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CITY COUNCIL

 

April 9, 2014                                                                                                                Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 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 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. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of any written objections filed for the creation of Alley Improvement District 2014-01. No public comment was made. Mayor Mueller closed the hearing at 7:02 p.m.

Mayor Mueller declared a conflict with the next agenda item and left the building. Council President Behrns presided over the meeting and opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. for the consideration to change the zoning classification from TA District to RS district on property legally described as: A portion of SW ¼ Sec 22-12-11, (Timber Ridge) the east end of Tax Lot 64, Cass County, NE. Dave Wedekind showed a detailed map. No other public comment was made. Council President Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. Mayor Mueller returned and presided over the meeting.

Gerri Draper, candidate for Cass County Clerk introduced herself to the council and guests and gave a brief summary of qualifications.

Mel Luetchens, candidate for District 2 State Legislature, introduced himself to the council and guests and gave a brief biography.

Mayor Mueller reported for the Care Center. Kitchen updates were discussed at the Care Center Board meeting earlier in the day and the financial feasibility of such improvements.

Monica Stohlmann reported for the Ball Parents Association. They are optimistic that a new location for a ball complex will be found and pursued. Engineers are looking into options.

Kathy Lipsys, the Senior Center manager, asked the council to consider repairs to the building such as fixing cracks in the drywall, painting, and carpet shampooing. Dan stated that the building has major structural issues and patching will not be a permanent solution. Dan will gather costs and present at the next meeting.

Greg Sloma from the Omaha Volkswagen Car Club was present with a street closure request. Alternatives were discussed to accommodate the Main Street businesses, but access to the fire station became a concern. McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve the street closure request for the Omaha Volkswagen Car Club show on June 14, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as follows: Main Street from 1st to 3rd and 2nd Street from alley west of Main to alley east of Main. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Water runoff from the care center parking lot causing major wash off was briefly discussed. A pipe to the storm sewer will be installed by the city maintenance crew.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to approve reserved parking for Good Times Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club poker run, May 3, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. as follows: west side of Main Street from Main Street Café south to 3rd Street and east side of Main Street from Home State Bank south to 3rd Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Recognition was given to employee David Mikell (Goldie) for his dedication in earning his GED. Goldie was given a round of applause and he thanked the council for hiring him and giving him the opportunity to work for the City.

Jensen moves, Behrns seconds to approve a special designated liquor license request for Sekalb, Inc. on June 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind Blakes Lot 177. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve a special designated liquor license request for Sekalb, Inc. on July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind Blakes Lot 177. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Jensen seconds to approve a special designated liquor license request for Sekalb, Inc. on August 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind Blakes Lot 177. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to approve a special designated liquor license request for Sekalb, Inc. on September 19, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind Blakes Lot 177. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the expenditure of $600 from the fire fund to defray the cost of the fire department banquet. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Lots 312 to 314 were discussed. The creek runs through these lots at the dead end of 5th Street and the lots are owned by a trust from Texas. The City was approached years ago and the trust was willing to turn over to the City. The City will contact the owners to see if still willing.

Lot235 and the north ½ of Lot 234 were discussed. Dan says this would be an ideal staging area when working on the creek. It’s essentially the only access on the west side. McClun moves, Jensen seconds to enter into an agreement with the property owner of Lot 235 and north ½ of Lot 234, Ray Haynie, to allow City access for five years in return for the demolition of the garage. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. City Attorney Johnson will draft an agreement.

A mobile home license application was submitted today from Dick Berner for Louisville Trailer Court on North Main Street. According to city code, inspections will be set up for the mobile homes in the next week or two to check for conformity to city regulations and the application will be addressed again at the next city council meeting.

Nuisance properties were discussed. Dick Berner, property owner of 308 E 2nd Street reported that drywall and plumbing has been done. Legal proceedings are pending until completion of the repairs.

Notice will have to be served by publication for the nuisance property at 218 Oak Street.

A building permit has been issued and construction begun on property located at 704 Oak Street. In the March meeting, the property owner was given until May 12, 2014 to complete.  

A default judgment has been filed for the nuisance property at 701 Oak Street and has been set for trial.

Legal proceedings will begin on the nuisance property located at 117 Cherry Street.

The owner of the nuisance property at 401 Cherry Street is working with the city to comply with regulations.

The splash pad discussions have been put on hold until a location for a ball complex has been found. Incorporating both into one project seems more feasible to the city council. Other park improvements were discussed including public restrooms. Neighboring towns, Louisville’s size, were contacted and all have public restrooms in their park areas. Contractors will be contacted to get prices to attach restrooms to the back of city hall. Prices for improving the park shelter will also be gathered. Sprinkler parties on the basketball court will continue this summer.

Letters to nuisance property owners regarding legal costs will be sent.

Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 14-07; Creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-1. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Dan reported for water, wastewater and streets. Otoe County Rural Water is back online and tank has been filled. The engineers from JEO will give suggestions on creek to address floodplain issues.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated.

Council Member Jerry McClun reported for the fire and rescue department. They have been fighting numerous grass fires and offenders are being ticketed for burning during a burn ban.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 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