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Council proceeds with paving plan for portion of Lake Avenue

Plan to include sewer repair, sidewalks, trail

Paving equipment will roll into the southern part of town this spring.

Gothenburg City Council members, at a Feb. 7 meeting, approved a paving design contract with Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers of Kearney.

The engineering firm will design a paving project that involves three blocks of Lake Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Sts.

Council members agreed to pay $21,780 for the design that may include such things as a sidewalks and a trail system.

When asked whether sidewalks would be included in the design, Miller engineer Travis Mason suggesting bidding them as an alternate to see what kind of cost is involved.

City administrator Bruce Clymer noted that Lexington included a trail for pedestrians on a stretch of road in a recent paving project.

Because the sewer under the street needs repaired, Miller engineer Travis Mason said that will be done before paving starts.

Mason said he’d bring a plan for council approval in March. The project would then be advertised and a paving contract awarded in April.

The estimated cost of the project is $414,800, which includes a new water line.

On another matter, the council passed, on second reading, a proposed law changing some of the speed limits throughout town.

Proposed changes can be viewed at city hall.

Council members discussed speed limits around the school campus and decided not to put a flashing yellow signal at the intersection of 12th Street and Avenue H or slow traffic from 25 to 15 mph on 12th Street, between Avenues I and H.

There is a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of 12th Street and Avenue H which, police chief Randy Olson pointed out, signals motorists to stop when someone enters the crossing and crosses to the other side.

For several other locations around the school, Olson said he found a company that sells solar-powered flashing lights for $1,000 apiece.

In other business, the council:

approved an emergency water plan for the city that includes locations of water sources such as city wells, contact emergency personnel, plans during emergencies and more.

The information is updated and sent to the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department every three years.

City services director Shane Gruber noted that eight members of the city crew, in addition to himself, are certified as back-up water operators.

okayed a request from OK Bottle Shoppe for a special designated license to serve alcohol for a business-after-hours event at Horizon Ag on March 2.

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