After two previous public hearings on Ordinance 1172, the Broken Bow City Council voted to approve an electric rate increase of five and one half percent.
At Tuesday’s meeting, an SDL application for alcohol at the city’s employee appreciation banquet was approved for December 1 and the council voted to open a community betterment checking account.
A public hearing was held to condemn and demolish a house at 437 North 12 Avenue. According to City Attorney Jason White and Police Chief Steve Scott, proper notices have been sent to the owner to address problems with the house. Sonnichsen, Holcomb, and Myers voted to approve the condemnation and demolition, and Neth voted against. Owner Brad Quackenbush has 30 days to address the foundation issues before any demolition would take place.
Bricks and sheetrock are starting to be put into place for the Public Library according to Library Director Joan Birnie and City Administrator Brent Clark. A resolution was approved for payment #13 to JEO in the amount of $6,920.50.
A downtown improvement payment of $15,246 was approved to JEO, $250 was approved for B2 Environmental for post asbestos air clearance at the library. Expenditures for the employee appreciation banquet were also approved; meals and beverages not to exceed $2,000 and plaques not to exceed $30 apiece.
The council voted to approve November 14 as the date for the assessment hearing—the Board of Equalization and levying special assessments in connection with Street Improvement Districts Nos. 2014-1 and 2014-2.