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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • City to repair softball complex restrooms

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  • Nebraska City Public Properties Director and zoning administrator Dan Giittinger urged the Nebraska City City Council Monday night to move forward with the repair of the restrooms at the softball complex north of town.
    Giittinger told council members that the current septic tank failed six weeks ago during a softball tournament. He gave council members three options:
    - Do nothing and continue using portable toilets,
    - Spend $10,042 plus dirt work fees to install a new 1,000-gallon septic tank and 409 feet of lateral, which is a part of the system where liquid goes to evaporate,
    - Or install a grinder pump and 1,200 feet of 2-inch forced main to the lift station at the Timber Ridge Apartment complex for about $26,400.
    The council decided on option three. Giittinger said there isn't enough money in the city's parks department budget for this year and suggested that the money for the repairs come from the city's emergency fund.
    The council approved for $29,501 to be used out of the city's emergency fund for the repairs. JEO Consulting Group Inc., estimated the total cost for the project to be $26,400.
    Giittinger said the project probably won't be completed until the mid-fall. With the high school fast pitch softball season kicking off in the next few weeks, softball players will use the middle softball diamond at Steinhart Park until the project is completed.
    The Nebraska City Jaycees will also allow use of their concessions stand.
    The council also approved a resolution for a grant request from the Swimming Pool Let's Act to See it Happen Aquatic Advisory Committee (SPLASH) for $17,600 to pay Aquatic Design Consultants Inc. of Louisburg, Kan., for professional marketing, promotion and conceptual planning.
    The costs will cover Phase 1 of the SPLASH Aquatic Advisory Committee's proposed aquatic center.
    SPLASH's Acting Chairman Phil Silvius said that phases 2 and 3 will focus on design and construction, with the total amount being between $4 million to $4.5 million to build an aquatic center.
    "We're walking a very fine line here. We want to have the best facility that we can have," Silvius said. "The vision is we would like to have a little bit more than Nebraska City. We'd like to have it be something regional, kind of small-region. Maybe pull some people into town. That definitely has to be balanced with what people more or less are wanting to pay for this facility."
    Silvius said the committee is gathering all of the information about the proposed aquatic center so that voters can make an informed decision about project for November's ballot.
    The council discussed recommendations from the Solid Waste Committee regarding proposals for negotiating a new solid waste agreement. The council agreed to make garbage pick-up optional for citizens instead of mandatory, meaning people have a choice as to whether or not they want their garbage picked up.
    Page 2 of 3 - "I'm kind of a as-needed-government kind of a guy," Public Works Commissioner and Councilman Jim Stark said. "I'm not comfortable with mandatory."
    The Solid Waste Committee presented the council with side-by-side rate comparisons from B.K. Inc. & American Recycling & Sanitation of Rock Port, Mo., and Waste Connections of Nebraska Inc. of Omaha. Based on rates, the committee recommended that if the council chose to make garbage pick-up optional to contract with B.K. Inc. If the council chose mandatory garbage pick-up, the committee then recommended contracting Waste Connections. The committee also included in it's report that Waste Connections has a automatic annual price adjustment that increases it's rates based upon the Consumer Price Index, whereas B.K. Inc. doesn't raise it's prices unless the city and contractor agree to a price increase.
    According to the information given to the council by the committee, if garbage pick-up is optional the rates will be:
    • Residential curbside solid waste pick up with a container - $19.95 per month through B.K. Inc. and $19.50 through Waste Connections.
    • Residential curbside recycling with a container - $2.95 per month through B.K. Inc. and $3.25 through Waste Connections.
    • Residential senior citizens curbside solid waste with a container - $18.45 per month through B.K. Inc. and $19.50 through Waste Connections.  
    B.K. Inc. had lower rates than Waste Connections for the majority of commercial garbage pick-ups.
    If garbage pick-up is mandatory the rates will be:
    • Residential curbside solid waste with a container - $16.75 monthly through B.K. Inc. and $10.45 through Waste Connections.
    • Residential curbside recycling with a container - $2.95 monthly through B.K. Inc. and $2.50 through Waste Connections.
    • Residential senior citizens curbside solid waste with a container - $14.95 monthly through B.K. Inc. and $10.45 through Waste Connections.
    As far as commercial garbage pick-ups, B.K. Inc.'s and Waste Connections' rates are almost split with B.K. Inc. offering lower rates for 23 services and Waste Connections offering lower rates for 19 commercial services.
    The council appointed Stark and Finance Commissioner and Councilman Mark Mercer to meet with B.K. Inc. to determine garbage rates and work out the details of the contract.
    Other agenda items that the council approved were:
    • A Class C liquor license application from Bryan and Kelly Bequette for their business, The Keeping Room and Gathering Place.
    • A request from Brian Volkmen of the Nebraska City Historical Society for the use of five picnic tables for the upcoming Nelson House Ice Cream Social on July 27.
    • The purchase of a lime slaker for $132,000 from Integrity Municipal Systems that will replace one of two slakers that was installed in 1978 in the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
    • Board of Public Works' electric work order No. 114 for the upgrade of conductors and devices on electrical circuits along South 11th Street, from about McDonald's restaurant to the Arbor Valley Animal Clinic. The total amount for the project is $56,549.03.
    Page 3 of 3 - • Board of Public Works' electric work order No. 116 for the rebuilding and replacement of the platform sub in the north business alley between 7th and 8th streets and Central and 1st avenues. The total amount for the project is $23,079.82.
    • A request from Nebraska City Public Schools to vacate the property where the former Northside Elementary School used to be located, on 12th Avenue between 12th and 13 streets. The city attorney will draft an ordinance.
    • The passage of Ordinance 2945-14 to sell the right-of-way on Frontage Road to L&H Investments for $100 plus all expenses involved.
    • The recommendation of acceptance of the final payment to Kreifels Conservation and Excavating for $9,520.65 for the 15th Street improvements project.
    • And the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.

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