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A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.  Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns, Steve Sherman and Bob Derby. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson 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, Behrns 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.


A written sheriff’s report was circulated.


Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Louisville Care Center. The bus has been delivered and decaled. Ed Kasl has resigned from the Care Center Board so a replacement will need to be found. Census remains steady. A brochure has been prepared for a health fair to be held on May 17, 2008 during “Air Your Art in Louisville” sponsored by Blake’s Pharmacy, Louisville Family Dental, Methodist Physicians Clinic and the Care Center. Kari, on behalf of the board, thanked Dan Henry for his work on preparing plans and help with the garage. Advertising for the assisted living facility was discussed.


There was a proposal for the garage at the Care Center in the council packets with the city acting as the general contractor. The estimate is $62,665 which is two-thirds the cost of the original bid received last month. The care center board recommended to the council that this is the action they would like to follow. City Attorney Roger Johnson advised that each portion of work hired out will need to be bid since the whole project is over $20,000. There was a misunderstanding about the process since the last meeting. It was concluded that the materials will be provided and labor will be bid. A notice will be posted and bids will be opened on April 4, 2008 and awarded at the next city council meeting. Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the specs submitted by the city and have the city act as general contractor and to post the notice for invitation to bid for labor on the LCC garage. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


Mayor Mueller attended the library board meeting earlier in the day and updated the council on activities. An artist is finishing the mural in the back room. The cracks in the walls have been repaired. The board would like to have a commercial cleaner come in once and do a thorough cleaning by removing all the books, dusting, cleaning and replacing the books. The board also had concerns about the monthly cleaning service. They would also like to have the interior windows cleaned. The city council recommended that the library board get estimates on the cost of the thorough cleaning. The possibility of community service individuals doing the work was discussed or, an organization doing it as a fundraiser.


There was no report for the Senior Center.


The next item of discussion was street repair sales tax money and the projects to be done this summer. Some projects mentioned were: 5th & Main, 3rd & Walnut, 4th & Vine, widening of Cherry for more parking. The minimum balance of the fund was also discussed. It was determined that these projects are the highest priorities and there will be more discussion at the next meeting. No council action was taken.


The negotiations for water rate with Rural Water were moved to executive session. Mayor Mueller updated the council on progress of the water treatment facility and the wells. The tanks for the filtration system will be leveled by lifting them and pumping flowable fill under them and lowering the tanks. Everything else is going pretty much on schedule.


Behrns moves, Derby seconds to approve the purchase of two new computers as specified for the water treatment facility as recommended by the controls installer. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


There was no report for wastewater. There was a discussion for the purchase of two new Dixon mowers. This purchase has already been approved with the budget.


Clarification was made that vendor fees do not apply to vendors for events sponsored by local non-profit organizations, therefore, vendor fees will not be charged for salespeople that B.U.I.L.D. has for “Air Your Art in Louisville” on May 17, 2008. However, if an individual business has their own vendors, they have the option to run the sales through their store or the vendors will be charged the solicitor’s fee of $25.00.


Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve temporary pedestrian crosswalks on 3rd Street; one at the city park and one at the west end of the 3rd Street Bridge on May 17, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Air Your Art in Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


Derby moves, Behrns seconds to approve the alley closing from 3rd Street to the end of Leibman Financial driveway behind Louisville Art Gallery from 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2008. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Derby; abstain – Sherman. Motion carried.


Sherman moves, Derby seconds to approve pay application #8 for Eriksen Construction for the water treatment plant in the amount of $584,558.47. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


Behrns moves, Derby seconds to enter executive session at 8:15 p.m. for the protection of public interest to discuss legal issues related to the personnel policies and the water rate negotiations with Rural Water. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller reiterated the reason for the executive session. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to exit executive session at 9:15 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.


Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:16 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