Broken Bow City Council Recap

Broken Bow City Council Recap
Judy Petersen (left) with CNEDD presents to the City Council on Tuesday afternoon regarding rural workforce housing funds

BROKEN BOW—A full agenda came before the city council during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. The council approved signers for the city safe deposit box at Great Western Bank: City Treasurer Nancee Coufal, City Clerk Stephanie Wright, City Administrator Brent Clark, and Mayor Cecil Burt.

Payment #2 to JEO Consulting Group was approved in the amount of $4,306.50 for the flood risk reduction project. Brent Clark said “we’re a couple years out” in the $81,000 project.

Payment #9 to Chief Construction Company was approved in the amount of $199,408.72 for work on the Broken Bow Library. $7,620.50 was approved to be paid to Central I.T. for new library computers.

Four properties were discussed regarding assessment amounts for the downtown and 5th Avenue projects. Those four properties’ amounts were altered due to incorrect footage calculations and/or for compensation for property usage during construction.

“Mayor and council this one comes back in front of you for a few errors that we’ve found while going through the assessments. It is not changing the total dollar amount as far as the price per running foot that we’re assessing on 5th Avenue or downtown,” Clark said during Tuesday’s meeting.

The council read the first reading of Ordinance 1178 Mayor and Council Wages to potentially raise the mayor’s wages, but not the council members’. More readings will be heard along with additional public hearings at future meetings.

Judy Petersen with the Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) presented to the board information on potential rural workforce housing funds. This is due to LB 518 which was passed in the legislature last spring.

“We’re trying to do the best we can for these funds, it will be a dog fight,” Petersen said referring to the fact that many other communities will also be vying for housing project funds. If Broken Bow wishes to apply, the CNEDD needs a cash match and project proposal by mid-February to meet the March deadline.

The council also voted to renew its annual agreement and participation with CNEDD. The council ended the meeting with closed session; no decisions were made. The next city council meeting will be on January 23 at noon.