CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Alan Mueller, Clete Petrzilka, Steve Sherman and Roger Behrns. Also present were City Supervisor Dan Henry, City Attorney Roger Johnson 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 acknowledgment 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. 

Council Member Petrzilka obtained an estimate for the back library doors. The clerk also informed the council that the front library air conditioner had been replaced recently. This was budgeted for, but was more than expected. The library will have to dip into the trust this year for these repairs. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve the replacement of the back library doors with bigger windows that are screened for security for the price of $1440. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Roger Abbott was present with questions regarding the drainage ditch that runs through his property. Eric Obert, the city engineer, had this morning delivered the southeast area drainage study funded in part by a CDBG grant. The study covers the area in question, as well as areas west to Mill Creek, and follows the creek all the way to the downtown area. The council will read the study and determine the appropriate course of action. 

Jason McClun was present with questions regarding outdoor fireplaces. He had been approached with questions as the fire chief and he just wanted clarification of the existing ordinances and asked for the possibility of additional ordinances. The clerk will check with other clerks for examples of ordinances that define acceptable materials for these devices to be made out of and acceptable materials to burn in them. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to table this discussion until further information can be gathered. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

The next topic of discussion was U-turns on Main Street. The city office has received complaints and it is very obvious to anyone that spends anytime downtown. The county sheriff says in order to prosecute anyone, there needs to be a double yellow line and signs posted. OPPD owns the light poles, and they have an issue with attaching signs to the poles. Posts would have to be drilled into the concrete to install signs. Dan stated that there are several newly paved spots that need painted anyway, so he could have the double yellow lined painted. Dan will visit with OPPD about using brackets to put signs on the light poles. Maureen Gulizia reminded the council that before Main Street was done, there were signs everywhere and the business community likes the new look of Main Street and is concerned that signs would detract from the progress made downtown. The council agreed that a double yellow line and education were the first steps to take. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointments of Ronda Anderson, Del Stites and Jeff Ryan to the Planning Commission for 3 year terms. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Dick Berner is proposing a new subdivision east of town on 144th Street and would like the council to know he is in the development stage of that project. The proposal is 52, one acre lots called “The Ridges.” The planning commission heard this proposal at their last meeting and is still waiting for further information. Mayor Pankonin gave an update on the Highway 66 Bypass, which may impact this development. 

Mayor Pankonin has had some complaints regarding realty signs put in resident’s yards without permission. These are not the signs in the yards of the houses for sale, but arrows pointing to the houses for sale. This isn’t really addressed in the code book, but everyone feels they are in poor taste. The clerk is to gather numbers and call the agents to remove these signs within 10 days.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. She thanked the council for their support in the assisted living project special election and stated that the citizens should be proud of the Mayor and Council serving them because their utmost concern was the finances of the city and that’s why they are representing the city. They are planning a ground breaking for the addition on July 31, 2005. Medicare became effective July 1, 2005. They have just completed a new employee’s handbook. Staff is complete but they are expecting a retirement/resignation in the next month. Council Member Petrzilka stated that Darlene Petrzilka, president of the Care Center Board, also wanted to thank the council personally for their support of the assisted living project.

John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D. It is unknown how many cars will show up for the car show on July 31, 2005. The events committee thought closing 2nd Street west of Main to Cherry would be a good idea if the event got bigger than planned. Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the additional street closing of 2nd Street between Main and Cherry on July 31, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

John thanked the council for the use of city hall for the welcome coffees for new businesses in town. He gave a rundown of other B.U.I.L.D. activities. They plan to clear land around the sign on Highway 50 on August 20th and need the dump truck to haul off the brush. 

The council had received a copy of a letter in their packets from the Farmers Bank of Cook stating they would appreciate the opportunity to bid on the City’s investment accounts. John Plucknett stated there are all sorts of strategies and options that the council needs to think about now that there is another bank in town. He reminded the council of the civic involvement in which Home State Bank participates as well as the competitive interest rates used. HSB rates very highly and he wanted to remind the council of their long-running relationship with the city. Mayor Pankonin wanted the council to be comfortable discussing these matters.

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the membership dues and the added support for housing in the amount of $1,239 to SENDD. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the pay request #2 to Maguire Iron, Inc. in the amount of $182,934.80. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the engineering contract with JEO for the water tower project. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to direct Roger Johnson to prepare an ordinance to increase water rates to $22.50 per month plus $1.50/1000 for the first 3000 gallons plus $1.75/1000 for the next 4000 gallons and $2.00/1000 thereafter to service the debt on the new water tower. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire/rescue, JayCees, Library or Senior Center. Dan reported for water/wastewater/streets. The city is still waiting for official word from Game & Parks regarding permission for a well field on their property at the state lakes. Work on the streets is moving along nicely with a lot of compliments. The alleys on either side of Main Street need work and are possible projects within the next few months. There are also some residential streets that need work. PRV valves also need to be installed before the tower is finished. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 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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