Citizens Express Safety Concerns near Tomahawk Park

Citizens Express Safety Concerns near Tomahawk Park
Council chambers were full for Tuesday's city council meeting in Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW—Fifteen miles per hour is the posted speed limit near Tomahawk Park but Mindi Orey estimates that nine out of ten cars exceed that amount when driving through the area. During Tuesday’s Broken Bow City Council meeting, Orey and other residents expressed their safety concerns to the council. Orey is asking city officials to look into improving signage or adding lights in order to ensure the safety of residents in the area and children playing in Tomahawk Park.

Street Superintendent Bud Clark said “safety is first and foremost” and will work with city crews and law enforcement to further investigate safety in the area around South B Street and South 15th Avenue.

Representatives from the Prairie Pioneer Center board discussed with the council about continuing mowing and snow removal services, encouraging the service to the community’s elderly citizens. The council, parks, and street crews agreed to continue this service for the Prairie Pioneer Center.

The Crazy Days sales and celebration will take place in July with Saturday, July 14 activities taking place at Melham Park. The Capable program youth leadership team is working with the Chamber of Commerce to make Crazy Days more of a town celebration by hosting kids and family activities in the park. Potential activities include inflatables, pig wrestling, dodgeball, and the chamber Racing through Time 5K.

The appointment of Betsy Smith to the Library Board was approved. She will serve until February 2020, replacing Brad White who moved out of city limits, according to Library Director Joan Birnie.

Two new RV stalls will be added at Tomahawk RV Park. Parks Superintendent Darren Marten said the project will cost approximately $8,500. (Click here to view the June 5 story.)

Electrical Superintendent Doug Staab appeared before the board to discuss Ordinance 1182, Tree Trimming. He said tree trimming guidelines for the city had not been updated in many years and were vague. Within the new ordinance reads “the city of Broken Bow shall have the power to cut and remove any overhanging branches or limbs of trees within a 10 foot radius of any electrical equipment so that the lines will be free and safe.”

Staab said 90% of power outages are due to trees and that property owners would not be billed if tree trimming needs to occur. The council did not pass the ordinance on Tuesday and two more readings are scheduled for future meetings.

Jeff Ray with JEO Consulting Group spoke before the council regarding the 2018 Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance 1183). The planning commission has worked on the document for three years, collecting public opinion to create a 20-year vision for Broken Bow.

“We want it to work as best as we can for you,” Ray said regarding the plan, a 121-page document highlighting the needs of Broken Bow and breaking down the numbers such as housing, population, employment, public facilities, energy, and more. The Comprehensive Plan was not approved and two more readings are scheduled for future meetings.

Ordinance 1184, Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, was approved. Jeff Ray said these are the rules that go with the Comprehensive Plan and outline specific definitions for regulations such as wind energy, solar energy, outdoor storage containers, and adult entertainment/secondary effects regulations.

Ordinance 1185, Zoning Fees, was also approved. Two fees have increased including conditional use permit ($150) and variance ($500). The Broken Bow Housing Study was approved, which is a sister document to the comprehensive plan and is done every five years.

Payment to B & D Diamond Pro, Inc. was approved in the amount of $26,284.40 for Diamond Pro on the ballfields. The Custer County DYO had raised funds and also received a grant from the Royals Charities Royalty Fields Program, the charitable foundation of the Kansas City Royals, to improve the ballfields. (Click here for the January 10 story.)

Payment of $2,000 was approved to JEO for Flood Risk Reduction work and the council approved the Facilities Maintenance Reserve Fund for the Library Expansion in conjunction with a grant.

Councilman Neal Neth said Tuesday’s meeting was special because of the large crowd and he said that hearing the crowd say the Pledge of Allegiance helps Broken Bow residents remember our roots. Jacob Holcomb thanked Fire and EMS Coordinator Andy Holland for the work he and the crews do for the community.

The council moved into closed session at 1:22 p.m. The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 26 at 12 p.m.