CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

September 11

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dan Henry, Council Members Dave Pankonin, Greg Manley and Joe Smisek. Don Harris was absent. Also present were 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 Henry called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: Pankonin – aye, Manley – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris - absent. Motion carried.

Manley moves, Smisek seconds to open the public hearing on the budget. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. No public comment was made. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to close the public hearing on the budget. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to introduce and suspend the three statutory reading of Ordinance #727, an ordinance to adopt the budget statement to be termed the annual appropriation bill; to appropriate sums for necessary expenses and liabilities; to provide for an effective date. Ayes – 3, nays – none. Motion carried. Manley moves, Pankonin seconds to adopt and publish Ordinance #727. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to open the public levy hearing. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. No public comment was made. Smisek moves, Manley seconds to close the public levy hearing at 7:05. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Roger explained briefly the allowable restricted funds increase. The 2½% increase is the portion which is allowed by law, and is the standard allowable. The 1% that follows is a discretionary increase. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to approve the allowable 2½% restricted funds base increase. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Manley – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris – absent. Motion carried. Manley moves, Smisek seconds to approve the additional 1% allowable restricted funds increase. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Manley – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris – absent. Motion carried. 

Manley moves, Pankonin seconds to approve Resolution 02-12 to set the levy at 0.8637000 for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2002. Roll call vote; Manley – aye, Pankonin – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris – absent. Motion carried. 

Manley moves, Smisek seconds to temporarily adjourn as City Council. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried.

Manley moves, Pankonin seconds to temporarily convene as Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA). Ayes – three, nays – none, Motion carried. 

Smisek moves, Pankonin seconds to open the public budget hearing on the CRA. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. No public comment was made. Pankonin moves, Smisek seconds to close the public hearing at 7:10. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried.

Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to introduce and suspend the three readings of Ordinance #728, an ordinance to adopt the budget statement to be termed the annual appropriation bill for the CRA; to appropriate sums for necessary expenses and liabilities; to provide for an affective date. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. Manley moves, Smisek seconds to adopt and publish Ordinance #728. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Smisek – aye, Manley – aye, Harris – absent. Motion carried.

Pankonin moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn as CRA. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Smisek moves, Manley seconds to reconvene as City Council. Ayes – three, nays – none. Motion carried.

Rodney Keil was present to introduce himself as a County Commissioner Candidate from District Two. He lives 5 miles east of Cedar Creek on the family farm that’s been there for 109 years. He shared his experiences in Cass County. He’s been on the Fair Board for 14 years, working on building projects, budget and business sponsorship. He was very complimentary of Main Street and the notion of putting Louisville on the map. Mayor Henry explained the B.U.I.L.D. Committee to Rod and gave them much of the credit. Rod said that a major plus for any small community is to have volunteers and leaders who can accomplish so much. He talked about highway improvement across the county that will affect Louisville, the Plattsmouth bridge project, Highways 75 and 50 becoming double-wide, Highway 66 by-pass. He complimented Louisville’s niche, the quaintness of the town. He spoke on tax assessments and the unfairness of those throughout the county. He explained the difference between an old house and a new house being anything built before 1945 is old and anything after 1945 is new. He thinks that needs to be changed. He talked about an experimental process for road coverage consisting of rock chips and a calcium substance, regraded, put down, sprayed, mixed and compacted. It costs less and is impressive. He has an idea to surface the main county roads, it would save time on maintenance and leave more time for side roads, especially in the wintertime. Pankonin stated he has known Rod and his family for years and knows that if he’s elected he will be great to work with. Mayor Henry thanked Rod for his time. 

The Sheriff gave his report next. 209 hours patrolled, 51 calls for service answered, 30 citations issued and 6 warnings issued. Pankonin reported that the B.U.I.L.D. committee mentioned again about bikes and skateboards on the sidewalks being a problem. Mayor Henry handed the sheriff’s representative some written notes of complaints from citizens. He said he would look into them. None of the citations were city ordinance related.

Don Miner has been having sewer problems, the line had been filmed with a tv line and the tape was then viewed at the meeting. At about 90 feet the line sags and water stands in the line. Don believes the problem is the result of some work the city had done on the street. The city council discussed it could possibly have been the result of the work done by Don and his family when they refilled the trench after some work they had done. Roger advised to let Don Miner know that he will have to file a complaint with the city clerk and it will be turned over to the city’s insurance. Then the insurance carrier would investigate and make the decision. Mayor Henry will explain to Don his options. If he thinks the city is responsible, he can file a complaint and let the insurance handle it, or if he wants to fix his own line, the city will cut out the street and they can fix the line and the city will replace the street. If the latter is the answer, there will be inspections of the work as necessary.

Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to send Dee and Cheryl to class regarding the Summit software system at the cost of $170.00 for both. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Manley – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris – absent. Motion carried.

There were no reports from Fire/Rescue, Library, Senior Center, MAC, JayCees and maintenance.

Water/Wasterwater was then discussed. Larry reported on the results of the flood at the sewer plant. Water from Mill Creek came into the plant and the water was 6 feet higher than normal and there was some wash out. Some of the solids used for bacteria were lost, but there was enough available. Inspectors were out and said everything was fine. Larry talked about his certification hours and an upcoming 4-day class in Waverly. Jack was at the meeting and talked about a class he attended today in Stella, NE where the main topic was sewer smoking. This class gave him enough hours to get his certification up to date. One of the topics stressed at the class was compaction. Larry and Dan have been working on getting the sludge hauled out at a faster rate. They are working at the sewer plant on storage. There are no problems with the water. Dan would like Eric Obert at the next meeting to discuss water to the new subdivision. 

There was a brief discussion on the railroad culvert west of town, which caused flooding problems after the last big rain. The culvert is silted in and Mayor Henry has been working with the railroad to solve the situation. A letter was sent to the Public Service Commission to get faster results. A representative from the railroad met with Dan and Dave yesterday and said something needs to be done but Game and Parks has to clean out 
their ditch first. Dave spoke to Roger Kuhn from Game and Parks who is in charge of all the parks and he made an appointment to bring an engineer to meet with the Council next Thursday. If possible, Eric Obert will also be present. It was mentioned that this would be a great time to talk to Game and Parks about a well field. 

Mayor Henry attended the Care Center meeting last night. They visited with an architect about the possibility of assisted living units being built on the existing premises. The Care Center board was to form a three person committee to go with the architect to view other facilities. The majority of those built are private enterprise, not owned by a city. These are some issues that the council needs to consider. 

Dave reported that the B.U.I.L.D. committee would like to suggest nicer trash receptacles on Main Street. The clerk is to find catalogs. Another suggestion might be a Foundation comparable to the one affiliated with the school for the city.

Pankonin moves, Smisek seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:20. Ayes – three, 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, 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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