A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Clete Petrzilka, Jerry McClun and Randy Jensen. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry and Jake Vasa from JEO. 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. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Daedalus Construction claim. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
McClun nominated Roger Behrns as Council President. McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to close nominations. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the nomination of Roger Behrns as Council President. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Mayor Mueller nominated the following for appointments: Roger Johnson as City Attorney, Dee Arias as City Clerk/Treasurer, Cass County Sheriff for law enforcement, Jason McClun as Fire Chief, JEO as City Engineer/Street Superintendent, Dan Henry as Building Inspector, Dan Henry as Code Enforcement Officer and Larry Wittrock as Humane Officer. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointments as stated. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Mayor Mueller and Councilperson McClun both attended the Louisville Care Center board meeting earlier in the day and reported to the council. A new computer server will need to be purchased and that will need to come before the city council for approval at the next meeting.
A final, revised draft of the rural fire board agreement was presented. Mayor Mueller asked that the council review and return comments via e-mail by December 22, 2011. The draft will then be presented to the rural fire board’s attorney.
Mayor Mueller has attended a Cedar Creek Village meeting and also a Louisville school board meeting to discuss their involvement with a new ball field. The discussion was tabled until more entities have been approached.
Jake Vasa from JEO presented a recommendation of acceptance for the concrete overlay on the 2nd Street Bridge. Jake said all was done to specs and Daedalus was easy to work with. He explained that the warranty is for one year and starts when the acceptance is signed. McClun moves, Behrns seconds to approve the recommendation of acceptance for Daedalus Construction of 2011 concrete overlay project on 2nd Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve the pay application #2 and final on 2011 concrete overlay on 2nd Street Bridge project to Daedalus Construction in the amount of $1,178.74. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
There was a lengthy discussion of the 2012 asphalt overlay project. Plans were reviewed and clarifications made by Jake. An opinion of cost was also presented. He noted that the asphalt on Walnut would need to be a different mix to accommodate the truck traffic, which is more expensive. Also added to the specs is crack routing which should help with the bumps on the hills. The council discussed diamond grinding in length. Negotiations will be done with the open contract with US Asphalt with the current specs. If they can’t meet the current specs, then the project will be rebid. Jake was authorized to begin negotiations with US Asphalt. Dan updated the council on the financials regarding this project. The condition of the asphalt done in 2011 will be watched closely for wear and tear during the winter.
The council discussed dumping behind the elevator. Residents are dumping things that shouldn’t be burned and abusing the privilege. A “no dumping” sign will be posted and Dan will visit with Gretna Sanitation because they’ve shown interest in compost material. The clerk was asked to call Sarpy County Landfill to ask if citizens can take brush, etc. after they close.
It was agreed to advertise in the Plattsmouth Journal for replacement for Jack Faubion, who is retiring at the end of the year. Applications will be accepted until December 29, 2011 and the replacement will be hired at the January meeting.
Dan had received a proposal from HOA (Hydro Optimization and Automation) Solutions for the installation of variable speed pumps on the rotors in the oxidation ditches at the sewer plant. The installation would be at the suggestion of a study done by the University of Nebraska for electric savings. The proposal was significantly higher than the estimate. More research will be done.
Dan stated that since the city has a road maintenance agreement with the state for the highway that comes into town, maybe a road use agreement needs to be considered. Louisville is in a unique position because the state highway dumps into the city without going all the way through. The City has legitimate cause considering that a special mix of asphalt has to be used because of the truck traffic. Roger Johnson suggested a weight limit. Mayor Mueller thinks it is an unbeatable battle. Roger Behrns volunteered to write a letter to Tim Weander.
Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 11-11; no parking on 3rd Street between Vine and Oak Streets. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Dan reported for water, wastewater and streets. Mayor Mueller asked about the 2nd Street parking issue as discussed at last meeting. Comments were favorable that it can be handled without signage. Dan stated the roof of the city hall was coated with a sealant. Water chemicals were discussed briefly. Councilmember Petrzilka stated he wouldn’t be in attendance at the next meeting.
A written sheriff’s report was circulated.
McClun moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 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