Council hears from dog park proponent
McCOOK, Neb. — A McCook citizen wants to get the ball rolling on a dog park in the city.
At the end of the three-hour budget retreat meeting Monday with the McCook City Council, McCook resident Kathy Gerver spoke to the council about utilizing the city block on East C and 11th Street for a dog park. Gerver said she has several church youth groups lined up for volunteering, such as helping to install a chain link fence, and others who would donate funds and time.
McCook City Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff asked about maneuverability for mowing, due to dog agility equipment she would like to include and Gerver said shredded rubber would be placed around the equipment and along the base of the fence, so edging wouldn’t have to be done. Gerver said she could come up with a design to show the council what she has in mind.
Mayor Mike Gonzales asked Gerver to bring a design and a cost analysis to city staff, so the council can review it.
At the retreat Monday night, department heads presented their budgets and capital outlay requests for the council.
Potthoff spoke to the council about 11 departments that make up public works and their corresponding budgets. These departments are streets, cemetery, parks, solid waste collection, pool, airport, ballparks, recycling, landfill post-closure and transfer station.
* Parks: McCook has seven parks covering 126 acres. For next year’s budget, $30,000 in equipment is included. This is for a mower for $30,000. Also, Barnett Park ponds are slated for dredging at $30,000, funded by city sales tax dollars. Total amount budget for city parks is $257,251, up from last year’s budget at $219,623.
* Streets dept.: equipment included in the proposed budget for a total of $80,000 include: two dump box replacements, $15,000 each ($30,000 total), and a down payment to finance a new street sweeper, $50,000 (total cost is $220,000).
Potthoff said the current is sweeper is going on 13 years. Under supplies, a snow blower broom at $5,000 is included. Increases seen for next year’s budget include fertilizer, $1,000 higher, due to the number of acres maintained and gravel up by $500. The total budget for streets is $1.2 million, up from $1.06 million budgeted last year. Year-to-date actuals are $685,840.
* Cemetery: two city cemeteries, Memorial Park, 16 acres and Riverview seven acres. Memorial Park also has 64-niche columbarium. About 70-100 services are done per year. ‘Total equipment purchases included in this year’s budget total $115,000 and include: replacing tractor/backhoe, $65,000 and a sprinkler system for Riverview, $50,000.