Cozad City Council Approves Lift Station Improvements Bid

The Cozad City Council convened for a regular meeting on Monday, October 17th, 2016. Pastor Doug Smith from Cozad United Methodist Church delivered the invocation.
Following the third reading of the proposed ordinance deeming it unlawful to park trucks and non-motorized vehicles, campers, trailers, boat trailers or similar wheeled vehicles on any street within the City Limits between the dates of November 1st and March 31st, council members denied the motion to approve the ordinance. The Cozad Municipal Code will remain the same concerning the parking of trucks and non-motorized vehicles.
Council members did approve the recommendation of the Board of Public Works to approve the bid made by Midlands Contracting of Kearney, Nebraska for the lift station improvements in the amount of $239,960.00. All work needs to be completed by June 1, 2017, but Water Commissioner Dallas Nichols said that it could be finished by as early as February or March of 2017.
An ordinance was introduced amending the section of the Cozad Municipal Code regarding municipal electrical system rates. The Board of Public Works has discussed this for two years with in-depth talks the past two months. The amendment does not address who but what entities will be affected by the revised ordinance. The council members waived the three readings of the amendment and approved the ordinance.
Under Reports, Lights Commissioner Britt German reported that they have two poles remaining to be repaired.
Park & Streets Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that the city had received $5,200 for a vehicle they had purchased for $6,000 several years ago during the recent municipal auction.
Water Commissioner Nichols spoke about the lift station project and reported that a water leak had occurred at 5th & Newell in Cozad.
Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported that the library would be closed this Saturday, October 22nd for cleaning. In November the Digital Audio Book Program at the library will offer 150 million magazines online Yocom will be attending a library conference in Omaha in November.
Rescue Chief Marlene Williams shared that the department had purchased a new battery charger.
Councilwoman Deb Leahy reported that the UP Steam Engine visit on Friday, October 14, 2016 was well attended. Mayor Nancy Meyer was presented a shadow box by UP officials. The shadow box will have a permanent home at the 100th Meridian Museum in Cozad after being displayed at the Wilson Public Library.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale discussed the Cozad Police Department’s policy concerning the Body Worn Video Recorders (BWV). The policy needs to be acted on by January 1, 2016.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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