February 9, 2022
February 9, 2022 Louisville, NE
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Present were Mayor Rod Petersen, Council Members Jerry McClun, Jamion Biesterfeld and Larry Gulizia. Martyn Myers was absent. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson and guests. Mayor Petersen 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 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 Petersen called the meeting to order and asked the Council to review the consent agenda. McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to approve the consent agenda with the exception of the two planning commission appointments. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
Darlene Petrzilka reported for the care center.
Jennifer Serkiz reported for the Cass County Economic Development Council with an update for 2021. In the Three Year Program of Work, six projects were landed and $21,000,000 in capital investment was made in Cass County. There will be an investors’ meeting on April 20, 2022 at Carol Joy Holling Camp.
Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to approve the bid on a 2022 Louisville Care Center resident transportation vehicle from Mobility Motoring in the amount of $84,480.00 at the recommendation of Pat Smith from LCC. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Petersen, Biesterfeld; nays – Gulizia; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
There was a discussion on 2022 COVID outbreak compensation for LCC. This item will be laid over until the next meeting after the subject has been discussed by the advisory board and a recommendation made.
McClun moves, Gulizia seconds to approve the consulting agreement with Lantern Health Services, LLC to give an overview of skilled nursing facility (LCC). Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
The city council acknowledged receipt of a written complaint regarding LCC. The matter will be turned over to the LCC committee for further review and subsequent action.
McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to continue the membership with Keep Cass County Beautiful in the amount of $500 from the KENO fund. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to approve the expenditure of one third the cost for City Attorney Johnson to attend Mid-Winter Conference. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
Parking concerns at 2nd and Walnut Streets and various other locations were discussed. A resolution will be prepared for the next meeting.
Water tower painting timing was discussed. The maintenance company, Viking Towers, has time in July to do the work. The city council agreed they didn’t want the tower out of commission during peak season so will request either early June or September.
Melvin Sudbeck was not present with any more information on the Highway 66 entrance into East Ridge.
Mayor Petersen gave an update on the 3rd Street Bridge repair estimates. It was noted that the State Dept. of Transportation is using chemicals on the bridge and will be sent a letter to cease and desist that practice. No action taken at this time.
Julie Bauman was present to give an audit update. A detailed review was done of the report.
Mayor Petersen reported for street, water and sewer. There was a water leak in an abandoned service line that accounted for excess flow in the sewer plant. A camera will be used to find infiltration to sewer line. Some other items reported; well rehab and UV lights at sewer plant.
A written sheriff’s report was circulated.
An internal audit was conducted verifying checks to invoices by the council members.
Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings on Ordinance #1023; fee schedule with adjustments as discussed. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried. McClun moves, Gulizia seconds to adopt by title only on third and final reading Ordinance #1023. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
Ordinance #1024; LCC wages and benefits, needs to go through LCC advisory board for recommendation before consideration by the city council.
Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:57 p.m. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Gulizia, Biesterfeld; absent – Myers. Motion carried.
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