CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

October 11, 2006

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 11, 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. Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Care Center claim for Prairie Construction. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Scott Walters, Cass County Sheriff candidate, was present to introduce himself and gave a brief history, background of qualifications and campaign speech.

Allen Sutcliffe, Cass County Assessor candidate, also made a presentation including background information and history of qualifications.

The League of Municipalities provided the council with information regarding Amendment 423, which will be on the General Election in November. The League’s main objective is to inform municipal officials and the public about the effect of the proposed S.O.S. Amendment (#423) to restrict state spending, which in their opinion would raise property taxes and cut services. No comment was made by the public.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 06-12; Excess Equipment for Sale including a 1972 Chevrolet dump truck, model C60 and a 2001 Hiniker “V” Snowplow. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings Ordinance #789; Open Meetings Laws. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to adopt Ordinance #789 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings Ordinance #790; Filling Vacancies in the City Council. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to adopt Ordinance #790 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

John Trecek was present to talk about the water bond for the well field, water treatment plant and all related projects for the water system. John was very pleased with the interest rates which were more favorable than first predicted. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #791; the authorization of issuance of $3,000,000 water bonds. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Ordinance #791 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The US Cellular lease agreement was moved to executive session.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to authorize the invitation to bid for a new rescue squad as per the specs presented, to be awarded at the next regular city council meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve the special designated liquor license for the Louisville Art Gallery on November 18, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. with the contingency that all necessary paperwork is completed. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Mueller, Behrns; abstain – Sherman. Motion carried.

A representative from Waste Management was present to discuss contract renewal negotiations. With the current fluctuation of diesel prices, Waste Management has been forced to institute a fuel surcharge program. There has not been a price adjustment with Waste Management since the inception of the contract and increases are due. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to direct the Mayor to enter into negotiations and finalize the contract for renewal with Waste Management for trash service in the residential areas in Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Water and sewer rate increases were discussed. Some suggestions were presented that would get the rates up to budgeted amounts. These are minimum increases necessary for operation and debt service. Water customers that are high consumption users are the ones that will be affected the most. Also discussed were adjustments to reconnection fees and sewer rates. There hasn’t been an increase in sewer rates for a very long time and prices for repairs to the sewer plant are exorbitant. The suggested rates will be put in ordinance form and presented at the next city council meeting.

Ruth Hlavac reported for the library, stating the there are plumbing problems in the rear portion of the building. Dan will check it out and see if a plumber needs to be hired.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve a loan at Home State Bank up to $75,000 with an interest rate of 4% for equipment, including a dump truck, dump box, pickup, pickup box, snow plows and tractor over a two year period. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Mueller. Motion carried.

Eric Obert was present with an engineer’s recommendation for the well drilling. Two bids were opened last Friday. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to award the bid to Sargent Drilling for the well drilling project in the amount of $420,430.05. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the designation of the Plattsmouth Journal as the legal newspaper for the city. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the designation of William Nessen and Darlene Petrzilka as the authorized signatures for the Louisville Care Community accounts. Roll call vote: ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Petrzilka. Motion carried.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the Home State Bank as the city depository. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Mueller. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to approve pay request #13 from Prairie Construction for Louisville Care Center Assisted Living Facility in the amount of $127,642.62. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Pankonin reported for the Care Center. The construction trailer is gone and work is now done in the kitchen area of the Care Center. There are 9 residents in the assisted living facility, which puts them ahead of their goals and more prospects are known. The census at the Care Center is down, because some of them have moved to the assisted living section. That trend will go the other way eventually. There has been a lot of Medicare activity.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports from the JayCees or the Senior Center. Dan reported for maintenance, water and sewer. He explained the repairs to a water main leak at 6th and Main. He also discussed the affects of the new water tower. Dee reported for B.U.I.L.D. They are investigating the production of a video featuring Louisville for economic development and tourism benefits and asked if the city would consider some funding. She also reported that Ringing in the Season has been moved to December 9, 2006.

City Attorney, Roger Johnson suggested that he and Mayor Pankonin sit down and go over a few issues regarding the US Cellular lease agreement. Mayor Pankonin designated Council President Mueller to negotiate the lease with US Cellular and work with the attorney on the language of the lease. It was determined that an executive session was not necessary.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 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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