March 10, 2010 Louisville, NE
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Clete Petrzilka and Bob Derby. Randy Jensen 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 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. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.Mayor Mueller excused himself from the meeting for the next discussion at 7:01 p.m. Council President Behrns presided over the meeting. John Trecek, bond counsel from Ameritas, explained the benefits and procedure of refunding the fire station bond. The net savings to the city over the course of the bond is $160,703.02. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve Resolution 10-06; municipal building bond call for payment. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Derby moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #834; Issuance of refunding bond in the amount of $490,000 for the municipal building. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Said Ordinance was then read by title. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to adopt Ordinance #834 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Mayor Mueller returned to preside over the meeting at 7:07 pm. Janet McCartney, District 2 County Commissioner candidate, was present to introduce herself to the council. She stated that she realized she is not in Louisville’s District, but plans to work for the county as a whole. She gave a brief background.James Kavanaugh voiced some concerns over the recently adopted snow emergency ordinance. He stated he lives on a dead end road, without a driveway, and has three vehicles. He believes the $100 fee is too steep. There was a lengthy discussion. Mayor Mueller stated that the ordinance was passed with the whole city taken into account. Mayor Mueller agreed there may be some places in town where it doesn’t make sense. James’ comments will be taken into consideration.Darlene Petrzilka reported for the Care Center.Mayor Mueller said a contract with the rural fire board is moving along. Mayor Mueller stated he visited with the Fire Chief and the Rescue Captain. Mayor Mueller updated the council and the guests on the Cass County Going Green recycling program. The council discussed the LB840 incentive program for housing. Mayor Mueller is suggesting the expenditure of $40,000 to be used as ten, $4,000 incentives for new home construction on empty lots within the city limits. He is also suggesting $2,500 for advertising. He also suggests the water and sewer hookups being paid by the LB840 funds. There was a discussion regarding whether the contractor or the homeowner applies for the grant. City Attorney Johnson stated that the city’s LB840 economic development plan would have to be amended to allow individuals to apply for the grant. The current plan allows for contractors to apply at this time. A resolution has been prepared to give the economic development application review committee some guidelines as to the council’s intentions. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 10-07; Louisville housing stimulus guidelines. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending. Behrns moves, Derby seconds to approve the Louisville Care Center Petty Cash Fund Policy. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Dan Henry presented a report showing costs for snow removal per piece of equipment. He would like the council to examine the report and consider the different options for snow removal in the future. Dan would like to take all the council members down and show them the current equipment for further discussion. A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports from fire or rescue. Dan Henry reported for street, water and wastewater. A detailed budget report was discussed. Problem street areas were discussed. Cleaning of the laser shields in the water treatment plant was discussed in detail. A new filing system has been put into effect at the water plant including test results and state correspondence. Dan discussed the ultraviolet lights at the sewer plant including the reconfiguration of the wiring. He reported that the laptop is working great from different locations. The street sweepers will be in town in April. The movie to be filmed in town has been delayed until September.Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.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 are 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