Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2002


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dan Henry, Council Members – Don Harris, Dave Pankonin and Joe Smisek. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson and Bob Copple. Absent from the meeting was Council Member Greg Manley.

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 moves, Harris seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote; Harris – aye, Pankonin – aye, Smisek – aye. Motion carried.

Pankonin moves, Smisek seconds to open the public hearing on the economic development plan at 7:01 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. The Mayor asked for comments from the public. Bob Copple said the only comment he had was to report that the B.U.I.L.D. committee agreed to help publicize the plan, so the residents will know and understand what they are voting for or against. Mayor Henry stated it would be up to B.U.I.L.D. and the MAC committees to come up with an organized campaign to educate the public. It was stressed that the point that needs to come across is that the taxes will not be raised, simply an allocation of the existing 1% city sales tax. Harris asked how it was spelled out when the tax was adopted for its use. The original resolution says the sales tax is for street repair and economic development. There wasn’t a percentage for a breakdown at that time. The current resolution that will go to the voters proposes a 50/50 split. There were no further public comments on the economic development plan. Harris moves, Smisek seconds to close the public hearing at 7:05 p.m. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carries.

The next discussion was on the purchase of office computer equipment. A bid from Network Needs, Inc. was reviewed. Upon the Mayor’s suggestion, the bid was forwarded by the city clerk to residents with computer expertise and asked for their recommendations. The clerk presented e-mails showing their support of the bid plus possible suggestions. There were questions on warranties and service contract. The city clerk answered those questions. Smisek moves, Pankonin seconds to accept the bid from Network Needs, Inc. for two PC’s and supporting equipment in the amount $3,000. Roll call vote: Harris – aye, Pankonin – aye, Smisek – aye. Motion carried.

The next item of business was bids on a ¾ ton pickup. The two sealed bids were opened. The first was from Tincher Ford/Mercury and was for $21,970.00. Some of the details were discussed, one being an exception to the bid; 4:30 ratio rear end where the specs asked for 4:10. The warranty summary was included with the bid. The next bid was from Copple Chevrolet and was for $21,621.00. It has all the proper specs and options for financing were included and discussed. Pankonin moves to accept the bid from Copple Chevrolet and pay cash in the amount of $21,621.00. Harris seconds. Roll call vote; Smisek – aye, Harris – aye, Pankonin – aye. Motion carried. The delivery arrangements were then discussed. 

Updating the code book from a village to a city of the second class was then discussed. The city clerk had proposal from three different companies that provide this service. She then outlined the various bids. No action was taken, the clerk and mayor just wanted the council to expect the expense that would be coming up with this service probably very soon. The recodification should have been done shortly after becoming a city.

Linda Behrns was present to discuss a flagpole and flag behind the “Welcome to Louisville” sign. She was representing the middle school faculty and they wanted to do something special to commemorate 9/11. Their plan is a 25’ telescoping flagpole, approximately $300. It would have pin locks to make it vandal proof. They would like to put an American flag on the top with a Nebraska flag below. They already have a donation from the American Legion Auxiliary for the flags. The flagpole would be mostly financed through fundraisers at the school. They have checked out the lighting at the sign area and it looks like if the lights already on site could be turned slightly they would work. What they want from the city is someone to help dig the hole, put the pole up straight and help maintain the area. Sometime in the future, they would like to add two shorter flagpoles on either side, one with the Nebraska flag and the other with a city flag perhaps designed by one of the students. The one concern was a tree about 10 feet away, that in the future it might interfere. The plan is to hopefully have the project done by 9/11 so there could be a ceremony on that day. Smisek moves, Harris seconds to allow the middle school faculty to install a flagpole and flags behind the “Welcome to Louisville” sign. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried.

Pankonin moves, Harris seconds to adjourn the meeting. Ayes – 3, 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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