City Council Approves Property to be Sold & Discusses North 5th Street Project

City Council Approves Property to be Sold & Discusses North 5th Street Project
Broken Bow City Council on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

BROKEN BOW—The Broken Bow City Council approved a resolution for the sale of real property located at 631 South 9th Avenue in Broken Bow following a public hearing on Tuesday, June 28.

The residential property was torn down in October 2021 after being deemed an abated, unsafe, nuisance property. The property was in the possession of the city following the demolition with Mayor Rod Sonnichsen saying there is no need for the city to keep the property when it can be developed into something better.

The property formerly owned by Justin Russell experienced a kitchen fire in 2012 and papers were served in 2018 by the city and Broken Bow Police Department to remodel the property in order to make it safe and to not depreciate nearby properties. Several extensions were granted by the city council throughout the years.

According to city council documents, bids for the property need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 22, 2022 with the minimum price established at $37,000.

City Administrator Dan Knoell discusses Memorial Drive and North 5th Street Projects.

Also during Tuesday night’s city council meeting, City Administrator Dan Knoell gave updates regarding the Memorial Drive project delay due to supply chain issues. The new prospective start date is between August 1 and August 15 with the estimated completion date of the project staying at December 1. (Click here to view the June 27 story.)

“It’s not a city delay, it’s not a Myers Construction delay, it’s a material delay. The entire country is facing the same delay. One of the main reasons for the delay is epoxy coated rebar which is that good rebar which is going to last a lot longer than basic construction rebar and also the concrete structure,” Knoell said.

In the meantime, Knoell said the North 5th Street Project will be starting approximately July 6 with work done by Paulsen Inc., in conjunction with the county’s Airport Road project. The project will include three inches of milling and three inches of overlay.

The city council voted to host the city budget workshop on Tuesday, August 16 at 12 p.m., approximately three and half weeks before the council will need to approve the city budget.

Tuesday’s meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m. and the next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.