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CITY COUNCIL

October 14, 2009                                                                                            Louisville, NE

 A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.  Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Clete Petrzilka, Randy Jensen 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, Jensen seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Home State Bank claim. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller opens the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. to consider and levy special assessments on the lots and parcels of land in Alley Improvement District No. 2009-1 of the City of Louisville, Nebraska. Mayor Mueller asked for comments, questions or concerns from the audience. Rich Deloske spoke on behalf of his mother saying she is on a fixed income and has no interest in the alley. The clerk reported that she had heard from several of the interested parties and they were all pleased with the work and were happy with the consideration of splitting the payments into three increments. Mayor Mueller closed the public hearing at 7:03 p.m.  Mayor Mueller stated that representatives of the Care Center Board and the City Council met to discuss Ordinance #823 and to clarify the duties of the Care Center Board. Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. Kari mentioned that one of the larger claims this month was for a boiler that had to be replaced. She stated that the Board passed a policy on payment of pinpoint CD’s. Kari and the Board were commended by the City Council on the communication used for the boiler replacement.  Mayor Mueller updated the council on the sheriff’s contract. This matter is still pending.  Mayor Mueller also updated the council on Rural Fire Board contract update. All of those involved have been busy, so this matter is also still pending. The clerk had prepared a spreadsheet showing expenses of the fire station for the last five years for the council review. Fire District boundaries were discussed.  Mayor Mueller reported for the ball field update. JEO is working on a plan, but it has been delayed due to illness. Discussion will be continued later.  Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the payoff of the ambulance loan to Home State Bank in the amount of $54,183.03. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to designate the Plattsmouth Journal as the legal newspaper. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to designate Home State Bank as the municipal depository institution. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 09-15; to levy special assessments on the lots and parcels of land in Alley Improvement District No. 2009-01 in three installments with 4.25% interest rate. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. A written sheriff’s report was circulated.  Dan reported for streets, water and wastewater. The crew is pretty much done with the street projects for the year. They started hauling sludge today with plans to empty the digester. The state is planning their annual inspection tomorrow at the sewer plant. The plan is to shut down one of the clarifiers during the winter for cleaning and inspection. Towards spring, the crew will switch clarifiers to clean the other one. Dan reported that the sewer plant was broken into last night and several things are missing. The sheriff and insurance are already involved. It was stated that this is a federal offense. Dan stated that the power surge a couple weeks ago did some damage at the new wells. Some minor glitches at the water plant were also discussed. Hydrant flushing was done last week and will probably be done one more time before winter. Mayor Mueller talked about the city going to smoke-free campuses for all city owned property. The Care Center had discussed this as well.  Dan asked the council to consider raising the deputy clerk’s wages to 95% of the maximum wages earned by other deputy clerks in the pay survey taken by the League of Municipalities. When the wages were lowered 10% earlier this year, hers was dropped to 86% of the maximum wage earned. He also asked that the benefit for health insurance or health savings account contribution be raised by $30/month for all employees. Mayor Mueller recommends those adjustments be made at the next meeting.  Petrzilka moves, Derby seconds to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 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