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CITY COUNCIL

 

December 11, 2013                                                                                                     Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Alan Mueller, Council Members Roger Behrns, Jerry McClun, Randy Jensen and Clete Petrzilka. 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. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve the consent agenda consisting of city minutes of November 13, 2013, City & Care Center warrants, treasurer’s report, investments & transactions, appointment of Roger Johnson as City Attorney (1-208), appointment of Dee Arias as City Clerk/City Treasurer (1-203 & 1-207), appointment of Cass County Sheriff (1-209), appointment of Jason McClun as Fire Chief (1-210), appointment of JEO Consulting Group as City Engineer, appointment of Steve Parr as Street Superintendent (1-213 & 1-214), appointment of Dan Henry as Building Inspector (1-216), appointment of Dan Henry as Code Enforcement Officer (1-218), appointment of Preston Derby as Humane Officer (1-219) and acknowledge receipt of planning commission meeting minutes. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. to consider the revision of the zoning ordinance section 5.11.05 regarding front yard setbacks in Light Industrial (I-1) zoning district. No public comment was made. Mayor Mueller closed the hearing at 7:02 p.m.

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. to consider revision of the zoning ordinance section 5.07.05 regarding front yard setbacks in Prairie Ridge R-1/PUD zoning district. No public comment was made. Mayor Mueller closed the hearing at 7:04 p.m.

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. to hear testimony of support, opposition, criticism, suggestions or observations of a complete update to the Louisville Comprehensive Plan. Jeff Ray, JEO planning consultant, spoke on the lengthy process by the planning commission to get this document to this point. There was a brief discussion on the extra-territorial jurisdiction. A few typos were pointed out and will be corrected. No other public comment was made. Mayor Mueller closed the public hearing at 7:15 p.m.

Mayor Mueller reported for the Care Center by presenting a master plan for possible future development of the facility.

Pam Krambeck reported for the Ball Parents Association and the Ash Grove expansion project. Some things mentioned were: press releases, Midlands Community Foundation matching funds, pledge cards, inter-local agreements, grants and field construction.

Don Maxon was again before the city council regarding drainage concerns from the Prairie Ridge Subdivision. No council action taken.

Nuisance properties were discussed. No answer was filed on the property located at 308 E 2nd Street. Dan reported there is not much left to do at 218 Oak Street; the old house and garage have been torn down and removed. 704 Oak Street was given 90 days. 701 Oak Street is in pretty good shape according to Dan. Continual work is being done at 117 Cherry. Street.

Bob Copple had requested to be on the agenda to discuss water tap fees outside the city limits. Bob was not in attendance and no council action was taken.

Michael McDonald was in attendance to ask for reconsideration of the parking restrictions on Maple Street between 6th and 7th Streets. No council action was taken.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve cashing in the fire department certificates of deposit in the amount of $15,000 for the purchase of fire packs to outfit the fire trucks. Motion carried by unanimous roll call votes.

The newly installed carpet at LCC was discussed. There are issues with the seams and the glue. The architect is going to approach the manufacturer and the installer.

There was a brief discussion on paying overtime for hours worked after 4:00 p.m. Our current policy states that overtime is paid after 40 hours worked in a seven day period which is standard statewide. No council action was taken.

An update of the louisvillenebraska.com website was discussed. Wirebuilt is currently working on an update. The city council mentioned that is should be a partnership with the business community.

The next topic was LB840 economic development funds used for marketing. Besides an update to the website, a long-term campaign for the promotion of Louisville with the use of a marketing consultant and/or agency was discussed. The Mayor reminded the council that $5,000 in matching funds was allocated at the last meeting. Melvin Sudbeck was present with a request for $3,000 of the matching funds for a radio blast campaign regarding Louisville and his development. McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve $1,000/month for a three month period matched by Sudbeck Homes for promotion of Louisville. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jensen moves, Behrns seconds to approve the housing stimulus payout to Paul Pankonin for residence built at 808 South Ridge Dr. in the amount of $10,000. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

There was a difference of opinion from the attending developers as to whether the LB840 dollar per square foot housing stimulus is effective with the public. More research will be done.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #905; amend zoning regulation text regarding 15’ front yard setbacks in I-1 zoning district. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Ordinance #905 by title only on third and final reading. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #906; amend zoning regulation text regarding 15’ front yard setbacks in Prairie Ridge R-1/PUD zoning district. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Behrns seconds to adopt Ordinance #906 by title only on third and final reading. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #907; adoption of Louisville Comprehensive Plan. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Behrns seconds to adopt Ordinance #907 by title only on third and final reading. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and streets. There was a brief discussion on alleys that need major renovations and the process will be investigated.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There were no reports for fire and rescue.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to enter executive session at 8:45 p.m. for two separate reasons: to prevent needless injury to discuss personnel issues regarding Dan Henry and for the protection of the public interest to discuss threatened litigation and the demand of Irene Peterson. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Mueller reiterated the reasons for the executive session. Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to exit executive session at 9:03 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:04 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