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CITY COUNCIL

 

November 12, 2014                                                                                                    Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Roger Behrns, Council Members Jerry McClun, Randy Jensen, Clete Petrzilka and Paula Simonson. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Supervisor Dan Henry and several guests. Mayor Behrns 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.

Council Member Simonson was sworn in and read the oath of office.

Mayor Behrns called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. McClun moves, Jenson seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the Simonson Masonry claim. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, McClun seconds to approve the Simonson Masonry claim. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Jensen, Petrzilka; abstain – Simonson. Motion carried.

Mayor Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:03 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of written objections filed for the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-2 (Walnut/Maple/4th/Koop). 90’ out of 720’ submitted written objections. No public comment was made. Mayor Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:04 p.m.

Mayor Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of written objections filed for the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-3 (Walnut/Maple/3rd/4th). 180’ out of 720’ submitted written objections. No public comment was made. Mayor Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:05 p.m.

Mayor Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:05 p.m. to determine the sufficiency of written objections filed for the creation of Alley Improvement District No. 2014-4 (Maple/Vine/2nd/3rd). No written objections were submitted. No public comment was made. Mayor Behrns closed the public hearing at 7:06 p.m.

Mayor Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:06 p.m. to consider levying special assessments on the lots and parcels in Alley Improvement District 2014-1. A spreadsheet showing total cost and cost per property was submitted by the clerk. No public comment was made. Mayor Behrns closed the hearing at 7:08 p.m.

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center. They had a meeting on the new construction; reporting that bids should be ready for February to start project in March.

The One & Six Year Road Plan review has been tabled until the December meeting.

Wil Engelkemeier was present to complain about the number of No Parking signs on his block. No council action was taken.

Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve the renewal of Maintenance Agreement No. 55 with NE Dept. of Roads for January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

No council action was taken on the stop sign request for Prairie Hill Dr. at Hawthorne lane.

After brief discussion, the city council looks favorably on possible tax increment financing for a new building at 2nd & Main Streets.

There was a lengthy discussion on Hazel Street paving. More research will be done and was tabled until the December meeting.

There was no action on an ice skating rink as the person with the request was not in attendance.

City Attorney Johnson updated the council on the outstanding nuisance properties. 218 Oak Street is set for trial; 117 Cherry Street has a pre-trial conference scheduled; 401 Cherry Street paperwork will be amended to include the entire property.

Mayor Behrns and Dan met with Game & Parks and Otoe County Rural Water regarding Platte River State Park sewer/water connections and gave the city council an update.

No council action taken on the trap-neuter-return concept for stray and feral cats in town.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve the Verizon lease agreement upon legal review. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

There was a brief water/sewer/street report.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. There was no report for fire/rescue. Speeding was briefly discussed.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 14-22; to determine sufficiency of written objections for alley improvement district 2014-2 (Walnut/Maple/4th/Koop). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jensen moves, Petrzilka seconds to approve Resolution 14-23; to determine sufficiency of written objections for alley improvement district 2014-3 (Walnut/Maple/3rd/4th). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 14-24; determine sufficiency of written objections for alley improvement district 2014-4 (Maple/Vine/2nd/3rd). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to approve Resolution 14-25; levying special assessment for alley improvement district 2014-1 (Oak/Elm/Koop/7th). Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Mayor Behrns declared a conflict with the following agenda item and left the meeting. Council President McClun presided over the meeting. Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #920; alley vacation between Maple & Vine Street from Koop Ave. south to 6th Street. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to adopt Ordinance #920 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Mayor Behrns returned to the meeting and presided over the meeting.

Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #921; Care Center wages as it relates to hiring incentives. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to adopt Ordinance #901 by title only. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petrzilka moves, Jensen seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:07 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