CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2005

LOUISVILLE, NE



A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Dave Pankonin, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Alan Mueller and Roger Behrns. Steve Sherman was absent. 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. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to reelect Mueller as Council President. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Petrzilka moves, Mueller seconds to elect Behrns as Council Vice-President. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Roger Johnson as the City Attorney at $105/hour, which is a 16% discount off his regular hourly rate. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Mueller moves, Behnrs seconds to approve the appointment of Dee Arias as City Clerk/Treasurer. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Cass County Sheriff for Law Enforcement pursuant to the terms of the existing contract. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Jason McClun as Fire Chief. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the appointment of JEO Consulting Group as City Engineer. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Dan Henry as Building Inspector. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. 

Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Sherman and Petrzilka to the Water & Sewer Committee. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the appointment of Behrns & Mueller to the Streets Committee. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Behrns moves, Mueller seconds to approve the appointment of Petrzilka to the Parks & Recreation Committee. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Council Member Sherman entered the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

Kari Wockenfuss presented a summary of three bids received and opened publicly at the Care Center Board meeting for asbestos removal. Upon recommendation of the architect, AMI and the board, Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to award the bid and enter into a contract with McGill for asbestos removal at the Louisville Care Center for $18,869.00 base price. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve pay request No. 3 from Prairie Construction in the amount of $200,051.24 for the assisted living facility at the Louisville Care Center. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari reported for the Care Center. She updated the council on the construction progress, census and Medicare. She invited the council to an open house at the Care Center next week. Bill Nessen stated the audit had been complete and looked good and he commends the administration and staff for the significant increases. 

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Maintenance Agreement No. 55 between NDOR and the City of Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Betty Heard to the alternate position on the Board of Adjustments. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to approve pay application No. 5 from Maguire Iron for $49,998.33. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Dan updated the council on the progress and what is left to do on the water tower. 

The next discussion concerned the painting of the water tower. The contract price included painting of the tower in “tank white” with the city name on it twice. Mayor Pankonin recommended the council drive around and think about the placement of the name. The city engineer suggested painting the stem and bottom portion of the bowl a different color to hide the mold caused by condensation. The council decided to have the engineer get together the cost of the additional color. No action was taken.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports from Fire/Rescue, JayCees, Library or the Senior Center. Dan reported for water/wastewater/maintenance. Terri Scholting reported for B.U.I.L.D.

Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session for legal reasons at 7:38 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mueller moves, Petrzilka seconds to exit executive session at 7:56 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Mueller moves, Behrns seconds to direct the Mayor to enter into negotiations for terms on an option of property discussed in executive session and bring the information back to the council at a future meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. 

Eric and Justin from JEO were present to discuss water treatment facilities. They presented pictures and plans for two different plants and explained the differences. The discussion included processes, rough prices, backwash recovery, capacity, location of the plant, cost of operations, quality of the end product and other details. Eric stated that the water will be good quality water but will still be hard water. This process does nothing to take out the hardness, but the iron and manganese will be taken out. The water won’t leave red or black rings as it does now. The council would like Eric and Justin to come up with more accurate cost comparisons. Also discussed was a maintenance agreement on the new water tower. 

Mueller moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 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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