Meeting Minutes

November 14, 2007



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns, Bob Derby and Steve Sherman. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry and several guests. Mayor Mueller stated that the Open Meetings Act is posted at the rear of the room and a copy of all meeting materials is available with the clerk.

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 Mueller called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Eriksen Construction claim for the water treatment facility. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Don Eikmeier from Innovative Government Solutions was present to introduce himself and presented a brochure explaining his services, which include code enforcement issues, planning, budget and personnel. He wanted the council to know of his services for future reference.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports from fire, rescue or senior center.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. The board is continuing to work on a garage design for the bus. Master Transportation reported to Kari that the chassis is on the ground and the bus may be ready for delivery in the next 90-120 days. Medicare census is up a bit and two new possible admissions in the works.

Library Board President Sarah Stovall addressed the council on library issues with two other library board members. The board had a book sale over Louisville Daz to help reduce the clutter and plan for another book sale during Ringing in the Season at their open house. The board has posted a sign that they are not accepting any book donations until January 1, 2008 until they get a handle on the situation. They are trying to make the library more user-friendly and inviting and as a result have purchased new furniture. New books and movies are being advertised in the Cassgram and on the Louisville website to encourage visitors. The computers are being used extensively and a time limit has been initiated. The board made the decision to remove all noisy toys from the library. The board has become proactive about reducing the clutter and agreed to come in monthly on a volunteer basis. The board was thanked for their hard work and renewed interest and the council is encouraged by their actions.

Sherman moves, Derby seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #802; Alley vacation between Vine and Oak Streets from Koop Ave. to 7th Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adopt by title only Ordinance #802. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The State Revolving Fund loan for the water tower was closed out with the last drawdown of $25,863.00 for related water supplies and a new amortization schedule is on file. No council action was taken.

The council was reminded of the upcoming meeting on November 20, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. with the county commissioners at the Cass County Fairgrounds. Attendance was encouraged.

The council was also reminded of the public forum regarding water issues meeting on November 28, 2007 at the Senior Center. A list of discussion items follows: history leading up to the project, financing the project including water rates and possible sales tax increase or reallocation of the existing sales tax, and the lease agreement with Nebr. Game & Parks.

The clerk updated the council on the Tourism Video. The production company plans to be in town on November 20th for interviews with long time residents. The clerk will ask them to be in town for Ringing in the Season.

Mayor Mueller and Dan attended the last Otoe County Rural Water meeting. They stated that the discussion included an update of Louisville’s water construction situation and timeline. They also discussed possible connection points and possible rates and fees. The rural board seemed acceptable to all ideas.

Behnrs moves, Derby seconds to accept the lowest bid for brick and block for the water treatment facility from Nebraska Brick and Supply in the amount of $11,366.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The maintenance agreement between NDOR and the City was tabled until the next meeting.

Derby moves, Sherman seconds to approve the attendance of the clerk to clerk’s academy on March 19-21, 2008 in Kearney and all related expenses. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve pay application #4 to Eriksen Construction Company for the water treatment facility in the amount of $115,650.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The council was made aware that a movie is going to be filmed in Louisville at Blake’s and Home State Bank. Filming will be on December 15, 2007. No action is necessary.

Dan gave a brief report for water, wastewater and maintenance.

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 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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