Photo by George Lauby
The stop light at Fourth and Chestnut. Bailey St. is the next one west.
Stop signs be posted soon at the corners of Fourth and Bailey and Fourth and Chestnut, and stop lights that have been there for decades will be removed.
The removal of the stop lights was recommended in a March 2013 traffic study by Schemmer Architects of Lincoln, who said taking down the lights is best because vehicle traffic is relatively light through the middle of town.
That study also recommended the removal of stop lights on Jeffers at both Fifth and Third, both of which were removed in August.
The city’s contracted engineer Tom Werblow asked the council if they had heard any complaints about removing the lights on Fourth.
“One,” Councilman Larry Campbell said. “Someone said they didn’t understand why they were removed, because they’d been there for years.”
Werblow did not comment.
After the meeting, City Manager Jim Hawks told the Bulletin he is unsure when the lights will actually be removed.
In other parking changes, the council agreed to open up a zone on the south side of the courthouse that was formerly reserved for law officers.
Those stalls were reserved primarily for judges, but the county made other arrangements for them, Hawks said in response to a question from Councilman Tim Barrett.
The council also agreed to post stop signs on Charlie Evans Drive around the Wild West Arena, a formality because the drive already has stop signs, but the city recently took over responsibility for the street, which was formerly owned by the Nebraskaland Days organization.
Also, the council removed the two-hour parking zone near Eakes Office Supply on the south side of Sixth near Vine. Eakes requested the change and neighboring businesses approved, Werblow said.
Fees set for mobile homes
In other action, the council set fees for mobile home inspections and utility connections, completing a three-month process that sets standards for mobile homes before they can be moved into the city.
An inspection fee will cost $50 and the utility line hookup will be $40, zoning administrator Judy Clark said.
Clark told Barrett the utility hookup costs considerably less than the old sewer, gas and water line connection fees.
“Is the goal so this can all be done in one visit?” Barrett asked.
“Yes,” Clark said.
Golf course costs
When it came time to approve the claims, Campbell questioned the monthly costs for Iron Eagle Golf Course and its management company, Landscapes Golf Group.
The total is $26,568, Campbell said.
“That’s really high,” he said. “Is that for the flood (last September)?”
Hawks said one of the big numbers was for grass seed on the front nine. One of the fairways was damaged by the flood and the front nine was taken out of action until now. Play will resume Thursday, Hawks said.
The council approved the claims, 7-0. Councilman Brook Baker was absent.
New garbage trucks
In other action, the council approved the lease-purchase of four new garbage trucks at a cost of $717,116.
Councilman Andrew Lee asked Public Services Director Wes Meyer if the trucks will need anything more before they are ready to go to work.
Meyer said no, except maybe another arm on the other side. The hydraulic arms pick up trash containers.
Also, the council:
• Approved a special liquor license for Bailey’s to serve a business after hours get-together June 6 at La Quinta Inn.
• Approved a special liquor license for Bailey’s to serve a business after hours get-together July 18 at Nebraskaland Bank.
• Approved a special liquor license for Smoker Friendly on June 21 for a new product tasting.
Councilman Jim Carman asked Smoker Friendly manager Judy Hupfer if drinks would be sold at the liquor store. Hupfer said no, that three tickets will be given to customers who will be able to taste three drinks of 1/3 oz. each. The idea is to introduce customers to new alcohol products.
“Otherwise they will sit on the shelves and get dusty because no one knows they are there,” she said. The council approved the request.
• Agreed to seek a community development block grant for improvements on West 13th and on 18th streets. If the grant arrives, the improvements will be made over two years, according to council documents.