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A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.  Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Clete Petrzilka, Roger Behrns and Steve Sherman. Council Member Bob Derby was absent. Also present were 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, Behrns seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the pay application to Eriksen Construction. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Mayor Mueller reported for the Louisville Care Community. They are still waiting for the final results of the survey done by the state last month. The garage is coming along well. They would like to finish the water line in the back at the same time.

 

Mayor Mueller nominated Darlene Petrzilka to renew her term on the Care Center Advisory Board until 2012. Berhns moves, Sherman seconds to approve the nomination. Roll call vote; Petrzilka – abstain, Behrns – aye, Sherman – aye, Mueller – aye. Motion carried.

 

Mayor Mueller nominated Candy McClun to renew her term on the Care Center Advisory Board until 2012. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve the nomination. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

There was no report from the library board.

 

The stop sign request for the corner of 7th and Oak Streets was tabled.

 

Cory Chubb was present to request a special designated liquor license for a beer garden on August 1, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight in the Home State Bank parking lot for a B.U.I.L.D. special event; a BBQ in which the whole community will be invited. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve the special designated liquor license contingent upon all necessary documents being received. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Dave Tietjen was present with a request to lease the city owned property next to his property in Southridge. There was a future street planned for the area. Ownership was discussed and it was concluded that the property was dedicated to the city when the rest of the streets were dedicated. Dave has been mowing the property and would like to maintain and seed it, but doesn’t want to without some sort of agreement. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to direct the attorney to prepare a lease for the property with the Tietjens for $1.00 a year with a termination clause upon need. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Steve Rose was present with a request for a special designated liquor license for July 27, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. inside the Louisville Liquor building during the Last Hot Sunday in July event. All necessary paperwork has already been received by the city. Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the special designated liquor license as stated. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

John Plucknett was present from Cass County Economic Development Council to request support. He presented a written request and a brochure stating, among other things, their mission statement and membership levels. The city council had several questions for John about budget, membership and history. Mayor Mueller stated the City Attorney had recommended some sort of contract for services rendered. A similar contract was drafted for the City of Plattsmouth and that would need to be reviewed before any commitment can be made. This discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

 

Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to approve the following street closings for B.U.I.L.D.’s Last Hot Sunday in July on July 27, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Main Street from 1st to 3rd and 2nd Street from Cherry to the alley east of Main Street. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve permission for B.U.I.L.D. to have a fireworks stand from June 25, 2008 to July 4, 2008 on the property east of Taylor Quik Pik. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve pay application #11 from Eriksen Construction for the water treatment facility in the amount of $212,653.04. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

Mayor Mueller presented an idea of a franchise tax fee from Aquila. They would collect a fee from the customers and return it to the city. This could be used for community betterment such as the water improvements. One advantage stated was that this would affect the person renting the house rather than the owner. There was a lengthy discussion stating that this would essentially result in a higher gas bill.

 

The meeting was temporarily adjourned for tornado warning.

 

The discussion continued on the Aquila franchise tax. No advantages could be found for the citizens so no council action was taken.

 

The fire department had presented Mayor Mueller with a budget consideration for a vehicle to be used as a command center during large incidents and also could be used for transportation to classes. The fire chief also had a proposal showing new equipment as well as future goals. Mayor Mueller suggested that maybe the rural board and the city department should look at working together and consolidating equipment. There was a lengthy discussion including maintenance on the proposed larger vehicle, maintenance on the current vehicles, maintenance on the building, an agreement between the city and the rural board, fundraising practices, mutual aid, personnel and tax levies. It was stated that the county incident command vehicle is available for use anytime. It was agreed that Mayor Mueller will talk to the rural board, but in the mean time the council isn’t in favor of an additional $20,000 in the fire budget for the proposed vehicle, which would be nice, but not a necessity. The council is not opposed to the proposed $2000 budget increase in the department’s operating budget.

 

Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #808; Water and Sewer rates. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried. Sherman moves, Behrns seconds to adopt by title only Ordinance #808. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.

 

The discussion about the drainage work according to the study done in 2005 from Elm to Vine, south of 7th Streets was table until the next meeting.

 

City Supervisor, Dan Henry gave a brief update on water, wastewater and streets. A permanent solution for flooding at the sewer plant was discussed. 

 

There was a written sheriff’s report circulated.

 

Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:37 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