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LOUISVILLE VILLAGE BOARD MEETS

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The Louisville Village Board met Thursday evening at the village hall and quickly approved the meeting agenda, past meeting minutes and the village bills.

Clay County Sheriff Andy Myers presented his Sheriffs Report to the village and as he did Tuesday evening during Clay Citys Village Board meeting, reminded Louisville Trustees and the public that school begins next week and he encourages all drivers to be on the lookout for students whether they are walking, riding or driving to and from school. Sheriff Myers also noted that the Clay County Jail will be getting an additional officer, when Zack Davis graduates from the academy and becomes a jailer.

Krista McLaren with Kemper CPA in Olney presented the annual village audit. She presented two documents to the board, one concerning village financial accounts and one for TIF funds. McLaren said the TIF audit is considered a clean audit and is in accordance with state statute. The main audit of village financial funds also received a clean opinion and looks good for FY2019.

Utilities Superintendent Troy Elwood updated the board on construction at the Community Center. He said work will begin on the roof in short order when the work crew becomes available.

Treasurer Stephanie Bailey said one issue brought up during the audit was the tuck-pointing work on the Community Center. While trustees approved spending $19,200 for the project, the contractor for the job, Johnny Spencer, was unable to do all of the work and a second company, Brick, Block and Beyond of Salem did the remaining work. Bailey says the amount spent was the budgeted amount, however $1,540 went to the Salem firm, which wasnt included in in the original motion. Bailey asked the board to correct the record and include the additional firm and trustees approved the measure unanimously. Bailey also reported an issue for a check endorsement. The issue involves repairs at Zimmerman Transport caused by storm damage. Since the village is one of the lenders for the companys loan, it is required to endorse the check from the insurance claim. The board agreed to endorse the check once it is verified that the repairs were properly completed.

In the Mayors Report, Mayor Kim Adair asked the board to approve a two-year Franchise Agreement with Mediacom and trustees passed the measure without dissent. The U.S. Route 50 Coalition requested the village to sponsor a hole at its annual golf tournament for $100. The measure died when no motion was made by a trustee. The board discussed tearing down the Family Treasures Building on the north side of the courthouse square due to its deteriorating condition. The village will seek bids on what it will cost to tear it down and remove the materials. There was also a discussion about creating a Business District to be able to levy a local sales tax that would be paid for on certain products purchased at convenience stores or other establishments within the village. No action was taken and the board may revisit the issue again in the coming months.

Before adjourning the meeting, trustees noted the painting of the water tower was complete and wondered why the Cardinal artwork was a simple black outline rather than red like it was before. Members said that was not what they envisioned when they approved the work. Supt. Elwood said the board agreed to keep the colors black and white. Trustees responded by saying they agreed not paint the entire tower multiple colors, but wanted the Cardinal logo to be its usual red. Elwood said it would have cost an additional $30,000 to paint the logo red. With that, trustees quickly withdrew their objection and the meeting adjourned.