Council asked for approval of daycare plan

Friday, October 16, 2020

McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook City Council will be asked to approve a daycare in a residential neighborhood, at the regular council meeting Monday, 5:30 p.m., at city council chambers at the McCook Municipal Building.

The meeting Monday night will begin with a public hearing for a special exception sought by Lexis Jones and Courtney Williams (Project Sponsor) who want to open Chickadees Childcare at 910 West L. The property is owned by Brad and Courtney Williams. Daycare centers are allowed in a residential area with a special exception if certain criteria are met, such as there is adequate parking and traffic flow is not impeded.

At the Oct. 12 Planning Commission meeting, the commission found that traffic and parking concerns were addressed and recommended approval of the special exception for the daycare.

After the public hearing, the council will be asked to approve the special exception.

The only regular agenda item Monday night slated for the council is to set the dates and times for strategic planning meetings to address future projects.

In the past, council members have mentioned several topics, such as a new city swimming pool and renovating Memorial Auditorium. Councilman Jarod Muehlenkamp asked at a recent September meeting to use $180,000 of city sales tax dollars, reserved in the city pool budget, to go toward engineering costs for a preliminary plan for a pool.

The council appears ready to narrow its focus by scheduling several strategic meetings that will be open to the public.

In other business, the council will also be asked to approve a proclamation from the McCook Chamber of Commerce that encourages residents of the city to follow public health recommendations related to COVID-19, due to the recent spike of positive cases in the area.

Consent agenda items the council will be asked to consider include:

-- Approve the $74,980 bid from Weathercraft to replace the roof on Memorial Auditorium, the lowest responsible bid. The city received two bids to replace the roof, one from Weathercraft and another from Duff Roofing, at $77,500. City sales tax revenue will fund this project.

-- Approve the $47,118.84 bid from Russbassett Corp. for two radio consoles for the McCook City Police Dispatch center. Another bid was received from Watson Console at $51,282.13. This project is funded by the city’s local e-911 surcharge fund.

-- Three easements on City of McCook property, requested by Pinpoint Communications, to install wireless infrastructure.

-- Approve the amended lease of rack space between the City of McCook and McCook Public Power District. The city has a 911 antenna attached to a tower owned by MPPD and pays electric and insurance fees. There is no rental fee. The amended lease, from 2019, is essentially the same, Schneider said.

-- Approve the contract between the City of McCook and W Designs for engineering services for the street improvement project on North Cherokee, from Seminole Drive to Norris Avenue. This street project is on the one-year street improvement plan but has been postponed; the contract will allow the city to start the project if federal funds become available. Preliminary estimated costs of the project are $450,000.

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