BROKEN BOW–In addition to appointing a new councilmember and recognizing Sergeant Shane Fiorelli for the Act of Heroism Award on Tuesday night, the Broken Bow City Council held a second public hearing was held regarding Ordinance 1252 Mandatory Trash Removal Fees. During the January 11 meeting, fees were said to possibly increase for the first time since 2013. This potential increase is due to the rise in landfill and tipping fees.
Clerical errors have been fixed since the last meeting and customers would see an approximate $1.75 per month increase. City Administrator Dan Knoell said councilmember Larry Miller pointed out the clerical errors regarding the city assistance with billing for S&L Sanitation. Another public hearing will be scheduled for the next City Council meeting.
Discussion of the Memorial Drive Project took place during a public hearing. JEO Consulting Project Manager Ryan Kavan requested permission to advertise for bids on behalf of the JEO Grand Island office. The project starts at the intersection of 5th Avenue and continues east just past the hospital.
The project is proposed to include new storm sewer, curb and gutter, and concrete street—an overlay on top of the existing asphalt. He said the existing asphalt would be milled down approximately four inches with six inches of concrete on top.
The project is expected to be completed in three phases to permit access at all times to the hospital as well as residences and a church. Sidewalks will go back to essentially where they are currently located and an updated crosswalk and flashing beacon will be included. The engineer’s opinion of cost stands at $950,000 with the anticipated lifespan of the new concrete roadway being 30+ years following traffic evaluations.
“The engineer’s opinion of cost for the construction work stands at $950,000 ,” Kavan continued. “We would open bids on the [February] 22nd.”
The appointment of Breanna Kaup was approved to serve on the Library Board for a four-year term ending February 2026. John Walters and Mike Garner were re-appointed to the Library Board also for four-year terms ending February 2026.
In addition, the use of KENO funds for the purchase of lights on the square and flags was approved as part of Resolution 2022-1. The sale of a 1966 Ford F700 truck was also approved as part of Resolution 2022-2 sale of surplus property.
The meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m. and the next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 8 at 6 p.m.