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September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021

CITY COUNCIL

September 8, 2021                                                                                                      Louisville, NE

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, immediately following the budget meeting at 6:54 p.m. at City Hall.  Present were Mayor Rod Petersen, Council Members Jerry McClun, Jamion Biesterfeld, Martyn Myers and Larry Gulizia. Also present were City Attorney Roger Johnson, City Planner Joel Jones 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, Myers seconds to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Mayor Petersen opens the Tax Request public hearing at 6:55 p.m. for the purpose of hearing support, opposition, criticism, suggestions or observations of taxpayers relating to the final tax request for the Louisville, NE budget for fiscal year October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 which is in an amount different from the request for the prior year. No public comment was made. Mayor Petersen closed the hearing at 6:56 p.m.

 

Myers moves, McClun seconds to approve Resolution 21-10; a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Louisville, NE to adopt the budget for fiscal year October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers; nays – Gulizia. Motion carried.

 

McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to approve Resolution 21-11; a resolution of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Louisville, NE to set the tax request for the budget for fiscal year October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers; nays – Gulizia. Motion carried.

 

McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #1014; an ordinance to adopt the budget statement for fiscal year October 2, 2021 through September 30, 2022. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers; nays – Gulizia. Motion carried. Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to adopt by title only of third and final reading Ordinance #1014. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers; nays – Gulizia. Motion carried.

 

Mayor Petersen opens the public hearing at 7:18 p.m. to consider the one & six year road plan. No public comment made. Mayor Petersen closed the public hearing at 7:19 p.m.

 

 

Kari Wockenfuss reported for the Care Center stating they are in the process of finalizing paperwork for Provider Relief Fund including Cares Act money and PPL loan. Kari will be attending a conference in October. They are still waiting for federal guidance regarding a vaccine mandate. Council Member McClun stated a concern of cash flow.

 

Pam Wedekind was in attendance regarding green space on the property south of town being considered for development. The planning commission discussed at their last meeting and the developer was hoping to get clarification. It was stated that green space doesn’t need to be a park with playground equipment necessarily it could be any number of things. The council wanted the developer to designate useable green space but didn’t need to design a park.

 

Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to proceed with refinancing of GO nursing home bond, GO municipal building bond, GO water bond and SRF water tower loan. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia; nays – none. Motion carried. Paperwork will be prepared for the next meeting.

 

Ray Heinold was present with speeding concerns in South Ridge Subdivision. There was a lengthy discussion on speeding concerns all over town and the enforcement of the issues. Portable speed bumps, speed tables and signage were also discussed. More research will be done regarding the MUTCD standards.

 

The city council reviewed the fee schedule ordinance at the request of the rescue captain. Other fees were also discussed. Revisions will be made and presented at the October meeting.

 

Joel reported for street, water and sewer. Items reported: 6th Street Bridge project 80% done. Mayor Petersen gave kudos to Larry Gulizia and Ron Armbrust for all their volunteer time on the project. Ron Armbrust stated that the bridge wouldn’t have been done without Joel and thanked him profusely for spearheading the project and seeing it through. Joel also updated the council on the tower painting, water plant revisions, sewer plant flows, sewer line camera project, and deployment update.

 

A written sheriff’s report was circulated. Council Member McClun reported that the ambulance delivery has been pushed back until January.

 

An internal audit was conducted verifying checks to invoices by the council members.

 

McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to approve Resolution 21-09; one & six year road plan for Street Improvement Program 2021-2022. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to introduce by title only and suspend the three required statutory readings of Ordinance #1015; wages and benefits for City employees and public officials. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia; nays – none. Motion carried. McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to adopt by title only Ordinance #1015. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia; nays – none. Motion carried.

 

Ordinance #1016; wages and benefits for care center employees was tabled until the October meeting so more information can be gathered.

 

McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to adjourn the meeting at 9:02 p.m. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Biesterfeld, Myers, Gulizia. Nays – none. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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