The Broken Bow City Council meeting began on Tuesday with the swearing in of new police officer Chris Carlsen. City Administrator Brent Clark swore in Carlsen.
Next, Mayor Burt proclaimed March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month before Council moved into new business items.
Bids for the Library Project were opened recently, and the first item of business for Council on Tuesday was to vote on the suggested bid from Chief in the amount of $1,445,552.00. This bid was approved by Council.
Darrel Sybrant appeared before Council next with an idea for further fundraising for the project, as the approved bid was a base bid and wouldn’t cover the entire cost which would include more supplies. Sybrant offered an idea to Council which he stated had to do with Council member Rod Sonnichsen. His idea was to sell raffle tickets at $10 each, where the winner of the drawing would be able to cut off Rod’s ponytail. After plenty of laughter and uneasy looks from Rod, he stated he would agree to the haircut if at least $3,000 was raised for the library.
Following the fundraiser idea for the library, a rental agreement for a temporary library location during construction was approved. The agreement with the Angela Foundation will place the temporary library behind Boarders Inn & Suites in Broken Bow.
Appointment of Cecil Burt III was tabled to the next meeting after Rod Sonnichsen stated that he would like more information on the appointment.
Following a public hearing, the one and six year plans were approved by Council.
Payment for the new roof on the fire hall and police station was approved next, in the amount of $32,947 to be paid to A-R Commercial LLC.
Resolution 2017-10 regarding the Broken Bow 5th Avenue Connector Trail was next on the agenda, and payment was made to the Nebraska Department of Roads in the amount of $60,906.60 for the work completed on it.
Payment #6 to JEO Consulting in the amount of $6,180.00 for work on the Broken Bow Library design through January 27th was approved. Also approved was payment #24 to JEO Consulting in the amount of $2,554 for work completed on the Broken Bow Downtown Improvements through February 3rd.
Council voted to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding with the Elks Lodge #1688, after it was determined that their location would not be cost effective as a new fire hall. It was stated it would be dissolved so that the Elks could explore future endeavors.
The last meeting in February was changed and scheduled to take place Friday, February 24th because of the League Conference.
Last on the schedule, Council voted to retain the membership level of the Custer County Economic Development Corporation at $2500 per year.
The next City Council meeting is February 24th, and is open to the public.