Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2004


A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin and 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. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari Wockenfuss was present with a report for the Care Center. They are currently working on designs for the assisted living section of the building. The plan is for the entire structure to be on the Care Center property with a driveway on the state right-of-way. The census is increasing and rates have been increased. She discussed the budget briefly. She also stated that the facility is full-staffed. 

Gwen Bode and Gene Stauffer were present from Cedar Creek to discuss the rescue agreement. Gene began with the statement that it has always been Cedar Creek’s intent to pay their fare share for the rescue service. He gave the history he found while doing his research starting in 1993. Gene said we were all in this together and all Cedar Creek really wanted was to sit down and meet face to face to discuss the agreement and the price. Gwen Bode, the Village Chairperson, then spoke and reiterated that they would like to work together with Louisville and appreciated all the service that has been provided. The city attorney explained the state statutes concerning this issue. The biggest problem seems to be lack of communication between the Village and the City. Roger suggests extending service for another month and to hold a public hearing next month for the contract. Cedar Creek agreed to pay $3,000 for this year’s contract. The check will be held until after the public hearing at the next city council meeting. A fully executed agreement will be sent back at that time. 

Dave Wedekind was present to discuss the possibility of water to his development west of Highway 50. At the last meeting, Roger Johnson suggested that Dave obtain a letter from Rural Water stating they could not provide him water. Dave did this and the city clerk has a copy. Dan was also going to provide some cost estimates. Dan got measurements and rough prices for pipe and a booster pump. The elevation of Dave’s property deems a pump necessary. Roger Behrns asked about fire hydrants. Dave said that was something that hadn’t even occurred to him, but realizes that would decrease insurance costs for residences. Mayor Pankonin told Dave that the city is willing to work with him to provide water but costs have to be considered as well as the city’s willingness to participate in something that only benefits him. Dan will continue to gather cost estimates for the entire project. 

Maureen Gulizia and John Harrington were present to report for B.U.I.L.D. The committee has met recently to decide their future and their roll in the city regarding economic development. They questioned whether they were on the right track as far as what the city council felt B.U.I.L.D. should be doing with community redevelopment. They presented a list of priorities from their point of view. They would like to find a balance between making Louisville a destination for tourists and providing goods and services for those living here. Mayor Pankonin stated he would like to see B.U.I.L.D. continue to work on the CRA priorities because they are such a strong, well-established group. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to authorize Mayor Pankonin to execute the deed for the real estate exchange for the new water site upon mutual delivery of deeds. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the CRA packet and application process. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the LB 840 packet and application process. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to accept the bid from Bobcat of Omaha for a skid steer with the 2 speed option for the price of $25,543 on a 4 year lease. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

The next topic concerns the Southeast Louisville Drainage Study Contract. Without a doubt, there is a problem in the area. The city attorney’s major concern is that the problems are all on private properties. The council discussed that if the study costs $14,500, half of which would be covered by a CDBG grant, the repair costs could be astronomical. If there is no intention to fix it, why have the study? If it’s to be fixed, who will pay for it since it’s on private property? The council and attorney felt that none of this is on city property and the city didn’t do anything to cause the problem. No action was taken. 

The McKinneys were not in attendance to discuss the alley request opening behind their house. The council doesn’t see the feasibility in this request. No action was taken for lack of a motion. 

A written sheriff’s report was presented. There were no reports for fire/rescue, water/wastewater, maintenance, library/senior center, cemetery or JayCees. 

Mayor Pankonin and the clerk met with the auditor during the month and he gave some recommendations. A list was presented the council. There was a discussion regarding some possible changes. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session at 8:46 p.m. for legal reasons. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to exit executive session at 9:23 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:24 p.m. Ayes – 4, nays – none. Motion carried. 

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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