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CITY COUNCIL

 

March 11, 2015                                                                                                           Louisville, NE

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

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 exception of the claim to Louisville Volunteer Fire Department. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

John Trecek from Ameritas Investments was in attendance to discuss the benefits of refunding the fire station bond with a net savings to the city of $51,098.67.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve Resolution 15-03; refunding bonds dated April 12, 2010 called for payment. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Simonson seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #926; refunding bonds series 2015 in the amount of $395,000.00. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. Petersen moves, Jensen seconds to adopt by title only Ordinance #926. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Cal Hinz and Becky Block were present from CLH Architects to describe the proposed LCC dining room renovation and addition. A 5,000 square foot renovation and 5,000 square foot addition were discussed, including the dining room, kitchen and laundry areas.

Steve Amundson from FuCare Consultants presented an assessment of financing the renovation and addition based on project estimates.

Petersen moves, McClun seconds to approve the LCC dining room renovation and addition project as presented and publish for bids. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Kurt and Sarah Stovall were present to discuss drainage issues on their property at 508 Koop Ave. Their driveway curb was cut several years ago and when the streets were overlaid in 2011, storm water started running onto their driveway. They have since had damage to their property. Dan will re-pour the curb tomorrow.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding an LB840 funds request from Kevin Hall for Mill Creek Auto.  Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to approve a $130,000 loan/grant as stipulated in the recommendation from the LB840 application review committee.  Roll call vote: ayes – Jensen, Simonson; nays – McClun; abstain – Petersen.  Motion fails.  McClun moves, Simonson seconds to approve a loan/grant in the amount to $120,000.   City Attorney Johnson advised that if the Mayor and Council desired to reconsider the prior motion, based on an amendment to the circumstances when the Mayor can vote, the Mayor would be eligible to vote in order to make a majority vote of the council as a whole.  McClun withdrew his motion for the $120,000 amount and Simonson withdrew her second.  Jensen moves, Simonson seconds to approve a $130,000 loan/grant as stipulated in the recommendation from the LB840 application review committee.  Roll call vote: ayes – Jensen, Simonson, Behrns; nays – McClun; abstain – Petersen.  Motion carries.

Petersen moves, Jensen seconds to approve the deputy clerk job description as presented. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

Petersen moves, Simonson seconds to approve the expenditure of $25/member for the fire department banquet in the amount of $550.00. Roll call vote: ayes – Petersen, Simonson, Jensen; abstain – McClun. Motion carried.

Petersen moves, Jensen second to remove dirt off city owned property south of 6th Street at no cost to the City subject to permit compliance. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

No council action was taken for the request from Melvin Sudbeck for participation in radio ads for the promotion of Louisville.

Jensen moves, McClun seconds to approve a letter written to NDOR to request the removal of the corridor protection from the Louisville South Bypass project. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

No council action taken of the request for Prairie Ridge signage from Dave Wedekind.

City Attorney Johnson updated the council on the nuisance property at 401 Cherry St. as filed, served and waiting for an answer. A partial motion to default will be filed awaiting location of other registered owners.

The lease with Verizon is in talks with the attorneys.

Mayor Behrns and Dan Henry spoke with the manager of Ash Grove, John Dale, regarding an option on the potential ball field property. John looked favorably on the idea and is taking the request to the corporate office.

Twenty-five applications were received for the deputy clerk position. Interviews will be held with the hiring sub-committee next week and Mayor Behrns will negotiate and hire the replacement.

Jensen moves, Petersen seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #927; wages and benefits for city employees and public officials. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote. McClun moves, Jensen seconds to adopt by title only Ordinance #927. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.

McClun moves, Simonson seconds to approve the entity agreement with Pinnacle Bank to designate authorized signers of City accounts. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Simonson, Jensen; abstain – Petersen. Motion carried.

McClun moves, Jensen seconds to approve the entity agreement with Pinnacle Bank to designate authorized signers of Louisville Care Center accounts. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Simonson, Jensen; abstain – Petersen. Motion carried.

Jesse reported for water, wastewater and streets. A written sheriff’s report was circulated and there was no report from fire/rescue.

Jensen moves, Petersen 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