Council praises EMT staff, library

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

McCOOK, Neb. With the preliminary 2019-20 budget for the City of McCook soon to be presented in less than a week, a city councilman passed along a comment he heard from a citizen about one of the city departments.

City Councilman Jared Muehlenkamp told the council Monday night at the close of the regular meeting that a citizen told him what a great resource the city library is for families and kids and to keep that in mind for the upcoming budget process.

The initial city budget for 2019-20 will be presented on Monday, 5:30 p.m., at city council chambers in the city municipal building. The meeting is open to the public. Department supervisors will present their budgets, including expenses and/or revenue and capital improvement purchases, if any. City departments include the city library, administration, airport, building and zoning, public works (pool, parks, ball parks, cemetery, streets, transfers station, tree rebate, skate park), police, fire/ambulance, senior center and utilities (water, sewer, trash).

Other comments from the council came from Mayor Mike Gonzales, who commended the local EMT staff who responded quickly when a family member was recently injured. He also recognized the Hot Summer Nights concert last week at Norris Park, sponsored by MNB, that drew one of the largest crowds on record. Councilman Gene Weedin, who grilled hamburgers at the event for the Community Chest organization, said he cooked 260 hamburgers, and when those ran out, served up hot dogs.

Consent agenda items approved unanimously by the council Monday night without discussion were:

-- Approved the supplemental agreement with the Nebraska Department of Transportation to obtain additional state and federal funding. The NDOT had entered into an agreement with the city in providing federal and state funds to assist the city in transportation services for the general public from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. State and federal funds under the original agreement have been expended so a supplemental agreement is needed. The NDOT is increasing federal funds by $2,408, from $81,980 to $84,388 and state funds by $826, from $22,229 to $30,066 to assist the city in providing public transportation services within the City of McCook.

-- Approved the St. Patrick Catholic Church request to close portions of East 4th and East "G" Streets and to utilize city property for their Annual Fall Festival on Oct.12 and 13, 2019. The Public Works Department has sufficient manpower to respond to the request without over time cost or other added expense to the city. The request includes the use of 18 to 20 extra trash containers, barricade/cones to close the streets and park benches for seating.

-- Approve the two applications submitted by JBN, Inc., dba Hi Times Liquor Mart 1, for two special designated liquor licenses for a wedding reception Oct. 5, 2019, at the McCook Municipal Auditorium, and a wedding reception Sept. 21, 2019, at the Red Willow County Community Building.

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