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A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Louisville was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Present were Mayor Rod Petersen, Council Members Jerry McClun, Justin Barnes, Jamion Biesterfeld and Paul Pankonin. 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 claim to Pankonin’s Inc. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried. McClun move, Biesterfeld seconds to approve the claim to Pankonin’s Inc. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun Barnes, Biesterfeld; abstain – Pankonin. Motion carries.

Mayor Petersen stated that the hearing regarding the rezone request has been canceled since the planning commission didn’t give a recommendation yet.

Mayor Petersen opened the hearing at 7:03 p.m. to consider a Class C liquor license for Casa Del Sol Azteca, LLC dba Casa Del Sol Azteca. No public comment was made. Mayor Petersen closed the hearing at 7:04 p.m.

Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to approve Resolution 23-05; Class C liquor license approval for Casa Del Sol Azteca LLC dba Casa Del Sol Azteca. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

Interim administrator Angela Buglewicz reported for the Care Center. She is working under a provisional license as administrator. Other items reported: painting project is ongoing, new blinds and furniture are being installed.

Biesterfeld moves, Barnes seconds to approve the request for street closures on Saturday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. for entire day on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets and Sunday, July 23 from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Main Street between 1st and 3rd Streets and 2nd Street between alleys east and west of Main Street; all for Dynamite Pete Days. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

Barnes moves, Pankonin seconds to approve the fire department request for street closure for practice burn; April 23, 2023 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between Oakridge Apartment driveway to Louisville Care Center driveway (weather dependent). Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to approve the interim Director of Nursing for Louisville Care Center; Lynn Forsung, RN. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

There was no contract available to review with the state to enter mentoring program for care center administration. This will be addressed at the next meeting.

The LCC advisory board had some ideas to use the remaining ARPA funds by the deadline of June 30, 2023. McClun moves, Biesterfeld seconds to instruct the clerk to develop an ordinance reflecting Option 2 as presented for consideration at the next meeting. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

There was a preliminary discussion of water line extension from 7th and Maple south and around to South Ridge for connectivity of Otoe County Rural Water and to create a loop. No council action was taken.

There was a discussion on the city moving the water line at Eastwood Drive and Hwy. 66. No council action was taken.

Melvin Sudbeck was in attendance to discuss the entrance at Eastwood Drive and Hwy. 66 and his reason for not completing in a timely manner. He explained that the state is requiring additional work that wasn’t expected and the price has greatly expanded. City Attorney Johnson stated that this would be a substantial modification to the TIF project and would require many steps.

There was a discussion on enforcement of a fence being built in the front yard against regulations and no permit.

Discussion on the purchase of a high service pump for the water plant. Prices will be obtained.

Barnes moves, McClun seconds to approve the ballfield use and operating agreement with Louisville Ball Parents Association and authorize the Mayor to sign upon receipt of signed copy. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

Joel Jones reported for street, water and sewer. Some items discussed: 3rd Street Bridge update, water tower painting procedures, South Ridge lift station, sewer plant issues, tree overhang nuisance, fencing at shop and sewer plant, temporary speed bumps, brush pile location, and street cleaning.

A written sheriff’s report and LVFD report were circulated. Council Member McClun also reported that the fire department helped with the Lake Waconda fire. He also stated that Life Net will be at the ball field on April 24, 2023 at 7:45 p.m.

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

McClun moves, Pankonin seconds to approve Resolution 23-04; signing of an agreement with JEO for preliminary engineering for 6th St. Bridge Project. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; nays – none. Motion carried.

Ordinance #1044; LCC wages and benefits was tabled for recommendation from the LCC Advisory Board.

Biesterfeld moves, McClun seconds to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 p.m. Roll call vote: ayes – McClun, Barnes, Biesterfeld, Pankonin; 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