City Council Approves Assessments For 2018 S. 19th Ave. & S. G St. Paving Improvements

BROKEN BOW— The Broken Bow City Council held their final November meeting on Tuesday with only a few items on the agenda.

Most of the meeting centered around the 2018 South 19th Ave. and South G St. paving improvements which are located near the new fire hall. JEO Consulting Group stated that they assessed the project at $115 per running foot of front footage of the properties along the street to help with the cost of the project.

The JEO representative said that the City of Broken Bow had decided they would only assess $100 per foot of front footage. The total assessable section of the project was 1,010 feet with the city and fire district encompassing 909 feet meaning the city and fire district would pay for $104,135 of the total $132,694.

City Clerk Stephanie Wright said property owners would have 15 years to pay off the assessment at a 3.5% interest rate. The first payment would be due to the city while the rest would be paid to the county. The assessments were approved with Jacob Holcomb and David Schmidt voting ‘yes’ and Chris Myers abstaining from the vote. Larry Miller was absent from the meeting.

Other approvals included payments to JEO for the Memorial Drive Paving Improvements ($745) and the engineering agreement for Mud Creek Left Bank Levee Restoration ($49,435). KENO Funds were also approved to be used to pay for mulch and concrete in the One Box Park ($1,268.74).

The department heads for the city also gave brief updates on what projects were currently being completed:

Casey Flynn (Electrical): Protective devices, update wire and poles throughout the city.

Craig Cranwell (Water/ Sewer): Maintenance updates and bollards placed to protect fire hydrant near Agland ATV.

Andy Holland (EMS): Update on ambulance calls including 69 total calls since Oct. 1. 327 ambulance calls so far in 2020. The highest number of calls ever was 359, which Holland stated that he expectss to surpass that number by the end of the year.

Megan Svoboda (Library): 150 people participated in the Halloween drive-through event. With COVID still prevalent in the area, the Library will also have a drive-through Santa event this year and are also partnering with Off Broadway for ‘Adopt-A-Grandparent’ letter writing.

Stephanie Wright (Handibus): Up to this point in 2020, the bus has traveled around 12,000 miles. In 2019 the Handibus amassed around 20,000 miles.

Dan Hansen (BBPD): 98 calls to service in the past two weeks with the highest number of calls being scam calls including social security scams, family in jail scams, and fake check scams.