No smoking will be allowed within 50 feet of the splash park in Memorial Park on East Fourth, following action Tuesday by the North Platte City Council. The council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance on the second reading. Councilman Brook Baker moved to suspend the normal three-reading rule and Jim Carman seconded.
Also, the council adopted a resolution setting the amount of tax to be levied for the airport.
Before the vote, Councilman Glenn Petersen asked Airport Manager Mike Sharkey if the budget is changed much this year. Sharkey said this year’s budget has the same amounts as the last three years.
Councilwoman Michelle McNea asked if there were major projects at the airport this year. Sharkey said some aprons near the hangars are being rebuilt. The cost is paid by a $1.2 million federal grant.
Also, the council authorized an agreement with Lincoln County to share costs associated with emergency management. Andrew Lee asked what these costs are, and City Administrator Jim Hawks told him that the city and county share the Emergency Management Director’s salary equally, and the city provides an office and the county provides a vehicle.
Also, the council:
• Approved an interlocal cooperative agreement between the city and North Platte Public Schools for a School Resources Officer.
The city provides a policeman to the public schools, primarily the high school. The city and the school district share the wages and benefits, which are set this year at $39,612, according to council documents.
• Approved an insurance resolution between the city and the League Association of Risk Management, concerning property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
The LARM offers members such as North Platte an option to take discounts on insurance contributions if a municipality makes a three-year commitment and provides a 180-day notice of termination.
By choosing these, the city saves 5 percent on its annual insurance coverage.
• Adopted a resolution to issue a warrant in the amount of $271,906.62 to Cement Products, Inc. to pay for construction work on a street improvement. This warrant will be purchased by Farmer’s State Bank of Wallace at a rate of 1.20%.