CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2004

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Alan Mueller, Steve Sherman and Joe Smisek. 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 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. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Carter McCann was present with a brief presentation regarding Dark Fiber Solutions. This company provides high speed data transport and Louisville Public Schools is one of its customers. His main concern was letting the council know about the service as it pertains to economic development. There are three things he can do for the city and he will do these things for free. If a company is looking to move to the area, they can provide high speed internet. They will talk to site selection committees and engineers for free. If an existing company is looking to expand, they can help with that as well. The products he has to offer may also help retain current businesses. 

There were some representatives from the Cornhusker Music Club present to discuss parking issues on the nights they have concerts. Corey Chubb from Good Times was also present. This discussion stems from a problem in June when there was a poker run the same night as a concert. This same situation occured last week and some changes were made with Dan’s help and things seemed to run smoothly. It was decided that lack of communication was the problem and everyone was willing to work together to minimize the problem.

SENDD Membership Dues was the next agenda item. The council members had information in their packets from SENDD with lists of projects and successful grant awards. The dues are based on population and are $800, the same as last year. SENDD also requests housing activities support in the amount of $314, this also is the same as last year. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the membership dues and the added support for housing in the amount of $1,114 to SENDD. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mayor Pankonin has received suggestions that a sidewalk on West 5th Street would be a good idea. There are Care Center employees and Oakridge tenants that walk on that stretch and there isn’t a sidewalk. Its state right-of-way so Mayor Pankonin asked Dan to talk to the state, look at the situation and see what can be done. 

The clerk represented the Eastwood area with a request for a street closing for a block party on August 28, 2004. Sherman moves, Smisek seconds to grant the request and allow 2nd Ave. Cr. to be closed on August 28, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Ayes – 3, abstain – Petrzilka. Motion carried. 

There was a map in the council packets with a proposed subdivision of the property west of Highway 50 within the city’s one mile jurisdiction. The owner proposes six lots, each more than 20 acres in size. Since the planning commission meeting, the clerk has discovered that it isn’t technically considered a subdivision because the lots are greater than 10 acres, according to the city’s subdivision regulations. However, the city still needs to be apprised of all improvements. The owner requests the road through the property at this time not be hard-surface because of the cost. Roger stated he still needs to meet design standards set forth by the city. 

The Cedar Creek Rescue Agreement was the next agenda item. There was no one present from the Cedar Creek Board. The clerk had gathered numbers concerning rescue service to Cedar Creek. In 2003, there were 104 rescue calls, 13 of those were to the Village of Cedar Creek. Total operating expenses in 2003 for the rescue department were $22,185.40 not including the bond payment on the fire/rescue station. 13% of expenses are $2,884.05. For the past few years, the agreement between Louisville and Cedar Creek was $2,000. The council feels this is no longer feasible and $3,000 would be more along the lines. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to propose $3,000 for a rescue agreement between Louisville and Cedar Creek for service for a year. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

There was a written sheriff’s report for the months of June and July. Roger explained there were two tickets issued for curfew violations. One has been paid and the other has until Friday, July 16th to pay. If it’s not paid, Roger wanted to make sure he was to proceed with court filing. The council agreed that if tickets were being issued, the city needs to follow up and prosecute. 

There were no reports for the Fire/Rescue, Library/Senior Center, Cemetery, JayCees or BUILD Committee. 

Dan reported for maintenance. Capital equipment was discussed for purchases to be made soon and in the future. There was some information about the purchase of a skid steer in the council packets. The importance and versatility of the machine was discussed and bid specs will be prepared. Municipal lease is a good way to purchase equipment. A dump truck is another purchase that needs to be considered. The one the city owns now is 30 years old. A building addition to the shop was in the budget this year, but another option would be a pole building on the east end of the city maintenance area for equipment and material storage. When new purchases are made, it’s important to keep them well maintained and protected. Equipment rentals were discussed, but limitations are set on some of those when rented that wouldn’t be beneficial for the city. The Mayor noted the progress on 2nd Street, which is completed except for the boring for the new water main. Dan stated the upcoming projects for the maintenance crew.

Dan also reported for water/wastewater. He got a bid from Inland Marine to repair the water tower for much less than originally thought. This company goes in with scuba gear and repairs the hole underwater. The tower would not have to be emptied or go off-line during the repair. Dan still has to get approval from Health & Human Services before this method can be used.

Mayor Pankonin reported for the Care Center. He is very positive about the new administrator and all comments he receives are very upbeat. He said they are moving forward with plans for assisted living on the north side of the care center. Mayor Pankonin feels this is something that needs to be discussed further with citizen input. 

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to enter executive session to discuss legal issues and personnel matters at 8:10 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adjourn from executive session and the return to regular session at 8:52 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Sherman moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:53 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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