a street closing for 2nd Ave. Cr. for the annual neighborhood block party. He would like barricades and street closed signs for the entrance of the circle from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on August 23, 2003. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the request to close 2nd Ave. Cr. on August 23, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight for a block party. Ayes – Mueller, Sherman, Smisek; abstain - Petrzilka. Motion carried. 

Jim Woolhiser was present to request a street closing for an auction. He would like to close 4th Street from Oak east about a third of the block. Across the street is an empty house. The auction will start at 10:00 a.m. so he’d like it closed at 9:00 a.m. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to close 4th Street east of Oak in front of 601 E 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 26, 2003 for an auction. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The next item on the agenda was the sheriff’s report. There was a written report presented. There were 193.71 hours patrolled. The council discussed the skateboard issues. They have moved out of downtown area to other areas of town. There was also some discussion of why the sheriff patrols at 6:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. 

There were no reports from Fire/Rescue, Library, Senior Center, Care Center, MAC, JayCees and BUILD.

Dan reported for the maintenance department. He updated the council on the Depot Street Bridge. JEO bridge engineer inspected the bridge and approved the work. She sent digital pictures to the state with the proper paperwork. If she hasn’t heard back from the state by the end of the week, then she will call them. After the state’s approval, weight limit signs will be put up, the bridge will be painted and a new approach will be put in on the west end. The dog kennel project is completed. There was some discussion on the duties and procedures of the code enforcement officer. The maintenance department is working on patching and repairing the streets. There were concerns about the open foundation on 3rd St. Cr. 

The next topic of discussion was on water/wastewater. Mayor Pankonin recapped the meetings involving Lower Platte River Utilities District. On June 20, representatives of each entity and their attorneys met. The general consensus was to move forward with the idea of a regional water/wastewater district. On July 1, there was a public meeting that was well attended. This meeting was the end of the initial study phase and there was a report prepared that was given to the Corp of Engineers for their review of the potential well field at South Bend. Roger gave an update of where the attorneys are at with the interlocal agreement. There is a meeting of the attorneys later this week to discuss language changes and some of the areas that aren’t even addressed in the agreement. Mayor Pankonin talked about a letter from Jack Daniels from Health and Human Services which states that Louisville is number one on the priority list for money for water improvements because of situations with our current well. Because of Louisville’s ranking, a potential district could use that status to get the well field going. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session to discuss negotiation strategies for the potential water district at 7:45 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to exit executive session at 8:24 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

The clerk brought up a subject concerning water bills and service on which she would like the council’s input. There are a few places in town where there are two services on one curb stop. She asked if that’s the situation, can the landlord be responsible for the bill and does that have to be an ordinance. The possibility of giving the landlord the option to either install two curb stops or pay the bill came up. This seems to be the answer. Roger will look into the ordinances for the proper way to handle this situation.

Mandatory sewer connections were discussed. There are six in the original town still to hook up and two left in Prairie Hill plus the trailer court. Dan had a memo from Kerns Excavating that states they will be starting at the trailer court the week of July 14th. Letters have been sent to the two left in Prairie Hill with their deadline of September 30th and letters will be sent to the rest tomorrow with a 60 day deadline. Dan’s concern is as we get closer to this water project, the city will be asked questions about septics still in service in the city limits. 

Sherman moves, Mueller seconds to adjourn the council meeting at 8:34 p.m. Ayes – 4, 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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