Meeting Minutes

October 19, 2005


A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Alan Mueller, Roger Behrns and Steve Sherman. Clete Petrzilka was absent. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry.

Notice of the special meeting was given in advance thereof 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. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve the change order #1 for the Louisville Care Center Assisted Living Facility and renovations in the amount of $52,872. Roll call vote: ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; absent – Petrzilka. Motion carried.

Behrns moves, Mueller moves to approve pay request #1 for the LCC assisted living project to Prairie Construction in the amount of $109,569.24. Roll call vote: ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; absent – Petrzilka. Motion carried.

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance for outdoor fireplaces using verbiage recommended by the fire department. Roll call vote: ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; absent – Petrzilka. Motion carried.

The next agenda item was drainage easement update for southeast area drainage. Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to enter executive session at 6:15 p.m. to discuss legal issues related to the drainage easements. Roll call vote: ayes – Mueller, Behrns, Sherman; absent – Petrzilka. Motion carried. Petrzilka entered the meeting at 6:17 p.m. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to exit executive session at 6:35 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mayor Pankonin informed the council that Lance Latham, the PR man from Ash Grove, will be at the city office Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for an informal meeting regarding the bypass. 

Dan updated the council on all the water issues. The agreement with Nebraska Game & Parks for a well field on their property is in the works. It will not be approved until their January meeting. The city engineer needs to know the capacity of water needed so he can size the treatment plant accordingly. His recommendation is 1000 gallons a minute. Dan also told the council that in a year’s time, the iron and manganese in the water built up so bad on the pump in the well, it had to be pulled, cleaned and repaired. The auxiliary well was in use for the last week and the lower capacity caused problems, the main one being the hydrants couldn’t be flushed and build up became obvious. The water tests have been done on the new well after the repair, with one clean result and waiting for the second set of results. The state will be here Friday morning to sign off on the repairs. The pump was redesigned to pump into the new, higher water tower and will be throttled down until the new tower is done. Another thing that needs to be decided is what property is needed for the water treatment plant at the city maintenance area on Depot Street and how the plant will set on that property. Bonding and funding for the water improvement project was also discussed. The city will obtain advice from John Trecek, bond counsel. Perhaps a town hall meeting to explain all the water issues would be a good idea. Dan will have Eric, the city engineer, size the treatment plant at 1000 gallons permit as per the consensus of the council. He will also have Eric draw a plot plan to see how it will fit on the lot. 

Petrzlika moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 7:17 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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