A bid was awarded to ME Collins Contracting Inc. for $275,375.50 for the 7th Street improvement project during the Monday regular meeting of the Nebraska City City Council.
The 7th Street project is part of phase one of the Community Development  Block Grant project which also includes making the restrooms at Nuckolls Square ADA compliant and also fixing the roof at the Memorial Building.
Marty Stovall, construction and facilities manager for the city, said the project has an anticipated start date in the spring of 2019 with completion coming in early September.
The city engineer, JEO, completed the designs and the project was let for bids with the bid opening of Oct. 4. Stovall said there were two bids.
In another note about city projects, the city sent notice earlier on Monday about 11th Street improvement project.
The project which will resurface the street from 1st Avenue north to the city limits, will include the replacement of the bridge over North Table Creek. When the project begins, the road will be closed on the approach to the bridge on either side.
The project has an anticipated completion date prior to Arbor Day 2019.

KNCB Report
Members of the council heard a detailed quarterly report on Keep Nebraska City Beautiful activities from Brittany Szydelko.
The group has had special meetings recently, with particular regard to the budget, and also set three focus areas, those being litter, recycling and beautification.
The group has submitted a request for renewal of their Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality grant. The grant, which funds much of the KNCB’s activities, will likely be awarded in December.
KNCB received a donation of a banner from Adkins Signs which members used to advertise their community presence during the AppleJack parade.
KNCB also increased their awareness by handing out 700 car litter bags at the parade. T-shirts were sold at the AppleJack event and continue to be available with proceeds to be used toward group activities.
Szydelko said she has been  getting the word out about KNCB in a number of ways. She provided the program at the Nebraska City Rotary Club with an emphasis on litter awareness and she has been doing a recycling tip of the week on Facebook to reach more citizens with the organization’s message.
Szydelko said she also recently attended the Keep Nebraska Beautiful Conference at the Lied Lodge and was able to network with other state affiliates to see what the priorities should be for the next year and beyond.
Finally, Szydelko gave details of the clean up efforts of the group before and after the AppleJack celebration as 53 volunteers cleaned up in parks, at the north and east entrances ot the city and also downtown.
For more information about KNCB, visit the group on Facebook.
Currently, the KNCB organization doesn’t have a web site, but that is about to change. Szydelko said that students at the Nebraska City Public School’s Pioneer Academy will construct a free web site for the group. The site will not have a direct link, such as KNCB.com, but will be used as a test site to see if a web presence, in addition to Facebook, would be beneficial.
KNCB is located at 1902 4th Corso, Suite 101. The organization’s phone number is 402-874-9043.

Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging
Bobbi Lechner of Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging approached the city council on Monday night to visit about parking for the organization’s new location in the 700 block of Central Avenue. Currently, Blue Rivers is located at 109 South 9th Street. They’ll be moving to the new location on Oct. 29.
Part of the move will be the consideration for parking the public transportation busses run by the organization. Lechner told the council that she would like to have parking reserved in the public parking lot located in the 700 block of 1st Corso.
Since Blue Rivers sometimes runs multiple busses, Lechner said she was requesting two spots for bus parking at the new location so as to avoid blocking traffic on Central Avenue.
The council talked about the possibility of other parking arrangements for a second bus on the east side of 7th Street between Central Avenue and 1st Corso and also discussed the possibility of using the sunken parking lot in the 700 block of Central Avenue, but no concensus was reached.
In the end, the council voted approval for one parking spot in the public lot in the 700 block of 1st Corso.
Mayor Bryan Bequette indicted that he has particular interest in the usage of the public lot, due to his connection with the Keeping Room. As such, Bequette said he has seen traffic in the public lot rise, due to his business and also others in the area. Bequette said that, before a second parking spot is awarded, it might be a good idea to check with businesses in the area and get their thoughts.
Due to his particular interest, Bequette abstained from the vote that awarded the one parking position to Blue Rivers.

Capital Tree
The council voted to approve a street closure request from Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, for events associated with Nebraska City’s selection as a stop for the Christmas tree which will be on display at U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C. this year. The closure will on South 11th Street from Central Avenue south to 1st Corso.
Dana Stovall of NCTC was present at the meeting to visit about the event. She said Nebraska City is one of two cities in the state of Nebraska, the other being Scottsbluff, that have been selected to host the tree.
The tree will be available for public view from 6 to 7 p.m. that day. Stovall said it will be secured in a building overnight and then will continue on its journey toward Washington, D.C.

In other business, the council:
Approved the Electricians Registration Application for Eric McCartney.
Approved the BPW recommendation to purchase a truck for the Electric Department for $38,592.50 and for the Waste Water Department for $44,800.00.
Approved the BPW recommendation to purchase a UTV for $13,330.00 for shared Utility use.
Approved the BPW recommendation to approve a line extension in Brock, NE for a total cost of $19,608.63 of which $8,137.63 will be the customer’s share and $11,471.00 will be the Utilities portion.
And passed Ordinance 3021-18 to issue bonds to pay off the 2015-01 BANS used to build the South Interchange Project.