Several items were approved at the regular meeting of the Alliance City Council Tuesday night. Mayor Ralph Yeager presented plaques to outgoing Council Members Fred Feldges and Wally Seiler and thanked them for their service to the City of Alliance.
The Council also approved, on first reading, a request from Dale Jeske to rezone his property which is adjacent and north of Carhenge from A, Agriculture to C-3, Highway Commerical. Jeske is considering building an RV Park on his property overlooking Carhenge with 20 to 30 spaces for Campers and Recreational Vehicles, with the hope of attracting visitors to Carhenge and Box Butte County. Jeske says eventually he would like to have a building suitable for holding receptions and other gatherings as well as covered areas for picnicking.
The Council also accepted a $30,000 donation from Eva Knight in memory of her late husband Robert Knight for the enhancement of the Central Park Fountain. Alliance Parks Director Shana Brown said the funds would be used to upgrade the lighting system in the fountain from light blubs to an LED system, which would have a much longer life and would allow more flexibility. The Fountain lights could be programmed for specific colors and themes. The hope is to have the new system installed and and running by next spring.
The Council also approved the Managers Application of Audra Sauser for Maverik, Inc. and will forward the application back to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission with a favorable recommendation.
Also approved was a resolution to authorize a contract with JD Gray Group, LLC to assist with the recruitment of qualified candidates for the City Manager Vacancy. The Council also approved a Lease Agreement with WNCC for the facility and adjoining property for the Powerline School for a 50 year period and accepted the applications of Jensen Curtis to serve as a youth ex-officio member of the Library Board, Byron Reed to serve on the Alliance Housing Authority Board and Patrica Johnston and Marcia Buck to serve on the A-2 Downtown Improvement Board. Information on all of the City Boards is available on the City website www.cityofalliance.net
The Council approved a Change Order to the Laing Lake Rehabilitation Project for the amount of $14, 700 for additional lake bottom excavation and additional fill. This was necessary as Contractors, after completing the planned 8,800 Cubic Yards of excavation on the west side of the lake, discovered that more fill would be needed to complete construction of the Ice Skating Area. The City would be responsible for only $5,000 of this additional cost with the rest split between EA Engineering and the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality.
The Council then went into closed session to consider a personnel matter.
Complete audio of the meeting is at the link below: