The city will spend more than $25,000 this summer for 36 new golf carts at Iron Eagle, following action Tuesday by the North Platte city council. The council unanimously approved an agreement that former Mayor Marc Kaschke inked before he left office in November with Miller and Sons, a company from Lincoln that supplies golf carts.
Miller and Sons is the largest golf cart supplier in the nation, a golf course spokesman said at the council meeting.
Under the terms, the city will lease the 36 TXT 48 golf carts (called “golf cars”) for $116 each per month. The lease starts in May and the term is for 55 months, which would be at the end of the city’s contract with Landscapes Golf Group, the Lincoln company that was hired last year to manage the course.
The existing fleet of 36 carts at the course – 2007 Yamahas – will be bought by Miller and Sons for the amount the city owes on the carts – about $950 each. But the city won’t net much on that deal, because in turn, the city will pay Miller and Sons $900 per cart when the new lease agreement expires in five years.
Miller and Sons will toss in two gas-powered carts at no additional cost, under the agreement.
Councilman Larry Campbell asked if there was a local company to work with, but the course spokesman said Miller and Sons is the best, and besides there are no local companies, except those that handle repairs and service.
It was a short but productive meeting for the council, with all members present.
The council also agreed to ban parking on both sides and the center of the cul-de-sac beneath the overpass on Poplar St., from Front St. south approximately 140 feet.
Councilman Martin Steinbeck asked for an explanation. The city’s contracted engineer Tom Werblow said vehicles that park there partially block access to a city storage building, making it difficult to get trucks and trailers in and out safely.
In other action, the council:
• Approved the mayor’s appointed department heads: City Administrator Jim Hawks, Finance Director Dawn Miller, City Clerk Angela Gilbert, Director of Development Jim Hawks, Fire Chief Paul Pedersen, City Attorney Doug Stack, Library Director Cecilia Lawrence, Police Chief Mike Swain, Public Service Director Wes Meyer, Utility Business Manager Jim Hawks and City Physician Dr. Leland Lamberty.
• Passed an ordinance on third reading establishing higher fees for renewal of operating licenses for multiple dwellings or rooming houses. The fee is $65. The city code still stated the fee was $17.50, so the code was changed to fit the current fee.
• Amended the municipal code on third reading relating to free-standing signs in an F-1 district and permitted signs in an H-1 district and also amended on third reading the code relating to setback and height regulations in a hospital district, paving the way for signs for the expansions at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
• Approved requests from Adams Bank and Trust, Bank of the West, Equitable Bank, Farmers State Bank of Wallace and North Platte, First National Bank, Great Western Bank, NebraskaLand National Bank, Nebraska Public Agency Investment Trust, Sandhills State Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to be depository banks for city funds for 2013.
• Accepted the Mayor’s appointment of Dan McGuire and Gayla Ward to the Library Advisory Board.
• Accepted improvements and certificate of completion for street improvements downtown on East 5th from Bailey to the west right-of-way of Dewey St.
• Accepted improvements and certificate of completion of street improvements on 18th St. from Hayes to Miles.