Meeting Minutes

October 23


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dan Henry, Council Members Dave Pankonin, Greg Manley, Joe Smisek and Don Harris. Also present were City attorney, Roger Johnson, Ameritas representative John Trecek and 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. All proceedings thereafter were taken while the convened meeting was open to the public.

Mayor Dan Henry called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and asked the council to review the consent agenda. Pankonin moves, Smisek seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Manley – aye, Harris – aye, Smisek – aye. Motion carried.

John Trecek was present to discuss an outstanding debt of $115,000 for the new well. The debt has been rolled over for two years and John feels that with interest rates down, now would be the time to bond these funds and start paying them down instead of just paying interest. He presented an ordinance authorizing the issuance of water bonds. There was discussion concerning the adjustment of water rates to compensate for the interest and principal payments of these bonds and to meet USDA criteria for funding for future work necessary. Manley move, Harris seconds to introduce and suspend the three required readings of Ordinance #729, an ordinance authorizing the issuance of water bonds of the City of Louisville in the principal amount of $120,000. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. Pankonin moves, Manley seconds to adopt Ordinance #729. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried.

The next topic of discussion was the Haynie property. Pankonin said he had had several citizen comments on the property. The junk has been moved around or sorted and the concern is things are being pushed over the creek bank. Everyone agrees that altering the creek bank is serious business and the city doesn’t want that responsibility. Roger Johnson presented a list of steps for nuisance abatement. There was a note attached to the list with steps to follow if the council feels the nuisance is an emergency situation. It was noted that Haynie has had plenty of time to clean up the property. Bill Krejci, as the city inspector, has the authority to check out the property and determine if the public’s safety, health or peace is jeopardized. Mayor Henry will speak to Bill in the morning and have him make that determination. The nuisance abatement procedure will be followed for the portion of the property that is unsightly which is started by a declaration from the Mayor. When Bill is heard from, the council may determine the nuisance is an emergency.

The next issue on the agenda was the Nebraska Rural Water Rate Study. Randy and Bob from Rural Water conducted a rate study in the office yesterday. The results were provided to the council members. The current rate for water is $12/month + $1.25/thousand gallons. In order to meet the needs of the city with projects expected to cost 1.5 million, the proposed rate would be $16.50/month + $1.40/thousand gallons. Rural Water’s suggestion is to make that increase in steps rather than all at once, for example, increase basic rate to $14.00-$14.25 now. This would build revenue until the project actually starts and would help service the debt from Ordinance 728. The council was relieved with these figures and surprised it wasn’t necessary to have higher increases. The sewer rate was analyzed as well and the report showed a profit but not enough to show the city is charging too much, but enough for repairs that are inevitable. The Mayor asked the council to keep in mind the copper corrosion chemical injection process that’s coming to the city for compliance from the state. The equipment costs are approximately $20,000 and the increase in cost of operation is going to be $16,000 to $18,000 per year. Larry Wittrock told Dan that he thought the increase in operating costs does not include labor. It will be considerably more labor intensive. The time it takes for water procedures now is very minimal. Dan thought the basic rate should increase as well as the rate/gallon to offset some of the cost of the chemical injection process. Manley moves, Smisek seconds to have Roger prepare an ordinance to set the basic water rates to $14.25/month and $1.30/thousand gallons. Roll call vote; Pankonin – aye, Smisek – aye, Harris – aye, Manley – aye. Motion carried. 

Appointments for Care Center Board were then discussed. Mayor Henry had received a letter of resignation from Kara Habrock because she moved out of the city limits. Dan recommends Bill Nessen to fill that position. Harris moves, Pankonin seconds to accept Dan’s appointment of Bill Nessen to the Care Center Board. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Monty Habrock also sent a letter of resignation from the zoning and planning commission. Mayor Henry would like to move Bill Nessen from alternate to full member of zoning and planning and recommend Randy Jensen as alternate. Manley moves, Smisek seconds to accept those nominations to zoning and planning commission. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

Mayor Henry pointed out an upcoming meeting on November 4th with Roger Meeks and Marty Norton from USDA regarding the water supply study and to consider funding. The Mayor and the City Clerk will be attending and the Mayor asked if anyone from the council would be able to attend. 

Smisek moves, Pankonin seconds to adjourn. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

I, the undersigned clerk, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the proceedings had and done by the Mayor and City Council of the 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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