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A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, February 13, 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, 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, Sherman 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. 

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing on the One & Six Year Road Plan at 7:02 p.m. He listed the projects on the plan. No public comments or objections were made. Mayor Mueller closed the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve Resolution 08-03; One Year and Six Year Plan for Street Improvement Program for the City of Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Cory and Mandi Chubb had requested consideration for a Keno type lottery in Louisville and were present to answer any questions from the council. Information was distributed and there was a brief discussion about the request and income to the city. John Hassett from Advanced Gaming Technologies explained the accounting of keno funds to the council. Derby moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 08-05; to present on the May 13, 2008 primary election the establishment of keno type lottery in the City of Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Two bids were opened earlier for the wireless internet space on the water tower. The low bid, from Future Technologies, was a non-conforming bid because of the alteration of the lease agreement. The high bid was from JagWireless with a $2,700 annual payment. Part of the agreement is to provide service to the city owned properties and the council wanted to be sure that this would be done in a timely manner. Bob Hrbek, the owner, was present and explained the reason for not following through on the last agreement and assured the council and Mayor that service would be up and running in the next 60-90 days. Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to award the bid to JagWireless, Inc. for wireless internet service on the water tower and authorize the execution of the lease agreement. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Ruth Hlavac was present for the annual library report including circulation and programs. The library board members were also in attendance to answer any questions. Progress of improvements and new programs were also discussed. Extending the evening hours has been a success. A written sheriff’s report was circulated.

There were no reports fire, rescue, senior center or the Care Center. Dan reported for water, wastewater and maintenance.  

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to approve Resolution 08-04; ballot wording for a half cent increase in sales tax and/or a reallocation of the current 1% sales tax for the primary election in May 2008 for the reduction of debt for the water well fields and water treatment plant. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

There was a bid opening a week ago for the Louisville Care Center garage. There was only one bid for $95,800 from Gaebel Construction. The Care Center Advisory Board voted to reject the bid. They are going to consider the City being the general contractor for this project and Dan is going to get bids for specific things and perhaps redesign the building. These numbers will be taken back to the next Care Center meeting for approval. Behnrs moves, Petrzilka seconds to reject the bid because it exceeded the budgeted amount. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Mayor Mueller updated the council on the county/city strategic planning meetings. He collected ideas to suggest at the next meeting for example: buying bulk salt/sand mix, buying bulk fuel, borrowing equipment, combining engineering services and land-fill issues. Dan feels that an infrastructure assessment is necessary for the county. The council will be informed of the next meeting.  

Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the registration fee for the City Attorney’s attendance at the League of Municipalities Mid-Winter Conference on February 25-26, 2008 in the amount of $325.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to approve pay application #7 to Eriksen Construction in the amount of $169,785.00 for the water treatment facility. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Dan updated the council on the closing of Depot Street Bridge, the repairs and subsequent re-opening.  

The clerk, representing B.U.I.L.D., announced a new event to be held on May 17, 2008 called “Air Your Art in Louisville.” B.U.I.L.D. would like to hold its parade that day as well and have asked permission to close Main Street for the parade and use the city park for an Art Fair. This event will be held in conjunction with Louisville Art Gallery’s “Thrown & Blown.” Derby moves, Sherman seconds to approve the following street closing for the community parade on May 17, 2008 from noon to 5:00 p.m.: 3rd Street from Cherry to Main and Main Street from 3rd to 1st. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Derby moves, Behrns seconds to approve the use of the city park on May 17, 2008 all day for “Air Your Art in Louisville.” Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. City maintenance and community groups will be asked to make sure the park is ready for the event.  

The next discussion involved banners on Main Street. B.U.I.L.D. is going to have artists commissioned to paint banners similar to the ones currently being used. They will be bigger and Dan was asked if the brackets can be adjusted for size. He will check into that with OPPD. The local businesses were asked to purchase the banners. Council Member Sherman suggested that the council and Mayor each pay $10 personally for the purchase of the banner as a gesture of good will and they all agreed. 

Behrns moves, Sherman seconds to approve an amendment to the 457B retirement plan that will allow new, full-time hires to participate. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Behrns moves, Derby seconds to enter executive session at 8:12 p.m. for legal advice on personnel policy for the protection of public interest. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller reiterated the reason for the executive session. Sherman moves, Petrzilka seconds to exit executive session at 8:44 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.  

Sherman moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 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