CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2005, 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. 

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, Petrzilka seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to open the public hearing at 7:02 p.m. to consider the purchase of a permanent utility easement on Lot 16, Prairie Hill Subdivision. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Dan gave a recap of the situation. A six inch water line runs across the lot where Steve Meisinger is building his new house. Some consideration has to be made for that line to stay where it’s at, so an agreement was made for a permanent utility easement. No other public comment was made. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to close the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve Resolution 05-08; the disbursement of a surplus sander. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

John Trecek spoke to the council about the issuance and procedures of the Louisville Care Center Bonds in the amount of $3,600,000. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #776; the issuance of the Louisville Care Center Bonds. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to adopt by title only on third and final reading Ordinance #776. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Deb & Dan Hrabik were present to thank the council for their support in the traffic conditions on 3rd Street since the last meeting. The clerk presented the sheriff’s report stating that the issuance of speeding violations increased drastically since last month. The speed limit and children at play signs were delivered yesterday and installed today. 

There were some questions last month about paving districts, specifically alleys around town where the owner’s only access is through the alley. Roger did some research and John Trecek was asked to explain. One procedure would be to have 60% of those involved sign a petition to request the paving district be formed. This gives the city the option to special assess the improvement up to 100%. The improvements could be done by the city or contractor. 

Patti Hibler was present to ask for forgiveness of a CDBG housing rehab loan on the basis of health reasons. Sherman seconds, Petrzilka seconds to take action on this item after executive session. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mike Jensen, Manley Village Chairman, was present to discuss the possibility of using the city’s dog catcher and kennel to relieve a dog problem in their town. The council wasn’t keen on the idea of taking Jack from his job potentially in the middle of the day to go to Manley to retrieve a dog. Also the probability that the dog wouldn’t be there by the time he got there. The council was open to the idea of letting them use the kennel occasionally and would gather information to help them determine what the cost would be. Mike said they are just starting the process but would appreciate any help available. 

Steve Amundson, the Care Center consultant, reported for the Louisville Care Center Assisting Living Facility. He gave a financial statement and also presented a suggested policy for procedures concerning pay requests and change orders. Steve presented pay request #1 and change order #1. Neither of these items is on the agenda, so no action was taken. Mayor Pankonin called a special meeting next Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 6:00 for action on these items. Kari also reported for the Care Center. She stated that Medicare has been very good for the Care Center. She said she’ll need Dan’s help on Friday when the new signage is in to direct visitors to the rear of the building for parking. 

Jason McClun was present to ask the council for approval to hire a grant writer for the fire department. These are homeland security grants and the writer charges $50/hour. He couldn’t give an exact amount she would charge because it will depend on the grant applied for. Jason was told there is money in the budget for the grant writer. At this time, Jason reported for the fire/rescue department. He had spoken to the department and brought back suggestions for the way the ordinance regarding outdoor fireplaces should read as per instructions at the last council meeting. Jason also had a concern of parking on Eastwood Drive. When cars are parked on both sides, there is no way a fire truck or rescue squad can get through. Dan suggested no parking on the east side of Eastwood Drive and no parking from Jay Emory’s driveway north to the intersection. A resolution will be adopted at the next meeting. Jason also stated that a few of the fire hydrants around town are not working. Dan told Jason to make a list of all the ones that need to be repaired and the maintenance crew will work on them. 

There was a letter from Eastwood Homeowners Association regarding a pool and fencing around said pool. The ordinance requires a 6’ fence and there is a 4’ fence around the pool. The ordinance seems to be a little unclear so Dan suggested reviewing the ordinance to see if it needs to be updated. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to table the matter until a new ordinance can be drafted. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

John Plucknett was present to discuss economic development on behalf of B.U.I.L.D. They would like the city council to consider expanding the blighted and substandard area to include Depot Street from the east end of the city limits to the west. This designation would allow the use of Tax Increment Financing for incentives for economic development. The clerk presented a map of the existing district that was formed in 1996. John also wanted to request the comprehensive plan be updated as well as the future land use map. B.U.I.L.D. believes the map has some areas designated as residential that should be commercial or light industrial in light of new developments, such at the Highway 66 Bypass. He also reported of upcoming B.U.I.L.D. events.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the designation of Home State Bank as the city’s depository. Ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Mueller. Motion carried.

Kendra & Brett Drake reported for the JayCees. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the bid from Arrow Striping, Inc. with the exception of the double yellow line on Main Street, for line painting in the downtown area in the amount of $1,438.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Dan updated the council on the proposed subdivision called The Ridges. A map was made by Eric Obert showing where the bypass is in relation to the subdivision and where the easement will be. There was also a letter from city planner, Keith Marvin that states waiving concrete streets, curb and gutters would be feasible. 

Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the purchase of a permanent utility easement on Lot 16, Prairie Hill Subdivision, Louisville, NE in the amount of $5,000.00 Ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Mueller. Motion carried. 

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

Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the designation of William Nessen and Darlene Petrzilka as the authorized signatures for the Louisville Care Center. Ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; abstain – Petrzilka. Motion carried. 

Mayor Pankonin left the meeting. Bids from two dealers were compared for the purchase of two mowers. Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the bid from Pankonin’s, Inc. for the purchase of two mowers, one for $2,435 and the other for $4,980. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mayor Pankonin returned. Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. He explained the work done on the pump in the new well. The old well is keeping up just fine while the work is being done on the new well. Progress is being made on the water tower. He gave updates on several subjects. 

There were no reports for Library or the Senior Center.

Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to enter executive to discuss issues related to CDBG loan at 9:50 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Sherman moves, Mueller seconds to exit executive session at 10:13 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Sherman moves to forgive the entire CDBG loan for Patti Hibler in the amount of $4,462.76. Motion died for lack of second. No action taken.

Petrzlika moves, Mueller seconds to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 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, 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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