Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2007


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Clete Petrzilka, Steve Sherman and Bob Derby. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry 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 Mueller called the meeting to order, stated that the Open Meetings Act is posted at the rear of the room and asked the council to review the consent agenda. Derby moves, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve a Derby Heating & Air claim in the amount of $613.05. Roll call vote: ayes; Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman – abstain; Derby. Motion carried.

The council has had a chance to review the preliminary budget proposal and the valuation from the county assessor was received since the last meeting. The total valuation for the city has had a decrease of approximately $177,000 due to the Tax Equalization Review Commission (TERC) order from the state. This is the result of a 7.75 decrease on all commercial property across the state. This decrease has very little effect on the budget as proposed. Equipment purchases were discussed. The budget will remain as proposed and the final budget will be approved after the public hearing at the next meeting.

The Mayor and City Attorney met to iron out the agreement for wireless internet access on the water tower and the discussion was tabled until the next meeting. The concept is to get the lease ready and submit a bid request based on the lease. The terms will be with an annual payment, due upon signing and on the anniversary date thereafter with a five year term. A message has been left with JagWireless, but contact has not been returned.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve pay application #2 and final to Kern’s Excavating for the North Depot Street Project in the amount of $29,634.51. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to send a letter of support to Nebraska Innovation Zone Commission fundraising efforts for the economic development of the I-80 Corridor. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Speeding concerns on Walnut Street south of 6th Street was discussed. Dan has observed the situation first hand on a few occasions. Speed bumps were discussed but Dan stated that they are very hard on snow plows. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour and signs will be installed with flags to draw attention to them. The Cass County Sheriff will also be informed of the problem. Other problem areas were discussed.

Bid specifications for a transportation vehicle for the assisted living facility were distributed. Candy McClun spoke for the Care Center Board on the matter. The vehicle seats 14 passengers and has room for two wheelchairs. She reported that some potential residents have been lost because there is no transportation available. It was clarified that the facility has a minivan that has a lift, but those people need to get out of the wheelchair to use it. Some residents are confined to wheelchairs permanently. This new van would accommodate them more efficiently. This van would also be available for staff to go to seminars instead of paying mileage for private vehicles. Along with this vehicle, the Care Center would want a garage to keep the vehicle out of the weather. Both of these items are included in the budget. Sherman moves, Derby seconds to approve the bid specs as presented and solicit bids for the vehicle for the assisted living facility. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the bid from Quality Remodeling for Housing Rehab REUSE/LOU-004 in the amount of $13,885.00 upon a recommendation from SENDD. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan reported on the progress of the water treatment facility and related items. Framing has begun on the well houses. Depot Street is completed with the exception of a driveway. Observation reports have been submitted by JEO for the water treatment facility. Dan also reported that bridge inspectors have been in town in the last couple of days. The 6th Street Bridge is in jeopardy of being closed. The clerk will check on the progress of the county’s participation in the replacement of the bridge. The advertisements are in the papers now for the maintenance job opening.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 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, 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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