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Mayor seeks input on proposed joint facility

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Mayor Dennis Berry asked input from council member as to what direction they wanted city staff to go concerning the subcommittee of the proposed county/city safety center.

The committee's first meeting, open to the public, is scheduled tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the County Commissioner room.

Some issues Berry mentioned at Monday night's City Council meeting concerning the project were the choice of a bonding agent, whether the proposal would go before the voters in November, site development and total cost of the facility.

Councilman Lyons said his vote on the proposed facility - in which he voted against it - spoke for itself.

Jail task force member Reuben Hoff Jr. told the council that a representative from the bonding agency, Kirkpatrick and Pettis, will be present at the meeting to answer questions and if the bond does not pass by the voters, these agents will not be paid.

Berry commented that he didn't want to commit a lot of the city staff's time until he knew the community supported it.

Hoff answered that the Tuesday's meeting would just be a working session, and Councilman Bill Longnecker suggested that the council wait until staff members returned from this meeting to hear their observations.

Councilman Kenny expressed concern about the tax burden this project would be on city residents. He mentioned the $14 million in water and sewer improvements that residents were already paying.

Councilman Lyons reminded the council that city residents will be paying the county and the city's costs of the project.

"Last I heard, McCook was still in Red Willow County," he said.

More discussion needs to happen to see what the total impact will be, Councilman Aaron Kircher said, and recommended that the city wait to commit on this project until people voted on the issue.

Another discussion item on the agenda, which concerned the agreement with the county for the dispatch service at the McCook Police Department, was pulled from the agenda as contracts with the county can be done only at a certain time, Berry said, so this issue could not be addressed at this time.

Greg Wolford of W Design addressed the council, and told them no bids were received for the development and testing of the deep injection well. He asked for authorization for W Design/JHC Joint Venture to negotiate for completion of the work.

Councilman Kenny asked Wolford if he had spoken with Ed Bass from McCook who has experience with wells, and Wolford answered that he had.

Bass had questioned several items for the development and testing that he considered unnecessary expenses, Wolford said, which included the timing of the tests and the need of acidifiers. Wolford claimed that Rick Lyle of Petrotek, the current contractor at the deep injection well project, assured him that these items were necessary,which Councilman Kenny disputed.

Money is being spent unnecessarily on this project, Kenny said, and he maintained that a contractor from this area could do the job at a lower cost.

Wolford estimated the total cost of the negotiations at $120-150,000, which he said is in the budget.

The council voted unanimously to negotiate for the completion of this work.

Missy Nelson addressed the council and said she would like the recognition plaque to be placed in the entry way of Memorial Auditorium. The donation plaque, which acknowledges donations for the stadium seating installed at the auditorium, is already assembled and will not fit in the stairwell, she said, but it will fit underneath the WPA plaque in the entryway.

The location of the recognition plaques to be placed in the entry way of Memorial Auditorium was approved unanimously by council members.

In other action, the council approved:

* to pay half the costs of non-bind mediation with McCook Public Power concerning a tower MPPD is requesting to build, with MPPD paying the other half;

* the filing of a declaratory action in district court concerning the disbursement of TIF money collected from the YMCA renovation project.

During Council Comments, Councilman Lyons commended McCook emergency responders for their timely response to the assault that occurred over the weekend, and Mayor Berry recognized Utility Superintendent Jesse Dutcher and Wolford for bringing the city into federal compliance with the water project.

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