Memorial Drive Bid Postponed by Broken Bow City Council

Memorial Drive Bid Postponed by Broken Bow City Council
JEO Project Manager Ryan Kavan (left) speaks before the Broken Bow City Council on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

BROKEN BOW—Only a few items appeared on the Broken Bow City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday, March 8 with one of those items being the Memorial Drive Project Bid Approval. The council had the consideration of approving the bid for the paving and storm sewer improvements on Memorial Drive.

JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Project Manager Ryan Kavan and JEO Engineer Payton Best appeared before the council and recommended awarding the bid to Myers Construction in Broken Bow in the amount of $1,088,911.90.

“We received two competitive bids within a just few percentage points of each other. Unfortunately they were a little over five percent higher than my estimate considering the current bidding environment. That’s still–I feel–valid bids. It is our recommendation to award the project in the total of $1,088,911.90 to Myers Construction here in Broken Bow,” Kavan said.

Councilman Larry Miller made a motion to postpone the decision in order to give the public additional time to comment and discuss whether or not they want to create a paving district. Dave Schmidt seconded the motion and the issue will appear on the next council agenda.

Click here to view the January 25 story regarding the Memorial Drive Project.

A public hearing was held regarding Ordinance 1253 Landkamer Addition Subdivision. City Administrator Dan Knoell first spoke before the council referencing an ordinance passed in the year 1904 that vacated an alley near North 11th Avenue and North B Street. With the vacation of the alley, the lot lines are able to be changed by landowners. If the alley was not properly vacated, it could not be subdivided.

The proposal to re-plat the subdivision was presented to the planning commission and the ordinance was approved by the city council after waiving the three readings.

Knoell told KCNI/KBBN Ordinance 1253 splits the lot/changes the lot lines (but first had to confirm the vacated alley from 1904), allowing the lot to be subdivided.

“The ordinance now approves the new lines, so it’s more or less a re-plat. But we just had to prove from a planning commission standpoint that back in 1904 they did it right and vacated the alley,” Knoell told KCNI/KBBN.

The council adjourned at 6:11 p.m. and the next city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m.