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CITY COUNCIL

 

February 11, 2015                                                                                                       Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Roger Behrns, Council Members Jerry McClun, Randy Jensen and Paula Simonson. Rod Petersen was absent. 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.

Mayor Behrns called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve the consent agenda with the deletion of an appointment of an alternate to the planning commission. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Mayor Behrns opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. for the One & Six Year Road Plan. No public comment was made. Mayor Behrns closed the hearing at 7:03 p.m.

Mayor Behrns reported for Louisville Care Center. The final construction meeting for the dining room expansion will be held on February 27th. The specs will be presented at the next city council meeting. The LCC financial advisor will also present an updated cash flow analysis.

Lisa Scheve presented a quarterly report from CCNEDC. Some items discussed were 2014 goals and results. The City Council was thanked for its increased support.

Kevin Kruse, the water resources department manager from JEO gave a presentation on Mill Creek. He gave a brief history regarding Lower Platte South NRD’s hazard mitigation plan and how an extensive study on Mill Creek could enhance that plan. LPSNRD has agreed to cost share for this study. All agreed it was a reasonable investment to protect the business community. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve an agreement with JEO for a flood mitigation feasibility study on Mill Creek for a City cost of $24,960.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Steve Becker was in attendance to discuss a drainage issue from Northridge Subdivision. Rock from the road is washing into and filling up a drainage ditch adjacent to his property. The home owners’ association is not cooperating with his request to clean it up. He asked if the City has any authority and/or information he could use. The clerk will research the files for a subdivision agreement. The City Attorney advised that this was a civil matter.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve the housing stimulus pay out to Sudbeck Homes for residence built at 816 3rd St. Cr. in the amount of $1,150.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

McClun moves, Simonson seconds to approve the transfer of $1,100.00 from economic development fund to the water and sewer funds for tap fee reimbursement at 816 3rd St. Cr. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding the continuation of the housing stimulus. Jensen moves, McClun seconds to extend the housing stimulus of $1/square foot for new residence within the city limits with a signed occupancy permit by December 31, 2015. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to continue to waive tap fees, but to stop transferring the funds to reimburse the tap fees from the economic development fund to the water and sewer funds. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to revise the job description for the deputy clerk position before advertising for a replacement. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Prairie Ridge signage was tabled. Dan will contact Dave Wedekind to discuss further.

The nuisance property at 401 Cherry St. was discussed. An amended case has been filed and in the process of service and waiting for a trial date.

The Verizon lease agreement is in their attorney’s review.

Fire Chief Jason McClun reported that the Fire/Rescue Department is working with Cass County EMS for rescue calls.

There was no update on the lease agreement with Ash Grove for a ball field project.

Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve Resolution 15-02; One & Six Year Road Plan. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote of those attending.

Dan and Jesse reported for water, wastewater and streets. Street repairs on Elm Street have been done caused by drainage undermining. Another street repair was done at 6th and Main and the costs will be billed to Black Hills Energy. The computers at the water plant were messed up during a power outage and will eventually need to be replaced. Some upgrades have been made at the wastewater treatment plant.

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. Jason reported for fire and rescue. The rescue department is in training for new skills. The fire on Hill Dr. was a complete loss and the department thanked Dan and the city crew for aiding with the efforts.

McClun moves, Simonson seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 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