Council approves park grant applications

Julie Rach

Kearney Hill Park and the Nebraska City Softball Complex may receive some upgrades later this year if applications to the Steinhart Foundation Inc. are successful.

The Nebraska City City Council approved pursuing a total of $56,000 in grant applications to the foundation during the council’s Feb. 17 meeting.

According to Nebraska City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Patrick Wehling, a backstop and perimeter fencing at Kearney Hill Park are deteriorating, as is fencing at the Softball Complex.

Wehling said Kearney Hill Park also needs an additional backstop to provide additional practice space for young baseball players.

The Kearney Hill Park upgrades are estimated to be $20,000, and the fence replacement at the Softball Complex is estimated to be $36,000, said Wehling.

The grants would cover 100 percent of the replacement work with no matching funds required by the city, said Wehling.

According to a memo submitted to the council by Wehling, City Administrator Grayson Path, Parks and Recreation Director Scooter Edmisten, and Parks Foreman Raymond Doiel, the Parks Department has been working to find more practice fields for its many youth recreation programs.

Discussion was held in 2019 regarding using the City property west of the Cemetery, according to the memo.

The City Council authorized efforts to continue studying this, but at this time those efforts have switched attention to other options, such as Kearney Hill Park, the memo continued.

There is still a need for more practice fields, according to the memo, but this is a more doable option in the immediate timeline.

The Softball Complex is also used very regularly by many programs (city, community, and school).

“We believe it is important to keep this complex viable, safe, and attractive for continued use,” the memo concluded.

In other action, the council

Approved a request from Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce to use the Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building parking lot and/or basement for weekly summer Farmers Markets beginning May 7 and monthly Farmers Markets in the fall and winter;

Approved a revised zoning land use map;

Approved a $22,852 change order from ME Collins for the 2019 Nebraska City Bridge Repairs for the 16th Street Bridge south expansion joint repair;

Approved a task order not to exceed $46,000 from JEO Consulting Group for repair design of the South Table Creek Bank Stabilization project;

Approved a bid in the amount of $334,877.05 from Pavers Inc for the 6th Street mill and overlay, and sidewalk ramp, project; and

Approved a task order not to exceed $7,900 from JEO Consulting Group for flood damages to the 6th Street Bridge over North Table Creek.

The next regular Nebraska City City Council meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the William F. Davis Room of City Hall, 1409 Central Ave.