The North Platte city council agreed Tuesday to get five new garbage trucks. The council authorized the lease-purchase of five 18-cubic yard refuse compactor trucks for $540,454, from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. which submitted the lowest interest rate of 1.96%, according to city documents.
The trucks will replace two that were wrecked in July as they made their way to the city transfer station near Lake Maloney. One truck ran into the back of another on Buffalo Bill Road. The drivers said they were distracted by a cow that was out.
The insurance company paid the city nearly $80,000 for the trucks, which the city used as a down payment on the new ones. The other three garbage trucks will be traded.
The council first gave its blessing to five brand new garbage trucks on Oct. 16.
In other council business, the city clarified its insurance agreement with Landscapes Golf Group, the company that now manages Iron Eagle golf course.
Landscapes is responsible for obtaining workers’ compensation and liquor liability insurance, but the city will remit payment, according to the agreement.
The council voted 7-1 in favor of the agreement. Tim Barrett voted no.
Also, the council agreed to call in more than $6.6 million in bonds to be refinanced at a lower rate. Glenn Petersen abstained. The council then authorized the issuance $6.7 million in new bonds.
And, the council:
• Adopted the recommendation by the North Platte Planning Commission to eliminate a “greenspace” designation for lots south of the hospital, across Leota St.
That way the land can be sold for development.
With the expansion of Great Plains Regional Medical Center, the area could be used for offices or restaurants, according to development director Judy Clark.
• Adopted a recommendation by the Planning Commission to consolidate two plots of land at 2004 E. Walker Road into one lot for new development. The area is earmarked as light industrial – currently home to an implement dealer, a land broker and a warehouse.