Mark the dikes
The Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Center will see new additions in the coming months as the council approved $29,075 in LB 840 community development funds to purchase and install a water system. timing.
City manager John Sutherland noted that he had been approached by Rex Cogdill, a representative of the Chadron Sharks swim team, to support the grant application.
The total cost of the system is $44,075, of which $15,000 is covered by the Sharks.
Cogdill said they have been working on getting a timing system for some time, noting that in 2019 the Dawes County Travel Board awarded a $25,000 grant. This money was left to the Sharks to determine whether a timing system or starting blocks were needed; they opted for the latter.
Cogdill said the team needed the starting blocks to at least “get in the race.” The timing system, he added, allows for more accurate times and the ability for Chadron to hold larger swim meets.
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Chadron Sharks board chair Sheila Pourier said having a timing system would allow them to invite more teams, as they can only accommodate one triangle at this stage. As part of the United States swim team, they could even invite teams from Wyoming and South Dakota. She further added that bringing more people means more money for local businesses, even for hotels when Chadron hosts a two-day meet.
Cogdill hopes to have the timing system installed by the spring. Registrations for the Chadron Sharks swim team are slated for the last week of September, Pourier said, and people can register by contacting Pourier or fellow board members Ben Bennett, Alyssa Peters, Barb Waugh, Lisa Briggs or Barb McCartney.
With USA Swim having an open division, Pourier noted that it’s possible adults could sign up to swim for the team.
A 1997 Chadron Volunteer Fire Department Freightliner/Smeal Pumper has been declared surplus and cleared for sale by Firetec Apparatus Sales.
Patrick O’Brien said the department received a new pump truck in 2019, replacing the 1997 model. Since then, they’ve been trying to sell the old vehicle, but getting no traction that way. By using Firetec, he and Fire Chief Branden Martens hope to remedy that. The truck should be worth around $25,000, depending on age and style.
O’Brien pointed out that the truck is in excellent condition, as monthly maintenance and annual pump tests are performed to ensure it is still running. He added that it would be a valuable truck for a small fire department.
The City Transit program will see some changes, as the board approved declaring a 2008 Ford transit bus as surplus and allowing it to be sold to another transit agency.
City transit manager Julie Lawrence pointed out that the 2008 bus was replaced with a 2022 bus because the old vehicle had more than 128,000 miles and used two or three liters of oil every the 3,000 miles.
Kari Ruse of Nebraska State said the bus would be sold to another transit agency, in accordance with the local 20% transfer rule. The estimated cost of the bus is $9,500, which means the City would receive $1,900 for the vehicle, or 20% of the estimated value.
Another change to the local transit program is a change in offices. The new office is at 127 West Second Street, #101, adjacent to the Northwest Community Action Partnership office. Buses will be parked on city-owned land south of the building, Lawrence said, and the office provides space for drivers to complete paperwork and other tasks. It could also serve as a bus stop, she added.
Chadron State College will have a new bus stop, located at 319 East 10th Street. The stop is at the north end of the parking lot east of Brooks Hall, where the old Kline Campus Center was.
Lawrence said the signs designated the area as a bus stop, with buses arriving from the west so as not to cross traffic. Lawrence said future plans include benches and a shelter. Having a single stop is different from the original college plan, to include stops in the various dorms.
Specifications for a new 2023 three-quarter-ton extended cab 4×4 pickup have been approved for street service and a notice to dealers has been cleared. Street Superintendent Dustin Glass noted that this approval was due to a previously approved truck being canceled and not being reordered.
Several amendments to Chapter 5, Article 4, Administrative Departments, or the Municipal Code were approved at third and final reading. Council also renewed the City’s insurance policies for a period of three years starting October 1st. City Manager Sutherland pointed out that renewing with the current company means a significant discount.
The board also approved the certification of a question about the November 8 general election for a two-year term on the board. With former board member Keith Crofutt stepping down earlier this year, a special vote in the election will determine who will fill the remaining two years of Crofutt’s term.
Two bids were awarded to Buettner Construction. One was $76,023.75, as a progress payment on the Niobrara Avenue water main connection loop project from North Mears to North Maple. The second was $158,160.79, the final payment for the sixth through seventh Chadron Avenue work.
The Council approved the revised budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and the costs order schedule. The first reading of the budget and fees ordinance occurs at their August 15 meeting, with an August 20 deadline to receive a certified appraisal from the county assessor.
On September 6 – a Tuesday meeting due to the Labor Day holiday – there will be a special council meeting for the public budget hearing, followed by a regular council meeting. It is also the date of the second reading of the Ordinance on Budget and Taxes.
September 19 is the third reading of the Budget and Fees Ordinance, with the budget due to the state auditor by September 30.
City Manager Sutherland noted that the city has had an ongoing relationship with John “Doc” Gamby, DVM, for many years, but he is considering closing and selling his business to the Panhandle Veterinary Clinic. Although he initially talked about retiring in March, Gamby made the official announcement on Monday, according to Police Chief Rick Hickstein.
The police chief further noted that there had been discussions about the possibility of using Gamby’s building as a kennel space. The police department takes animal care and control seriously, Hickstein added, because when a dog bites a person, the animal must be quarantined in a kennel for 10 days to check for signs of rabies.
He added that while the discussion needs to start about where to house the dogs so they can be fed, watered and exercised, there also needs to be a discussion about what to do with the dogs. cats. Hickstein further added that Dr. Lynn Steadman and Dr. Regina Rankin have indicated that they can provide veterinary services in emergency situations, even after hours.