New water lines, Nelson statue on agenda

Friday, December 18, 2009

New water pipes for parts of the city are on tap for the McCook City Council meeting, Monday night, 7:30 p.m., at City Council Chambers in Memorial Auditorium.

The council will also be asked to approve a payment schedule for the bronze sculpture of Sen. Ben Nelson being created for McCook.

Both are consent agenda items, that can be approved in one motion or pulled for discussion by a member of the council or a member of the public.

The new water mains are slated for South Street and Kelley Park Drive. The council will be asked Monday night to approve drawings and specifications for the projects.

The South Street project will replace 2,600 feet of three and four inch mains with a six-inch water pipe. Work also includes 31 service connections to the residences on South Street. City sales tax proceeds are funding the project.

On the north side of the city, 600 feet of a new six-inch water main will connect two dead-ends together at Kelley Park Drive and Park Street. Connecting the two mains will provide additional and more reliable flow to residences in the "Reservation" area.

The council will be asked to approve a supplemental agreement with artist Martha Pettigrew concerning the life-sized sculpture honoring Sen. Ben Nelson, called "On My Honor." The sculpture consists of three figures and is of Nelson as a young boy receiving his Eagle Scout award, flanked by his parents. The foundry casting the sculptures requires a $4,000 payment for each figure to be bronzed and the agreement allows for that amount to be paid to the artist each time one of the figures is cast, for a total of $12,000.

In August, the council accepted the gift of $70,000 through the McCook Foundation, from the Nebraska Community Foundation, for the statue. It will be placed at Nelson's boyhood home on Norris Avenue, which is part of the Heritage Square. Heritage Square is a ten-block area near downtown McCook that displays historical landmarks and homes of McCook citizens that later rose to political prominence, such as those of Sen. George Norris, former governors Ralph E. Brooks and Frank B. Morrison and current U.S. Senator Ben Nelson.

On the regular agenda, the council will be asked to consider:

* approving on second reading an ordinance that authorizes the city to withdraw plans to construct an alley between Spruce Road and Ponderosa Drive, in Country Side Estates Henton's First Addition. The area is outside of city limits and property owners requested that plans for the alley be vacated.

* receive an update from the property owner at 305 East 12. The owner requested and received from the council additional time to clean up the property.

Other consent agenda, items the council will be asked to approve include:

* specifications for a new trash hauling truck for the city's Solid Waste Department and to set the date to receive bids as Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. A total of $160,000 has been allotted for the purchase of this vehicle, an amount that has been accumulating over the past few years using a reserve fund.

* the recommendation from the Fuel Contract Advisory Committee to continue the fuel purchase agreement for 2010 with Frenchman Valley Coop, for fuel for government vehicles. The agreement allows the City of McCook and Red Willow County, to buy fuel at a bulk price.

* an amended lease agreement with the General Services Administration that deletes the P. O. Box number from the address. The lease agreement, that runs until November 2014, is for space that is being occupied by the Transportation Security Administration at McCook Regional Airport.

* the special designated liquor license submitted by the McCook Area Chamber of Commerce for the annual banquet Feb. 6, 2010 at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.

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  • What happens to Heritage Square since the county bought Gov. Brook's home? Why doesn't the boyhood home of Gov. Heineman have a blue state histrical marker in that yard? What happened to the marker in Morrison's yard?

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 2:00 PM
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    Take that statue idea and scrap the whole project. Ben Nelson is not representing Nebraska. Next election, he's going to find out what it is to be jobless. I would be ashamed to have this statue in our city.

    -- Posted by flynh3 on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 10:53 AM
  • On my Honor. No need to change the statue. I heard if you look behind it's back he has his fingers crossed.

    -- Posted by MRswNebr on Sun, Dec 20, 2009, at 10:08 AM
  • The greeks made statues of the god's,the people on Easter island made statues of alien's,and McCook makes a statue of a boyscout.How about a statue of coach Gross for coaching a back to back state champion football team.How about a statue of me for writing this editorial.I think visitors to McCook are going to snicker at the statue of Ben Nelson who has by the way done a fair job at representing Nebraska.I think that money could be better spent by making deluxe christmas decorations and marketing McCook as a holiday extravaganza.

    -- Posted by paintdestiny on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 2:51 AM
  • Just a reminder, the money for the statue comes from donations and the taxpayers are out nothing. Regardless of politics we should be proud of having so many---Brooks, Morrison, Heinemann, Nelson, Norris- political figures being from our city.

    -- Posted by dennis on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 10:41 AM
  • Is the statue titled "Corrupt Politician"? Woe to those that idolize politicians that line their pockets and the state coffers with ill gotten tax money!!! Then say that others are on the "wrong side" of history!!

    -- Posted by myopinion1 on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 11:43 AM
  • Sure hope the city of McCook council members still feel the same way!!! Thinking Nelson is so great and doing such a good job.

    Maybe when kicked out of politics he will move back too McCook and start building some helicopters. He might be able too make some more money behind peoples backs and contunue telling stories.

    Seems he tells a great story and some people believe him.

    I guess he has forgotten most of the should have learned in scouts.

    Good luck McCook and Ben Nelson.

    Seems they get caught in the end, look what hapened to Tiger Woods!!!!

    -- Posted by Just a reader on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 8:34 PM
  • fredd,

    Who is this Chenny character. And wasn't Valerie Plaim (Plame) outed by a Democrat (or Demacrat).

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 9:03 PM
  • How about erecting the statue and the landfill station? Seems appropriate. Heck, we can even name the dump after Ben Nelson.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 10:44 AM
  • ohh Please don't contamiate the dump!!!!

    Maybe a Democrat floating down the Republican river would be better.

    He could help some other make-believe politicians free the river bottom of weeds & trees and he could figure out LB 701. Think of the money they could save!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sure the river will be running bank full in no time------Then they can start thinking about flood problems.

    -- Posted by Just a reader on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 1:55 PM
  • ON MY HONOR,you have to be kidding. It is enough of a joke to even consider a statue but ON MY HONOR, the city council must be smoking something other than cigars. Put the statue in some pork feed lot. Maybe if the helicopter gang goes ahead with this idea someone in dire need for food and shelter will sell it for scrap.

    -- Posted by geewhiz on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 6:58 PM
  • Use the money that was donated for the statue and give back to the people who gave it or donate it to the Shriner's Hospital for Children. They could use it wisely for a real good cause.

    We don't need a statue in our city of Ben Nelson. We all should be ashamed to even know of him. He is in the same as BENEDICT ARNOLD was. Our country doesn't need this. We have enough trouble the way it is.

    -- Posted by edbru on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 6:50 PM
  • How about putting the statue at the sewage treatment plant and naming the plant after Ben "Dover" Nelson?

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 10:21 PM
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