BROKEN BOW – A variety of topics were discussed at the Broken Bow City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 29.
First, the annual audit report was presented and approved for the year ending Sept. 30, 2015.
Library Director Joan Birnie was at the meeting to give the annual report for the Broken Bow Public Library. In her report, she noted many various activities and events that were hosted by the Library over the past year, including Adopt a Grandparent, Daddy/Daughter Date Night, and several special story times, among many other activities. Birnie also noted that fundraising efforts for the “Love Your Library- Expand Our Future” expansion project are going well. A total of $1,005,306 has been raised so far, just over half of the $2.1 million goal.
The Council voted to renew funding for the Broken Bow Handi Bus, with no changes made to the current agreement.
A bid for the 5th Ave. Connector Trail was awarded to Myers Construction in the amount of $281,249.10. Work on the project will begin as early as next week. Additionally, a payment in the amount of $267,088.48 was approved to Myers for work completed on the Downtown Improvements.
Also receiving approval was the temporary relocation of the Farmers Market to Tomahawk Park. The move is due to the construction currently underway on the City Square. The relocation is only expected to last for the 2016 market season.
A public hearing was held to discuss Peddlers and Solicitors fees that have not been updated since 1947. An ordinance was then approved increasing daily fees to $5, weekly fees to $15, as well as $50 for four months and $75 a year at a single location. Door-to-door fees were approved at $5 a day and $75 a year.
The Council voted to approve the new contract between the City of Broken Bow and City Administrator Brent Clark.
Lastly, a discussion was held to talk about wages for the Mayor and Council Members. The discussion was fairly split, with members of the public and the council speaking both for and against a monetary raise. No action was taken, and further discussion will likely take place in the future.
The next Broken Bow City Council meeting will be on April 12.