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Free right turn to be eliminated

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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.

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If people want to walk to Wal Mart, let them get over on the south side and walk facing traffic, which is the way I was always taught to do. Is there no common sense left in any form of gov't?

-- Posted by old grouch on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 2:02 PM

it is not safe for women pushing strollers, children on bikes, the disabled, walkers in the winter...how much is one death worth?

-- Posted by dennis on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 3:04 PM

Walk facing traffic with a kid in a stroller. Oh yeah, that just screams common sense.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 3:33 PM

i would rather walk facing the traffic than walk with the traffic at my back. I would like to see what is coming at me rather then get hit from behind and not know!

-- Posted by bornraisedswneb on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 10:01 PM

McCook1 - You are supposed to walk AGAINST traffic because you can see vehicles coming towards you, rather than get run over from behind. Apparently you are the one that lacks common sense.

-- Posted by brandnewrx on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 10:03 PM

I was always taught to walk against the traffic. Think about it, if you're walking against the traffic you can get outta the way faster if you see something coming at you. Walking with your back against the traffic you have to keep turning around to see what's coming up behind you and less of a chance of getting outta the way. Not too hard to understand that!!!

-- Posted by susanne_1989 on Tue, May 4, 2010, at 10:41 PM

Go to the city to see what a turning lane is! Turn right, it does not share the go straight lane. Go straight shares the lane w/ the left turn lane. It did not solve the problem on W 5th. If the straight and left turn lane was shared, people would turn right only in the turning lane and traffic would go alot smoother. But oh wait! That is how all the turning lanes are set up in McCook!

You always walk facing the traffic. We all were taught that back in the early 1900's.

As for the city sales tax. McCook wastes to much money on foolish things. Why should the rest of Red Willow County and our neighboring towns and States have to pay for what McCook wants?

It still makes me angry about the West Ward school, when the city or county could of bought it, but no it was sold, then the city had to buy it back for double the price.

The same thing w/ St. Catherine apartments. The City should buy that and maintain it and keep it rented, then the city will be making money instead of spending it but that would be to easy.

I also remember getting on open line when the North Ward school bond was up and told people do not vote for the new addition because in 5 years we would out grow it and guess what? We did. People we need to wake up, to me property owners are the only people that should vote on such major issues. We have to bear the cost of everything! With the current ecomonic situation we should not be spending foolishly. The town of McCook and the County of Red Willow need to work together not against each other and all would benefit.

Thank you for your time.

-- Posted by LadyThunderbird on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 9:01 AM

what the hell is wrong with "educated" people today? It was these educated people that taught us to walk facing traffic in the first place. So now there is a new rule that supercedes the last one?

I don't get it at all. Now that they are sending lunches home for kids on the weekends because their parents are too stupid to put a hotdog in the microwave for the poor kids, we are expecting that these people are smart enough to look behind them before the they walk left to cross the street to Wal-Mart?

Now we're going to hear a "do if for the children" campaign to justify this stupid and extremely assinine walkway that has to go right through the busiest intersection in southwest Nebraska????

Where are all Benny Nelson's stimulus dollars? Let's build a walkway OVER the highway. We named the airport after him as some kind of A$$ kissing method to more federal money I suppose...let's just get some more money to build a bridge and name the "McCook Ben Nelson Westview Plaza Memorial Heritage Walkway. He could even have a big green sign on it!

Dennis, think about the possible death of someone crossing there in front of a car that has to stop immediately and then gets plowed into buy a big semi truck. This a bad idea, I mean... bad; I don't know what you people are thinking.

-- Posted by Justin76 on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 11:52 AM

The choice is not whether to walk facing traffic or walk with your back to traffic. The choice is to continue with people pushing strollers on the street (regardless of which way they face) or to get them off the street completely with a sidewalk. A mom pushing a stroller is going to have a hard time moving that stroller out of the way in time regardless of whether she sees it coming.

St. Catherine's closed because it was losing money and this is a good way for the city to make money...why?

Every citizen of legal age should be able to vote even if they don't have the resources to own their own property. Of course, we could go back to a medieval culture where only the nobles and landowners have rights. Forget those puny peasants, right? They only exist to serve us our coffee and ring us up at the cash register they don't deserve to vote.


Cities build sidewalks where they are needed. If there was a list of places in town that needed a sidewalk this would be the #1 location, hands down. Yes, there are people who walk with their strollers in the street because there is no sidewalk. So yeah, it is for the children and whoever is pushing them. Everyone who has spent any real time in McCook has seen this and knows how dangerous it is.

All a driver has to do is go about a foot the wrong way at the last second and someone's going to get hurt or killed and why?...Because we don't wanna pay for a stupid sidewalk. Well, I pay every tax that all of you do and I'm happy, yeah I said happy, to pay for a sidewalk and whatever it takes to get it put in place.

Btw, a car that is paying attention would not have to stop immediately because there would likely be things called stop lights and crossing lights there which regulate vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Whenever a person isn't paying attention someone is likely to get hurt. It would be more likely for your scenario to happen now than it would be without crossing lights regulating pedestrian traffic which crosses there now.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 12:15 PM

"If people want to walk to Wal Mart, let them get over on the south side and walk facing traffic, which is the way I was always taught to do. Is there no common sense left in any form of gov't?"

Old Grouch... the new side walk is on the south side of hwy 6&34 The city has copies of the drawings, go take a look

Lady thunderbird... At west 5th and J, The right turn lane is the thru lane.

the left turn lane was installed to allow the right lane to move thru the intersection unimpeded

-- Posted by boojum666 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 6:56 AM

A walkway is needed period there is no doubt about that. I do resent the people who have to drag up a stroller and the "FOR THE CHILLLDREEENNNN" crap again. Seems any time someone wants to spend cash or come up with a new tax in McCook they just screech that and the idiots here vote for it.

Actually it's not just property owners but people who actually pay taxes that should be allowed to vote. As Alexander Tytler said, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. "

As we sit now we are to the point where almost 50% of voters do not pay taxes.

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Here in Valparaiso, Indiana, We don't have many sidewalks. Even on the busier roads they are extremely lacking. We have Peds jogging, talking, riding bikes on these roads. Traffic slows down has to wait for cars coming and then go around them. I never realized how much safer driving was with sidewalks til moving from McCook.

Then again, the town was incorporated before the civil war, so maybe they just have some catching up to do infrastructure wise.

-- Posted by npwinder on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 10:17 AM


-- Posted by bigred1 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 10:43 AM

Chico1, I strongly agree that the folks who pay should be the ones voting. Soon we will have a country where the ones getting will out number the folks paying. The current natioonal administration punishes those that actually pay and rewards those that take.

-- Posted by dennis on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:06 AM

Yes, a walkway is needed over hiways 6/34 and 83. An even better idea is to straighten out hiway 83. That ridiculous jog traffic has to make to use 83 is an idea from the '30's that should be allow to die. Curve it from the south so it meets directly to the north hiway.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 2:56 PM

Anyone know how much a walkway over the street would cost? That would have to be a tall walkway to accomadate the truckers who go through town. and how do people pushing strollers or the people with their little hoverounds get through it?

-- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 4:07 PM

Who needs a walkway when we have a Helicopter.

-- Posted by movis on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 6:44 PM

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