Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Trash rates will rise; more time for fireworks

City council passes both measures.

No one spoke at a May 17 meeting of the Gothenburg City Council when two measures—one to increase trash rates and another to allow more time to discharge fireworks—came up for final reading.

Both proposals passed.

A 90-cent increase in waste-hauling rates will be reflected in June bills sent to customers.

Residential rates will rise from $14.50 to $15.40. The city’s three trash haulers will receive 50 cents of the increase to help with rising fuel prices.

The remaining 40 cents is for the city’s annual cleanup program where residents can take household trash to dumpsters for a week each spring.

During the week of June 25 through July 3, residents have been granted an extra hour to shoot off fireworks.

Businesses have an extra hour to sell them.

The proposal was prompted by a couple of people who sell fireworks who pointed out that it doesn’t begin to get dark until about 10 p.m., which had been the cut-off time for detonation.

Enthusiasts can now light off fireworks from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a nine-day period.

On July 4, fireworks are allowed from 10 a.m. until midnight.

During other action, members

reviewed and approved Taproot Subdivision which is where an addition is being built onto Eastside Animal Center.

Taproot, Inc. is the corporate name for Eastside Animal Center that applied for tax-increment financing funds to build the addition.

In other business, the council:

granted the cemetery’s board request to establish a memorial donation process and establish a bank account to receive donations for a computerized grave directory at the city cemetery.

The project’s estimated cost is $25,000.

renewed the city’s employee health insurance plan with Corporate Plan Management. The city has liability insurance through EMC.

agreed to appoint Justin Dowdy to the Tree Board.

gave the go ahead for the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department to serve alcohol at its Firemen’s Ball on June 25.

learned the city is soliciting bids for hay at the city cemetery.

heard that the city was reimbursed $22,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage to a lift station north of I-80 Pit Stop.

were informed that Clymer was voted to the executive board of the Lexington Area Solid Waste Agency and that he will serve on a Nebraska Public Power District committee examining the positions of account executives and economic development officials for the district

found out that a gazebo, given to the city by Gothenburg Memorial Hospital, has been installed at the city pool.

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