New water lines, Nelson statue on agenda
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.