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City buying land for two brine ponds

Friday, November 30, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will be asked to authorize a purchase agreement between the City of McCook and Sevim Ozalp Randel for the purchase of approximately 10 acres of farm land at $35,000. Councilors will consider approval of the agreement during their regularly scheduled meeting, Monday evening, 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Auditorium.

The property is located just west of the city's waste water treatment plant and will be used for the construction of two lined evaporation ponds to dissipate brine and hard water from the water treatment plant that is now released into the Republican River.

The property appraised for $35,000 in April 2012.

If the purchase is completed the Cation Waste Project would then proceed to the bidding phase with construction in early spring and completion scheduled for Aug. 2013.

A $29,793 purchase of a 80 kilowatt generator for the McCook Municipal Facility will be presented for confirmation by city council. City staff informed the council during their Nov. 5 meeting that the state electrical inspector had informed them the portable generator system to be used for emergency services dispatching would not be acceptable at the new facility and a permanent generator would need to be purchased.

The generator being used at the Public Safety Center could not handle the electrical load of the entire Municipal Facility and has been slated to be relocated and dedicated solely for the fire department at the new building. City staff had then planned on utilizing the generator at Memorial Auditorium to cover emergency dispatching needs at the new facility. However, that generator's rating as a portable generator and emergency dispatching regulations which state the system must be supported by a permanent backup system, have eliminated that option.

The new generator purchase is not anticipated to have any fiscal impact on the city budget as it will be funded with uncommitted sales tax funds.

A resolution authorizing Street Superintendent Chris Miller to request a relaxation of design of the rules and regulations of the Board of Public Roads on the East Seventh Street project will be considered. According to the meeting agenda public road rules require that curves have a maximum horizontal of 20 degrees and vertical grades be 10 percent or less.

Four curves on the project exceed the requirement, one on East Seventh to Country Club Drive, two others on Country Club Drive and one on Seminole Drive. One location, an 85 foot section of M Street, exceeds the maximum grade requirement.

City staff has indicated that due to the areas being fully developed there are no reasonable alternatives available for the realignment of these particular streets.

Councilors will coordinate a public hearing to receive input pertaining to a pair of CDBG grants, one from 2010 for the Fox Theatre project and the other a 2012 grant to be used for downtown revitalization. The Fox Theatre grant provided $254,300 of Tourism Development Funds and the required matching funds were provided by the Fox Theatre Foundation.

The downtown revitalization grant provided $30,000 to create a downtown strategy plan and the McCook Economic Development Corp. contributed the necessary $9,300 in matching funds for that project.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda:

* The oath of office will be administered to newly elected council members Jerry Calvin, Janet Hepp and Bruce McDowell, Councilors will also perform their annual reorganization of council positions, which includes electing a mayor and vice-president of the council.

* An ordinance which implements the reduction to the city occupation tax on telephone land lines, previously approved by councilors as part of the 2012-13 city budget, will be considered on its third and final reading. The ordinance reduces the tax from 3 percent to 1.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

* City staff will recommend Nebraska Machinery receive the bid for a new 4-wheel drive front end loader for the street department in the amount of $123,944.

* Councilors will consider a recommendation to grant Nancy Collins the bid for concessions at Felling Field in the amount of $701 per year, for the calendar years 2013-15. Collins was the only bidder and has provided concessions at Felling Field for the past three years.

* Councilors will consider a recommendation to grant Consolidated Management Company the bid for concessions at the Jaycees Ball Complex in the amount of $1,605 per year, for the calendar years 2013-15. Consolidated was the only bidder and has provided concessions at the Jaycees Ball Complex for the past six years.

* A bid for the removal of asbestos at the McCook Public Library will be considered.

* Schmick's Market has requested a special liquor license for a Jan. 5, 2012, reception at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.


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