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CITY COUNCIL

 

May 8, 2013                                                                                                                Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.  Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Randy Jensen, Jerry McClun and Clete Petrzilka. Also present were City Supervisor Dan Henry, City Attorney Roger Johnson 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 LCC claim to Precision Enterprises, Inc. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller declared a conflict with the public hearings and exited the meeting at 7:01 p.m. Council President Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. for the consideration to approve the final plat for Prairie Ridge; property legally described as:  part of the SW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 22, T12N, R11, E of the 6th p.m., Louisville, Cass County, Nebraska. The location was verified for the audience. No public comment was made. Council President Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:03 p.m.

Council President Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. to consider annexation of property, legally described as: Part of Tax Lot 6 in the NE¼ of the NW¼ of Sec 23, T12N, R11E, Louisville, Cass County, Nebraska (East Ridge). The location was verified for the audience. No public comment was made. Council President Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. Mayor Mueller returned to the meeting at 7:04 p.m.

Pat Schliefert was presented with a service award for her 15 years as Louisville Senior Center manager.

Council President Behrns reported for the Care Center with a construction update. He reported that they are doing five rooms during this phase and the nurse’s station is torn apart. The completion date will be the end of June. The architect used has been very good to work with and will also be used to look at support services updates.

Mayor Mueller reported for the JagWire lease agreement. They are willing to pay the approximate $500 to have the City’s control IT team adjust the 900 megahertz frequency so that they will not conflict with the City’s water/sewer controls. Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to extend the contract with JagWire for five years with them paying $2,700 annually for the right to use the water tower for their service. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Behrns, Jensen; nays – McClun. Motion carried.

Nuisance properties at 701 Oak Street and 210 E 2nd Street were discussed. The property owners have been making progress. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to instruct the city supervisor to send a letter giving 30 more days to complete the cleanup. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Nuisance property at 704 Oak Street was discussed. The property owner was given until June, 2013 to complete cleanup.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve pay application #7 to Precision Industries in the amount of $33,582.00 for the Care Center hallway/resident room remodel project contingent upon the architect signing the application. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve pay application #7a to Precision Industries in the amount of $19,960.00 for the Care Center hallway/resident room remodel project contingent upon the architect signing the application. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller declared a conflict with the next item and exited the building at 7:20 p.m. Council President Behrns presided over the meeting. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve a 30 day note with Home State Bank in the amount of $500,000 for payment of water improvement expenses with the understanding that the amount will be bonded for 15 years and to eventually interfund transfer the amount to the Care Center. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller returned to the meeting at 7:22 p.m.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Mayor Mueller’s recommendation to appoint Dan Henry as the designated representative to LPSNRD’s hazard mitigation plan update in order to stay compliant with FEMA. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the related expenses for the clerk’s attendance to the Municipal Accounting and Finance Conference sponsored by LNM in Kearney, June 19-21, 2013. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to approve a policy for abatement of nuisance properties after notice has been given to the property owners and the lien holders, but first seeking at least two bids from third parties to perform the cleanup work, and only after obtaining no bids would the City itself conduct the cleanup. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. A resolution will be prepared as such.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to have the cemetery aerated and over-seeded for maintenance. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding the use of the hardware store lots as a public parking spot. Larry and Maureen Gulizia have agreed to allow the city to use the lots in exchange for the cost of property taxes. Several business owners were present with comments. The idea of extra parking on Main Street was very appealing, but didn’t want to discourage someone building on the property either. Some business owners asked if the City could require Main Street employees to use the lot and leave Main Street for customers. The attorney said it would be public parking and couldn’t dictate who should or could use the parking lot. Dan gave an estimate of the cost to pave the lot and get parking stops.  Another option would be to work the north side for parking and Dave Wedekind offered to donate asphalt millings instead of paving the entire area. All in attendance thought that was a good compromise. Dan explained that Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) funds would be available for this project and the others to be discussed later in the meeting.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to reject the one sidewalk repair bid received from S&K Concrete and have the City crew repair the colored strip at City’s cost and to provide property owners individual costs, to be determined, for panel repair. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Another possible use for CRA funds would be the parking spots on the east side of Main Street south of 3rd Street as well as the sidewalk on the south side of 3rd Street from the bridge east to Walnut Street as discussed and approved at the last meeting. The railroad has agreed to do the crossing over the tracks where marked by the City.

Additional diagonal parking on the east side of Cherry Street from the post office driveway north to 2nd Street was discussed as a possible CRA project. The property will have to be surveyed to determine the exact boundaries. The CRA will have to meet to approve the expenditures of these projects.

The possibility of widening Cherry Street to the west by six feet between the two school parking lots was briefly discussed. Dan will attend a school board meeting to determine if they’d like to participate half and half. This particular project would not qualify for CRA funds.

Mayor Mueller declared a conflict with the next item and left the building at 8:17 p.m. Council President Behrns presided over the meeting. Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to introduce by title only and adopt on first reading Ordinance #895; annexation of East Ridge. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller returned to the meeting at 8:18 p.m.

Dan reported for streets, water and wastewater. A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire and rescue.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:31 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 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