CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2006

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Alan Mueller, Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns and Steve Sherman. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry and several guests. Mayor Pankonin stated that the Open Meetings Act is posted at the rear of the room.

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 Pankonin called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Care Center claim for Prairie Construction. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to open the budget hearing at 7:01 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The city treasurer reported that the restricted funds are accumulated year after year and the auditor said that the city is in very good shape on their budget. The total calculated levy for the coming fiscal year is 0.411533. No public comment was made. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to close the public hearing on the budget at 7:04 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory reading of Ordinance #786, the annual appropriation bill. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adopt and publish Ordinance #786 on third and final reading by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to open the public levy hearing at 7:06 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The city treasurer reported that the amount of tax request this year is $334, 050.00. No public comment was made. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to close the public levy hearing at 7:07 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the allowable 2½% restricted funds base increase. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the additional 1% allowable restricted funds increase. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 06-09 to set the property tax request at $334,050.00 for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to temporarily adjourn as City Council at 7:10 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Perzilka seconds to temporarily convene as Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) at 7:11 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to open the public budget hearing on the CRA at 7:12 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The city treasurer stated that there was no tax request for the CRA. It was also stated that the CRA money was used to buy the lighted sign/message center at the city office. No public comment was made. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to close the public hearing at 7:14 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #787, the annual appropriation bill for the CRA. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt and publish Ordinance #787 on the third and final reading by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

John Plucknett addressed the CRA on policies and procedures for smaller CRA/TIF requests. The city has received an application for TIF financing and the CRA administrator told John that the plan needed to be accompanied by a cost/benefit analysis. It is unclear who is responsible for this analysis. It was understood that smaller projects won’t satisfy the analysis when taking into consideration legal and administrative fees. John would like some clarification how the CRA board wants to handle these smaller projects. He suggested that the CRA levy a tax for administering the smaller projects by buying the software that allows the administrator to do the analysis and work with the city attorney on the proper paperwork. It is too late this year to levy a tax, but it is a possibility for next fiscal year. No CRA action taken.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn as CRA at 7:29 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to reconvene as City Council at 7:29 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to open the public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on a request for LB840 economic development funds from Chubb Enterprises, Inc. dba Main Street Café, in the amount of $50,000. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The council had a summary of recommendation from the economic development application review committee. On all community surveys, a sit down restaurant is always a top priority need. Cory Chubb spoke also of the need and his willingness to renovate the last neglected building on Main Street. John Plucknett spoke in favor of the request which is for a 5 year, $30,000 loan at 0% interest, and a $20,000 performance grant. The application review committee recommended approval of the $30,000 loan with the stipulation that the City be in the 2nd position on property and equipment, and approval of the $20,000 grant with the following conditions: if the Main Street Café does not obtain the equivalency of 16 full time employees within five years, the difference between $20,000 and the amount paid to the City of Louisville sales tax will be owed the City of Louisville, and, if after 5 years the Main Street Café has not contributed $20,000 to the City of Louisville sales tax, the difference will be owed the City of Louisville. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to close the public hearing at 7:34 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #788; to establish wages and benefits for city employees and appointed officials. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adopt by title only on the third and final reading, Ordinance #788. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve Resolution 06-10; Modification of on-street parking on Vine Street between Koop Ave. and 7th Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 06-11; Support of Louisville South Bypass. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

On the advice of City Attorney, the next two agenda items have been moved to executive session, those being, US Cellular Option/Lease for antenna on water tower and acquisition of real estate for industrial park.

Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the request for LB840 economic development funds from Chubb Enterprises, Inc. dba Main Street Café, in the amount of $50,000 with the conditions as discussed in the public hearing and authorize the Mayor to execute the documents with disbursement upon execution of such documents. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. The City Attorney stated the documents required are a grant agreement, a promissory note, a deed of trust and a security agreement.

Mayor Pankonin reported for the Louisville Care Community. There are four residents in the assisted living facility at this time with four more in the next few weeks. One employee has been hired and others are sharing duties in both facilities. The Veteran’s Administration has asked the Louisville Care Community be added to the list of approved facilities for veterans.

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve pay request #12 to Prairie Construction for the Assisted Living Facility in the amount of $56,920.45. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Matt Goecke was present asking permission to paint the exterior of the Senior Center for an Eagle Scout project. He needs to go to the Scout Council for final approval but was seeking preliminary approval from the city council. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the project with the city providing the paint. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Don Harris was in attendance with questions about the alley between Maple and Vine south of Koop Ave. He would like it to be vacated so the area can be fenced, but he doesn’t want to inherit the tree that is growing in the power lines in the middle of the alley. There isn’t any city infrastructure in the alley, but if vacated, a utility easement would have to be maintained. OPPD will be contacted to see if they will remove the tree.

The possibility of establishing a Railroad Quiet Zone through Louisville was discussed. Brian Michalski presented some information. There are several steps to this process and the city becomes responsible for the installation and maintenance costs. It is suspected that the costs will be exorbitant. It was agreed that when the double tracks go through town, the amount of train whistles will only get worse. Brian is willing to do some of the paperwork. It was recommended to get a realistic cost estimate before doing any of the paperwork. Grants to offset some of the cost will also need to be considered. Brian has agreed to do some more investigation into the matter.

Levi Krause reported for the Fire/Rescue Department. Todd Donnelly is a new member on 6 month probation. This brings the department to 23 members, 11 of which are EMT’s.

Levi Krause presented information from EMS Billing Service regarding rate increase suggestions. He briefly explained the differences and stated that the department recommended the changes. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the increases in rates effective October 1, 2006, those being $11.50/mile, $275 for BLS non-emergency, $400 for BLS (Basic Life Support) calls, $50 for no transport and $150 for assess and air lift. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Levi also presented some rescue squad specs for approval. These specs were provided by a company that would ultimately bid on the squad. The question became whether another company could bid these specs comparatively. It was suggested to get these specs to other vendors to see if they could bid on them.

Council Member Sherman asked that the council discuss concealed weapons. The state left decisions up to individual municipalities and Brian Michalski wanted the council to consider an ordinance allowing concealed weapons within the city limits. No council action was taken.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to award the bid to K.W. Boring, Inc. for the water main BNSF railroad bore and the Highway 50 crossing in the amount of $109,132.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the purchase of a 2007 GMC 3500 Series 4-wheel drive cab-chassis from Copple Chevrolet in the amount of $21,114.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the street closing on September 15, 2006 for a homecoming parade from 3rd and Cherry to Main, north to 1st Street with a pep rally in front of the fire station at 3:00 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Pankonin’s, Inc. has withdrawn their bid for the tractor trade. Other bids were received to replace the city’s mid-size tractor. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the purchase of a John Deere 3520 tractor from Cass County Implement in the amount of $11,224.85. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the plans and specs of the municipal well project and authorization to proceed with bidding. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to authorize the purchase of a laptop computer for data collection on municipal well project up to $2,000. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Ben Volz from SENDD, wanted the city council to be aware that the past village board had passed an ordinance allowing CDBG housing rehab funds to be used on houses in the 100 year flood plain with the stipulation that only 50% of the assess value can be loaned. The current council is aware of the ordinance and wish to continue the practice.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the purchase of a 1997 IH dump truck tractor from NE Truck Exchange for up to $19,900.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the purchase of Davis FMT 10-12 Dump Box from Davis Trailer & Truck Equipment, Inc. for $8,133.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There was no report from JayCees, Library or Senior Center. Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. The water main work is done at First and Cherry and almost complete on Depot Street. This work will tie into the railroad bore. John Plucknett reported for B.U.I.L.D.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to enter executive session for legal reasons regarding the US Cellular Option/Lease for an antenna on the water tower and the acquisition of real estate for an industrial park at 9:37 p.m. Mayor Pankonin restated the purpose for the executive session. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to exit executive session at 9:58 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to direct the Mayor to negotiate a lease with US Cellular and execute the agreement as discussed in executive session for an antenna on the water tower. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to direct the Mayor to proceed with the necessary steps to acquire an option on the property discussed in executive session for an industrial park. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 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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