McCOOK, Nebraska -- The cost of a wildlife fence around McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport nearly doubled because it needed to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements, the city manager said Monday night.
While a local engineer proposed an eight-foot fence, that wasn't good enough for the FAA, City Manager Kurt Fritsch said.
"The FAA is requiring 12 foot and four foot underground. That's why cost has almost doubled," Fritsch said. The latest estimate is $1.7 million.
David Wilson of W Design Associates said the driving force behind the change was the wildlife study completed in 2010. "The results mandated an increased height," said Wilson, just before the council approved the consulting contract with his firm.
A copy of the study is available here.
After Councilman Aaron Kircher asked about the need for the fence to go four feet underground, Fritsch responded that it was necessary to keep out burrowing animals. Wilson also explained that the underground barrier would be concrete, providing a weed barrier and prevent corrosion of the wire mesh portion of the fence.
About 95 percent of the cost will be paid by the federal government, 16 to 17 thousand dollars will come from state funds and the balance will be paid from the city, Fritsch said. "We have $40 thousand set aside, probably $30 thousand we will need to come up with, most likely from sales tax," said Fritsch, explaining where the $88,485 of city expense in the project will come from. The project is expected to be completed this year.
An ordinance authorizing the sale of a portion of a city owned lot to August Jones was approved. Jones is purchasing 40 feet of the north portion of the lot at 301 E. Second Street. Kircher asked that councillors receive a copy of the purchase agreement at their next meeting. City staff has asked the three-reading rule be suspended for the property sale and indicated they would make the purchase agreement available.
Class L and Class I Liquor license applications for Loop Brewing Co. were recommended for approval to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. The restaurant, which is targeting a July opening at its 404 West A Street location, is seeking the Class L license to have the ability to sell wholesale amounts of craft beer which will be brewed on-site.
Renewal of a 2006 encroachment agreement between the city and Coastal Mart Inc., formerly located at 707 West B Street, was approved. 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.
* The second reading, of three required for approval, regarding changes to the McCook city ordinance book was completed.
* Councillors approved a contract between the city and Sampson Construction for construction management service of the new municipal facilities building.
* Council members approved a request from Community Hospital to set up a water slide in Kelley Park for a June 11 event.
* May 15 was proclaimed as "Police Officer Memorial Day," the week of May 15-21, 2011, as "National Police Week" and a third proclamation approved May 8-14, 2011, as "Nursing Home Week."
* Plans and specification for the 2011 street armor coating was approved.
* The proposed city budget calendar for fiscal year 2011-12 was received and filed. The three annual budget workshops are scheduled for July 5, 11, and 18, with budget hearing Aug. 1 and final reading scheduled for Sept. 6.
* Trapper's Bar and Grill was granted a special liquor license for a June wedding reception at Memorial Auditorium and A & N Restaurant LLC, was approved for a May reception at Red Willow County Fairgrounds.