CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

December 12, 2007

LOUISVILLE, NE

 

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns and Bob Derby. Steve Sherman was absent. 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, Derby seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Eriksen Construction claim for the water treatment facility. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to re-elect Behrns as Council President. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Roger Johnson as the City Attorney. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Derby moves, Behrns seconds to approve the appointment of Dee Arias as City Clerk/Treasurer. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Behrns moves, Derby seconds to approve the appointment of Cass County Sheriff for Law Enforcement pursuant to the terms of the existing contract. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Jason McClun as Fire Chief. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve the appointment of JEO Consulting Group as City Engineer/Street Superintendent. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Derby moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Dan Henry as Building Inspector. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Dan Henry as Code Enforcement Officer. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve the appointment of Jack Faubion as Humane Officer. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Rex Buettgenbach from Charter Communications was present to answer customer questions regarding cable service. He gave a brief history of his background and also explained the cable service to the area. He agreed the company was providing poor service and dropped channels. He answered several questions and distributed contact information to those with concerns. Rex stated he was in the process of rebuilding the center in Springfield and improving all aspects of the cable company. He accepted full responsibility for the troubles and assured those attending that improvements are being made. He outlined the steps he plans to take to achieve those improvements.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire, rescue, JayCees, library, water, wastewater, maintenance or the Senior Center. Dee Arias reported for B.U.I.L.D. saying that Ringing in the Season was as successful as could be considering the weather and she thanked the council for the use of the fire hall. Darlene Petrzilka reported for Louisville Care Community.

Dan checked with NDOR regarding the maintenance agreement and suggested approving the current agreement, but talking to someone about changing the agreement for next year. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve Maintenance Agreement #55 between NDOR and the City for Highway 66 maintenance within the city limits. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Specifications for a garage at the Care Center were discussed. Size was an issue and Darlene Petrzilka explained that extra storage was needed for beds and wheelchairs and such. It is being built to accommodate the bus, as well as the van and perhaps a future pickup for maintenance. The specs call for a driveway to be poured and Dan said the city could do that work and that portion should be removed from the specs. There was also a question of “wind load” minimum and stated that should be stated in the specs. Behrns moves, Derby seconds to approve the specs with the changes discussed and direct the publication of notice to bid on the Care Center garage. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Mayor Mueller moved the assignment of the option on A & D Farms to executive session.

One of the discussion items from the public water forum was to either increase the sales tax or reallocate the current sales tax or both to help service the debt on the water improvements. City attorney Roger Johnson drafted a resolution to work on the wording to be used on the ballot at the primary election in May. Sample drafts were circulated for review and comments. The draft includes a summary that would be included on the ballot which makes it easier to understand. The council was asked to review the draft resolution and make suggestions, corrections or clarifications at the next meeting. The economic development fund was discussed. There was also a discussion of Otoe County Rural Water’s potential to purchase water from Louisville.

Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve change order #4 to Eriksen Construction with a net increase of $5,350.66 for the following changes: Relocation of generator fill stations, add blocking at drywall and FRP and add drywall to Chem & Mech rooms, add electrical circuit for mag meters, installation of additional brick as supplied by owner. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve pay application #5 to Eriksen Construction for the water treatment facility in the amount of $179,595.00. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to approve Housing Reuse Rehab administration fees to SENDD in the amount of $2,703.91. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Rental space on the water tower for wireless internet connections was discussed. The current vendor’s contract will expire on December 22, 2007. The current contract will need to be modified for the next vendor. The city attorney suggested the bid packet contain the lease agreement. The lease agreement for wireless space on the water tower needs to be approved at the next meeting then published for bids.

The Mayor wanted the council to consider that the funds generated from leasing the space on the tower be put into a sinking fund to be used for tower maintenance. Dan suggested contacting Maquire Iron for dollar amounts needed for tower maintenance, such as scuba cleaning and future painting. Maquire Iron would have the recommendations as far as how often the tower will need to be cleaned and painted. Any excess funds collected from the rent that isn’t used for tower maintenance could be used to service the debt of the water improvements. No council action was taken.

Another item from the water forum meeting to discuss was possible cuts in budget. Dan had a suggestion to consider rotating employee day off during the week when the employee is on call on the weekend for water/sewer duty. The only concern would be when they need to be there on their day off to pour cement or remove snow. A suggestion was made to consider this proposition during the winter months only. This discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to enter executive session at 8:47 p.m. for legal reasons regarding the option on the A & D Farms property. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Mayor Mueller reiterated the reason for the executive session. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to exit executive session at 8:54 p.m. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Roll call vote: ayes – three, absent – one. 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, 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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