McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Federal Aviation Authority required wildlife fence at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport will cost significantly more than initially estimated. Monday evening, during their semi-monthly meeting at Memorial Auditorium, the McCook City Council will review a consulting contract which now estimates total cost of the project at $1,769,712. That amount is just shy of an $800,000 increase from the $970,344 estimated in March.
City Manager Kurt Fritsch said the increases are a result of the FAA now requiring a 12 foot fence with barbed wire on top, as well as a four foot barrier below ground. The city is responsible for funding five percent of the project, initially estimated at $48,517. The new project cost nearly doubles that amount, pushing it to $88,485.
In March, city staff unsuccessfully explored the possibility of avoiding the expense of the new fence altogether, in light of the U.S. Senate passing the FAA Reauthorization bill, that, among other things would eliminate commercial air service to McCook and other airports that averaged fewer than 10 passengers per day. It was determined then that the fence would still be a requirement in order for the airport to maintain its part 139 airport certification, which allows for small 10-30 seat airlines. The bill made further progress, April 1, when it was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Three public hearings are also scheduled during Monday's meeting to discuss liquor license applications from Loop Brewing Company. The restaurant, which is located at 404 West A Street and targeting a July opening date, has applied for standard liquor licensing to serve beer, wine and distilled spirits, as well as a Class L license for craft brewery.
Renewal of a 2006 encroachment agreement between the city and Coastal Mart Inc., formerly located at 707 West B Street, has been recommended for approval. City staff has indicated that the agreement continues to be necessary to maintain existing monitoring wells, installed to address a petroleum leak at the location.
An ordinance authorizing the sale of a portion of a city owned lot to August Jones will be presented for approval. Jones is purchasing 40 feet of the north portion of the lot at 301 E. Second Street. The remaining portion of the lot will be donated to the McCook Economic Development Corporation to house a county donated home.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda;
* The second reading, of three required for approval, regarding changes to the McCook city ordinance book is scheduled.
* The contract between the city and Sampson Construction for construction management service for the new municipal facilities building will be presented for approval.
* Council members will review a request from Community Hospital to set up a water slide in Kelly Park for a June 11 event.
* Councillors will review proclamations designating May 15 as "Police Officers Memorial Day," the week of May 15-21, 2011, as "National Police Week" and a third proclamation targeting May 8-14, 2011, as "Nursing Home Week."