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Council considers comment time limits

Friday, March 30, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will consider implementing new citizen comment guidelines, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., during its semi-monthly meeting at Memorial Auditorium.

The guidelines limit citizen input to three minutes per topic and require anyone making comments to come to the podium and identify themselves.

The guidelines state that during the Citizen's forum "The mayor and council will listen to your comments but will not take action at this meeting," which may put formal policy to Mayor Dennis Berry's practice of refusing to engage in conversation initiated by citizens on items not scheduled on the City Council agenda.

The guidelines, which also request that the speaker not repeat points that have been made by other speakers, will pertain to any commission, board or committee appointed by the City.

The guidelines begin by stating the City of McCook invites and encourages the public to share their comments and also states without citizen's voices "we lose a key component of representative government."

During the meeting councilors will also receive and file a claim for damages from McCook citizen Vernon O. Manker. The claim seeks $69 to cover the expense of door glass broken by the McCook Police Department during a welfare check in February.

According to Manker a staff member at the McCook Heritage Senior Center called the police department after he had not been heard from for a few days. Manker said he was frustrated about the call because he often goes to the VA hospital in Grand Island and is gone for several days when he does.

Manker said he was sleeping when he awoke to two police officers standing over him. They informed him that they had broken in after he didn't answer the door. Manker said he needs hearing aids to hear and didn't have them in when the officer's knocked.

Manker said the officers asked him if he wanted the door repaired and he of course said yes. The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on a Friday and a repairman did not show up until the following Monday. Manker said he was then surprised to receive a bill for the repair work and was told by the police department they would not cover the expense.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda:

* A resolution expressing the councilor's support for Heritage Hill's Golf Course's participation in the Nebraska Community Development Assistance Act Program has been recommended by city staff for approval. The McCook golf course is seeking state assistance to help fund a $188,000 renovation project that seeks to make several improvements to the course.

According to the State of Nebraska website the CDAA was created in 1985 by legislators to encourage business support of community betterment projects in chronic economically distressed areas.

* A services agreement with W Design Associates, pertaining to design work for an asphalt replacement project on East 7th and Seminole streets will be considered. The project is planned to encompass from East H Street to Park Avenue and is scheduled to being the summer of 2013.

nProclamations declaring April 8-15, 2012, as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness month will be considered.

* The McCook Area Chamber of Commerce has applied for a special liquor license for a mixer at AmFirst Bank in April.

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when I think of chronically, economically distressed areas, normally the golf course is the first I think of, followed by the downtown area.

-- Posted by hulapopper on Sat, Mar 31, 2012, at 6:09 AM

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