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CITY COUNCIL

 

November 14, 2012                                                                                                    Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.  Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Jerry McClun, Clete Petrzilka and Randy Jensen. Also present were City Supervisor Dan Henry, Utility Supervisor Jesse Arias and several guests. City Attorney Roger Johnson was unable to attend. 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, Jensen seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Louisville Care Center. The asbestos removal will start Monday and will take 2 to 3 days. Construction will begin a week from Monday and even though a late start, the completion date will remain the same. The front door will be the south chapel door for a time.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to waive the bid process and approve the Care Center Coventry health insurance renewal with a 4.6% increase upon recommendation from the Advisory Board and the insurance agent, Don Maxon. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to approve pay application #1 to Precision Enterprises for Care Center corridor/resident room remodel project in the amount of $17,678.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kari presented a proposal for longevity pay that rewards employees for their service. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to direct the preparation of an ordinance to reflect longevity pay as presented for LCC and City employees. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dave Wedekind was present with a preliminary design of the ground south of Prairie Hills Subdivision. The design shows a residential section that Dave envisions as a 50+ community and a section of light industrial. There will be a green space between the two areas under the power lines. This property is eligible for TIF financing because it has already been designated as blighted and substandard. The planning commission looked favorably on the design at their recent meeting.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the appointment of Derek Anderson to fill Lori Zahn’s position on the library board until June 30, 2016. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to accept Max Cooley’s request to rescind his offer to purchase the tires as surplus merchandise as bid at last month’s meeting. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan and the maintenance crew are testing some two-way radios. These would be convenient specifically for use during snow removal and sewer jetting. Roger Behrns will get quotes of the equipment and present at next month’s meeting.

Main Street sidewalks were briefly discussed. Survey results were also considered. Mayor Mueller recommends the city participate by funding the renovation of the decorative strip by the curb and any property owners that need panels replaced will do so at their own expense. He also recommends getting specifications gathered so bids can be obtained. This will possibly allow all property owners to get a better price on the work necessary. It was agreed that the decorative strip will be the same color and smooth concrete, not stamped as before.

Dan and Jesse gave a video presentation with pictures of townhouses in other communities and how they fit into established residential neighborhoods. A good case has been made that townhouses belong in R-1 zoning and that property values will not be compromised. Comparisons to single family dwellings regulations were made and determined they should all be consistent, ie. setbacks, square footage and garage/off-street parking spaces. It was also agreed to limit the number of units that can be connected to three. Ordinance #878 will be tabled until the wording can be adjusted as per the conversation at this meeting.

Dan and Jesse reported for the streets, water and sewer. There was another video presentation showing the new method of record keeping that will improve productivity. It was shown how the water and sewer records are scanned and retrieved. In the future, accounts payable and other records will be scanned and readily available. The auditors have been in the building for the last two days and were asked their opinion of the new procedures. The lead auditor stated he was very encouraged by the process and said we were ahead of most towns our size. All records needed to complete the audit will be scanned in the future. There was a brief discussion on the notion of electronic council packets.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. Dan will call an electrician regarding a light at the fire and rescue station. Dan will also check the Sr. Center for extensive natural gas usage.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to enter executive session at 9:05 p.m. for the protection of the reputation of Dan Henry. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller restated the purpose of the executive session. Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to exit executive session at 9:26 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:27 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

I, the undersigned deputy 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