City Council Approves Extension Deadline On Nuisance Property, Interlocal Request, And More

The Broken Bow City Council held a brief meeting on Tuesday, July 28 with only a few topics on the agenda. Councilman Chris Myers was the only absent member of the council.

The meeting began with a public hearing on a nuisance property located at 139 South 14th Avenue. Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott stated that the home experienced an electrical fire in January and from that fire a large hole can now be seen in the home. Chief Scott also said a homeowner to an adjacent property is concerned about a large tree that may not be structurally sound and could fall onto the adjacent property.

The owner of the home, at the time of the fire, was given notice to fix the property to have it back to code, but ended up selling the property instead. The new property owner asked for an extension to November to allow for time to figure out how to deal with the home.

Mayor Rod Sonnichsen said that there seemed to be two issues with one dealing with the home and the other dealing with the tree. City Attorney Jason White stated that the home not being up to code is an issue the council could act on, but the tree would be an issue the two property owners would need to deal with on their own.

An extension was approved to November 1 to allow for the new property owner to get the house up to code.

James Callaway, with the Broken Bow Airport Authority, updated the council on what is currently taking place at the airport as well as asking for continued financial support. Callaway said the new runway has received a lot of positive comments after $2.54 million in upgrades took place at the airport thanks to a 100% grant from the federal government. It was also mentioned that this year’s project will consist of a new fuel system as the old system is beginning to cause issues. The approximate cost of the system will be $14,000. The council approved the interlocal request unanimously.

Other approvals included the opening of the multipurpose rooms in the Broken Bow Public Library as well as an updated waiver, Viaero right of way use application, and a housekeeping ordinance where new buildings will have individual shutoffs from the main water line.

Also approved was the budget workshop date which was set for August 18 at noon.

The next Broken Bow City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 6 PM.