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Government

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FAQs & Help

The City of Louisville provides city services to residents including water, sewer, trash, fire/rescue, street maintenance to name a few. The City office is located on Main Street. City office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. The City office offers residents a DROP BOX located at the rear (east side) of the building for after hour payments. A drive through window is also available during office hours.

The City Governing Body

The City Governing Body consists of Mayor Roger Behrns and four City Council Members: Jerry McClun, Randy Jensen, Paula Simonson and Rod Petersen. Meetings are held the 2 nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

Open Meetings Act

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84-1407. Act, how cited.

Sections 84-1407 to 84-1414 shall be known and may be cited as the Open Meetings Act.

84-1408. Declaration of intent; meetings open to public.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of this state that the formation of public policy is public business and

may not be conducted in secret.

Every meeting of a public body shall be open to the public in order that citizens may exercise their

democratic privilege of attending and speaking at meetings of public bodies, except as otherwise provided by

the Constitution of Nebraska, federal statutes, and the Open Meetings Act.

84-1409. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Open Meetings Act, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1)(a) Public body means (i) governing bodies of all political subdivisions of the State of Nebraska, (ii)

governing bodies of all agencies, created by the Constitution of Nebraska, statute, or otherwise pursuant to

law, of the executive department of the State of Nebraska, (iii) all independent boards, commissions, bureaus,

committees, councils, subunits, or any other bodies created by the Constitution of Nebraska, statute, or

otherwise pursuant to law, (iv) all study or advisory committees of the executive department of the State of

Nebraska whether having continuing existence or appointed as special committees with limited existence, (v)

advisory committees of the bodies referred to in subdivisions (i), (ii), and (iii) of this subdivision, and (vi)

instrumentalities exercising essentially public functions.

(b) Public body does not include (i) subcommittees of such bodies unless a quorum of the public body

attends a subcommittee meeting or unless such subcommittees are holding hearings, making policy, or taking

formal action on behalf of their parent body, except that all meetings of any subcommittee established under

section 81-15,175 are subject to the Open Meetings Act, and (ii) entities conducting judicial proceedings

unless a court or other judicial body is exercising rulemaking authority, deliberating, or deciding upon the

issuance of administrative orders;

(2) Meeting means all regular, special, or called meetings, formal or informal, of any public body for the

purposes of briefing, discussion of public business, formation of tentative policy, or the taking of any action of

the public body; and

(3) Videoconferencing means conducting a meeting involving participants at two or more locations through

the use of audio-video equipment which allows participants at each location to hear and see each meeting

participant at each other location, including public input. Interaction between meeting participants shall be

possible at all meeting locations.

84-1410. Closed session; when; purpose; reasons listed; procedure; right to challenge; prohibited

acts; chance meetings, conventions, or workshops.

(1) Any public body may hold a closed session by the affirmative vote of a majority of its voting members if

a closed session is clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless

injury to the reputation of an individual and if such individual has not requested a public meeting. The subject

matter and the reason necessitating the closed session shall be identified in the motion to close. Closed sessions

may be held for, but shall not be limited to, such reasons as:

(a) Strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate purchases, pending litigation, or

litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the

public body;

(b) Discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices;(c) Investigative proceedings

regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; or

(d) Evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the

reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting.

(e) For the Community Trust created under section 81-1801.02, discussion regarding the amounts to be

paid to individuals who have suffered from a tragedy of violence or natural disaster.

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(f) For public hospitals, governing board peer review activities, professional review activities, review and

discussion of medical staff investigations or disciplinary actions, and any strategy session concerning

transactional negotiations with any referral source that is required by federal law to be conducted at arms

length.

Nothing in this section shall permit a closed meeting for discussion of the appointment or election of a

new member to any public body.

(2) The vote to hold a closed session shall be taken in open session. The entire motion, the vote of each

member on the question of holding a closed session, and the time when the closed session commenced and

concluded shall be recorded in the minutes. If the motion to close passes, then the presiding officer

immediately prior to the closed session shall restate on the record the limitation of the subject matter of the

closed session. The public body holding such a closed session shall restrict its consideration of matters during

the closed portions to only those purposes set forth in the motion to close as the reason for the closed session.

The meeting shall be reconvened in open session before any formal action may be taken. For purposes of this

section, formal action shall mean a collective decision or a collective commitment or promise to make a

decision on any question, motion, proposal, resolution, order, or ordinance or formation of a position or policy

but shall not include negotiating guidance given by members of the public body to legal counsel or other

negotiators in closed sessions authorized under subdivision (1)(a) of this section.

(3) Any member of any public body shall have the right to challenge the continuation of a closed session if

the member determines that the session has exceeded the reason stated in the original motion to hold a closed

session or if the member contends that the closed session is neither clearly necessary for (a) the protection of

the public interest or (b) the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Such challenge

shall be overruled only by a majority vote of the members of the public body. Such challenge and its

disposition shall be recorded in the minutes.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require that any meeting be closed to the public. No person

or public body shall fail to invite a portion of its members to a meeting, and no public body shall designate

itself a subcommittee of the whole body for the purpose of circumventing the Open Meetings Act. No closed

session, informal meeting, chance meeting, social gathering, email, fax, or other electronic communication

shall be used for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of the act.

(5) The act does not apply to chance meetings or to attendance at or travel to conventions or workshops of

members of a public body at which there is no meeting of the body then intentionally convened, if there is no

vote or other action taken regarding any matter over which the public body has supervision, control,

jurisdiction, or advisory power.

84-1411. Meetings of public body; notice; contents; when available; right to modify; duties

concerning notice; videoconferencing or telephone conferencing authorized; emergency meeting

without notice; appearance before public body.

(1) Each public body shall give reasonable advance publicized notice of the time and place of each meeting by

a method designated by each public body and recorded in its minutes. Such notice shall be transmitted to all

members of the public body and to the public. Such notice shall contain an agenda of subjects known at the

time of the publicized notice or a statement that the agenda, which shall be kept continually current, shall be

readily available for public inspection at the principal office of the public body during normal business hours.

Agenda items shall be sufficiently descriptive to give the public reasonable notice of the matters to be

considered at the meeting. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be altered later than

(a) twenty-four hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting or (b) forty-eight hours before the

scheduled commencement of a meeting of a city council or village board scheduled outside the corporate limits

of the municipality. The public body shall have the right to modify the agenda to include items of an

emergency nature only at such public meeting.

(2) A meeting of a state agency, state board, state commission, state council, or state committee, of an advisory

committee of any such state entity, of an organization created under the Interlocal Cooperation Act, the Joint

Public Agency Act, or the Municipal Cooperative Financing Act, of the governing body of a public power

district having a chartered territory of more than one county in this state, of the governing body of a public

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power and irrigation district having a chartered territory of more than one county in this state, of a board of an

educational service unit, of the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, of the governing body of a risk

management pool or its advisory committees organized in accordance with the Intergovernmental Risk

Management Act, or of a community college board of governors may be held by means of videoconferencing

or, in the case of the Judicial Resources Commission in those cases specified in section 24-1204, by telephone

conference, if:

(a) Reasonable advance publicized notice is given;

(b) Reasonable arrangements are made to accommodate the public’s right to attend, hear, and speak at the

meeting, including seating, recordation by audio or visual recording devices, and a reasonable opportunity for

input such as public comment or questions to at least the same extent as would be provided if

videoconferencing or telephone conferencing was not used;

(c) At least one copy of all documents being considered is available to the public at each site of the

videoconference or telephone conference;

(d) At least one member of the state entity, advisory committee, board, council, or governing body is present at

each site of the videoconference or telephone conference, except that a member of an organization created

under the Interlocal Cooperation Act that sells electricity or natural gas at wholesale on a multistate basis, an

organization created under the Municipal Cooperative Financing Act, or a governing body of a risk

management pool or an advisory committee of such organization or pool may designate a nonvoting designee,

who shall not be included as part of the quorum, to be present at any site; and

(e)(i) Except as provided in subdivision (2)(e)(ii) of this section, no more than one-half of the state entity’s,

advisory committee’s, board’s, council’s, or governing body’s meetings in a calendar year are held by

videoconference or telephone conference; or

(ii) In the case of an organization created under the Interlocal Cooperation Act that sells electricity or natural

gas at wholesale on a multistate basis or an organization created under the Municipal Cooperative Financing

Act, such organization holds at least one meeting each calendar year that is not by videoconferencing or

telephone conferencing.

Videoconferencing, telephone conferencing, or conferencing by other electronic communication shall not be

used to circumvent any of the public government purposes established in the Open Meetings Act.

(3) A meeting of a board of an educational service unit, of the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council,

of the governing body of an entity formed under the Interlocal Cooperation Act, the Joint Public Agency Act,

or the Municipal Cooperative Financing Act, of the governing body of a risk management pool or its advisory

committees organized in accordance with the Intergovernmental Risk Management Act, of a community

college board of governors, of the governing body of a public power district, of the governing body of a public

power and irrigation district, or of the Nebraska Brand Committee may be held by telephone conference call if:

(a) The territory represented by the educational service unit, member educational service units, community

college board of governors, public power district, public power and irrigation district, Nebraska Brand

Committee, or member public agencies of the entity or pool covers more than one county;

(b) Reasonable advance publicized notice is given which identifies each telephone conference location at

which there will be present: (i) A member of the educational service unit board, council, community college

board of governors, governing body of a public power district, governing body of a public power and irrigation

district, Nebraska Brand Committee, or entity’s or pool’s governing body; or (ii) A nonvoting designee

designated under subdivision (3)(f) of this section;

(c) All telephone conference meeting sites identified in the notice are located within public buildings used by

members of the educational service unit board, council, community college board of governors, governing

body of the public power district, governing body of the public power and irrigation district, Nebraska Brand

Committee, or entity or pool or at a place which will accommodate the anticipated audience;

(d) Reasonable arrangements are made to accommodate the public’s right to attend, hear, and speak at the

meeting, including seating, recordation by audio recording devices, and a reasonable opportunity for input such

as public comment or questions to at least the same extent as would be provided if a telephone conference call

was not used;

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(e) At least one copy of all documents being considered is available to the public at each site of the telephone

conference call;

(f) At least one member of the educational service unit board, council, community college board of governors,

governing body of the public power district, governing body of the public power and irrigation district,

Nebraska Brand Committee, or governing body of the entity or pool is present at each site of the telephone

conference call identified in the public notice, except that a member of an organization created under the

Interlocal Cooperation Act that sells electricity or natural gas at wholesale on a multistate basis, an

organization created under the Municipal Cooperative Financing Act, or a governing body of a risk

management pool or an advisory committee of such organization or pool may designate a nonvoting designee,

who shall not be included as part of the quorum, to be present at any site;

(g) The telephone conference call lasts no more than five hours; and

(h) No more than one-half of the board’s, council’s, governing body’s, committee’s, entity’s, or pool’s meetings

in a calendar year are held by telephone conference call, except that:

(i) The governing body of a risk management pool that meets at least quarterly and the advisory committees of

the governing body may each hold more than one-half of its meetings by telephone conference call if the

governing body’s quarterly meetings are not held by telephone conference call or videoconferencing; and

(ii) An organization created under the Interlocal Cooperation Act that sells electricity or natural gas at

wholesale on a multistate basis or an organization created under the Municipal Cooperative Financing Act may

hold more than one-half of its meetings by telephone conference call if the organization holds at least one

meeting each calendar year that is not by videoconferencing or telephone conference call.

Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the participation of consultants, members of the press, and other

nonmembers of the governing body at sites not identified in the public notice. Telephone conference calls,

emails, faxes, or other electronic communication shall not be used to circumvent any of the public government

purposes established in the Open Meetings Act.

(4) The secretary or other designee of each public body shall maintain a list of the news media requesting

notification of meetings and shall make reasonable efforts to provide advance notification to them of the time

and place of each meeting and the subjects to be discussed at that meeting.

(5) When it is necessary to hold an emergency meeting without reasonable advance public notice, the nature of

the emergency shall be stated in the minutes and any formal action taken in such meeting shall pertain only to

the emergency. Such emergency meetings may be held by means of electronic or telecommunication

equipment. The provisions of subsection (4) of this section shall be complied with in conducting emergency

meetings. Complete minutes of such emergency meetings specifying the nature of the emergency and any

formal action taken at the meeting shall be made available to the public by no later than the end of the next

regular business day.

(6) A public body may allow a member of the public or any other witness other than a member of the public

body to appear before the public body by means of video or telecommunications equipment.

84-1412. Meetings of public body; rights of public; public body; powers and duties.

(1) Subject to the Open Meetings Act, the public has the right to attend and the right to speak at meetings of

public bodies, and all or any part of a meeting of a public body, except for closed sessions called pursuant to

section 84-1410, may be videotaped, televised, photographed, broadcast, or recorded by any person in

attendance by means of a tape recorder, camera, video equipment, or any other means of pictorial or sonic

reproduction or in writing.

(2) It shall not be a violation of subsection (1) of this section for any public body to make and enforce

reasonable rules and regulations regarding the conduct of persons attending, speaking at, videotaping,

televising, photographing, broadcasting, or recording its meetings. A body may not be required to allow

citizens to speak at each meeting, but it may not forbid public participation at all meetings.

(3) No public body shall require members of the public to identify themselves as a condition for admission to

the meeting nor shall such body require that the name of any member of the public be placed on the agenda

prior to such meeting in order to speak about items on the agenda. The body may require any member of the

public desiring to address the body to identify himself or herself.

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(4) No public body shall, for the purpose of circumventing the Open Meetings Act, hold a meeting in a place

known by the body to be too small to accommodate the anticipated audience.

(5) No public body shall be deemed in violation of this section if it holds its meeting in its traditional

meeting place which is located in this state.

(6) No public body shall be deemed in violation of this section if it holds a meeting outside of this state if,

but only if:

(a) A member entity of the public body is located outside of this state and the meeting is in that member’s

jurisdiction;

(b) All out-of-state locations identified in the notice are located within public buildings used by members

of the entity or at a place which will accommodate the anticipated audience;

(c) Reasonable arrangements are made to accommodate the public’s right to attend, hear, and speak at the

meeting, including making a telephone conference call available at an instate location to members, the public,

or the press, if requested twenty-four hours in advance;

(d) No more than twenty-five percent of the public body’s meetings in a calendar year are held out-ofstate;

(e) Out-of-state meetings are not used to circumvent any of the public government purposes established

in the Open Meetings Act;

(f) Reasonable arrangements are made to provide viewing at other instate locations for a videoconference

meeting if requested fourteen days in advance and if economically and reasonably available in the area; and

(g) The public body publishes notice of the out-of-state meeting at least twenty-one days before the date

of the meeting in a legal newspaper of statewide circulation.

(7) The public body shall, upon request, make a reasonable effort to accommodate the public’s right to hear

the discussion and testimony presented at the meeting.

(8) Public bodies shall make available at the meeting or the instate location for a telephone conference call or

videoconference, for examination and copying by members of the public, at least one copy of all reproducible

written material to be discussed at an open meeting. Public bodies shall make available at least one current

copy of the Open Meetings Act posted in the meeting room at a location accessible to members of the public.

At the beginning of the meeting, the public shall be informed about the location of the posted information.

84-1413. Meetings; minutes; roll call vote; secret ballot; when.

(1) Each public body shall keep minutes of all meetings showing the time, place, members present and

absent, and the substance of all matters discussed.

(2) Any action taken on any question or motion duly moved and seconded shall be by roll call vote of the

public body in open session, and the record shall state how each member voted or if the member was absent or

not voting. The requirements of a roll call or viva voce vote shall be satisfied by a public body which utilizes

an electronic voting device which allows the yeas and nays of each member of such public body to be readily

seen by the public.

(3) The vote to elect leadership within a public body may be taken by secret ballot, but the total number of

votes for each candidate shall be recorded in the minutes.

(4) The minutes of all meetings and evidence and documentation received or disclosed in open session shall

be public records and open to public inspection during normal business hours.

(5) Minutes shall be written, except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, and available for inspection

within ten working days or prior to the next convened meeting, whichever occurs earlier, except that cities of

the second class and villages may have an additional ten working days if the employee responsible for writing

the minutes is absent due to a serious illness or emergency.

(6) Minutes of the meetings of the board of a school district or educational service unit may be kept as an

electronic record.

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84-1414. Unlawful action by public body; declared void or voidable by district court; when; duty to

enforce open meeting laws; citizen’s suit; procedure; violations; penalties.

(1) Any motion, resolution, rule, regulation, ordinance, or formal action of a public body made or taken in

violation of the Open Meetings Act shall be declared void by the district court if the suit is commenced within

one hundred twenty days of the meeting of the public body at which the alleged violation occurred. Any

motion, resolution, rule, regulation, ordinance, or formal action of a public body made or taken in substantial

violation of the Open Meetings Act shall be voidable by the district court if the suit is commenced more than

one hundred twenty days after but within one year of the meeting of the public body in which the alleged

violation occurred. A suit to void any final action shall be commenced within one year of the action.

(2) The Attorney General and the county attorney of the county in which the public body ordinarily meets

shall enforce the Open Meetings Act.

(3) Any citizen of this state may commence a suit in the district court of the county in which the public body

ordinarily meets or in which the plaintiff resides for the purpose of requiring compliance with or preventing

violations of the Open Meetings Act, for the purpose of declaring an action of a public body void, or for the

purpose of determining the applicability of the act to discussions or decisions of the public body. It shall not be

a defense that the citizen attended the meeting and failed to object at such time. The court may order payment

of reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs to a successful plaintiff in a suit brought under this section.

(4) Any member of a public body who knowingly violates or conspires to violate or who attends or remains

at a meeting knowing that the public body is in violation of any provision of the Open Meetings Act shall be

guilty of a Class IV misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class III misdemeanor for a second or subsequent

offense.

Effective Date – September 1, 2019

Distributed by the League of Nebraska Municipalities

Agendas

April 2020 Louisville Public Library Board Meeting Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6 pm via Telephone Conference Teleconference number 425-436-6365 Access Code 318994# when prompted Recognition of Open Meeting Rules recognized. Minutes from previous months’ meeting approved. Librarian Report • New Members • Circulation Numbers • Overdue Report • New Materials Review • Monthly Finance Report • Update on “pick-up” services Old Business • Library Roof New Business • Advertise for new board members and submit names/resumes to the city board. Suggestions, Ideas or Comments Set Date/Agenda Suggestions for Next Meeting • Next meeting will be Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm. • City board will select new library board members. • Security • Cleaning Company • Term Limits • Nebraska Community Fund • Rental Policy for items in the library (Tables, etc) Coming up in June • Annual review of library policies with updates from all board members. Adjourn Meeting

City Clerk & Deputy Clerk

The City Clerk and Deputy Clerk handle water, sewer and trash accounts, as well as a number of other City business activities such as the City Ordinances, building permits, dog and cat licensing, parking fines, liquor and tobacco licenses, City budget, etc. The City Clerk is Dee Arias and the Deputy Clerk is Sheryl Gaston.

Maintenance

The maintenance department handles road repairs, snow removal, water/sewer line repairs, etc. Maintenance personnel are Preston Derby, Chris Osterloh, Joel Jones and Tyler Groves.  Please call Preston at 402-660-4190 with maintenance questions.

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department

The Fire Chief is Jason McClun and the Rescue Captain is Mike Hoover. If anyone is interested in being a volunteer, contact the City Office to have your information forwarded to the chief and/or captain.

The Louisville Planning Commission

The Louisville Planning Commission is comprised of the following members: Chairperson Ronda Anderson, Jeff Ryan, Ray Heinold, Cory Chubb, Lisa Sheehan, Chuck Meyer, Keith Witte and Roy Hudson. The Planning Commission meets once a quarter on Monday of the week prior to the City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. or as needed at City Hall.

The Louisville Library

http://louisvillenelibrary.com The Louisville Library is located at 217 Main Street. The librarian is Darla McDonald and the Library Board consists of Laura McKeen, Heidi Wilhelm, Patty Hibler, Stacee Schmidt-Cottrell and Tami Michalski. Library Board meetings as held the Monday before the city council meetings at 6:00 p.m. at the library.

Community Center

The Louisville Community Center is located at 423 Elm Street. The center may be rented for receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, family reunions, or other special events for the following fees: Main Hall – resident (includes kitchen) $75/day, Main Hall – non-resident (includes kitchen) $125/day, Office Meeting Room $25/day, Main Hall half day – resident $40, Main Hall half day – non-resident $65. For reservations call city hall 402-234- 7605.

Louisville Care Community

http://louisvillecarecenter.com The city owns the Louisville Care Community facility that includes long term care, assisted living apartments, physical therapy and other services. Call them at 402-234- 2125 for more information.

Council Meetings

The City Council meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. If a particular subject needs to be brought to the Council’s attention, arrangements should be made with the City Clerk twenty-four hours prior to the regular Council meeting to have the item placed on the agenda. The City Council meets once a month, the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Agendas are kept current with the city clerk. Notices of meetings are posted in advance at the City Office, Pinnacle Bank and the Louisville Post Office.

  • CITY COUNCIL March 11, 2020                                                                                                           Louisville, NE A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Roger Behrns, Council Members Jerry

  • CITY COUNCIL February 12, 2020                                                                                                       Louisville, NE A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Council Members Jerry McClun, Rod Petersen

  • CITY COUNCIL January 8, 2020                                                                                                          Louisville, NE A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall. Present were Mayor Roger Behrns, Council Members Jerry

City services

Water

Water services
Water/Sewer service is provided by the City of Louisville. Please contact city hall for more information or to set up service. 210 Main Street. 402-234- 7605. deputyclerk@louisvillene.com

Power

Power services in Louisville
Electricity is provided by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and they can be reached at 89 Main Street. 402-234- 2455

Gas

Gas services in Louisville
Gas service is provided by Black Hills Energy and they can be reached at 888-890- 5554
City of Louisville Nebraska

Trash

Trash services in Louisville
The City is contracted with Papillion Sanitation. Each household is provided with a toter. The toter shall be placed at the curb before 6:00 a.m. every Thursday morning. Papillion Sanitation will not accept car batteries, paint or white goods (appliances). Tree and brush limbs will be accepted in 4’ lengths or less in bundles only. Leaves and grass clippings will only be accepted December through March. Papillion Sanitation is scheduled every Thursday unless a holiday falls on Monday and then pick up will be one day late. Contact the Clerk for information.

The City also offers a free recycle program through Papillion Sanitation. Each household is provided with a recycle container that is to be placed at the curb every other Thursday morning by 6:00a.m. Acceptable items are newspapers, tin cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, junk mail and cards.

Papillion Sanitation offers a Spring, Summer and Fall Clean Up Day in May, August and
November to the City at no cost. Notices can be found on flyers around town.

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