CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2002

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Henry, Council Members – Don Harris, Dave Pankonin and Greg Manley. Council Member Rod Petersen was absent. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, Terry Meier from SENDD 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 Henry called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Pankonin moved, Harris seconded to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: Manley, aye; Harris, aye; Pankonin, aye. Motion carried.

Mayor Henry then told the Council that Rod Petersen had turned in his resignation as Council Member. He’s taken on a different job that takes him out of town on weekdays. He really appreciated serving with this Council and wished everyone well. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to accept Petersen’s resignation. Ayes : Pankonin, Manley and Harris. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Mayor Henry nominated Joe Smisek to replace Petersen. Manley moves, Harris seconds to accept Smisek as new Council Member. Ayes: Manley, Harris and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried. Smisek then came forward and was sworn in as Council Member.

Petersen was the City Council President so a new one needed to be elected. Manley moves and Harris seconds to elect Pankonin as new City Council President. Ayes: Manley, Harris and Smisek. Nays: none. Motion carried. Pankonin was the Vice President. Pankonin moves, Harris seconds to elect Manley Vice President of the City Council. Ayes: Pankonin, Harris and Smisek. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Ron Nolte, County Commissioner Candidate then addressed the City Council. He asked what our needs were and what he could do as the County Commissioner to represent the Council. He gave a brief background of himself. Ron is a farmer west of Murray. He graduated from Peru State College then joined the Reserves. He then received flight training as a Marine aviator. He has been a jet pilot for the last thirty years. He presently flies a private jet for Chip Davis. He has served on Murray City Council and been a part of vast improvements in that town. Ron then explained that his wife, Beverly Todd Nolte, is also very involved in the school board at Conestoga and other activities. He gave her brief history also. He explained that he is running a petition campaign to put his name on the ballot. He has sufficient signatures already to be put on the ballot. He has been attending County Commission meetings for several years. He just recently went to a six hour meeting discussing the 2002-2003 budget. He noted that the two people who won the primary election were not present. Ron then answered questions from the Council. Mayor Henry asked about the number of commissioners being changed from three to five. Ron said that was up to the voters but he felt five was necessary. There was then some discussion regarding the Sheriff’s patrol in the City. Ron’s comment was regarding the budget, line by line, the County has its work cut out for them. To maintain service without increasing taxes is the goal. Harris asked what motivates Ron or what specific goals does he have. Nolte said initially he thought he’d wait to a later time in life to get involved, but the motivation right now would be ongoing controversy with the County Roads Superintendent and the current County Commissioners. He feels the voters should be number one and the elected officials are number two and the hired roads superintendent and crew number three. There needs to be a chain of command. The voters are the one’s that are going to determine that. He was so disappointed that at times decisions that should be made by the elected officials on recommendations from the public are actually made by an employee. That has to change. A big thing at the County Commissioner meeting is insubordination. With Nolte’s military background, he will just not tolerate the insubordination that he witnessed at some of the meetings he attended. There were no further questions for Ron Nolte and he was thanked for attending.

Mayor Henry then asked John Harrington to address the City Council regarding the Louisville web site. There were some complaints concerning the discussion forum. Some additional software was needed to change some things and Home State Bank donated the money for that. The original concept for the discussion forum was an interactive means of exchange for issues important to the community. The problem was allowing the use of anonymous entries at the beginning. There were several events that occurred in the community that sparked a lot of interest in the forum. Things got a little out of control and John spent time deleting things and questions came up about where to go from there. It is the most comprehensive, sophisticated, communication tool in any community this size as far as John knows anywhere. Nobody has the tool to get in touch with this many people that’s interactive. Clearly it needed to become non-anonymous. There has been tremendous support from community sponsors that purchased the software to allow the site to continue. If you are going to participate in the discussion forum, you have to be a registered user. There are 77 registered users. Eighteen of these users have opted to view only the discussion forum, not insert any comments. Irina has been verifying that the applicants are Louisville residents and that all information is accurate. If not, she will e-mail a rejection. Mayor Henry wanted to make sure that the Council was aware of the changes to the discussion forum. There was a brief discussion on wireless, broad band, high quality service to the Community. 

Mayor Henry then gave his nominations for the NCIP Committee. Maureen Gulizia, Chairman; Jason McClun, Assistant Chairman; Bob and Sam Grigg, writing the nominations; and, Cheryl Knutson; contact person. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to accept the nominations for the NCIP Committee. Ayes: Pankonin, Manley, Smisek and Harris. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Terry Meier from SENDD then reported on the 2002 Community Survey Results. The volunteers were commended for the work. The participation rate was 78.4% compared to 76.6% in January of 1999. There were 342 surveys returned. The average household size according to the survey was 2.42 persons. The census for the city showed 2.4 persons. This shows the accuracy of the survey. The survey shows that Louisville has a young population. Almost 25% of the population moved here in the last 5 years. 56% have lived here over 11 years. 44% of those have lived here over 20 years, which shows a very stable population. If you moved to Louisville in the last five years, the number one reason was the small town atmosphere, followed by family ties, affordable housing and job opportunities. 66% of the population work outside of the community. 72% of spouses work outside of Louisville. The number one answer to where you worked if you worked outside of the city is Omaha. There were 23 other responses of various communities. The majority of spouses also worked in Omaha. Manufacturing was the number one answer when asked what economic sector best describes your occupation. There are a significantly high number of retired individuals. The most common occupation for spouses is public service. 52% of persons are lower income.57.6% of households are lower income which means that Louisville will only be eligible for block grants for the next two and a half years. The numbers for lower income are going down in comparison to the 1999 survey. This means more money coming into the community but making the city ineligible for future block grants. The most common answer when asked what service was wanted in the community was a restaurant. Clothing store was the number one answer for what goods would you like to see in Louisville. Price was ranked as the most important consideration when purchasing goods and/or services. The majority of those surveyed wanted $20,000 - $40,000 of the 1% sales tax to be used for economic development. If the city had excess water, 2 out of 3 responders said they would support the water being sold to neighboring entities. Two thirds of those surveyed with knowledge of the Louisville Care Center indicated that the needs were being met. Additional services wanted were assisted care and Medicare short term stays. 54% stated they had visited the Care Center in the last year. The overall consensus was it was clean, in good repair, and the staff was pleasant and effective. 9 out of 10 surveyed were satisfied or above satisfied with the services at Home State Bank. 3 out of 4 said the hours at HSB met their needs. 

Terry Meier then spoke on the Louisville Water Supply pre-application. In 1990, the median average household income was $26,000, which made Louisville eligible for 55% grant money for USDA involvement. The current census says $40,000. USDA hasn’t yet updated their statistics, they’re still going off the 1990 figures. That is why the pre-application process needed to be done right away so that it would fall back on the 1990 Census. To put it in perspective, 55% grant money means between $600,000 and $800,000. The pre-application was simply a process to get Louisville’s name in to show interest in getting the funding but puts the community under no obligation. If the Council decides to not go with a full application, no harm done. 

The next point of business was regarding computer equipment for the City office. There was an estimate in the Council Member’s packets that was reviewed. The hardware is outdated and causing problems when the water reading wand is loaded. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to solicit bids for office computer equipment. Ayes: Pankonin, Harris, Manley and Smisek. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Corey Chubb addressed the Council regarding a Vietnam Vet Poker Run stop in Louisville on Saturday, July 27, 2002. Corey was asking for reserved parking along Main Street. He is expecting 100 to 125 motorcyclists depending on the weather. The starting time would be 5:30 p.m. He’d like barricades put up around 2:30. Manley moves, Smisek seconds to reserve parking from north end of Library south to the corner with barricades for Poker Run. Ayes: Manley, Smisek, Harris and Pankonin. Nays: none. Motion carried.

Michael Christian regarding a skateboarding park didn’t show up. Neither did Dawn Edgerton about a dig catching service.

Mayor Henry asked Christina Debrie about the JayCees Louisville Daze. He just wanted an overview to know if it was successful, if the JayCees made money, how much time was put in, and such. She stated that actually there was less work because the JayCees didn’t have booths to run and the BUILD committee did the parade. The craft fair was very successful profiting around $700 as was the carnival, which profited about the same. Overall a huge success. Mayor Henry thanked DeBrie for the quick clean-up after the event.

Linda Lathrup and Mark Leibman were at the meeting to discuss Louisville Care Center and assisted living. There has been an intensive study of the idea of Medicare certification. Getting into that business has a huge potential liability. There are services that you have to provide for a fixed rate, those being physical therapy, transportation to and from therapy and doctor’s appointments. The Care Center Board was commended for their facility. It was felt that with the survey results mentioned earlier that assisted living will become more an issue in the next few years. The Mayor said they need to find someone who can tell the board whether its possible to convert some of the building into assisted living or whether it would have to be a totally different building. They do know that there would have to be a separate dining room and separate activity area. Pankonin stated he’d had conversations with some elderly residents who don’t want to leave their community when the time comes because there isn’t assisted living available. As the governing body in the city, the Council has to be aware of the situation. The Mayor suggested coming back to the October Council meeting with an update of what they have found out. There was a discussion of how much property does the City own up behind the existing facility. Maybe a surveyor should be called in if the feeling is to have a separate entrance. Perhaps the board will tour other assisted living facilities for ideas. 

The Peoples Service contract will end on August 1, 2002. At that time, the City will need a pickup for Larry Wittrock. The discussion of a pickup to be ¾ ton, 4-wheel drive with a utility bed on the back to carry the tools and also a snowplow on the front. The price of a new one will be in the neighborhood of $25,000. The Mayor wonders if the Council wants to get bids on new or used. The price on beds were around $4,000. Harris moves, Manley seconds to solicit bids on new and used ¾ ton pickups. Ayes: Harris, Manley, Pankonin and Smisek. Nays: none. Motion carried.

The bids for the utility bed for the pickup will be brought to the next meeting as well as bids for the snowplow.

Manley moves, Harris seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m. Ayes: Manley, Harris, Pankonin and Smisek. 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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