McCOOK, Nebraska -- The "free right turn" at West U.S. Highways 6-34 and 83 will become a thing of the past as part of the sidewalk to Walmart project.
J.L. Construction won an $82,000 contract to complete the project by October, but $34,000 of that will go toward traffic signal work associated with a pedestrian crossing.
Monday night's McCook City Council meeting also featured Paulsen Inc. being awarded a $516,509.39 contract for 2010 street improvements. Despite the traffic signal work being more than double a Department of Roads estimate, the city is saving more than $100,000 in street projects because of lower asphalt costs.
The council also authorized the mayor to sign an $80,000 agreement to purchase property for approximately 4,000 new cemetery lots adjacent to the Riverview Cemetery. With about 60 to 70 burials a year, the city should have enough room for the next century, City Manager Kurt Fritsch said.
Thursday, May 13, the city will host an open house at the public safety center, 526 West B, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Among other topics that were all discussed and unanimously approved:
* Drawings and specifications for demolition of the Romanoff building, 204 George Norris Ave. The westbound lane of B Street will be closed during demolition, which should be finished the end of June or early July. The basement portion of the structure will be back-filled with compacted clay to allow for construction later.
* Preparation of bid documents for the demolition of the old West Ward School which the city purchased in 2007.
* An ordinance allowing the use of alcohol at the Memorial Auditorium and an associated modification to the buildings use fees were approved.
* Larry Eisenmenger, MNB Insurance presented the city with a check for $18,699 as part of its participation in the City Dividends Program.
* City of McCook Fire Department's power cot and chair stair bid specifications and corresponding grant acceptance were approved
* May 9 through May 15 was declared Nursing Home Week as Dennis Berry added that we were fortunate to have a very good local nursing home in Hillcrest.
* Mayor Dennis Berry and Mike Gonzales volunteered as the City's representatives to the administrative board which will be the driving force for the Vision McCook marketing project. The forming of both entities required for the basis of the project were subsequently approved.
* The closing of East G street on June 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., for the Sinners Sanctified Motorcycle Ministry Fun Run was approved pending modifications.
* B&H Paving was awarded the 2010 Armor Coating Project contract for $3.325 per gallon.