City worker honored for 30 years of service
By Jan Rahn
One of the items of new business at Grant City Council’s regular meeting on March 22 was recognizing public works employee Mike Gartner for 30 years of service.
Gartner was presented a plaque by Mayor Mike Wyatt toward the end of the agenda.
Gartner will also receive a longevity bonus.
In Other Action
• Council members unanimously agreed that no change would be made to a city ordinance allowing chickens inside city limits.
Following a request by a resident at the last meeting in early March, council members gathered input from residents regarding opinion on allowing chickens to be kept on city property.
Although there is an increasing trend of other Nebraska cities allowing for a few chickens (no roosters) to be raised for personal use, the general consensus was negative for allowing the fowl inside city limits.
• A unanimous vote by council allows Hastings Memorial Library to enter into a library interlocal agreement whereby updating the system online and work with other libraries as a consortium to benefit users.
Librarian Robin Quinn was present at the meeting to explain the interlocal agreement and answer questions from council.
Quinn explained how the new computerized system replaces the outdated card system. The web-based system allows users to access library catalogs from home to perform tasks such as reserving or renewing a book.
A grant is already in place for the setup cost, said Quinn, with no further cost to the city. A yearly maintenance fee of $350 will be the only obligation.
• City Engineer Tom Werblow presented three bids for an armor coat project which council awarded to low bidder Topkote Inc., at Werblow’s recommendation.
Council members consented to continue with the project. Less than one-third of the town (or slightly more than 20 blocks) will be armor coated at a cost of approximately $68,000.
• Another major project the city faces is water main replacement between First and Eighth Street along Washington Avenue.
Werblow recommended to council that the project be pursued and they at least take bids for the project which could come in at around $300,000.
He suggested that bidders be given flexibility of setting their own completion date.
At Werblow’s recommendation, council unanimously approved the plans and authorized bid letting for the project which will include 10-inch pipe, new valves and new hydrants, on Washington Avenue, including an alternate project on Hancock.
• Councilman Kirk York voted against a nuisance abatement agreement with West Central Nebraska Development District. However, the vote carried, along with a resolution to approve a nuisance officer for the abatement agreement.
• As a formality, council unanimously agreed to proceed with the application process in acquiring federal funds for the airport taxi-way project.