BROKEN BOW—Police Chief Steve Scott spoke before the City Council on Friday regarding a state bid for a new police vehicle. Chief Scott said the SUV is coming from a dealership in Lincoln and the four-wheel drive will benefit officers. The contract total comes to $27,875. The council voted to accept the bid and the vehicle should make it to Broken Bow in approximately 90 days.
The council voted to approve the appointment of Daniel Jacobsen to the Board of Public Works and reappointment of Nancy Ferguson, Susie Rose, and Darrell Sybrant to the Library Board.
The council also voted to approve the Recommendation of Acceptance for the Library Renovations. City Administrator Brent Clark said a recent change order includes a deduction and the city will be receiving a certificate of substantial completion for the project. Final paperwork will come before the council in future meetings.
After discussing the Indian Hills Park and playground equipment, Councilman Rod Sonnichsen said he thinks the council should wait to move forward with the project until everything is wrapped up with the downtown and 5th Avenue projects. He also expressed concern about the area not being highly populated.
One concern was the possible restroom facility downtown. An upscale porta potty will reside in an undetermined location in the city square for the upcoming spring/summer seasons until formal plans for a permanent structure can be made.
The Indian Hills playground equipment is estimated to cost around $35,298.80, plus the cost of some sand and concrete. Clark said the project has been included in this year’s budget. Clark also told the council a private citizen has made a $15,000 donation to this project. Parks Superintendent Darren Marten said Broken Bow crews will be installing the equipment which will save more than $10,000.
Councilman Jacob Holcomb made a motion to table the playground equipment, Sonnichsen seconded, and the motion carried.
The council moved into closed session at 12:23 p.m. to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining. No decisions were made.