Newly paved west Beatrice street to reopen this week

BEATRICE – Motorists should be using West Scott Street in Beatrice, very soon.

"The information that I have is that Scott Street should be open to the public for traffic flow, on Wednesday."

Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer made that report to the mayor and city council Monday night. West Scott has been surfaced with new asphalt, between Sumner and Sherman Streets. A water main installation preceded the paving work.  Later on this summer armor-coating work on city streets totaling about $58,000 will be done, along with a Bell Street repaving project between 5th and 6th, totaling some $137,000.

Meanwhile, Tempelmeyer says a proposed river access project for canoeing and kayaking should be coming back before the city council, soon.
"We will present to you at the next city council meeting, a contract for the Big Blue River access. We've kind of changed the scope of the project a little bit...made it a little bit smaller. We worked with the contractor who had the low bid on the first one. He's willing to honor his unit prices, so we've adjusted that, accordingly. We will be bringing that contract back before this body at our meeting on July Sixth."

The Beatrice City Council held a short Monday night meeting, approving a new agreement with the City of Crete to continue to provide emergency communications and 9-1-1- service to the Saline County community. The new agreement through September 30th, 2023, starts with an annual fee paid to the City of Beatrice totaling $278,100. There are 3% increases built into the agreement.

The council also approved extending an interlocal agreement with Gage County for providing ambulance service in certain areas of the county, through June 30th, 2022.