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Council hears two community requests

Swing repair, tennis court upgrade considered

City councilman Tim Strauser listened to a request from a family member at the March 20 council meeting.

A wee family member, who needed a step ladder to speak into the microphone on the podium during community comments.

Strauser’s daughter, first grader Kynlee Strauser, asked that a swing in Ehmen Park be fixed and that swings for older children be installed.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said he would check into insurance requirements for “older kid” swings and let Kinley know what he found out.

The broken swing will be fixed, city officials said.

Local resident Beth Ivey also spoke to the council about providing a larger backboard for tennis enthusiasts at either the court in E.G. West Park or the one by the swimming pool.

The current one, at E.G. West park, is plywood.

Ivey, a tennis player, asked that the nets at both courts also be replaced.

After some discussion about where to put a backboard, Clymer suggested below the E.G. West court, where there’s a retaining wall.

“We could maybe rebuild the wall so it’s higher and pour concrete there,” he said. “That would be more of a permanent solution.”

However Clymer said that couldn’t happen this year because it’s not in the budget.

The council decided to replace nets this year and look at a concrete backboard next year.

On another matter, the council reviewed and accepted the 2010-11 audit as prepared by Robert Meyer of RJ Meyer Associates of North Platte.

Meyer told council members that the city’s finances were in good shape, noting that loan payment schedules are in place and debt is paid on time.

With the cost of power rising, he also suggested adjusting rates to cover costs.

Because of the small size accounting department, the report said there is a lack of segregation of duties and lack of control over accounting processes.

Council members decided not to hire Geographic Information Systems Workshop, Inc., a Lincoln company, to provide web-based information on community infrastructure.

The service would have cost $7,500 annually.

Still the council said they wanted to leave the door open and perhaps re-consider the proposal at a later date.

The council also heard a presentation by Brian Reetz, program coordinator for the Groundwater Foundation.

Reetz said the foundation would like to see cities, like Gothenburg, take action to protect groundwater.

The foundation helps communities put plans into action by meeting with local leaders and groups and inspiring participation in city-wide events dealing with groundwater.

More information about the foundation and it’s “Let’s Keep It Clean” program can be obtained at www.groundwater.org.

In other business, the council:

approved a request from the Todd Becker Foundation for use of Lake Avenue, between Ninth and 10th Sts., on June 10 for a community outreach event.

The foundation was formed after the alcohol-related car accident death of Becker, an 18-year-old high school student from Kearney.

okayed a request from OK Bottle Shoppe for a special license to serve alcohol at a business-after-hours event, hosted by Nebraska Salt & Grain Co. on April 27, at their newly renovated downtown building.

gave the go-ahead for the Gothenburg Community Playhouse to close off 10th Street, half the block east of Avenue D, for a Sun Theatre barbecue to show off theatre improvements.

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