Second bond issue approved, for new Beatrice Fire Station

BEATRICE – A second issue of bonds has been approved to help finance construction of the new Beatrice Fire and Rescue Headquarters. The city council approved the issue Monday night, for up to $2.8 million.

Bond representative for the city, Jay Spearman said costs to the city remain low. "The all-in cost for this financing right now is one-point-one percent. It's hard telling where interest rates are going to go, but I wouldn't expect we'd be over one-point-two percent."

The bonds should be available for purchase in about a month. A larger bond issue of up to $7.2 million was made last October for the fire station, which is expected to be completed in September.

At Monday night's council meeting, the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce received permit approval from the City of Beatrice for closing U.S. Highway 136 during this Summer’s Homestead Days Parade, Saturday, June 26th.  The celebration had to be canceled last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
During the parade, the highway will be closed through the downtown area between 8 a.m. and noon.

The chamber also received city permit approval to sell goods in Charles Park, along 5th Street downtown, at the Big Blue Water Park and Chautauqua Park during the celebration, June 24th to the 27th.  A backup location on 4th Street between Court and High Streets would be used for the Jayhusker Swap Meet, should flooding close Chautauqua Park.

Mayor Stan Wirth issued a proclamation declaring April 4th through the 10th as National Library Week, in the city. He also issued a proclamation for an observance of April as Autism Acceptance Month.

Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth and Public Library Director Joanne Neemann