regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, July 9,
at 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 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. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to
approve the consent agenda with the exception of the pay applications to
Eriksen Construction and Sargent Drilling. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent
– one. Motion carried.
Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Louisville Care
Community. They are in the middle of their budget. Census still holds, in fact,
they were full the latter part of June and some of the long-term staff at the
facility can’t remember when the last time was that the center was full. Mayor
Mueller wanted the council to think about terms for repayment of the interfund
loan from the CareCenter to the water fund.
There was no report from the library.
The residents that requested a stop sign at the
corner of 7th & Oak Streets were not in attendance, so the issue
has been tabled.
Cory Chubb was present to request reserved parking
for a poker run on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Cory stated this is a big
event that benefits cancer research and they expect close to 500 motorcycles to
arrive in waves. Good Times is the third stop and they are expecting a three
hour time frame. There was a lengthy discussion regarding which spots Cory
wants to reserve. Council Member Sherman stated that Saturday is the only day
the ArtGallery is open so the reserved parking would
potentially be a problem. John Plucknett offered the spots in front of the bank
as well as the bank parking lot to be reserved. Sherman moved, Behrns seconds
to approve the reserved parking for the poker run on July 26, 2008 from 2:00 to
5:00 p.m. as follows: from the library south to the corner or 3rd
St., around the corner of 3rd to the alley west of Main St. and in
front of Home State Bank. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns; nay – Sherman; absent – Derby. Motion carried.
John Plucknett was present with a request for
support for the Cass County Economic Development Council. This was presented at
last month’s meeting and the council was waiting for a sample agreement. An
agreement between the City of Plattsmouth and CCEDC was included in
the council packets for comments. John updated the council on the progress of
the committee since the last meeting. They have coordinated with the Greater
Omaha Economic Development and applications have been accepted for the director
position. John stressed the importance of having financing in place when they
are interviewing the potential applicants. He reiterated what was requested
last month; a $5,000 annual support commitment. The sample agreement is geared
toward industrial sites, which Louisville doesn’t have. It was agreed
that the agreement will have to be edited. Another comment was that the City of
Louisville would like to have representation, such as
Plattsmouth does. John explained that at the $5,000 level, the city would be
entitled to a “front row seat” for any development but not board
representation. Council Member Behrns commented that $5,000 is a pretty big
bite with all the other projects that Louisville has already taken on. Some projects
being discussed are a new ball field and the Louisville Bypass. Mayor Mueller
said it’s important to be involved at some level, but it’s up the council to
determine the level. It was clarified that LB840 funds could be used for this
support. The balance and revenue in the LB840 fund was discussed. The revenue
to that fund was just cut with the recent election by allocating more to the
debt reduction of the water treatment facility. John stated that the official
request is a three year commitment. Council Member Petrzilka stated that the
level of involvement is his biggest concern. John stated that they are
following the model of SarpyCounty with that portion of the
request. The brochure states that the $5,000 level entitles the organization up
to 10 member participants in strategic planning sessions and special limited
sponsorship opportunities. Mayor Mueller stated that the possibility of locking
the City out of other projects by committing this money makes this a balancing
act. Council Member Sherman asked if the CCEDC concentrated on industrial-type
businesses only. John assured the council that it’s general economic growth but
focuses on job creation, not so much residential or retail growth, but primary
jobs. Mayor Mueller asked if Weeping Water had made a commitment yet and John
stated he wasn’t aware of any yet. Council Member Behrns asked again if the
City would have a board member with a $5,000 commitment. John stated that the
board is set by board elections and giving support doesn’t automatically get
the contributor representation. He stated that he sits on the board as well as
Paul McManis so feels that Louisville is well represented. He
stated that the Plattsmouth City Administrator is and ex-officio member with
non-voting rights. He also stated that the meetings are not closed to the
public and everyone is invited to attend. John said that the city council could
appoint a liaison to attend all the meetings. It was agreed that the City
should participate, but the amount was in question as well as the length of the
commitment. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to join the CCEDC for one year at
the $5,000 level contingent upon terms of the agreement being reached. Roll
call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve Change
Order #5 Revised for Eriksen Construction for a net increase of $7,358.61 for
the emergency lighting, additional electrical outlet and chemical storage
tanks. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve pay
application #12 to Eriksen Construction for the water treatment plant in the
amount of $90,431.96. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion
Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve a special
designated liquor license for a beer tasting at the LouisvilleArtGallery featuring Nebraska Brewing
Company on July 27, 2008 from
to during the Last Hot Sunday in July event.
Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behnrs; abstain – Sherman; absent – Derby. Motion carried.
Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve Carolyn
Baker as the manager of American Legion Post 353 located at 117 Main Street. Roll call vote; ayes –
three, absent – one. Motion carried.
There was a discussion about the city’s
participation in the decorative lighting on Main Street. B.U.I.L.D. is working to
take over the entire project, but funds are limited. They are doing
fundraising, but need help. Mayor Mueller asked the attorney to look at the
possibility of using CRA money on the project. The attorney stated that LB840
funds could be used too. The matter was tabled until the next meeting when more
information is available.
Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the dues
request for Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) in the amount of
$1425. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve the
housing dues request for SENDD in the amount of $314. Roll call vote; ayes –
three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the
recommendation of acceptance to Kerns Excavating Company for the 2007 North Depot Street Water, Sewer and Paving
Improvements. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Petrzilka moves, Sherman seconds to approve pay
application #5 and Final to Sargent Drilling for the municipal wells project in
the amount of $46,140.80. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion
Berhns moves, Sherman seconds to approve
recommendation of acceptance to Sargent Drilling for the Municipal wells 2006-1
& 2006-2. Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Mayor Mueller tabled the drainage work and easements
according to study done in 2005 from Elm to Vine south of 7th Street.
Citizen complaints about property conditions were
discussed, including unlicensed vehicles, dangerous buildings and litter.
Nuisance procedures according to the city code were outlined. Pictures have
been taken and the next step is to send certified letters. Behrns moves,
Petrzilka seconds to direct the code enforcement officer to give notice to the
properties identified in the photographs presented at the meeting of nuisances.
Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one. Motion carried.
Mayor Mueller presented correspondence regarding the
Louisville Bypass. He is planning to attend a meeting at the end of July and
will have more answers at that time. The US Department of Transportation and
NDOR are looking for a commitment of how much the City is going to fund for the
Dan reported that the water treatment plant is up
and running as of Monday,
July 7, 2008. There will be a period of adjustments, but the water tested coming
out of the plant shows good results as far as removing the iron and manganese.
He explained the workings of the plant and offered a tour after the meeting.
The fire hydrants were flushed extensively Tuesday and Wednesday and will
continue next week. Dan said valve
installation will resume after the kinks have been worked out at the treatment
Dan also reported for the sewer and street
department. He said the sewer had several flooding issues in the last month,
but some pumps have been changed to alleviate the problem. Dan stated some
streets that need work as well, specifically 2nd Street between Walnut and Vine. He
also reported that work on the CareCenter garage is moving forward.
There was a written sheriff’s report circulated. There
were no reports for fire and rescue.
Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the
meeting at Roll call vote; ayes – three, absent – one.
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