McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two McCook residents expressed their concerns regarding speeding vehicles near the high school to the City Council during its semi-monthly meeting Monday evening at Council Chambers. Lance Rakes and Steve Broomfield said more stop signs were needed with Rakes saying "We have a real safety issue up there that needs to be addressed."
The pair cited a regular pattern of speeding vehicles leaving the school grounds, coupled with streets lined with parked vehicles that decreased the drivers ability to see children at play. Broomfield also informed the council of a stop sign already in place that was concealed by a low hanging branch on the corner of West Seventh and E Streets.
Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff assured Broomfield the branch would be addressed and Councilman Lonnie Anderson said "I think we can look into this and see what we can do. Thank you for bringing it to our attention."
McCook citizen Kathleen Bills asked for an update regarding the West Ward building paperwork and asked whether the building would be demolished. Council member Aaron Kircher reiterated what council has stated at each of its last few meetings, "The West Ward building demolition contract has already been awarded."
Land Construction of Lincoln was awarded the demolition contract in July and is awaiting to begin demolition after the Nebraska Historical Society completes its written and photographic history of the building.
City Manager Kurt Fritsch further explained that the paperwork in discussion at the previous meeting was in regard to the historical society's recording of the building that, once completed, will be available to the public at the library and via other sources.
Bills then asked if Memorial Auditorium was going to be demolished to which Kircher and Fritsch both said no.
The council amended a request from the McCook Economic Development Corp. that nominated Kent Craw, Doug Skiles, Dale Dueland, Lonnie Anderson and James Coady as appointees for the LB840 Loan Committee, which is to review loan requests made to the MEDC under the LB840 program. The nominations were approved with the exception of Lonnie Anderson, over concerns regarding a possible conflict of interest because he is an elected official.
The mayor's appointees for several area boards and commissions were ratified. The Airport Advisory Commission had Richard Stull reappointed and Wally Hampton appointed. The Board of Zoning Adjustment had Keith Delano reappointed and Jerry Reitz was appointed to the Building Advisory and Appeals Board. Peggy Appleyard was reappointed to the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and Joyce Hofman and Gene Meints were newly appointed.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda:
* An ordinance authorizing the sale of two city properties to Howard and Barbara Musgrave and Paul Monzon was approved upon its third and final reading.
* Oct. 3-9 was designated as Fire Prevention Week.
* The city's snow and ice control and removal policies were approved.
* W Design Associates for Engineering Services was selected to head up street improvement projects on East H Street.