City Council Holds Special Meeting To Approve Usage of Ball Fields And Street Closure For COVID Testing

The Broken Bow City Council held a special meeting on Friday, May 29 via teleconference to approve the use of municipal property for sports and other recreational activities and to close a street for COVID-19 testing. The Council took around ten minutes to approve the three different motions with the first two dealing with the municipal property, specifically the ball fields.

Starting June 1, certain sports will be able to resume including baseball and softball. While a number of other activities will also be able to start practice, the responsibility of keeping the dugouts, bathrooms, and concession stands clean, according to health department guidelines, will fall directly on the participating teams’ shoulders.

During the meeting, City Clerk Stephanie Wright told the Council that there were some changes that needed to be made to insurance, liability, and so forth, so that anyone who attended the games could not sue the City if a person contracted COVID-19. The two agenda items which included approving the use of the municipal property and the license and management agreement were approved thee to zero (Councilman David Schmidt was absent).

Also approved three to zero was the closure of North 7th Avenue from North C Street to Memorial Drive on June 1 and June 2 for Test Nebraska COVID testing. Mayor Rod Sonnichsen stated that the Custer County Supervisors had already approved the testing, but because the road is owned by the City, the Council would need to approve the closure.