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CITY COUNCIL      October 8, 2014                                                                                                          Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, October 8, 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 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, Jenson seconds to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Mueller reported for the Care Center. Health insurance proposals were presented at the advisory board meeting. More research will be done.

Monica Stohlmann was present from the Ball Parents Association with brochures to publicize the school bond to build a new ball complex as well as other school improvements. Mayor Mueller gave a brief history of the bond and informed the audience of upcoming community forums on the subject.

Steven Gauthier was present with a request for consideration of an ice skating rink. He presented ideas from other cities stating materials needed and possible locations. Mayor Mueller suggested getting support from other residents before any action taken.

Emily Fletcher and Larry Shackman from Feline Friends suggested a trap/neuter/return concept for the feral cats in town. After trapped, the cats are altered and given shots and any other care needed, ear tipped and returned. The cost is $25/cat plus any additional care needed. This is a long term solution and Emily is willing to volunteer to help. The council was also informed that there are grant possibilities for some of the costs. They also said that trying to decrease the population rapidly is not the solution. Mayor Mueller suggested talking to Ash Grove to see if it is possible to trap on their property. The subject was tabled until the next meeting.

Don Harris was present with a complaint about the condition of the property at 509 Vine Street. The clerk has sent letters and had conversations with the property owner and renter with no results. Council President Behrns has offered the tenant the use of his truck for the cleanup. No council action was taken.

Lisa Scheve, Executive Director of CCNEDC gave the city council a quarterly update. She focused on inventory of assets, business retention and expansion, and the attraction of new businesses. Lisa stated that the regional partnership is important and provides additional resources.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to allow Keep Cass County Director, Linda Behrns, to set up a table at fall cleanup day on November 15, 2014 to collect rechargeable batteries and cell phones in conjunction with America Recycles Day. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the street closure request on October 10, 2014; Vine Street between Koop Ave. and 7th Street from 2:00 p.m. to midnight for a block party. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Speeding and signage on Sandhill Rd. was discussed briefly. More speed limit and weight limit signs will be ordered and installed.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to direct the clerk to prepare an ordinance for the vacation of the alley between Maple and Vine Streets from Koop Ave. to 6th Street. Roll call vote: ayes – Petrzilka, Jensen, McClun; abstain – Behrns. Motion carried.

Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the street closing request for the Homecoming Parade on October 17, 2014 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. as follows: 3rd Street from school to Main, north to 2nd, west to school parking lot. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

There was a brief discussion on the paving of Hazel Street south of 3rd Street. An estimate for the reinforced paving was given at $22/lineal foot. The City will have to create a lease agreement with Don Dobbs. No council action was taken.

The nuisance property at 218 Oak Street has received a certificate of readiness.

Suit has been filed for the nuisance property at 117 Cherry Street.

Suit has been filed for nuisance property at 401 Cherry Street.

Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to direct clerk to prepare a resolution to start a sinking fund for equipment replacement. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

The final lease agreement with Verizon Wireless is yet to be finalized.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. A deputy was also in attendance and was informed that there continues to be parking issues at 7th & Maple. He will make the rest of the department aware of the situation.

There were no reports for streets, sewer, water, fire or rescue. The clerk stated that a resident inquired about “snowbird” rates. The council will consider the request. The clerk also informed the council that the tree planting project at the park will be October 18th with the help of Julian Covington as an Eagle Scout Project. A grant was obtained from LPSNRD in the amount of $1,263.15 with the help of Linda Behrns to cover half the cost of the trees and $500 was already obtained from Black Hills Energy.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three require statutory readings of Ordinance #916; wages and benefits for Louisville Care Center employees. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Jensen moves, Behrns seconds to adopt Ordinance #916 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Behrns seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three require statutory readings of Ordinance #917; creation of alley improvement district 2014-2. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to adopt Ordinance #917 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve Resolution 14-18; set hearing for November 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of the written objections filed objecting the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-2 (Walnut/Maple & 4th/5th). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three require statutory readings of Ordinance #918; creation of alley improvement district 2014-3. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Behrns seconds to adopt Ordinance #918 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 14-19; set hearing for November 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of the written objections filed objecting the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-3 (Walnut/Maple & 3rd/4th). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Behrns seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three require statutory readings of Ordinance #919; creation of alley improvement district 2014-4. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Behrns moves, Petrzilka seconds to adopt Ordinance #919 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 14-20; set hearing for November 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of the written objections filed objecting the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-4 (Maple/Vine & 2nd/3rd). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 14-21; setting date for hearing and ordering notice for special assessments for Alley Improvement District No. 2014-1. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to accept the resignation of Mayor Mueller. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. He was thanked for his years of service.

Council President Behrns was sworn in as Mayor for balance of the term; to December 2016.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to declare a vacancy on the City Council and direct posting of notice of vacancy for balance of term; to December 2016. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

If necessary, a special meeting has been scheduled for 6:55 p.m. on November 12, 2014 to fill the vacancy.

Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to elect Jerry McClun as Council President. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 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