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Public input sought on street project priorities

Friday, February 17, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will coordinate a public hearing, Monday evening to consider the one and six year street improvement plan for the city. The hearing is scheduled during their semi-monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Auditorium.

The one-year plan includes four projects, two of which are federal aid projects on H Street from Norris Avenue to Airport Road. The other two include a drainage project at G Street and East Ninth Street and a concrete paving project on West 14th Street, between O and Q Streets.

The six-year plan includes six projects, including paving projects on East J Street, P Street, West First Street, Marsh Street, East Seventh Street, Country Club Drive, Seminole Drive, West D Street and West Fifth Street, in addition to a storm sewer repair project between L and M streets.

A resolution is scheduled after the hearing to adopt the plan.

The 1998 Chevy Blazer utilized by McCook emergency responders has recently developed mechanical issues that render it unsafe to use for emergency response. The needed repairs are more than the vehicles worth according to city staff, who have asked the city council to approve the purchase of a new 2012 4-wheel drive Special Services Vehicle, estimated to cost $25,000.

The SSV would be utilized as a new command vehicle and the Dodge Durango currently filling that role will replace the Blazer. The rotation of vehicles will result in a more efficient system and utilization of the vehicles according to city staff.

The purchase is not anticipated to have a negative impact on the city budget as $26,151 in funding is available in the ambulance replacement fund.

Councilors will consider a change order to three projects recently completed that reduce their final combined cost by $12,772. The projects included the relocation of the city office sewer line as needed for the new municipal building being constructed, a bypass project involving the sewer line for the new McCook Community College Events Center and a project involving East C Street water system improvements.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda:

* Councilors will consider changes to the process of introducing and approving ordinances. This item is a follow-up to a discussion that took place during an October McCook City Council meeting and primarily focuses on removing duplicate steps within the process of introducing and approving ordinances. Changes to items the council approved via the consent or regular agenda, as well as which scenarios the three reading rule applied, were also discussed. No formal action has been announced as part of Monday's discussion.

* Sampson Construction has requested to close West C Street, from West Fourth to West Fifth, from March 1 to June 1 for the staging of steel and other materials needed for the construction of the new municipal facility.

* Old Sarge's Bar on West First Street has submitted a manager application for Kirt D. Matson to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. Councilors will consider whether or not to recommend approval of the application.

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