City Temporarily Suspends Public Works Powers; Solar Energy Presentation

During the only meeting this month, the Broken Bow City Council voted to temporarily suspend the powers of the Board of Public Works due to a lack of a quorum.

During the meeting on Tuesday, December 14, City Administrator Dan Knoell informed the Council that due to the recent death of Dan Jacobson, the board was no longer able to reach the required three-member quorum. Through the ordinance that was passed by the Council, they will take over the powers of the Board of Public Works until the three-member quorum is reached.

Once the Council approves the appointment to the board, the powers will immediately return as before. Knoell stated he is actively recruiting two individuals to fill in on the board, but in the meantime may look to past board members to fill the role temporarily. If anyone is interested in becoming a board member on any City of Broken Bow boards, contact the city offices.

Also during the meeting, a presentation by Molly Brown of GenPro Energy Solutions and Tim Chancellor covered the possibility of bringing solar energy to Broken Bow. Tim told the council there was a lot of interest by business owners to put solar panels on their business to help offset costs and take advantage of certain tax credits.

The pair discussed possibly building a solar power system at Indian Hills where there is currently an open field. Knoell stated the field is currently a ‘no use location’ and with some possible renovations to the area upcoming, would be a great place to possibly put the solar panels.

Mayor Rod Sonnichsen said a number of individuals have already approached the City asking to put up solar panels. He noted that the City is working on trying to find the best solution for all, but needs to take their time and not make a split-second decision.

The next Broken Bow City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 PM. City Offices will close at noon on December 23 and December 30. City Offices will be CLOSED on December 24 and December 31.