CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, August 10, 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. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to suspend the three required statutory readings and introduce for passage and approval on first reading, by title only, Ordinance #771; wages and benefits for city employees and appointed officials. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote, whereupon the Ordinance was read by title only. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt on third and final reading, by title only, Ordinance #771. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote, whereupon the Ordinance was read by title only. The Mayor declared Ordinance No. 771 passed and approved.

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to suspend the three required statutory readings and introduce for passage and approval on first reading, by title only, Ordinance #772 to set use rates for the sale of public water. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote, whereupon the Ordinance was read by title only. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt on third and final reading, by title only, Ordinance #772. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote, whereupon the Ordinance was read by title only. The Mayor declared Ordinance No. 772 passed and approved.

Don Peters, of Peters & Associates Architects read the notice of bid for the Louisville Care Center Assisted Living Facility. The bids were publicly opened and read aloud. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to refer the bids to the architect for his review and recommendation. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

The next item for discussion is the possibility of including the city employees with the Care Center employees for health insurance coverage. No action was taken. 

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. She stated that Medicare is now being accepted and is working effectively. There are five new residents they probably wouldn’t have gotten without Medicare. The Care Center implemented a new employee handbook in the last month. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the closing of 2nd Ave Cr. on August 27, 2005 from 6:00 to midnight for the 5th Annual Eastwood Block Party. Roll call vote; ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman, abstain – Petrzilka. Motion carried. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to increase the contract amount to $3,250 for the next contract year for the Cedar Creek Rescue Agreement. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The clerk presented a preliminary budget summary and a proposed capital expenditure list to the council. Dan explained the equipment requested. Dan also talked about vehicle replacement for the next budget year. The proposed budget for city operations is less than last year.

The council packets included a sample ordinance referring to outdoor fireplaces as requested by Fire Chief Jason McClun. He was not in attendance but also received a copy. Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to table this discussion until the next meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire/rescue, JayCees or Senior Center. Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. He talked about a maintenance agreement for the new water tower. The reason the city has to build a new tower after only 30 years is because there wasn’t continual maintenance and he feels it is important to keep the new tower well maintained. He just wanted the council to be reminded of this for the next budget year. The library doors have been ordered and Council Member Sherman has found an artist to finish the mural in the back room of the library at no charge. John Plucknett and Nancy McManis reported for B.U.I.L.D. They thanked the city for their help on the July 31 event and reported they will be holding this event again next year. Nancy reported of upcoming events including holiday celebrations. She also stated that the Visitors & Tourism Committee for the county have grants available that B.U.I.L.D. is going to pursue. John reported economic development activity. John also reminded Dan that B.U.I.L.D. and the JayCees are going to clean up the area around the sign at 5th and Highway 50 and they need the dump truck for brush and limbs on August 20. 

Sherman moves, Mueller seconds to enter executive session at 8:04 p.m. for legal and personnel reasons. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to exit executive session at 9:35 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:36 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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